Testimonials

Testimonial: Zak Livengood

“I was involved in a head-on collision on my motorcycle after a truck made a left hand turn in front of me in Jefferson County, Missouri.  He was going 55 miles per hour or more, and I’m lucky to be alive.  I was pretty messed up, with lots of road rash, abrasions, a torn rotator cuff…my head, neck, back, leg and even my teeth and gums had injuries.  I was unconscious at the scene and they took me to the hospital by helicopter…believe it or not I was only in there maybe a week or less.  My mother-in-law had used Sauter Sullivan before, and she called them about my accident.  Carolyn Caruthers came to my house a couple days after I got home from the hospital and went over everything we needed to do.  She was quick and efficient, and took all the medical bills that were already starting to pile up.  Her team at the office, Becky and Ashley, did an amazing job…all my bills went to them and they kept track and stayed on top of everything for me…I had bills from over 38 medical providers…and it went on for a year and a half as I recovered.  Carolyn took control of everything and was great.  She’s totally down to earth…she cared about me as a person.  Even if I called her late at night, she’d always get right back to me.  She did everything she was supposed to do and more.  I have sent other clients to her, and I recommend Carolyn Caruthers any time someone might need a personal injury lawyer.”

Testimonial: Dana Hampton

“I was injured when I was rear ended in a car accident…I think the kid who hit me was texting…and Carolyn Caruthers did a great job helping me with all the insurance paperwork and claims. I had 2 herniated discs from the auto accident, which were extremely painful. I’m a substitute elementary school teacher, and I had a long-term commitment to teach,

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Testimonial: Michelle Clark

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Carolyn Caruthers from the Sauter Sullivan Law Firm is awesome! I was injured in a car accident and I wasn’t the only one at fault. I was driving down the highway and there were two extended cab trucks, one with a trailer, almost completely stopped in the fast lane. These guys in the trucks were trying to make an illegal u-turn right in the middle of the highway by using the cut through lane for police and emergency vehicles! I couldn’t stop fast enough and slammed right into them. My airbags went off and my car spun around and was totaled. I injured my kneecap and had to have surgery on it, and I also hurt my thumb, elbow and a finger pretty badly. My face was bumped up from the airbags, too…it literally broke my sunglasses when they went off. I had whiplash that gave me problems with vertigo for a while after the accident, and lots of physical therapy. And I missed almost 8 weeks of work because of the truck accident. Now I know it was partly my fault, but those guys were at fault, too, because they were doing something illegal and pretty much stopped in the fast lane of the highway. I knew Kevin Sullivan, so we called his office, and he set us up with Carolyn to help us. Carolyn was great! The whole case took almost 2 years to get settled, but she kept me informed all the way through, and explained everything in “people” terms so I could understand it all and know what everything meant. The case never went to court, because a mediator was assigned to work out a deal between the parties. She went to bat for me, and in the end, Carolyn got me a settlement that took care of all my hospital and medical bills, my physical therapy costs, my lost wages and even my pain and suffering. Thank you, Carolyn!”

Testimonial: Ron Parker

“Back in 2010, I was driving in my pickup truck, ‘my baby’ I called it, on Highway 270 in St. Louis, Missouri, when I was injured in a tractor trailer accident. I was stopped in traffic, when an 18 wheeler rearended me hard and knocked my pickup forward in to the car in front of me. I could see the 18 wheeler coming at me in my rear view mirror and I knew I was in real trouble.

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Testimonial: Terry Blackford (…and his amazing story!)

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“I cannot thank Kevin Sullivan enough for all he’s done for me. I admire his skills and talent, and I trust him completely. He did a bang up job for me and my buddy, Bob, when we were both hurt in a horrible truck accident. I was a State Trooper with the Highway Patrol for over 33 years, and a private investigator for many years after that, so I know a thing or two about the law, and Kevin is the best. Here’s what happened. Several years ago, Bob and I were involved in a terrible truck crash that injured us both pretty seriously. We were heading out to go fishing at Broken Bow Lake in Oklahoma, and we stopped my pickup truck off the road on a scenic overlook to stretch and take a break. There was a concrete barrier that protected the edge of the overlook from a steep, rocky slope. Bob and I had hopped over that barrier to relieve ourselves, and we had just climbed back onto the parking area when we heard wheels roaring on the “chatter bars” or “rumble strips” on the side of the pavement, you know, those grooves that make noise when you drive on them to wake you up. I looked up and saw a big tractor-trailer barreling down the road toward us out of control. I saw the driver’s head jerk up like he’d been asleep at the wheel and he had that ‘holy moly” look on his face. I bet he was going 50 miles an hour down that steep grade, even though there are signs everywhere warning trucks to slow down for those hills. The truck was a few hundred yards away and heading into the concrete barrier. Bob and I ran for that wall and just as we hopped over it, the truck slid down along that concrete wall and was heading right at us. The truck split apart from the impact and its load of 1800 car tires was flying everywhere. I was halfway over the wall when the tires and debris hit me, and I bounced 100 or more feet down the hill with tires bouncing all over and around me. My buddy had gotten over the wall just before me, and he was pinned and totally covered by tires and pieces of the trailer. The truck ended up smashing into my pickup.

I was bruised and messed up all over but somehow I managed to get up the hill to try and help my friend. I could hear him moaning under the pile of debris and did my best to uncover him. I couldn’t get him out all the way, but I got to where I could see his face buried in sawdust and planting mulch. He wasn’t breathing and I thought he might be dead. I got his head up tried to get the stuff out of his mouth. There was too much junk and debris in the way so I couldn’t get in to do CPR on him, so I pulled his arm back as far as I could, held his head, and punched him in the ribs as hard as I could. I hit him twice while I’m yelling ‘breathe you son of a bitch’. The second time I hit him he spit out the sawdust and started breathing, but just barely. I yelled to someone who had stopped up on the hill and told them to get the highway patrol and tell them to send a helicopter life flight. I held onto Bob until help arrived. The rescue crew took over, and I got to the top of the hill, then fell to the ground. They flew my friend to the hospital by helicopter, and took me in an ambulance.

They checked me out at the hospital and I was sore and hurting all over, but they sent me home with some medicine. I saw my doctor the next day and he took one look at me and immediately sent me to an orthopedic specialist. Turns out I had multiple injuries including black and blue marks up and down the right side of my body, tire marks across my chest, ribcage and back and multiple contusions and swollen areas. I had severe pain in my ribs, chest, back, right hip, left hand and my groin area. It hurt like hell every time I even moved. I couldn’t even wear a brace for my back and other injuries because of all the bruising and swelling and pain, and I had to wait for weeks before I could even start therapy. The doctors found out I had cracked my ribs, which is extremely painful, and all you can do is wait for them to heal. I ended up having surgery on my hand and my hip, and I still have issues with those. And to make matters worse, I started having nightmares, sleeplessness and anxiety as a result of the accident. The doctors put me on anti-depressants and sleep aids, and they said I had the classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. I also had vertigo and dizziness, but that seems to have gone away, and I’ve got Tinnitus now, that annoying ringing in your ears.

But I consider myself pretty lucky to be alive. I’ve still got issues from the accident, more than the everyday aches and pains people talk about for sure, but I’m getting along. I don’t know what I would have done without Kevin Sullivan and the Sauter Sullivan law firm. Kevin filed suit for me against the trucking company and got me a settlement that covered all my medical bills and made them pay for their negligence. And Becky Griffin, a paralegal at his office helped me all along the way, too, with logistics and paperwork and everything. When something got screwed up, Becky unscrewed it. She’s the best. But we had a fight on our hands. That trucking company was totally in the wrong and they didn’t want to settle this thing, and they had some big law firm fighting us…but I tell you what, Kevin used his legal skills on that big law firm and he wowed everybody and made them look bad. He was totally prepared and handled everything with great skill. Even the judge scolded those other lawyers for not settling this thing sooner because they were so obviously in the wrong. Kevin really knows and believes in the law, and I think he is a great American. Amen, Brother!

Kevin also helped my buddy, Bob…when the hospital sent him a bill for $7000 for that helicopter ride, and the trucking company refused to pay it, Kevin got in there and took care of things for Bob, too. My buddy’s doing better now, thank God, but his is another story…