Testimonial: David and Amanda Erlinger
“My husband, Dave, was seriously injured in a truck accident when his tractor trailer was hit by another tractor-trailer while he was stopped on the shoulder of the highway. There was a fiery crash and Dave was knocked to the pavement and dragged underneath his truck. It’s a miracle he survived. The truck accident left David with herniated disks in his back and some other problems, and he’s going to need back surgery. In spite of his injury and all the pain he’s suffered, the insurance company for the truck that hit him didn’t want to take care of us. We were getting calls from so many parties that wanted statements from us, like his insurance company, the other truck driver’s insurance company and so on, that we didn’t know what to do. We’re a young couple, and I was scared to death about our prospects for the future. What if Dave was hurt so badly that he couldn’t work, and how were we going to pay his medical bills so he could get the care he needed to get better? That’s when we decided we needed an attorney. We were ultimately recommended to Kevin Sullivan at the Sauter Sullivan law firm. That was the best call we could have made. The whole situation was scary, and it put a lot of stress on our marriage, too. But Kevin and his staff took the weight off our shoulders. Kevin and another attorney at their firm, Mike Knepper, were always on top of everything having to do with our case. Kevin and Mike always took the time to explain what was going on and what was going to happen, and they told us why things were the way they were, and that calmed us down and made us feel so much better. Once we talked to Kevin, whenever people called about the accident, we just had to say, ‘talk to our attorney” and Kevin and his people took care of everything. The whole team at Sauter Sullivan did a great job for us, and they got us a settlement that will take care of all of my husband’s medical bills, lost wages and his future surgery and pain and suffering. Kevin and his team were a Godsend for us!”
Testimonial: Hope Sexton
“In June of 2012 I was stopped in traffic on highway 270 in St. Louis when a pickup truck crashed into me hard from behind. I was knocked unconscious and I ended up in the hospital with a broken wrist and pinkie finger, and bruises and abrasions on my arm. I also had awful abrasions and wounds on my face and that’s what really scared me, because I’m a young woman in my early 20’s, and I didn’t want to be disfigured for life or anything. I was so self-conscious about my face after the accident, I hardly went out for months.
The police report said the driver of the pickup was texting and not paying attention when he hit me, and that he couldn’t provide proof of insurance. That’s when I talked to my family and we decided I better talk to a lawyer. My aunt said someone else in the family had used the Sauter Sullivan law firm and they liked them, so I called Kevin Sullivan. Kevin was really helpful right from the start. He found out the guy who hit me did have auto accident insurance and filed a claim for me. I was really concerned about how I was going to deal with all the medical bills that were coming in. That was my first question to Kevin. ‘When am I going to get the insurance money to pay these bills?’ He told me all the steps of the process so I would know what to expect, and that he would help me all the way through. It turns out that my own insurance company wasn’t processing some of my medical bills properly, and Kevin and his paralegal Becky helped get all that straightened out for me. When the insurance company for the guy who hit me finally settled my claim, they paid the maximum amount of the guy’s coverage, and that helped me cover all my medical bills, and compensated me for the fact that my face was damaged and that I’ll probably have real problems with arthritis and my hand in the future because of the accident. When the case was finally all settled and done, Kevin told me, ‘Hope, I want you to think of me as your lawyer for life. If you ever need legal advice for anything, you just call me. I’m there for you.’ And he has been. Even after the claim was settled, Kevin has helped me deal with the creditors for all those medical bills so I can get all this totally behind me. I know he’s there for me and I recommend him to anyone who needs legal help.”
Testimonial: Tracy & Becky Federhofer
Case: Personal Injury, Auto Accidents
Attorney: Christopher Geldmacher
Clients: Tracy & Becky Federhofer
Tracy – “Over the past four or five years, we have had some bad luck in our family. First it was our uncle who got hit and injured while driving his car. Chris helped get his van repaired and get him compensation for his injuries. Next, I involved in a collision where a guy hit the side of my car really hard. Even worse, my nephew, Becky’s son, was in the car with me. I messed up my back and had to miss work for a while as I was getting treatment for my injuries. Chris was able to get me a fair settlement that covered my medical bills, lost wages, and paid me for the pain and hassle I had to go through. He also got money for Becky’s son for his injuries that she was able to put into a savings account for him. After that, I was involved in a collision while riding with a friend. The person who hit us didn’t have insurance. The accident totally messed up my back again. I didn’t even know that we were going to have a claim since the other driver didn’t have insurance. Thank God for Chris. He found insurance coverage and got me compensated for my injuries again. Finally, I had another accident where my dad was driving. He was at fault, but his insurance company did not want to pay. Chris fought with the insurance company and made them pay an amount which was fair. Mr. Geldmacher really knows his stuff and does what he needs to do to help his clients. He always kept me up to date on the status of my cases. He’s a really good guy. I always tell people to call Chris if they need help.”
Becky – “Chris handled my son’s case, which Tracy told you about, but I had my own accident when I was a passenger in my uncle’s van. We were stopped at a red light at Potomac and South Grand in South St. Louis a gal on a cell phone barreled into the rear of our van. I was 8 months pregnant at the time. I went to the ER because my back was hurting, and because I wanted the baby to be checked out. Turns out the baby was fine, thankfully. Mr. Geldmacher handled the whole thing for me. He had to file a lawsuit, because the insurance company wasn’t offering a fair amount. We settled the case before trial. That little bit of extra money came right at Christmas time, and it was a blessing for my two babies, because I was able to give them the Christmas I wanted them to have. Mr. Geldmacher is a good person and a good lawyer. He’s a sweetheart. He is really polite, and he really cares. I don’t know what I would have done if Chris Geldmacher wasn’t there to fight with the insurance company for me.”
Testimonial: Elder Nathan Jordan
Case: Auto Accident
Attorney: Matthew Sauter
Client: Elder Nathan Jordan
Elder Nathan Jordan gets excited when he talks about Matt Sauter and how he helped him and inspired him.
“About 10 years ago, I was driving my car up in Jennings, Missouri, in North St. Louis County. I was a minister at a church up that way at the time. I was looking for an address of where I was going, so I was driving slow, when a car slammed into me from behind. It was pretty bad. My car was really messed up and me and a friend in the car were injured. I had pretty severe back injuries. I had a herniated disc in my back and that caused me problems with my sciatic nerve. The pain was really bad…it was in my back and my legs were weak and I had numbness and tingling…it was hard to sit or stand for a long time and it hurt to move. I had to spend 3 or 4 months in physical therapy at St. Louis University, and I couldn’t believe the ton of medical bills that were piling up. And I really couldn’t work for a while…I was lucky that my employer was good to me through all this and I didn’t lose my job. What made things worse was that the police said I had caused the accident because I was driving slow and impeding traffic, even though the other guy ran into me! The police gave ME a ticket. I couldn’t believe it and I didn’t know what I was going to do.
I met Matt Sauter through some people I know, and he was a life saver. Matt was very approachable, friendly and concerned for me. And he’s professional. Matt took on my car accident and personal injury case aggressively and challenged the police on the ticket they gave me and got it fixed, and then he fought for me to prove that the car accident was the other guy’s fault. Matt was really something. You should see him. He really knows his way around the court, and he was really aggressive representing my interests. He showed personal concern for me…I mean he really cared. He had compassion. He went above and beyond for me, and made sure I got everything fair I deserved because of the car accident and my personal injury. He got me a settlement that compensated me for my car and my medical bills, and he even got me some money that helped me because of my lost time at work. And he helped me work with another attorney he knows to make sure I got the disability coverage I needed to get through everything. Matt is a real professional, but he’s a humble guy and I really like him. He’s become like a brother to me…he’s my friend and I can’t thank him enough for how he helped me. I tell anyone who needs help to talk to Matt Sauter because he cares. I’ve sent him two of my nephews, and another pastor I know, and I’ve referred friends and family and parishioners to Matt when they need a lawyer.”
Today, Elder Nathan Jordan is a hard working minister for a non-denominational church in Union, Missouri. He was so inspired by his experience with Matt Sauter of Sauter Sullivan in St. Louis, Missouri that he decided to pursue studies in criminal justice as a way to expand his ministry and help people with substance abuse, alcohol and addiction problems. He’s studying at East Central College, and hopes to become a parole officer when he graduates.
Testimonial: Regina Whitfield
Case: Workers Compensation
Attorney: Christopher Geldmacher
Client: Regina (“Gia”) Whitfield
“I was working at a company where they helped people with behavioral problems. A patient got out of control and beat me up…it was bad. I was afraid to come home where people would see me I looked so bad. The company did what they had to do for my Workers Compensation claim, but that was about it. I needed help. My girlfriend told me about Mr. Geldmacher because he had helped her, and from the moment I met him, I had good vibes about him. He was down to earth and honest. He told me what to expect, and what not to expect…he gave me the facts…whether I liked them or not. I liked that. He helped me get through all the Workers Comp paperwork and he fought for me. That’s what makes me like him because he fought for me, and I feel like I got what I deserved. I’ve dealt with lawyers before and had so many disappointments in life, but Attorney Christopher is the real deal! We have a good rapport and a friendship…and I like him. I respect him. I just sent someone to talk to him about a problem they’re having, because I trust him, and I know he’ll do everything he can to help my friend. He’ll tell ‘em straight.”