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Christopher K. Geldmacher is a partner at Sauter Sullivan. Chris is admitted to practice in Missouri, Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit. Mr. Geldmacher graduated from St. Louis University with a B.S. in Economics and Finance in 1995. He graduated from Saint Louis University Law School, receiving his J.D. in 1998. His areas of practice include:
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- Christopher Geldmacher Gets $350,000 Settlement for Woman Injured in Collision with Motorist Assistance Vehicle
A 63 year old woman who works as a home health worker was driving northbound on Highway 157 in Collinsville, Illinois. Suddenly, a large motorist assistance vehicle driving southbound attempted to make a left turn in front of her without yielding and struck the woman’s vehicle almost head-on. She was taken to Anderson Hospital by ambulance, and where she was diagnosed with whiplash injuries to her neck and lower back. The emergency room doctor instructed her to seek follow up medical care. The woman sought treatment from a chiropractor. During the course of her treatment with the chiropractor, it was determined that she needed MRIs of her spine. The MRIs showed herniated discs in her neck and lower back, and she was referred to an orthopedic spine surgeon. The spine surgeon found she was a candidate for back surgery, but it was agreed to try non-operative treatment first. She received injections from a pain management doctor. The injections helped but did not resolve her problems. Ultimately, the woman and her spine surgeon determined that the only option left for her was surgery. At the time that her case resolved, the woman was waiting to have surgery, on the instructions of the spine surgeon, until her pain had progressed and she could not function without getting the problem surgically repaired. She plans on having the surgery when her pain reaches that point.
Chris Geldmacher represented the woman and attempted to negotiate with the insurance company for the motorist assistance vehicle. Geldmacher found the insurance company was not willing to pay an amount considered fair to his client, so he filed suit on her behalf. Shortly after filing, the insurance company for the motorist assistance vehicle reopened negotiations. They were able to arrive at a settlement without having to get very far into the lawsuit. Chris negotiated a settlement of $350,000 for his client.
- Sauter Sullivan Gets $300,000 for Union Tradesman Who Lost His Career Due to Injury in Commercial Vehicle Accident
A 56 year old union tradesman came to Sauter Sullivan after being involved in a highway collision with a commercial vehicle that caused serious personal injury. In this rear-end collision, the force of the impact of the commercial vehicle into the rear of the gentleman’s car resulted in the man’s knee violently striking the dashboard of his vehicle.
- $250,000 Settlement for Business Owner Injured by Negligent Driver
Attorney Christopher Geldmacher of Sauter Sullivan, represented a 48 year old business owner from Barnhart, Missouri who was the passenger in a vehicle struck by a 17 year old negligent driver in North St. Louis County. The client went to the ER, and then followed up with a chiropractor. The chiropractor ordered an MRI that revealed disc herniations and stenosis in both the cervical and lumbar spine. The client was then referred to an orthopedic spine surgeon. The surgeon found the client was a candidate for surgery in both his neck and lower back, but the surgeon and client agreed to try non-operative treatment first. The client went to a pain management specialist and physical therapy to try to avoid the need for surgery. The non-operative treatment helped the client but did not resolve the problems. The client returned to the surgeon, who told him surgery was the only remaining alternative to help his pain.
Since the client hadn’t had surgery yet, the insurance company for the negligent driver didn’t want to consider the cost of the surgery in negotiations. So, Mr. Geldmacher filed suit on behalf of his client. Shortly after filing suit, the insurance company approached Chris about mediating the case. At the mediation, Chris was able to negotiate a settlement that considers his client’s future need for surgery and earned his client a $250,000 settlement.
- Nearly $233,000 for 18-Wheeler Driver Hit by a Drunk Driver
Christopher Geldmacher represented a 42 year old professional truck driver who was on the job driving an 18-wheeler when he was struck head on by a drunk driver heading the wrong way on the interstate. The truck driver was in Collinsville, Illinois heading northbound on Interstate 255, when the collision occurred. The drunk driver hit the truck head-on, causing the 18-wheeler to flip onto its side. When police arrived the truck driver was unconscious and hanging from his seat belt in the overturned truck.
The truck driver suffered a concussion and injuries to his spine which caused an aggravation to a portion of his spine that had previously undergone a spine surgery. The spine specialist he was referred to ordered spinal injections and physical therapy. He was also sent to a concussion specialist. The concussion specialist referred the truck driver for special concussion therapy. He was out of work for about five months and required extensive ongoing treatment that lasted approximately six months, but in the end he was able to return to work.
Chris Geldmacher represented the truck driver and filed a workers compensation claim against the truck driver’s employer and a claim against the drunk driver’s insurance company. Mr. Geldmacher was able to obtain settlements in both claims totaling nearly $233,000 for his client.
- Chris Geldmacher Earns $225,000 Car Accident Settlement for Woman with Bulging Discs in Her Cervical Spine
Christopher Geldmacher of Sauter Sullivan, LLC represented a 43-year-old car accident victim from Florissant Missouri. The woman was driving on Patterson Road when a 70-year-old man failed to yield and pulled out in front her causing their cars to collide. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital. After the emergency room, she followed up with chiropractor. The chiropractor treated her, but he problems that she was experiencing in her neck would not go away. The chiropractor referred the woman for an MRI of the spine which revealed bulging discs caused by the collision.
The chiropractor referred her to a spine surgeon who looked at her MRI films and told her that she would eventually need surgery on her neck. The surgeon and the injured woman agreed that she should first try other non-operative measures before surgery, including injections by a pain management doctor and physical therapy. This treatment helped her symptoms, but did not resolve the underlying problem, her bulging discs. The woman and the surgeon she saw agree that she will require surgery in the future, but they chose to wait until her symptoms became worse.
After submitting all the proper documentation, Mr. Geldmacher was able to negotiate with the insurance company and worked out a settlement that avoided a lawsuit. Mr. Geldmacher’s client received a $225,000 settlement for the injuries she sustained in her car accident.
- $225,000 Premises Liability Settlement for Injury at Fast Food Establishment
A 20 year old woman was in a Granite City, Illinois fast food restaurant, waiting for her food, when she went to fill her cup at the self-service soda station. While she was getting ice, vibrations from the machine shook loose a piece of plastic, just above the client’s head. The plastic piece struck her on the forehead, bending her head backwards, injuring her neck. A later MRI showed that the woman had suffered herniated disc in her neck. She was referred to a spine surgeon who performed surgery on her injured neck. Neither the fast food restaurant nor ice machine vendor would take responsibility for the accident. The woman turned to Christopher Geldmacher of Sauter Sullivan for help with her premises liability claim. Mr. Geldmacher took her case and filed a lawsuit against both the restaurant and ice machine vendor. Sauter Sullivan’s investigation revealed that the piece of plastic that injured the client had fallen several times before, and the restaurant employees kept putting the piece of plastic back on the machine without securing it properly. Prior to trial, the case went to a mediation where Mr. Geldmacher obtained a settlement of $225,000 for his client.
- Sidewalk Slip and Fall Accident Gets Fast Settlement of $210,000
A client of Christopher Geldmacher of the Sauter Sullivan law firm was injured in a slip and fall accident while exiting a grocery store in North St. Louis County. The injured client was an elderly woman who required a walker to get around. She was exiting the store with her walker when her foot caught on a raised, uneven edge where asphalt met the crosswalk on the store’s parking lot. This portion of the sidewalk should have been flush with the street, but the uneven edge caused her to fall forward, landing on her side and sending her walker flying. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance, and it was determined she had suffered a hip fracture that required surgery. Permanent plates and screws were required to repair the injured hip, and the client was hospitalized for several days before being moved to a separate rehabilitation hospital. She received physical therapy for a month in the rehab center before she was moved to a nursing home. It was another month before the client was finally released to go home. As a result of her injuries from the slip and fall, she now has even more difficulty getting around, even after going through the surgery and extensive therapy.
Chris Geldmacher filed a claim against the company responsible for maintaining the sidewalks and parking lot of the grocery store and fought to get the compensation his client deserved. Within 4 months of completion of treatment, Mr. Geldmacher got the responsible party to agree to a settlement of $210,000.
- $140,000 Settlement for Working Mom Injured in Slip and Fall at Event Venue
A 29 year old bookkeeper, wife and Mom came to Sauter Sullivan after she suffered personal injury in a slip and fall incident at a party that was being held at a hall that hosted events and parties. A bartender, who was an employee of the facility, asked the woman to watch the bar while he left to use the restroom.
- Christopher Geldmacher gets $121,000 Settlement for Man Injured in Rear-End Collision on Interstate 64/40
A 42 year-old man who works as a security guard in St. Louis was driving Westbound on Interstate 64/40 just before the Kingshighway exit. He had slowed down due to traffic ahead when he was rear-ended. The impact caused his left ankle to be jammed into the floorboard. The man had sustained a prior serious injury to his left ankle which required surgery involving implanted plates and screws. When the security guard jammed his foot during the rear-end collision, it damaged the hardware in his ankle, and caused the need for additional surgery to make repairs. Chris Geldmacher represented the man and filed a claim against the other driver and her insurance company. Mr. Geldmacher settled the case and his client received $121,000 for his injury.
- Little Girl Attacked and Mauled by Pit Bull; $100,000 Settlement won by Sauter Sullivan
In September of 2010, a 2 year old girl was the victim of a dog attack and was mauled by a dangerous pit bull at a St. Louis residence. The little girl was in the care of a babysitter who took the child to a house where the homeowners owned several dogs. One of the dogs, a pit bull, attacked the toddler without warning, and without being provoked in any way. The homeowner had to fight with the dog for nearly a minute to pull the dog off the little girl.
- $105,000 Settlement Obtained by Christopher Geldmacher for Man Rear-Ended In St. Clair County, Illinois
A 62 year-old man from East St. Louis was traveling on Illinois Highway 15 in St. Clair County when his car was rear-ended. The collision caused his knee to strike the dashboard, which exacerbated pre-existing knee problems. After the accident, the man was treated with injections and extensive physical therapy, but unfortunately the treatment failed to return him back to his pre-collision condition. His doctor advised he have a total knee replacement surgery. After the surgery, he had go to a nursing home as part of his recovery and was required to participate in a lot of post-surgery physical therapy. The medical bills were piling up, and the other driver’s insurance company wouldn’t pay, claiming his knee problems were pre-existing. So, he came to Sauter Sullivan for help. Christopher Geldmacher took his case and filed a claim on behalf of his client against the other driver’s insurance company. Chris argued the man may not have required a total knee replacement surgery, or at least not required it as soon as he did if the collision hadn’t happened, causing the man to injure his knee even further. In the end, Mr. Geldmacher’s argument prevailed, and he obtained a settlement of $105,000 for his client.
- $102,000 Settlement for Neck Injury in Rear-End Collision
Attorney Christopher Geldmacher of Sauter Sullivan, represented a 47 year old woman from South St. Louis who rear-ended at the Ballas Road exit from I-64/40 west. The woman was stopped and waiting for traffic to clear so she could turn right when an inattentive driver struck her from behind. The woman required chiropractic care after the accident and as her issues persisted, her chiropractor referred her for an MRI. The MRI revealed a congenital condition in her neck that was aggravated by the collision. The woman went to see a spine surgeon who told her that she was a candidate for spine surgery. However, he recommended she try non-surgical options first, before making a decision to have surgery. She was referred to a pain management specialist who tried various options before finding one that worked. Thankfully, she was able to avoid surgery.
The woman hired Christopher Geldmacher to represent her. He filed a claim on her behalf against the at fault driver’s insurance company. After making sure that his client received all of the treatment that she required, Mr. Geldmacher negotiated a settlement of for her which totaled $102,000.
- $75,000 Jury Verdict for Express Scripts Employee Injured in Rear-End Collision
A 43-year-old Express Scripts employee and father of four was injured in a rear-end collision heading westbound in backed up traffic on Interstate 70 just outside of downtown St. Louis. The man went to the ER and followed up with a chiropractor for treatment of the injuries he sustained. Ten months after finishing treatment with the chiropractor, he was still suffering with neck and shoulder problems. He went back to the chiropractor for additional care. The chiropractor then referred him to an orthopedic surgeon for injections in his neck and left shoulder. The treatments left the man with medical bills totaling just over $31,000.00.
The other driver’s insurance company refused to take responsibility for the client’s injuries arguing that since there was very little damage to either car involved in the collision, the man’s injuries could not be that serious. The gentleman hired Christopher Geldmacher of Sauter Sullivan to represent him with regard to his injuries and fight the insurance company. Initially, the insurance company was only offering just over $12,000.00…only enough to cover about a third of the victim’s medical bills due to the accident.
Mr. Geldmacher filed suit and fought to get his client a fair resolution of his claim. Just before the trial, the insurance company raised its offer to $21,000.00, still well short of the medical expenses. Mr. Geldmacher took the gentleman’s case to a jury trial in the City of St. Louis. At trial, the insurance company once again argued that the light damage to the vehicles involved meant that this man’s injuries could not have been as severe as the doctors were saying. The jury did not agree. Instead, the jury awarded Mr. Geldmacher’s client $75,000.00.
- $60,000 Settlement for Woman Injured in Slip and Fall at Fast Food Restaurant
In August 2007, a woman came to Sauter Sullivan attorney Christopher Geldmacher after she suffered a personal injury when she slipped and fell in a fast food restaurant parking lot. It had started raining outside while the woman was in the restaurant, and, when she exited building, she was forced to walk along a very steep area of the parking lot to get to her car. Because of the rain and the slope of the hill, the woman’s foot slipped and she fell directly onto her knee. Doctors confirmed that she suffered a torn meniscus in her knee. The knee injury required surgery, and although she got the surgery she needed, her knee was never the same.
Mr. Geldmacher, a personal injury attorney and partner at Sauter Sullivan, took her case and conducted an investigation of the restaurant’s parking lot. At first glance, the portion of the parking lot where the woman fell appeared to have a slope which was steeper than County Code allowed. Mr. Geldmacher ordered a survey of the property and the parking lot. The survey crew hired by Mr. Geldmacher found that the slope of the portion of the parking lot where the client fell was 2.5 times the maximum grade allowed by the County Code. Once this was confirmed, the owner of the restaurant had no choice but to acknowledge the woman’s claim. Mr. Geldmacher negotiated a settlement of $60,000 for his client!
- $44,000 Settlement for Severe Allergic Reaction Caused by Fast Food Restaurant Negligence
A family went to a fast food restaurant on Natural Bridge Road in St. Louis. When they placed their order, the father was sure to tell them he was very allergic to tomatoes so they had to make sure there were none on his cheeseburger. The clerk assured him they would hold the tomatoes, and the father paid for his family’s meal. He verified that his receipt said “no tomato”, and he opened his cheeseburger to make sure there were no tomatoes on it. Seeing no tomatoes, he proceeded to eat his meal.
On his second bite, the man quickly realized something was wrong. His throat and tongue swelled up immediately, and he fell to the ground in convolutions struggling to breathe in front of his terrified family. The restaurant failed to process his order correctly, as there was a tomato hidden between the cheese and the burger. Paramedics arrived on the scene quickly and administered medications which probably saved the man’s life. Unable to speak and having difficulty breathing, he was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was diagnosed with anaphylaxis due to the allergic reaction to the tomato on his cheeseburger.
The man hired the Sauter Sullivan law firm to handle his case against the fast food restaurant whose negligence had caused his severe allergic reaction. Christopher Geldmacher took the personal injury case and went to bat for his client. In addition to the allergic reaction, the client suffered from a knot on his head and back and neck injuries due to falling backwards out of his seat when the convulsions hit him. The client had to be monitored for his anaphylaxis and was ordered to take over two months of physical therapy for his back and neck injuries. Mr. Geldmacher negotiated a settlement with the franchise owner of the fast food restaurant, and his client was received a $44,000 settlement for his injuries.
- $41,000 Settlement Woman Injured Due to Poorly Secured Handrail
Christopher Geldmacher represented an elderly woman who injured herself on the stairs at a Saint Louis City apartment complex as the result of a poorly secured handrail.The client was walking down the stairs in her apartment building while leaning on the handrail for support. The handrail, which had not been adequately secured to the wall, pulled out of the wall causing the client to fall and land backwards on the stairs. During the fall, the handrail fell on top of the woman and twisted her wrist. She immediately went to the emergency room, followed by a visit to her primary doctor, and then a hand specialist. Her wrist injury required surgery followed by physical therapy. The landlord denied responsibility, claiming that it was not responsible for the woman pulling the handrail off of the wall while using it for support., Mr. Geldmacher was forced to file suit against the landlord. Mr. Geldmacher discovered that having a handrail that was not “securely fastened” to the wall was actually a violation of St. Louis City Code. The discovery of the poorly secured handrail made proving the case much easier and caused the landlord and its attorneys to rethink their position. Prior to trial, Mr. Geldmacher was able get the landlord to agree to pay his client a settlement of $41,000.00.
- $35,000 Worker’s Compensation Settlement for Forklift Operator
In December of 2010 a 58 year old forklift operator was injured at work when he fell stepping off his forklift at his work in South St. Louis County. The man’s personal injuries required surgery in which permanent hardware had to be implanted and resulted in a permanent disability to his leg; he missed three months of work after his surgery. His employer completely denied the Workers’ Compensation claim because the man blew a 0.014 blood alcohol reading on a breathalyzer at the emergency room shortly after the incident. The employer hired a toxicologist that argued that the client’s blood alcohol content was higher at the time of the injury at work.
Several attorneys turned his case down before he called Christopher Geldmacher at the Sauter Sullivan law firm. Chris listened to his story, and decided something wasn’t right, so he took the case. Sauter Sullivan hired their own toxicology expert who testified that the results of the breathalyzer test at the emergency room were not a reliable finding. In preliminary proceedings at the Division of Workers’ Compensation, two separate judges agreed. After initially denying the client’s claim completely, the employer changed course because of the hard work by Sauter Sullivan. Chris got the employer to pay the client over $35,000 in a settlement that included payment of all his medical bills, 12 weeks of back pay, and a fair settlement for his disability.
- $34,600 for Steel Worker Who Tore His Rotator Cuff on the Job
A worker at American Steel in Granite City, Illinois tore his rotator cuff as the result of having to do heavy work overhead for his employer for a period of 12 years. The rotator cuff tear required surgery. Chris Geldmacher, a partner at Sauter Sullivan, took the case and filed a Workers’ Compensation claim on behalf of his client. Chris fought hard to ensure his client received the surgery he needed as a result of his on-the-job-injury. The treatment, surgery and recovery lasted six months. In the end, Geldmacher’s client received the benefits he deserved, including his wages for the time he missed from work and payment of his medical bills. After treatment was complete, Mr. Geldmacher negotiated a settlement of $34,600 for his client.
- $21,000 Settlement for Mother of Two Involved in a Car Accident with a False Police Report
A woman traveling south bound on Route 3 in St. Clair County, Illinois, stopped at a red light at the intersection of Camp Jackson Road, and waited to turn left. After getting a green left turn arrow, she started into the intersection. As she did so, another driver traveling north bound ran a red light and crashed into her vehicle. The woman was rushed to the hospital by ambulance, and her car was totaled. She suffered soft tissue injuries to her neck, back and both knees, experienced headaches, and required chiropractic treatment after the accident. The police officer who investigated the car accident blamed the accident on the woman without actually getting a statement from her. The officer sided with the other driver from the beginning and used a statement from a witness to justify the findings in the police report. Medical bills were coming in, the woman’s car was totaled and the insurance company was denying her claim. Desperate for help, this mother of two came to Chris Geldmacher at Sauter Sullivan. Chris contacted the witness cited in the police report, and found out that the statement attributed to the witness in the police report was incorrect. Mr. Geldmacher took a statement from the witness that was recorded in which the witness explained that the police report was false and that Mr. Geldmacher’s client was not at fault. He also located a second, independent witness who corroborated his client’s story. After fighting with the insurance company and ultimately filing suit against them, Mr. Geldmacher convinced the insurance company that the police report was wrong and that its insured was at fault. In the end, Mr. Geldmacher worked out a $21,000 settlement on behalf of his client.
- $18,600 Workers’ Compensation Settlement for Hotel Server Who Required Surgery
A server at a hotel near St. Louis Lambert Airport developed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in her left hand after repetitively carrying heavy trays of food for her job. A doctor told her that her hand required surgery. When her employer refused to pay for the surgery, the woman came to Sauter Sullivan for help. The hotel tried to place the blame for the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome on the employee , claiming she had an increased risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome due to being female, having recently been pregnant and because she had diabetes.
Chris Geldmacher of Sauter Sullivan listened to the woman’s story, took the case, and filed a Workers’ Compensation claim on her behalf. Chris fought hard to ensure his client received the surgery she needed as a result of her on-the-job-injury. He hired an expert physician who testified that her carpal tunnel was from holding trays while at her employment. The employer hired its own expert, whose findings agreed with the employer’s argument. The case went to trial before a judge who ruled in favor of Mr. Geldmacher’s client. The employer was ordered to pay for the client’s surgery, and after her recovery Geldmacher negotiated a settlement of $18,600 for his client.
- Fast Settlement of Workers’ Compensation Claim for School District Employee Who Slipped and Fell on the Job
A school district employee injured her back and neck on the job at McCluer North High School. The woman was walking outside of the school to retrieve some equipment. The path on the school grounds was icy and she lost her footing, causing her to slip and fall to the ground. The school district sent her originally to an occupational health clinic for treatment of her injuries, but she was eventually referred to an orthopedic specialist and given physical therapy. The woman hired Sauter Sullivan to make sure that she received the proper settlement at the conclusion of her claim. Christopher Geldmacher took her case, and filed a claim on her behalf. In just over two months after completion of her treatment, Mr. Geldmacher was able to negotiate a settlement of over $13,000 for his client!
- Injured Steel Worker Receives Permanent Total Disability Benefits in Workers’ Comp Case
In June of 2009, a 41 year old steel worker suffered a serious on-the-job injury at the steel plant in Granite City, Illinois. The worker had herniated discs in the spine which required multiple surgeries. At the conclusion of treatment, the doctors gave the client restrictions which prohibited him from being able to work again. The steel plant did not want to take responsibility and pay the permanent disability benefits their employee deserved, so the case was taken to a workers’ compensation hearing. Christopher Geldmacher of the Sauter Sullivan law firm took the workers’ compensation case and fought for his client’s rights. Due to Chris Geldmacher’s efforts, his client was awarded permanent total disability benefits. This means he will be paid weekly benefits for the rest of his life and that all future treatment for his back injury must be paid for by the employer.