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4 Insurance Tricks Insurance Companies Use to Minimize Settlement Payments

When a driver causes a car accident or you fall in a store, the responsible party’s insurance company should pay for all of your losses, right? Unfortunately, it is not always that easy, since insurance companies regularly challenge injury claims. These companies are businesses first, and to maximize profits, they try to minimize settlement payments as much as possible. The following are four tricks that insurers may use to reduce your settlement. 1. Challenge Liability If an injured accident victim was also partially at fault for a collision, their recovery will be reduced by their percentage of fault. Therefore, insurance companies will investigate an accident...

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Happy Father’s Day: A Tribute to Our Founder

Before opening his own firm in 1954, Raymond A. Bruntrager served in the circuit attorney's office, prosecuting many high-profile cases, including over 50 felony cases, and establishing himself as a success-driven, criminal defense attorney. It was in this office that Bruntrager tried his most famous case: The Southwest Bank Robbery in 1953, which was eventually made into a movie, The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery starring Steve McQueen in 1959. Raymond A. Bruntrager was many things throughout his lifetime. An Army Air Force Veteran, an honoree of the Soldier's Medal, a lawyer, a business owner, and a father to name a...

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The Collateral Consequences of a 1st-Time DWI in Missouri

Many people fail to take a first-time charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI) as seriously as they should. This is often because a first DWI charge is generally a Class B misdemeanor, and defendants believe they will just get probation and move on with their lives. In reality, even a first DWI conviction can have lasting consequences that go far beyond court-ordered penalties. It is never a good idea to try to handle a DWI case on your own, as it can mean unnecessary convictions and consequences. Contact a St. Louis DWI defense attorney at Bruntrager & Billings, P.C. for...

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Can You Recover Compensation after a Slip and Fall Accident in St. Louis?

Many of us have slipped and fallen down at some point in our lives, only to get up and brush ourselves off, heading on our way with only a bruised ego. However, many slip and fall victims are not nearly this fortunate, as their falls may result in serious and lasting injuries. One moment they were grocery shopping and the next, they were in the emergency room and facing piles of medical bills, ongoing treatment, missed work, and more. If your slip and fall accident caused you serious injuries and losses, it is only natural to wonder whether the law entitles...

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Missouri Marijuana Law Update

Marijuana-related laws are constantly changing in the United States and they vary, from state to state. This can make it confusing for people to know what is legal and what could lead to an arrest and criminal charges. The following are some updates on the state of marijuana laws in Missouri. Always remember that the laws in neighboring states are different, so you can never just assume that what is lawful or unlawful in Missouri will be the same just across the river in Illinois. Medical Marijuana Laws Last November, voters decided that Missouri should legalize marijuana use for medical purposes, and...

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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

As the weather warms up, more and more people in the St. Louis area will be dusting off their motorcycles and hitting the open road. As exhilarating as motorcycling can be, it’s critical to keep in mind that every time you get on your bike, you are exposing yourself to a risk of serious injury. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and there’s no better time to review some basic motorcycle safety tips to reduce your risk of involvement in an accident. Here are safety tips shared by the National Safety Council: Choose a bike that is appropriate for your skill levelBe...

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Can the Police Search Your Car?

Often, when a police officer pulls you over, you may receive a citation and be sent on your way. While this may be a frustrating situation, it is much better than what some drivers experience when a police officer wants to search the driver’s car. The 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution gives you protection against unreasonable search and seizure, which applies to places in which you have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Generally speaking, police need a search warrant to conduct a search without violating your 4th Amendment rights. However, there are some exceptions to the warrant requirement...

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