One reason I started my own firm, after being a partner at a big firm, was that I wanted to work in a close-knit environment. With independence comes risk. If I fail, my firm fails. If my staff fails, my firm fails. If we don’t take care of the clients then the firm fails. We haven’t failed. In fact, it’s the opposite.
This year was long and successful! We tried a lot of cases. Lost some; won some. Forged some great settlements for our clients. I try to share the success with the staff because we are a team. There’s one thing more valuable than money: time. So, in addition to bonuses, I decided the best way to show the team my appreciation is that starting in 2017, we will close the office from December 24 through January 2. We will all still check our emails daily and will respond to any client emergencies. But, we can also enjoy our time with kids and grandkids. We can rest and prepare for another challenging year. That’s one of the benefits of being a small and successful firm; the freedom to enjoy life!
We hope that everyone has a safe and happy New Year! Honestly, we hope that no one needs a lawyer next year. If you do then call us. We’ll help. Law Office of Keith Short, 618-655-9499 and 254-0055.
Lawyers don’t get a lot of compliments; we usually don’t deserve them. But it seems to me that the highest professional compliment a lawyer can get is when a former opponent asks you to represent a family member. I currently represent family members of three defense/insurance lawyers with whom I have had cases. I have a fourth client referred by a former opponent, but that person isn’t the lawyer’s family, just a close friend. Note: I will not represent a family member of an opposing counsel with whom I’m currently in a lawsuit.
We value all of our clients equally. But, there is something particularly gratifying about having a former opponent ask you to represent his/her family. These lawyers know the quality of representation our clients receive and they know the depth of the commitment we make to the case and the client.
If a defense lawyer can trust us with a family member, so can you. If you are injured at work or by the negligence of another; if you’re thinking about divorce or have a family law issue then call us. We get things done. The Law Office of Keith Short. 618-655-9499 or 618-254-0055.
One thing I can say with absolute certainty is that you and your ex can either make your divorce the worst thing to ever happen to your children or you can make it an experience the kids can accept and adjust to without permanent psychological injury. The question is whether both of you (and I do mean both) can genuinely place the best interests of the kids above your anger, vengefulness and fear. Everyone says they can…almost no one can. Everyone thinks the other person is the horrible parent and is using the kids…the reality is that you’re both probably using the kids and neither of you is as good a parent as you can be. We can help you through all of this.
If you want my firm to represent you then you must see a counselor. We can help you find one who won’t break the bank. You must understand that your head isn’t always thinking straight. If I represent you, I will tell you when you’re being petty. I will tell you when you aren’t putting your kids first. I will tell you when you have to fight…and I will tell you when you have to swallow your pride.
I have been right where you are. I bet I have more kids (5 of my own and 3 step kids) and more divorces than you (2). I made a ton of mistakes. I regret a thousand things as a spouse and a parent…but I always understood that my kids were more important to me than everything else. My kids grew up happy, healthy and successful. If you want your kids to grow up remembering the divorce as pure hell then that’s something you can make happen. But, if you want your kids to see that people can disagree and still be kind; that they can cooperate…that they can be respectful…then you can teach your kids that. Remember that the kids love you both (and don’t try to make them love you more!) Just love them enough to be the best version of you possible. Love them enough to control what you say and how you act during your divorce. If you don’t, then you have clearly placed anger and vengeance ahead of your kids’ best interests. Remember: how you behave regarding your children is something you can completely control…maybe the only thing.
The Law Office of Keith Short. Free initial consultation. 618-655-9499
This week one of our car accident lawsuits settled for $100,000.00. We were able to get the case settled due, in large part, because our senior paralegal, Shana, is amazing at getting insurance companies and doctors to work with us in negotiating reasonable repayment of the bills. A real benefit you get when working with the Law Office of Keith Short isn’t just that you get an experienced, tough lawyer, but you also get paralegals and staff who are specialist in their field who know how to get stuff (I want to use another word) done! They’re awesome and they will take care of you!
If you want a team of people who know how to get cases moved then call the Law Office of Keith Short, 618-655-9499 or 618-254-0055.
This week we were able to settle a workers’ compensation claim for a client who severely injured his neck when he slipped and fell in oil spilled on the ground by another company’s employee. Even his employer’s insurance company agrees the client will never be able to do his job again.
Our client was working outside at 4:45 a.m. in winter and was unable to see grease which had been spilled on the ground outside in an unlit parking lot. When the client’s boss came to investigate the area where the accident happened he also fell and injured himself.
A civil lawsuit against the company responsible for spilling the grease continues.
Not all cases get the same result. But, If you want a law firm that’s experienced, knows the law and medicine and is not afraid to fight, including going to trial, then call the Law Office of Keith Short, 618-655-9499 or 618-254-0055
- Make certain that everyone is ok. If you think any person involved might need an ambulance then call one immediately. Check on the other driver, all passengers and anyone who might have been in the zone of danger when the accident occurred.
- If possible, move the vehicles to a safe place, nearest to the accident site as possible.
- Call the police and get a police report. Sometimes the police will not write a report if the accident was on private property. If the police will not write a report then take many pictures of the vehicles and roadway…but stay out of the traffic lanes!
- Try to exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. Try to obtain names and contact information of all witnesses.
- If you are having any discomfort or pain then see a doctor as soon as possible. Do not wait a few days or weeks to “see if it would get better on its own.” We recently had a case for an older couple who were rear-ended at a stop light. They waited a few weeks and then went to the doctor together. The defense tried to allege that they weren’t injured because they didn’t see a doctor for weeks and that they must be conspiring because they went to the same doctor on the same days. We won the case because we were able to prove that the wife, a former nurse, knew that often pain goes away in time and was trying to avoid medical expenses. Also the husband didn’t drive so it was convenient for them to go together. Regardless, their delays in getting to a doctor made getting the bills paid much more difficult…but we still won.
If you are in a car accident and want someone to help you through the process then call the Law Office of Keith Short. 618-655-9499 or 618-254-0055.
We recently had to try a case because of the refusal of the defendant and her insurance company to even try to work out the case. My client was an 8 year old boy who was struck by the defendant’s car as he was using a crosswalk. The defendant was ticket for failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to stop at the stop sign. Two adult witnesses saw the accident and placed fault on the driver. Fortunately the little guy only had a sprained ankle and some leg and back pain that resolved within 5 months. His ambulance and hospital bills only totaled $2,700.00. We were willing to settle the whole case for $5,000.00 to compromise all issues. But, the defendant’s insurance company refused to make any offer! They gave no explanation. They admitted their driver was at fault…they just refused to pay even the medical bills. Then the defendant refused to show up for her depo and then refused to show up for her trial! The 3 judge panel awarded my client $7,200.00. All of this was made necessary because American Family Insurance and their client just refused to do what was right. I’m still baffled.
We fight for all of our clients…big and small…old and young. We will fight for you. Call the Law Office of Keith Short 618-655-9499 for a free case analysis
The Law Office of Keith Short recently settled a personal injury case for $200,000.00. The details of the settlement cannot be disclosed pursuant to agreement of the parties. That said, our client was very happy. All of his medical bills were paid, he’s back to work and the case was resolved in less than a year. Not all cases have the same outcome. Every case is fact specific. Every case has weaknesses and strengths. You need to hire a law firm that knows how to maximize the strengths and adjust for the weaknesses. Call the Law Office of Keith Short for a FREE case assessment. 618-655-9499 or 618-254-0055.
Last week the Law Office of Keith Short settled a car accident for the policy limit of $100,000.00. Our client was injured when he was riding as a passenger in a vehicle. In addition to the primary coverage we considered all other avenues of recovery including the family’s underinsured motorist coverage and even whether home owner’s insurance would cover part of the bills. We also negotiated significant reductions in the medical bills and then passed those savings along to our client. Not all cases are the same and not all results are the same, but if you want a firm that does all it can for you, then call the Law Office of Keith Short, 618-655-9499.