Our Springfield, MO personal injury firm settled for a client who had sustained neck and back injuries from an accident involving an animal. The client hit a cow that moved in the road, after escaping its barrier. According to Missouri law, the owner of the cow was responsible for injury since they didn’t keep their animal contained.
Though some states do allow animals to have open range and don’t hold the owners’ liable for any livestock injury, the case of Anderson v Glascock (1954) determined that in Missouri, damages for personal injury as a result of a collision between the plaintiff and livestock would be the fault of livestock owner. The plaintiff, Anderson, had been injured because Glascock’s horse had strayed onto the public highway. Glascock was fined $4000 for the injuries, setting a precedent for rulings in favor of the injured person.
Our legal team at Henry & Williams, P.C., was able to settle with the owner for $425,000 before the case went to court. Since they were able to settle before the court got involved, the client was saved all expensive fees associated with a lawsuit. The client was able to use the settlement to take care of all the medical expenses associated with the livestock accident.
If you have been injured in an accident, then a Springfield personal injury attorney from our firm can make sure that your rights are defended. With more than 55 years of collective legal experience, you can be assured that you will be getting knowledgeable lawyers that know the details of Missouri law. Call us today and we won’t charge you anything until you receive compensation for your damages.