At Lanzotti & Rau we are experienced in all types of personal injury and personal injury cases. In addition, we regularly handle workers compensation, social security disability, bankruptcy, family law and criminal cases. On this page you will find descriptions of some of our most common practice areas. If you have additional questions, don’t know which practice area your case falls in, or are unsure of how to proceed, please call us directly. The attorneys at Lanzotti and Rau will meet with you in person or over the phone and determine how your individual case can best be represented. All initial consultations are free of charge and completely confidential.
What is “personal injury”? Personal Injury cases involve any injury that results from the negligent actions of another person, employer or company. Personal injury cases can involve many different mechanisms for injury; another way of stating this would be that there are multiple ways in which the negligence of another can injure an innocent person. Personal injury actions commonly include motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall, premises liability, commercial vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and defective products just to name a few. More about Personal Injury cases.
Traffic accidents happen every day, but that does not make them routine. As a victim of a car crash it is vital that you are compensated for the benefits you are entitled to. It does not matter if you have been injured by an auto, bus or motorcycle. In fact, it doesn’t even matter if you are partially to blame, as compensation is frequently assessed on a percentage basis. For example, even if you are 20% responsible for the accident, you could still get 80% of the total compensation. If you are injured due to another driver’s negligence or recklessness, then you are entitled to monetary recovery for your losses. This can include money to cover medical bills, past and future wages that are lost, and compensation for the suffering that accompanies any type of injury.More about Car Accident cases
Commercial Vehicle Accidents (Truck Accident)
Some of the most devastating accidents in the State of Missouri occur when a commercial vehicle or 18-wheeler strikes a motor vehicle or a pedestrian. With such massive vehicles involved, even a minor collision can turn into a major catastrophe. Injury and death are usually present at the scenes of such accidents. Unfortunately, it is rarely the truck operator who suffers, due to the comparative tonnage of the vehicles. If you or your loved ones are dealing with the aftermath of an accident with a commercial vehicle, make sure you gain your own team of legal experts here at Lanzotti & Rau as soon as possible. More about Truck Accident cases.
In Missouri a wrongful death action occurs when an individual dies as a result of another’s negligent acts. Negligent acts are acts that are the fault of someone else and not the individual who is killed. Fault in a wrongful death case doesn’t have to be all or none. Even if the deceased bore some responsibility in their death a wrongful death action may be possible. However, the timing on these cases is crucial, so prompt action on your part is essential to success. More about Wrongful Death cases
Medical malpractice is the failure of medical professionals (including doctors, nurses and hospitals) to provide acceptable treatment of patients. It is the third leading cause of death in America, killing 100,000 people every year. If you suspect that you are a loved one may have been the victim of medical malpractice, please call the attorneys at Lanzotti & Rau right away for a free consultation. These expert and compassionate attorneys can quickly determine if the circumstances warrant further litigation, and will represent you in a sensitive and effective manner.More about Medical Malpractice cases.
The legal theory of “premises liability” holds owners and occupiers of property legally responsible for accidents and injuries that occur on that property. The kinds of incidents that give rise to premises liability claims can range from a slip and fall, tripping, falling from height and any other injury that may result from a dangerous condition on the property.More about Premises Libility
Product liability is the general name given those cases that hold designers, manufacturers, and sellers of defective products responsible for the harm their defective products cause to others. A “product” can be almost anything, from an automobile to a zippo lighter. “Defective” may include flaws in the way a product is designed, manufactured, or marketed for use. More about Defective Product cases.
Workers’ Compensation in the state of Missouri was created in 1926 to help protect workers from injuries sustained at work. “Hurt at work” sounds simple enough, however, in practice it is far from a simple proposition. Over the years the courts and even the Missouri Legislature have manipulated the laws surrounding workers compensation to create a complex system of exceptions and rules to “Hurt at work”. If you or a loved one feel that you could possibly be entitled to compensation for an injury suffered at your workplace or on the job, it is imperative for you to have an informed and aggressive legal team. Choosing the attorneys at Lanzotti & Rau to represent you brings decades of experience successfully litigating Workers Compensation claims over to your side of the bargaining table.More about Workers Compensation cases.
If you are one of the millions of Americans today facing tough financial challenges that could result in the loss of your home or business, and/or declaration of bankruptcy, it is important to understand that you are not alone, and that you have options. The bankruptcy laws of our nation were designed to protect individuals like you. They can offer a way out for an individual who is, through no fault of their own, overwhelmed by bills, bad debts, lingering judgments and looking for a “fresh start”. If you are facing the complicated decision of whether or not to declare bankruptcy, make sure you get expert legal advice on your side first.More about Bankruptcy cases.
Most people do not realize that if you are not able to work due to a medical condition, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability. Social Security Disability does not just apply to the elderly. Individuals who qualify for disability are normally entitled to monthly benefit checks and medical coverage. Make sure you have the legal advice you need to ensure you and your family are gaining as much financial help as possible.More about Social Security cases