Personal Injury

When you or your family are injured, maimed or even killed by the negligence or wrongdoing of other Missouri drivers, truckers, in a slip and fall accident, or by a business owner’s negligence, the law firm of Guilfoil, Petzall & Shoemake, L.L.C. has the experience and expertise to assist you in enforcing your rights, to receive the compensation you need to put your life back together, and to provide you and your family with the best legal representation available.

The law firm of Guilfoil, Petzall, Shoemake, L.L.C., has served the legal needs of our personal injury clients in both Missouri and Illinois for over 50 years. We are committed to ensuring that our clients who have suffered accidental injuries recover the fair compensation that fully addresses their current and future needs The firm works with its clients to determine a payment structure that works best for the client, which in most cases means the client will pay nothing unless we are successful in winning or settling your case. We are not able to take every case, but we aim to win every case we take and aggressively pursue justice on behalf our clients.

Call toll free 314-339-8056 or e-mail us to schedule a free case evaluation.

Auto Accident Attorneys: St Louis & Illinois

Auto accidents are rarely accidental. Often, the negligence, reckless disregard, or inattention of other drivers causes long-term injuries, hospitalizations, and even death for innocent drivers and pedestrians. Car accidents are not only life-disrupting events but they also can be costly and have a negative financial impact on you and your family. Our auto accident attorneys have helped people like you and your family receive the money you deserve after suffering from another driver’s negligence.

St. Louis auto accidents are often caused by the following:

  • Driver distraction: Talking to passengers, talking on a cell phone, texting, emailing or operating cell phones or other handheld devices while driving, or reaching for other items while operating a vehicle.
  • Grooming or applying makeup: Accidents that occur due to distracted drivers during their St. Louis or Illinois commutes.
  • Driving While Impaired/DUI/DWI: Accidents that occur due the impairment of other drivers is an unfortunate but frequent occurrence. This includes drivers operating their vehicles under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription and non-prescription drugs, as well as driving when fatigued (lack of sleep).
  • Mechanical failure or neglect: Every operator of a motor vehicle in Missouri and Illinois is required to ensure the vehicle is safe and mechanically sound , but some people cut corners. Driving a vehicle with bad brakes, bad tires, or other mechanical inadequacies are the responsibility of the vehicle’s driver and/or owner. If their neglect of their vehicle causes an accident, injury or death, they are responsible.
  • Operating a vehicle in an imprudent or unsafe manner: Motorists are always obligated to obey traffic signals, signs and be aware of road conditions, including weather. When other motorists operate their vehicles in a negligent manner and cause you injury or damage to your vehicle, they are responsible.
  • Dangerous Roads, Bridges, Improperly Maintained or Neglected Roads or
  • Dangerous Road Design: Dangerous roads, pot holes, unmarked dangers, poorly designed roads, exits and other negligent road designs and conditions can lead to auto accidents. If your accident was caused by another’s negligence, you deserve compensation.

Truck Accidents: St. Louis Personal Injury Attorneys

St. Louis truck or tractor-trailer accidents are incredibly destructive, dangerous, and sometimes, deadly. Due to their size and weight, operators of semi trucks and 18-wheelers have a greater responsibility to operate these commercial vehicles safely and prudently. Unfortunately, some truck drivers disregard their responsibilities and operate these giant vehicles in a dangerous manner that places average motorists in peril. When truck drivers get into an accident, it is anything but a little fender bender; the results can be disastrous.

Survivors of collisions with tractor-trailer trucks, buses and other commercial vehicles often require a lifetime of care due to traumatic injuries. Truck accident injuries can include traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), head and neck injuries (including whiplash), paralysis, spinal cord injury, back injury, broken bones, and loss of limbs. If you or your loved one have been injured due to a trucker’s negligence, call the experienced and winning auto accident lawyers at the St. Louis law firm of Guilfoil, Petzall & Shoemake, L.L.C. We have represented clients in Missouri and Illinois truck accidents for decades.

Motorcycle Accident Lawyer: Illinois & Missouri Law Firm

Motorcycles travel at high speeds and with little protection, so when accidents occur, devastating personal injuries can result. Sometimes Missouri and Illinois motorists do not watch for other drivers, much less for motorcycle riders. Motorists’ failure to yield and obey traffic signals/signs, distracted driving, driving under the influence, negligent road management or maintenance, driving too close, and other negligence, can and do cause motorcycle accidents. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another’s negligence, call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Guilfoil, Petzall and Shoemake, L.L.C. and get the compensation you deserve.

Call toll free 1-314-339-8056 or e-mail us to schedule a free case evaluation.