Practice/Industry Group Overview
RMKB’s litigators have defended personal injury claims for more than 50 years. During this time, they have developed an excellent reputation for defending clients against alleged motor vehicle negligence, slip and fall claims, work site injuries, premises liability, nursing home abuse, various forms of wrongful death and other catastrophic injury claims.
Successfully defending these claims requires active investigation, thorough preparation and skilled negotiation. RMKB lawyers have extensive courtroom and trial experience, which can be not only useful to effectuate very favorable settlements on behalf of clients during mediation or other ADR forums, but are also absolutely critical when plaintiffs’ demands are unreasonable and a case proceeds to trial. Over the years, RMKB attorneys have also assembled a broad database of consultants and expert witnesses in different engineering and medical fields. Working within the parameters of a well-defined, economically responsible defense is a unique skill ingrained in RMKB’s attorneys and staff.
Catastrophic Injury Litigation
These cases, often presenting multi-million dollar risk, can create exposure beyond policy limits or, in the commercial context where insurance might not apply, create the possibility of a significant financial setback for a client.
Such actions typically involve life-altering injuries, e.g. spinal cord and brain trauma, wrongful death or, in the commercial context, large projects that have gone awry.
RMKB has developed a team and method to efficiently handle these catastrophic actions from their inception. The firm’s long history in litigation, with such practice areas as product liability, premises liability, medical malpractice and construction defect has led to development of seasoned trial lawyers with precise legal expertise, access to top experts and data management techniques that allow for quick organization of a case handling plan. This plan is immediately reviewed with the client and implemented.
Staffing levels are determined and reviewed according to need. We prepare realistic budgets and make liability assessments at the start of the case to allow for early decisions whether the action should be tried to verdict or settled at an advantageous point.
RMKB’s lawyers work closely with our clients to review these litigation plans as discovery changes factual assumptions or liability assessments. At critical stages, the case-handling attorney can convene a round table discussion with catastrophic injury team members not directly involved in the case to review the progress of the action, what needs to be done to fully prepare it, and its likely outcome. Throughout case handling, the firm’s appellate lawyers are available to provide insight into the impact of legal precedents or an opinion on a key evidenciary issue.
RMKB’s attorneys pride themselves on being result-oriented. This approach and their experience in catastrophic cases make a significant difference in the successful handling of the large exposure case with risks that require special management.