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Personal injury attorneys

Lawyers in Illinois, Missouri, Arizona & Nationwide

Every year innocent people are injured through no fault of their own. Personal injury claims are based on the law of torts. A tort is a civil wrong that unfairly causes someone else to suffer loss or harm resulting in legal liability for the person who commits the tortious act. Every tort claim, regardless of its basis, whether intentional, negligence, or strict liability, has two basic issues - liability and damages. Was the defendant liable for the damages you sustained? If so, what is the nature and extent of your damages? The will award you compensation for your loss if you can prove liability and damages.

There are many different types of torts, such as auto accidents, defamation, product liability as well as many others. A good example of how the tort system works is an automobile accident. You have a negligence claim in a “fault” state if you are injured by a driver who failed to exercise reasonable care, because drivers have a duty to exercise reasonable care anytime they are on the road. When that duty is breached and a personal injury results, personal injury law says you can recoup your losses.

Once negligence has been established in a personal injury case, the defendant must pay the plaintiff for all injuries caused by the defendant’s actions. Certain types of damages are easy to calculate, such as property damage and medical bills. Expert legal help may be required for other types, such as emotional distress and loss of earning capacity. Punitive damages, meant to punish and deter egregious conduct, may also be available.


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"The firm truly cares
about people"

“My lawsuit against the railroad came to a speedy and satisfying conclusion. The hard work and determination that Brad Lakin showed throughout the handling of my lawsuit really paid off in the end. The firm truly cares about people and their families.”

Buddy Snyder

"very pleased with the way
they handled my case"

“When I was injured working on the river, I chose the firm because I had heard they specialized in cases for the people working on towboats. I am very pleased with the way they handled my case and would recommend them to anyone who has been injured working on the river. They were always there for my family and I throughout my case.”

Melvin S. “Scott” Dunham

"showed genuine concern for my family,
especially my mother"

“It was an extremely stressful time for my family. Everyone from the receptionist to my attorney showed genuine concern for my family, especially my mother. By the firm’s thorough research we were able to win. It has made a difference in the care of other people at the nursing home.”

Edith Siler
We are ready to help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve.

SL Chapman Lawyers are experienced personal injury attorneys that have gained a reputation nationwide for aggressive representation of injured people. We are ready to help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve.

We offer compassion, expertise, and open communication to ensure that our injured clients feel 100% confident in their representation. Besides great legal experience, we are also dedicated to making sure our clients feel informed and educated during every step of the personal injury process.

We have settled, mediated, arbitrated and many personal injury cases. We handle all types of personal injury cases.

Our experienced personal injury attorneys pride ourselves on our qualifications and on our demonstrated success in advocating for personal injury clients. As experienced trial lawyers, we begin developing a trial strategy from the moment we first meet with you, providing you with a competitive advantage before your case is even filed. With diverse backgrounds as both plaintiffs’ lawyers and former corporate defense attorneys, we have successfully represented and battled some of the nation’s largest companies. This unique insight from this experience allow us to bring a 360 degree approach when preparing your case for trial.

Bradley Lakin

Mr. Lakin has practiced civil litigation since 1997. He concentrates his practice in complex litigation, nursing home cases, personal injury, product liability, Jones Act and railroad injuries. Mr. Lakin is a Founding Partner of SL Chapman LLC.SL Chapman LLC is known nationally for its successful handling of personal injury, mass torts and a variety of complex litigation matters.



Robert Schmieder

Mr. Schmieder handles complex litigation matters, including catastrophic personal injury, product liability, insurance coverage, class action, mass tort, and commercial disputes. Mr. Schmieder has tried cases to verdict, argued appeals, handled bench trials, arbitrations, and evidentiary proceedings in a multitude of jurisdictions. He practices in both state and federal court, including before the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL Panel).



John Wilborn

John Wilborn has been practicing law in Arizona for more than 30 years and brings a wealth of experience and personal knowledge of the state and federal judicial systems. During his career he has represented individuals, small corporations, and international companies in litigation against insurance companies and large corporations.



Karen Wilson

While in high school, Karen joined the Army National Guard, finishing her service in the Military Police division. Karen later attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. Karen later relocated to earn her Juris Doctor from the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.



Trinette Kent

Trinette G. Kent earned her law degree from Loyola Law School in 2002 and began her legal career praciticing in California representing consumers against insurance companies. She was later admitted to the Arizona bar where she continued to represent plaintiffs in bad faith litigation.



Matt Logue

Matthew T. Logue is a passionate advocate for his clients throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Attorney Logue focuses his practice on plaintiff’s personal injury matters, sex abuse cases, trucking and other motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and train accidents.



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If you believe that you have been injured by another’s negligence or recklessness, it is important to contact us immediately.

A personal injury claim has a statute of limitations and must be filed within a certain amount of time from the date of the injury. If you wait too long to take legal action, it may cost you the right to recover the compensation you deserve.

When you contact SL Chapman Lawyers, we can provide a free review of your case and an evaluation of your legal options. We will be thorough in our investigation of your claim, and we will be firm in our negotiations with insurance companies. We will also be sensitive to the needs of you and your family. In addition to litigating your case, we can help with coordinating medical payments, organizing documentation and helping you in other areas that have been disrupted because of your accident. Contact us today at 800-520-2106 for a free legal consultation.

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