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Newsletter-Summer 2016

Saint Louis Gateway Arch

Personal Injury Accountability:
Who Pays when Negligence is Proved?

I was recently confronted at a family gathering. A family member was taken back by a note in one of our recent e-newsletters. The note concerned a successful outcome in an appeal of a case brought by our client against a teacher.

My relative was polite and gracious, but also a bit surprised. Surprised that I filed and prosecuted a case against a teacher. The inference underlying our discussion was that we weren’t doing ourselves any favors by publicizing our pursuit of a case against a teacher, a member of a profession dedicated to serving our children for relatively little pay.

The inference is based on a bad assumption—that the teacher will pay the judgment if the jury finds against the teacher and the court enters a judgment for our client.

Who Pays When There is a Judgment Against an Individual?

Insurance exists to protect people that make mistakes. Mistakes are inevitable; all of us make them. And, sometimes, the mistakes we make cause injury to others. Insurance helps spread the burden of the harms and losses resulting from our mistakes.

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Business Partner Spotlight

Jacquelyn S. Gonz Attorney at Law, LLC

Jacquelyn S. Gonz Attorney at Law, LLC

Casey & Devoti’s personal injury work reaches far beyond metropolitan St. Louis. Matt and Matt have done a great deal of work for clients throughout southeastern Missouri. In fact, they’ve tried cases in Ste. Genevieve, Jefferson, St. Francois, Pulaski and Phelps Counties—to name a few.

We attribute a great deal of our southeastern Missouri clientele to our relationship with Jackie Gonz of the Jacquelyn S. Gonz Law Firm in Ste. Genevieve. Jackie has been a valued referral partner of our firm for many years.

Jackie has more than 25 years of experience in family law and criminal defense. She was born and raised in St. Francois County and is passionate about helping people in her community during a time of crisis. She prides herself on being a shrewd negotiator and a fierce fighter for her clients. In fact, her law firm tagline is “one hell of a fight…and hope.”

Casey & Devoti is thankful for our continued working relationship with Jackie and her firm. She has graciously allowed us to host a ‘Personal Injury Law Day’ once a month at her Ste. Genevieve office. Additionally, she allows our attorneys to meet with potential clients in her office any time.

If you live in southeastern Missouri and are facing a criminal or family law matter, such as DUI, divorce, or a child custody dispute, please contact Jackie and her team.
(573) 303-3015


Extreme Heat

Everyone can be affected by excessive heat. However, there are certain populations who are more sensitive to extreme heat, these include: the elderly, people with chronic health conditions, low income families, infants and children, outside workers, and athletes.

To avoid heat-related illness, follow these tips:

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day—don’t wait until you are thirsty
  • Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks
  • Wear loose, light-colored clothing and a large brimmed hat
  • Wear and reapply sunscreen
  • Schedule activities early in the morning or later in the evening—avoid midday
  • Use air-conditioning. If you don’t have air-conditioning, find a local cool-down shelter in your area
  • Don’t use your stove or oven to cook
  • Take cool showers or baths
  • Check on friends and neighbors; have someone do the same for you
  • Know the signs and treatment for heat-related illness

Learn more about heat related illness and the warning signs here.

EndDD Presentations Recap

For the second year in a row Matt and Matt delivered the ‘End Distracted Driving’ program to area high school students. In each of the last two years, they reached over 1,500 students across St. Louis and southeastern Missouri.

End Distracted Driving Presentation

This interactive presentation is done free of charge and offers the sobering statistics of the current safety crisis, shares true stories of the costs of distracted driving, and offers simple steps that drivers can use immediately to help themselves and others around them End Distracted Driving.

This year our attorneys visited:

  • Bismarck High School in Bismarck, Missouri
  • St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis
  • Perryville High School in Perryville, Missouri

We are currently booking presentations for fall 2016 and spring 2017. If you know of a high school or student organization that would benefit from this important safety message, please contact Lara Vitiello.

Matt Devoti Selected as President-Elect by Gateway Chapter of CFF

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation | Matt Devoti

Casey & Devoti is pleased to announce that earlier this year, Partner Matt Devoti was named President-Elect of the Gateway Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Board of Directors.

With family members afflicted with cystic fibrosis, Matt Devoti has been dedicated to supporting the Gateway Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for many years. In 2013, Matt was asked to join the foundation’s board of directors; and for the past two years he has co-hosted the annual Wine Opener fundraiser, which raises about $70,000 annually. Again this year, Matt will co-host and the firm will be a corporate sponsor for the 2016 Wine Opener event.

Matt will serve as president-elect for the remainder of this year and assume the role of president in 2017. He is thrilled to continue cultivating the mission of Gateway CFF—which is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatments, and ensuring access to high quality, specialized care.

Citizens can get involved by volunteering their time and talents, participating in a fundraising events or by advocating to local, state and federal elected officials. If you reside in the St. Louis area, we invite you to get involved with one of the upcoming Gateway CFF events:

  • 8/14-15 – Jack Buck Dinner & Golf Classic at St. Albans Country Club
  • 9/9-11 – Xtreme Hike on Ozark Trail in Leasburg, MO
  • 9/17 – Wine Opener at CBC High School’s Ross Hall
  • 10/1 – Cycle for Life in St. Charles County
  • 10/21 – Reach for a Star Gala at Ritz-Carlton St. Louis

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St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Weekend Giveaway

Cardinals Baseball Ticket Giveaway

Casey & Devoti wants to take you and a few friends out to the ballgame. Register to win our baseball weekend giveaway:

  • (4) Tickets to the St. Louis Cardinals vs Florida Marlins game on Saturday, July 16th
  • Overnight accommodations at Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch
  • $25 food/beverage credit
  • Authentic Louisville Slugger bat

Deadline to register is June 25th. Click here.

Exit Survey/Quarterly Winner

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As part of our ongoing commitment to legendary customer service, we will be sending quarterly exit surveys to all ‘closed client/cases.’ As a token of our appreciation for completing the survey, we will enter all respondents into a quarterly drawing for a $25 Target gift card.

We will use this valuable feedback to help us better understand how clients find us, what they value in a personal injury attorney/firm, and how we can earn a client’s highest compliment—a referral.

A special thank you to everyone who completed a survey over the last few months and congratulations to our 2016 first quarter winner: Sue S. of Charleston, IL

100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers

Automobile accident

Every parent experiences the same gut-wrenching feeling when their teen gets behind the wheel. As a personal injury lawyer, I have the unfortunate perspective of seeing the devastating aftermath of countless car crashes. My heightened sense of awareness gives me great pause now that my teens are learning how to drive.

With summer approaching, I wanted to make parents aware of the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, it is estimated that nearly 1,000 people are killed in crashes involving teen drivers and, of those killed, 550 are teens.

Read more here.

Casey & Devoti Blog Digest

Matt Casey

Matt Devoti

We are continually posting valuable safety and legal related articles to the Casey & Devoti website and social media pages. Click here to view our latest posts on pool and boating safety. To receive real-time updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Matt Casey and Matt Devoti also publish blogs on The Eastern Missouri Legal Examiner — a website that allows bloggers and readers to share their views and opinions on all things legal related. Recently, Matt Devoti posted an informative article on what to do if you or a loved one is hit by a drunk driver. Additionally, Matt Casey posted two very insightful articles on Workers’ Compensation. Check it out at

Have you been hurt by the negligence of another?

Matt and Matt will be happy to meet with you for a free initial consultation. We are available to meet at our St. Louis County office, ‘by appointment’ in Ste. Genevieve, Mo. or at a location of your choice.

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About our Firm

For over 30 years, Casey & Devoti has diligently protected the rights of its clients with honesty and integrity. Our lawyers are dedicated to providing individuals and small companies with first-class, professional and aggressive legal representation. Our lawyers have extensive trial experience representing clients in matters such as, automobile, train and truck accidents, medical and legal malpractice, product and premises liability, elder and sexual abuse, workers’ compensation and wrongful death. Casey & Devoti proudly serves the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, southeastern Missouri and southern Illinois.

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