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Newsletter – Winter 2010

Winter Newsletter 2010
In This Issue


The Casey & Devoti “Family” Expands


Success in the Courtroom

Please Support HB 1418

Be Careful of Slips & Falls!

Supreme Court Appoints Devoti to Disciplinary Committee

Contact Details


Casey & Devoti would like to wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2010.

The Casey & Devoti “Family” Expands

Matt Casey and Reiad Khouri had much to be thankful for this past year.

Matt and his wife, Rebecca, were happy to announce the adoption of a baby boy. Henry was born on May 20, 2009. Matt and Becky finalized Henry’s adoption in October. Henry is Matt and Becky’s second child. Henry’s big sister, Evie, is four years old.
Reiad and his wife, Mary, welcomed their first child to the world in April. Nathan was born on April 7, 2009. Nathan is Reiad and Mary’s first child.

Success in the Courtroom

On December 16, a St. Louis County jury returned a verdict in favor of a firm client and against Drury Inns. The woman injured her back when she slipped on water on the floor in the lobby just inside the hotel entrance. The woman alleged that Drury failed to place rubber-backed mats on the lobby floor despite inclement weather and hotel policy requiring the placement of mats. Eventually, the woman underwent surgery for her back injury.

The jury found that Drury failed to appropriately act to remove the water from the floor. The jury held that the value of the woman’s injury was $300,000.

Matt Casey represented the woman at trial.

On October 30, a St. Charles County jury found in favor of a woman in a sexual assault case. The woman had filed suit against the young man which injured her as well as the young man’s parents. The woman alleged that the young man touched her in a sexually inappropriate manner in the man’s family home while the two studied for a final examination. The two attended the same high school on the date of the assault.

The jury entered a verdict in favor of the woman in the amount of $115,000. The jury found that the young man assaulted the woman and that his parents failed to take appropriate actions to protect her from him. The jury heard testimony that the young man had previously assaulted another young woman.

Matt Devoti represented the woman at trial.

Please Support HB 1418

As many of our clients know, one of the most frustrating aspects of a workers’ compensation claim is the fact that Missouri law permits the employer to choose the doctor to treat the employee’s injuries. Many of our clients tell us that they are not happy with the care they receive from the doctors chosen by their employer. It is natural that under this scheme a doctor may have a bias towards the person that sends him a stream of patients and pays his bills, the employer. In that regard, it is not surprising that many of the injured workers we represent are not happy with the care they receive.

Recently, Missouri State Representative Joseph Fallert, Jr. introduced a bill (HB 1418) to change this law. Representative Fallert’s bill, if passed, would allow the employee, not the employer, to choose his own doctor when treating a work related injury under the workers’ compensation laws.

The bill is in the very early stages of the lawmaking process. Casey & Devoti strongly urges all of you to write, e-mail or call your Missouri State Representative in support of this bill. The enactment of HB 1418 would help all injured workers in Missouri get the proper healthcare they deserve.

You can find out who your State Representative is and his or her contact information at this website:

Finally, to read more about HB 1418 follow this link

Be Careful of Slips & Falls!

With winter now upon us, we see an increase in calls from people who have been injured when they slip and fall on ice or snow. There are several things you can do to prevent slipping, falling and injuring yourself. Some of these tips may seem obvious, but it is worth mentioning if it might help prevent an injury.

First, be aware of the current weather conditions. Obviously, if it snowing or icy outside be careful when walking outside and pay particular attention to the condition of the ground on which you are walking. Also, it is important to be mindful that the weather can be tracked into buildings. If snow or water is tracked into a building, its inside can become slippery.

Second, wear weather-appropriate shoes. Rubber-soled flat shoes and boots help prevent falls in times of inclement weather. Do not wear “dress” shoes in bad weather. Bring them with you and change once you are at your destination.

Third, pay particular attention to any warning signs. Most facilities do a fairly good job of placing warning signs at or near a slippery or dangerous condition. Heed such signs and walk around or away from the dangerous area.

Despite the advice above, slips and falls do occur. If you are injured in a slip and fall incident, the owner of the property on which you fell may share some blame for the fall. Owners of public places have a duty to use ordinary care to protect their guests from dangerous conditions on their properties. The unnatural accumulation of ice and snow is a dangerous condition. If you are injured in a fall, please feel free to give us call for a free consultation.

Supreme Court Appoints Devoti to Disciplinary Committee

On December 22, the Missouri Supreme Court appointed Matt Devoti as a member of the Disciplinary Committee for Region XI. The Committee reviews complaints made by clients against lawyers practicing in the City of St. Louis.

Lawyers obligate themselves to uphold the law and to abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct governing members of The Missouri Bar when they enter the practice of law in Missouri. The purpose of attorney discipline is to protect the public and the administration of justice from attorneys who have not discharged their professional duties to clients, the public, the legal system, and the legal profession. For more information about the Committee, visit the Missouri Bar’s website at: and click the “Public” tab.

Devoti began his service on the Committee on January 1.

The Supreme Court appointed Devoti to a position on the Committee previously held by Matt Casey. Casey’s term expired on December 31

Our Contact Information

Do you, a family member or friend need help? Please feel free to contact us at:

By Telephone

(314) 421-0763

By E-mail
Thomas J. Casey –
Matthew J. Devoti –
Matthew C. Casey –

Reiad M. Khouri –

We are happy to meet with you for an initial consultation free of charge.


10 South Broadway, Suite 825, St. Louis, MO 63102
Copyright 2009 Casey & Devoti


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