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Client Wins Jury Verdict of $837,000 in 45 Minutes

Client Wins Jury Verdict of $837,000 in 45 Minutes DRZ represented a business owner who had an office built in Overland Park, Kansas. The construction did not go as planned. From the beginning, water leaked into the building. DRZ’s client needed the space to be dry so he could build out the interior and expand his business. Finally, an engineering company inspected…

The #1 Hidden Fact in Sexual Assault Trials

Insurance Policies: What the Jury Doesn’t Know May Affect the Outcome of a Sexual Assault Case At a sexual assault trial, the plaintiff is not allowed to tell the jury that the defendant has an insurance policy. This is important because jurors may mistakenly assume the defendant is paying for its own lawyers and will be responsible for any judgment. This is…

DRZ Releases Sexual Assault Response Handbook for Parents

Download DRZ Law’s Free Book for Parents and Victims of Sexual Assault As one of the few law firms nationwide to specialize in representing families of children who have been sexually assaulted, bullied and hazed, DRZ Law has published a free response handbook for parents on the critical issue of childhood sexual assault. Authored by partner Chris Dove, “Sexual Assault of Children in…

Public Schools Will Not Help Victims of Sexual Abuse

The Law Protects Public Schools That Won’t Take Action Against Sexual Abuse Under the law, public schools have certain immunities to lawsuits. The law also often imposes a cap on a public school’s liability, even when a jury finds a school responsible for harm to children. As the Associated Press reported in 2017: “The barriers are formidable, and can lead to long, grueling fights:…

Secrecy Hurts Victims in Private School Sexual Abuse

A Culture of Secrecy Hides Private School Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Sexual abuse of students at private schools is far more common than most people realize. The epidemic of private school sexual abuse is possible only due to the culture of secrecy and reputation climbing of the schools. The public overlooks the problem for many reasons, but one of the most significant…

Military School Sexual Assaults Continue to Increase

Students at Military Schools Face an Environment of Increased Numbers of Sexual Assaults Cadets around the country are reporting an increase in military school sexual assaults.  A survey was conducted of students at West Point, the Naval Academy, and the Air Force Academy on the prevalence of sexual assault.  There has been a nearly 50% increase in reported incidents since 2016.  Over…

Can a Brain Scan Detect Brain Injury?

Mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs) can be challenging to diagnose and treat, as they often do not manifest in major symptoms such as unconsciousness that is mainly seen in moderate to severe TBI cases. But there are various types of brain scans — also called neuroimaging — that can sometimes visualize brain damage. Computed tomography (CT) is typically performed during diagnosis of…

Six Ways To Help If Your Child Has Been Sexually Assaulted

There Are Immediate Steps You Should Take to Protect and Treat Your Child (and Yourself).

What Is A Mild Traumatic Brain Injury?

A mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) can affect your life in many ways. It can change the way you think, feel, and act. Like other traumatic brain injuries, this condition can also be hard to detect. Although the symptoms are usually not permanent, the long-term neurological effects of MTBI may persist and become severe over time. If you or a loved one…

Is There a Difference Between a Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury?

No. A concussion is a form of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). A concussion or mild TBI occurs from sudden trauma which causes damage to the brain. A hit to the head or body can cause the head to move rapidly back and forth resulting in the brain striking the inside of the skull. The brain’s impact on the interior of the…

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