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Aurora Attorneys

Practicing Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation & Estate Planning Throughout Southwest Missouri

At Pettit & Cowherd Law Firm, we focus on assisting people recovering from life-changing injuries and help them get the justice they deserve after being injured due to no fault of their own. We also offer services in estate planning, workers’ compensation, and adoption. Clients who retain our firm work directly with the same highly skilled attorney from start to finish, receiving one-on-one attention and personalized representation. We are compassionate advocates who take a client-focused approach to every case.

All of our attorneys have trial experience and prepare each case as if it were going to trial. Whether we can recover for you through negotiation or must resort to litigation, Pettit & Cowherd Law Firm fights hard to achieve a favorable resolution. Every client we work with benefits from our long track record of successful case results in each of our practice areas. We are committed to providing you with the high-quality representation you deserve in your time of need.

Meet Our Team

A Commitment to Quality Since 1957

Our personal injury attorneys in Aurora are second-, third-, and fourth-generation lawyers with a long history of success. When representing our valued clients, compassion and justice are our highest priorities. As a family owned and operated law firm, we treat clients like our own family. With more than 100 years of combined experience, our attorneys have the knowledge and skill to help our neighbors in Aurora and Southwest Missouri resolve their legal matters favorably. Whether you are seeking compensation for injuries related to a car accident or need to file a workers’ compensation claim for a workplace injury, Pettit & Cowherd Law Firm is the firm to call.

Millions Recovered for Our Clients

  • $6,500,000 Settlement Car Accident

    Our client was an employee traveling on Highway 69 in Oklahoma. The first defendant made a U-turn and collided with my client. Soon after, a semi-truck struck my client’s stranded vehicle. Our client is paralyzed from the waist down. His past medical bills were $560,171 with future medical expenses of $3-5 million.

  • $2,000,000 Settlement Workers' Compensation

    Confidential settlement involving our client being hurt at work while using work machinery.

  • $1,300,000 Settlement Workers' Compensation

    Confidential settlement for our client who was hurt by a large piece of machinery at work.

  • $732,000 Settlement Rear-End Car Accident

    Our client was injured when he stopped his car on Highway 60 in Monett to wait for traffic to clear in order to make a left turn. He was rear-end by a vehicle that was rear-ended by a semi truck. The tractor trailer truck was owned by a company in Tennessee. This chain reaction was a direct result of his injuries. His diagnosis were: concussion, cluster headaches, Chiari malformation, strain to cervical and lumbar spine. His impotence was determined to be from a damaged pituitary gland as a result from his closed head injury. He required testosterone injections every 3 weeks. Experts used: accident reconstructionist, neuropsychologist, economist, vocational rehabilitation.

  • $640,000 Settlement Brain Injury After Semi-Truck Accident
    Our firm represented an 8 year old boy who suffered a brain injury as a direct result of accident involving a semi-truck at the intersection of Highway 39 and I-44. His past medical bills were $122,754. Client did have pre-accident diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Funds from the settlement were deposited into a Missouri Special Needs Trust to provide for future treatment.
  • $600,000 Settlement Wrongful Death

    Our client’s 79 year old wife was proceeding through an intersection with a green light. A semi-truck ran the red light, striking her vehicle, killing her instantly. The defendant driver was found to be speeding and in violation of motor carrier rules. She had no medical expenses. This case was settled in mediation before filing suit. Experts used: Accident Re-constructionist, SALT Institute, economists.

  • $570,000 Settlement Wrongful Death

    Our client’s 60 year old husband was struck by a semi-truck that crossed over the line on a curve. This projected his vehicle into the path of another semi-truck causing his vehicle to be run over by the second semi-truck’s rear axle. He died at the hospital where he was air-lifted from multiple injuries to his head, spine, chest, arms and legs. Medicare was reimbursed for $8,913 for the $24,291.44 expenses incurred. A factor in settlement was the fact the deceased was the primary care taker of his disabled wife. This case was settled in mediation.

  • $527,000 Verdict Premises Liability

    Our client slipped and fell in a handicap ramp that was covered in ice as a result of a faulty unmaintained downspout. She ruptured disk C5-6 and suffered an annular tear at L4-5 along with shoulder and foot complaints. This resulted is surgery for an anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion of her neck. Her past medical bills were $80,000. Two pre-trial mediations failed with defense offering $30,000 to settle. The jury gave 25% fault to our client. The jury also awarded $40,000 for her husband’s consortium claim. (Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly, July 23, 2009)

  • $450,000 Settlement Motor Vehicle Accident

    Client was seriously injured when the car she was riding in was rear ended while stopped in traffic. She had to have back surgery. The case settled early in the discovery process without the need of formal mediation.

  • $382,000 Settlement Truck Accident

    Our 17 year old client was driving a company truck in Lawrence County. The accident report reflects both vehicles crossed the center line and hit head-on. He suffered multiple fractures to his jaw requiring surgery to implant 14 teeth. His symptoms of poor memory and concentration were a result of his head injury. He fractured both ankles and tore his posterior cruciate ligament in his knee. His future medical care was estimated to be $245,000 for a possible fusion of his ankles, scar revisions. The defendant driver’s insurance settled for $85,000 while the owner of the car she was driving settled for $275,000. The worker’s compensation insurance was reimbursed $16,291 for a portion of expenses they paid.

Client Testimonials

Compelling Stories of Recovery
  • “They handled the process to take stress off my family and to reach a fair settlement.”

    Billy R.

  • “I am extremely satisfied after 12 years of representation.”

    Casey C.

  • “Always very timely in responding and very knowledgeable in what they do!”

    Trenton P.

  • “James was kind, knowledgeable and kept us informed during our whole process.”

    Kari L.

Experience is the Difference

3 Generations, 60 Years in Practice, 100 Years of Combined Experience

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With Our Attorneys Serving Southwest Missouri

We understand that clients who need legal representation are often feeling overwhelmed and unsure of who to turn to. At Pettit & Cowherd Law Firm, we strive to make our clients feel confident in their choice to work with us. Our attorneys take the time to get to know each client so that they can provide tailored and effective representation. From start to finish, we can be there fighting for you.

Awards

  • American Association for justice (AAFJ)
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating
  • BBB A+ Rating
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar
  • MATA
  • Missouri Bar Association