Our Attorneys

Tom Hershewe

Helping victims with every kind of personal injury case

Attorney Tom Hershewe, a lawyer with the law firm Dollar, Burns and Becker, L.C. - a Kansas City, MO law firm.

Attorney Tom Hershewe handles almost every kind of personal injury case imaginable. Although he focuses mainly on cases involving truck crashes, automobile accidents, and insurance disputes, he’s also been involved with cases pertaining to electrocution, faulty products, industrial accidents and more. “Some cases really don’t fit into any of the usual categories,” he says, “like a recent case where a man was run over by a bulldozer.”

Tom says he felt a very personal stake in a highly unusual case that he recently completed. “A worker was critically injured when an asphalt tank exploded, covering him with boiling asphalt,” he recalls. Asphalt is typically stored or transported at around 300° F, so hot it actually melted the victim’s clothes into his skin. “Amazingly, the man lived,” he says, “but spent the next nine months in a hospital burn unit.” The victim endured unimaginable pain and suffering and required skin grafts on over 50 percent of his body. Tom made sure the victim received a substantial settlement to help with the massive initial costs, years of medical treatment ahead and his inability to work.

 

 

We Allow Clients to Focus on Recovering, Not Legal Proceedings

“When victims are seriously injured, they understandably want to focus on their recovery, not legal proceedings,” Tom says. “They appreciate that we can take that off their plate and make sure they are represented properly and the negligent parties are held responsible. We typically meet them on their worst day. We do our best to make it better from there. If we can play even a small part in their recovery, it’s a good feeling.”

Tom adds, “We understand that people have been through an ordeal so it’s the least we can do to always be there as a sympathetic listener as well as being an advocate for them.”  He goes on to say, “so if they call us wanting to talk about their case, I make it a point to call them back immediately and talk to them as long as they wish.”

 

 

Experience a Plus In and Outside the Courtroom

Tom knows that the firm’s extensive experience and national reputation can make a big difference and victims should know that. “And we learn a little something new with each case. So, if you’ve done multiple trucking cases, you can be a much better advocate for your client.”

After graduation from law school, Tom clerked at the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District where he gained extensive experience in legal research and writing, civil procedure, appellate procedure, and a variety of substantive legal areas.


 

Credentials

Areas of Practice

  • Wrongful Death
  • Personal Injury
  • Tractor-Trailer Crashes
  • Motor Vehicular Accidents
  • Insurance Bad Faith Claims
  • Daycare Abuse

 

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas

 

Education

  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri
  • William Jewel College, Liberty, Missouri

 

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Missouri Bar, Member
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Member
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Member, Amicus Committee

 

Publications & Appearances

  • MISSOURI BAR ANNUAL UPDATE, 2010-present.

 

Featured Cases

  • Watts v. Lester E. Cox Medical Center, 376 S.W.3d 633 (2012), Filed an Amicus Curie brief on behalf of Missouri Coalition for Quality Care and supported the appellant’s position. The court reversed the trial court and ruled that the non-economic caps were unconstitutional. Please click the following link to read the Amicus Curie brief.
  • Valerie Johnson v. Vatterott Education Center, Inc, 410 S.W.3d 735 (Mo. App. W.D. 2013), The appellant filed an interlocutory appeal to ask the court to reverse the trial court’s denial of its motion to compel arbitration. We represented the respondent. The court affirmed the trial court’s denial of the appellant’s arbitration motion. Please click the following link to read the Valerie Johnson v. Vatterott Education Center brief.
  • Christianson v. Goucher, 414 S.W.3d 584, 587 (Mo. App. W.D. 2013), The appellant appealed the trial court’s denial of its motion to set aside the court’s default judgment. We represented the respondent. The court affirmed the trial court’s judgment. Please click the following link to read the Christianson v. Goucher brief.
  • Scottsdale Ins. Co. v. Addison Ins. Co., Supreme Court No. SC93792, 2014 WL 6958157 (Mo. Dec. 9, 2014), Co-authored the Amicus Curie brief on behalf of MATA. MATA supported the excess insurer’s position that it was entitled to file a bad faith case against the primary insurer. Please click the following link to read the Scottsdale Ins. Co. v. Addison Ins. Co. Amicus Curie brief.

 

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