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.
“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.”
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.