Jackson Country jury awards $37.5 million to Missouri man injured in I-435 crash

November 15, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Steve Holdeman, an Orrick, Missouri, resident, Jackson Country jury awards $37.5 million to Missouri man injured in I-435 crash  was awarded $37.5 million by a Jackson Country jury for severe injuries sustained in a passenger vehicle and tractor-trailer crash that occurred off I-435 and Winner Road Feb. 13, 2014.  

“Nobody ever expects an accident of this magnitude to happen to themselves or someone they love,” said Tim Dollar, Holdeman’s attorney and a partner at Dollar, Burns & Becker. “We are pleased with the jury’s verdict and know this will greatly assist Steve and his family with his ongoing medical care.”  

Holdeman, who led a very active life filled with deep-wilderness camping, hiking and motorcycling prior to the crash, retained Dollar, Burns & Becker, Kansas City attorneys specializing in bad faith and truck crashes, to bring suit against two individuals: the driver of a passenger vehicle, Philip Stratman of Olathe, Kansas, and the driver of an 18-wheeler and motor carrier. 

Stratman shifted his vehicle from drive to neutral while on I-435 to coast as a means to save fuel and wear and tear on the car’s brakes when his vehicle stalled in the center lane of the highway. Holdeman came upon the stalled vehicle, slowed and was then struck from behind by the 18-wheeler, rendering him paraplegic. 

The case went to trial at the 16th Circuit Court in Jackson County earlier this fall. The jury assessed 99 percent fault against Stratman and awarded Holdeman $37.5 million in damages. 

Tim Dollar can be reached at 816-876-2600 if you have specific questions.


Dollar, Burns & Becker is one of America’s leading law firms for those whose family or friends have suffered catastrophic injuries or death due to gross negligence. For more than 20 years, the firm has successfully prosecuted thousands of these cases all over the country in every area of personal injury: truck and auto crashes, nursing home abuse, day care abuse, electrocutions, construction and industrial accidents, bad faith and more. The firm prides itself on advocating for safety reforms at the local, state and national levels. The attorneys have helped lead the charge by making significant changes to safety policies and procedures to eliminate dangerous practices and protect others from death and injury. The firm’s principal attorneys are Tim Dollar, Jeff Burns and Tim Becker. Consultations are free and attorneys’ fees are always on contingency. To learn more, visit Dollar-Law.com or on Twitter @dbblaw.