Langdon & Emison

Langdon & Emison

We are recognized as a leading personal injury law firm. Our attorneys specialize in the areas of product liability, wrongful death and personal injury law, and have taken on some of the largest manufacturers and organizations in the country.

Firm Overview

For over 30 years, Langdon & Emison has earned its reputation by providing outstanding client service to those families and individuals who have been hurt by someone else's negligence. Langdon & Emison represented the plaintiff in Baker vs. General Motors, a landmark lawsuit where for the first time evidence was admitted into court proving an automakers deliberate choice of profits over human safety.

As testament to our success, we regularly receive referrals from lawyers nationwide who recognize the need for our specialized expertise.

Some of the areas our personal injury attorneys specialize in:

Trucking Accidents
Nursing Home Abuse
Auto Defects
Defective Child Seats
Defective Auto Seats
Defective Reclining Seats
Defective Seatbelts
Automobile Rollovers
Defective Tires
Fuel Fires
Aftermarket Vehicle Defects
Product Defects
Car Accidents
Dangerous Side Effects of Prescription Drugs

In our trucking accident litigation practice, we have defended families and individuals against some of the largest shipping companies in the world. With more than 3,000 deaths and 30,000 injuries resulting from accidents involving semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles in the U.S. each year, someone is killed or hurt by a truck collision every 16 minutes.

Our team of truck accident attorneys has successfully litigated lawsuits nationwide, with a wide range of issues at stake, including:

Negligent hiring practices of trucking companies.
Driver fatigue in truck accidents.
Underride guards and inadequate truck design.
Conspicuity issues and other driver error issues.

With an increase in the American "baby boomer" population, the tally of U.S. citizens living in nursing homes has approached 1.5 million, according to the Kaiser Family Health Foundation. With this increased market segment residing in more than 16,000 nursing homes in the country comes an increased risk for the elderly to be taken advantage of in facilities that are negligent or otherwise not up to standard.

In the area of nursing home litigation, it is known that abuse and neglect in nursing homes is widespread. The National Center on Elder Abuse has estimated that at least 1 in 20 nursing home patients has been the victim of negligence or abuse. The Center also found that 57 percent of nurses' aides in long-term care facilities admitted to having witnessed, and even participated in, acts of negligence or abuse.

When you are represented by Langdon & Emison your voice is amplified by a collection of attorneys that are not afraid to take on a large auto manufacturer, a nursing home, or a trucking company of any size. If you or your client have been seriously injured or lost a loved one as the result of another's negligence, contact Langdon & Emison today for a free consultation.
Main Office
Lexington office
Langdon & Emison
911 Main St.
Lexington  MO  64067
Phone
  • 800-397-4910
Fax
Websites

Office Information

Emergency After Hours
Yes
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Other Offices

Chicago office - (800) 397-4910
55 W. Monroe St.
Suite 3700
Chicago,  IL  60603
Saint Louis office
110 E. Lockwood
Suite 150
Saint Louis,  MO  63119
Kansas City office
1828 Swift
Suite 303
N. Kansas City,  MO  64116
Nursing Home
Our attorneys represent families whose loved ones have been harmed by the negligence of a nursing home facility. For a free consultation about your potential case, call us toll-free at 1-800-397-4910.
While intentional abuse in nursing homes does happen, the more common fault behind the large number of nursing home injuries and deaths is unintended negligence. Most nursing homes are operated by corporations who are in business to make a profit.

Almost universally, nursing facilities are understaffed and the staff members are poorly trained. Studies show that more than half of nursing homes are below the suggested levels for nurses' aide staffing, and 1 in 4 are below the suggested staffing levels for all employees.

Nurses' aides provide most of the needed care, yet they are the lowest paid and least trained staff members. Low pay and work overload often result in poor morale, high absenteeism, and high turnover rates. The residents pay the price in the form of poor care. In the end, nursing home administrators can be guilty of trying to maximize their profit at the expense of the residents' health and safety.

Residents do have the Nursing Home's Report Card in various states as a resource at home, or Nursing Home Compare, which is the official federal government site for Medicare patients. If you or someone you know has had a family member with a significant injury in a nursing home, this could be the result of abuse or negligent care, and a lawsuit may be necessary to recover damages that resulted from the negligence.

With an increase in the American "baby boomer" population, the tally of U.S. citizens living in nursing homes has approached 1.5 million, according to the Kaiser Family Health Foundation. With this increased market segment residing in more than 16,000 nursing homes in the country comes an increased risk for the elderly to be taken advantage of in facilities that are negligent or otherwise not up to standard.

Despite federal and state laws intended to safeguard residents, abuse and neglect in nursing homes is widespread. The National Center on Elder Abuse has estimated that at least 1 in 20 nursing home patients has been the victim of negligence or abuse. The Center also found that 57 percent of nurses' aides in long-term care facilities admitted to having witnessed, and even participated in, acts of negligence or abuse. Statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that nursing home negligence played a role in the deaths of nearly 14,000 nursing home patients between 1999 and 2002.
Trucking Accident
Arguably one of the best law firms in the United States in the area of truck accident litigation, Langdon & Emison has litigated trucking matters across the country. Call us toll-free at 800-397-4910 for a free consultation on your potential case.
Trucking accidents can be caused by many different factors, including:

Defects in the Truck
Unqualified Truck Drivers
Fatigued Truck Drivers
Faulty Equipment and Maintenance
Overloaded Trailers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Motor Carrier Management Information System classifies a truck as large if its gross vehicle weight rating exceeds 10,000 pounds. The majority of fatal crashes involving tractor-trailer trucks include trucks that are pulling one trailer. A recent survey showed that 64 percent of fatal truck crashes had one trailer. Thirty-two percent of those involved were single-unit trucks (no trailer) and fewer than 4 percent of the those involved multi-trailer vehicles (more than one trailer).

It is estimated that passenger vehicles share the already overcrowded interstate highway system with approximately 2.3 million commercial trucks. With a typical passenger vehicle weighing only 3,000 pounds compared to a loaded commercial truck weighing up to 80,000 pounds, people traveling in passenger vehicles are extremely vulnerable in truck vs. passenger vehicle collisions. In two vehicle crashes involving passenger vehicles and large trucks, 98 percent of the fatalities were occupants of the passenger vehicle.

While large trucks make up only 4 percent of all registered vehicles, they are involved in 11 percent of all crash fatalities (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). There are a number of state and federal regulations that were put in place in the hope of reducing the number of commercial trucking accidents. Often truckers are encouraged to speed and drive over their allotted time, since trucking companies pay drivers by the mile, not by the hour. Unfortunately, due to unrealistic demands on drivers in this competitive business, drivers will push themselves and their trucks beyond safe limits.

Federal studies have found that a commercial truck driver is 10 times more likely to be the cause of a fatal commercial truck accident than bad weather, road conditions, or any other factor resulting in a collision. The annual death toll from truck-related crashes is the equivalent of 26 major airplane crashes every year.

With more than 75 years of combined litigation and practice experience, Langdon & Emison attorneys have the knowledge, experience, skills and resources to hold trucking companies accountable and successfully resolve any trucking accident case. Our founding partners, truck accident attorneys Bob Langdon and Kent Emison, are recognized as two of the best trial attorneys in the United States. The firm has successfully obtained eight-figure verdicts and settlements for truck accident victims and their families, including clients injured in collisions.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

The firm has achieved outstanding results in the area of truck accidents, fuel-fed fire and defective seat back cases, as well as a full array of personal injury litigation. Due to the 30-year track record as a firm, our attorneys have continued to dedicated 100% of their work to representing plaintiffs.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Our lawyers are trial lawyers. We have tried cases in state and federal courts across the country. We fought General Motors to the US Supreme Court and won. This 9-0 decision is now taught in law schools throughout the country. Our clients have been featured in the national media because of our results, and our experience, resources, focus and dedication allow our attorneys to maximize the recovery for our clients and hold wrongdoers accountable.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

The attorneys at Langdon & Emison help people defend their rights against the largest corporations in the world. We take pride in helping our clients through the most difficult, stressful and painful times in their lives. We are here to help.

Kent Emison

Growing up as the son of a dairy farmer, Kent Emison learned the value of a disciplined work ethic from an early age. That dedication comes through in his legal career, where for almost 30 years he has dedicated his practice to representing individuals and their family members in personal injury cases.

A Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a board member of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group, Kent devotes 100% of his practice to litigation in product liability, motor vehicle accidents, and other cases involving personal injury and wrongful death. In that role he has served as lead trial counsel in numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements and has handled cases all across the United States, from Florida to Hawaii.

Kent's reputation in the field is due to his track record of obtaining the maximum compensation for injured individuals and for families who have lost loved ones. Throughout his career he has been an advocate of trial by jury and is seen as a leader in the profession. He served as President of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA) from 2005-2006, and was on the MATA Executive Committee from 1997-2007.

For the past four consecutive years Kent has been selected as one of the top 100 lawyers in Missouri and Kansas by the peer review process Super Lawyers. American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell named him a "Top rated personal injury lawyer" for 2013, and in 2012 he was honored by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as part of its "Lawyer of the Year" program. This award was for his leadership of Langdon & Emison and his service to the profession and the community.

Kent has presented a variety of seminars to several national associations of attorneys, and has spoken at the University of Missouri-Columbia and University of Missouri-Kansas City. A sustaining member of the American Association for Justice, Kent is an active member of prestigious legal and professional organizations. He is a dedicated board member in several organizations in his local community, and has been a supporter of several philanthropic organizations for decades, both locally and nationally. Many of these positions of nonprofit leadership focus on his particular passions of charities benefiting children, education, and the funding of research for consumer safety.

Kent graduated with distinction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law where he served as Business Editor of the Law Review from 1979-1981. Though he spends less time farming than he did in his youth, he enjoys spending time outdoors when he can.


Publications


Thomson Reuters' Automotive Journal, April 9, 2013: "Recent Developments in Conspicuity Issues in Truck Accident Litigation."

Thomson Reuters' Automotive Journal, November 6, 2012: "Higher Standards for Semi-Truck Underride Guards Needed to Save Lives, Reduce Manufacturers' Liability."

AAJ Interstate Trucking Litigation Group 2012 Newsletter: "Trial Strategies with Negligent Trucking Companies."

Illinois Trial Journal, Summer 2012: "Trial Strategies for Holding Trucking Companies Responsible for their Employees' Negligent Conduct."

Trial magazine, August 2012: "Danger on the Open Road (Defects in Campers, RV's)."

National Law Journal, August 22, 2011: "Electronic discovery report on truck accident litigation."
Education
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
    J.D. , 1981
  • University of Missouri
    B.S., Cum Laude , 1978

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