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Personal Injury

Mehr, Fairbanks & Peterson frequently represents people who have been injured in accidents. Car wrecks, medical mishaps, and falls can frequently devastate a family. In those circumstances, the injured party has a right to sue the negligent person or company. The injured party can recover medical expenses, lost wages, damage to future earning capacity, and pain and suffering damages.

Mehr, Fairbanks & Peterson has significant experience representing injured persons. We are ready to work hard for you, and we will fight for the payments that are fair and justly yours.

Call us, or request a free claim evaluation today. We are here to help.

Results of Winning Verdicts and Settlements

Austin Mehr has litigated truck wreck cases for over 30 years. One of his first victories was representing a client in 1992 where he recovered a $420,000 verdict after a trial involving a garbage truck colliding with his client. The client had a herniated disc in her neck and required surgery.

Dozens of cases followed that landmark verdict. He soon thereafter represented a client in Estill County and obtained the largest verdict in that county ever ($770,000) when the client was critically injured by a wreck.

Mehr represented a seriously injured client following an automobile crash and her carrier refused to cover the accident. He succeeded in getting the judgment that the driver was working at the time of the wreck, thus insuring payment for the injury.

Mehr's most recent result was for a client who received $1.5 million when he was injured as a result of a wreck with an 18 wheeler.

He has represented many clients in jury trials for both injury and wrongful death, and many of those cases have led to bad faith claims for insurance companies not being fair in their treatment of the victims. He recently had a bad faith verdict against an insurance company for $15 million.


Bartley Hagerman represented the injured occupant of a pick-up truck that was struck by a Greyhound bus on I-70 in Trego County, Kansas on April 30, 2014. One of the other occupants of the pick-up truck died at the scene and more than a dozen passengers on the Greyhound bus sustained injuries. There were statements from numerous witnesses showing that the Greyhound bus driver was driving erratically and crossed over the line, colliding with the pick-up truck which flipped over.

MFPTL was able to obtain a settlement for the injured occupant of the pick-up truck that was struck by the Greyhound bus.


MFPTL has also recovered millions of dollars through successful appeals arising from cases involving serious injury or death. Recently, MFPTL obtained an additional million dollars of insurance coverage for the estate of a man who was tragically struck and killed by a tractor trailer on an interstate highway. (See Gen. Star. Indem. Co. v. Withrow, No. 2014-CA-001519-MR, 2015 Ky. App. Unpub. LEXIS 591 (Ct. App. Aug. 14, 2015).).


Our firm has many cases in both Ohio and Kentucky, and is capable of working in other states too. At Mehr, Fairbanks & Peterson, we represent individuals who have been injured or have had love ones killed in trucking accidents. We have experience making insurance companies pay and making sure claims are handled promptly and fairly. The attorneys at Mehr, Fairbanks & Peterson remain committed to helping the wrongfully injured. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a motor vehicle collision, or you have an injury claim or wrongful death claim from a trucking accident, please contact us today for more information.


Frequently Asked Questions on Personal Injury
  1. What Compensation Can I Receive if I’ve Been in a Car Accident?
  2. What if I’m in a Car Accident Without Insurance?
  3. Can I Receive Compensation if I’ve Been in a Motorcycle Accident?
  4. What if I’m in a Motorcycle Accident Without Insurance?
  5. Can I Receive Compensation if I’ve Been in a Truck Accident?
  6. What if I’m in a Truck Accident Without Insurance?
  7. How Does the Criminal or Traffic Case Relate to a Personal Injury Claim or Lawsuit?
  8. Can I Obtain the Cell Phone Records of the Driver?
  9. How Can I Prove the Other Driver Was Responsible?

What Compensation Can I Receive if I’ve Been in a Car Accident?

If you are in a car accident caused by someone else, you could recover damages in the form of lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, damage to your property, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Even if the accident is your fault, you may have insurance coverage for the damages you sustain.

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What if I’m in a Car Accident Without Insurance?

If someone without insurance causes an accident involving you, you could have a claim under your own insurance under uninsured motorist coverage, if you elected this coverage.

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Can I Receive Compensation if I’ve Been in a Motorcycle Accident?

If you are a motorcycle rider and are in an accident caused by someone else, you are entitled to damages just as if you were in a car. This can include lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, damage to your property, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

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What if I’m in a Motorcycle Accident Without Insurance?

If someone without insurance causes an accident involving you, you could have a claim under your own insurance under uninsured motorist coverage, if you elected this coverage.

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Can I Receive Compensation if I’ve Been in a Truck Accident?

If you are in a truck accident caused by someone else, you could recover damages in the form of lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, damage to your property, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Even if the accident is your fault, you may have insurance coverage for the damages you sustain.

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What if I’m in a Truck Accident Without Insurance?

If someone without insurance causes an accident involving you, you could have a claim under your own insurance under uninsured motorist coverage, if you elected this coverage.

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How Does the Criminal or Traffic Case Relate to a Personal Injury Claim or Lawsuit?

A criminal or traffic charge can impact a civil suit for personal injury. If the crime or traffic charge arises out of the same facts and circumstances which create civil liability, a conviction or guilty plea on such charges can be used against the offender in a civil proceeding. But, being found not guilty of criminal charges or traffic violations does not absolve the offender of liability for damages caused to another in a civil proceeding. They are different standards.

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Can I Obtain the Cell Phone Records of the Driver?

Cell phone records can typically be obtained by subpoena to the cell service provider. Those records are not confidential or protected from the subpoena powers of the court, and the records can be used against you.

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How Can I Prove the Other Driver Was Responsible?

Lawyers skilled in personal injury actions arising from a motor vehicle incident use various tools and techniques to establish the liability of the driver causing the damages. These can rely on many sources of evidence including witness testimony, video camera footage, accident reconstruction, and expert witness testimony.

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Client Reviews
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“Bartley is working on my case every one I have talked to is extremely nice he sends emails or mails something keeping me up dated when you talk to him he explains it to where you can understand I'm very satisfied with what he has done and what he is doing for me would advise anyone to contact him for your needs” S. A.
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"With everything to lose I laid my vulnerability in the hands of Bartley Hagerman. I cannot put into words the hard work, dedication, and compassion that I was shown. Bartley was able to help me when the odds were stacked against me. I am beyond grateful!" C. W.
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"When my long term disability case got canceled, I didn’t know what to do or who to turn to. Luckily someone I knew recommended Mehr, Fairbanks & Peterson. I met up with Mr. Bartley Hagerman and not only did he take my case, he got my long term disability reinstated. He keeps you updated and works hard for you! Highly recommend Mr. Bartley Hagerman at Mehr, Fairbanks & Peterson!" D. C.