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St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers

McChesney & Ortwerth: A different breed of lawyer

Lawyers Brian McChesney and Craig Ortwerth bring more to the table than most lawyers. They are a different breed of lawyer. McChesney began his career as a lawyer for a large insurance company, but resigned when he realized that he was on the wrong side of the fight for justice. Ortwerth also began his career as a lawyer who defended large corporations. Like McChesney, Ortwerth knew in his gut that something needed to change. So McChesney and Ortwerth joined forces and have been representing real people just like you ever since. Together, they have 38 years of experience.

McChesney and Ortwerth have a “David versus Goliath” mentality. They have a long history of defeating big insurance companies and large corporations; they were both athletes in college and are highly competitive by nature; and they embrace their role as the underdog because they are real people who enjoy representing real people. No case is too big and no case is too small. So you are in the right place if you are looking for a lawyer to fight for justice in a personal injury case, wrongful death case, workers’ compensation case or family law matter.

Brian McChesney and Craig Ortwerth have earned the coveted A.V. Preeminent ® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating a lawyer can receive.

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Our st. louis personal injury Attorneys Focus on Getting Justice for Our Clients

At McChesney & Ortwerth, L.L.C., our accomplished personal injury lawyers offer you the highest degree of professionalism, skill and talent. We have a long history of success representing injured victims. When you choose us to handle your personal injury case, you can expect:

Insights & Experience

Brian McChesney, co-founder of McChesney & Ortwerth, worked as a staff lawyer for a large insurance company from 1992 until 2002. Likewise, Craig Ortwerth, our other co-founder of our firm, began his career as a lawyer who defended insurance companies. Together, we use their experience, their knowledge of the insurance industry, to help you and benefit you.

A History of Success

We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients during the course of our careers. Our recent recoveries include a $2.1 million verdict for a victim who suffered spinal fracture injuries in a vehicle accident, a $1.5 million settlement for a plaintiff in a traumatic brain injury case and a $600,000 verdict for a victim hurt in an automobile accident.

Exponential Credentials

Our lawyers have earned extensive recognition for our achievements, including a distinguished AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating a law firm can achieve. Our firm was also included in the 2014 Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers 98th Edition, a definitive guide to the most reputable law firms in America.

Compassionate Legal Partners

At McChesney & Ortwerth, L.L.C, we strive not only to recover fair compensation for our clients, but also to obtain justice for victims and restore their quality of life. We listen closely to your concerns and make sure all your questions are answered. We believe in treating our clients with kindness, respect and dignity.

Ethical Representation

Whether in court or in the office, our St. Louis personal injury lawyers operate under a strong ethical code. We practice with integrity and uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct.

No Recovery, No Fees

It is as simple as that. If we don't win your personal injury case, you don't pay us anything.

We Help You Recover the Compensation You Deserve

Suffering injury in a serious accident can permanently alter your life and the lives of your family. Severe injuries can prevent you from working, supporting your loved ones and enjoying your favorite activities. At McChesney & Ortwerth, LLC, we understand the pain and suffering that often comes with injury accidents. Our personal injury lawyers provide strong legal representation for accident victims throughout Missouri, Illinois and the United States.


The right st. louis personal injury lawyers for your case

It would not be appropriate for us to tell you that McChesney & Ortwerth is the best. That is a decision you will need to make for yourself. However, we can tell you that we are different than most firms; and you will notice the difference when you call to make your appointment for a FREE consultation. Our telephones are answered by real people – not machines. We will work very hard on your case; we will return phone calls as soon as possible; and we will always keep you updated on the status of your case. Most importantly, we will settle your case if -- and only if -- you choose to settle. If trial is necessary to accomplish your goals, we will never back down. Not ever.

St. Louis Truck Accident Lawyers

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Large commercial trucks, tractor-trailers and eighteen-wheelers can weigh 15 to 20 times more than a regular passenger car. These big rigs are like flying missiles on the road, capable of destroying smaller vehicles, killing innocent motorists and leaving survivors catastrophically injured. Unfortunately, many trucking companies and drivers fail to appreciate the need for safety because they are more worried about speed and maximizing their profits. Many victims die. Others live, but suffer through a shortened lifetime of misery as the result of brain damage, spinal cord injuries and other serious injuries.

After a crash involving a commercial truck, it is important for you to hire an truck accident attorney IMMEDIATELY. In most cases, the trucking company will send a “crash team” to the scene of the collision to investigate within 24 hours. Their crash team will likely include lawyers, reconstruction experts and insurance adjusters. Their job is to collect evidence and protect the financial interests [profits] of the trucking company and the insurance company.

You need to have your legal team of lawyers, experts and investigators on the scene as soon as possible. Why?

1. You don’t want to take the trucking company’s word for it. Do you? You want your legal team to conduct its own investigation before the trucking company has an opportunity to cover up evidence.

2. Your legal team will gain access to the truck’s black box, which is similar to the “black box” you often hear about on airplanes. The black box may contain important information about the truck’s speed, throttle position, brake and pedal application, and clutch status.

3. It is important for your legal team to inspect the truck before it is moved, repaired or destroyed because the nature and extent of the damage to the truck will provide valuable evidence as to how and why the collision occurred.

4. The debris on or near the road should be inspected before it is moved or cleaned up. Your legal team will document and photograph the debris in the very same way authorities conduct an investigation in a criminal case. It is important because it may provide evidence which proves details as to how, where and why the collision occurred.

5. The skid marks on the road [or the lack of skid marks] should be documented before the next heavy rain, ice or snow because those skid marks [or the lack of skid marks] provide evidence as to the speed of the truck, whether the driver applied the brakes prior to impact, and, in some cases, whether or not the driver was fatigued or distracted at the time of the crash.


St. Louis car accident lawyers

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St. Louis Car Accident Lawyers

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 30,000 people die as the result of car crashes every year. More than 2 million motorists, motorcyclists and pedestrians are injured on roads and highways every year. Most of these “accidents” really are not accidents because the word “accident” implies that the crash wasn’t anybody’s fault. The truth is that most of these crashes are caused by negligence.

McChesney & Ortwerth would be honored to represent you as your St. Louis car accident attorneys. We will deal with the insurance company; and we will stop the adjusters from calling you. We will answer all of your questions and relieve your worries. We will thoroughly investigate your car accident case, speak to witnesses, contact police, work with your doctors and do whatever it takes to maximize your recovery. We represent people that have been in car accidents in St. Louis, Missouri, Illinois, and the surrounding areas. We are experienced car accident and personal injury lawyers who fight for you so you get the compensation you and / or your family deserves. This is our commitment to you.

In fact, somebody is almost always to blame, for one reason or another. Common causes for a car accident lawyer include:


st. louis wrongful death lawyers

Wrongful death

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Nobody lives forever. But when a life is cut short because of a careless truck driver, a texting motorist, a defective product or nursing home abuse, there is no greater tragedy. Nothing can replace a loved one. Nothing can compensate for what was lost.

If you are reading this website because you recently lost a loved one, please accept our sincere condolences. You are probably experiencing sorrow, rage and helplessness. At McChesney & Ortwerth, our lawyers understand the anguish that comes from the wrongful death of a loved one. We provide families with compassion as they go through this difficult time, while fighting for justice the families deserve. Lawyers at our St. Louis office have a long history of successfully resolving wrongful death cases.

You may have a lot of questions. How did this happen? Why did this happen? Where do you go from here? A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed against anyone or any entity that is legally at fault for your family member’s death. Defendants may be individuals, medical institutions, governmental entities and/or companies.

You need a lawyer who has experience dealing with wrongful death cases. You have enough to worry about right now. It’s important for you to grieve, to spend time with family, to pick up the pieces and begin moving forward with your life.

Wrongful death lawsuits may arise out of:


St. Louis Workers' Compensation Lawyers

Workers' Compensation

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Regrettably, people are injured at work every day. Although some industries are more dangerous than others, anybody can be injured...on any any given time. Fortunately, there are workers’ compensation laws in all of the United States which are intended to protect injured workers.

At McChesney & Ortwerth, our lawyers have more than 38 years of combined experience representing injured people in workers compensation cases. We have handled cases all over Missouri and Illinois; we have helped our clients win millions of dollars in lost time benefits, settlements and awards; and we have the reputation, experience and resources to help you win the workers compensation benefits you deserve.

McChesney & Ortwerth are premier St. louis, missouri workers' comp attorneys who want to help you receive the compensation you deserve if you have been injured on the job or in the workplace.

If you have been injured on the job, your employer and its insurance company should be paying for ALL of your medical treatment. If you are unable to work because of your injury, you should be receiving temporary disability checks for ALL the time you miss from work. And when you are finished with your treatment and return to work, you may be eligible additional money for a permanent disability. Do you believe the insurance company has your best interests in mind? Do you believe the insurance company will treat you fairly? The insurance company has experienced lawyers working on its behalf. Shouldn’t you have experienced lawyers working for you?

McChesney & Ortwerth is committed to representing injured people in workers compensation cases. Click the button below to get started with a FREE workers' compensation consultation.


successful Personal Injury Attorneys Serving st. Louis, Missouri and the surrounding areas

We know accidents and injuries happen. We also know the importance of hiring the right personal injury attorney for your case. We, here at McChesney & Ortwerth LLC, fight for our client's rights and receive no compensation unless we win their case. We have received some of the highest awards a law firm can achieve and have become one of the most premier St. Louis personal injury law firms due to our hard work and dedication. Our ability to handle a wide range of accident and injury areas has allowed us to better represent our clients and get them the results they want and need.

Our offices are located on Chouteau Avenue in Lafayette Square. We offer a FREE personal injury consultation to the people of St. Louis and the surrounding areas. Some of our highlighted areas of practice include: car accidents, personal injury, truck accidents, workers' comp, wrongful death, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and much more.

Along with personal injury cases, we are also St. Louis divorce and family lawyers, and make your sure your family law matters are are stress-free and affordable as possible.

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