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Legal Terms

Perhaps you’ve been in a car accident or your family is suffering from a wrongful death. No matter the reason, it so happens that at this point in time, you’re seeking legal counsel. You’ve already identified a legal issue that needs to be addressed, but you aren’t sure how to navigate the rocky terrain of legal jargon that accompanies pursuing legal action. That is why we have taken the time to define some of the most common legal terms you are likely to hear from your lawyer and within a court of law. While your lawyer should ensure that you understand the elements of your case, it never hurts to educate and familiarize yourself with the legal jargon that will inevitably arise.


Starting the process of litigation by filing a claim can be confusing and overwhelming. If you don’t understand the process, the confusion only increases as the case progresses. It can be challenging to decide if settling your case or taking it to trial is the right next step. Fully understanding the terms and processes for settlements and claims will allow you to make decisions that are best for your case and will ultimately instill your confidence in the legal process.

At Barfoot and Schoettker, we believe in loyalty and honesty. We know that our line of work can be difficult to follow. This is why we make it a point to communicate with our clients every step of the way. We care about our clients and want them to be educated on their case which is why we have provided a guide to settlements and claims.


Medical devices are designed to improve a patient’s comfort and quality of life, but every year many companies recall products due to faulty design or manufacturing. It is crucial to follow Federal updates to understand the potential side effects of everyday products you may be using, and know what to do when you do encounter a defective product. Philips BiPAP/CPAP machines have the potential to cause cancer. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after using one of these machines you should contact Barfoot & Schoettker immediately.

Loved Ones

Whether it’s a parent, spouse, or close friend, moving your loved ones into a nursing home is an emotional process. An elder who requires extensive assistance is often in need of the expert knowledge of proper care that family members often cannot provide. Nursing homes can allow older family members to live a more comfortable life during their final years.

Although it is a necessary decision for your loved one’s comfort, giving up your role of responsibility in their daily lives can be very difficult. However, there are many things you can do to ensure that your loved one is safe and well cared for.


 We often put our trust in the products we purchase. Thousands each year have that trust broken due to dangerous products that cause harm and result in injury. Here at Barfoot & Schoettker, our goal is to put your best interest at the forefront of your case all while working to hold those accountable for your injury.  

Dangerous products have proven time and time again to cause substantial harm to our society. Regardless of whether the product was purchased or something you simply encountered, it is important to know what to do if you or a loved one are injured as a result of a defective product. 

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