“Part of being a trial lawyer is being a good investigator — getting out of the office, visiting clients, visiting the scene, visiting witnesses, talking to people — and getting the evidence you need for your cases.”

In this second installation of our podcast series titled ‘What do trial lawyers do?’ host Rafe Foreman chats with Kansas City civil law attorney Tom Dickerson to discuss the ins and outs of representing personal injury plaintiffs. By exploring his own successes and setbacks, Tom offers a treasure trove of tips and tricks for burgeoning personal injury lawyers to elevate their skills both in and out of the courtroom and be fearless advocates for their clients.

From motor vehicle accidents to dog bites to medical malpractice cases, Tom has dedicated his practice to standing up for everyday people facing life-changing injuries by fighting against insurance company misconduct. This passion and know-how is channeled into this engaging deep dive into personal injury law, where he fervently discusses the progression of his career and everything he’s learned along the way.

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Episode Guest, Tom Dickerson


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Tom Dickerson was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in Overland Park, Kansas. He started doing legal work when he was only 19 years old, working for the head of litigation at a mid-size firm that defended large financial institutions. In that position, Tom obtained invaluable experience seeing how some of the largest corporations in the country approached legal cases against everyday people.

After seeing numerous cases where everyday people faced insurmountable odds against big business, Tom decided to dedicate his career to standing up for regular, hard-working people and their families. He fights to protect their rights and helps them obtain justice and fair compensation for their injuries and damages suffered due to the negligence of others.

Tom started the Dickerson Oxton Law Firm with Chelsea Oxton Dickerson in 2010. He has extensive experience in motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice and nursing home negligence, catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, dog bites, job-related injuries, insurance disputes, and consumer protection matters.

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