Victor A. Bergman
Kansas City, Missouri
For years, Victor A. Bergman has represented ordinary America citizens against the powerful.
If he believes your case has merit… if he is convinced your case is provable, he’ll fight for you. Once he chooses you, he becomes relentlessly committed to winning your case.
Vic limits the number of cases he takes. Where other trial attorneys may handle scores or hundreds of cases at the same time, Vic files about 10 at any given time. He limits his caseload to ensure that your case receives the time, resources and the experts it needs to deliver the results you deserve.
Vic’s results speak for themselves. His peers have placed Vic on the list of “America’s Best Lawyers” every year since 1987. They picked him as one of the region’s “Super Lawyers” since that designation began in 2005. He was inducted in the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1998, limited to the top 1% of trial lawyers nationwide.
Vic handles every type of personal injury case, the common element being a severe injury or death.
Vic has extensive experience and success in trucking accident cases. In Disidore v. Mail Contractors of America, Inc., Unitran, Inc., Hoovestol, Inc., Holland Hitch Company and The United States, Vic won a $5 million settlement after jury selection in federal court. His client sustained a traumatic brain injury when a semi truck unexpectedly disconnected the second of two 45′ trailers it was pulling on I-70. The disconnected trailer smashed into his client’s car, leaving her with permanent brain injury. The trucking company blamed the maintenance company, which blamed the fifth wheel manufacturer, so Vic made claims against them all.
For 30 years, Vic has had a special interest in representing children and their families in obstetrical malpractice and other birth injury cases. In court, he’s proven the connection between medical malpractice around the time of birth and cerebral palsy and death.
Vic obtained a verdict of $15 million in Olsen v. Humana, Inc., et al., a case arising from the mismanagement of labor and delivery by nurses and an obstetrician. He won a verdict of $12.9 million in another birth injury case, Jones v. Humana.
Vic’s successes in personal injury law are broad and in some cases historical. Vic was a national figure in the legal fight for women who were injured, and for the families of those killed by Toxic Shock Syndrome. In court, Vic proved the correlation between Toxic Shock Syndrome and the use of highly absorbent tampons. Proctor & Gamble paid an undisclosed settlement to the victims and their families in these cases.
In Johnson v. Colt Industries Operating Corporation, Vic won a verdict of $2.25 million, including $1.25 million in punitive damages. In the courtroom, Vic proved the design of the Colt Single Action Revolver, which goes back to 1873 — “The Gun That Won The West” — was defective and unreasonably dangerous.
In Wolfgang v. Mid-America Motorsports, Inc., R.E.D. Racing, Inc. and World of Outlaws, Inc., Vic won a $1.2 million verdict for Hall of Fame Sprint Car driver Doug Wolfgang, against a racetrack and a sanctioning organization, for the failure to provide adequate fire and rescue services for drivers. Wolfgang had crashed during practice and was unconscious in his car. The rescue crew was poorly trained, equipped and prepared, and as a consequence he suffered burn injuries to his lower extremity. The case had major implications for the industry.
Areas of Practice
- Automobile Accidents
- Injuries in the Work Place
- Suits to Collect on Insurance Policies
- Environmental Issues
- Railroad Crossing Collisions
- Suits Against State and Local Governments
- Medical Malpractice and Product Liability
- University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas
- D. – 1975
- Honors: Order of the Coif
- Honors: Moot Court
- Law Review: Kansas University School of Law, Law Review
- State University of New York at Buffalo
- A. cum laude – 1971
- Honors: With Honors
- Major: Political Science
“Residential Asbestos: The Personal Environment”, Journal of Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, No. 5, p. 14, May, 1992
Co-Principal Author, The Judicial Survey (Civil), The Survey of the Practices and Preferences of the Judges of the Civil Divisions of the Tenth Judicial District, Johnson County, Kansas, Johnson County Bar Association, 1994
“Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section – Informed Consent or Russian Roulette?”, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 14, No. 11, pgs. 16-17, March, 2000
“VBAC, Uterine Rupture, and the 30-Minute Rule”, Kansas Trial Lawyers Association Journal, Vol. XXIII, No. 5, pgs. 6-9, May, 2000
“VBAC-Informed Consent or Russian Roulette?”, Professional Negligence Law Reporter, Vol. 16, No. 5, pgs. 95-96, June, 2001
“Use a witness’s own words to establish a standard of care”, TRIAL, Journal of the American Association for Justice, pg. 72, February, 2003
“Mining Electronic Medical Records for Precious Information”, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Pgs. 16-17 – Summer, 2010
Professional Associations & Memberships
- American Bar Association, Member, 1975 – Present
- American Association for Justice (AAJ), Sustaining Member, 1975 – Present
- Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA), Member, 1975 – Present
- Kansas Trial Lawyers Association (KTLA), Member, 1975 – Present
- Kansas Trial Lawyers Association (KTLA), Board of Governors, 1978 – Present
- Journal of Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, Editor, Consumer and Product Liability Law Column, 1990 – 1999
- Journal of Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, Editor, Professional Negligence Column, 1999 – 2001
- Missouri Bar Association, Member, 1991 – Present
- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Member, 1978 – Present
- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Sustaining Member, 2002 – Present
- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Co-Chair Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1999 – 2000
- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Long Range Planning Committee, 2001 – 2002
- Kansas Bar Association, Member, 1975 – Present
- Johnson County (KS) Bar Association, Member, 1975 – Present
- Johnson County (KS) Bar Association, Chairman, 1992 – 1994
- Wyandotte County (KS) Bar Association, Member, 1975 – Present
- Kansas (Earl E. O’Connor) Inn of Court Master of the Bench, Charter Member, 1992
- Kansas (Earl E. O’Connor) Inn of Court Master of the Bench, Secretary, 1995 – 1998
- Kansas (Earl E. O’Connor) Inn of Court Master of the Bench, President Elect, 1997 – 1998
- Kansas (Earl E. O’Connor) Inn of Court Master of the Bench, President, 1998 – 1999
- American Inns of Court, Member, 1992 – Present
- Tenth Judicial District Nominating Commission – Elected by Bar Association, 1988 – 2008
- Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group, 1995 – 1998
Past Employment Positions
- Schnider, Shamberg & May, Chtd., Associate, 1975 – 1978
- Schnider, Shamberg & May, Chtd, Principal, 1978 – 1984
Pro Bono Activities
Master of the Bench, Kansas Inn of Court
Call us at 816-474-0004 to learn more about ways we can help you receive justice and recover money. Or, schedule a free consultation at our offices in Kansas City or Overland Park. We represent clients throughout Kansas City and the Midwest region.