St. Louis Workers Comp: You Need an Attorney Now More than Ever

No one ever expects to get injured at work, but every year countless people in the St. Louis area suffer from serious injuries because of something that went wrong on the job. According to a recent article on the St. Louis Public Radio website, it’s become harder and harder for injured workers to receive the money they should be getting from workers compensation.

The article discusses the case of one man in particular, who lost his left arm while he was working on an oil well. He thought he was going to die, but miraculously he recovered. Even so, almost three years after the accident took place, this individual was still unable to get insurance to cover a suitable prosthesis for his arm. He was offered a prosthesis with a metal hook on the end, when doctors claimed he would be a great candidate for one with a moveable hand.

Sadly, this is just one of the issues many people face when they’re going through a workers compensation claim. In a system that was designed to offer medical care and financial support during a difficult time, too many people don’t get the help they need.

As your St. Louis workers compensation attorney, we want to help you if you’re facing a workers compensation case. You deserve to be compensated for your injuries, and we’ll work hard to be sure that you are. Please contact us.

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Foggy Weather Results in Missouri Truck Accidents

Many tractor trailer drivers have to drive during the night hours in order to make their deliveries on time. While the weather in St. Louis might be warming up, that doesn’t always mean driving conditions are perfect. Fog can create serious problems for tractor trailers; especially when they’ve been driving for too long or they’re not paying close attention to the road.

According to an article on the St. Louis Fox News website, these types of foggy conditions that are common during this time of year have caused some serious accidents in the area. One tractor trailer crashed through a guard rail and went up a hill off of I-44. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt because of this accident. However, as you know, that is not always the case.

Weather conditions, strict deadlines and distracted driving can all lead to accidents for truck drivers, and it seems there are more and more of these types of accidents every year. As your St. Louis truck accident attorney, we want to remind you to please use extreme caution when you’re traveling through the area at night or in the early morning hours. Fog is a serious problem, and even though the ice and snow have melted away, truck drivers who aren’t careful can still crash.

If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you need an attorney to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us.

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Fatal St. Louis Crash Claims the Life of One Woman

It’s important to obey the rules of the road, and that includes stopping at red lights and stop signs. A recent accident in St. Louis has claimed the life of one woman because the driver of an SUV failed to stop at a stop sign, according to an article on the St. Louis Fox News website.

An eyewitness claims that she saw the driver of a black SUV blow through a stop sign and then hit an oncoming sedan. After the impact, the SUV swerved and spun, and it ended up crashing through the wall of a local Baptist church. The woman who was driving the sedan was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The driver of the SUV exited his vehicle and attempted to make a quick getaway. However, he was apprehended by a local postal worker just a short distance from the crash. The postal worker was able to keep him there until the police arrived.

These types of fatal crashes are all too common in St. Louis, and every year they claim more and more lives. As your St. Louis car accident attorney, it is our hope that neither you nor a member of your family ever has to endure an accident like this one. However, if you are in an accident, please remember that you have rights and you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Contact us immediately.

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Woman Falls on Faulty Bleachers, College Blames Her for Injuries

A Missouri woman was attending a Lindenwood College basketball game where her daughter was playing. Like any spectator, she was seated on the bleachers in the third row. She got up to use the restroom before the game began, and she stepped down to the last row of bleachers. As soon as she did, the bleacher seat swung forward and the mom fell to the floor.

Her injuries were quite severe. She hit her head and her shoulder on the floor, and she also seriously injured her knee. A medical evaluation uncovered an ACL tear, a meniscus tear and a sprain. She accused the college of negligence and claimed that they had not done enough to make sure the bleachers were safe. According to a recent Missouri legal article, the college is placing the blame on her.

They claim that she wasn’t careful enough when she got down from the bleachers, and so she caused her own injuries. The case will be going to court, as the plaintiff has requested a trial by jury.

While it’s important to exercise care when using bleachers, stairs or when walking across a slippery floor, injuries because of negligence on the part of a business or other type of organization do happen. If you’re injured because or a slip or a fall, you deserve justice and compensation. Please contact your St. Louis personal injury attorney to discuss your case.

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Essure Clinical Trial Patient Speaks Out

Essure is a modern birth control device that is considered permanent. It works by inserting a small, metal coil into each fallopian tube. Once insertion is complete, scar tissue is supposed to build around the coils until they are blocked. Essure has been on the market since 2002, and one clinical trial participant has decided to speak out against the device and all of the pain it has caused her since she had placement done.

What is most notable about her case is the fact that so much of her clinical trial data seems to have been changed or misrepresented in some way. According to a recent news article, she began complaining about pain in her pelvic region on day three after placement, and she has been in constant pain for fifteen years. She states that when she would complain, her complaints would be brushed aside and she was assured that everything was normal.

What wasn’t normal was how she was dropped from the clinical trial, and her pleas for help were brushed aside. She has records stating that she asked to have the device removed. However, Conceptus, the company that designed Essure, reported that there were no requests to have the device removed when it was approved.

Perhaps you are in a similar situation. If so, it’s important to talk with a St. Louis personal injury attorney about your options. Please contact us today.

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St. Louis University President Presses on for Unity Following Ferguson Protests

The past several months have been difficult for Fred Pestello, who recently took over as President of St. Louis University. At that time, the University campus was filled with protesters who were all calling for social justice. He had his work cut out for him, but according to one article that was featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he has done an excellent job.

The shooting of Michael Brown in August of last year was a tragedy that had St. Louis as well as other parts of the country calling for justice. St. Louis University was at the heart of some of the most dedicated protests following the shooting. Occupy SLU was held on the University’s campus, and it resulted in violence and bickering amongst the students.

Pestello has taken many steps to assist the students and faculty of SLU in working toward healing. Still, many people believe Pestello’s work has opened the school up for even more protesters and potential problems in the future. While the country is settling down after the shooting, it’s hard to say what events could set off additional violent outbursts or protests.

As your St. Louis personal injury attorney, we want to remind you that if you find yourself a victim of violence, it’s important to contact an attorney right away. While the dust might be settling, there is still more to be done before these issues are resolved.

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Car Thief Crashes After OnStar Turns Vehicle Off in St. Louis

Imagine being the owner of a 2013 Chevy Camaro who has his car stolen. That’s exactly what happened recently in St. Louis. The event occurred in the evening after the Camaro was bumped from behind. When the driver got out of his car, he was met by a man holding a gun. The man stole his wallet and took off in his car.

The driver of the Camaro immediately went to the police and OnStar was able to track the vehicle using their GPS capabilities. Once the car was found, OnStar shut it off, causing it to crash into a utility pole, according to an article on the KMOV website. The police officers who were on the scene were able to apprehend two of the suspects, but they believe there was a third one who got away.

Car theft happens frequently in St. Louis, however most of them don’t result in a crash. No matter what the circumstances are, if your vehicle is ever damaged in an accident because of the carelessness or negligence of someone else, it’s important to contact your St. Louis auto accident attorney right away. Fortunately in this case, no one was injured as a result of the theft or the crash, however, this could have turned out much worse.

Contacting a St. Louis attorney offers you the best chance at getting the compensation you deserve in any type of accident.

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Failed Nurse Practioner Steps In to Cover for Doctor with Disastrous Results

Occasionally, when you go to a doctor’s appointment, you expect to be seen by another practitioner in the office. Perhaps your doctor is unavailable, or has to attend to an emergency. Those types of cases are perfectly acceptable in healthcare. However, one doctor has taken full advantage of the willingness of another medical professional to act in his stead, and he will pay for what he’s done.

According to a recent RevCycle Intelligence article, a St. Louis doctor a registered nurse to act on his behalf for more than two years. During that time, she saw patients, ordered diagnostic tests and even wrote prescriptions under the doctor’s name. Insurances were also billed, progress notes were prepared, and other duties were carried out when the doctor wasn’t in the office.

The article states that the nurse had actually failed her Nurse Practitioner exam several times, so she was operating in a capacity that was well beyond her qualifications. The doctor frequently went out of town, and he was only physically in the office two or three times per week. Five days a week, the nurse would take over his patients.

It’s hard to say the damage that was caused by this doctor’s willingness to break the law. However, cases like these might be more common that we realize. If you’re suspicious about something that’s occurring with your doctor, contact a St. Louis malpractice attorney right away.

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Missouri Woman Enters Guilty Plea Following Fatal Car Crash

Car accidents happen for many reasons. Most of the time, those reasons are because one of the drivers was impaired, or simply made a bad driving decision. However, one forty-four-year-old woman has entered a plea of guilty after crashing her car into the vehicle of an elderly couple and killing them. Her reason for the guilty plea? She was high on Heroin at the time.

The woman states during her trial that she had driven to St. Louis to purchase Heroin capsules, and she had injected Heroin while she was driving. A few minutes later, she lost consciousness, and didn’t wake up until the crash occurred. At the time, she was suffering from a severe Heroin addiction, and according to an article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, she spent thousands of dollars every month on the illegal drug.

Drugs like Heroin are deadly for the people who use them as well as for anyone who might come into their path while they’re high. This accident was such a tragedy, and it’s one that could have been avoided.

If you or a loved one is ever in a car accident because of the impairment or poor driving decisions of another driver, it’s important to contact a St. Louis auto accident attorney right away. You deserve to be compensated for your losses, and your attorney will work hard to get you the money you rightly deserve.

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Can Shopping at Dollar Stores Put Your Family in Danger?

Perhaps like many people, you often venture out to the local dollar store in an effort to save some money on the things you need for your home. Dollar stores like Dollar General, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree sell everything from cosmetics and cleaning supplies to toys and home decor items. Although you had good intentions, it’s possible that you might be getting more than you bargained for.

According to a recent news article, it has been found that some of the products and items sold in these stores may contain materials that could be hazardous to your health. Phthalates, lead and PVCs have been found in many of the items sold in dollar stores across the country. These harmful chemicals can cause cancer, learning disabilities, infertility and other ailments.

A few of the products that are thought to be effected include vinyl carpet runners, some types of bathroom decorations and even plastic straws that are designed to attract children. According to the article, almost all of the products that were tested were found to contain at least one of the chemicals. Dollar stores generally don’t have high standards and limits for these chemicals.

Dangerous products are a real cause for concern, and if you think you or a member of your family has been affected by one of them, please contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney to discuss your case right away.

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