Please Enjoy Halloween in St. Louis Responsibly

Now that summer is over, St. Louis residents have been looking forward to Halloween. For most of us, Halloween is a holiday when we take our kids out to get candy from our neighbors in our communities, or we go to church Harvest festivals. That’s what Halloween is supposed to be. However, every year there are more and more injuries that occur because some people like to have the wrong kind of fun. 

As your St. Louis personal injury attorney, we’d like to offer you a few words of advice going into this trick-or-treat season.

1. Use caution everywhere you go, and if an area doesn’t seem safe to you or your children, avoid it.

2. If you are injured, get medical attention immediately. Don’t put it off. 

3. Some injuries don’t show up until weeks or even months after they occur. If you experience this, and you feel your injury occurred because of a situation on Halloween, take the appropriate steps. 

Of course, those appropriate steps would be to seek help from your physician and contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney who can offer you legal advice on your case. 

Hopefully, you’re able to enjoy a safe, fun-filled night on Halloween. However, if you experience any injuries because of the negligence or poor decisions of someone else, it’s important to contact an attorney right away to discuss your rights and your next steps.

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Victims’ Relatives Seek Damages for 911 Dispatcher Negligence

Everyone makes mistakes at work, but there’s real danger when a 911 dispatcher gets an address wrong. If the dispatcher was willfully negligent, should they be personally liable for the mistake?

Two people were murdered in St. Louis this past July when a 911 dispatcher gave police an incorrect address. Police may have been able to prevent the deaths had they been given the correct address.

Family members of the two victims have filed suit against the dispatcher, the St. Louis police, and the Board of Police Commissioners members from that time.

According to the lawsuit, the error was not an honest mistake. The operator was “disinterested” in the call, “like she couldn’t be bothered,” says the plaintiffs’ attorney.

Lawyers have heard the 911 audio, but police have not released reports of the incident.

Police attempted to arrive at the scene after the caller reported that her boyfriend had entered her apartment and choked her. After the boyfriend was made to leave, a friend called 911.

Before police arrived, the boyfriend had shot and killed Jessica Thompson, 25, and Tony Jordan, 32. Jordan was a grounds keeper who worked at the apartment complex where the tragic events occurred.

Everyone has high expectations for public safety employees. When true negligence occurs, unthinkable tragedies are possible. St. Louis personal injury attorneys can help in these situations to uncover the facts and hold parties accountable when necessary.

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Woman Sues for Medical Malpractice After Losing Her Husband

Surgical procedures are not without risks, which any surgeon will explain to patients before their operations begin. However, what happens when the surgery goes perfectly, but because of medical negligence on the part of the surgical team, there are still problems?

One Louisiana woman is suing a local hospital after her husband passed away following a biopsy procedure that was supposed to provide information about plaque in his stomach. When the surgery was completed, he continued to experience pain, and his wound was not healing well.

When he continued to complain about his pain, his doctor discovered a large pool of blood in his abdomen during a second surgery. This area was packed with sponges that were never removed. The patient suffered from kidney failure and sepsis, which ultimately led to his death.

As your St. Louis malpractice attorney, we want you know that we are very interested in looking out for your best interests where your health is concerned. The death of this man is tragic, and his widow is right to proceed with the legal steps that are necessary for her to receive compensation.

Medical malpractice is difficult to prove, however, when you work with an experienced St. Louis malpractice attorney, your chances of success increase. If you believe you are the victim of a medical malpractice case, please contact an attorney right away to discuss your legal options.

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Jefferson City Woman Dies in Motorcycle Crash

While the warm weather persists, you can expect to see plenty of motorcycles on the road. This should continue for a few more weeks as higher temperatures are expected for the St. Louis area into October.

That means it’s important to remember to use caution when you’re driving, whether you’re riding your motorcycle or you’re in a car. According to a recent article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, a Jefferson City woman has died following a motorcycle crash in Arkansas. The driver of the motorcycle survived but is currently in the hospital.

The accident occurred when the driver attempted to navigate a turn and lost control of the motorcycle.

As your St. Louis motorcycle accident lawyer, these types of situations are all too common. They’re heartbreaking, which is why we feel it’s necessary to caution our clients. Tragic situations like this one can often be avoided if a few simple precautions are taken.

Fortunately, no one else was injured when this motorcycle crashed, although that’s not always the case. Although the end of riding season is drawing near, we want you to enjoy the beautiful weather during the weeks you have left before the snow flies. However, if you’re injured in a motorcycle accident because of the negligence of someone else, or because of an automobile driver on the road, please contact your St. Louis motorcycle accident lawyer right away to discuss your case.

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Be Aware of Potential Crowd Related Injuries at Cardinal’s Games

With all of the news surrounding St. Louis these days, it was wonderful to see the St. Louis Cardinals earn themselves a win for their division. This is an exciting time for Cardinals fans as well as for the city of St. Louis as a whole.

As playoffs prepare to begin, you might be planning on attending a game or two, which is a great experience for any sports fan. However, we do want to caution you to be careful, as playoff games tend to result in many fan injuries every year.

As your St. Louis personal injury attorneys, we have worked with many clients who suffered from an injury because of the negligence of another fan at a sporting event. Even though the proper security measures should be in place at the stadium, sometimes those security measures fail. If they do, it’s important to contact an attorney right away.

This is an exciting time of year for Cardinals fans, and sometimes celebrations get out of hand. Fights can break out during games, injuries can occur because of slips and falls when people spill their drinks, and the parking lot or garage can be a menacing place.

If you or someone you care about is injured at a playoff game this year, please make sure you contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney immediately. You have rights, and you should be compensated for your pain.

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St. Louis Shootings Result in Nine People Being Wounded

There has been an increase in violent crime in St. Louis in recent weeks, and in addition to the fights that have broken out during rallies and protests, the number of shootings that have taken place have been at an all-time high.

While no one was immediately killed, according to an article on the local CBS affiliate website nine people were wounded in a series of shootings in St. Louis. The shootings took place in three separate events, and a four-year-old child was among the victims.

One of the shootings involved a vehicle crashing into a St. Louis business in the Soulard area. One of the men who were in the car at that time has passed away. The others remain in stable condition.

As your St. Louis personal injury attorneys, we want to remind you of the violence that is prevalent in certain areas of St. Louis right now. It’s important to use extreme caution when you’re driving, especially at night. If possible, try to limit your nighttime traveling to make sure you and your family members stay safe.

However, some violent encounters aren’t able to be avoided. If you do find yourself in a dangerous situation, and you’re injured, please remember that your rights are important. A St. Louis personal injury attorney who is experienced in that area of the law is your best option to help you get the compensation you deserve.

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Could Contaminated Water from Coldwater Creek be Causing Cancer?

St. Louis county officials are investigating the waters of Coldwater Creek to find out if radioactive material is present that could be causing an increase in brain cancer in the area.

County Health Director, Dr. Delores Gunn was especially concerned because the instances of colon cancer, breast cancer and brain cancer in children have been increasing steadily. The creek runs from St. Ann to the Missouri River, and a portion of that area is located near the West Lake Landfill, which is known to be radioactive, according to an article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website.

There have been a few lawsuits as a result of this environmental situation because people feel they have not been informed about the safety of the area they live in. The Health Director commented that there are many more types of diseases and illnesses to be concerned about, and cancer is only one of them. The cleanup of the creek is ongoing, and its contamination dates back to World War II during a period of atomic bomb production.

As your St. Louis personal injury attorneys, your safety and well-being are always a priority. If you feel you have been injured because of this environmental hazard, it is important to speak to an attorney right away about your rights. The situation in Coldwater Creek is very dangerous, and you deserve to be compensated because of the negligence of other people.

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St. Louis Man Dies After Losing Control of His Car

Imagine a situation where you’re watering your lawn on a warm, autumn day. Your children are playing in the front yard, and your neighborhood is serene. Suddenly, a car speeds down your street, and the driver seems out of control. You watch in horror as his vehicle crashes, and you’re thankful that he somehow managed to avoid hitting you or one of your children.

This was the situation that occurred in St. Louis this week when one man crashed his car into a pole, and then into a tree, according to an article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website. Authorities reported the accident took place around three o’clock in the afternoon, and they speculated the he was driving at a very high rate of speed. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and no one else was injured. An investigation is ongoing.

While you always do your best to keep your family safe, sometimes it’s impossible, especially in cases like this one. Fortunately, no one else was hurt, but this incident could have ended much worse. As your St. Louis personal injury attorneys, we want to caution you to remain aware of dangerous situations, even when your kids are quietly playing in your yard.

If you or a family member is ever injured in an accident, it is important for you to contact your St. Louis personal injury attorneys right away.

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Do Employees Have a Responsibility to Provide a Safe Workplace?

A Missouri construction worker was recently denied in a negligence claim against his supervisor for an accident that occurred in September 2008. The St. Charles Circuit Court’s decision was upheld in a split ruling by the Missouri Court of Appeals.

As reported by BusinessInsurance.com, Curt Peters was working for Tramar Contracting Inc. of St. Louis when he was injured by a falling stack of dowel baskets manufactured by Iowa-based Wady Industries Inc. Peters filed a negligence action against Wady and his supervisor, Patrick Terrio, claiming that Terrio had received warnings about unsafe stacking of the baskets.

Before 2005, Missouri’s workers comp laws protected co-workers from liability except for “affirmative acts beyond normal job duties.” An amendment adopted that year removed co-worker immunity. Despite the change, the Circuit Court granted Terrio’s motion to dismiss the suit on the grounds that it failed to prove any actions that fell outside Tramar’s duties to provide a safe workplace.

In dismissing the appeal, the Court of Appeals stated that the responsibility to provide a safe workplace resides solely with the employer. The case is expected to move to the Missouri Supreme Court for final resolution.

If you’re injured in a workplace accident, it’s crucial that you receive all compensation to which you’re legally entitled. As your St. Louis personal injury attorney, we leave no stone unturned to obtain a successful resolution to your claim.

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Teens Drop Rock from Overpass, Critically Injure a Passerby

Remember when teenagers played relatively harmless prank like decorating trees with toilet paper? Unfortunately, some young people seek greater thrills and put other human beings at serious risk.

According to the St. Louis Dispatch, a group of teens recently dropped a “football-sized” rock from a highway overpass in Pennsylvania and struck a car below—with serious, life-changing injuries inflicted on one of the passengers.

Overlooking I-80 this past July, the four men aged 17 to 18 apparently thought it would be funny or exciting to drop rocks on the vehicles below them. Of course, even a small rock could have caused significant vehicle damage ranging from major dents to a broken windshield.

A family traveling from Ohio to New York became the unfortunate victim. The large rock passed through the windshield and struck the mother of the family in the face. She has undergone a series of surgeries, including the removal of part of her brain, and has begun long-term rehab to regain her ability to eat, talk, and write.

In this sad case, the young men have been charged with crimes but the family has had to rely on charitable donations to try to cover medical expenses.

Don’t expect teenagers to start behaving better anytime soon. If someone else’s bad behavior inflicts personal harm and injury, your St. Louis personal injury attorney can help recover the real compensation you deserve.

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