Are There Time Limits when Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim?

Perhaps you’ve had a recent medical procedure done and the outcome is much different from what you were told it would be. You could be having more pain, or you could have started having other types of problems, and you’re sure your doctor did something wrong. In the back of your mind, you’re thinking about filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, but you’re not sure if that’s the course of action you should take.

If these thoughts sound familiar to you, you’re not alone. Many people have felt the same way, and they put off filing medical malpractice lawsuits. Unfortunately, some of them waited until it was too late. While every state has different laws, for most of them, the statute of limitations with regard to malpractice lawsuits is two years. If you wait past that two-year mark, you run the risk of being unable to sue at all.

Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. The laws are different when it comes to suing on the behalf of a minor, or when a medical problem occurs because of a procedure that took place a long time ago.

The best way to find out if you have a medical malpractice case is to contact your St. Louis medical malpractice attorney. Your attorney will have a great deal of experience in this field, and you’ll get the legal advice you need to know how to proceed.

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What You Need to Know About Dog Bites and Dog Attacks

Among the types of personal injuries, dog bites often sting the worst — emotionally and physically. Victims often feel bad about reporting dog attack injuries. Unfortunately, failing to hold bad owners responsible only perpetuates the problem.

All told, nearly 5 million people suffer a dog attack in the U.S. each year and almost a million need medical treatment, according to CDC data.

Some key points to know about dog attacks:

  • Any breed can be involved in an attack. Even lovable breeds and small dogs can inflict bloody injuries.
  • People are often to blame. Owners have a responsibility to train their pets, especially if they own a breed more likely to bite.
  • You can take self-defense classes from St. Louis martial arts centers to learn how to prevent and diffuse dog attacks.
  • Infants, toddlers, and the elderly are the most likely to be hospitalized.
  • Dog bites often lead to massive medical needs: in 2012, over 27,000 people needed reconstructive surgery.

After a dog attack, here’s what to do:

  • Find out the dog owner’s name and contact info.
  • Take photographs of the scene and injuries.
  • Seek medical attention as needed.

When dogs bite, people must be held responsible for the pain and medical bills that follow. Talk to an attorney about a St. Louis dog attack lawsuit for expert guidance in the matter.

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Tech that Helps to Monitor Your Parents in Assisted Living or Nursing Homes

Many people use technology to be more productive and efficient in their profession. It is now helping an increasing number of older Americans remain independent longer and easing the worry of family members who do not live with them.

GPS Tracking Systems

Technology solutions are available today that can help with some of the most common and potentially dangerous situations faced by aging adults. We have all seen the Facebook post and frequent news alerts about missing seniors. GPS tracking systems can alert family or medical personnel when a loved one has become confused or gone missing. Wearable pendants and wristbands have easily activated help buttons or can automatically make a call for help if it detects a fall and the person does not push the button themselves.

Medical Monitoring

You should contact a St. Louis nursing home abuse attorney if you suspect your loved one is not receiving the proper medical care they need. Wearable devices are available to remind users to take their medication. Medication dispensing devices can provide the appropriate dose at the preset time. Other devices can monitor a patient’s vital signs and send consistent readings to caregivers via email.

The caring and knowledgeable attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman are dedicated to protecting the rights nursing home and assisted living residents. If you suspect nursing home abuse, contact us to know your legal rights and to discuss the best course of action.

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Two People Wanted in St. Louis Shooting Cause Major Accident

One person has died, and one other person is seriously injured following an accident that occurred recently in St. Louis. According to the article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the accident happened near downtown St. Louis. The occupants of the truck that caused the accident were wanted in a recent shooting in East St. Louis, and they fled the scene before officers arrived.

Two people were in the sedan that was hit by the pickup truck. The sedan flipped over when it was hit, causing the death of one occupant. The other occupant was listed in critical condition but was reported to be stable at the hospital.

Officials are working on putting together the details of how the accident occurred, and at the time of the article, the two suspects had not been caught.

It’s scary to think that you’re putting yourself at risk when you drive your car. However, accidents can happen at any time. If you or someone you love is injured in a car or truck accident, it’s important to contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney right away. An attorney can offer you the guidance you need regarding your case, and he or she will fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve.

This accident was tragic, and it most likely could not have been prevented. Even so, justice should be served, and your attorney will ensure that it is.

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Icy Roads are Sure to Mean an Increase in Car Accidents in St. Louis

Old Man Winter has reared his head, and that means we can expect at least a few months of icy road conditions in St. Louis. In fact, according to a recent article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, motorists are already experiencing issues on the roads.

Interstate roads 64, 55 and 70 were all affected by the ice recently, causing twelve different car crashes near downtown St. Louis. Interstate 64 was actually shut down for a period of about two hours after one crash.

Of course, it’s important for the city to make sure roads and interstates are being salted to prevent crashes, however, it’s also important for drivers to make sure they’re traveling safely at all times. Black ice can be hard to identify, especially at night, so it’s important to make sure you use extreme caution at all times during the winter months.

As your St. Louis personal injury attorney, we always see an increase in the number of car accidents this time of year. Some of them would have been impossible to prevent, but others are the result of pure negligence on the part of the driver.

If you or someone you love is injured in a car accident during the winter, it’s important to contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney right away. An attorney will be able to go over the details of your case with you and fight for compensation.

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Mother Saves Daughter with a Push in Fatal Accident

This past year, 33 year-old Colleen Segbers was struck and killed in a Walgreens parking lot when an SUV apparently went out of control. It was a tragic accident that could probably have been easily avoided, but the reason why it grabbed headlines was the fact that Segbers saved her 10 year-old daughter’s life by pushing her out of the vehicle’s way.

The accident occurred when the 58 year-old driver of the SUV noticed that her vehicle was in drive while she was stopped in a handicap parking space. She tried to change gears and put her vehicle in park, but she accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brakes. The SUV went out of control and swerved toward Segbers and her daughter. Segbers pushed her daughter out of the vehicle’s path, but she was struck and killed at the scene.

An Outstanding Mother and a Dependable Friend

Colleen Segbers was well-loved in her community, and she was described by her good friend Daashia Cochran as “…an outstanding mother, dependable and honest friend, an ambassador of doing the ‘right thing.’” Cochran started an online fundraiser through Gofundme.com to raise money toward Segbers’s funeral.

Pedestrian and Automobile Accidents

Auto accidents involving pedestrians are among the deadliest accidents that can occur. If you or someone you know has been the victim of such an accident, contact a St. Louis auto accident attorney today to learn what your options may be. Hoffman and Gelfman attorneys will be on your side fighting for your rights and fair compensation.

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After a Slip or Fall What Should You Do?

If you have had the misfortune of slipping, falling, and injuring yourself, there are some things that you should know that may make a significant difference in the outcome. If you slip and fall, keep the following tips in mind:

Report the incident.

Many attorneys suggest that the first step should be to let someone know that you have fallen, but to not delay seeking medical attention while doing so.

Stay calm and cooperative.

Things can get tense when reporting a fall and suffering an injury; remain calm and to avoid any conflict or confrontation with property owners or by-standers.

Get medical attention.

Even if you don’t require an ambulance, you might need proof of your injury later so go see a doctor. Also, you may need paperwork later on if you miss work or have follow-up care scheduled.

Gather information.

If possible, get photos of the situation that caused you to fall, as well as the names and contact information of anyone who happened to be nearby when it occurred.

Don’t sign anything.

Insurance representatives may try and convince you to sign-off on your injury and catch you off-guard. Be prepared for this, and do not sign anything.

Consult with an attorney.

Having someone with some legal expertise in your corner is invaluable. It costs nothing to talk with an attorney, and many may agree to take your claim on a contingency basis, meaning that they get paid when the case is settled.

If you are injured in a slip and fall accident please contact us at Hoffman and Gelfman as we would be glad to chat with you about how we can help you receive compensation for your injury and loss of work.

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Suicide in County Jail Raises Questions on Inmate Care

Diagnosed with bipolar disorder and possibly other mental illnesses, Josh Francisco moved through the St. Louis County jail system without getting the mental health care he needed.

Ultimately, Francisco committed suicide while unsupervised — after being allowed to decline treatment for an extended period of time.

Severe paranoia began Francisco’s problems. Severe distress led his wife to place a restraining order against him and later divorce him. Francisco’s parents say that he was not capable of understanding the restraining order. This led to repeated violations and arrests for stalking.

With sad irony, a probation officer placed Francisco in the jail system specifically for him to gain access to mental health facilities. As part of Francisco’s condition, he repeatedly refused medications and treatment. Despite this being a known symptom of his problems, authorities continually allowed Francisco to decline medications.

At the same time, Francisco was suffering from crippling paranoia and requested to be put in solitary. Soon after, in a room by himself without any monitoring from prison authorities, Francisco hanged himself.

The inmate care system knew about Francisco’s risks. The staff and system, whether incompetent or unwilling, failed to prevent a wrongful death born of illness.

If a loved one has been hurt while under the care of the prison system, please talk to your St. Louis attorney for help holding the system responsible for negligence or wrongful death.

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Slip and Fall Accident Prevention Tips

It is impossible to predict how serious a slip and fall injury might be. Trips, slips, and falls are second only to motor vehicle accidents in causing personal injuries. The injuries sustained can alter your ability to work and significantly diminish your quality of life.

The elderly are at most risk and many falls occur during winter months as people rush to avoid being out in the cold. Take the following precautions to reduce your likelihood of falling:

  • Replace shoes that have worn tread.
  • If prescribed, always wear your corrective lenses.
  • Take your time in bad weather. Watch for puddles, patches of ice, and slick spots.

If you are ever involved in a slip and fall situation, take the following steps and call a St. Louis slip and fall attorney.

  • Report the accident to the property owner, landlord, or store manager.
  • Obtain contact information of any witnesses.
  • Photograph and document anything that led to or contributed to the accident. This might be broken sidewalks, trip hazards, ice and snow left uncleared, and spilled liquids.
  • Get medical attention right away.

Building owners have responsibilities to maintain safe conditions for anyone on their property. It is important to speak with an attorney before your talk to the insurance company. If you don’t, you may give up your rights to adequate compensation and payment of your medical bills. Contact Hoffman & Gelfman for a free consultation.

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Thieves Cause Car Accident While Escaping

Two thieves were captured by police after causing one of three accidents on Interstate 64 in St. Louis, according to an article on the KMOV website.

Authorities stated that the two suspects – a man and a woman - attempted to cash a bad check at a bank in Brentwood. The teller immediately notified police, who arrived on the scene within a few minutes. The suspects fled from the bank, and drove to Interstate 64, where they drove westbound in the eastbound lanes.

After the crash, they tried to run away on foot and they ended up hiding in a storm drain, where they were captured by police. The female suspect was charged with forgery, while the male suspect was charged with resisting arrest.

As your St. Louis Car Accident Attorney, we want you to know how serious these types of crimes can be. Not only can they be dangerous for people at the scene of the crime, but when the suspects attempt to flee, the outcome can sometimes be disastrous for motorists.

Fortunately, no one was seriously injured in the accident, which is a relief. Even so, if you are ever in a similar situation and you find yourself to be the victim of a car accident in St. Louis, please contact a St. Louis attorney right away. You deserve justice and your attorney will fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve.

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