Women’s Multivitamins Recalled by Walgreens

We take extra care to protect those closest to us, especially our children. We childproof our homes, buy the best products to keep them safe in the car and make sure the places they play and go to school will be environments of fun and learning the best way we know how. When a company makes a mistake that can potentially interrupt the work you do to protect your child it can be very scary and potentially dangerous.

CBS St. Louis reports that Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. based out of Deerfield, IL, is recalling about 17,000 bottles of multivitamins because the packaging is not child resistant. The “Well at Walgreens” Multivitamins Women’s 50+ tablets are not in compliance with the Poison Prevention Packaging Act standards. The vitamins contain iron which can very be very harmful if swallowed by young children.

When dealing with dangerous or defective products, it has to be proven to be unreasonably dangerous in order for a company to be liable for it. There are three ways a product can be rendered unreasonably dangerous:

  • Manufacturing defect: Error during manufacturing or producing
  • Design defect: Faulty design
  • Warning label defect: Failure to warn of danger with product use by seller or manufacturer

If you or someone you know has suffered serious injury or even death because of a faulty or damaged product, let us help you. Call your St. Louis defective product attorneys today!

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Bicyclist Struck by Car, Critically Injured

A lot of people go for bicycle rides every day, sharing the road with vehicles of every kind. When you see someone riding a bike, it can be frustrating to have to wait for them, forgetting that they have to follow some of the same traffic rules that automobile drivers have to follow. And it can be very easy to miss seeing them entirely… until it is too late.

According to an article in St. Louis Today, a 21 year old man was riding his bicycle near the intersection of Page Boulevard and Euclid Avenue, in the Fountain Park neighborhood of St. Louis, early Wednesday morning. He was struck by a vehicle shortly after 7:30 am. He has been taken to the hospital in critical condition, while an accident reconstruction team is on the scene in the ongoing investigation to piece together the events surrounding the accident.

While anything can happen on the road, many times, a bicycle accident is caused due to negligence of automobile operators. Some of these types of negligence can be:

  • Turning into a bicyclist’s path
  • Failure to yield to a bicyclist
  • Running a stop sign or red light
  • Inattention to the road because of distraction
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol

If you or someone you know has been involved in a bicycle accident, your St. Louis personal injury accident attorneys want to help. Call us today!

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Motorcyclist Dies After Collision With Postal Truck

Sharing the road with many different sizes and types of vehicles can be overwhelming at times, especially when you’re one of the smallest. Motorcycles drive on the same road as cars and tractor trailers, but are in more danger of injury should an accident occur.

An article in the St. Louis Post- Dispatch reports about a 69-year old Wood River man who was riding his 1982 Honda Goldwing Aspencade with his wife on Tuesday afternoon on the edge of Highland. The driver of the motorcycle was headed west on St. Rose Road when he collided with a U.S. Postal Service delivery truck, who was headed south on Iberg Road. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife and the driver of the postal service truck were taken to the hospital with injuries. Highland Police and Illinois State Police are investigating the accident.

Often times, motorcyclists are placed in such danger because of carelessness and lack of attention by other drivers on the road. Aside from this, improperly maintained roadways and construction zones can present dangerous obstacles to a motorcycle driver. Many times, motorcycle accident fault is wrongly placed on the driver of the motorcycle.

Have you or a loved one been in an automobile accident while riding a motorcycle? Has someone you know died from a motorcycle accident? Call your St. Louis Personal injury accident attorneys and let us properly investigate for you!

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Investigation Into St. Louis Policeman’s Use of Taser

Imagine being in a crowd of people, fighting for a cause that you believe in and you are suddenly being verbally accosted and then tasered by a policed officer… why? You were walking down the street. At what point should that police officer have the authority to use that taser on you?

This is what happened to a protester Friday night, according to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Protesters were walking on the sidewalk on Washington Avenue in an anti-police-brutality protest. The protesters were allegedly impeding traffic by walking down the street. The video one woman took as the arrest was occurring shows the policeman tasering them and then telling them to put their hands behind their backs, in the typical arrest position.

The police department is investigating the event to see if the police officer followed the department’s taser policy. This policy states that the tasers, which give electric shocks, can be used only when other options that are less lethal are not effective in controlling aggressive behavior, or, when other less lethal options will reasonably appear as ineffective. What’s being questioned is if police officers are relying on them too quickly as opposed to talking someone down from a fight.

Police aren’t the only people who carry tasers. Many people have them and misuse them. If you have been injured with a taser, call your St. Louis personal injury attorneys today!

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Workplace Accident Fatally Injures Construction Worker

Every day, millions of people go to work and come home routinely with no incidents or accidents ever happening. We believe that work is safe and we don’t worry about anything happening to us that will bring us harm or even death. But every year, people do get injured at work, sometimes resulting in death. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,585 fatal work injuries in 2013.

A story on KMOV.com tells about a construction worker who was part of a crew repaving Stadium Drive at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville very recently. According to the article, the crew was compacting gravel for the road when a compacting machine hit the worker in the head, throwing him into a ditch. The man died as a result of the injuries from this horrible and tragic accident.

Much of what you hear about workers compensation cases may involve people who have had an injury on the job, such as a fall, a transportation accident, overexertion or carpal tunnel syndrome. However, the Missouri’s Worker’s Compensation Act allows qualifying survivors of an employee killed on the job to receive weekly benefits, as well as employees who file claims for injuries that arise while performing work duties.

If you or someone you know has been injured or died while performing work duties, call your St. Louis workplace injury attorneys today. We want to help you!

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SUV Crashes Into Golden Corral

When you’re having a family meal, you expect to eat in a peaceful setting, with nothing major interrupting the time you are spending together. So, if someone drives their vehicle through the restaurant, just feet away from where you’re dining, that can be traumatizing, not only if you’re the one injured, but from the anxiety it causes as well.

An article on KSDK.com reports about this exact scenario happening Sunday afternoon. According to the article, a woman was having brunch with her son at a Golden Corral in O’Fallon, when an SUV crashed into the restaurant. Her immediate thought was to remove her son from imminent danger, but was thankfully it didn’t go that far, as the SUV didn’t reach them. The woman, a former EMT, then proceeded to assist those who were injured, but faced the difficulty of people who were standing around, recording the incident with cell phones, and not being helpful in any manner.

The SUV crashed into a non-load bearing wall which made the damage and injuries less then they could have been. Eight people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. One of them was the driver of the SUV, a woman in her mid forties who thought she was hitting the brake.

If you or someone you know has been involved in this, or any other kind of automobile accident, let help you. Call your St. Louis auto accident attorneys today!

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Jack-knifed Tractor Trailer Causes Highway Backup

When you’re driving, sometimes it’s easy to forget how many different types of vehicles you share the roadways with. Driving has become so common that we just do it, as if we are pre-programmed to allow the space for big trucks or to be careful of motorcycles. When a tractor trailer is involved in an accident, we are quickly reminded of how big and dangerous they can be.

According to an article on KMOV.com, a semi-truck and a car were in an auto accident on Thursday in Madison County, near Marine, Illinois. The accident, at the junction of I-70 and Illinois State Highway 143, backed up traffic on I-70 westbound. The truck jack-knifed and spilled the contents of its load out in the median and on the highway. One person involved in the accident was transported to the hospital by medical helicopter.

The article did not state the cause of the accident. However, when an accident involving a truck is caused by negligence of the truck driver or trucking company, the can be held responsible for your injuries. A few examples of negligence can be:

  • Trucker fatigue
  • Poor truck maintenance
  • Over-sized or shifting loads
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Whatever the reason for negligence, we want to help you. If you or someone you know has been involved in accident with a tractor trailer, call your St. Louis truck accident attorneys today!

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What You Need to Know About “Wrongful Death”

Accidents are part of life. Mistakes are made and people get injured. Sometimes deaths occur because of the carelessness of other people. This is part of the definition of a wrongful death.

A wrongful death is when a person dies because of the wrongful conduct of a person or people. After the death, the deceased person’s beneficiaries can file a wrongful death lawsuit against those responsible for the death. A wrongful death claim is brought to recover damages for injuries the surviving family may have suffered because of the loss. The purpose is to provide relief to family members who have been injured emotionally and financially because of the death.

Every state determines the statutes needed for their individual state to file a wrongful death suit. To file a wrongful death lawsuit in Missouri, the person(s) filing must show that:

  • The death was caused by a wrongful act, neglect or default
  • This act, neglect or default would have entitled him/her to recover damages had they not died from it
  • There are surviving family – spouse, children, parents, siblings, etc. – or an appointed representative for the victim and
  • Damages resulted from the death

Death is hard on everyone. When it’s the result of someone else’s misconduct, it can be especially hard to accept. If you or someone you know needs help filing a wrongful death suit, let your St. Louis wrongful death attorneys help you today!

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Raw Tuna May Have Caused Latest Salmonella Outbreak

When you’re out for a meal with your family or out on a date, you eat your food without any consideration of what could potentially be wrong with the meal. You trust that the food is handled correctly, comes to you fresh and without anything that can cause illness. But, sometimes the food you eat does cause disease.

A recent article on KMOV.com talks about the most recent outbreak of salmonella poisoning. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the outbreak started in March and has made at least fifty-three people sick in different parts of the country. The sickness has affected people of various ages, including a one-year-old.

According to the article, most of the victims reported eating sushi with raw tuna the week before they became sick. While no one has died, at least ten of the reported people who have contracted the illness have been hospitalized. The FDA is monitoring tuna more closely, trying to trace the source of the outbreak. The local and state health departments continue to interview those who have the disease to aid in the long process.

These people ate the sushi expecting to be able to be satisfied with their meal and not expecting to be sick by it.

If you’ve had this kind of experience, or any other experience with a defective product, we want to help you. Call your St. Louis personal injury attorney today!

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Anti-Nausea Medicine, Zofran, Could Cause Birth Defects

When you are pregnant, you take a lot of precautions to protect your unborn baby. You take prenatal vitamins, go to your doctor appointments and make sure you’re eating healthy. But, you probably still get morning sickness or some kind of nausea. When your doctor prescribes you an anti-nausea medicine, you take it, expecting relief and not thinking there will be any long lasting effects on you or your baby.

An article in Market Watch says that a law firm in Chicago is possibly going to bring a class action lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the makers of Zofran, the popular anti-nausea medicine, previously approved for cancer patients.

The lawsuit alleges that when used by pregnant women in the first trimester of pregnancy, Zofran increases the risk of birth defects. GSK began receiving as many as 200 reports of Zofran related birth defects, some as early as 1992. The conditions ranged from congenital heart disease, orofacial and septal defects, kidney malformation and sometimes, stillbirths.

GSK promoted that Zofran is a safe treatment alternative in pregnant women with morning sickness, despite evidence showing unreasonable risk of harm to babies exposed to it. It is suspected that GSK disregarded a mandate from the FDA to cease distributing materials about the drug.

If you or anyone you know has had negative consequences as a result of a medication, let us, your St. Louis personal injury attorneys, help you today!

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