Hoffman and Gelfman: Your St. Louis Personal Injury Attorneys

Just last month, a boiler at the Loy-Lange Box Company in the Soulard neighborhood exploded with such force, it traveled several blocks before landing on another business, leaving the St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers at Hoffman & Gelfman to speculate regarding potential maintenance issues and how they may have contributed to the explosion.

Three Killed, Four Injured
As a result of the large explosion, three buildings, multiple businesses and individuals were affected, including one employee of Loy-Lange Box Company who reportedly died near the boiler at 222 Russell Boulevard. Two others died at Faultless Healthcare Linen at 2030 S. Broadway when the boiler crashed through the roof. The Pioneer Industrial Company at 400 Russel Boulevard was also damaged by an 8 foot pipe. Four others were taken to an area hospital, with two critically injured.

Three Buildings Affected, Some by Van-Sized Debris
The boiler was quite large, and ejected a large chunk of heavy cast iron debris the morning of the explosion nearly the size of a van. The St. Louis Fire Department will be investigating the maintenance schedule of the boiler, and whether it was being operated and maintained by a licensed boiler operator, as required.

Have you been injured as the result of someone else’s negligence? The St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers at Hoffman & Gelfman are on your side. Contact us to discuss your case today.

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Tractor Trailer Crashes into St. Louis Building

A tractor trailer can do so much damage when it’s out of control. Recently, a semi-truck crashed into a building in St. Louis, according to an article on the KSDK website.

The accident took place at the Soulard building in St. Louis, just after one o’clock in the morning. Witnesses stated that the truck went off the road and crashed through several concrete barriers. It took out a power line before crashing into the two-story building. Authorities attempted to contact the truck’s owner, but he wasn’t able to be reached until the next morning.

Fortunately, the building was empty at the time the accident occurred. The driver survived the crash, but authorities were still unsure as to what caused him to wreck his truck.

Currently, the building stands condemned and the owner has not been allowed back inside. Because of the instability of the structure, the two businesses housed inside the building have had to relocate, at least temporarily.

If this accident had happened during the day, so many lives could have been lost. As your St. Louis truck accident attorney, we want you to know that this could happen to your business too. Tractor trailer crashes are not unusual in St. Louis.

If you suffer from any type of semi-truck accident, please contact us, your St. Louis truck accident attorney right away. We will review your case and fight hard for your immediate compensation.

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Phenobarbital 15mg Tablets Recalled – Check Your Labels!

On April 21st, 2017 drug manufacturer C.O. Truxton, Inc. announced a nationwide voluntary recall of Phenobarbital 15 mg tablets. Do you need to contact your area St. Louis Defective Drug Attorney?

Recall Details
The voluntary recall of lot 70952A of Phenobarbital Tablets, USP 15 mg, was issued upon confirmation of a customer complaint that a bottle of phenobarbital tablets labeled ‘Phenobarbital 15 mg’ actually contained 30 mg tablets. Packaged in 1000-count bottles, the labels will carry an expiration date of 11/17, UPC 7 0463616010 6, and NDC 0463-6160-10.

Non-defective pills are embossed with ‘West-ward 445’ on one side, and blank on the other. If you’re bottle has the mistakenly filled 30 mg tablets, they will instead be embossed with ‘West-ward 450’ on one side and a scored reverse. The drug, indicated for its sedative and anticonvulsive actions, was distributed across the U.S. to both physician and veterinary treatment centers.

Signs of Excessive Dosage
The drug has a narrow therapeutic-to-toxic range, and dosages must be strictly followed. Overdose of phenobarbital mimics alcohol intoxication, with slurred speech, unsteady gait, and impaired alertness and reaction time. Additional signs of overdose include confusion or excitement, headache, deep sleep/coma, labored breathing, low blood pressure, weak pulse, and blisters.

Have you fallen victim to a phenobarbital overdose as a result of this defective drug product? The St. Louis Defective Drug Attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman are here to help. Contact us today.

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Pedestrian Killed in St Louis Pedestrian Accident

On April 13th, a pedestrian was fatally struck in a hit-and-run accident in north St. Louis. Your St. Louis Pedestrian Accident Attorneys, Hoffman & Gelfman, want to keep you aware of such dangers.

The Deadly Incident
Occurring at the 3500 block of Goodfellow Boulevard around 11:48pm, the incident left 60-year-old Harlan Cooks, who resided in the area, dead. As Cooks was walking eastbound on the south side of Natural Bridge Avenue crossing Goodfellow Boulevard, he was struck and killed by a black Jeep Liberty heading southbound on the street. Later pronounced dead-on-arrival at an area hospital, police are currently on the lookout for the driver who fled.

Hoffman & Gelfman Want You to Stay Safe While Walking at Night

• Increase your nighttime visibility with lightly colored, reflective clothing and by carrying a flashlight.

• Stay in well-lit areas, especially when crossing the street.

• Walk on sidewalks where available, or on the road shoulder facing traffic.

• Use designated crosswalks whenever possible.

• When crossing, make eye contact with stopped drivers whenever possible to ensure they see you.

• Avoid distractions such as texting, cell phone conversations, and loud music that can detract your attention from the road.

• Avoid walking on highways or other zones where pedestrians are prohibited.

• Avoid alcohol consumption – 34% of pedestrian casualties involve (pedestrian) intoxication.

Injured by a careless driver? St. Louis Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Hoffman & Gelfman are on your side. Contact us to discuss your case today.

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Fatal Multi-Car Crash Outside St. Louis Claims One Life

Multi-car accidents can be extremely scary, and we see them all the time in the St. Louis area. One recent crash occurred on I-270 in Maryland Heights, Missouri.

According to an article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, the driver of a pickup truck caused the six-vehicle accident. The pickup truck struck an SUV on the highway, and then hit a woman’s Chevy as she was changing lanes, where the impact was at an angle. The pickup truck went on to hit another vehicle.

The Chevy crashed into a another car, and a sixth car hit a guard rail as a result of the accident. The woman driving the Chevy died at the scene of the crash and was only eighteen years old. One of the other drivers had moderate injuries and was treated at a local hospital. All of the other drivers were unhurt.

The investigation is ongoing, and authorities still are not sure what caused the pickup truck driver to crash. Even so, as your St. Louis car accident attorney, we can tell you that it looks as though he was at fault for this accident.

The death of this young woman is so tragic. Also, any other injuries that were inflicted during the wreck could have been avoided. Everyone involved has the right to contact a St. Louis car accident attorney for compensation. That is the only way justice can be served.

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Dog Attack Seriously Injures Two-Year-Old Girl

Dog attacks can happen anywhere, and a dog doesn’t necessarily have to be vicious in order to strike. A recent attack occurred within a family, by the family dog, and it involved a young, two-year-old girl and her mother.

The dog that was involved was a five-year-old Rottweiler. The mother, her daughter and the dog had been taking a walk around the family farm. When they returned to the house, the little girl was running around a swing set in the yard. The dog suddenly ran toward the girl and started biting her. The mother immediately intervened, and she put herself between the dog and her daughter. The Rottweiler proceeded to attack the mother, biting her on the head and in several other places. The dog finally walked away.

The little girl was taken by helicopter to a hospital in St. Louis. She was treated for bites on her hip, head and lower abdomen. The dog had never been aggressive until that day. He was removed from the family and impounded. There was no word as to whether or not he was put down.

As your St. Louis dog bite attorney, this story has a good moral to it. Any dog can attack. If you’re attacked by a dog, even one that is not known to be vicious, contact a St. Louis dog bite attorney right away. You deserve to be compensated for your injuries.

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Two People in Critical Condition After Multi-Car Crash in St. Louis

There are several places in St. Louis where people often driver faster than they should. Recently, there was a serious car accident in one St. Louis neighborhood, according to an article on the Fox2News website.

The accident took place in the early evening in North St. Louis at the intersection of Julian Avenue and Hamilton Avenue. Witnesses stated that this is an area that sees a lot of people speeding. On this particular evening, one car was traveling west on Julian Avenue at a high rate of speed. Another car was traveling south on Hamilton. The two cars collided at the intersection, and another vehicle was also involved. There was a fire at the scene of the crash, along with a lot of smoke.

As a result of this accident, seven people were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. Two of them were listed in critical condition.

Speeding is a serious problem all over St. Louis. This type of careless and reckless driving causes more accidents than you can count. As your St. Louis car accident attorney, we want to caution you to be careful when you’re on the roads. If you are in an accident with someone who is speeding, you deserve justice.

With them help of a St. Louis car accident attorney, you can file a claim to be compensated for any injuries or damages you sustain as a result of an accident.

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Nursing Home Neglect Results in One Resident’s Death After a Fall

It seems as though nursing home neglect is becoming a bigger problem in our country than ever before. One recent case involved a woman who fell after walking out a facility’s front door.

Earlier in the day, the woman had been evaluated by a physical therapist. A recommendation was made for someone to be with her, with a hand on her, every time she walked. Later that day, five staff members reported seeing her walking with a walker, unassisted. They didn’t do anything to intervene.

In fact, it wasn’t until the front door opened and the alarm went off that staff members responded. When they did, they found that she had fallen, face first, onto the concrete outside.

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for multiple fractures. Her injuries were severe, and were the result of the walker becoming tangled in the door frame. The family chose to place her on comfort care in the hospital, and she passed away just two days later. This woman had only been a resident at this facility for a few days.

As your St. Louis nursing home neglect attorney, we can tell you that there’s no reason for this type of care. If you’re concerned about the safety of a loved one in a nursing home, you need legal help immediately. Please contact a St. Louis nursing home neglect attorney right away for assistance.

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Three-Car Accident Outside St. Louis Sends Two Teens to the Hospital

There are many accidents in the St. Louis area, and all too often they involve teenage drivers. According to a recent article on the Belleville News-Democrat website, one accident recently occurred near Belleville East High School.

The crash involved three vehicles. One of them was parked and empty. The other two were occupied by two teenagers in one car, and one individual in the other car. It was a head-on crash, which happened on West Boulevard. The one individual wasn’t injured severely, and didn’t go to the hospital. The teens did suffer non-life threatening injuries and were treated at a nearby hospital.

Investigators are still trying to determine why the accident occurred. School was just letting out, and at the time of the article they still didn’t know.

This accident could have been caused by any number of things. It’s possible that the teenage driver was texting and driving. It’s also possible that the other driver was reckless. Investigations into crashes like this one are important. Determining who is at fault will allow the victim(s) in this case to file a claim.

As your St. Louis car accident attorney, we want to encourage you to pursue your case if you’re ever in a car accident. If you’re the victim, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries and damages. Contact a St. Louis car accident attorney if you need legal representation. We will help you.

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Defective EpiPens Could Have Put Lives at Risk

EpiPens are life-saving medical devices that contain drugs to counteract allergic reactions. For someone who relies on an EpiPen, having defective medicine inside could be fatal. Unfortunately, Mylan, the company that manufactures the EpiPen recently issued a recall.

The recall extends into seven different countries, including the United States. Two EpiPen users claimed that their device didn’t work when used while they were having allergic episodes. The EpiPens that were recalled were manufactured in December 2015 and July 2016.

Mylan stated that if even one EpiPen didn’t work correctly, that was too many. Their recall included thirteen lots of the devices.

People who need EpiPens may suffer severe medical complications if they don’t work correctly. Anaphylactic shock can result in some situations, which can lead to death.

As your St. Louis defective drug attorney, we want you to know that we take these types of recalls very seriously. You are placing your faith in a drug that you expect to work properly. There is no excuse for it not working. Considering the additional attention Mylan has received over the last year with increased product prices, they need to be held to the highest standard of safety for their medications.

If you have recently tried to use an EpiPen and it did not work, please bring this to our attention right away. Your St. Louis defective drug attorney will fight for you to receive proper compensation.

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