More Accidents Being Caused by Sleep Deprived Driving

Eight children and two adults from Chicago were injured in a car crash that occurred Sunday, November 2 at approximately 7:32 a.m. in Monroe County. Two children were seriously injured. Martell Kaywood, 5-years old, was flown to a St. Louis hospital.

A fatal crash on November 5 was also due to sleep deprived driving. Donald Mueller, 61, was traveling south on Illinois Route 4 when he fell asleep and crossed into the northbound lane. Robin Wells, 49, and her 9-year-old passenger were seriously injured in the head-on crash. Robin Wells died from her injuries Thursday morning.

Walmart recently filed its answer to a lawsuit against them for the June 7 crash that killed James McNair and seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan. Walmart’s response to the suit is typical for large corporations and insurance companies. They attempt to minimize responsibility by blaming the victim. A good personal injury attorney will fight aggressively to hold them accountable.

A person with inadequate sleep may think they are alert enough to drive, but they are required to devote their full attention to safely operating their vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, sleep deprivation causes 100,000 automobile wrecks each year in the United States and 1,550 crash-related deaths.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, contact Hoffman & Gelfman for a free consultation.

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Seven-Month-Old Infant Dies at Local Daycare Center

The parents of seven-month-old Owen Haber are grief-stricken since the death of their son, who was found not breathing in a crib at a Webster Grover daycare center. He was rushed to the hospital, where he passed away the following day.

The cause of death was said to be SIDS, which claims far too many infant lives every year. However, there is a growing speculation that this incident could have been avoided if a weighted blanket had not been in the crib.

According to the article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, weighted blankets are marketed as being soothing to babies which helps them sleep better.They’re generally filled with seeds or other materials sewn into quilted sections.

It’s widely known that blankets are dangerous to use in cribs with infants, and some of them have warning labels on them, but not all of them do. Experts believe that at only nineteen pounds, Owen’s death would not have happened had he been in the crib without the blanket.

Situations like this are tragic, and as your St. Louis personal injury attorney, we want to caution you to follow the latest safety guidelines to avoid a similar scenario. However, it’s important to be sure your child care provider is, as well. If you have suffered the loss of a child to SIDS because of a situation that could have been avoided, please contact an attorney right away.

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Jury Awards $97 Million in Wrongful Death of Small Town Mayor

The family of Bert Reeves, a former South Carolina mayor who was shot to death by a police officer in his town, has finally found justice. In a wrongful death lawsuit against the officer and the municipality, a jury awarded a total of $97.5 million to the family.

The damages include $7.5 million in actual damages and $60 million in punitive damages. An additional $30 million of punitive damages were awarded against former police officer Randall Price.

Price, 40, had been hired by the town of Cottageville, S.C. despite a troublesome track record. Over 11 years, Price had been a police officer in 8 different towns. He had been fired for offenses ranging from unsafe driving to criminal domestic violence.

Reeves, 40 at the time of his death, was shot to death by Price along a dirt road in the small town. Disputes between the two had somehow culminated in the officer using deadly force.

The key issue in the wrongful death lawsuit was that Cottageville should never have hired Price in the first place. His record demonstrated that he would be a liability on the police force, yet he was hired anyway.

This case shows that responsible parties can indeed be held responsible for the lethal consequences of their mistakes. Contact your St. Louis personal injury attorney for help if your family has experienced a tragedy.

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St. Louis Cardinals Rookie Outfielder Dies in Car Accident

A spirit of sadness hangs over St. Louis as the city mourns the loss of rookie outfielder Oscar Tavaras.

According to an article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, Tavaras was in the Dominican Republic when the accident occurred. According to the official reports regarding the accident, Tavaras was with his girlfriend near his hometown of Sosua when the crash took place. He was driving in a rain storm, and the pavement was much too slippery to withstand his high speeds. The Cardinals’ player’s car lost traction and hit a tree.

It was reported that Tavaras was injured and unconscious. He died later at a local hospital. Fortunately, no one else was hurt or killed.

Tavaras’ teammates are devastated at the loss of their friend, and it is certainly an excellent reminder of how important it is to remain aware when you are on the road.

Weather conditions cause all kinds of accidents, and their numbers multiply with excessive speeds. As your St. Louis auto accident attorney, we want to caution you to watch your speed when you’re driving in the rain or in the pending snow storms that will hit our area very soon.

Our hearts go out to the Cardinals, as well as to Tavaras’ family. His death was tragic, and it presents an important lesson to everyone.

If you are injured in a car accident, contact a St. Louis attorney right away.

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Two Die After 911 Dispatcher Sends Responders to Wrong Address

Jessica Thompson, a twenty-five-year-old mother of one son, and Tony Jordon, a 32-year-old father of six children, were killed by Adrian Houston at about 1:30 a.m. on July 9, 2014. According to a witness, police officers arrived two minutes later.

The police had been sent to another district about a block away and to an address that does not exist by 911 dispatcher Patricia Sticken. The six children of Jordon along with his parents and Thompson’s son have filed a wrongful death suit against the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners, Mayor Francis Slay, and the police, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Thompson originally called 911 for help at her apartment in the 5800 block of Cabanne Avenue at 1 a.m. She was inside with another man when her boyfriend, Adrian Houston, began banging on the doors and windows. He got inside the apartment and began choking her. Jordon is a groundskeeper at the complex. He heard Thompson’s screams and went to help. This is when Jordon called 911.

Albert Watkins, an attorney for the family members filing the wrongful death suit, heard the audio and said, “(The dispatcher) was really, really in a disinterested fashion, cavalier. It was almost like she couldn’t be bothered.”

If you or a loved one is a victim of personal injury due to the fault of someone else, contact Hoffman & Gelfman for a free consultation.

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Police Searching for Suspects in Deadly North St. Louis Hit-and-Run

Hit-and-run accidents have a significant impact beyond the injuries and vehicle damage left behind. The idea that other human beings would callously walk away after causing a car accident leaves everyone in the community shocked and dismayed. Fortunately,

An early morning car crash on MLK Drive in North St. Louis recently resulted in the worst case scenario: a deceased victim and two suspects who got away.

However, the authorities can track down hit-and-run suspects more often than you might think.

In this case, the suspects were witnessed driving their white Chevrolet Impala around 4:30 a.m. on Friday, October 24. The Impala made a T-bone collision with the victim’s vehicle. The decedent, 65-year-old William Brown, had only driven a few blocks from his home and was not breaking any laws.

Unfortunately, the impact threw Brown from his vehicle and he was further injured as the suspects’ vehicle rolled over him.

The white Impala was found abandoned blocks away. St. Louis police have an ongoing investigation and search for the perpetrators.

If you or a family member are ever involved in a hit-and-run accident, it’s important to maintain hope. With the right clues and evidence, the responsible parties can be tracked down. Your St. Louis personal injury attorney can help you seek restitution from guilty parties for the injury and damages they have caused.

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Nurse Injects Wrong Medication Instead of Flu Shot

Flu shots may not be the most pleasant experience in life, but you should feel good about taking care of your health and protecting the people around you during flu season. The last thing you want to worry about is whether the person administering the shot will do his or her job correctly.

Imagine a nurse injecting you with the wrong substance. That’s what apparently happened at an elementary school in Parkway, MO recently, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Four teachers are believed to have been given insulin shots instead of flu vaccines. Two of the victims required emergency hospitalization for dangerous cases of “insulin shock.”

The Parkway school district offered flu vaccines to its employees. Teachers at Shenandoah Valley Elementary School received shots from the school nurse, whose office contains insulin for students.

One teacher suffered from convulsions before passing out, while another endured a severe bout of nausea and dizziness before also losing consciousness.

Hospital workers spent five hours returning their blood-sugar levels to normal, and the patients spent about eight hours in medical care.

While the nurse’s error appears to have been an honest mistake, the incident sheds light on the importance of both workplace safety and medical malpractice issues.

If you ever experience dangerous mistreatment from healthcare providers or an unsafe workplace, call your St. Louis personal injury attorneys for help sorting out the aftermath.

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Charges Filed against Sunset Hills Mayor for Cyclist Crash

No matter how you feel about sharing the road, you probably wouldn’t intentionally cause a bicycle accident using your motor vehicle.

That’s what Sunset Hills, Mo. mayor Mark Furrer allegedly did this past July, and multiple charges have been filed.

On July 29, Sunset Hills mayor Mark Furrer had a dangerous encounter on Old Gravois Road near I-270 with cyclist Randy Murdick of Fenton. According to Murdick, the mayor cursed and told him to “get off my roads.” Furrer then struck Fenton’s bicycle with his Mercedes-Benz convertible.

The cyclist has reported a torn Achilles tendon and bruises, in addition to serious damage to his $12,000 bicycle.

911 audio from the incident includes a witness shouting at Furrer to return, believing that the mayor was attempting to flee the scene.

Injuries sustained in the accident caused Murdick, an electrician, to miss more than weeks of work.

The attorney for Murdick has also been collaborating with St. Louis officials to draft city ordinances regarding motorist and cyclist safety.

Mayor Furrer faces assault and property damage charges, while Furrer may need to bring suit to recover personal injury expenses. If convicted, Furrer must vacate his mayoral office.

Motorists and cyclists may always butt heads, but intentionally endangering a fellow person on the road is another matter. Always call your St. Louis personal injury attorney to help sort things out and recover the expenses you’re due.

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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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