Serious Accident Leaves Injuries in In Its Wake

You can be obeying all traffic laws, driving safely, and still be involved in a serious automobile accident on the highway. This is what happened to three drivers on Interstate 70 during their Sunday afternoon drive.

The November 8 accident occurred when 20-year-old Zachary T. Dunlop, from Wentzville, crashed into the three vehicles that driving slowly due to a separate accident up ahead. Dunlop, who has been charged with driving while intoxicated, first skidded his 1999 Mazda Protege into a Chrysler and a 2004 GMC Envoy. The 37-year-old driver of the Chrysler, also from Wentzville, and the 44-year-old man from Winfield who was driving the Envoy were both uninjured.

A 34-year-old man from Troy was driving the third vehicle, a 2009 Nissan Quest. He was struck after Dunlop lost complete control of his Mazda and it overturned before striking the Nissan.

Dunlop was taken to SSM St. Joseph Hospital Lake St. Louis and treated for minor injuries. The three other drivers were not injured. This same scenario often results in serious injuries for the innocent drivers and their passengers.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an automobile accident with someone who was driving while intoxicated, call the St. Louis Personal Injury Attorneys who have experience with these cases and will look out for your best interest through every step of the process.

Contact us for a free consultation about your case.

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Synthetic Marijuana Causes Four Overdoses in 24 Hours

Not all items on the market are inherently safe, and St. Louis Personal Injury Attorneys Hoffman & Gelfman want you to be in-the-know about these dangerous products. The latest? Toxic synthetic marijuana sold in the Farmington area.

Community warning
Farmington Police Chief Rick Baker is warning the community about a bad batch of K2 called Plutonium, a specific brand of synthetic marijuana, responsible for the overdoses of four young adults who were rushed to the emergency room after partaking of the substance.

The 4-1-1
Sold in gas stations and smoke shops, the herb-like substance looks like potpourri and contains chemicals that induce a high. It is typically packaged in bright colors targeted to young people, who believe that because the product is being sold in a store it is not harmful. Instead the product is quite volatile and detrimental to human health. Police have tracked the specific brand Plutonium sold to a location out of Farmington. Anyone who believes they might have purchased the affected product is urged to dispose of it immediately.

Why is it on the shelves?
Previously banned by the state of Missouri in 2011, with a single change to ingredients, the manufacturers of these products have the ability to get them right back on store shelves.

Have you been injured or made ill by a dangerous consumer product? St. Louis Personal Injury Attorneys Hoffman & Gelfman can help. Contact us today.

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I-55 Car Chase Ends in Terrible Wreck

Most of us think watching car chases on TV can be interesting and exciting. We watch in awe, sometimes in nervous worry about what the outcome will be. But, when we see one in person, we don’t always know how to respond, especially when the chase results in a crash.

KMOV St. Louis reported that on October 28, a car chase on I-55 resulted in a crash. The crash happened around 3:00 pm under the Sidney overpass near the Arsenal exit. St. Louis police said the crash was connected with a chase that involved St. Ann police. The chase started when Gregory Newlon, 26, was witnessed taking part in a drug deal. The police tried to pull him over, but he fled. Police saw Newlon throw firearms out the window of his vehicle while chasing him. The end resulted in a crash involving a dump truck.

From the crash, four people were taken to the hospital with injuries. Two of the injured were in serious condition and two were in critical condition. The truck driver sustained injuries to his leg and is in stable condition. Newlon if facing fourteen felony charges.

If you or someone you know has been in a vehicle accident and you need to know what you can do next, contact your St. Louis automobile accident attorney today and let us help you!

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Ground Beef Recalled Due to Possible E. Coli Contamination

Many of us make ground beef a regular part of our diet for many reasons from taste to health benefits, with a high amount of protein and iron. We eat it as burgers, in casseroles or as meatloaf. Whatever way you eat your ground beef, you generally don’t think about the possibilities of disease in the meat you buy.

However, as Fox 2 Now reports, many thousand pounds of ground beef products have been recalled because of possibly being contaminated with E. Coli. The USDA says that the beef was shipped to retailers across the country. The beef was produced at Omaha company All American Meats, Inc. The issue was found on October 30th when one sample was positive for E. Coli. The boxes of recalled meat vary in weight, from 60 to 80 pounds as well as varying in fat content, from 73/27 to 85/15.

The USDA said there have been no reported illness related to the meat. However, if you are having signs of E. Coli, including bloody stool, cramping in the stomach, fever or vomiting, you should be seen immediately by a medical professional.

Though there have been no illnesses reported yet, a defective food product can have serious consequences. After being seen by a medical professional, you can contact your St. Louis defective product attorneys to help you decide what to do next.

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I-70 Crash Kills Pedestrian

It can be difficult to navigate the road as a pedestrian. On an interstate, in the dark, a pedestrian may be in a dangerous situation, possibly making their walk deadly. This is what happened on Saturday, October, 24 on I-70.

St. Louis Today reported on October 26 that a man, who was not identified, was walking west in the eastbound lanes of I-70 when he was hit by a car that left the scene. Though it was originally thought that he was thrown from a vehicle, authorities have concluded that he was a victim of a hit and run.

Police say that a second car driven by a 30 year old woman ran over the man, lying on the road, but she stopped after she ran over him. She was then rear ended by another car, which sent her car into one ahead of her. A fifth car pulled off the side of the highway and got out, trying to help the man in the road. That car was damaged by another car when it was sideswiped, who also left the scene.

The crash happened at 1:30 am and closed down I-70 on Saturday, giving police an opportunity to investigate the crash.

If you or someone you loved has been a pedestrian hit by a vehicle, call your St. Louis pedestrian accident attorney for a consultation today and let us help you!

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Carjacked Car Crash Proves Fatal

We have no way of knowing what the day will bring. When your loved one dies in a crash and you later find out the car was stolen, it comes with many questions. Especially when the car involved in the crash is a stolen vehicle.

This is was happened in St. Louis on October 5, 2015. A car, supposedly stolen, crashed with another vehicle, then hit a fire hydrant and finally a brick building, The accident, occurring a little after 10 pm in southern St. Louis, resulted in a passenger dying and sent another to the hospital. Reportedly, the car was stolen in a carjacking a few hours before the wreck, but police were unsure at the time if anyone in the car was involved in the theft.

The name of the victim who died was not immediately released, Another passenger from that car was hospitalized, in critical, unstable condition at the time of the article. The driver of the other vehicle, a woman, had minor injuries.

Wrongful death can be claimed when an individual dies as a result of another person’s conduct. Because the victim is deceased, the friends and family have to call an attorney to see if there’s action that can be taken.

If your loved one has been the victim of a crash that resulted because of someone else’s negligence, call a St. Louis wrongful death attorney for a consultation today!

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Painkillers tampered with; causes investigation

If you have to call an ambulance, it is generally because of an emergent situation, one in which you leave your life in the hands of the responding paramedics. They are trained in what to do and what kind of medicines to give in the short time between the call and arriving to the hospital. When an investigation ensues into some of those ambulances, it can leave you feeling uneasy.

An article in St. Louis Today tells that a potent painkiller has been removed from all ambulances in the Metro East area due to unauthorized tampering. All EMS in the area were ordered to turn over their supplies of fentanyl, a strong painkiller. Dr. Savoy Brummer, a doctor at Memorial Hospital, has requested that all cases where fentanyl was administered to be documented for a two year period, between May 25, 2013 and May 25, 2015.

Fentanyl, a synthetic opiate, is used to help pain in patients who have built a resistance to morphine or similar pain medications. Fentanyl is up to 100 times stronger than morphine. It can be mixed with heroine on the street to create a deadly combination and local law enforcement has been warned to watch for the mixture.

Hospitals are cooperating and have agreed to replace supplies and equipment.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of medical malpractice, contact your St. Louis medical malpractice attorneys today!

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Parade spectators killed by a driver under the influence

When you’re with the family, you’re focused on having fun. You usually don’t think about what can happen during your time together. You especially don’t prepare for the worst.

There was no way the spectators of the Oklahoma State University’s homecoming parade could prepare for what was to happen. St. Louis Today reports that on Saturday morning, four people were killed and 47 injured while watching the parade. A woman drove her car into the crowd, sending people flying through the air. Those killed were a 23-year old woman, a 65-year old woman, a 65-year old man and a 2-year old boy.

The driver of the vehicle, 25-year old Adacia Chambers was arrested and charged with DUI. The police have yet to determine if she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Chambers’ father said he couldn’t believe his daughter did this. He claimed she was timid and not an alcoholic. He also said she had been to festivities for homecoming the night before and was back home by 10.

While this a story from Oklahoma, it made national news and is something that could happen here in St. Louis. No one expects or prepares for something like this to happen, but, it can help you to know what to do after it does.

If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, call your St. Louis auto accident attorneys today!

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Caramel Apples Lead to Four Interstate Deaths

Caramel apples seem to be a favorite among children and adults alike. A fruit surrounded by sugar seems to be a happy marriage. Except when those caramel apples are causing sickness in multiple states, making people sick and even leading to death.

ABC News reports that health officials have warned consumers to not eat caramel apples. They have linked the apples to a multi state listeria breakout. The CDC reported that 10 states have been affected, affecting at least 28 people with the disease. Five of those people died. Being extremely cautious, the CDC has said for consumers not to eat any prepackaged caramel apples during their investigation. The outbreak has infected people from North Carolina to California and in all age groups, ages 7 to 92.

Of those who died, there were three children who developed severe meningitis. Nine of the cases of sickness involved a pregnant woman or newborn. Fifteen of eighteen said that ate prepackaged caramel apples before they got sick.

Listeriosis occurs when the listeria monocytogenes bacteria is ingested. It can cause harm especially in the older, pregnant and anyone with a compromised immune system. Some of the symptoms are gastrointestinal problems, fever and muscle aches. It can lead to much more severe diseases, such as encephalitis and meningitis.

If you or someone you love has been harmed due to a defective product, call your St. Louis personal injury lawyer today!

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Home Health Care Worker Commits Fraud, Leaves Victim in Filth

An Illinois health care worker recently admitted to fraud for billing Medicaid Home Services for aid she never performed. Her client was discovered in such bad shape, she required hospitalization. To help you better protect loved ones, St. Louis Personal Injury Attorneys Hoffman & Gelfman want to increase awareness cases of nursing home neglect.

The worker, Jessica A. Teets of Brighton, Illinois, plead guilty to fraud charges, billing for services she never performed and billing for time when her client was actually in the hospital. As part of her plea to federal prosecutors, Teets admitted to earning $1,312 by submitting false claims for 111 hours of care services from December 7, 2101 to June 30, 2014 in the fourth wave of “Operation Home Alone,” a program enacted to fight fraud, waste and abuse in the Medicaid system.

A friend had attempted to reach Teets’ client for several days, arriving at her home on July 1, 2014 to find her incoherent and partially covered in dried excrement. It was discovered that Teets had not performed any services for the client in more than a week. The Medicaid Home Services Program she was taking part in was supposed to allow clients to receive in-home care rather than being relegated to a nursing home.

Concerned your loved one may be a victim of nursing home neglect? Contact Hoffman & Gelfman, the St. Louis Personal Injury Attorneys you can count on.

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