Semi Truck and Motorcycle Collide Causing Fatality of St. Louis Man

A 56-year-old St. Louis man was killed in April when a tractor-trailer hit the motorcycle he was riding. Struck by a 2016 Freightliner moving north on Carpers Pike, the driver, 58-year-old Odilon Reyes, was unable to stop his vehicle despite crossing both lanes of the highway. The deadly crash highlights the need for increased awareness when driving around semis to prevent these all-too-common tractor-trailer accidents.

The driver claimed his brakes had failed, but was subsequently charged with reckless driving. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash, and the Commercial Motor Vehicle Unit of the Virginia State Police is inspecting the truck to corroborate the story.

How Can You Avoid Danger?

  • Be hyper-vigilant of large trucks around you.
  • Stay out of the “No-Zones” – blind spots in the front/back/sides where drivers cannot see you. (If you can’t see a truck’s mirror – its driver can’t see you.)
  • When passing, wait until you see the front of the truck in your rearview before pulling in-front.
  • Use only turn signals – not flashing lights – to indicate lane changes.
  • Never swerve in front of or force trucks to a sudden stop. (An 80,000-pound truck takes a long distance to stop!)
  • Never “squeeze by” when truckers are attempting a wide turn.

Struck by a tractor-trailer? You need a St. Louis truck accident attorney who is on your side. Earn the fair compensation you deserve. Contact Hoffman & Gelfman today.

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Pending Legislation May Make It More Difficult to Litigate Medical Malpractice Suits

Under a bill drafted by House Republicans as part of their plan to replace former President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), low income and older Americans may find it more difficult to win lawsuits for injuries resulting from medical malpractice, defective drugs and devices. Your St. Louis medical malpractice lawyers at Hoffman & Gelfman want to keep you abreast of this developing story.

Could You Be Denied Full Restitution?
Limits on lawsuit awards have been proposed for Medicaid, Medicare, and ACA-subsidized insurance related cases. In addition, malpractice suits involving doctors, hospitals, nursing homes and product liability issues could be subject to a $250,000 limit on ‘non-economic damages,’ such as pain and suffering.

Democrats warn it could takes rights away from those harmed by horrific medical mistakes by limiting claims related to coverage provided via federal program, subsidy, or tax benefit. This decision could likewise affect potential lawsuits for any individual whose health insurance is provided by an employer if the government provides tax breaks for such coverage.

No limits are being established for recovering economic damages, medical expenses, or lost earnings. Individual states, however, could choose to set different limits.

Sitting on a potential malpractice case? Your quality of life and financial future are at stake. Don’t wait for crippling injury compensation limits to take effect. Move your case forward with the expert counsel of St. Louis medical malpractice lawyers Hoffman & Gelfman today.

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Gene Testing Labs May End Up in Court for Medical Malpractice

A South Carolina woman is anxiously awaiting a state Supreme Court decision that will determine whether or not she can take action against genetic testing laboratory Quest Diagnostics and its subsidiary Athena for the wrongful death of her son. The St. Louis medical malpractice lawyers at Hoffman & Gelfman want to prevent you from becoming party to a similar situation.

Will the Suit Be Brought to a Halt?
The lawsuit alleges the two companies misclassified a gene mutation in her son as a variant of unknown significance, and because of this, doctors treated her son with certain drugs, resulting in the child’s seizures worsening until his death following a severe seizure in 2008. If classified as a healthcare provider, her civil action may be stopped by a 6-year statute of limitations for medical malpractice. If deemed personal injury/wrongful death/ negligence, the discovery rule holds and the cap doesn’t apply.

The Clock is Ticking
The South Carolina Supreme Court has yet to address the issue of whether genetic testing labs are licensed healthcare providers within the meaning of state law. Because of this, the court’s decision will determine whether the lawsuit will be. This will also be significant for others seeking action against genetic testing laboratories in the state.

Concerned your loved one’s death could have been prevented? Don’t let the statute of limitations work against you. Contact your St. Louis medical malpractice lawyers, Hoffman & Gelfman, today.

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Police Search for Hit and Run Driver with Four in the Hospital

A hit and run accident has shaken the people of Springfield, according to an article on the Ozarks First website.

Hit and run accidents are certainly not uncommon in St. Louis, or in the State of Missouri. In fact, they are a serious problem. In this particular case, the pickup truck that caused the accident was reportedly stolen from St. Louis.

The pickup truck was headed east on Walnut Street in Springfield. The other vehicle involved was a minivan that was headed north on the Kansas Expressway. The pickup truck driver ran a red light and slammed into the side of the minivan injuring four people inside.

The minivan landed in a nearby ditch and, fortunately, the injuries were moderate. All four were treated at a nearby hospital. Witnesses told the police officers that the three men in the pickup truck fled the scene on foot and eventually got into another vehicle.

At the time of the article, the police were still looking for the men who caused the accident to take place.

As your St. Louis hit and run accident attorneys, we share this with you so that you’ll know what to do if you’re ever in a similar situation. Eventually, these men will be caught and when they are, they’ll have to answer for their actions.

If you’re in a hit and run, contact us, your St. Louis hit and run accident attorneys.

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Dog Bite Claims Increase, with Children the Most Frequent Victims

According to insurance giant State Farm and data from the Insurance Information Institute, dog bite claims are rapidly rising, climbing 18% in 2016 to reach over $121 million in claims. Children account for more than half of dog bite victims, including the massive total of 18,123 victims from last year alone. The St. Louis dog bite attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman want to make you aware of this alarming trend.

More Bite than Bark
In addition to the large number of child victims, postal worker attacks have also increased – by 200 incidents last year alone. And bite-repercussions aren’t small potatoes, averaging $33,230 per insurance claim resulting from not only increased medical costs, but larger settlements for victims. This has prompted State Farm to team up with the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Foundation) in the promotion of National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

How Can You (and Your Family) Avoid Being Bitten by these Statistics?

Educate Your Kids
On non-threatening, pet-friendly behavior, including how to approach a dog, gaining permission for petting, and not running toward (or away) from strange animals. Stress the difference between family pets and the animals of others.

Properly Socialize Pets
Teaching them appropriate behaviors while young, and spaying or neutering to reduce aggressive tendencies.

Have you or a family member suffered a dog bite? The St. Louis dog bite attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman are on your side. Contact us today.

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Medical Malpractice Case Filed Against Clinic for Flesh Eating Bacteria Fatality

Medical malpractice cases can be difficult to prove. However, there are instances when enough evidence is present that the victims have the upper hand. One such case occurred recently, according to an article on the Legal Reader website.

The case involved a forty-three-year-old man who suffered and died from a flesh eating bacteria. It took some time to finally diagnose him with necrotizing fasciitis, which is a rare bacteria that destroys the flesh under the skin. The problems in this case were plenty.

The family of the now deceased man states that he had to go to multiple hospitals and clinics to get properly diagnosed. He suffered from severe mental and physical pain because of the bacteria. Also, no infectious disease treatment was started, nor did the man ever receive any antibiotics to treat his condition.

The man was given medication to treat the flu, because he presented with flu-like symptoms at first. The family repeatedly asked for antibiotics because of additional physical issues he was experiencing. Their requests were denied.

He was transported to another hospital where he suffered several cardiac arrests. At least he was properly diagnosed, but then his leg was amputated. The infection had spread too far.

As your St. Louis medical malpractice lawyer, we hope you’re never in a similar situation. If so, a St. Louis medical malpractice lawyer offers you or your family hope for proper compensation. Contact us.

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Woman Dies in Multi-Vehicle Accident in North St. Louis

Multi-car accidents are certainly not uncommon in St. Louis and, unfortunately, they take place quite frequently. A recent multi-car crash was reported in North St. Louis that resulted in the death of a forty-year-old woman.

According to an article on the KMOV website, a 2007 Dodge Charger was traveling east on I70. The vehicle had six passengers, and it sideswiped a 2013 Dodge Charger on the left side. The first vehicle struck a median wall and spun across two lanes. It was then hit by a third vehicle.

The occupants of the 2013 Charger were not harmed in the crash. However, there were extensive injuries for those in the 2007 Charger. Four of them were treated at a local hospital, and a child was deemed to be in critical condition, but stable. The forty-year-old woman was in critical condition and unstable when she was transferred to the hospital and she later died as a result of her injuries.

As your St. Louis car accident attorney, we know that this is a crash that should not have happened. The loss of this woman’s life could have and should have been avoided.

If you or someone you love is a passenger that has been involved in a car accident, you deserve justice. Contact your St. Louis car accident attorney right away. We will talk with you about your options for filing your case and getting proper compensation.

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Fatal Accidents Upend Families

Accidents on our roads are common, and fender benders happen all the time. But when a fatal accident happens, not only is there pain and sorrow involved, but it can upend an entire family.

Emotions are Just the Beginning

Certainly, emotions are a huge part every time a loved one dies in a fatal accident. A parent that is killed can leave the same type of emotional hole as a child, a sister or a brother that has passed away in a car accident. It’s a terrible thing to experience.

After the grieving ends, the healing begins, and with healing comes the financial questions. Should legal action be pursued? Do you have a case?

Your St. Louis Car Accident Attorney can help with these financial responsibilities, and the healing that comes from a successful verdict and settlement for your case.

Hoffman & Gelfman have a winning track record that has won in excess of $300 million dollars for our clients. As a St. Louis car accident attorney, we will do more than just litigate; we will protect your legal rights while aggressively pursuing your claim. You deserve the best possible financial results for you and your loved ones. When a fatal accident upends your family, let Hoffman and Gelfman help with a free consultation, and let the healing begin.

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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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