Woman Misdiagnosed 30 Years Ago Get a New Lease on Life

When your doctor tells you that you have any of a number of diseases that might be on your ‘worst case scenario’ list, you’re stunned to hear the news. After the initial shock, you have to figure out a different way to live, adjusting to life with whatever you’ve been diagnosed with. That’s what most people do; they don’t question what doctors have to say because they know best.

KSDK.com reports that when Jean Abbott was eight, thirty years ago, she was diagnosed with a form of cerebral palsy called spastic diplegia. She began to live life with cerebral palsy, which, she says, was not easy, but she did not let it stop her from living. She got married and had two children. The disease made it difficult for her to do even simple things, like play with her children. However, in her late twenties, Jean saw a doctor who questioned that diagnosis.

A specialist found that Jean had, in fact, been misdiagnosed as a child. What she had was a rare genetic disorder called dopa-responsive dystonia, which is easily controlled by taking one pill a day. Jean is now able to walk freely, play with her children and looks forward to doing the things she has previously been unable to do.

If you or someone you know has been misdiagnosed, we, your St. Louis medical malpractice attorneys are here to help. Call us today!

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Twenty-Nine Car Accident Closes I-70 for Four Hours

There are many things that are uncontrollable when you are driving. The weather and other drivers are two of the biggest things that you have no control over. When the weather causes driving conditions to be unsafe, you can do everything you know how to avoid an accident, but sometimes, other drivers lose control or aren’t paying attention.

An article on KSDK.com reported that a Mother’s Day accident occurred around 5pm on Mother’s Day in St. Charles on I-70. The accident, which was weather related, involved twenty-nine vehicles, including a horse trailer, with horses in tow, and took crews four hours to clear.

The reporter talked to the mother of one of the accident victims. She had seen her son earlier in the day to celebrate Mother’s Day and got a call that her son was in the accident. Upon arriving at the scene, she was devastated to see the number of vehicles involved; particularly the way in which her son’s car seemed to be sandwiched between two other vehicles. She was relieved, however, to be able to hug him after he was away from his car.

Nine people were taken to the hospital, all with minor injuries. All nine people and the horses are expected to be okay.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an auto accident and you need help, contact your St. Louis auto accident attorneys right away.

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When the Lines of Neglect Are Blurred

When you make the decision to let someone else care for your aging loved one, there are many things to consider. The reputation of the person or facility usually tops the list of things you look at before deciding which route to take. Often times, especially with those places with good reputations, neglect and abuse is not reported because it is difficult to identify or define exactly what constitutes either of those. Abuse is treating someone cruelly or violently, especially regularly or repeatedly. Neglect is failure to care for someone properly.

In a recent story reported by KSDK, a woman working for a hospice company has been accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the man who she was caring for. The woman confessed to stealing the man’s credit card and using them after the victim’s daughter noticed her father’s card was missing and purchases had been made.

The Mid-East Area Agency on Aging says that after family members, caretakers are second most common in elder theft because the clients trust them to care for them. They recommend performing background checks on caretakers or hiring a health care agency that requires background checks on their employees.

If you feel like your loved one is the victim of neglect or abuse, contact your St. Louis Nursing Home Litigation Attorney. We can help determine if either of these has occurred and if you can take action.

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Should Cameras Be Allowed in Nursing Homes?

As our loved ones age, making the decision to care for them at home or put them in a nursing home or other assisted living facility can be a long and difficult process. There are a lot of factors to consider, especially with the rising risk of nursing home abuse.

Nursing homes are increasingly understaffed and overworked causing nurses, nurses’ aides and other nursing home employees to feel pressure to get the overload of work that is put on them done before their shift is over. This can cause neglect, which is failing to meet the basic needs of the patient, and abuse of the patient. Because abuse can be defined in many different ways and the state holds these facilities to a high standard, it is often hidden.

What can be done about this? A new Missouri bill currently being heard by a House committee will allow residents to put cameras in the rooms of nursing homes. Instead of sitting back and waiting for it to happen again, this could be a proactive approach to combating abuse and neglect in these facilities. However, opponents of the bill are expressing concern about privacy issues.

Are you currently the victim of nursing home abuse? Does someone you know live in an assisted living facility where abuse or neglect occurs and you don’t know how to handle it? Let your St. Louis Personal Injury Attrorney help today.

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Children Taken to Hospital after School Bus Accident

Thousands of children are put on school buses every school day, their parents trustingly putting them into the capable hands of the many trained school bus drivers on the road. While most bus trips to school occur without a hitch, sometimes, accidents happen, endangering the lives of our most precious cargo.

This is what happened in Belleville. KSDK reported that a bus delivering children from Harmony Emge Middle School was involved in an accident with an SUV who failed to yield when turning left. Though no major injuries were reported, six students and the bus driver were transported to the hospital to be checked. The driver of the SUV and her daughter were also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Even though there were no major injuries, can and should someone be held responsible for the damage that did occur?  That is what we, as your accident attorneys, want to help you figure out. With any kind of auto accident, regardless of the degree of injury, there could possibly still be medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering from the trauma of being in an accident (especially in children) and more.

If your children have been injured in a school bus accident or if you or someone you know has been involved in any kind of automobile accident, let us assist you. Contact your St. Louis Accident Attorney today for help!

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E-cigs: How Do They Affect Your Teen?

If you are the parent of a teenager, it can be difficult to keep up with everything they do or want to do as they often want to follow the lead of their peers. There are a lot of temptations for them in this world and some things are very clearly good or bad. Some things, however, have been made to look like they’re good, but have some very dangerous consequences. One of these is the e-cigarette.

A story on Fox2Now St,Louis tells that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says use of e-cigs is substantially up, especially among teenagers. The video story tells that the dangerous thing about them is that while there is no tobacco in the liquid used in e-cigs, there is nicotine. There also are byproducts in e-cigs, potentially formaldehyde.

Many people, adults and teens, think that because there’s no tobacco in e-cigs, they won’t be a problem. Because of the good smell and flavor of the liquid, these are very appealing to teenagers and possibly even younger kids. And, part of the issue is that teenagers have little problem obtaining e-cigs. The nicotine in these can be addictive and can have harmful effects on the brain. When the highly concentrated liquids are ingested. the person can become very sick.

If your teenager has had medical consequences from the e-cigarette, please contact us, your St. Louis Personal Injury Attorney today.

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When Medical Devices Fail

When you are in the hospital recovering from surgery or getting treatment for an illness, your concern is getting well so you can get discharged and go home. You don’t focus on the equipment being used in your hospital room or in any of the exam areas where you’re taken. However, these devices do fail and sometimes, that can cause damaging results.

A recent article published in Med Device Online discusses the affect of medical device failure with nurses, the people who are around the patients the most while in the hospital. The article states that half of those nurses interviewed have witnessed a medical error due to the lack of communication between devices. Ninety three percent believe devices should be able to share data seamlessly and 60% of those nurses believe that potentially deadly errors can be reduced if sharing data between devices becomes a reality.

According to the article, 400,000 deaths in the US are caused by preventable medical errors and cost billions of dollars. The nurses suggest that many of these errors can be blamed on devices that fail to communicate with each other.  The devices ability to communicate with each other would free up some of the nurses’ time for patients.

As your St. Louis medical device attorney, we are here to help. If you or someone you know has experienced difficulties due to medical device failure, please contact us today!

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How Do You Know if it’s Medical Malpractice?

We all have to go to the doctor or hospital at some point in our lives. At times we put blind trust into doctors, and we think of them as infallible. We don’t want to think or believe that our care will be compromised because of a mistake made by the professionals that we often choose. However, when a medical professional fails to follow to the proper standards of medical care for their patients and this causes injuries to those patients, this is known as medical malpractice.

Medical professionals who can commit medical malpractice are:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Technicians
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Any other medical staff responsible for causing your injury

Although there are many reasons for medical to occur, some of the more common ones are:

  • Birth injuries: including, but not limited to, bone fractures, brain damage, cerebral palsy, paralysis, infections, and many others.
  • Failure to diagnose cancer: this includes a misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis. This can lead to the diagnosis coming at at later stage, affecting the types of treatments that are able to be used.
  • Surgical errors: There are many things that can happen during and after surgery that can be considered malpractice
  • Death

As your St. Louis medical malpractice lawyer, we want to help you decide if your case is medical malpractice. If you or someone you know has been injured or died during a medical procedure, contact us today!

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When You Don’t Know Who’s Responsible, We’re Here to Help

When you are out at a game or spending time with the family, all you think about is having a good time. You put the busyness and cares of your day aside for a few hours to have fun. When you leave, laughing, you don’t consider the potential dangers that come with something as simple as crossing the street. With the increase in pedestrian accidents, is there something else that needs to be done?

An article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch discusses this increase in accidents. After a recent hit-and-run accident involving a father and son who were leaving a Blues hockey game, the parents of the young woman who was killed just eight weeks ago want more to be done about the problem.

They are calling for an overhaul of downtown traffic safety, particularly after public events. They suggest more street lights, traffic cops and billboard reminders telling drivers to yield to pedestrians are needed. As the article mentions, there have been almost as many pedestrian accidents thus far in 2015 (six) as there were in all of 2014 (seven). Charges have yet to be filed in any of these six accidents. These parents say someone needs to be held responsible.

We agree.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a local pedestrian accident, let us, your St. Louis personal injury lawyers help you figure out who’s responsible. Call us today!

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Tragic Accident Claims the Lives of a Mother and Daughter

As one of the millions of drivers on the road, you put your trust in everyone around you, that they’re following the rules of the road and paying attention. That is not always the case, which is how accidents happen. Accidents happen so quickly in our day that we may not know what’s happening until it’s over.

According to a story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, an accident Wednesday afternoon near Lake Ozark, in central Missouri, resulted in the death of a mother and daughter. A semi-trailer truck rear-ended a car, which then caused a chain reaction involving six more cars behind it. The mother and daughter, who were in the car that was rear-ended, were declared dead at the scene. Four other people were taken to the hospital with varying degrees of injuries.

When accidents do happen, it’s hard to know what to do next. You have the possible grief of losing someone that is emotionally taxing. Injuries are not only physically difficult, they can be costly and time consuming to deal with. As your St. Louis accident attorney, we are here to help. We will always fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve for your damages and injuries.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an automobile accident, contact us today. With the expertise of an experienced attorney, you’ll have the legal guidance you need for your case.

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