North St. Louis Man Dies of Dog Bites from His Own Pets

Many overlook their own pets as potential sources of danger. In recent news, St. Louis County Police have been investigating the death of a North St. Louis County man, found dead in his home. At some point the victim was bitten by dogs, however an autopsy was necessary to determine if this occurred before or after his death.

A Life Cut Short
The family of 45-year-old Adonis Reddick stopped by his North St. Louis County home for a well-being check, where they found him dead. Reddick owned two pit bulls, who were found alongside him in his home. After the family contacted authorities, police say one of the pit bulls was acting aggressively. Unfortunately, the animal had to be fatally shot by an officer. The other pit bull was calm, and was transported to animal control for evaluation.

The Shocking Results?
Autopsy results did indeed reveal that the victim died from penetrating and perforating wounds to the neck, pointing to one or both of his pit bulls as the culprits.

Do You Know the Signs of Aggressive Dog Behavior?
Many owners ignore the warning signs such as frequent staring, growling, snapping, lunging, protective and other dominant tendencies.

Even family dogs can be dangerous. Has your loved one fallen victim to a dog? The St. Louis dog bite attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman are on your side. Contact us today.

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Teen Killed in Car Accident on I-55

There’s a reason teen auto insurance rates are high. They can be quite dangerous drivers. Are you or your family at-risk like this Missouri teen? The St. Louis car accident attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman want you to be aware of driving dangers.

May Accident Claims the Life of Arnold Teen
Friday evening, May 5th, 19-year-old Arnold teen Devyn Rogers was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Colorado north on I-55, just north of Highway 141 in Arnold. At around 7:55 p.m. he veered from the left-hand lane, driving across all five lanes of northbound I-55. He then proceeded off the side of the road, and down the embankment.

His truck overturned and Rogers, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the vehicle. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Rogers was transported by ambulance to St. Anthony’s Medical Center in south St. Louis County, where he was pronounced dead at 8:27 p.m.

Stressing Driver Safety with Teens Essential
Regular review of common-sense safety isn’t nagging – it’s protecting your child. Always remind children to:

  • Buckle-up
  • NO texting
  • Turn phones OFF to avoid temptation
  • Avoid eating, drinking, or radio-tuning while driving
  • Headlights on at all times to increase visibility and help others see you
  • Obey speed limits
  • Practice defensive driving

Reckless teen driving taken a toll? The St. Louis car accident attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman are here to help. Contact us today.

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Dog Bites Can Impact Lives

While most dogs aren’t dangerous and avoid biting humans, recent data points to dog bite rates doubling in the past 15 years. Currently, the rate of dog bite incidents in the United States is approximately 4.5 million annually. According to the most recent research from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, they resulted in 316,200 trips to the emergency room and 9,500 hospitalizations per year. The cost? A massive $18,200 per hospital stay and $54 million in dog bite-related medical attention annually.

Not the Friendly Pet You Were Expecting
Dr. John Peter, emergency department director at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, notes that children are most frequently bitten by dogs belonging to family, friends, and neighbors. They and elderly adults often suffer the most serious attacks. While larger individuals suffer bites to the arms or legs, for children the head and neck make prime targets due to proximity – little ones are often right in the face of a dog.

A Difficult Scenario
Because kids don’t understand the dangers of dogs and proper behaviors, it’s important to stress canine-careful conduct, as well as to seek out essential training techniques for family pets. This can prevent the potentially deadly and long-lasting trauma of dog attacks.

Has someone you love suffered an unfortunate dog attack? Let us help you through this trying time. Contact the St. Louis dog bite attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman today.

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Dust Storms Lowered Visibility and Caused Car Accidents

Dust storms are exceedingly rare in Illinois. However, Illinois State Police are pointing to them as the cause of two fatal wrecks this past May. Though uncommon, the St. Louis car accident attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman want to make you aware of this threat…

Accidents Result From High Winds, Dust and Reduced Visibility
Gusting winds of 45mph blinded drivers with dust on rural interstates, taking the lives of two people: One, a 53-year-old Chatham man, was killed when he struck a semi-trailer, then was rear-ended by another vehicle on I-72. Another, a 16-year-old Mahomet boy, perished after crashing into the back of a semi in Douglas County just an hour after the first incident. (All others survived, with non-life-threatening injuries.)

Dust Storm Safety Tips
Though rare in the area, a National Weather Service meteorologist noted near-perfect dust storm conditions the Wednesday of these incidents. Do you know how to handle yourself if caught driving in a dust storm?

  • Never stop in a travel lane. Pull-off whenever possible.
  • Set your emergency brake, taking your foot off the brake pedal (you don’t want others to follow you off-road/hit you).
  • Turn off all vehicle lights and wait-out the storm.
  • If you can’t pull over, turn on lights and sound your horn intermittently.

Injured by a careless driver? The St. Louis car accident attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman are on your side. Contact us today.

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Medical Malpractice Suit Against University Hospital Moves Forward

The University of Iowa’s Hospitals and Clinics was recently sued for medical malpractice. 74-year-old Ardeth Wray is seeking $6 million from the hospital, pointing to the inadequate care of her surgeon, Dr. Jeremy Greenlee, as the cause of her subsequent brain damage.

In May 2015, Dr. Greenlee diagnosed Wray with a non-cancerous tumor in the lining of her brain. Typically, these slow-growing tumors are monitored. However Greenlee believed it best to pursue surgery and removed the tumor and part of her skull, replacing the bone with titanium mesh and screws.

Less than a month after her surgery, Wray experienced surgical complications: Drainage and infection. Instead of replacing the mesh to clear the infection, antibiotics were used.

In January 2016, Wray was admitted to the hospital by Dr. Greenlee for incision pain and daily headaches. He decided to remove the mesh, but it was now woven into her brain membrane, and the removal caused severe blood loss and a stroke.

When she awoke she was unable to speak or follow commands, and in February was admitted to a nursing facility for treatment and therapy. To-date she continues to struggle with headaches, memory and vision loss, and most cognitive functions.

Have you or someone you love fallen victim to medical malpractice? You need an experienced St. Louis personal injury attorney with you during this difficult time. Learn more about the caring services of Hoffman & Gelfman today.

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Good Samaritan Motorist Killed on 1-55

Missouri State Highway Patrol reported a 34 year old good Samaritan was struck and killed while attempting to assist another motorist in the median of I-55 south of Highway M in Barnhart.

Have you put yourself in a similar situation?
On Sunday morning, May 28, Miranda Foster of Ironton stopped on the Interstate to assist another motorist. She inadvertently stepped onto the highway into the path of a southbound 2007 Ford Mustang. Unfortunately, the driver, 47 year old Eddie James of St. Louis, was unable to stop. Half an hour later, at 2:20 a.m., Foster was pronounced dead at the scene. She was later transported to the county morgue.

Don’t endanger yourself when helping others
The St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman want to make sure everyone arrives alive. Familiarize yourself with the state’s ‘Steer It and Clear It’ protocols to stay safe. If you’re assisting in a roadway incident where there are no serious injuries, and it’s safe/possible to do so, clear vehicles out of the flow of traffic.

When assisting or moving between affected vehicles, do so from the non-traffic side. Whenever possible, warn other drivers of the hazard with appropriate flares, four-way flashers, or other lights. Report the incident to the appropriate local emergency/non-emergency authorities.

Has disaster fallen because of the carelessness of others? The St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman are on your side. Contact us today.

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Pickup Truck Crashes into Metro Bus in St. Louis

It’s rare when buses are involved in accidents in the St. Louis area. However, it does happen. A recent accident occurred in Ferguson, outside of St. Louis that involved a pickup truck and a metro bus.

According to an article on the KMOV website, the crash happened at 12:30 in the morning. The driver of the pickup truck was a 27-year-old man, and he crashed into the rear of the bus. It appears that the bus was stopped at a red light at the time of the accident.

The wreck was very severe, and there was an extensive amount of damage done to the pickup truck. The driver was taken to a nearby hospital, but he later died of his injuries. The bus driver suffered minor injuries.

The investigation is still ongoing, and there has been no word as to what caused the accident to occur.

As your St. Louis auto accident attorney, we understand that accidents like this can be traumatic. It’s important to determine who is at fault for this crash. If the bus driver is found to be at fault, both he and the bus company can be held liable.

If you’re in an accident of any kind, immediate legal representation is necessary. Otherwise, you may find that you have to settle for less than you deserve. Contact us, your St. Louis auto accident attorney if you need help with your case.

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Dog Bites Five Children During School Recess

Several YES Prep students were bitten by an area stray dog during recess in a recent attack at the southeast campus. A longstanding problem in the area according to occupants in neighboring homes. Your St. Louis dog bite attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman want to keep you informed, in the event your children might also be at risk.

Not All Fun & Games
School officials reported a total of five 7th grade students were involved in the attack, which occurred after the dog arrived at the campus playground on Tuesday afternoon, at the 300 block of Crenshaw Road. Initially the children were playing with the dog – then it attacked unexpectedly.

Teachers restrained the dog with a sweater, placing him in an area car until City of Houston Animal Control officers arrived. The dog was placed in quarantine, while the Houston Police Department is investigating. Luckily, none of the students attacked were seriously injured or required hospitalization – all went home with their parents.

Are Your Children Aware of Dog Dangers?
Children account for more than half of dog bite victims. Help them avoid becoming statistics. Stress the difference between family pets and those of others, teaching them proper, non-threatening, pet-friendly behavior.

Have you or a family member fallen victim to a dog bite? Count on your St. Louis dog bite attorneys, Hoffman & Gelfman, to see you through. Contact us today.

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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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