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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Phenobarbital 15mg Tablets Recalled – Check Your Labels!

On April 21st, 2017 drug manufacturer C.O. Truxton, Inc. announced a nationwide voluntary recall of Phenobarbital 15 mg tablets. Do you need to contact your area St. Louis Defective Drug Attorney?

Recall Details
The voluntary recall of lot 70952A of Phenobarbital Tablets, USP 15 mg, was issued upon confirmation of a customer complaint that a bottle of phenobarbital tablets labeled ‘Phenobarbital 15 mg’ actually contained 30 mg tablets. Packaged in 1000-count bottles, the labels will carry an expiration date of 11/17, UPC 7 0463616010 6, and NDC 0463-6160-10.

Non-defective pills are embossed with ‘West-ward 445’ on one side, and blank on the other. If you’re bottle has the mistakenly filled 30 mg tablets, they will instead be embossed with ‘West-ward 450’ on one side and a scored reverse. The drug, indicated for its sedative and anticonvulsive actions, was distributed across the U.S. to both physician and veterinary treatment centers.

Signs of Excessive Dosage
The drug has a narrow therapeutic-to-toxic range, and dosages must be strictly followed. Overdose of phenobarbital mimics alcohol intoxication, with slurred speech, unsteady gait, and impaired alertness and reaction time. Additional signs of overdose include confusion or excitement, headache, deep sleep/coma, labored breathing, low blood pressure, weak pulse, and blisters.

Have you fallen victim to a phenobarbital overdose as a result of this defective drug product? The St. Louis Defective Drug Attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman are here to help. Contact us today.

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Pedestrian Killed in St Louis Pedestrian Accident

On April 13th, a pedestrian was fatally struck in a hit-and-run accident in north St. Louis. Your St. Louis Pedestrian Accident Attorneys, Hoffman & Gelfman, want to keep you aware of such dangers.

The Deadly Incident
Occurring at the 3500 block of Goodfellow Boulevard around 11:48pm, the incident left 60-year-old Harlan Cooks, who resided in the area, dead. As Cooks was walking eastbound on the south side of Natural Bridge Avenue crossing Goodfellow Boulevard, he was struck and killed by a black Jeep Liberty heading southbound on the street. Later pronounced dead-on-arrival at an area hospital, police are currently on the lookout for the driver who fled.

Hoffman & Gelfman Want You to Stay Safe While Walking at Night

• Increase your nighttime visibility with lightly colored, reflective clothing and by carrying a flashlight.

• Stay in well-lit areas, especially when crossing the street.

• Walk on sidewalks where available, or on the road shoulder facing traffic.

• Use designated crosswalks whenever possible.

• When crossing, make eye contact with stopped drivers whenever possible to ensure they see you.

• Avoid distractions such as texting, cell phone conversations, and loud music that can detract your attention from the road.

• Avoid walking on highways or other zones where pedestrians are prohibited.

• Avoid alcohol consumption – 34% of pedestrian casualties involve (pedestrian) intoxication.

Injured by a careless driver? St. Louis Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Hoffman & Gelfman are on your side. Contact us to discuss your case today.

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