Fatalities in Auto Accident Caused by a Driver Texting

A March 2017 auto accident claiming the lives of 13 was found to be caused, in-part, by texting while driving. A problem rampant across the U.S., everyone on the roadways is at risk, and the St. Louis Personal injury attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman want you to be aware of the dangers.

Driver Crossed Center Line
20-year-old driver Jack Dillon Young of Leakey, Texas was followed by witness Jody Kuchler, who told The Associated Press he followed Young, witnessing his erratic driving prior to colliding with a First Baptist Church of New Braunfels turtle-top shuttle bus on a two-lane road about 75 miles west of San Antonio, near Concan. Kuchler contacted the sheriffs’ offices in Uvalde and Real county, telling both the truck had crossed the center line several times, and that they “needed to get him off the road before he hit somebody.”

13 People Killed
After the crash occurred, Kuchler checked on both the bus and the truck. He reported that Young said, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I was texting.’ A grand jury has indicted Young on multiple charges, including intoxication, manslaughter, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury. Multiple wrongful death suits have been filed.

Have you lost a loved one to a careless driver? The St. Louis Personal injury attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman are here to help you through this trying time. Contact us today.

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Could This be a Legal Precedent for Auto and Truck Accident Settlements?

In Canada, an alarming trend has been noted in the justice system. Drivers at fault for hit-and-run deaths are walking away with little more than a slap on the wrist and victims’ families are up-in-arms. With careless driving on the rise in the U.S., often due to technological distractions, the St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman want you to be aware of these trends.

How Much Can the Value of a Life be Cheapened?
Canada news provider Global News spoke with a number of families across the country, rightfully angered at the penalties handed out to careless drivers that caused the deaths of their loved ones, and concerned at the legal and moral precedents such cases set. In one recent case, 27-year-old David Finkelman was struck in a marked crosswalk by a female driver, later dying in an area hospital. The charge and fine? Careless driving with a $2,000 fine and two-month license suspension, levied nearly a year after the death.

Prosecutors Hands are Tied
Charges of ‘failing to yield to a pedestrian’ bring up thoughts of fender benders and near misses – far from the case in many situations. Prosecutors find themselves repeatedly apologizing to agonized families, stating this is really all the law allows for such incidents.

Don’t settle for half-hearted interpretations of the law. Seek justice with the help of the St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman today.

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Eliquis Lawsuits Allege Defective Drug Status

In three separate lawsuits, plaintiffs are alleging anticoagulant Eliquis (also known as apixaban and ARISTOTLE) was rushed to the market without an effective antidote, making it unnecessarily dangerous and defective. If your Coumadin (warfarin) prescription blood thinner was replaced by Eliquis, the St. Louis defective drug attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman want to make you aware of this potentially deadly drug.

Clinical Trials, Conducted in China, Sadly Lacking
According to plaintiffs the drug makers misrepresented the drug’s risks, and hid knowledge of treatment shortcomings, pointing to “incompetent and untrustworthy” trials in which side effects were withheld from the FDA’s approving body. Poor quality control, lack of available participants for follow-ups, dispensing errors, falsified records, and an unreported (study) death were also alleged.

Lack of Effective Reversing Agent Endangers Patients
Unlike Coumadin, which has an effective reversing agent in-place, plaintiffs also allege Eliquis manufacturers Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer did not disclose the product’s lack of reversing agent on the label, yet marketed the drug aggressively with direct-to-consumer advertisements overstating its efficacy in the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism. Manufacturers also likewise failed to note the potential for life-threatening and fatal consequences due to irreversibility in its campaign.

Concerned about possible complications with your Eliquis prescription? The St. Louis defective drug attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman can help you seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us today.

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State Fails to Investigate Nursing Home Neglect, Leaving Consumers in the Dark

Twin Cities nursing home patient Mary Cleary sat 19 hours with two broken legs before being sent to the hospital for care. Less than 3 weeks later she died. Hip surgery patient Ineko Counters checked into Martin Luther Care Center for post-surgery recovery. While there, she fell, re-fracturing her hip. No doctor was called and no x-ray taken until a full day later. She died the following month.

Neither case underwent state investigation. These aren’t isolated incidents and the St. Louis medical malpractice attorneys want you to know.

No Investigation = No Public Record
When the state doesn’t do a full on-site investigation, incidents aren’t made public, leaving the patients and families in the dark regarding facilities prone to neglect.

How Many Cases are Ignored?
Of the 24,000 complaints reported in 2016 alone, 10% made by the public were investigated, and just 1% of those reported by facilities, leaving more than 23,000 cases hidden, like Mary and Ineko’s.

Short Staffed or Short Sighted?
Gil Acevedo of the Minnesota Department of Health noted, “No one should have to endure that level of pain for a long period of time,” but that ‘errors’ don’t necessarily mean mistreatment. With just 27 investigators, they are reacting to complaints, but unable to implement prevention strategies.

Don’t let the neglect of a loved one fall through cracks in the system. Contact the St. Louis medical malpractice attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman today.

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Steps You Can Take to Prevent Dog Bites

4.5 million people are bitten by dogs annually in the U.S. – most between the tender ages of 5-9. Surprising for many, more than half of these bites happen with known animals, with tragic consequences for all involved. The St. Louis dog bite attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman want you to know that a little education and training could help avoid the potentially disastrous consequences of bites.

1. Learn Body Language
Pay attention to dog body language – like humans, they have their limits and experience fatigue, grouchiness, aggravation, anxiousness, and fear.

2. Avoid Dangerous Situations

• Keep dogs away from large groups, overwhelming children, and loud noises.

• Never frighten/startle dogs.

• Teach children to keep their face away from a dog’s face.

• Don’t ignore incidents.

3. Know Fear Signs
Dogs will show they are uncomfortable in ways that, if ignored, can lead to bites. Be on the watch for:

• Barking or boofing (a low woof)

• Growling

• Showing teeth

• Air biting

• Nipping/biting

• Lunging/jumping

4. Be Conscious of Developmental Patterns
Dogs go through 2 developmental ‘fear periods,’ at around 6-11 weeks, and 6-14 months. Also be on the lookout in aging animals, as their fear patterns tend to escalate with age.

5. Beware Vicious Propensities

• Prior attacks

• Tendency to growl/snap

• Guard dog training

Fallen victim to an aggressive animal? The St. Louis dog bite attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman are here to help. Contact us today.

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Motorcyclist Sent by Air Evac Helicopter to Hospital After Accident

Back in May, a Festus man was hurt while riding a motorcycle on Highway 61 north of Wentzville in St. Charles County. Managing a motorcycle on area roadways can be tricky, and the St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman want you to be aware of these risks.

Motorcycle Mystery
Missouri State Highway Patrol reported 66-year-old Segundo Tolentino rode his 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide off the road on the afternoon of May 13th, rolled it, and sustained serious injuries. The accident occurred while traveling on Highway 61 south of Highway W.

Tolentino, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from his motorcycle, sustained serious injuries, and his Harley nad extensive damages. He was transported by Air Evac to Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Creve Coeur. However, an update on his condition has not been released.

A Variety of Common, Unsafe Road Conditions Pose Hazards
Designed for multi-wheel vehicles, the safety of motorcycles on roadways is often an afterthought. Be on the lookout for dangerous conditions including:

• Roadway debris

• Potholes

• Large pavement ridges without tapering

• Slick materials, including asphalt sealer commonly used for maintenance

• Fluid spills

• Metal road surface components

• Roadway barriers and fixtures

Have poor roadway conditions led to the injury of yourself or a family member? There’s no need to concede to inaccurate reports and insurance denials. Get the help you need with the St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman today.

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Woman Secretly Films Father’s Nursing Home Neglect

A Twin Cities woman has accused the nursing home that was caring for her father, a World War II veteran, of serious neglect. Do you fear your loved one is undergoing similar neglect? The St. Louis nursing home neglect attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman want you to understand that all patients have a right to quality care.

A Helpless Victim
Wendy Rudek, the victim’s daughter, installed a hidden camera inside her 94-year-old father’s room at Birchwood Senior Living. He has dementia, and is legally blind to the extent he needs help drinking and eating. Prior to turning to camera evidence for proof, she had undergone numerous conferences with the facility to discuss his hunger, thirst, and odor from neglect.

A Daughter Strives for Justice
Video revealed her dad was left 3 days without a change of clothes, and food and drink dropped-off and disregarded, leaving her father to drink what little he could find – syrup and lotion – to quench his thirst. The neglect was reported to the state, and an investigation started. Between 1-to-2 million Americans 65 and older are abused in such facilities annually.

Are you concerned about the well-being of a family member? The St. Louis nursing home neglect attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman are committed to upholding the quality of care in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Contact us to learn more about how we can help your loved one today.

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Young Girl Seriously Mauled by St. Louis Dogs

In April, an Audrain County girl less than two-years-old was attacked and seriously injured by a family member’s dog. Are you assuming you’re children are safe around ‘known’ animals? The St. Louis dog bite attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman want you to be aware of this often overlooked danger.

Family Rottweiler Attacked Girl Unexpectedly
The girl’s mother, who asked that her name be withheld, was not present for the incident. However, she reported the girl had followed her aunt out to see a new calf and was unexpectedly attacked upon returning to the house. Taken to University Hospital by helicopter and later transferred to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, she was in stable condition. She has undergone multiple surgeries, and will require more.

Prior Behavior Does Not Indicate Aggressive Tendencies
The dog, a 5-year-old Rottweiler owned by the girl’s older cousin and boarded at her aunt’s when her son travels for work, had been well-behaved before the attack. The dog was turned-over for euthanization ahead of the legal deadline in early May. Pit bulls and rottweilers, the two most-lethal breeds, accounted for 77% of bite-related deaths last year, with 42% of victims either visiting or living temporarily with the dog’s owner prior to attack.

Has the unthinkable occurred to your loved one? The St. Louis dog bite attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman are here to help you through this trying time. Contact us today.

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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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