Should Local First Responders be Vaccinated Against Anthrax?

It’s no secret that the world has been in a constant state of turmoil ever since the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Threats of a biohazard attack using anthrax have occurred more than once.

As you can imagine, emergency responders are among the first people to encounter possible exposures to anthrax. However, they’re not always protected because of the way the current healthcare policies read, according to an article on the KSDK.com website.

Anthrax is a deadly bacteria, and healthcare officials state that it can take the human body up to two months to build up immunity. During those two months, and without proper preventative vaccination, an exposed individual has to take strong antibiotics just to stay alive. While the CDC supports offering the vaccination to emergency responders, millions of them are being thrown away each year because they’ve expired.

Perhaps you’re a healthcare worker or a first responder and you’re concerned about being exposed to anthrax or another potentially fatal bacteria. As your St. Louis attorney, we support your right to vaccinations. If you’re exposed when that exposure could have been protected or prevented, you deserve compensation.

It’s important to understand your rights. Contact a St. Louis attorney to discuss your specific situation and protect yourself as well as your colleagues in the important work you do for our city.

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St. Louis Brawl Results in Multiple Arrests

Whenever a fight or a brawl breaks out in St. Louis the results can be devastating. It’s common for bystanders to be seriously injured, or even killed if they are nearby when these incidents occur.

A recent St. Louis brawl broke out in Poelker Park, which is near City Hall, according to an article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website. The park is a popular place for people to hang out, especially during the spring and summer months. In this particular case, officers who were working in one of the Civil Court buildings observed people fighting in the park. They alerted additional police officers of the disturbance.

When the police arrived, fights had broken out, and people were also throwing beer cans. Approximately twenty people were involved in the brawl, and police officers made five arrests. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.

If you’re a parent who enjoys taking your kids to the park, as your St. Louis personal injury attorney, we’d like to remind you to be watchful of your surroundings. If you see some suspicious activity, it’s important to remove your family from the situation immediately. However, some incidents are difficult to avoid.

If you or a member of your family is injured during a public incident like this one, please contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney immediately to discuss your case.

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One Person Dead Following Tractor Trailer Crash in St. Louis

One person is dead following a crash involving two tractor- trailers on I-70 in St. Louis, according to an article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website.

The driver of the car was headed west on the highway, and officials believe the driver lost control of the car. The car ended up stopped on the interstate in a sideways position. Before the driver could regain control of the car, or at least move the car off to the shoulder, it was hit by a tractor-trailer. The driver of the truck kept on going, at which point a second tractor-trailer hit the car and went into a ditch.

Police are still investigating the incident, and they are looking for the driver of the truck that left the scene of this fatal accident.

As your St. Louis attorney, we’ve seen many tragic accidents like this one. At any given moment, one mistake while you’re driving can result in an accident. However, it’s important to understand that tractor-trailer drivers are held to a higher standard because they are professionals. It is never acceptable to leave the scene of an accident, but it can be detrimental to a professional driver’s career to do so.

If you or a member of your family is ever injured in an accident with a tractor-trailer, please contact a St. Louis attorney right away.

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Eleven-Year-Old Boy and Two Others Shot During Robbery

There have been several incidences of shootings in St. Louis over the past few months, and many people have gotten killed or injured. Most recently, several shooting sprees have occurred in a short period of time, all across the city.

This weekend, a robbery took place near Iowa Ave., according to an article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website. The gunman approached a vehicle with the intent to rob them who was getting inside. He shot the man in the head, and then fired shots inside the vehicle, where the man had an adult passenger and an eleven-year-old boy.

No life-threatening injuries were sustained from the incident. The young boy was shot in the arm, and all three people were taken to a local hospital. The gunman fled from the scene and he hasn’t been taken into custody.

Unfortunately, as your St. Louis personal injury attorney, incidents such as this one are all too common in our city. Children have been injured because of someone committing a crime, and many people have been hurt simply because of the negligence of other people.

If you or someone you care about is hurt because of the criminal behavior or someone else, it’s important to contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney right away. Once that individual is arrested, he or she should be held accountable for their actions.

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Day Care Provider Charged in Death of Toddler

In September 2009, an eighteen-month-old toddler passed away after spending time in the care of his day care provider. The day care provider, a forty-year-old woman from the Wentzville area, allegedly hit the little boy in the head repeatedly. This was the type of punishment the provider used, and according to an article on the KMOV.com website, the woman is currently being held on felony charges for child abuse.

As your St. Louis personal injury attorney, we want you to know that we take accusations of child abuse very seriously. As a parent, you have to work to provide for your family. You entrust your young children into the care of a babysitter or day care service believing that your kids will be properly cared for. Unfortunately, all too often, children do end up injured or even killed at the hands of their child care providers, just as this little boy was killed.

If you believe your children have suffered from an injury because of the negligence of your family’s child care provider, or if you’re concerned that there your children are being abused, it’s important to discontinue working with that provider immediately. Call the police, and then contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney. It’s important for you to understand your rights in this situation, and an attorney will fight hard for the compensation you deserve.

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Hip Implants Seem Like a Miracle Cure, but will They Last?

The baby boomer generation is getting older, which means more and more of this population of people will be requiring medical procedures like hip implants. In fact, it’s estimated that in as few as fifteen years, people in the United States will be getting up to one million hip implants per year.

A hip implant is a relatively simple piece of hardware that only costs a few hundred dollars to manufacture. The cost, however, can be astronomical. Each one can cost as much as $6,000. Unfortunately, many patients are paying for these implants without any real guarantees that they’re going to last.

The other problem is that not every doctor is eager to tell patients about the type of hip implant they’re getting, and many manufacturers don’t provide any time of warranty for their devices. That means that when the implants fail, the patient has to pay for a replacement. In some cases insurance companies will pay for replacements, but that means the manufacturers don’t have to worry about absorbing any of those costs.

Perhaps you or someone you love has had a hip implant that failed, causing you a great deal of pain and financial difficulty. Please contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney right way. Talking with an experienced attorney will provide you with the information you need so you’ll know how to proceed.

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Travel Safety Warning: Accidents Can Happen Anywhere…Even Disney World

According to an article on the KSDK.com website, one man is missing the tips of two of his fingers after taking a ride on the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in Walt Disney World in Florida.

Officials are still unclear about how the incident took place. The ride was stopped when it happened, and it was inspected carefully to ensure that everything was operating according to standard procedure. In the Magic Kingdom, which is the Disney park where this incident happened, many of the rides contain animatronics, which are not known to malfunction.

The man was taken to an area hospital immediately after his injury occurred.

Now that summer is here, man St. Louis residents will be taking off on vacations. It’s a lot of fun to take the family to Disney World or another theme park for a long-anticipated break from the norm. Even so, while you’re away from home, accidents do happen. It’s important to follow all of the instructions that the staff provides before you ride any ride.

However, even when people follow the instructions perfectly, accidents do still happen. Roller coaster cars can break free from the track, or a ride can malfunction in a number of ways. If you’re hurt this summer while you’re on vacation, be sure to contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

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A Word from Your St. Louis Attorney: Stay Safe on the Water this Summer

It’s a common misconception that you don’t have much to worry about when it comes to enjoying some time on a boat during the summer months. However, according to an article that was recently posted on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, water fatalities increased this year from those that occurred last year.

As your St. Louis attorney, we want to caution you to be careful when you’re on the water. Drinking alcohol while driving a boat can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving a car. Each year people are killed or injured because of these types of decisions.

Water safety is also a concern. Be sure to check any equipment you’re renting or that you purchased for defects before you use it. This will lower your chance of injury because of faulty equipment.

By taking the proper safety precautions this summer, and by avoiding making risky decisions, you and your family can enjoy many sunny weekends enjoying the water. However, sometimes it’s not possible to avoid an accident, especially if you’re put in harm’s way by the negligent behavior of others.

If you or a member of your family is injured in a boating accident that’s caused by someone else’s impairment or careless driving, it’s important to contact a St. Louis attorney right away. An attorney will ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

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Stray Bullet Hits Woman in the Cheek on the 4th of July

Imagine sitting around enjoying a nice 4th of July barbeque with your family. Your children are there, your grandchildren are there. It’s a wonderful occasion, full of celebration. Suddenly, you’re struck by an object and it feels as though someone has hit you in the face with a bat. A trip to the local ER reveals that you’ve been hit by a stray bullet.

This is exactly what happened to one sixty-one-year-old Fenton woman on the 4th of July this year. Fortunately, no one else was hurt by the bullet, which just missed hitting the woman’s three-year-old granddaughter, who had been sitting on her lap.

As your St. Louis personal injury attorney, we want to remind you to use extra caution when you’re celebrating with your family and friends this summer. Even though the 4th of July is behind us, people still set off fireworks and participate in other dangerous activities all summer long. Guns that are fired into the air have bullets that have to come down eventually. When they do, they can often cause injuries.

In this case, the woman was treated for her injuries at a local hospital. However, her situation could have ended up much worse. If you suffer from an injury this summer, please contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney right away to discuss the details surrounding your case.

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Caution from Your St. Louis Attorney: Use Extra Care When Traveling During Summer Holidays

Now that summer is here, it’s tempting for drivers to relax and just enjoy their commutes a little bit more. It’s stressful to deal with ice and snow during the winter. Even so, summer is not the time to let your guard down when it comes to driving. In fact, you might want to exercise a little bit more caution for many reasons.

Motorcycles – It’s hard to travel anywhere in St. Louis without seeing at least one motorcycle this time of year. Be extra cautious to ensure that you and motorcyclists can travel safely.

Impaired Drivers – Summer means more parties. That inevitably means more impaired drivers on the road. Learn how to spot drivers who might be under the influence, and always keep a good amount of distance between you and them while you’re driving.

Children – Now that children are out of school, many of them are out playing. This could mean many kids playing in the streets of their neighborhoods, and it’s not uncommon for them to run out into the road after a stray kickball. Be watchful.

As your St. Louis attorney, we’re just as excited as you are that summer is here. However, it’s important to remain safe, no matter what you’re doing this summer. If you or someone you love is injured in an accident, please contact a St. Louis attorney right away.

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