Slip and Fall Accident Prevention Tips

It is impossible to predict how serious a slip and fall injury might be. Trips, slips, and falls are second only to motor vehicle accidents in causing personal injuries. The injuries sustained can alter your ability to work and significantly diminish your quality of life.

The elderly are at most risk and many falls occur during winter months as people rush to avoid being out in the cold. Take the following precautions to reduce your likelihood of falling:

  • Replace shoes that have worn tread.
  • If prescribed, always wear your corrective lenses.
  • Take your time in bad weather. Watch for puddles, patches of ice, and slick spots.

If you are ever involved in a slip and fall situation, take the following steps and call a St. Louis slip and fall attorney.

  • Report the accident to the property owner, landlord, or store manager.
  • Obtain contact information of any witnesses.
  • Photograph and document anything that led to or contributed to the accident. This might be broken sidewalks, trip hazards, ice and snow left uncleared, and spilled liquids.
  • Get medical attention right away.

Building owners have responsibilities to maintain safe conditions for anyone on their property. It is important to speak with an attorney before your talk to the insurance company. If you don’t, you may give up your rights to adequate compensation and payment of your medical bills. Contact Hoffman & Gelfman for a free consultation.

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Thieves Cause Car Accident While Escaping

Two thieves were captured by police after causing one of three accidents on Interstate 64 in St. Louis, according to an article on the KMOV website.

Authorities stated that the two suspects – a man and a woman - attempted to cash a bad check at a bank in Brentwood. The teller immediately notified police, who arrived on the scene within a few minutes. The suspects fled from the bank, and drove to Interstate 64, where they drove westbound in the eastbound lanes.

After the crash, they tried to run away on foot and they ended up hiding in a storm drain, where they were captured by police. The female suspect was charged with forgery, while the male suspect was charged with resisting arrest.

As your St. Louis Car Accident Attorney, we want you to know how serious these types of crimes can be. Not only can they be dangerous for people at the scene of the crime, but when the suspects attempt to flee, the outcome can sometimes be disastrous for motorists.

Fortunately, no one was seriously injured in the accident, which is a relief. Even so, if you are ever in a similar situation and you find yourself to be the victim of a car accident in St. Louis, please contact a St. Louis attorney right away. You deserve justice and your attorney will fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve.

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Are You a Victim of Defective Medical Drugs?

People have come to expect certain risks and side effects when it comes to prescription medicines. That doesn’t give pharmaceutical companies a free pass, however.

From research and testing to manufacturing and marketing, the companies that sell us medications have a duty to inform us of the potential injuries associated with the product.

If you have been hurt by a medication and were not warned about the dangers, you need to recognize that you are a victim. The drug companies can be held liable for failing to protect you and selling defective medicine.

Types of Defective Drug Lawsuits

In some cases, drugs are taken off the market only after the damage has been inflicted. In other defective drug cases, drug companies continue to aggressively market drugs for various illnesses while failing to properly warn doctors and the public about potential drug problems.

We have handled drug liability cases for a variety of medications:

  • Antidepressants such as Paxil, Effexor, Zoloft
  • Diabetes drugs such as Avandia
  • Birth control such as Yaz, NuvaRing, Ortho Evra and others
  • Pain and arthritis drugs such as Vioxx and Enbrel
  • Other drugs including Accutane, Crestor, Pradaxa, Fosamax, Seroquel and many others

If you or a loved one has been injured by unforeseen problems with a medication, we can help hold the drug companies responsible for medical bills and suffering. Talk to your St. Louis drug defect attorney to begin taking action.

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There Is Help When You Suspect Malpractice at a Nursing Home

With the demand for long term care facilities increasing each year, there are numerous companies going into the nursing home business. The vast majority of employees at these facilities are dedicated and caring individuals. But, unfortunately, many are overworked and under-trained. This leads to inadequate or substandard care for some of the residents of these facilities. If you suspect a loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse, help is available.

You should contact a St. Louis nursing home malpractice attorney if you believe a loved one has been suffered any of the following elder abuses:

Physical assault

Rough handling, assault, rape, unnecessary use of restraints, or improper touching. These physical assaults do more than cause bodily harm, they can lead to serious emotional and mental distress.

Verbal abuse

Threats, sexual coercion, lack of attention, ignoring, insults. Your family members deserve, and are entitled to, attentive and compassionate care.


Failure to assist with meals, failure to change bedpans or diapers, unsanitary conditions, insufficient bathing, improper position in bed. Various forms of negligence are the most common type of nursing home abuse. The negligent party needs to be brought to justice.

To find out your legal options, contact Hoffman & Gelfman. There is no charge to discuss your loved one’s situation and you best course of action.

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Was Your Physician Wrong on Your Cancer Diagnosis? What to Do

Perhaps you’ve recently gone to the doctor because you suspected that you had a medical problem. You just weren’t feeling like yourself, and you wanted to be sure it wasn’t something serious. Your doctor examined you, ordered tests, and indicated that everything was fine. Still, you decided you needed a second opinion because you weren’t convinced.

When you saw another doctor, you were surprised to find out that you had cancer. You were confused, frustrated and angry with your doctor, and you’re not sure how you should proceed.

Unfortunately, this is a situation that occurs far too often in our country. As your St. Louis Medical Malpractice Attorney, we can tell you that many patients were wrongly diagnosed when they first suspected a problem. This can result in issues like:

  • Lack of treatment options
  • Decrease in your quality of life
  • Financial strain
  • Emotional strain

It’s very common for physicians to misdiagnose cases of breast cancer. Even so, there have been many cases in which test results were misinterpreted or films were read incorrectly. No matter what the cause of the misdiagnosis was, if you have a malpractice case, you deserve to be compensated.

A St. Louis Medical Malpractice Attorney can give you the legal advice you need so you know what your options are. Don’t put off seeking justice for your medical malpractice case. Your attorney will fight hard to get you what you deserve.

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A Cautionary Tale: Lack of Proper Elevator Inspection Causes Fatality

It’s common knowledge that elevators require operating certificates, and regular inspections are also required by law. However, one Missouri building failed to obtain an operating certificate for an elevator, and the result was tragic.

St. Louis music legend, Bob Reuter was killed when he fell eighteen feet down an elevator shaft after opening the manual door. Sources indicate that Reuter was moving when the accident occurred. The elevator in question is reported to have been installed in 1918, and authorities were unable to locate an operation certificate for it.

Reuter’s death is tragic, and it was an accident that could have been avoided if the elevator had been properly maintained. Authorities are still investigating the incident, but it’s clear that something needs to change to avoid these types of accidents.

Of course, most buildings maintain their elevators appropriately and have no incidents on record. However, there are other problems you might encounter in a building that can cause you to get injured. Escalators also require frequent maintenance and safety checks to ensure that they are operating well, and all buildings are required to adhere to strict codes.

If you or someone you love is injured in an accident that’s the result of the negligence of the building’s owner, please contact your St. Louis injury attorney right away. Your attorney will make sure your rights are protected and will fight hard to get you compensation.

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Teenagers Attack and Rob Attorney in St. Louis

Most teenagers are simply looking to hang out with friends when they head downtown. However, that wasn’t the case recently when two teenage boys attacked and robbed a St. Louis attorney.

According to an article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, a group of about seven or eight teens surrounded the thirty-two-year-old attorney on North 10th Street early in November. They asked him for money, and then knocked him out. He suffered severe injuries as a result of their attack, including broken eye sockets and teeth, as well as other head injuries.

The teenagers stole his cell phone and his money, and two of the individuals who were involved have been apprehended and arrested.

This incident occurred on the heels of two other similar incidents in which a group of girls attacked two women in the same area of downtown St. Louis.

These cases are tragic, and while it’s good that some of the teens have been arrested, they’ve caused serious injuries to their victims. As your St. Louis personal injury attorney, we want to caution you to remain aware of your surroundings when you’re in that area of the city, and always travel with someone else whenever it’s possible.

Even when you’re careful, these types of attacks can still occur, and all of the individuals involved have not been caught. Please contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney if you’re involved in a similar incident. You deserve justice, and an attorney will fight hard to make sure you’re compensated.

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Snow-Related Accidents Likely to be on the Rise in St. Louis

We’ve enjoyed a warm summer and a pleasant fall season here in St. Louis, but all good things must come to an end eventually, and that includes nice weather. The cold and snow have arrived, which means it’s time to bundle up and use extra caution when you’re traveling.

Slips and Falls

Most business owners are careful to make sure their walkways are clear and dry, or they post signs when you need to be cautious. However, that’s not always the case, and slips and falls in St. Louis businesses are always more common at the beginning of winter.

Ice and Snow-Related Accidents

While you probably haven’t forgotten how to use extra caution in the snow, the other drivers on the road might not be as careful. Many car accidents happen during this time of year simply because people often don’t brake as soon as they should.

A snow-related accident can have serious consequences. Not only can you suffer from serious injuries, but those injuries often lead to time off work and lost wages, which can be a significant strain, especially with the holidays quickly approaching.

If you or someone you love is injured this winter because of a slip and fall or a car accident, it’s important to contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney right away. You may be able to be compensated for your injuries, and it is vital to act quickly. A St. Louis personal injury attorney will be able to advise you regarding the next steps you should take.

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More Accidents Being Caused by Sleep Deprived Driving

Eight children and two adults from Chicago were injured in a car crash that occurred Sunday, November 2 at approximately 7:32 a.m. in Monroe County. Two children were seriously injured. Martell Kaywood, 5-years old, was flown to a St. Louis hospital.

A fatal crash on November 5 was also due to sleep deprived driving. Donald Mueller, 61, was traveling south on Illinois Route 4 when he fell asleep and crossed into the northbound lane. Robin Wells, 49, and her 9-year-old passenger were seriously injured in the head-on crash. Robin Wells died from her injuries Thursday morning.

Walmart recently filed its answer to a lawsuit against them for the June 7 crash that killed James McNair and seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan. Walmart’s response to the suit is typical for large corporations and insurance companies. They attempt to minimize responsibility by blaming the victim. A good personal injury attorney will fight aggressively to hold them accountable.

A person with inadequate sleep may think they are alert enough to drive, but they are required to devote their full attention to safely operating their vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, sleep deprivation causes 100,000 automobile wrecks each year in the United States and 1,550 crash-related deaths.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident, contact Hoffman & Gelfman for a free consultation.

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Seven-Month-Old Infant Dies at Local Daycare Center

The parents of seven-month-old Owen Haber are grief-stricken since the death of their son, who was found not breathing in a crib at a Webster Grover daycare center. He was rushed to the hospital, where he passed away the following day.

The cause of death was said to be SIDS, which claims far too many infant lives every year. However, there is a growing speculation that this incident could have been avoided if a weighted blanket had not been in the crib.

According to the article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, weighted blankets are marketed as being soothing to babies which helps them sleep better.They’re generally filled with seeds or other materials sewn into quilted sections.

It’s widely known that blankets are dangerous to use in cribs with infants, and some of them have warning labels on them, but not all of them do. Experts believe that at only nineteen pounds, Owen’s death would not have happened had he been in the crib without the blanket.

Situations like this are tragic, and as your St. Louis personal injury attorney, we want to caution you to follow the latest safety guidelines to avoid a similar scenario. However, it’s important to be sure your child care provider is, as well. If you have suffered the loss of a child to SIDS because of a situation that could have been avoided, please contact an attorney right away.

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