Use Caution When Shopping for Back to School Bargains this Year

It’s that time of year again, when every parent is searching for the best in back to school bargains. While many parents have taken to looking for the best deals online, there are still plenty of you who will be hitting the stores. In doing so, as your St. Louis personal injury attorney, we want to offer you a few words of caution.

Expect Increased Traffic

With everyone rushing from store to store, traffic around malls and shopping plazas will be higher than it’s been, possibly since Christmas. In your haste to arrive at your destination, please remember to drive wisely. It’s never a good idea to try and beat a red light, or to turn left in front of an oncoming car because you’re sure you have enough room. Please leave plenty of time for you to do your shopping safely.

Avoid Slips and Falls

Because stores are going to be filled with shoppers, you can bet that store owners will be going to greater lengths to keep the store clean. That generally means wet floors. Not all stores are diligent when it comes to marking wet floors, so be sure you’re watching where you’re walking to avoid a slip and fall.

If you are injured during this crazy back to school shopping season, please contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney right away.

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Man who Shot Unarmed Woman on His Porch is Convicted – Claims Self Defense

There are far too many shootings in St. Louis, but the fact is that senseless shootings occur all over the country. One fifty-five-year-old Detroit man has been convicted of second-degree murder and manslaughter after shooting and killing a nineteen-year-old woman. She was drunk that night, and had crashed her car into a tree nearby, according to the article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website.

It is unclear why the woman approached this man’s house, but he claimed that he shot and killed her in self defense. The shooting occurred two hours after the crash took place. When the verdict was read, the family was very happy that this man would have pay for his crimes.

Although this incident happened elsewhere, senseless shootings occur in St. Louis on a regular basis. Some people are fortunate enough to walk away with minor injuries, but far too many lose their lives because someone else chose to use a gun.

As your St. Louis personal injury attorney, it’s our job to fight to get you the compensation you deserve if you’re injured in any type of incident. An experienced St. Louis attorney will fight hard for your rights. We understand the law, and it’s important to us to make sure that people who misuse firearms have to pay for the pain they inflict on their victims and their families.

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Protests Relocate to St. Louis Area

The fatal shooting of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown has many St. Louis citizens up in arms, and demanding justice, according to a recent article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website.

Protesters are calling for the development of a civilian review board that they believe will be able to adequately monitor all police shootings and any uses of force. They claim that a review board that is not made up of police officers or other city officials will help to not only keep the peace, but it will also ensure that these types of incidents do not happen again.

Since the fatal shooting on August 9, 2014, other protests have taken place all across the country, and not all of them have been peaceful. Thus far, no arrests have occurred in St. Louis because of the protests, but that doesn’t mean they never will.

If you are a citizen of St. Louis, it’s likely that you will find yourself in the midst of these activities. However, as your St. Louis attorney, we do want to caution you to be careful. Even peaceful demonstrations can become violent very quickly. If you are injured because of these protests, it’s important for you to contact a St. Louis attorney right away.

While protesters are protected under the Constitution, please remember that you also have rights that should be protected.

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Getting a Tattoo Might not be as Safe as You Think

Getting a tattoo might be a rite of passage, but the FDA has issued a warning against various types of ink that are commonly used in tattoo parlors and do-it-yourself tattoo kits. According to an article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, many tattoo kits have been recalled because of bacteria that has been found lurking in unopened tattoo ink bottles.

Additionally, because the problem is actually located within the ink bottles, it doesn’t matter how clean your tattoo parlor is. The most common condition that has been reported is sepsis, which occurs when bacteria from the ink travel through the bloodstream. People suffering from sepsis experience fever, chills and sweats. Those who suffer from a heart condition or a circulatory disease are at an even higher risk.

While steps are being taken to ensure that any problematic bottles of tattoo ink are removed from tattoo parlors and wholesalers, the damage might already be done. The negative effects from tattoo ink can stay dormant in the body for years.

As your St. Louis attorney, we want to encourage you to reconsider any unique symptoms you’ve been experiencing during the past few months that don’t seem to have a cause. If you have tattoos, talk with your doctor, and contact a St. Louis attorney to discuss your case and your options for compensation for your injuries.

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St. Louis County Teen Charged after Crash that Killed His Passenger

Teenagers and alcohol definitely don’t mix. This is even more apparent after one St. Louis County teen got behind the wheel of his pickup truck last April and proceeded to crash into a tree. As a result, the driver suffered from severe injuries, but his passenger passed away.

According to an article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, it has taken this long to charge the teenager who was responsible. According to authorities who were on the scene of the crash, his blood alcohol level was 0.088%. He has been charged with first degree involuntary manslaughter, and his bail was set for $25,000.

Summertime is a popular time for teens to indulge themselves in parties where alcohol is present. That means the risk of them getting behind the wheel of a car is quite high this time of year. As your St. Louis personal injury attorney, we want to remind you that it’s important to make sure you know where your teens are at all times. Also, make sure they know how dangerous alcohol is, and that they should never get into a car with someone who has been drinking.

If your teen is injured in a car accident because of a poor decision, or because of the negligent behavior of someone else, please contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney right away to discuss your case.

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Man Dies Following Wrong-Way Crash in Franklin County

Imagine driving on I-44 in Franklin County when suddenly you see a vehicle coming toward you, heading in the wrong direction. This is exactly what many drivers recently experienced at the hands of a seventy-five-year-old man.

While the details of the incident are still unknown, according to an article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, police officers believe that the man must have traveled five or six miles before he crashed. One driver managed to avoid the man hitting his car in a head-on crash, however when he swerved, he was struck by a tractor-trailer.

The wrong-way driver was killed during the crash, and approximately four other people were taken to the hospital for their injuries. Fortunately, this incident did not involve drugs or alcohol, according to officials who were on the scene.

As your St. Louis personal injury attorney, we want to caution you to always remain aware when you’re driving. Poor weather conditions, early morning hours, or various types of impairments can always result in accidents when you least expect them. This particular accident was certainly a tragedy, however many drivers are simply negligent.

If you’re in an accident, and you suffer from an injury because of that accident, it’s important to contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney right away. An experienced attorney offers you the best chance to receive the compensation you deserve.

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What Steps Should You Take When Filing a Workers Comp Claim?

When you’re injured while you’re working, not only are you usually in a great amount of pain, but the stress of wondering what will happen can be a very heavy burden to bear. It’s common for many people to become confused and too many people put off taking action when they need to. As your St. Louis personal injury attorney, we’d like to offer you some steps that you should take if you’re ever hurt on the job.

Step One: Don’t wait to file a claim – In their confusion, many people put off taking action when they’re injured at work. However, putting it off can actually be a legal detriment to your case. File your claim with you employer right away.

Step Two: Don’t immediately accept a settlement – It’s common for many employers to offer a settlement quickly in the hopes that you’ll accept a smaller payment for your injuries. Be wary of any settlement agreement, and remember that you might have substantial injuries down the road.

Step Three: Contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney – Most importantly, contact an attorney to advise you about your case. Working with an experienced attorney gives you the best chance of a positive outcome.

Your immediate action will give you the best chance of getting the compensation you deserve, so if you’ve been injured at work, get the help you need right away.

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St. Louis Woman is Shot to Death While Driving

According to an article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, once St. Louis woman is dead following a shooting while she was driving her car. She was twenty-eight years old, and the mother of two children.

Witnesses who saw the shooting occur said that the man who pulled the trigger was standing near her car when she pulled away from the curb. He fired several times, hitting her in the torso. She lost control of the car and crashed through a fence before hitting another parked vehicle.

Fortunately, there was no one else who was hurt in this incident. However, that’s not always the case. As your St. Louis attorney, we’ve seen many of these situations where a stray bullet hits someone who just happens to be in the area at the time. Or, we’ve seen cases where there’s a child in the car who is hit by the cross-fire.

Any time a crime is committed, there’s a risk of injuries for bystanders. It is our hope that you will never find yourself as a witness to one of these horrific events. However, if you are, it’s important to contact a St. Louis attorney right away to discuss your case. An experienced attorney will know how to proceed, will inform you of your rights, and fight for the compensation you deserve.

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St. Louis Rave Results in Drug Overdoses and Sexual Assaults

Raves, which are wild parties that involve loud music, strobe lights and excessive amounts of sex, alcohol and drugs, have been very popular for a few decades now. They’re frequently held in abandoned warehouses because it’s easier to hide any illegal activity. It’s not surprising that raves tend to get out of control, which is what one twenty-year-old St. Louis man recently discovered.

The man credits himself with throwing the largest rave that’s ever taken place in the county. Over 2,000 people showed up, and many of them were underage, according to an article on the St. Louis Fox website. Once police and emergency personnel showed up, it was determined that there had been six drug overdoses and at least one count of sexual assault.

The organizer of the rave does not regret his decision to organize the event. He considers it a great success, and shows no remorse for the problems that occurred as a result.

As your St. Louis personal injury attorney, we hear of cases like this all the time. Underage teens make poor decisions, and at times, there are few things that parents can do to keep them from attending these types of parties. However, by contacting a St. Louis personal injury attorney, and fighting for compensation, we can work together to make sure people like this man pay for their crimes.

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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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