St. Louis University President Presses on for Unity Following Ferguson Protests

The past several months have been difficult for Fred Pestello, who recently took over as President of St. Louis University. At that time, the University campus was filled with protesters who were all calling for social justice. He had his work cut out for him, but according to one article that was featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he has done an excellent job.

The shooting of Michael Brown in August of last year was a tragedy that had St. Louis as well as other parts of the country calling for justice. St. Louis University was at the heart of some of the most dedicated protests following the shooting. Occupy SLU was held on the University’s campus, and it resulted in violence and bickering amongst the students.

Pestello has taken many steps to assist the students and faculty of SLU in working toward healing. Still, many people believe Pestello’s work has opened the school up for even more protesters and potential problems in the future. While the country is settling down after the shooting, it’s hard to say what events could set off additional violent outbursts or protests.

As your St. Louis personal injury attorney, we want to remind you that if you find yourself a victim of violence, it’s important to contact an attorney right away. While the dust might be settling, there is still more to be done before these issues are resolved.

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Car Thief Crashes After OnStar Turns Vehicle Off in St. Louis

Imagine being the owner of a 2013 Chevy Camaro who has his car stolen. That’s exactly what happened recently in St. Louis. The event occurred in the evening after the Camaro was bumped from behind. When the driver got out of his car, he was met by a man holding a gun. The man stole his wallet and took off in his car.

The driver of the Camaro immediately went to the police and OnStar was able to track the vehicle using their GPS capabilities. Once the car was found, OnStar shut it off, causing it to crash into a utility pole, according to an article on the KMOV website. The police officers who were on the scene were able to apprehend two of the suspects, but they believe there was a third one who got away.

Car theft happens frequently in St. Louis, however most of them don’t result in a crash. No matter what the circumstances are, if your vehicle is ever damaged in an accident because of the carelessness or negligence of someone else, it’s important to contact your St. Louis auto accident attorney right away. Fortunately in this case, no one was injured as a result of the theft or the crash, however, this could have turned out much worse.

Contacting a St. Louis attorney offers you the best chance at getting the compensation you deserve in any type of accident.

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Failed Nurse Practioner Steps In to Cover for Doctor with Disastrous Results

Occasionally, when you go to a doctor’s appointment, you expect to be seen by another practitioner in the office. Perhaps your doctor is unavailable, or has to attend to an emergency. Those types of cases are perfectly acceptable in healthcare. However, one doctor has taken full advantage of the willingness of another medical professional to act in his stead, and he will pay for what he’s done.

According to a recent RevCycle Intelligence article, a St. Louis doctor a registered nurse to act on his behalf for more than two years. During that time, she saw patients, ordered diagnostic tests and even wrote prescriptions under the doctor’s name. Insurances were also billed, progress notes were prepared, and other duties were carried out when the doctor wasn’t in the office.

The article states that the nurse had actually failed her Nurse Practitioner exam several times, so she was operating in a capacity that was well beyond her qualifications. The doctor frequently went out of town, and he was only physically in the office two or three times per week. Five days a week, the nurse would take over his patients.

It’s hard to say the damage that was caused by this doctor’s willingness to break the law. However, cases like these might be more common that we realize. If you’re suspicious about something that’s occurring with your doctor, contact a St. Louis malpractice attorney right away.

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Missouri Woman Enters Guilty Plea Following Fatal Car Crash

Car accidents happen for many reasons. Most of the time, those reasons are because one of the drivers was impaired, or simply made a bad driving decision. However, one forty-four-year-old woman has entered a plea of guilty after crashing her car into the vehicle of an elderly couple and killing them. Her reason for the guilty plea? She was high on Heroin at the time.

The woman states during her trial that she had driven to St. Louis to purchase Heroin capsules, and she had injected Heroin while she was driving. A few minutes later, she lost consciousness, and didn’t wake up until the crash occurred. At the time, she was suffering from a severe Heroin addiction, and according to an article on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, she spent thousands of dollars every month on the illegal drug.

Drugs like Heroin are deadly for the people who use them as well as for anyone who might come into their path while they’re high. This accident was such a tragedy, and it’s one that could have been avoided.

If you or a loved one is ever in a car accident because of the impairment or poor driving decisions of another driver, it’s important to contact a St. Louis auto accident attorney right away. You deserve to be compensated for your losses, and your attorney will work hard to get you the money you rightly deserve.

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Can Shopping at Dollar Stores Put Your Family in Danger?

Perhaps like many people, you often venture out to the local dollar store in an effort to save some money on the things you need for your home. Dollar stores like Dollar General, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree sell everything from cosmetics and cleaning supplies to toys and home decor items. Although you had good intentions, it’s possible that you might be getting more than you bargained for.

According to a recent news article, it has been found that some of the products and items sold in these stores may contain materials that could be hazardous to your health. Phthalates, lead and PVCs have been found in many of the items sold in dollar stores across the country. These harmful chemicals can cause cancer, learning disabilities, infertility and other ailments.

A few of the products that are thought to be effected include vinyl carpet runners, some types of bathroom decorations and even plastic straws that are designed to attract children. According to the article, almost all of the products that were tested were found to contain at least one of the chemicals. Dollar stores generally don’t have high standards and limits for these chemicals.

Dangerous products are a real cause for concern, and if you think you or a member of your family has been affected by one of them, please contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney to discuss your case right away.

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Argument Results in Fatal Car Crash in St. Louis

Most car accidents are caused because of a driver who made a poor decision. It’s very rare for crashes to occur because of something that occurred inside a car, but that is exactly what happened on I-55 recently.

According to the article on KMOV.com, five people were traveling along I-55 in St. Louis when an argument broke out inside the car between the driver and her boyfriend, who was sitting in the front passenger seat. During the disagreement, the woman threatened to crash the car. Moments later, she did exactly that.

One of the passengers in the vehicle was a sixty-year-old man, and authorities reported that he died at the scene of the car accident. The other occupants of the car were taken to a local hospital and treated for their injuries.

This was a tragic situation that could have been avoided. It is very clear that the driver of the car allowed her emotions to get the better of her while she was driving, which ultimately resulted in the crash.

Accidents occur for all kinds of reasons, and sometimes those accidents are the fault of the driver of the vehicle you’re in. As your St. Louis car accident attorney, these types of crashes deserve compensation. If you or someone you care about is ever in a situation or an accident like this one, please contact an attorney to discuss your case right away.

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No Jail Time for O’Fallon Teenager After Hit-and-Run

When young adults break the law, society often fears that punishing them too harshly will ruin the rest of their lives. Getting the wake-up call they deserve can be quite difficult.

O’Fallon resident Taylor Patrick, 18, recently entered a guilty plea and received a suspended sentence from a St. Charles County judge, according to the Post-Dispatch. The charge was a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident.

Patrick will not serve jail time if he successfully completes probation — and earns a high school diploma, per the judge’s order.

Last March, Patrick was driving on a neighborhood street without sidewalks. A couple of 15-year-olds were caught unable to get out of the way. The car struck a boy, who rolled over the hood. Impact was severe enough that Patrick’s Mazda had significant damage.

Patrick stopped the car and spoke to the victim and bystander, but panicked and fled. The witnesses later described Patrick and his vehicle to the police.

A high school classmate of Patrick found out about the incident from Patrick himself, and decided to tell authorities what she knew. It wasn’t long before Patrick had nowhere left to run.

In a serious hit-and-run accident, the criminal justice system only addresses part of the problem. What about the injuries and suffering caused by the victims? Your St. Louis auto accident attorney can help seek the justice you really need.

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Family Reaches $260,000 Settlement with Lincoln County Jail

The same county jail that allowed an inmate to fatally overdose on medications in 2008 has recently reached a settlement in another inmate fatality. The family of the late Terry Marler agreed to a $260,000 settlement with the Lincoln County Jail, the city of Troy, and one Troy police officer.

Before his arrest, Marler was on serious medications and had been known to make suicidal threats. His wife called police when he entered a rage in August of 2011. By the time police arrested Marler, he had hit, choked, and cut his wife with a knife.

Shortly after his arrest, Mrs. Marler told authorities about her husband’s suicidal tendencies and medications.

The police officer took Marler’s medications from his wife but did not convey any information about suicidal threats to jail authorities.

Lincoln County Jail guards and other inmates allegedly heard Marler make credible threats of suicide.

Soon after threatening to take his own life, Marler did so by hanging himself with clothing. This was yet another case of government negligence, failing to respond to threats of violence and self-harm.

Such a tragic outcome could happen in a hospital, nursing home, or anywhere that troubled people are left under the supervision of others. If a loved one ever gets put in harm’s way by people employed to look after them, talk to your St. Louis injury attorney about seeking damages for negligence.

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Man Sues Alton Surgeon for Leaving Bone Chips Behind After Surgery

After you have surgery, you assume that everything is going to be fine. You plan to heal, go back to work, and resume your regular activities. This was not the case for one Wood River man, who is now suing after an Alton surgeon reportedly left chips of bone behind after operating on the man’s sinus cavity, nasal passages and other areas.

According to the article on TheTelegraph.com, the surgery was originally supposed to be fairly routine. Afterwards, the man, who used to be a truck driver, began complaining of incredible pain at the surgery site and in the surrounding tissues. The surgeon did not warn him of a possible infection, and didn’t prescribe any antibiotics to guard against infection. Instead, he advised his patient that the issue would resolve itself in time.

His pain continued to increase and he started experiencing other symptoms as well. His family doctor admitted him to the hospital for treatment, but admits that there is no surgery that will undo the damage that has been done.

This story is tragic, but unfortunately, it’s also very common. Perhaps you can relate, and you or someone you love is dealing with issues following a surgical procedure that just don’t make sense. It’s possible that you could have a medical malpractice lawsuit, but you’ll never know unless you talk with a qualified St. Louis medical malpractice attorney to discuss your case.

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Missouri Woman Drives Off Second Floor of Parking Garage

A quick look at any number of St. Louis news stories is a clear indicator that bizarre accidents can occur at any time. This was certainly the case for one Missouri woman who drove her car off of the second story of a parking garage in Chesterfield.

According to the story on the KSDK.com website, the woman’s car flipped over and she was trapped inside until emergency personnel were able to come to the scene. The details behind the accident are not clear, so it’s difficult to say if her actions were intentional or not. Investigators were still working on the case at the time this article was posted.

This situation raises many questions that must be asked. Why was it possible for a vehicle to drive off the second story of the parking garage? Why were the barriers not reinforced? What might have happened if there were people standing or walking by on the ground below that location?

These are questions we may never know the answer to, but as your St. Louis personal injury attorney, it’s important to note the danger that was avoided in this scenario. It’s also important to note the actions you should take if you’re ever involved in any type of accident, bizarre or not.

Talking with an attorney is the best way to protect your rights and get compensated if you are in an accident of any kind.

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