Johnson & Johnson Found Responsible in Talcum Powder Case

Do we really know what we put in and on our bodies? Evidently Johnson & Johnson did. Reports revealed in a 2018 Talcum Powder Cancer Trial demonstrate the company had knowledge of sporadic asbestos contamination in their talcum powder. The contamination reports date back to the 1960s.

The most recent court case awarded four victims the sum of $37.2 million in damages. Previously, a Missouri trial held last summer awarded twenty-two women $4.7 billion. Currently, two new trials have begun in Georgia and California.

Asbestos and Infants Should Never Mix

The fact that the carcinogen was present is disturbing. That asbestos was found in baby powder and covered up by the company is inexcusable.

Fortunately, the courts are uncovering the damage done and thanks to the judicial system people are finally being fairly compensated for their losses.

Should You be Worried?

Fortunately, these cases seem to have affected a relatively small number. However, your St. Louis defective product attorneys will be glad to assist if you have any concerns.

According to the reports, asbestos was found in small traces in scattered batches of the Johnson & Johnson products. While this means that most people have nothing to worry about, there are cases out there to be won.

If you’ve been affected by tainted talcum powder then please contact your St. Louis defective product attorneys immediately. We’re here to provide you with the legal assistance you need.

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Are Liability Waivers Enforceable? What You Should Know About Playgrounds

Playgrounds are a part of everyday activities if you have children in your life. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, or guardian we strive to give our children the chance to be active and have fun.

What else do we face as a result of an active lifestyle? Injuries.

Oftentimes an injury, such as skinned knees or bruised shoulders can be the result of tripping or a simple playground miscalculation as the kids learn their limits and push their physical boundaries.

But what happens when the injury is the result of negligence? That’s where waivers come in.

What is a Waiver?

Oftentimes a school or playground will have posted waivers that simply state a parent or supervisor assumes responsibility for any injuries incurred while using the equipment. These waivers do protect the owners of the playground from negligence.

By agreeing with the waiver notice, the parent or guardian agrees to not sue unless there is clear evidence of gross negligence.

Differences in Negligence

Negligence generally constitutes normal wear and tear, or injuries incurred while using the equipment properly. Gross negligence is an injury that is caused by improperly maintained equipment or by staff putting the child in a dangerous situation.

Contact Your St. Louis Personal Injury Attorneys

If you have any questions about waivers involving playground accidents call your St. Louis personal injury attorneys to find out if you might have a case. We’re happy to give you your legal options.

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Flashing Lights: Fortnite Suit Alleges Video Games Are Addictive

Video games are ingrained in our society. Whether it's a console, pc, or mobile app games are everywhere. Interestingly, what once seemed a pastime for children has now become prevalent in many age groups.

Whether escapism, online community bonding, or just a pastime, games touch on almost everyone’s life.

Video Games – The New Cocaine?

A recent lawsuit against the creators of Fortnite has brought to light the addictive nature of video gaming, whether intentional or not.

Several studies by the World Health Organization and several universities have studied how games have the effect of releasing dopamine into the brain in a similar manner to drugs. The lawsuit is stating that video games should come with a warning similar to other addictive behaviors.

The question remains as to the depth of the addictive nature. In the game industry, it's well known that there are addictive properties to games. Much the same way an author uses cliffhangers to keep the reader hooked, game writers and designers insert story and bonus material that keep the player invested.

Does that constitute intentional addictive tendencies?

That is up to the courts to decide.

St. Louis Personal Injury Attorneys Protect Your Family

If you have seen addictive tendencies in your children, feel free to contact your St. Louis Personal Injury Attorneys and find out what options you may have.

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Notorious Killer Pam Hupp Hit With Wrongful Death Suit From Victim’s Family

Death is never a pleasant subject. It is always worse when that death is the result of murder. In the case of a life willfully taken there is often cause for a wrongful death suit and compensation for the family.

Pam Hupp – Murderess Caught

Last summer Pam Hupp murdered Louis Gumpenberger in a staged home invasion. Hupp had lured the young man into her home under the guise of recording 911 calls for Dateline NBC. The ensuing trial brought to light Hupp’s ulterior motives of diverting attention from a previous murder investigation.

Hupp received a life sentence for the death of Gumpenberger, but Margaret Burch, his mother, is filing a wrongful death suit to help raise his child, Trevelyan. Burch is the legal guardian of Trevelyan.

Lawyers to Help With Child’s Future

When disaster strikes it often falls to the legal system to sort things out. As in the case above, the wellbeing of a child is in the hands of the courts. That’s where St. Louis personal injury attorneys come into play.

With the help of St. Louis personal injury attorneys, Burch may be able to raise her granddaughter without worrying about her financial situation. Attorneys can also relieve the stress of having to deal with court proceedings and focus on what is truly important, working to heal family wounds.

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Missouri Medical Malpractice Suits Paid Out $78.2 Million in 2018

As society progresses and the medical profession becomes less focused on the individual and more aligned with the corporate world there has been a steady increase in malpractice suits. In business there's a built in tolerance for failure. Unfortunately, when it comes to medicine that failure impacts someone's life.

We need look no further than the staggering statistic of $4.03 billion dollars paid out for mistakes in the medical profession.

Missouri and Kansas have followed the national trend. Together they account for nearly $80 million. Each mistake is taken into account by medical professionals and fits into their failure tolerance.

When Should You Contact St. Louis Malpractice Attorneys?

Nearly 1 in 3 malpractice suits is the result of a death. If you or a loved one have experienced a mistake at the hands of a medical professional then you should immediately contact your St. Louis malpractice attorneys to see what your options may be.

Another third of suits result from permanent alteration of a patient’s life. Each of these mistakes could have been avoided and so the hospitals seek a settlement that will keep the mishap quiet.

Don’t be a victim. It pays to be informed of your options when tragedy strikes. Seeking help from your St. Louis malpractice attorneys guarantees that you will have the information you need to protect yourself from the medical machine that sees your misfortune as just another statistic and manageable loss.

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One Person Killed and Multiple People Injured in Roadway Accident

Accidents happen. This is an unfortunate truth. All it takes is one quick mistake and life alters. This recently happened when a tractor trailer caused a life-changing accident in St. Louis.

In early December a tractor trailer traveling west on I-70 merged into a car. The impact caused a cascade effect as other vehicles swerved to avoid the carnage and collided with others in the flow of traffic. Ultimately, multiple cars sustained damage. Several drivers ended their day in the back of an ambulance on a trip to the ER.

And tragically, one driver did not make it that far. Police confirmed an on-scene fatality as a result of the accident.

Authorities have yet to release the full cause of the accident, whether negligence on the part of the truck driver or a mistake made by the driver of the car. Either way, the results were the same, an innocent life ended too early.

We live in this tragic reality where a single mistake can extinguish an innocent life in an instant. Most of us have witnessed an accident in our lives, either firsthand or as a passerby.

If you experience similar trauma please contact your St. Louis personal injury attorneys. Remember, only a St. Louis personal injury attorney knows the importance of the details surrounding each case. Especially with regards to legal advice pertaining to compensation, rights, and the best way to protect yourself.

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Is It Elder Abuse or Neglect? What to Know

Both elder abuse and neglect are serious problems in nursing homes and long-term care facilities in St. Louis. But these are actually two separate issues. It's important to know the difference between them; especially if you have a loved one who is currently living in one of these facilities. 

What is Elder Neglect?

Nursing homes have a legal duty to provide appropriate care for their residents. That means taking care of their basic needs (food, water, shelter, etc.) as well as caring for their medical needs. While it might not happen often, not all nursing homes provide their residents with the best care. When they don't, it is considered to be neglect. 

What is Elder Abuse? 

It should be stated that elder abuse is a form of elder neglect. But many cases of abuse are much more severe. When it gets to the point where the neglect is causing significant harm to the resident, that is definitely a form of abuse. 

Nursing homes are often understaffed, which means that the residents don't get the care that they should. It's important for families to know the signs of neglect or abuse so that they can intervene when necessary. 

Do You Need St. Louis Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys?

It's scary when you realize that someone you love has become a victim of neglect or abuse. Your St. Louis nursing home abuse attorneys are here to help you. Contact us. 

 

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Would You Recognize These Signs of Nursing Home Neglect?

When families have to place their loved ones in nursing homes, they do so with utmost trust. They believe that their family members will be well taken care of, and most of the time, they are. We wish that were the case across the board. Sometimes nursing home residents are abused or neglected, and if the families aren't sure what the signs are, they may miss it altogether. We'd like to shed some light on the signs of nursing home neglect that aren't often easy to recognize. 

What are the Signs of Nursing Home Neglect?

Families need to be as diligent as possible when it comes to checking in on their loved ones who are residents at nursing homes. If they are being neglected or abused, the following signs might be observed: 

* They may have bed sores.

* They may have infections. 

* They may be losing weight. 

* They may have bruises from frequent falls. 

* Their personal hygiene may be suffering. 

* They may be dehydrated or malnourished or both. 

* They may appear withdrawn. 

St. Louis Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys are Here to Help

We wish that everyone could have faith in the nursing home they choose for their elderly relatives. But unfortunately, neglect and abuse are growing more common every day. Your St. Louis nursing home neglect attorneys can provide you with the legal counsel you need if your loved one has been neglected. Please contact us. 

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What to Know About Elder Abuse in Long Term Care Facilities

Elder abuse has become much more common than most people realize. In fact, there is research to prove that it might be just as common as child abuse. If you have a loved one living a long-term care facility, that might scare you, as it should. It's important to know as much as you can about the signs of elder abuse and what you need to do if it happens in your family. 

Seniors Living in Long-Term Care Facilities are at a Higher Risk of Elder Abuse

Elderly people who live in long-term care facilities are typically those who suffer from serious medical conditions that make their conditions more fragile. They also often have physical and mental conditions that put them at a higher risk of being abused. These are people who have significant cognitive and physical limitations, and they are often targets of abuse. 

Common Risk Factors

Research has shown that elderly people have a higher risk of being abused if they are not white and if there is some form of Alzheimer's disease or dementia present. That risk also increases depending on how much the resident is depending on staff for their care. 

When to Contact St. Louis Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

If you suspect that a loved one is being abused or neglected in a long-term care facility, please contact your St. Louis nursing home abuse attorneys. We can provide you with the legal counsel you need. 

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You Have Rights After an Accident on the Job – Do You Know Them?

Your employer has a legal obligation to make sure your work environment is safe. Sometimes accidents happen that lead to injuries, but those accidents might be due to negligence on the part of your employer. Either way, it's important for you to know your rights if you're the one who has been hurt. 

Protecting Your Rights on the Job

Employees do have rights at work, but it's up to them to make sure they're protected. In order to protect your rights you should: 

* Immediately report any injury that occurs to your supervisor. 

* Make sure the appropriate paperwork is filled out to document your injury. It should be something that you need to sign. 

* File a workers' compensation claim. This is a way to formally notify your employer, their insurance company and workers' compensation court that you've been injured. 

* Make sure to see a doctor and get all recommended forms of medical treatment. 

Depending on your situation, you have the right to return to your job when your doctor gives the OK. If your injury is severe, you also have the right to some form of disability payment. 

Do You Need the Help of St. Louis Workers' Comp Attorneys?

Your St. Louis workers' comp attorneys are here to help you if you need assistance protecting your rights. If you have been injured on the job, you can't afford to wait to get legal advice. Contact us. 

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