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One Hundred Deadlist Days for Teen Driver
A crash on an eastern Missouri highway recently resulted in the death of a teen driver and her two young passengers. This cra...
Brain and Head Injuries
Suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be devastating. Unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
Accident Avoidance Technology
Cars today have more safety features than at any time in history. It may seem hard to believe, but seat belts were not standa...
Semi Truck Size Increase and Dangers
Federal lawmakers are currently taking a close look at the weight and size limits that apply to commercial trucks. These limi...
Fatal Teen Car Accidents
In the state of Missouri, ten young drivers ages 16 or 17 were killed during the first six months of 2011. According to the G...
One of the biggest abuses of the workers compensation system by employers in Pennsylvania is forcing their injured workers to treat with the company chosen doctor when they do not have the right to control the injured workers medical care.
Laws Regarding Medical Care After a Work Injury
In general the law permits the employer to control the injured workers initial medical treatment for 90 days after he/she suffers a work injury. However, in order to do so, the employer is obligated to do the following:
- Establish a list of designated health care providers.
- The list must contain at least 6 DIFFERENT health care providers, including at least 3 different Physicians and no more than 4 Coordinated Care Organizations.
- The list must be prominently displayed in a readily accessible place at the work site;i.e., on the employee bulletin board or near the time clock.
- The employer must have the injured worker sign the required Notice of Employee Rights and Duties at or about the time the i...
The winter holiday season provides many opportunities for festive fun, with Halloween, Thanksgiving and religious celebrations such as Chanukah and Christmas.
Unfortunately, any slip and fall lawyer in Missouri knows that the holiday season is a time when there are many factors increasing the risk of slip and fall injuries. Just a few of the added risks that make fall injuries more likely include bad weather, overcrowding of stores and increased time spent outside of the home visiting family or friends. Individuals and property owners need to be aware of holiday risks and should plan carefully to stay safe.
Slip and Fall Injuries at Home Over the Holidays
Halloween is a time when many homeowners could find themselves on the hook for injury to others. The Springfield Police provided a number of tips to improve Halloween safety, but one of the most important pieces of advice they gave to homeowners is to: “prepare homes for trick-or-treaters by clearing porches, lawns, and sidew...
Cars today have more safety features than at any time in history. It may seem hard to believe, but seat belts were not standard equipment in cars until Volvo added them in 1959, and the first seat belt laws weren’t passed until 1970 (the first laws were passed in Victoria Australia.) Today, the Consumer Reports Guide to Auto Safety Features indicates that cars not only have seat belts but also have a host of other devices designed to protect drivers as well, including front, side and rear air bags and even specialized air bags to protect the legs and torso.
Many of the safety features developed over the past several decades have shared one central focus: protecting drivers when a crash happens. Car accident attorneys in Springfield, MO know that these safety features keep driver’s from flying out of the vehicle, cushion the force of impact and aim to make it easier for the body to withstand a collision. They’ve also had a marked impact on reducing car accident deaths...
Suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be devastating. Unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that as many as 1.7 million people each year are diagnosed with a serious head injury. A TBI can not only have an impact on your life at the time the injury occurs, but can also stay with you for the rest of your life and can, in many cases, cause further medical complications in the future.
As new studies reveal additional risks of brain injury, our Springfield, MO brain injury lawyers know that preventing head injuries is more important than ever. A new documentary released by HBO may help to bring the subject of traumatic brain injury to the forefront and can serve as an important reminder to protect your head whenever you can.
Brain Injuries Can Be Lasting and Pervasive
While the CDC reports that as many as 75 percent of all brain injuries lead to concussion, a brain injury can also put you into a coma or result in death. In fact, TBI-relat...
Federal lawmakers are currently taking a close look at the weight and size limits that apply to commercial trucks. These limits currently require commercial vehicles to weigh no more than 80,000 pounds across five axles. Lawmakers have now proposed that transportation could be made more efficient and costs cut if the weight limit is increased to 97,000 miles on six axles.
Our truck accident lawyers know that larger trucks could present many dangers and complications. A major organization of professional truck drivers, motor carriers and owner operators is also concerned about the problems that could arise if lawmakers decide to act and increase the truck weight and size limits. These professional truckers are speaking out to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Truckers Express Concerns to the FHWA
The Federal Highway Administration has been vested with the task of exploring the impact of increasing truck size and weight limits. This assignment was made as part of a law called...
A crash on an eastern Missouri highway recently resulted in the death of a teen driver and her two young passengers. This crash occurred as we enter the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers.
Our accident attorneys know that the period of time from Memorial Day to Labor Day each years is the riskiest time for teen drivers. Young drivers are always at a greater risk of getting into a car wreck due to their inexperience and their tendency to take unnecessary risks behind the wheel. Unfortunately, these factors make car accidents the number one cause of death for young drivers. However, while there is always a big risk for teens in cars, the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day is the worst time of the year as the dangers are exacerbated during this period.
Teen Car Accident During the 100 Deadliest Days
The recent accident involving the teen driver occurred shortly before noon on a Thursday in June. The driver was 19-years-old and was traveling with a 10-year-old and 12-year-old passen...
Recently, a building in Bangladesh housing five garment factories made worldwide headlines when it collapsed. According to the New York Times, the number of workers who died in the Bangladesh collapse now exceeds 1,100 and the collapse was the worst in industrial history. Following the disaster, there were immediate calls to improve working conditions, and ABC reported that some companies in the U.S. were facing protests intended to encourage improved worker safety regulations.
Our work accident attorneys know that there are more worker protection laws in the United States than there are in Bangladesh where the factory collapse took place. Yet, even with the increased regulations in the United States, it is not necessarily a given that workplaces are all that much safer than those in Bangladesh.
Workers in the U.S. at Risk
When comparing working conditions from the United States to Bangladesh, there are some safety rules and regulations in both places. In the U.S., however, there is...
Potential life-threatening infections could have resulted from injection of fungus-laden compounding drugs distributed by New Jersey specialty pharmacy Med Prep Consulting Inc.
Our product liability attorneys know that there is still the strong possibility that these substances may have been used or distributed prior to the voluntary recall issued recently.
Thankfully, none of these products had been dispensed directly to patients from retail pharmacies or for direct injection in home care use. That means that hospitals and doctor’s offices, which may have more rigid protocols with regard to tracking and distributing medication lot numbers have a better likelihood of catching the drugs before they are used.
Of course, that’s not full-proof, and these drugs – all compounded products, including magnesium sulfate in dextrose – had a wide range of uses. Those include compounded substances that are created for the purpose of use in antibiotics, general and local a...
In the state of Missouri, ten young drivers ages 16 or 17 were killed during the first six months of 2011. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), eight young drivers of the same ages were killed during the first half of 2012. This decrease in the number of teen car accident deaths was good news, especially as auto accidents are the top cause of death for people ages 16-19.
Unfortunately, the news from the GHSA was not all positive. In fact, the nationwide data on deaths for drivers ages 16 and 17 shows a 19 percent increase in fatalities in the first half of 2012 as compared with the same time period in 2011. Our Springfield accident lawyers know that this is the second year in a row that the number of teen car accident deaths has increased on a national level, suggesting that the rising tide of car accident deaths may be a disturbing trend.
Car Accident Deaths on the Rise
The GHSA provided the troubling information on teen car accident deaths after assembling...
Three children perished in a Springfield residential fire back in 2010.
It was a gut-wrenching tragedy that their mother now says didn’t have to happen, and save for the negligence of the landlord, she claims, it probably wouldn’t have.
Our wrongful death lawyers understand that the mother of the three is seeking damages against the landlord, saying they failed to maintain a safe property for residents who lived in the structure.
The landlord liability lawsuit was filed nearly three years to the day of the incident.
The case has taken numerous twists and turns since the nightmare unfolded that March evening on West Olive Street. The day after the fire, the mother’s fiance was arrested on arson charges, after a trained law enforcement K-9 reportedly indicated traces of accelerant (such as gasoline) on the man’s pants.
However, when the garments were tested in a lab, there were actually no traces of such a substance.
Little more than a month after he’d...
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