Monthly Archives: January 2014

Space heater Probable Cause of Fire that Kills Dorothy Jones and Tom McKinney in St. Louis West End

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A retired school teacher and her adult nephew were killed in a house fire in St. Louis’ west end this week. Preliminary reports indicate that a space heater may have been responsible for causing the fire. Space heaters must be used with extreme caution as they pose significant health risks. Read more…

Close Enough for Recovery: Understanding Proximate Cause

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Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you think: “This would have never happened were it not for what happened before!” Sound familiar? That notion–that an event separated in time and distance from an initial act can still be considered a primary cause for harm or loss–is what is meant by the term, “proximate cause”. Under Missouri law, it is possible to recover for harms and losses resulting from proximate cause. Read more…

Researchers Seek Better Ways to Diagnose Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be challenging to diagnose because brain injuries do not always show up on CT and MRI scans. Now researchers at St. Louis and Washington University are seeking better ways to diagnose TBI quickly and accurately so that those who have suffered such brain injuries can get the medical help they need. Read more…

Headaches Caused by Cervical Injury: Not Your Ordinary Migraine

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Headaches stemming from cervical injuries, such as whiplash, have often been erroneously attributed to migraines or tension. Recent research has led to the development of a clear set of diagnostic criteria for helping doctors distinguish cervicogenic headaches, or headaches with a cervical origin, from other types of headaches. Read more…

Recreational Use of Pot: Not Behind the Wheel

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The issue of legalization of pot in Missouri t may be headed towards voter referendum in November 2014. Regardless of where you might weigh in on this controversial subject, one fact is clear: pot usage while driving is dangerous. Casual references to pot as “harmless” and “recreational” may give some drivers–especially teenagers–the idea that driving while high is not a big deal. Read more…

An Injurious Loss: Emotional Distress and Suffering

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Missouri law allows for recovery of personal injury losses due to emotional suffering. However, as emotional pain can’t be easily observed or measured, it can be difficult to prove, requiring the skills and expertise of a top trial lawyer. Read more…

Having “The Talk” with Elderly Parents

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Senior drivers, age 65+, represent the fast growing segment of the driving population. While mature adults bring a lifetime of experience and skills to the road, they also are more likely to be afflicted with age-related physical and cognitive impairments. Knowing how to approach this delicate issue with our elderly parents if of vital importance. Do you have the resources and information you need to have “The Talk”? Read more…

A New Case for Recurrent Spinal Injury

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Mounting scientific evidence suggests that trauma victims with pre-existing spinal injury or disease are at higher risk for suffering greater and new spinal injuries, chronic and acute pain as well as long-term disability. This research provides powerful support for re-traumatized victims who contend their current condition is not merely an aggravation of their pre-existing disorder, but represents a new and more severe injury. Read more…

Manchester Missouri Bans Texting by All Drivers

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In December 2013, Manchester, Missouri became the third St. Louis County municipality to ban texting by all drivers. Currently, Missouri law allows most drivers over the age of 21 to text and drive while banning this dangerous activity for those 21 and under. The statistics related to texting-related accidents are grim. A recent study concluded that driving while texting has surpassed driving while intoxicated as the leading cause of death among teenagers. Read more…

68yr. Old St. Louis Man Dies In Crash

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There were several injured in serious and fatal accidents on Missouri roadways the second week of the new year. Nobody has an explanation for the most recent accident spree, and Missouri residents are cautioned to drive safe, and be aware of others. Read more…

Fatal Driving Accidents Are Down In Missouri

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported on it’s website that there were no accidents with fatal or serious injuries to start the weekend. The trend is down, as compared to the first week of the new year. Read more…

Schools In Missouri Closed Again

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The new storm forced Missouri schools to close again today. This for many is the sixth straight day of being closed due to weather conditions for many schools, and they are likely to make up the days later this summer. Read more…

Winter Driving Conditions Improve In Missouri

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The streets of Missouri are much safer to drive on thanks to the hard work of the MoDot and State Highway Patrol crews. Just days after the snow storm hit the state, the main traffic ways were for the most part clear. Read more…

12 yr. Old Seriously Injured By Truck Accident

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A 12yr. old was reported to have serious injuries after being struck by a truck that was attempting to drive backwards through a snow drift. The driver of the truck was not injured. Read more…