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Explosion in February elicits wrongful death suit

  • 05
  • June
    2013

When an incident is preventable and someone is injured, the responsible parties may be held accountable. That is what the parents of a woman who died in a fatal accident are trying to do with a wrongful death suit that was recently filed in Jackson County, Missouri. According to the suit, six parties are responsible for her death and the family is seeking regulatory changes to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. Sources noted that this was not the only lawsuit filed in this case.

According to reports, the explosion happened at JJ's restaurant on February 19. A drilling operation had been going on outside the building -- located at 910 West 48th Street -- and at some point, a gas line was severed. Apparently, no further details about the project itself were notable. Some of the parties involved in the project were certainly named by the suit. Defendants named include an employee of Heartland Midwest LLC, Heartland Midwest LLC, Southern Union Co., USIC Locating Services Inc., Time Warner Cable Midwest and Missouri Gas Energy. A spokesperson from Missouri Gas Energy would not comment on the lawsuit when asked about it.

Fatalities persist despite decrease in DWI accidents

  • 31
  • May
    2013

In the middle of Missouri, law enforcement officials are scratching their heads, trying to figure out what is causing an unexpected conflict in figures. According to reports, the number of DWI incidents is down -- not just in areas like Columbia, Missouri, but across the entire state. The issue is that though injuries and accidents related to drinking and driving are down, fatalities are not. These car accident statistics are not in line with the idea that a decreased number of alcohol-related crashes should translate to a decreased number of alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths.

For instance, the area that is observed by Troop F of the Missouri Highway Patrol saw a decline from 2008 to 2012. The area, which includes 13 counties, saw a 23-percent drop from 2008's 651 injuries and accidents, to 2012's 499 injuries and accidents. But during the same time period, the number of annual fatalities has floated between 24 and 28 deaths. A dramatic decline -- nearly a quarter -- in injuries and accidents would expectantly translate to a similar drop in fatalities, but this has not been the case.

Spinal cord injuries are not hard to acquire

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  • May
    2013

The dangers of the road can often lead to long-term consequences for crash victims. Many people have been killed in car accidents while others are simply injured. But when those injuries damage the spinal cord, they can sometimes result in paralysis. Though the dangers of the road are well-known, many people in Columbia, Missouri, neglect them and assume such things will never happen to them.

Sometimes, the paralysis can happen without any damage being done to a vehicle. For instance, one man who was riding his bike in 2009 was forced off the road when a car veered into the lane he was riding in. He was thrown over his handlebars at some point and sustained enough damage to his spinal cord to paralyze him. He has been fighting toward recovery ever since.

Wrongful death suit filed less than three weeks after crash

  • 16
  • May
    2013

A 17-year-old teenager from Grassy, Missouri, lost her life in a motor vehicle crash last month. The fatal accident occurred on April 5 in Cape Girardeau County. According to reports, the female was a passenger in a Toyota 4Runner that was driving on Highway 34 near Route U. Officials indicate that a furniture truck crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with the Toyota. The 17-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Certain factors in the crash have caused the father of the deceased to file a wrongful death suit against the driver of the truck, a man from Jackson, Missouri; the furniture company, Slumberland; and the local franchisee associated with the furniture truck. The suit was filed less than three weeks after the accident. According to the claim, the driver was in possession of illegal drugs and was under their influence at the time of the collision. The lawsuit does not provide any reasoning behind these allegations, but it does go into the driving history of the man behind the wheel of the furniture truck.

Truck driver heads to court after fatal crash in March

  • 09
  • May
    2013

A crash that happened earlier this year in southwest Missouri is being examined in court now. According to reports, the truck accident took place on March 27 on U.S. 60; two people died in the incident. Arguments are being heard in court because the driver of the tractor trailer was charged with two counts of first-degree involuntary manslaughter.

Allegations indicate that the driver, a man from California, was grossly negligent in the matter. Authorities have said that the driver failed to brake before the accident and had been on the road a lot, logging more hours than are allowed. Prosecutors also said that he was speeding before the accident occurred. All of these factors contributed to the decision that the driver had a reckless disregard for safety guidelines, thus allowing him to be charged with a first-degree crime instead of a second-degree crime.

Early bellwether trials may set tone for NuvaRing claims

  • 02
  • May
    2013

The use of contraceptives has become an accepted behavior for many people in Missouri. Despite social acceptance, there are other factors that may keep individuals from using such products. For instance, the contraceptive NuvaRing may be a defective product, if allegations made in thousands of claims are to be trusted. According to those claims, the contraceptive manufactured by Merck and Company can lead to a number of unreported complications.

Plaintiffs believe that NuvaRing can contribute to strokes, pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. Each of these can cause severe injury in consumers of the drug and because of this, users wanted Merck and Company to be held liable. But bellwether trials on the state level are not going as planned with seven of them being dismissed by the presiding judge. The federal cases, consolidated in Missouri, have not had any bellwether trials and it is unclear how the recent dismissals will affect them.

Daughter killed while crossing street, parents sue school system

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  • April
    2013

There are many ways that a person can lose their life in Missouri. A fatal accident can happen anytime, anywhere and leave loved ones grieving. When the victim of the accident is not at fault and another party can be held responsible, the loved ones of the deceased may be able to file a wrongful death claim.

One such accident took the life of a 13--year-old girl in September 2009. She was crossing the street to get on a school bus when she was struck by a vehicle that ended up causing a two-car crash. The Lincoln Continental was traveling east when it hit the teen. After hitting her, the vehicle struck a minivan and a 17--year-old boy walking on the other side of the road. The parents of the 13-year-old believed the school system was responsible for not providing a safe bus stop for their daughter and many other children.

Accident on Highway 34 kills teen, injures three others

  • 15
  • April
    2013

Parents in Missouri often worry about their children as they learn to drive. Many experts understand that new drivers are inexperienced and may find themselves distracted by friends and other things. These fears are underscored by a recent crash that took the life of a 17-year--old in Cape Girardeau County.

The truck accident occurred earlier this month in Burfordville, Missouri. An SUV was traveling on Highway 34 near Route U while a box truck was traveling in the opposite direction. According to authorities and witness reports, the box truck - with markings from Slumberland Furniture - crossed into oncoming traffic and struck the SUV - a Toyota 4Runner - head-on. The furniture truck was set ablaze by the impact.

Mothers file suits against Pfizer for alleged Zoloft damage

  • 08
  • April
    2013

Multidistrict litigation against Pfizer, the manufacturer of Zoloft, will soon be under way. Many women who consumed the antidepressant during pregnancy -- likely some from Missouri -- have filed lawsuits against the pharmaceutical giant for allegations of product liability, negligence, misrepresentation, malicious conduct, fraud and other counts. Though no one has alleged that Zoloft is a defective product, many are alleging that consumption of the drug resulted in defects in their children.

According to one woman's suit, Zoloft -- during her pregnancy -- caused all sorts of developmental problems in her child. For instance, it took only three months after the plaintiff had her son for a doctor to diagnose him with failure to thrive and congestive heart failure. At this young age, the newborn required several surgeries to repair a defect with his heart. Even after the surgical procedures, problems persisted.

Could hand surgery make the life of a paralyzed person better?

  • 04
  • April
    2013

Many life-changing instances happen unexpectedly and out of the blue, including spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries have the ability to induce paralysis, a condition that can leave the victim physically incapable and emotionally distraught. There are many ways a person in Missouri can sustain a paralyzing injury such as this: in a car accident, from a slip-and-fall incident, or even from playing recreational sports.

But there is hope for people who have found themselves paralyzed. New studies from researchers are being released almost in a rapid-fire succession, giving hope to many that are in need of it. More recently, a study found that reconstructive hand surgery can be very beneficial to those that have been exposed to a spinal cord injury.

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