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Proving the cause of a birth injury in Missouri

You want to protect your child from all harm, but that is not always possible. If your child has suffered a birth injury due to a medical provider's negligence, you may have grounds for a successful legal claim to hold the responsible party accountable and to obtain compensation for medical care for your child.

Before filing a claim, it's important to understand the process. Following are a few essential things to know about determining the cause of a birth injury and mounting a successful claim.

Should you get a second medical opinion?

When you go to the doctor, you rely on his or her medical expertise to make the correct diagnosis and prescribe the right treatment, and most patients don't feel comfortable second-guessing a physician.

Unfortunately, medical mistakes do happen, and they happen more often than you might think. In fact, studies have shown that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. In many cases, doctors make the wrong diagnosis, ignore problems or fail to do proper testing.

Independent medical examination in a workers' comp case

Missouri employees who file a workers' compensation claim must navigate a sea of paperwork and technical requirements. At some point after filing, some may receive a notice from the insurer requesting their appearance at an independent medical examination.

Understanding how the IME works can help you begin preparing for this important part of the workers' comp claim process.

4 back-to-school driving tips

Car accidents are still far too prevalent on Missouri roadways. In St. Louis alone, 172 serious injuries took place in 2015. Over 4,500 serious injuries occurred throughout the entire state. 

With school back in session, more people are going to be on the road at the beginning and end of every day. Things can become particularly hectic around the school itself because potentially hundreds of parents are trying to pick up their kids at the exact same time. This only increases the chances of a car accident taking place, especially around school parking lots. Be smart this school year, and follow these four tips to stay safe. 

Stats show Missouri lags behind other states in seat belt use

Everyone knows that motor vehicle accidents happen for a variety of reasons, and crashes are often due to the negligence of one or more drivers. However, not wearing a seat belt is also linked with many fatalities and serious injuries each year.

The summer of 2017 has seen its share of catastrophic accidents in Missouri. In fact, the extra-long Independence Day holiday weekend saw fatalities more than triple over the number in 2016, and a number of the people who died were not wearing seat belts.

Why do workers' comp claims so frequently get denied?

On-the-job injuries happen every day to hardworking and safety-conscious individuals. Sometimes it is the result of unsafe working conditions, and other times an accident or malfunction might cause harm. No matter what the circumstances surrounding your injury were, you have the right to file a workers' compensation claim, but you may be one of the many people who find their claim denied.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that thousands of workers' comp claims are denied each year in Missouri alone. There are multiple reasons for why claims are denied, but a few common ones tend to recur. Consider whether any of the following factors may be to blame for the denial of your claim.

Tips to protect yourself around tractor-trailers

You probably see 18-wheelers almost every day as you commute or go about your life, and it is normal if they strike a bit of fear into your heart. These trucks are quite huge compared with your passenger vehicle. The fact is that the men and women steering large trucks do not have an easy job. The work they do can put them at higher risk for fatigue, for example, and truck driver fatigue can unfortunately lead to serious crashes.

When you're in your own car, there is not much you can do about fatigued truck drivers, but you can protect yourself in a few ways. Let's consider a few safety tips.

Coping with traumatic brain injury after a crash

Car accidents often result in a variety of serious injuries. Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is one such injury that merits special discussion.

TBI typically happens as the result of a strong impact to the head. The damage can range from mild to severe, although the course of the injury may not always follow a predictable path. TBI can affect functioning in all other areas of the body as well, depending on the function of the part of the brain that was injured.

Do I have work-related PTSD?

Many people in Missouri equate post-traumatic stress disorder with military vets. However, it is not uncommon for people to develop PTSD after working in high-stress environments for years. Workers do not necessarily need to experience accidents and direct trauma to develop the condition. They can develop it from witnessing catastrophic events. The constant exposure to stress, workplace politics and other toxic conditions can also cause workers to develop health issues and have otherwise avoidable work accidents. 

If you work in an office, retail, health care or manufacturing environment, take some time to learn the signs of PTSD to know when you should seek out professional help. 

Who is responsible in an accident with a semi truck?

With auto accidents involving only passenger vehicles, it is usually one of the drivers who caused the collision. Other factors, such as a jaywalking pedestrian or debris on the road, may also contribute to the crash.

However, for accidents with semi-trucks, liability can be broader. The driver may not be the only party at fault, if at all. Any of the following entities could be legally accountable.

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