Saint Louis Personal Injury Law Blog

How janitors can avoid workplace injuries

Janitors are vital to our workforce and society at large. Custodians and housekeepers keep our offices, schools, museums and hospitals clean. Without janitorial workers, our society would not be nearly as clean or healthy. Sadly, cleaning employees are often not valued.

Many people, including employers of janitors, overlook the risks facing the cleaning industry. Janitorial work can be physically demanding and involve harmful chemicals. These hazards can lead to injuries, illnesses and death. Below are some safety guidelines so janitors can avoid workplace accidents.

Cultivating a solid medical malpractice claim

You trust your physician to provide you with the care you need. However, sometimes the physician may not rise to the occasion for a number of reasons.

If you can show that the level of care provided was not appropriate, it may be possible to file a successful medical malpractice claim. As you consider this option, you should know a few important things so you cultivate the best claim possible.

How do your prove wrongful death?

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one in Missouri due to the negligence or wrongdoing of someone else, you can sue the person and/or entity responsible for your loved one’s untimely death. In general, a surviving spouse, parent, child or sibling of the deceased can bring a wrongful death lawsuit.

Remember, however, a wrongful death action is a civil suit for which you can recover money damages only. The plaintiff does not go to jail if you win your suit as (s)he may do if the state prosecutes him or her for alleged wrongdoing. On the other hand, (s)he need not receive a conviction in order for you to file and win a wrongful death action against him or her.

Safety innovations that are popular with car buyers

Perhaps you have suffered an injury in a vehicle accident and never want to go through that again. Perhaps you have never been in a crash and hope you never will be. Either way, vehicle safety features are probably important to you, especially if you are in the market for a new or late-model car, SUV or pickup.

Vehicle crashes can happen in the blink of an eye and some result in devastating injuries. That is why automobile manufacturers and designers keep coming up with the innovative safety features that are becoming so popular with car buyers. Every little bit helps. Here are five of the latest innovations to consider.

Risks associated with unnecessary cesarean sections

When you envision giving birth, chances are, you picture a traditional vaginal delivery that results in a happy, healthy baby. Unfortunately, however, many expectant mothers plan to deliver their babies vaginally, but then find out their doctors recommend they undergo cesarean sections for one reason or another.

While, in some cases, mothers or babies experience medical issues that may make C-sections safer options, Consumer Reports notes that your chances of having a C-section delivery vary broadly based on the hospital in which you deliver your child. While, nationwide, about a third of all births result from C-section deliveries, you may face a nine-times-greater risk of delivering via this method if you pick the wrong hospital to deliver in.

Medical errors the nation’s third-most common cause of death

When you have symptoms you cannot explain, you probably schedule a visit with your doctor with the hope that he or she will assess your condition and tell you what you need to do to get better. Like everyone else, though, doctors are prone to making mistakes, but when doctor make errors, the stakes are typically far higher than they are for the average person.

In some cases, a doctor’s mistake can mean the difference between life or death, and CNBC reports that medical errors have become so prevalent that they are the third-most-common cause of death among Americans. Following only behind heart disease and cancer, medical errors claim the lives of more than 250,000 people in the United States every year. Some believe, however, that this number is vastly underestimated, and that the actual number of lives lost annually due to medical mistakes is closer to 440,000.

Who is responsible for your child's toy-related injury?

Creative play is a vital part of your child's growth and development. As a parent, you likely provide safe, fun and educational toys for your child. Unfortunately, just because something is marketed for children does not mean it cannot hurt them.

But if one of your child's toys injures them, you probably wonder who's responsible. Depending on the specifics of your child's injuries, you may have grounds to hold the producers and retailers of a product responsible for any harm caused by the product.

Truck-related crashes up 20%

Freight traffic on the highways is at an all-time high, with 15 million commercial trucks transporting 70 percent of goods each year.

But will all of that traffic, the United States has seen an increase of 20 percent in truck-related crashes in the past ten years and these crashes are at their highest rate in 29 years. Traffic accidents involving trucks kill approximately 4,000 people each year.

Drivers beware: Livestock haulers have different restrictions

There are always trucks buzzing along Missouri interstates, and hopefully, the operators are in good health and of sound mind. One of the contributing factors to tractor-trailer crashes is sleep deprivation. With tight deadlines and confined conditions, it is easy for truckers to fall into a pattern of drive longer, sleep later.

Recently, an incident outside of St. Louis has raised concerns over the lack of driving restrictions for operators of tractor-trailers hauling livestock.

Free Consultations | No Upfront Fees
Set Up Your Free Consultation

Our Location

1010 Market Street, Suite 1480
St. Louis, MO 63101

Toll Free: 866-217-4974
Phone: 314-802-4928
Fax: 314-421-2341
St. Louis Law Office Map

Contact Us