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What is a catastrophic injury?

If you have suffered an injury due to any type of accident, you may be wondering if your case is severe enough to pursue financial compensation. The answer is likely yes no matter the level of your injury. However, those in the category of catastrophic injury are likely to be worth much more.

It is important to know if you have such an injury so you can receive sufficient damages to cover the medical bills, long-term care, other expenses and loss of income. The best way to determine if your injury is catastrophic is to speak to a personal injury lawyer, but the general description is as follows.

Ideas for keeping guests safe after parties

No matter the time of the year, there is nearly always a good reason to throw a party. However, one of your top challenges as a host may not be coming up with an idea or occasion for a party but rather how to keep guests safe afterward. That is, how to ensure they do not drive intoxicated.

Fortunately, there are quite a few approaches you can take, so read on.

Staying safe on the roads during the holiday season

With Thanksgiving on the horizon and several holidays to follow shortly after, the one thing on your mind may be spending time with close friends and relatives. You are not alone. Each year, thousands of people travel through the St. Louis area and across the country to spend time with their relatives, and not all of them travel by plane; many of them will be on the road. 

Before you rush to make a list of things you need to do to prepare for those savory holiday meals and get-togethers, take some time to review the following safety protocols for avoiding car accidents during one of the busiest seasons of the year. 

Hearing loss is the nation's most common workplace injury

If you have found that your hearing has deteriorated over time and you suspect your work environment may have something to do with the decline, you are not alone. According to USA Today, hearing loss is the single-most common work-related injury affecting American employees today, with about 22 million workers facing dangerous levels of noise when they show up to work. It is also a costly problem for employers, with about $242 million spent on workers' compensation costs relating to hearing loss every year.

Furthermore, while you might assume that the level of danger you face increases alongside just how loud your work environment is, this is not, in fact, the case.

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.

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