Saint Louis Personal Injury Law Blog

There are 4 key elements in wrongful death cases

When a person passes away due to an accident, it is important that the cause is established. Often, law enforcement officials will investigate and establish whether suspicious circumstances were present. In some situations, murder or manslaughter charges may be filed.

When a person loses a loved one, they undoubtedly suffer greatly, especially when they know that the accident could have been prevented. When family members believe that another person's actions led to the death of a loved one, they are able to sue for "wrongful death." If they are successful, they can gain back damages both for the financial impact that the death had and the emotional impact that the loss has had.

Poor communication is a leading cause of birth injuries

Giving birth is a huge event, both symbolically and medically. While a successful and smooth birth can facilitate one of the happiest moments of new parents' lives, when a birth is managed poorly, it can lead to physical and emotional trauma. If something goes wrong during the labor process, it can be possible for the child and the mother to become injured. In some cases, the child can suffer from injuries that have effects for the rest of their lives.

If you or a loved one's child was injured during birth, it may be possible to hold the hospital or the doctors involved accountable. Even if you cannot show that a specific mistake was made, you may be able to argue that a lack of communication during labor on the part of the doctors and nurses led to the occurrence of a birth injury. The following is an overview of how communication errors are the most common causes of preventable birth injuries.

Can a wrongful death suit help your family recover from a loss?

Losing a loved one through a tragic accident can leave you struggling financially and emotionally. Only social support, counseling and time will help as you grieve an unexpected loss, but your emotional response isn't the only complication that a sudden death can cause.

You will also have to deal with the loss of income of your deceased loved one, expenses such as medical and funeral costs, and the need to start filling the role your loved one played around the house, possibly by doing more childcare, cooking or housework.

If you're injured at work, your employer has certain duties

Being injured at work can have a huge impact on both your personal and professional life. You may experience financial strain due to costly medical bills and lost wages due to taking time off to recuperate. When it comes to your professional life, you may come to the realization that the extent of your injuries mean that you will need to change your career.

While a serious injury could negatively impact your life in many ways, there is some good news. Almost all those who have been injured in the workplace are entitled to workers' compensation. This means that, if you qualify, you will be entitled to full coverage of all medical bills. You'll also gain back a portion of the wages that you lost, and you may be able to gain retraining so that you are able to successfully earn an income in another profession.

Your concussion can be life-changing, so get the support you need

You were enjoying a drive to get out of the house when you were suddenly hit by a driver who moved into your lane unexpectedly. Your vehicle was pushed off the road, and you ended up rolling over.

The crash could have been worse, but you were still left with serious injuries. Among them was an acute concussion, which has left you hospitalized and under close monitoring.

Medical malpractice is often due to communication failure

Research has estimated that almost one-third of all medical malpractice complaints in the United States involve communication failures. This is particularly concerning because it means that unnecessary pain and suffering is caused by a failure to adequately manage hospitals and to communicate effectively.

If you have recently had a negative experience when being treated at a hospital, you may believe that the negligence of the hospital staff led you to go through unnecessary pain and suffering. You may also believe that you suffered financially due to this poor treatment. If this is the case, you may be able to take legal action to claim back the damages that you are owed. But first, you should gain a full understanding of how communication failures can lead to medical malpractice.

Your workers’ compensation claim was denied. What's next?

Suffering an injury on the job is a difficult experience that many of us face at one point or another in our professional lives. Unfortunately, some injured workers receive the care they need from a supportive, understanding employer, while others must fight for fair treatment.

In most cases, workers' compensation covers the costs of treatment and a portion of missed income after an on-the-job injury. However, the insurance companies that provide workers' compensation coverage often find ways to deny claims, even if a worker truly suffered an injury and needs proper care and assistance during recovery.

Birth injuries: Not always natural complications

When a baby is born, there are dozens of things that could go wrong. They could be injured in any number of ways, and many of those injuries could be considered normal complications.

There are some other forms of injuries, though, like hypoxia or brachial plexus injuries, that could be a result of negligence or errors during the birthing process. When they happen, it's fair to ask if they were part of the natural process of birth or if they could have been prevented.

Understanding your right to claim workers' compensation

If you have recently become injured while at work, it may be the case that you need to seek medical attention or stay at home to recover. This will undoubtedly lead to financial damages because you will need to pay medical bills and you'll likely lose wages.

This is why it is important that you look into your right to claim workers' compensation and that you take action in the specified time frame. The following post will provide an overview of workers' compensation benefits and in what circumstances they apply.

What are the usual causes of birth injuries?

Giving birth should be a wonderful and transformative experience for the mother and child. The vast majority of births are free of complications and are relatively simple procedures. However, sometimes, complications can arise that threaten the well-being of the mother or the child. If these complications are not recognized by doctors or not dealt with adequately, it could lead to complications for the child.

If your child suffered birth injuries during labor, it may have affected them temporarily, or it may have led to permanent physical or mental disabilities that could affect them for the rest of their lives. If these birth injuries could have been prevented, you will likely want to get justice by taking legal action. The following are some of the most common causes of birth injuries that you should be aware of.

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