Distracted driving is a major safety concern for all U.S. drivers and passengers and, according to the National Safety Council, is cited in contributing to roughly one-quarter of all motor vehicle crashes. Cellphones are consistently cited as contributing to a significant number of accidents and, while dangerous for all drivers, cellphone use among truck drivers is especially dangerous.In an...

The communication between a patient and his or her health care provider can play a key role in a positive relationship, and it has been found that proper education in advance may influence a patient's overall experience after a surgical procedure has taken place. The expectations a patient has seem to be particularly affected by what and how much...

In previous blogs, we've discussed the serious nature of any brain injury. From a traumatic brain injury suffered in a truck accident to a concussion suffered in a middle-school football game, every brain injury causes damage and may result in both short and long-term side effects.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, annually, an estimated 1.4 million...

On Tuesday, May 12, an Amtrak train carrying 238 passengers and five crew members derailed in Philadelphia. Officials report that at the time of the derailment, the train was traveling at 106 MPH. The derailment occurred as the train entered a curve in the tracks which officials say has a posted speed limit of 50 MPH. Currently, a total...

When a Missouri doctor fails to diagnose a disease or disorder or causes harm to their patient through negligence, the patient can potentially file a medical malpractice claim against the doctor. However, proving fault in these types of cases can be incredibly difficult. In general, the patient will be required to show that the doctor did not meet the...

Many residents of nursing homes have severe mobility limitations. They may spend nearly all their time in bed, due to any of a variety of medical disorders. Bedridden people need strict attention from nursing home staff, because they are often unable to communicate their discomfort and pain.One of the most common problems associated with being bedbound is bedsores, also...

People in Missouri seeking redress for medical errors can usually expect a requirement to stay quiet about the details of their cases upon accepting compensation. A review of medical malpractice settlements, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, showed that nondisclosure agreements frequently accompanied settlements, and their requirements could even prohibit discussions with regulators. The study examined medical malpractice cases that...

Every motor vehicle accident has the potential to be serious and result in those drivers and passengers involved suffering painful and crippling injuries. However, in accidents involving large commercial trucks, the likelihood that the occupants in a personal vehicle will suffer serious or fatal injuries increases exponentially.Today's commercial trucks are larger and heavier than trucks of previous decades. Additionally,...

There are many individuals in the state of Missouri who enjoy hunting for turkeys. According to a recent article, thus far a total of 36,464 birds have been taken. In addition, four hunting related accidents have occurred. Sadly, one of them resulted in death. With just a few days left in the season it is a good idea for...