Halloween Safety Tips

by Keith | October 27th, 2015

Halloween is this weekend, and for a majority of children, that means it’s almost time to go trick-or-treating.

During this time of year, the Missouri car accident attorneys at Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers would like to remind parents of the increased risk of motor vehicle collisions that Halloween can bring. The National Center for Statistics says an average of more than five children are killed as the result of being struck by a car each Halloween. Even more pedestrians are injured as a result of these crashes.

To help trick-or-treaters avoid accidents this year, KMOV 4 News has released a list of tips to help keep young ghosts and ghouls safe as they walk. The legal staff at Cofman Townsley would like to also offer some suggestions for staying safe:

  • Always Use Crosswalks- When attempting to cross the street, always find and use a crosswalk at an intersection. Children should avoid walking and crossing between vehicles at all costs.
  • Obey Traffic Laws- While at a crosswalk, wait for the signals to change to green before you attempting to cross.
  • Be Alert- Even if you have the right-of-way at an intersection, always look twice in all directions to ensure vehicles are stopping. Make eye contact with the driver as another precaution before crossing.

The legal staff at Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers believes in working to keep all citizens safe while traveling, and our St. Louis personal injury lawyers hope these tips help you to have a fun and safe Halloween!

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Campaign Offering Free Smoke Detectors Aims to Keep St. Louis Residents Safe

by Keith | October 6th, 2015

It’s getting chillier across Missouri and, for many, that means it’s time to crank up the heat or stoke the fire. During this time of year, it’s important to remember the dangers fires and heating systems can pose.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, roughly 30 percent of all fires break out in a residence and around 13 percent of those fires are caused by a heating malfunction. These infernos result in thousands of citizens suffering Missouri  fire and burn injuries each year.

One of the best ways to prevent injuries from a house fire is to have smoke detectors installed throughout your home. A detector should be installed in the kitchen, and detectors should also be within 10-feet of every bedroom in your home.

If you don’t have smoke detectors installed in your home, there’s an option to receive units for your residence at no cost. KMOV 4 News reports that the St. Louis Fire Department is offering free units to all regional residents who cannot afford to purchase smoke detectors for their homes.

Once you have smoke detectors installed, the St. Louis personal injury lawyers at Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers encourage you to regularly check the batteries on each unit to ensure proper function. Experts say the batteries on a smoke detector should be changed at least once every six months.

We hope this information helps to keep you and your loved ones safe as cooler weather approaches!

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Federal Government Investigating Power Morcellator Cancer Risk

by Keith | September 22nd, 2015

When power morcellators were introduced onto the American market, doctors and experts touted the device as revolutionary because of its ability to grind body tissue in such a manner that it could be easily removed through a small incision. This allowed a less invasive and faster healing procedure to take place; however, our St. Louis defective product lawyers at Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers point out these benefits come with risks.

Studies have shown use of the power morcellator during the removal of uterine fibroids in women can result in dormant cancerous cells being released into the body, where they can then spread and metastasize. Data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shows that as many as one in every 350 women could be at risk of developing the disease and for many the information came too late.

Those who developed the disease after undergoing a procedure that utilized the device have filed thousands of morcellator cancer lawsuits. Many of the claims have been settled, while others continue to battle for compensation and damages.

These claims combined with the research that has been conducted on the use of the power morcellator has resulted in a government investigation that is looking into the safety of the device. The Wall Street Journal reports the U.S. Government Accountability Office confirmed the activity in early September.

Regardless of the outcome of this investigation, you should be aware of your power morcellator cancer risk and your rights if you’ve undergone a medical procedure using the device or you’re considering undergoing a surgery where the device would be used. Visit our website to find more information on these and other topics.

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Missouri Motorcycle Accident Claims Rider’s Life

by Keith | July 7th, 2015

Motorcycles offer little protection to riders in the event of an accident, and the chances of a motorcyclist being seriously injured or killed in a collision is extremely high. In fact, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that there were a total of 2,051 motorcyclists injured and another 73 killed in 2013.

The St. Louis motorcycle accident lawyers at Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers explain that a motorcyclist was killed in a collision over the weekend. The incident occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. at the crossing of North Second and Lawrence streets in the city of St. Charles, Missouri.

Reports indicate the 44-year-old victim was riding a motorcycle with a female passenger when a Jeep driven by an allegedly intoxicated motorist failed to come to a halt at a stop sign. The Jeep collided with the motorcycle, killing the bike’s operator and seriously injuring the passenger. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, this was the second fatal accident involving the Jeep’s driver in the past year.

At Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers, we are aware of the risks motorcyclists face each time they take to the road. That’s why our St. Louis personal injury lawyers would like to send our condolences to the family of the man who was killed. We would also like to wish the passenger  a speedy and full recovery.

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Lawsuit Claims Doctors and Hospitals Knowingly Used a Defective Medical Device

by Keith | June 23rd, 2015

The law requires all medical devices distributed and sold in the United States to undergo rigorous testing to ensure safety. However, products not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can sometimes find their way onto the market. When this happens, those using the defective medical device can be held liable for damages.

A recent lawsuit filed in California alleges dozens of doctors, hospitals, and other medical professionals put the health and safety of thousands of patients at risk by using counterfeit spinal implants during medical procedures.

According to Al Jazeera America, Spinal Solutions, LLC began manufacturing non-FDA approved parts in 2007 using a mix of fake and genuine parts. Surgeons and hospital officials are accused of then accepting kickbacks and other forms of payment—including meals, airfare, and hotel stays— to use the counterfeit parts during spinal procedures. Hospitals are also accused of falsely billing insurance companies for the devices.

While it’s known that the implants were used in a number of states, it remains unclear just how many patients are affected.

Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers recognizes the impact a counterfeit medical device can have on a patient’s health. That’s why our St. Louis product liability lawyers are here to help if you’ve been harmed by a defective medical device.

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Product Liability Claims Result in Recall for 34 Million Airbags

by Keith | May 26th, 2015

United States law requires the manufacturers of automobiles and their parts that will be sold in our country to be tested for safety. If a problem is discovered after the product is released, a recall may be initiated to address any issues that could result in product liability claims.

Japan-based company, Takata Corp., recently launched one of the largest recalls in U.S. history after an issue was discovered with their airbags. Documents show that when the airbags inflate in the event of an accident, pieces of metal can be hurled in the direction of vehicle occupants. This issue has resulted in serious injury to more than 100 people and is linked to as many as six deaths.

As many as 34 million vehicles in the United States—or one in seven registered vehicles—are affected by the recall. Many of the affected vehicles aren’t currently listed on the federal recall website safecar.gov, but officials are encouraging vehicle owners to check the website often for updates. Owners should not inspect their own vehicle’s airbags and should not disengage the equipment either.

If you have been injured as the result of a defective airbag deploying during a crash, the team of Maryland defective product lawyers at ChasenBoscolo are here to help. Feel free to give us a call anytime at (888) 223-6225, and we’ll be more than happy to help protect your rights.

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Family Awarded Almost $20 Million In Missouri Train Accident Lawsuit

by Keith | May 19th, 2015

Whether it’s a lack of warning systems, poor sight lines, or improper maintenance, there are numerous factors that can lead to accidents and collisions at railroad crossings.

The St. Louis train accident lawyers at Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers point out that each of these factors my have contributed to an accident that claimed the life of a 53-year-old Missouri man.

A train struck the victim on October 20, 2012, as he attempted to drive his vehicle over tracks located on Stoddard County Road 470. The collision claimed the driver’s life, and his family later filed suit against the railway that operated the train and tracks involved. They claimed the crossing lacked lights or gates to warn drivers of oncoming trains and that overgrown vegetation in the area obscured motorists’ views. Furthermore, the plaintiffs argued the train’s operator should have seen the victim’s vehicle from a half-mile away due to the height at which the train sat.

According to FOX 2 NOW, a jury agreed with the family of the victim and awarded them $19 million in damages for their loss, along with compensation for other expenses.

At Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers, we recognized the difficulties that can accompany the loss of a loved one to an unforeseen accident. That’s why our St. Louis personal injury lawyers are hopeful the decision will bring a sense of peace and closure to the family of the victim.

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St. Louis Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Discuss Potential Repeal of Certain Helmet Regulations

by Keith | April 28th, 2015

Spring has arrived in Missouri, and you can expect to see more motorcycles on the road in the coming weeks. However, the St. Louis motorcycle accident lawyers at Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers explain that a change to the law is being considered may make riding a motorcycle more dangerous this year.

According to KSDK 5 News, Missouri’s lawmakers are considering repealing part of the state’s requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets while riding or operating a bike. Under the new law, only riders under age 21 will be required to wear helmets.

Those in favor of the change say wearing a helmet should be a personal choice for adults. Those opposed to the reform say statistics in our state say enough about the need for strict helmet laws. Data from the Missouri State Highway Patrol shows 2,051 injuries and 73 deaths caused by Missouri motorcycle accidents in 2013. Helmets are shown to reduce the chances of death in the event of a motorcycle accident by as much as 60 percent.

At Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers, we encourage all motorcyclists to wear helmets, regardless of the law. Our St. Louis personal injury lawyers encourage bikers to urge others to do the same as well.

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You May Be Able to Expedite Your Social Security Disability Benefits Claim

by Keith | April 7th, 2015

If you’re unable to work due to a debilitating mental or physical condition, you likely know all too well how difficult it can be to get the Social Security Disability benefits you need. In fact, data shows as many as 60 percent of all initial benefit claims are denied and the appeals process can take months—in some cases, even years—to complete. That’s why our attorneys at Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers would like to let you know about several initiatives that could help you get the benefits you need in a timely manner.

Compassionate Allowances

Compassionate allowances are conditions the Social Security Administration (SSA) has deemed serious enough that they will meet the agency’s standards of disabilities without placing a heavy burden of proof on the applicant. The program expedites processing for any application that names one of the compassionate allowances conditions as the reason for the benefits claim. This can slash the wait time for a decision down to just several weeks.

Veterans Benefits

If you’ve served in our nation’s military, you may also qualify for expedited processing of your claim for Social Security Disability benefits. In order to be eligible, an individual needs to have served in a military branch and be deemed 100 percent permanently and totally disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Video Conferencing

If your claim is denied, you may need to begin the appeals process. Luckily, the SSA is hoping to expedite the processing of appeals cases by using video conferencing technology to hold trials in the future. This can make it easier and faster to get your case before a judge.

Getting Help

Pushing your Social Security Disability case through the hoops and obstacles of the filing process can be complex. That’s why our team of St. Louis personal injury lawyers at Cofman Townsley is here to help. We can help you determine the best and most efficient way to get you the benefits you deserve. Feel free to call us anytime to discuss your case by dialing (888) 223-6225.

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Court of Appeals Overturns Missouri Asbestos Exposure Lawsuit

by Keith | March 24th, 2015

Asbestos is a mineral that is used in the manufacturing of numerous products in the United States, including insulation and other construction materials. Unfortunately, exposure to this fibrous material can lead to the development of deadly cancers, including Mesothelioma.

Property owners and employers have a responsibility to protect the public from exposure to asbestos on their property and any failure to do so can result in the victims taking legal action.

One such case was recently heard by the Missouri Court of Appeals, which could lead to victims receiving millions of dollars in damages. According to a post on Pitch, the court reversed a prior decision by saying the case should be handled as a class action lawsuit.

Court documents show the lawsuit was filed in 2010 on behalf of thousands of employees who worked at the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City, Missouri. They claim that in 1983, a contractor was hired to renovate the building’s ventilation systems; however, the company failed to shut the system down before doing demolition in a part of the building containing asbestos-laced materials.

This released the asbestos into the air, which was then circulated throughout the building. The plaintiffs say the result was a significant coat of asbestos-containing dust throughout the building. The asbestos remains in the building today.

Experts say anyone who has been in the building more than 80 hours per year is in danger of asbestos exposure and potentially mesothelioma.

At Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers, we have seen the damage asbestos exposure can cause and our St. Louis personal injury lawyers are hopeful a decision being reached in this particular case can bring peace to the victims.

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