Get an Experienced Legal Advocate to Assist With Your Medical Malpractice Claim

by Staff Blogger | May 1st, 2018

You trusted your doctor, surgeon, or other healthcare provider to be attentive, cautious, and considerate when you were receiving care. But now you’re in worse shape than before—and it’s because of a medical professional’s negligence.

You may be facing a long road to recovery that involves extensive medical care, surgeries, and rehabilitation, and your return to work looks questionable at best. You’re ready to file a medical malpractice claim to get compensation for everything you’ve gone through, but you don’t know where to start or whether you’ll succeed against the hospital and its big insurance provider.

At Cofman Townsley, we know exactly what you’re going through. The system is stacked against average victims like you, and it’s easy for healthcare providers and their insurers to either deny payments to victims or offer them lowball settlements that don’t come close to paying for their malpractice-related expenses.

When you get our St. Louis medical malpractice lawyers on your side, you can count on us to:

  • Prove medical malpractice occurred—Proving that a healthcare provider was negligent may seem difficult, but our experience and track record of success mean we know how to collect evidence that leaves no doubt.
  • Prove your injuries or illness are related to malpractice—It’s not enough to just prove that a healthcare provider was negligent—you also must prove that it resulted in harm. Insurance companies are skeptical of injuries and illnesses, and that’s why we’ll use your medical records and expert testimony to prove you were harmed by a medical professional.

In addition, we’ll negotiate to get you the maximum settlement. You deserve full compensation for everything you’ve experienced. Call us today for a free consultation.

2 Ways Insurance Companies Try to Reduce or Deny Car Accident Settlements

by Staff Blogger | April 3rd, 2018

At Cofman Townsley, our St. Louis car accident attorneys are here for people who were hurt in crashes throughout Missouri and Southern Illinois. When we take on auto accident claims, it’s our goal to protect victims from the tactics that insurance companies often use to reduce or deny settlements. We know the tricks of the trade, and we’re able to stay one step ahead of them throughout the legal process.

However, we also know that many victims may be dealing with insurance companies and their teams of adjusters for the very first time. And because we can’t always be with our clients, we believe it’s important that they understand that insurance companies are always looking for ways to reduce or deny settlements.

Two ways they attempt to accomplish that include:

  1. Getting victims to admit fault for accidents – Whether it’s taking their words out of context, asking leading questions, or taking advantage of victims’ fuzzy memories of painful and traumatic accidents, insurance adjusters may try to get false “confessions” from victims.
  2. Getting victims to accept initial settlement offers – Insurance companies also know that victims are often very vulnerable immediately following their accidents. That’s when adjusters may offer settlements that seem substantial, but aren’t actually enough to compensate current and future medical bills and lost wages.

When victims admit fault or accept initial settlements, they often lose their ability to pursue further compensation, even with a lawyer on their side. That’s why it’s important to stick to the facts when you speak to adjusters and let your legal team handle communication with the insurance company.

You’ve been through enough after your accident, and you shouldn’t have to worry about adjusters who want to deny you the money you deserve. Leave that up to us—call today for a free consultation.

Compensation for Dog Bite Injuries

by Staff Blogger | March 6th, 2018

If you were recently bitten by a dog, you know how painful the injury can be. However, many dog bite victims disregard or downplay their injuries, despite their potential severity and the serious complications that can arise when bites aren’t properly treated by medical professionals.

At Cofman Townsley, we know that dog bite injuries should never be taken lightly. Even minor bites have the potential of getting infected, while more serious bites that penetrate deeper into the skin can cause severe bleeding, infection, and even nerve damage.

If you or someone you love were hurt by someone else’s dog, you may be eligible for compensation for bite-related expenses such as:

  • Medical bills – Going to a hospital or urgent care clinic can be costly, especially when you need any type of procedure. Even minor dog bites may require stitches and preventative injections, both of which can be expensive. Deeper, more serious dog bites may require surgery and prolonged stays in the hospital, especially if they result in infections.
  • Lost wages – Dog bite victims are often bit on the hands, arms, or legs. Those areas of the body are prone to infection and nerve damage, which can make it difficult to stand or retain fine motor skills. People who are injured by dog bites may be unable to work for long periods of time, causing them to miss out on the paychecks that they and their loved ones depend on.

A serious dog bite can lead to serious complications, and our St. Louis dog bite lawyers are ready to pursue a claim for compensation on your behalf. Call us today for a free consultation.

Hurt by a Defective Medical Device? You May Be Eligible for Compensation.

by Staff Blogger | February 6th, 2018

Prescription drugs aren’t the only things healthcare providers use to help their patients get better or find relief from the symptoms of serious illnesses and diseases. Medical devices are also popular options for a variety of ailments and conditions, and millions of Americans have received medical devices for everything from birth control and joint replacements to defibrillators and blood clot blockers.

Because medical devices often involve invasive procedures to be implanted inside patients’ bodies, they carry many inherent risks, including infection and bleeding. To make matters worse, some medical devices are fundamentally flawed due to poor designs and poor-quality materials.

When medical devices fail or break down inside patients’ bodies, they can cause serious health problems and complications, such as:

  • Bleeding – Several medical devices are linked to potentially fatal bleeding, including hernia mesh, transvaginal mesh, and some types of birth control devices.
  • Inflammation and pain – Joint replacement devices, including metal-on-metal hip replacements and knee implants, can be dangerous due to high levels of metal in the blood, infections, and damaged tissue and joints.
  • Infections – Infection isn’t just an issue immediately after surgery or implantation for many medical devices—it’s an ongoing concern that can happen at any time, especially if the device causes bleeding or tissue damage.

The St. Louis defective product lawyers at Cofman Townsley are here to help if you or someone you love was hurt by a dangerous medical device. Call today for a free consultation. It’s our goal to help you get the money you deserve.

How Can A Lawyer Help After a Drug Injury?

by Staff Blogger | January 2nd, 2018

Prescription medications are designed to help patients deal with symptoms, pain, and chronic conditions. But when those medicines lead to painful and even life-threatening drug injuries, patients and their families are often left feeling devastated and discouraged.

Prescription medications are powerful substances that can change lives for the better, but they also have the potential to cause serious complications and side effects. Unfortunately, some drugs are released to the market and given to patients even after studies link them to potentially fatal complications.

At Cofman Townsley, our St. Louis drug injury lawyers represent people like you who were hurt by medications that were supposed to make them feel better. When we take on new drug injury claims, we carefully complete the following steps:

  • Collect evidence that proves the drug could be dangerous – Many popular drugs, including antidepressants, diabetes drugs, and blood thinners are linked to serious conditions. Some have even been recalled, but they’re still prescribed to patients. That information can be used as evidence when building a claim.
  • Link the drug to your health problems – Many drug companies and their insurance providers are hesitant to accept or pay out drug injury claims. They may claim that health problems were pre-existing or were caused by other sources. We know how to collect and use medical records to prove that you were harmed by a dangerous drug.

Drug injury victims can and often do suffer side effects and complications that follow them for life, resulting in permanent pain and disability. It’s our goal to make sure they’re given a voice. Don’t wait to get the help you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

Don’t Make These 2 Common Workers’ Compensation Mistakes

by Staff Blogger | December 5th, 2017

A workplace accident or injury can be devastating for you and your family. You may be in pain and suffering from reduced mobility or even complete disability, making it impossible for you to do your job. Missouri requires that all employers in the state carry workers’ compensation coverage if they have five or more employees, and the insurance must cover both full-time and part-time employees. In addition, all construction companies with more than one employee must carry workers’ compensation insurance.

At Cofman Townsley, we know that while workers’ compensation is mandatory for most companies, it still often seems out of reach for injured workers. That’s because Missouri’s Division of Workers’ Compensation has strict criteria that injured workers must meet to be eligible for benefits. Applicants must take the right steps and fill out many forms to have their cases heard, and many claims are denied.

Our St. Louis workers’ compensation lawyers know that claims are often rejected because of two common mistakes:

  1. Not getting a written copy of the accident report Telling your supervisor or manager about your accident or injury is a vital first step, but a verbal report isn’t enough. Be sure to obtain a written report of the incident, as it will serve as valuable evidence when you pursue a claim.
  2. Changing any aspect of your story – Be completely honest about your accident or injury from the get-go. Don’t exaggerate or downplay any aspect of it or the pain and disability you’re experiencing. Changing your story can jeopardize your chances of getting benefits.

When you get an experienced law firm on your side, you can focus on getting better instead of worrying about filling out paperwork, speaking with the workers’ compensation office, or proving the severity of your injuries. Don’t wait—get the help you need for your claim. Call today for a free consultation.

3 Phone Calls to Make After an Auto Accident

by Staff Blogger | November 7th, 2017

The aftermath of an auto accident can be a disorienting and difficult time. At Cofman Townsley, we know that accident victims are often overwhelmed with everything that just happened—especially if they’re injured—and they may not be sure which steps to take next.

Our St. Louis auto accident lawyers want all victims to know that you don’t have to go it alone after a car accident. Help is available for victims, and it’s just a phone call away. In fact, using your phone immediately after a crash is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your rights to compensation.

The three phone calls all auto accident victims should make right away include:

  1. 911. Always report the accident by calling 911, even if you think someone else may have already called. Stay on the line with the dispatcher and provide information like the location of the crash and the number of vehicles involved.
  2. Your insurance provider. All insurance companies require notification within a short time period after accidents. Call as soon as possible to avoid jeopardizing your chances of receiving compensation.
  3. An auto accident law firm. Getting compensation for an auto accident requires evidence, and evidence can quickly disappear after crashes. The sooner you contact an attorney, the more likely they’ll be able to find evidence to support your claim.

Let us take the stress of the accident off your shoulders while you focus on getting better. Call today for a free consultation.

3 Steps to Take if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

by Staff Blogger | October 3rd, 2017

Finding a nursing home for your loved one can be a difficult time of transition. But you may find solace knowing that they are in a place with 24/7 medical care and personal attention—especially if your loved one suffers from failing health or reduced independence.

Unfortunately, too many nursing homes throughout the country take advantage of families’ trust. They charge exorbitant monthly rates to house their loved ones, but they fail to uphold their end of the bargain by understaffing, cutting corners, and failing to properly maintain their facilities. If you suspect nursing home abuse at your loved one’s facility, you should take these 3 steps:

  1. Take note of what’s happening. If your loved one is communicative, ask them about conditions at the nursing home and the treatment they receive from nurses, doctors, and other staff members. Write down anything that seems suspicious or unsatisfactory.
  2. Discuss your concerns with a manager or supervisor. After getting as much information as possible from your loved one, bring up your concerns with a manager or supervisor at the facility. If the explanation you receive is unsatisfactory or your issue isn’t addressed, you may need to pursue further action.
  3. Call an experienced St. Louis nursing home abuse lawyer. Nursing home abuse and neglect cases are serious and can result in victims suffering poor health that can lead to life-threatening complications. Our experienced legal team wants to help your loved one get the care they deserve, even if it means being transferred to a new facility.

Finding out that a nursing home facility is actively abusing or neglecting your loved one is devastating, but you don’t have to deal with this situation alone. Cofman Townsley has years of experience building strong claims for nursing home abuse and neglect victims and their families, and it’s our goal to help other victims, too. Call today for a free consultation.

Was Your Truck Accident Caused by Industry Violations?

by Staff Blogger | September 5th, 2017

Even the biggest SUV or pickup truck is no match for a fully-loaded 80,000-pound tractor trailer. When ordinary passenger vehicles are involved in crashes with big rigs, the results are often devastating for the drivers and passengers. Even the semi truck drivers are at risk of suffering serious injuries.

In response to the inherent risks posed by such large vehicles, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) created a comprehensive set of guidelines for the industry that applies to drivers, companies, and owners.

While those regulations are designed to make trucks safer for drivers and other motorists, not everyone in the trucking industry follows them. In fact, they’re often violated to maximize profits.

Two common FMCSA violations that can contribute to accidents include:

  • Off-duty requirement violations – When truck drivers are tired or fatigued, they’re much less capable of driving safely. To comply with FMCSA regulations, truck drivers must limit their working hours and consecutive hours on duty. When they exceed those limits, they’re at risk of causing accidents due to impaired judgment, poor decision making, or even falling asleep behind the wheel.
  • Cargo loading violations – Most tractor trailers are limited to a maximum weight of 80,000 pounds. When their cargo causes them to go beyond that limit, they can become much more difficult to control, making drivers more likely to be involved in accidents. In addition, the FMCSA also has strict requirements for securing cargo to prevent objects from coming loose and falling onto the road.

After your truck accident, it’s important to get an experienced St. Louis truck accident attorney on your side. At Cofman Townsley, we’re able to investigate every aspect of the crash to determine if it was caused by negligence, and we’ll do everything we can to help you get compensation. Call today for a free consultation.

Don’t Wait to Get an Attorney after an Auto Accident

by Staff Blogger | August 8th, 2017

If you were just involved in a car accident, you have a lot of things on your mind. In addition to being in pain, you also may be wondering how you’re going to pay your medical bills, when you’re going to be able to go back to work, and whether you’re eligible to get compensation for your injuries.

Having an experienced St. Louis auto accident lawyer on your side can help you maximize your chances of getting the money you deserve, but the best results require acting quickly. If you wait too long, you can jeopardize your claim because of the following factors:

  • Evidence can disappear – Proving that you weren’t at fault for the accident is one of the most important aspects of your claim. Evidence that shows the other driver caused the crash, such as crash scene debris, skid marks, and security or traffic camera footage can disappear in the hours, days, or weeks after accidents.
  • The insurance company may doubt your injuries were caused by the crash – If your attorney files a claim for compensation on your behalf soon after the accident, your injuries will speak for themselves. But if you wait too long, some of your injuries may begin to heal and be less apparent. And the more time that passes, the less the insurance company and its adjusters will believe that the crash was responsible for your injuries.

In addition to those factors, it’s also important to consider that Missouri’s statute of limitations is five years after an auto accident involving an injury and three years after an accident that resulted in a fatality.

The St. Louis car accident lawyers at Cofman Townsley are ready to speak with you about your auto accident. Contact us today for a free consultation.