Auto Accidents – Rear End Collision Liability

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When a car following another car strikes the back of the car in front, the collision is usually referred to as a rear-end collision.  In almost all cases the driver who drove into the back of the car in front of it is liable for the damage and injuries caused.  Usually, the negligent driver is… Read more »

Wrongful Death Survival Claims

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Both Kansas and Missouri allow “survival” claims in wrongful death lawsuits.  A survival claim is a personal injury claim for the decedent’s period of survival from the original injury until their death.  Both states require that the injured person be conscious during the survival period.  The claim is for the pain and suffering, mental anguish,… Read more »

Auto Accidents – Current and Long Term Costs

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It is common that persons injured in an auto collision do not give much thought to the financial costs of their injury.  Even with health insurance, there are co-pays and deductibles for: emergency room evaluations; doctors visits, hospital stays; surgeries; prescriptions; rehabilitation and physical therapy; travel expenses; and home modifications.  There are problems with lost… Read more »

Auto Collisions and Delayed Symptoms of Injury

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When you have been in an auto collision, it is normal that adrenaline will kick in and produce endorphins that limit the amount of pain you are experiencing.  This is the body’s way of managing stress.  Injured plaintiffs often tell the investigating police officer at the scene that they are fine and don’t need medical… Read more »

Auto-Truck Collisions – Driver Fatigue

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Truck driver fatigue is a problem for cars on our roads and highways.  Truck drivers rush to meet their delivery deadlines and they work overtime.  Often, they forgo sleep to accomplish their job.  Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations have rules designed to insure that truck drivers get enough rest to avoid fatigue.  Unfortunately, many driver ignore… Read more »

Auto Accidents – Importance of Medical Records

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The claimant’s medical records are the single most important evidence of damages in a personal injury claim.  They contain diagnoses of the patient, the treatment rendered, and what the prognosis (future) will be.  These records will form the basis for a claims adjuster or the jury placing a value on your injury.  For this reason… Read more »

Increase in Tractor-Trailer Collisions

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There are more than two million tractor-trailers on the road in the United States.  These are trucks that weigh up to 80,000 pounds and present serious dangers to the motorists on the highway.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently reported that there were 3,964 fatalities in tractor-trailer collisions in 2013.  More information about the… Read more »

Medical Malpractice – Pregnancy Induced Hypertension

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Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH) is a condition that arises in one of fourteen women who become pregnancy.  PIH is also commonly referred to a preeclampsia or toxemia of pregnancy.  The symptoms of PIH are high blood pressure, sudden or rapid weight gain, protein in the urine, and swelling of the hands, feet, or face.  During… Read more »