Bar Fights and Your Rights

We all go into bars and clubs expecting to have a good time.  We expect that the bar staff and bouncers are trained to keep us safe and to watch out for any signs of trouble.  Unfortunately, many staff members and even bouncers are not trained to properly handle bar fights that happen.  Even worse, some bouncers actually end up hurting members of the general public when they try to break up fights or make things worse when restraining people they think are fighting.  Sometimes these bouncers believe they have a free pass in their job and are able to use any force necessary to restrain people.

Know this: If you are assaulted by another patron in a bar, if a staff member assaults you, or if you are assaulted by a bouncer at a bar, you have rights.

DWI Arrests Down in Missouri Thanks to Uber

Drunk driving leads to 28 deaths each day in the United States. It’s taken more than 10,000 lives per year. With a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .02, you’re already losing judgment and feel more relaxed than usual. As the BAC gets higher, you steadily lose more control. But whether or not your BAC is .02 or .15, you’re not in any condition to drive. Unfortunately, people might still think they’re in good condition to drive, so they do and run the risk of injuring or killing themselves or others on the road.

How do we stop drunk driving? We don’t have the answer to that yet, but some actions help reduce drunk driving. In Springfield, Missouri, Uber might be helping bring those numbers down.

The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Fun in Columbia, MO – 2017 Edition

The holidays are a busy time of year with gift-giving, decorating, and spending time with family and friends. There are so many ways to celebrate this time of year, and you might not know everything that your city does during the holidays.

Columbia, Missouri has many holiday events, local shops to get gifts, delicious bars and restaurants, and close Christmas tree farms that will fill your holiday season with festive cheer. Want to know the best places to get your holiday game on? Read on! It’s our 2017 ultimate guide to holiday fun in Columbia, MO!

If there’s anything you feel we’re missing, do us a favor and drop us a line! We’ll be sure to add it in.

Compensation for Emotional Trauma After a Missouri Car Wreck

Car accidents cause many kinds of trauma. You might expect to deal with physical injuries, like bruises or soreness, but you could sustain other kinds of injuries.

Emotional trauma affects your mind. When you’re suffering from emotional trauma, everyday activities might seem more difficult, your temperament could be different, and you might not connect these behaviors to the car accident.

What Limits Are in Place for Suing After an Assault/Crime?

One of the first things our firm looks at when investigating a case is whether you or a loved one is limited in bringing a lawsuit for personal injuries.  If you or a loved one are the victim of an assault or some other criminal activity and are seeking compensation for your injuries, then you should know that one of the most important things affecting your ability to bring a case is the statute of limitations. A statute of limitation is a law which limits the amount of time for you to bring a case against a person who injured you or a loved one through reckless, negligent, or intentional action.

In Missouri, a criminal act which caused you or a loved one harm would likely be considered an “intentional act”. Under Missouri law, there is a much shorter time period to bring a case involving harm caused by the intentional acts of another person.  As a victim of an intentional act, like an assault or some other crime, you are required bring a case against the person causing the injuries within two years.

What to Do After Being Assaulted in a Missouri Parking Lot

When you go to a bar, restaurant, grocery store, or any other establishment you expect that you will be safe coming and going from your vehicle.  However, even with security cameras, violent crimes occur in areas where there is inadequate or no security and opportunity for criminals to attack.  Many injuries occur during muggings, assaults, robberies, and other violent acts on parking lots.  These injuries may include, but are not limited to, broken bones, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, eye injuries, injuries on the neck, face, and other exposed areas.  

Unfortunately, the lasting affects of these assaults may lead to PTSD or other mental trauma that requires counseling.  As a result of these injuries, medical bills and anxiety pile up while the victim goes on and tries to live his/her life. Oftentimes the assailant flees and is never caught.  Or, even if the criminal is caught, he/she doesn’t have the financial means to cover the victim’s medical bills. The question then becomes whether the parking lot owner should have done more to protect people on the premises.

How to Help Your Teen Drive Safer

Every U.S. state has different laws regarding the process young drivers must go through before they can obtain a full driver’s license. These laws are part of statewide Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) programs that aim to help teen and novice drivers become fully educated about safe driving procedures, practices, and laws before they are on their own behind the wheel.

In Missouri, young drivers may get a learner permit at 15 and they must have it for a minimum of 6 months. 40 supervised driving hours (10 nighttime) are required during this learner stage.

An intermediate stage follows which teens must be 16 years old or older to progress through. Drivers at this stage may drive solo but are restricted from driving from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. and may not have more than 1 passenger under 19 for the first 6 months.

Steps You Should Take as a Victim of Crime on Private or Public Property

A recent news story highlighted a rise in crime on the University of Missouri campus.  Although this story was limited to the University of Missouri’s campus, we all know crime can happen when we least expect it.  With this recent news, it’s worthwhile to consider what someone should do if they are a victim of a crime. 

If you are the victim of an assault, mugging, robbery, or other violent or non-violent crime on a parking lot, at a bar, on a campus, on the sidewalk, or in any other private or public area, there are immediate steps you should take to ensure your safety:

Missouri Nursing Home Resident Rights

If you have a loved one in a nursing home or long-term care facility in Missouri, you should be aware that all nursing home residents have legal rights. If you or your loved one ever have a reason to believe that these rights are being violated in any way, you can take legal action against the institution or individual responsible for that violation.

When you visit your loved one, keep an eye out for how your loved one is being treated, if they are being properly cared for, and if their rights are being attended to. This is the best way to watch out for potential red flags of a possible situation where abuse or neglect might occur.

Missouri Lawyers Weekly Honors Mike Campbell as an “Up & Coming” Lawyer

Attorney Mike Campbell was named to the Missouri Lawyers Weekly “Up & Coming 2016″ Class and was honored at a ceremony in October, 2016.   Each “Up and Coming” nominee must be nominated by his/her peers and then must be selected by the staff of Missouri Lawyers Weekly for inclusion into the “Up & Coming” Class.  In 2016, there were 58 Missouri attorneys selected.  According to Missouri Lawyers Weekly, they selected their honorees “based on their demonstration of excellence and their potential to make a difference in the legal profession and their communities.”

Below is an excerpt for attorney Mike Campbell’s inclusion in the publications’ Up & Coming section, which was published shortly before the ceremony:

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