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United States Senate Hears Testimony About Nursing Home Abuse

Published on Mar 13, 2019 at 2:15 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

United States Senators recently heard horrific tales about abuse and sexual assault in nursing homes across the country.  According to CNN, The “US Senate Committee on Finance held a hearing to discuss reports of abuse and neglect in some nursing homes nationwide.”  What caught lawmakers’ attention and scorn was that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services had given a specific facility the highest possible ranking even though there were previous reports of abuse.

When pressed on what CMS was doing to protect nursing home residents, a representative from CMS stated, “[w]e do have expectations for nursing facilities for having the appropriate staffing for their patient population, and we survey for that on a regular basis.”  According to the article, Senator Bob Menendez responded, “I think there’s a gulf between the expectations and the reality in several of these instances and we look forward to working with you to bridge the gulf.”

The Recent History of Neglect/Abuse at Columbia’s Parkside Manor

Published on Mar 12, 2019 at 1:48 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

Having a discussion with a loved one about moving into a nursing home or an assisted living facility can be difficult.  Some people are more than willing to see the move as a new adventure, where they will encounter new friends and start a new phase of their life.  Some, though, tie living independently to their dignity and self-worth.  These conversations are challenging because we want to respect the person’s dignity and independence, while also balancing those considerations against the risks of our loved one living alone. 

These challenges grow when we hear news about abuse at an assisted living facility.  When a loved one moves into or is placed in a nursing home, the facility makes a promise to you and your loved one that it will provide care and protection for your loved one.  Unfortunately, these promises are too often broken.

Complications that Arise from Soft Tissue Injuries: Part 1 – Strains

Published on Mar 7, 2019 at 10:45 am in Car Accidents.

Soft-tissue injuries are injuries that occur to muscles, tendons, tissues, and ligaments, as compared to injuries like fractures and breaks, which involve breaking or fracturing a bone.   According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (“AAOS”), soft-tissues injuries fall into two different categories:  acute and overuse injuries.  For personal injury cases, people usually suffer “acute” injuries in car wrecks, falls, or other traumas.  Overuse injuries are uncommon in personal injury cases, but we do see them regularly in workers’ compensation cases where an individual has developed carpal tunnel due to repeated work activities.

In a number of personal injury cases involving car accidents or slip and falls, clients will have some diagnosis of a soft-tissue injury.  Many insurance company adjusters will downplay a soft-tissue injury as being less serious than a fracture, break, or other trauma that can be seen on an x-ray.  However, soft-tissues injuries can be serious and are painful, regardless of the degree of severity.  There are a number of soft-tissues injuries that can develop as a result of a personal injury.  The basic types of soft-tissue injuries are strains and sprains. This week, we’ll go over strains.

What to Expect Physically After a Car Wreck

Published on Feb 28, 2019 at 10:09 am in Car Accidents.

No one wants to think about what would happen in the event of an automobile accident, however, thousands of individuals are tasked with dealing with the consequences of being in an accident every single day. While there are psychological and financial consequences to manage, the most immediate one to handle after a wreck is the physical injuries – as these present the most danger to a person’s life and wellbeing.

When people think about the injuries related to being in a car accident, the most common ones that come to mind are broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and head trauma. Fortunately, not all wrecks result in catastrophic injuries. While injuries are likely to occur, many are easily recovered from. But no matter how you feel after an accident, the most important thing to do is to seek medical attention.

What’s a Reasonable Settlement for My Case?

Published on Feb 21, 2019 at 11:40 am in Personal Injury.

One of the most common questions any personal injury attorney receives from a client is whether the insurance company is offering a reasonable settlement for the case.  Since every case is different, there’s unfortunately no “one size fits all” calculation to determine whether your settlement offer is reasonable or not.  However, there are some common sense rules to look at when considering whether you have received a fair and reasonable settlement offer.

When you receive your settlement offer, consider your or your attorney’s answers to the following questions:

How Does Petitioning the Court for Your Driver’s License Work?

Published on Jan 31, 2019 at 9:24 am in Car Accidents.

If you’ve received notice a of driver’s license suspension, you’re not alone. Many people lose their driving privileges for both minor and major offenses. At the Law Office of Mike Campbell, we understand people make mistakes, which is why we’re dedicated to working with clients who are looking to have their driving privileges restored.

If your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked for a period of five or ten years, you have the right to petition the court to reinstate it. Depending on your circumstances, there are different ways to go about this.

Breaking Down Common Misunderstandings About Lawsuits

Published on Jan 10, 2019 at 9:56 am in Personal Injury.

We’ve all heard the term “lawsuit.”  Some people believe that our society is “sue happy”, or that we’re too “litigious”, which means that there are too many lawsuits on file with the courts.  Some of this belief comes from people’s mistaken understanding about what lawsuits are and why they are filed.  In order to break down those misunderstandings, we must define a few terms.
First, let’s explore what a lawsuit is.

According to Black’s Law Dictionary, a lawsuit is defined as follows:

“LAWSUIT. A vernacular term for a suit, action, or cause instituted or depending between two private persons in the courts of law. A suit at law or in equity; an action or proceeding in a civil court; a process in law instituted by one party to compel another to do him justice. Shepherd v. Standard Motor Co., 263 Ky. 329, 92 S.W.2d 337.”

5 Ways to Improve Automobile Safety in Missouri

Published on Dec 27, 2018 at 9:03 am in Car Accidents.

It’s an unfortunate fact that many of us will be in at least one car accident sometime during our lives. Car accidents can be traumatic experiences, and it’s important to understand that a majority of the collisions can be avoided.

Most car accidents result from negligent actions from one or more drivers. Distracted and impaired driving are at the top of the list for reasons why these events happen. Just in 2014, 47,977 individuals were injured in Missouri car accidents and 766 people died.

In order to prevent the wrongful loss of future lives, there are steps we can all take to improve automobile safety in Missouri. The University of Missouri promotes a Drive Safe, Drive Smart campaign to encourage drivers of all ages to stay alert and follow the laws when behind the wheel. Let’s take a look at the five easiest ways to improve road safety for ourselves and others.

1) Wear Your Seatbelt

When a vehicle is involved in a collision, the driver and any passengers inside are still traveling at the vehicle’s original speed at the moment of impact. If someone is not wearing their seatbelt, they risk the potential of slamming into the steering wheel, windshield, or other passengers. While some people may think seatbelts are uncomfortable or unnecessary, they save lives.

Personal Injury Compensation Part 2: Non-Economic or Intangible Damages

Published on Dec 13, 2018 at 3:57 pm in Personal Injury.

In Missouri, individuals injured through the negligence or recklessness of others in a personal injury case have the ability to seek compensation for both “tangible damages” and “intangible damages.”  We have provided two posts to explain the difference between both types of damages. For more on “tangible damages” or “economic damages” please see our post about these types of damages.  “Noneconomic” or “intangible damages” are those things that you cannot show through a medical bill or other objective evidence. 

As the Missouri Supreme Court said, they “do not lend themselves to precise calculation,”  and include recovery for things “such as past and future pain, suffering, effect on lifestyle, embarrassment, humiliation, and economic loss.”  Alcorn v. Union Pacific Railroad Co.,  50 S.W.3d 226 (Mo. Banc. 2001).

How Do Police Handle Hit-and-Run Investigations?

Published on Nov 28, 2018 at 9:25 am in Car Accidents.

It’s understandable to be confused and angry if you’re the victim in a hit-and-run accident. Car accidents by nature are traumatic experiences; however, if the guilty party decides to vanish and further neglect their responsibilities, it can make the experience much worse.

According to AAA, there are over 700,000 hit-and-run auto collisions every year. As a result, thousands of individuals are injured or lose their lives. In the event of a hit-and-run accident, as a victim, you may be wondering what your next steps are. While the process is a little different than it is when a typical accident has occurred, there is a process in place that will allow you the opportunity to hopefully find the guilty party.

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