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How the Fundamentals of Baseball and Practicing Law Are Similar

Published on Mar 29, 2019 at 9:00 am in Fun Stuff.

Happy Opening Day 2019!  Every year I get excited about baseball — America’s pastime.  Whether it’s watching the boys of summer on TV or the sound of metal bats clinking balls at the little league fields, baseball is back and summer is near.

Anyone who has played backyard baseball as a child has envisioned him/herself standing at the plate in this scenario: Bottom of the ninth, tie game, two outs, full count.  The pitch is thrown and you swing — Crack! goes your bat as it hits the leather of the ball — “Going going gone!” You run around the bases pumping your fist as you hit the game-winning home run to the cheer of the crowd.

2019 Missouri Car Buying Guide

Published on Mar 28, 2019 at 10:37 am in Car Accidents.

Choosing your vehicle isn’t often a quick decision. You want to make sure the car is affordable, you’re comfortable when driving it, and you’re going to want to know how safe it is in preventing car accidents or how it performs in the event of an accident.

While events beyond your control can cause an accident, the vehicle you’re driving may help reduce the severity of the damages regardless of the causes of the wreck. Let’s take a look at safety features in cars that help prevent collisions as well as some of 2019’s top choices for Missouri car buyers.

Advancements in TBI Testing Prove Promising

Published on Mar 22, 2019 at 1:17 pm in Brain Injury.

One of the most difficult things to prove in any type of personal injury case is that my client has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), especially when the “expected” signs and symptoms are not apparent. When we think of traumatic brain injury, we conjure up images of someone not being able to talk, walk, or perform basic daily tasks.  While some people who suffer from traumatic brain injuries unfortunately experience these life-altering disabilities, many people who experience a TBI face less obvious, yet still very challenging effects.

In trying to show an insurance adjuster or a jury that my client has symptoms of TBI, I can point to references in medical records and I can rely upon testimony from family and friends who knew the person before and after the injury.  Oftentimes this testimony reveals that the person is more forgetful, is more anxious, is more angry, and gets easily frustrated.  We learn that the person used to act one way and now acts another, as if his whole personality is changed, many times for the worse.

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.”

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