Blog Posts in 2014

  • 31-Dec-2014

    Tonight's the Night: Please Be Careful Driving

    It’s likely to be the biggest party of the year in Joplin tonight. Revelers will see 2014 out the door and usher in a brand new year at midnight. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most dangerous nights of the year to be out driving, as ...
  • 22-Dec-2014

    Medical Malpractice 'Super Losses' On the Rise

    Sometimes when people see a headline about a medical malpractice case in which the victim of a doctor’s negligence receives substantial compensation, they think it’s like the victim won the lottery. The problem with this line of thinking ...
  • 18-Dec-2014

    Distracted Driving: An End-of-Year Review

    As the end of 2014 draws near, we look back at another year that has gone by without significant advancement in the effort to reduce the dangers distracted drivers pose on Joplin streets and Missouri highways. Motor vehicle accidents caused by ...
  • 11-Dec-2014

    Congress May Suspend Trucking Rest Regulations

    Right now, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are busy debating a funding bill that must be passed by midnight in order to avoid a possible government shutdown. While the primary sticking points appear to cover such widely varying issues as immigration and ...
  • 4-Dec-2014

    Perry Mason Moment Near End of Medical Malpractice Case

    For those of a certain age, Perry Mason was a riveting TV attorney character who brilliantly represented clients at trial, often prevailing as the result of a last-second revelation or confession by a key witness. An attorney who represented a client ...
  • 3-Dec-2014

    Blast of Winter Returns to Joplin

    Last winter in Joplin was foot-numbing, face-freezing, finger-cracking cold and this year’s blast of icy weather is likely to be no better. Fortunately, we can prepare for what is ahead. AAA has a number of winter driving tips that can help ...
  • 20-Nov-2014

    Being Fully Alert to the Dangers Posed by Drowsy Truckers

    “You know what? I dozed off. Man, I just dozed off." That is reportedly what a trucker recently told a witness to a truck accident that resulted in two deaths and multiple injuries. The drowsy trucker slammed his enormous tractor-trailer ...
  • 13-Nov-2014

    Head Injuries Change as Children Grow

    As Joplin parents know, growing children are always in search of better ways to move. They start out crawling, but are soon walking, then running and eventually driving. Each method is riskier than the one that preceded it in the child’s ...
  • 6-Nov-2014

    Study: Medical Malpractice Laws Don't Reduce Health Care Costs

    It has long been claimed in Joplin and across the nation that our healthcare costs are soaring because doctors are forced to order expensive tests that patients don’t need. Doctors claim that they order the unneeded tests – often referred ...
  • 30-Oct-2014

    Holidays Prompt Spikes in Young Adult Drinking & Driving

    Holidays can be special days for fun and relaxation, as well as festivities that honor and celebrate important events and people. Each one brings its own unique joys, traditions and meanings not only to Joplin, but across Missouri and the U.S. ...
  • 22-Oct-2014

    Honoring the Memories of the Loves of His Life

    The story in the Joplin Globe of a Pittsburg girl, her mother and her dad is enough to break your heart and at the same time reaffirm a belief in the goodness of most people. The girl was just 13 years old when she was killed with her mom in 2009 by ...
  • 14-Oct-2014

    Distracted Drivers a "Leading Cause of All Traffic Crashes"

    The words from a Missouri Highway Patrol sergeant hit hard: "Distraction is the leading cause of all traffic crashes in the state of Missouri," he told a Joplin news outlet. Hopefully, his words will also serve to awaken people to the ...
  • 8-Oct-2014

    Woman to Receive $25.3 Million in Medical Malpractice Case

    Sometimes a headline like the one above this blog post is misunderstood. People can see the dollar amount and think that the person has received a windfall, like winning the lottery. Of course, the reality is far different. The 53-year-old woman in ...
  • 8-Oct-2014

    Medical Malpractice Is 3rd Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

    The statement is a shock to our national pride, but according to studies, it's true: medical negligence and preventable error is the third leading cause of death in the United States. It trails only cancer and heart disease. According to a study ...
  • 30-Sep-2014

    Distracted Driving by the Numbers

    Just one injury. Just one death. Everyone should understand that even a single distracted driving injury or one distracted driving fatality is one too many. Yet we still see distracted drivers every day all across Joplin and Jasper County. Distracted ...