Blog Posts in 2015

  • 30-Dec-2015

    Communication About Medical Errors & Malpractice Litigation P.1

    Communication is an essential ingredient when it comes to effective medical care and patient satisfaction. The reasons for this should make sense to those who have ever been involved in the medical system—which is all of us. On the front end, ...
  • 30-Dec-2015

    Communication & Medical Errors, P.2

    In our last post, we mentioned recent research from ProPublica showing that failure to communicate about medical errors is a common occurrence, despite the fact that better communication from providers and facilities can help reduce medical ...
  • 18-Dec-2015

    Who Is Responsible for Safe Transfer of Oversize Truck Loads? P.2

    We’ve been looking in our last couple posts at the issues of cargo securement and oversize load transportation. As we’ve pointed out, there are specific regulations in place at the state and federal levels to help ensure that truck ...
  • 11-Dec-2015

    The Issue of Cargo Securement in Trucking

    Truck accidents can occur for all sorts of reasons, and commercial vehicle drivers and their employers have a duty to see to it that they are not only abiding by all state and federal safety regulations, but engaging in business practices which ...
  • 11-Dec-2015

    Who Is Responsible for Safe Transfer of Oversize Truck Loads? P.1

    Last time, we looked a bit at some of the basic principles of cargo securement by which commercial vehicle drivers and their employers must abide. As we noted last time, special permits are required for oversize loads, and each state has different ...
  • 24-Nov-2015

    Non-Economic Damages in Malpractice Cases P.2

    In our previous post, we began speaking about non-economic damages in the context of medical malpractice litigation. Last time, we spoke about situations or reasons why noneconomic damages can be important in medical malpractice litigation: cases, ...
  • 17-Nov-2015

    Non-Economic Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases P.1

    In our last post, we mentioned a case which has been appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court involving the issue of whether a 2005 tort reform law bars non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases involving allegations of wrongful death. The case ...
  • 10-Nov-2015

    Appeal Involves Noneconomic Damages & Medical Malpractice

    Noneconomic damages can be a very important aspect of medical malpractice litigation, particularly in cases where economic damages are—for whatever reason—not adequate to justly compensate an injured patient. Unfortunately, some ...
  • 4-Nov-2015

    Proposal to Increase Trucking Weight Limit Struck Down

    When it comes to improving highway safety, no stone should be left unturned. One particularly important stone is trucking safety, and federal regulators, it seems, are continually working to work at improvements in this area. One of the more recent ...
  • 27-Oct-2015

    Causation an Important Issue in Medical Malpractice Litigation

    In our last post, we began speaking about a medical malpractice case in which the family of a man who died of cancer is suing a physician who failed to detect the presence of cancer. The family is claiming that the physician’s negligence ...
  • 21-Oct-2015

    The National Association Of Distinguished Counsel

    Our firm is proud to announce that Attorney Scott Vorhees has been selected to the Nation’s Top One Percent of 2015, a list of preeminent attorneys published by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. The NADC was founded to raise ...
  • 21-Oct-2015

    Roger Johnson Receives Thomas G. Strong Trial Attorney Award

    MATA's (Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys) Award Selection Committee has named Roger Johnson of Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci in Joplin as the 2015 recipient of the Thomas G. Strong Trial Attorney Award. He will be honored during ...
  • 21-Oct-2015

    Roger Johnson Receives "Lawyer of the Year" Award

    Roger Johnson of Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci was honored as the Best Lawyers® 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" for Personal Injury Litigation in the Springfield community. Only a single lawyer in each community can receive this honor for ...
  • 21-Oct-2015

    Malpractice Liability for Untimely Death of Terminal Patient?

    In any medical malpractice case, there are four general elements that must be proven. These are: duty; breach; causation; and harm. While public discussion of medical malpractice tends to focus a lot on the elements of duty and breach, causation is a ...
  • 16-Oct-2015

    Should Private Mail Delivery Be Exempt from Fatigue Prevention? P.2

    In our previous post, we began speaking about a request made by an organization representing private mail carriers for an exemption from the 14-hour limit rule. The rule is one of so-called “hours of service” rules under federal law which ...