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Joplin Personal Injury Law Blog

Inside truck accident numbers

If truck accidents involving 18-wheelers and cars were boxing matches, the referee would stop the proceedings before the opening bell. It just wouldn't be a fair fight. The average passenger car weighs about 3,200 pounds, while big rigs can tip the scales at 80,000 pounds.

When a 40-ton truck hits a car weighing two tons or less, the outcome is predictable. As we have seen in the Joplin area, those people inside the smaller vehicle are much more likely to sustain serious injuries or even to be killed than those inside the commercial behemoth.

Cephus Richard III Has Been Nominated and Accepted as a 2015 AIOPIA'S 10 Best in Arkansas For Client Satisfaction

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Arkansas' Personal Injury Attorney Cephus Richard III as 2015 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction. 

Dangerous driving on St. Patrick's Day

It was 1,554 years ago that the patron saint of Ireland died on March 17. Though he wasn't even Irish, St. Patrick lived on in the hearts and minds of Irish immigrants who came to the U.S. generations ago, bringing with them their festive celebrations. Today, however, St. Patrick's Day is known mainly as a drinking day; a day of partying and excess, especially among young adults.

Unfortunately, it is also a day marred by memories of drunk driving car accidents that cause injuries and fatalities.

Attorney admitted to American college of trial lawyers

Roger Johnson has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.

The induction ceremony at which Roger Johnson became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of approximately 585 persons during the recent 2015 Spring Annual Meeting of the College in Key Biscayne, Florida.

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.

Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,860 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows.

Bipartisan deal will hurt Missouri medical malpractice victims

A few days ago, the Missouri Senate gave its initial approval to a compromise bill that would reinstate caps on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice claims. Malpractice award limits were overturned three years ago by our state's highest court.

Now, however, it appears that Republican and Democrat lawmakers might have forged a bipartisan deal that would establish a new cap system. This latest political deal would put in place a multitiered system that would still limit the rights of injured patients, critics say.

Things to know about medical malpractice

Medical malpractice is one of the most difficult areas of law. Not only are the medical issues extremely complex, but so are the legal issues.

You might remember this attention-grabbing line from Forbes a couple of years ago: "According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.—right behind heart disease and cancer." An attorney who represents medical malpractice victims discussed in the Forbes article trends and facts in this important part of our legal system.

Police say drunken Joplin man caused accident, injuries

A 22-year-old Joplin man is facing charges that he drove drunk, caused a motor vehicle accident that injured two people, and also endangered a child. The man allegedly drove his pick-up through the stop sign and flashing red light at the intersection of Highways 43 and 60.

His truck crashed into a Ford SUV headed east. A woman from Aurora and man from Neosho were injured, according to the Joplin Globe.

Young life cut short on Missouri jobsite

We read recently of a young man who was just 22 years old when his life came to an end without warning and without reason. He was at work as an apprentice ironworker -- a new job he had only held for a few weeks -- when he fell from a steel girder just nine inches wide. The fall of more than 30 feet killed him.

According to a statement from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the young worker and his "dreams of marriage, children and exploring the great outdoors" died together on that jobsite about 150 miles north of Joplin. OSHA cited his employer for safety violations that contributed to the worker's needless death.

Family settles medical malpractice claim over boy's birth injury

He was born nearly three and a half years ago. Instead of anticipating the day their son begins kindergarten, his parents are planning for his lifetime of required care.

At his birth, he suffered a "catastrophic brain injury" due to medical malpractice, according to the lawsuit the family filed far from us in Joplin. Media reports indicate the family recently settled their claims against a Honolulu military hospital for $9 million.

Unintended consequences of medical malpractice caps?

It wasn't that long ago that we here in Missouri had a cap on compensation for damages in medical malpractice cases. You undoubtedly recall that our state's Supreme Court struck down the cap in 2012.

Unfortunately, there have since then been multiple attempts to reinstate the caps that benefited big insurance corporations at the expense of patients who had suffered harm at the hands of negligent doctors.