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Joplin Personal Injury Law Blog

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.

What€'s the safest month for driving?

As everyone in Joplin knows, our weather can be brutal and it can be beautiful. Snow can fly in spring and rain can fall in winter.

So which month is the safest for driving? Many might assume the safest month would be in summer when there'€™s no ice or snow to make roads treacherous. But according to a recent insurance company report, the month with the fewest claims is December. The month with the most auto insurance claims is May (due to spring hail; something we in Jasper County understand full well).

Most important winter driving tip for truckers: slow down

Just an hour northwest of Joplin, you can find the town of Parsons, Kansas. It was recently the scene of a truck accident that began when the driver of an 18-wheeler lost control of his vehicle, which jackknifed and crossed the road’s centerline, slamming into an oncoming pickup truck head-on.

The 88-year-old driver of the pickup was killed; a photo of the accident showed the front half of his vehicle crushed. A spokesperson for the Highway Patrol said wet road conditions were a factor in the crash.

Wrongful death suit pits Missouri mother against utility company

Like a giant, aquatic dragon, the Lake of the Ozarks sprawls across central Missouri. The 90-mile lake is more than a tourist attraction; its Bagnell Dam northeast of Joplin generates electricity powering tens of thousands of homes and businesses in our state.

Oral arguments before the Missouri Supreme Court are scheduled to soon begin in a wrongful death lawsuit pitting the utility company that operates the giant hydroelectric dam, and the mother of two children who drowned after being severely shocked by electricity from a dock on the 90-mile lake.  

Profits ahead of people

That’s where insurance company priorities lie. They are in the business of putting profits ahead of people. This is never more obvious than when a person is in a Jasper County car accident and sustains a traumatic brain injury that can require surgery, long-term treatment and rehabilitative therapies.

That is precisely when an insurance company will try to wriggle out of its responsibility: when a seriously injured person needs medical coverage the most. 

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 intoxicated people get behind the wheels of autos and cause car accidents that leave people with serious injuries

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 is that it overlooks the fact that victims of medical malpractice have been injured by a doctor. That means that the higher the compensation they received, the more extensive the damage they suffered.

Medical malpractice insurers have yet another way of looking at these cases. When compensation to the victim totals $5 million or more, the cases are called by insurers “super losses,” says an insurance industry publication. According to a report by one insurer, these “super losses” are on the rise.