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Missouri State Trooper Killed While Working Minor Accident On Highway Near St. Louis

A Missouri state trooper was tragically killed after being struck by a sport utility vehicle while assisting with a minor car accident on December 25, 2009. The incident occurred on interstate 44 southwest of St. Louis.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the trooper as 49-year-old Patrolman Dennis Engelhard, a 10-year veteran from Wildwood.

Reports indicate that Engelhard was struck by a sport utility vehicle near Eureka.

Apparently, Engelhard had been working a minor accident and was hit while walking back to his patrol car to retrieve something.

Icy weather conditions led to dozens of accidents in eastern Missouri over the holidays. The incident appears to have been weather-related.

Drivers have a duty to decrease speed due to weather regardless of the speed limit. Families of victims of accidents such as this accident have rights when other drivers are negligent. If you or a family member have been injured in an auto accident, please do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at WWF&G for a Free Consultation at 1-800-WWFGLAW, or visit our website at www.glissonlaw.com.

St. Louis Teens Injured After Rollover Accident

Three teens remain in the hospital today after their vehicle rolled last Friday afternoon near Weidman and Clayton Road. The three passengers were ejected from the vehicle when the 16-year-old driver lost control over an icy patch and veered off the road, causing the SUV to flip. When police arrived on the scene, the driver appeared to have been the only passenger wearing a seatbelt and was found in the vehicle.

At this point, investigators do not believe that cell phones are involved in the crash. The teens are reported to be in stable condition and no criminal charges have been made against the driver.

Ice and weather condtions have been the cause of numerous accidents this year. Drivers have a duty to decrease speed and exercise care regardless of the speed limit to accommodate weather condtions.

Victims of an accident, even passengers in a single vehicle accident, have the right to make claims for injuries. Drivers have a duty to decrease speed due to weather regardless of the speed limit. If you or a family member have been injured in an auto accident, please do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at WWF&G for a Free Consultation at 1-800-WWFGLAW, or visit our website at www.glissonlaw.com.

St. Louis Nursing Home Closed; County Officials Find Horrific Conditions

Whispering Oaks Nursing Home, a residential care facility in Wildwood, Missouri, was shut down Monday night after county officials found the site in appalling conditions. Late Sunday night, county fire officials were alerted that the well water stores supplying the nursing home had frozen. According to a press release from County Executive Charles A. Dooley, by the time public officials arrived on Monday, they found “no running water, overflowing toilets, human waste on the floor and a fire risk caused by an inoperable sprinkler system.”

It is estimated that 40-50 patients are currently in care at the facility. The state health department will be assisting in efforts to relocate patients to nearby nursing homes.

Whispering Oaks has a history of violations with the state that range from failures to meet safe drinking water standards to reports of staff abuse by patients. The National Center on Elder Abuse suggests that only 1 in 14 incidents of neglect come to the attention of authorities.

If you suspect that a loved one has been neglected at a nursing home, please call us for a Free Consultation at 618-426-1077. Someone needs to stand up for your loved one and, at WWF&G, we have valuable experience in nursing home neglect cases.

St. Louis Missouri Car Accident Results Fatality, Injury

Late Sunday night, a man’s truck clipped the back of a minivan, causing the truck to spin out of control and crash into a concrete pillar near the intersection of Interstate 270 and Missouri 370. The driver, 43-year-old St. Ann resident Mark Maessen, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the mini van, Shokouh Pritchett, 42, sustained minor injuries and was taken to DePaul Medical Center for treatment. Police would not verify whether or not Maessen was wearing a seatbelt, but confirmed that Pritchett was.

Authorities are continuing investigations and no charges have been filed. According to MoDOT, there were 19,132 accidents on Missouri interstates in 2008 and over 25,000 rear-end collisions.

The law firm of WWF&G handles personal injury claims resulting from driver negligence. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, please contact our firm at 1-800-WWFGLAW or 618-462-1077 for a Free Consultation.

Body Found Behind North County Bar In St. Louis

Early Thursday morning, Ameren UE workers discovered a woman’s body in the parking lot of a North Saint Louis bar. The woman has been identified as Stephanie Caroll, 42, a resident of the area. The workers discovered the body around 8:45 a.m. and immediately called the police.

The parking lot is located at 4960 Parker Road, next to a an establishment called Meyer’s Country Cottage and Irish Pub. Investigators said there was no obvious cause of death but police are classifying it as a suspicious incident. An autopsy is currently being performed to determine the cause of death and piece together the night’s incidents.

If someone you know has been the victim of a suspicious or wrongful death, please do not hesitate to contact WWF&G for a free consultation at 1-800-WWFGLAW.

St. Louis Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

Eastbound 270 was temporarily shut down after a man crashed his motorcycle near Bellefontaine road. The driver, Andrea M. Wyatt, 41, ran into the back of an eastbound vehicle while attempting to change lanes.

Allegedly, Wyatt was operating the motorcycle at high speeds when the crash occurred. After hitting the vehicle, Wyatt veered into a guardrail, where he was thrown from the bike. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle left the scene uninjured.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), in 2008 there were 1,506 motorcycle accidents in Missouri. Of these crashes, 66 resulted in fatalities. The driver of a motorcycle has a duty to exercise ordinary care, or to act as a reasonably prudent motorcycle driver under the circumstances to prevent injury to themselves or the other drivers on the road.

The law firm of WWF&G has represented numerous victims of motorcycle accidents. Injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents are often serious, and our firm provides aggressive representation for those victims of accidents and their families.

St. Louis Missouri Driver Sued for Wrongful Death After Auto Accident

phone used in wreckless driving in St. Louis where Missouri Driver Sued for Wrongful Death After Auto AccidentA St. Louis County resident from Ballwin, Missouri stands accused of killing a pedestrian due to reckless driving. A wrongful death lawsuit was filed at St. Louis County Circuit Court to remedy the suffering caused by the fatal driving accident.

The defendant hit and killed a man walking across Manchester Road in Ellisville, Missouri. The pedestrian was from a Chicago, Illinois suburb. According to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch court brief, the driver was using her cellphone, which prevented her from taking proper safety precautions and observing all the rules of the road. In addition, the plaintiffs have accused the defendant of driving too quickly to stop in time. The incident occurred in December of 2009.

The Missouri Department of Transportation reports that 37 pedestrians were fatally injured in 2009. 113 fatalities on Missouri roads were caused by inattention, and exceeding the speed limit caused an additional 75 deaths.

The attorneys from the law offices of WWF&G handle wrongful death and auto accident cases on a regular basis. One of our successful pedestrian death cases resulted in a $1 million award for our client in a disputed claim.

WWF&G offers free consultations and will not charge you fees unless you receive a recovery. Our firm has the resources and trial network to give you and your family confidence during a difficult time.

Wine Glass from Lawsuit from St. Louis Police Officer Settle Drunk Driving Suit

St. Louis Tavern and Off-Duty Police Officer Settle Drunk Driving Suit

Wine Glass from Lawsuit from St. Louis Police Officer Settle Drunk Driving SuitO’Leary’s Bar and Restaurant in St. Louis and a Sunset Hills police officer have settled a drunk driving, dramshop and wrongful death case out of court.

A car accident caused by the suspended police officer killed the other car’s four passengers instantly and seriously injured the driver. The accident, which occurred in March of 2009, came at the tail end of a night of binge drinking at O’Leary’s Bar.

According to a report on the KMOV St. Louis website, a receipt recovered from the offender’s purse revealed that she had drunk five Cosmopolitans, and the hospital’s breathalyzer test showed the off-duty officer’s blood alcohol content to be nearly three times the legal limit.

The settlement total came to a sum in excess of $2.2 million, which maxed out the amount the officer’s and tavern’s insurance policies would pay. The criminal case against the officer, who plead guilty, will determine how many years of prison time she will receive. The sentence is scheduled to come in spring of 2011.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 32 people die every day in the United States from auto accidents related to drunk driving.

The attorneys at William, Webster, Falb & Glisson are equipped to effectively handle civil cases concerning drunk driving car accidents and violations of dramshop laws, as well as wrongful death cases. If you are the victim of drunk driving or would like to represent a deceased loved one, we recommend seeking legal help as soon as possible. Please contact us without delay for a free consultation.

footbal from lawsuit where NFL Player Wins Medical Insurance Settlement

NFL Player Wins Medical Insurance Settlement

footbal from lawsuit where NFL Player Wins Medical Insurance SettlementA former football player for the St. Louis Rams and current offensive lineman for the New Orleans Saints, reached a settlement with his health insurance company.

On Feb. 11, 2009, the plaintiff underwent surgery for a hernia that had been bothering him. He had become injured preparing for the National Football League combine. The annual NFL event tests potential athletes on their skills before league scouts and team management.

Despite paying for health insurance, the insurance provider refused to pay for the $40,000 in medical bills as a result of curing the hernia. They claimed that the surgery was an experimental procedure. The plaintiff disagreed and said the surgery was necessary and put his career back on track.

With the help of attorney Michael P. Glisson of the law firm of WWF&G in Alton, Illinois, the plaintiff was able to settle the insurance dispute and have his medical bills paid.

Insurance companies frequently claim treatment is experimental after the fact and deny payment. This leaves insureds in a stressful situation with the high cost of medical treatment.

In this case, the law firm of Williamson, Webster, Falb & Glisson handled an insurance dispute for a professional athlete. You don’t have to be a professional athlete to need the legal services of Thomas Falb or Michael Glisson. We take pride in providing excellent counsel for everyday people from the Greater St. Louis Area on both sides of the Mississippi River — Illinois and Missouri. Our personal injury attorneys have decades of experience prosecuting lawsuits against insurance companies to the fullest extent.

Please contact us today for a free consultation. You will not owe us a penny unless we make a recovery on your behalf.

sawmill from St. Louis Area Man Files Suit Against Employer After Losing Four Fingers

St. Louis Area Man Files Suit Against Employer After Losing Four Fingers

sawmill from St. Louis Area Man Files Suit Against Employer After Losing Four FingersA St. Louis area man who lost four fingers in a chop saw accident work has filed a personal injury and product liability suit against his employer and the product manufacturer.

The man, who had worked as a wood pallet delivery man, was using a chop saw to cut boards used to build wooden pallets. Due to negligent maintenance, the piece that was cut would occasionally become stuck on a roller beneath the blade. This circumstance required the employee to manually flick the wood into a box below.

The incident occurred when he flicked the wood, and the blade came out of its hood, catching his glove, and pulling his hand into the 22 inch blade. According to industry experts which WWF&G attorney Michael P. Glisson consulted for this case, the loss of his finger may have been prevented by providing more training for the employee, not requiring him to wear a glove, not using faulty machinery or fixing the chop blade’s setup.

Due to the small number of employees hired by the pallet-making company, the case is not eligible for a workers’ compensation claim. Trial is scheduled for summer 2011 in St. Charles County.

According to a study published by the U.S. Library of Medicine, circular saw hand injuries are usually more serious than other hand injuries and often take more time to treat. In addition, those injured by saws are more likely to receive disability pension than people with other hand injuries.

The law office of Williamson, Webster, Falb & Glisson specializes in careful and thorough investigations of personal injury and product liability cases. As evidenced by this case, there are remedies to be found when injured on the job even when you are not eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. Employers who carelessly fail to provide employees with sufficient safety training or to create a safe working environment are liable for damages.

If you or a loved one have been injured due to unsafe working conditions, we are here to help. Please contact us at your nearest convenience for a free consultation. We will be able to assess your individual situation and determine if you have a case.