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What Should You Do if You Get Into an Automobile Accident?

You are driving to work, listening to the morning show on your favorite radio station, thinking about what is ahead of you in the workday. Suddenly, the cars in front of you come screeching to a halt. You slam on your brakes, barely avoiding crashing into the back of the car that has stopped in front of you. Unfortunately, the car behind you was not so quick and BANG, they rear end you. What should you do now? First steps after an auto accident First, make sure everyone is okay. Second, assess whether your car can be moved. Third, get the authorities involved. Fourth, exchange...

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What Will the Courts Look Like As We Begin to Reopen?

St. Louis City and St. Louis County have both announced plans to ease restrictions on their stay at home order beginning on May 18. Some non-essential businesses will begin to reopen, while others are choosing to remain closed. But what about the courts?   What Has the Court Ordered? On May 4, the Court ordered a new Operational Directive for “Easing Covid-19 Restrictions on In-Person Proceedings,” which supersedes their order from April 17. Currently, all courts will remain mostly closed to the public except for essential matters. However, on May 16, the Courts will begin opening in phases, beginning at Operating Phase Zero. Phase...

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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Missouri?

When another person causes you injury, you have the right to hold them liable for your financial losses and pain and suffering by filing a personal injury claim. However, when such injuries are fatal, the deceased victim can no longer bring a legal claim. For this reason, the law allows certain people dealing with the loss to file a wrongful death.   Even though you feel the loss of a close loved one does not mean you have the right to file a claim and recover damages. Each state has different laws regarding wrongful death claims, including who qualifies to file, and...

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What Happens if You’re Injured While Riding in a Lyft or Uber?

It is highly convenient to be able to summon a ride in minutes from your phone. When you do so, you expect to arrive safely to your destination - and not arrive at the emergency room with injuries instead. However, Uber and Lyft drivers can be involved in accidents like anyone else, and passengers can sustain serious injuries as a result....

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The Lifelong Costs of a Spinal Cord Injury

While any serious injury can cause unwanted complications, the fact is that some injuries can be more devastating than others. Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) belong to this latter category, as they often have the potential to leave victims with lifelong complications that can have a profound impact on their quality of life and ability to engage in the activities that they once enjoyed. ...

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Who Can Be Held Liable for Accidents Caused By Ridesharing Drivers?

Uber and Lyft provide a convenient form of transportation for many St. Louisans. However, these drivers are not professionals, and they do not have any special training or licenses. This means that many people suffer injuries when their rideshare driver causes a crash. Rideshare drivers can also collide with other vehicles, and you can sustain injuries if you are driving your own car and get hit by an Uber or Lyft. Because the driver is technically working when the crash occurred, who can you hold liable for your medical bills and other losses? The answer depends on the circumstances, and you...

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