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    • ‘Star Trek’ Actor Killed By Defective Jeep Grand Cherokee

      ‘Star Trek’ Actor Killed By Defective Jeep Grand Cherokee

      Actor Anton Yelchin – likely most known for his role as Chekov in the Star Trek franchise reboot – died tragically when his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backward and pinned him against a brick mailbox pillar and security fence […]

    • Like the Cavs, Our Clients Fight for Historic Comebacks

      Like the Cavs, Our Clients Fight for Historic Comebacks

      Despite the dejection of losing a pivotal, must-win Game 4 at home – leaving them staring at a 3-1 deficit no team in NBA history had ever overcome – somehow the Cleveland Cavaliers found a way to bounce back. Not once, not twice, but winning three games in a row to eventually crown themselves NBA champions. Resiliency in the context of my everyday job carries similar meaning.

    • Profits Over Safety: Automakers Still Selling Vehicles with Defective Takata Airbags

      Profits Over Safety: Automakers Still Selling Vehicles with Defective Takata Airbags

      At issue is Takata’s use of a compound called ammonium nitrate that acts like a propellant to create a small explosion that inflates the airbags in a crash. The chemical propellant is housed in a metal canister designed to contain the explosion. But, ammonium nitrate can deteriorate and become unstable over time or when it is exposed to moisture in high heat and humidity, causing the propellant to burn too fast; blow apart the metal canister; and send shrapnel into the necks and faces of vehicle occupants.

    • The Right to an Impartial Jury

      The Right to an Impartial Jury

        The right to jury trial is preserved by the 7th Amendment to the United States Constitution.  Here, in Missouri, the right to a jury trial is to “remain inviolate” (Art. 1, sec. 22(a)]. Our jury trial system is based […]

    • Proposed Federal Law Could Put an End to Forced Arbitration by Nursing Homes

      Proposed Federal Law Could Put an End to Forced Arbitration by Nursing Homes

      A proposed federal regulation would require a nursing home to make sure a resident or family member acknowledges that he or she understands the arbitration agreement before signing it.

    • Driver Fatigue Issues and Regulation Changes in the Trucking Industry

      Driver Fatigue Issues and Regulation Changes in the Trucking Industry

      Significant amendments to the hours-of-service regulations for truckers took effect in 2013, designed to improve safety of the motoring public by reducing truck driver fatigue. It was estimated these regulations would save 19 lives and prevent approximately 1,400 crashes and […]

    • Inadequate Staffing Often to Blame for Nursing Home Abuse Cases

      Inadequate Staffing Often to Blame for Nursing Home Abuse Cases

      To avoid having your loved one in a center that is understaffed, be sure to conduct a thorough review of potential nursing homes.

    • Should a Victim Be Forced to Bailout the Defendant Who Hurt Her

      Should a Victim Be Forced to Bailout the Defendant Who Hurt Her

      I see injured people every day in my job.  I have clients who have experienced all manner of tragedy – from sprains and bruises to broken bones, paralysis, burns, and death.  And despite their injuries – and their innocence – […]

    • Resources to Evaluate the Right Nursing Home for You and Your Loved One

      Resources to Evaluate the Right Nursing Home for You and Your Loved One

      As our older adult population grows, so too does our responsibility to ensure their safety and well-being in nursing homes and other settings where long-term care is provided.

    • The Judicial Hellholes Report

      The Judicial Hellholes Report

      It’s back.  ATRA’s annual Judicial Hellholes® report.  The report itself is unsurprising – it’s virtually the same every year.  What is surprising is that (again) – unfortunately – there are media accounts treating the report as “news” as opposed to […]