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Ways to Spot Nursing Home Neglect

BOLD Marketing - Saturday, September 17, 2016

Placing a loved one in someone else’s care is never an easy process, and finding a trusted environment for those we love requires research, budgeting and overcoming emotional obstacles.

 

All of these things make cases of nursing home neglect even more traumatic for both the seniors affected and their family members. According to the National Council on Aging, as many as 1 in 10 Americans age 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse, including nursing home neglect.

 

If you’re suspicious that your loved one may be suffering from neglect, a few signs to watch for include:

 

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  1. – Unusual bruising
  2. – Losing weight quickly or showing signs of malnutrition
  3. – Unprovoked fear
  4. – Lack of social interaction
  5. – Disruption in hobbies or interests
  6. – Abnormally lethargic behavior
  7. – Sores or bleeding spots

 

If your loved one has experienced neglect or abuse while in a nursing facility, those responsible should be held accountable. Consult with an attorney to learn more about your options. The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising.

Who’s Responsible if I’m Injured on Another’s Property?

BOLD Marketing - Friday, September 09, 2016

Reasonable warning is the key when it comes to the viability of a lawsuit involving personal injury on someone else’s property. Property owners – both commercial (think stores, public places) and residential (homeowners) have a responsibility to ensure individuals are protected from an unreasonable risk of injury while on their property.

 

That responsibility includes inspections to identify dangerous conditions and either repairing those conditions, barricading them or warning visitors about them. If a property owner is aware of a dangerous condition or if he or she could have known of about the existence of a dangerous situation through the exercise of ordinary care and the property owner fails to address the danger or adequately alert visitors (provide reasonable warning), then he or she may be liable for injuries suffered because of the dangerous condition.

 

If you or someone you know has been injured on someone else’s property, follow these steps to begin building your case:

 

 

1. Seek medical attention for the injured person immediately.

2. If you are able, take photos of the area as soon as possible or have a family member or friend stay behind to photograph the scene.

3. Write down or record yourself describing the events that led to the injury in as much detail as you can.

4. Take photos of any clothing and accessories the injured person was wearing.

5. Keep copies of health-related paperwork including hospital, emergency room or urgent care documents.

6. Keep a record of witnesses and their contact information.

7. NEVER sign paperwork related to the injury UNTIL after you have had a chance to speak with a lawyer.

 

 

The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising. 

 

​8 Reasons CBPW is right for your case

BOLD Marketing - Wednesday, June 03, 2015

 

 

1.We have over 101 years of combined legal experience.

 

2.Partner Michael Ponder has over 25 years’ experience and was awarded the Lon O. Hocker Award from the Missouri Bar.

 

3.$2.55 Million Settlement in Electrocution Case.

 

4.We’ve litigated cases from Kansas City to Cape Girardeau, from Phoenix to Philadelphia and Miami to Minneapolis.

 

5.Partner Kathleen A. Wolz holds 30 years’ experience with very impressive appearances at the state and federal court levels.

 

6.We’re at home in the Federal Courts, the Courts of Appeals and the State Court systems.

 

7.$4 Million Verdict in Industrial Explosion.

 

8.Partner Phillip Barkett has been admitted to the Missouri, Massachusetts and Indiana Bar, practicing for over 42 years.

 

Since its founding, Cook, Barkett, Ponder and Wolz has represented clients throughout Missouri on a wide variety of cases including personal injury, insurance litigation, long term disability insurance claims, medical neglect, mechanical product defects, business disputes, breach of contract claims and construction and job site injuries.

 

For more information and practice areas visit cbpw-law.com.

Injury - What are my rights?

BOLD Marketing - Thursday, May 28, 2015

If you are involved in an accident, what are your rights? Most people know they are eligible to hire a lawyer, but what are you really entitled to? Every case is unique, but we have narrowed down the top rights you may receive if someone else injures you:

 

  • 1.Past Medical Expenses. If you sustain medical expenses as a result of injuries due to someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to demand they pay your medical expenses. However, they are not required to pay those expenses until you settle your claim.
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  • 2.Future Medical Expenses. If you suffered a permanent injury as a result of someone else’s negligence and will require medical treatment in the future, you are entitled to demand that the person who injured you pay for that now, rather than in the future.
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  • 3.Past Lost Wages. If you missed work and were forced to use sick leave or vacation days or lost income as a result of someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to demand that the person who injured you reimburse you for the wages you lost.
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  • 4.Future Lost Wages. If you are unable to return to work as a result of the injuries you suffered, you are entitled to demand that the person who injured you compensate you for the wages you will lose in the future.
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  • 5.Incidental Out-Of-Pocket Expenses. If you incur out-of-pocket expenses such as hiring a babysitter, mowing your lawn or cleaning your house as a result of injuries you sustained from an accident, you are entitled to demand reimbursement.
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We want to be part of our clients’ reason for moving forward, overcoming adversity and taking back their lives. And we’re here to make sure they get everything they need in order to do that. For more information or for a free case evaluation visit CBPW-law.com. 

Comparative fault – seeking damages when you’re partly responsible for a wreck

BOLD Marketing - Monday, August 04, 2014

Missouri, along with 12 other states, recognizes what’s known as the Pure Comparative Fault Rule. 


This allows a damaged party to recover even if he/she is 99 percent at fault, although the recovery is reduced by the damaged party’s degree of fault.


An easy way to look at comparative fault is to imagine a car wreck, with one driver running a red light and a second driver speeding. Each driver contributed to the accident. In court, a jury or judge would determine how much fault each driver has in the crash.

If the person who ran the light is primarily responsible, he or she might be 65% at fault; the second driver would then shoulder 35% of the fault. Each party would then collect damages equal to their percent of fault. For example, if the first driver who ran the light had $55,000 in damages, he or she would collect 35%, or $19,250. If the second driver (speeding), also had $55,000 in damages, he or she would collect $35,750 (65%) from the first driver, who was held primarily responsible.

In contrast, Contributory Negligence – used in a handful of states – essentially holds that if you contribute to your own injury, you can't hold anyone else responsible for it. In that situation, neither driver would collect damages.

If you have been in an accident, and would like more information about your options, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re always happy to provide a free case evaluation.


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© 2017 Cook Barkett Ponder & Wolz. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized use prohibited.