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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.

5 Laws You Need to Know if You’re Injured Abroad

BOLD Marketing - Thursday, April 28, 2016

Injuries can happen anywhere, at home, at work, and even while traveling. Experiencing an injury can be difficult, especially in another country, and knowing your rights can help improve your compensation.

 

Automobile Collisions in Another Country

Anytime you rent a car, be sure you are covered by your personal insurance, or purchase rental insurance through the rental agency. Suing another driver for damages depends on the law in the country where the incident occurred.

 

Receiving Medical Care Abroad

We understand that emergency surgery cannot be avoided whether you are stateside or abroad. Just as personal injury claims differ in other countries, bringing a malpractice suit may vary in other countries as well. Before bringing a claim, speak with an attorney to become more knowledge of the laws in the country where you received medical care and if your case if viable within the country’s legal system.

 

Suing for a Personal Injury Sustained Abroad

Legal systems vary from country to country, however, in most foreign countries if you sustain an injury statutes and legal protections may be in place for you to be compensated for your injuries.

 

Injured on a Business Trip Abroad

Worker’s compensation claims solely rely on the injury occurring due to a work-related task. If you experienced an injury while traveling abroad for work purposes, and were performing a work function, you may have a claim for worker’s compensation.

 

 

If you have been injured at the fault of someone else, always consult with an attorney to learn more about your options. For questions contact Cook, Barkett, Ponder & Wolz for a free case consultation, 1 (877) 337-6651.

 

 

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

 

4 Factors That Impact The Value of Your Case

BOLD Marketing - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Every personal injury claim is unique, but there are common factors that affect the viability of your case. Knowing what those are can help you improve your chances of fair compensation.

 

FAULT

If the negligent party is clearly 100% at fault for your injury, this increases your case value. If your own actions contributed to some degree, you are less likely to receive full compensation. However, just because you may be partially at fault, does NOT mean you aren’t eligible to recover some damages. Missouri recognizes what’s known as the Pure Comparative Fault Rule, allowing 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.

 

MEDICAL EXPENSES AND RECORDS

If your medical costs and treatment are well documented and are proportionate to your injuries, this will likely improve your claim. However, if your treatment was of short duration and had no objective confirmation of injuries, that may have a negative effect. If you’ve been injured and another party is responsible, it’s important to seek appropriate medical treatment, and secure related records of that treatment. A detailed narrative report from your physician is more effective than a standard, fill-in-the-blank medical form.

 

 

THE EXTENT OF YOUR INJURIES

An objectively verifiable injury (like a broken bone), or a permanent injury (loss of limb) help substantiate a personal injury claim, versus subjective injuries such as whiplash or pain and suffering that may not be verified with diagnostic tests.

 

LOSS OF INCOME

If your lost wages are well documented and easily verifiable, this will help support a personal injury claim. On the other hand, loss of income that cannot be confirmed may hamper your case.

If you’ve been injured and someone else is at fault, always consult an attorney to learn about your options. To take advantage of a free case evaluation from Cook, Barkett, Ponder & Wolz, call 1 (877) 337-6651.

 

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

The Importance of Open Communication

BOLD Marketing - Thursday, February 25, 2016

Nearly everyone is familiar with the legal concept of attorney-client privilege. It protects certain communications between a client and his or her attorney and prevents the attorney from being compelled to testify to those communications in court.

 

That open communication is critical to the success of any case. But when selecting an attorney to represent you, it's important to realize communication should go both ways. Keeping our clients informed each step of the way, and educating them about the legal process, is among our highest priorities at Cook, Barkett, Ponder & Wolz.

 

When selecting an attorney, ask how often and in what ways he or she typically communicates with clients. Note whether the attorney seems open to answering your questions, and how well he or she explains what you should expect throughout the process.

 

A few other tips to help you choose the right attorney for your case:

– Ask if the attorney provides a free consultation. If there is a charge for an initial interview, how much does it cost? How long is the initial interview or consultation?

– Has the attorney handled similar cases? What percentage of his or her cases are similar to yours? When was the last time he/she handled a similar case?

– How long has the attorney been in practice? Where is the attorney licensed to practice?

– What type of information should you bring to a meeting with the attorney?

– What type of caseload does the attorney currently have?

 

To learn more about working with our team at Cook, Barkett, Ponder & Wolz, contact us today.

Missouri car wreck statistics

BOLD Marketing - Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Missouri’s beautiful landscapes, rivers and tourist attractions bring in much traffic in and around Southeast Missouri. Many commercial and passenger vehicles regularly use our highways, along with our locals and visitors, to travel through the state. Car wrecks can still occur even when drivers are being cautious and obeying all traffic and speed laws.

 

Cook, Barkett, Ponder & Wolz is dedicated to finding justice for victims suffering catastrophic injuries due to car wrecks. According to the latest statistics published by the Missouri Department of Transportation, in 2013:

- 2,286 car wrecks occurred

- 377 people died from car wrecks

- 1,909 people were severely injured by a car wreck

 

The three main causes of car wrecks are distracted driving, speeding and drunk driving. Distracted driving continues to be the No.1 leading cause of car wrecks in America. Examples include talking on the phone, eating, reading, fixing make-up or talking to passengers. Speeding contributes to about 1/3 of all car wrecks.

 

It’s not worth it to send that text that can wait, drive under the influence or speed to get somewhere just a few minutes sooner. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car wreck, please call us at 1-877-377-6651 for a free case evaluation today. We care about our clients, and keeping our community safe. That’s the reason we get up every day and do what we do. We don’t sue unless we have to, and we only take cases we believe in.

 

 

Job site injuries: When to contact an attorney

BOLD Marketing - Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Many companies have specific programs aimed at avoiding work-related injuries. Safe work practices and efforts to avoid injuries are important for employers and employees alike. However, once an injury happens, it’s not in your best interest to avoid reporting the incident.

 

When an injury is not reported, an employer can deny medical treatment and benefits for missed time from work. Reporting an injury properly will prevent many potential problems that could affect your claim for compensation.

 

Reporting the injury properly and quickly will protect you against an employer who might claim that you were injured outside the workplace. You should report an injury as soon as possible. If possible, report the injury in writing or in the presence of a reliable witness. Using an accident report form provided by your employer is best.

 

If you experienced a work-related injury, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. With over 100 years of trial experience and a dedication to honesty and integrity, Cook, Barkett, Ponder & Wolz has represented working families with sound legal advice and guidance when they need a lawyer most. If you have experienced a job site injury and aren’t sure if you need an attorney, please call us at 1-877-377-6651 for a free case evaluation today.

5 Steps to Take After a Car Wreck

Callie Miller - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A car wreck can be a traumatic experience for anyone. Even if damages are minor and both parties are uninjured, you may find yourself panicking about what to do next. 


Here’s a list of important steps to take following any crash, no matter how severe:

 

Step 1.) Stay calm. This is the most important thing you can do in this type of situation. Assess the situation to determine the extent of damage.


Step 2.) Be safe. Make sure that you and any passenger(s) are unharmed. After a car wreck, always protect the scene and avoid causing additional collisions by moving your car to the side of the road if possible. At night, use flares or reflectors to alert oncoming traffic.


Step 3.) Contact emergency responders right away. If there are injuries, request an ambulance.


Step 4.) Each driver must contact his or her insurance company regardless of who is at fault. The sooner the insurance company knows, the sooner they can start resolving the claim.


Step 5.) Never give an oral statement to the other driver’s insurance company without speaking to an attorney first. If you are contacted, politely decline to talk.

 

We care about our clients. It’s that simple. That’s the reason we get up every day and do what we do. If you are in need of legal assistance please call 573-335-6651.

​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. 

Defense vs. Prosecuting Attorney Differences

BOLD Marketing - Monday, May 04, 2015

What is the difference between a defense and prosecuting attorney? 

Check out this awesome infographic describing each!

 

 

 

 

 

Defense vs. Prosecution

 

 

We care about our clients, and keeping our community safe. 

That’s the reason we get up every day and do what we do. 

We don’t sue unless we have to, and we only take cases we believe in. 

If you are needing legal assistance please call 573.335.6651 or visit cbpw-law.com.


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