November 2010 Archives

November 30, 2010

Lewis County Fatality

Sheyenna Sigler, 18, of Lewistown, MO was transported by Air Evac to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois for serious injury from a one vehicle accident where she died the next morning. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop B, the accident took place at 7:50PM on November 28th, on Route H, 1 mile North of Lewistown. Mont Corbin, 18, of Labelle, MO was driving a 1997 Ford, Sigler the occupant, when he failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned.
The scent was investigated by Trooper Harrison and assisted by Lewis County Sheriff's Office, Knox County EMS, Lewis County EMS and Fire and Rescue.

November 26, 2010

Why Isn't Patient Safety Improving?

A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that patients were commonly harmed in a group of 10 North Carolina hospitals. In the five years the study ran, from 2002 to 2007, the number of incidents never decreased. The most common problems were infections aquired while in the hospital, and drug and procedure complications. Many of the incidents evaluated during the study were preventable, such as severe bleeding in an operation, trouble breathing after a procedure was performed incorrectly, and obstetric delivery devices causing unnecessary tissue damage to women during labor.

To read more about rising concerns over patient safety, visit the New York Times article, "Study Finds No Progress in Safety at Hospitals."

November 24, 2010

More Drop-Side Cribs Recalled For Entrapment and Suffocation Hazard

Bassettbaby has recalled approximately 90,000 cribs with drop-sides citing safety hazards that include suffocation, entrapment and falling out of the crib. For more information about this recall, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission press release here.

November 24, 2010

TGFW Firm Anniversaries

SidneyWheelan.jpgThis quarter, TGFW celebrates the long-term service of two members of our team. Sidney Eckman Wheelan is a partner and has been with the firm for 20 years. Sidney joined the firm in 1990 as a paralegal. She later decided to attend law school, graduating from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1999 when she became an associate attorney at TGFW. Last summer, Sidney became a partner in the firm. Sidney has successfully handled many claims for personal injuries, insurance bad faith, wrongful death, workers' compensation, and social security disability. She is a member of many organizations, including the Missouri Association for Trial Attorneys and the American Association for Justice. She is also active in many organizations in Monroe and Randolph Counties.

Another employee, Judy Cummings, was recognized for her long-term commitment to the firm. Judy has been with TGFW for 15 years, serving as our bookkeeper and information technologist since August 1995.

November 23, 2010

Pulaski County Accident Injures Two

Stevie Burk, 52, of Nixa, MO and Bobby Burk, 73, of Springfield, MO were both trasported to Phelps County Regional Medical Center by Pulaski County Ambulace District for treatment of injuries that were sustained in an accident on I- 44, 5 miles east of St. Robert at 10:55PM on November 9th. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occured as Daniel Shafer, 44, of Coloma, MI was operating a 2007 International Eagle when he began to slide and struck the rear of the 2000 Ford F- 450 driven by Stevie Burk. Burk's vehicle then traveled off the right side of the roadway and down an embankment. Shafer's vehicle came to rest in the roadway when it became disabled. The crash was investigated by Trooper Chase Stallcup.

November 18, 2010

Henry County Crash Leaves Three Injured

Eric McClaflin, 27, of Waynesville, MO and Janel McClaflin, 25, of Windsor, MO were both transported by Windsor EMS to Golden Valley Hospital for treatment to moderate injuries that were incurred in an accident that occured on November 12 at 2:05PM on MO 2 just west of NE 1031 road. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop A, the accident occured as Hilda Ficken, 86, of Leeton, MO was eastbound in a 1998 Dodge, and attempted to make a left turn and pulled into the path of the 2004 Toyota driven by Janel McClaflin.

Ficken was also transported by Windsor EMS to Golden Valley Hospital for treatment to moderate injuries. The accident was investigated by Corporal Toal and was assisted by the Henry County Deputies.

November 16, 2010

Two Injured in Randolph County Accident

Matthew McCabe, 18, of Quincy, IL was transported by Randolph County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia, MO on November 5th.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop B, the accident occured around 12:45PM on US 63 at Clark, MO when Mike Pate, 71, of Columbia, MO was driving a 2008 Chevrolet and failed to yeild to a 1998 Pontiac driven by McCabe.

Pate was airlifted by Staff for Life to University Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
The accident was investigated by Corporal Mattingly. He was assisted by Sergeant Riley, the Randolph County Sheriff's Department and the Randolph County Rural Fire Department.

There are many things that you can do to help avoid an accident, such as staying focused on the road ahead of you and other drivers around you, and watching for approaching emergency vehicles. To learn about things you can do to be a safe driver, visit this article identifying five ways you can help yourself.

November 12, 2010

Dangerous Caffeinated Alocholic Drinks Are Growing in Popularity

Mixing caffeinated beverages and alcohol together is not a new idea. Drinking soda with rum or whiskey has long been a favorite of many. In more recent years, with the introduction of highly caffeinated canned energy drinks and new trend has begun that is more dangerous than most people realize.

It is now very popular to mix a cocktail containing both alcohol and a canned energy drink. Especially popular with young adults who can be prone to drinking excessively, these high energy cocktails can be extremely dangerous. The human body has a response that is designed to naturally prevent you from consuming deadly amounts of alcohol--sleepiness. The more you drink the more tired and relaxed you become. High energy cocktails trick your body into ignoring this natural response. The caffeine keeps you energized, all while you're consuming more and more alcohol and you never realize how intoxicated you've become.

The New York Times recently did a news piece reporting on various colleges and communities around the country where complaints of alcohol poisoning and even death have been reported after use of these types of drinks.

There is an even greater danger presented by some newer products on the market where malt liquor and high energy drinks are being sold in the same can. "Four Loko" is just one of the name brands of these dangerous beverages. Senator Charles Schumer of New York is calling for a ban on the sale of caffeinated alcoholic drinks after reports of a 17 year old girl died after drinking Four Loko. For more on that news story, visit the Wall Street Journal report here.

November 11, 2010

Continuing Legal Education

Our firm understands that staying up to date on changing laws and current legal issues is important so we can better represent our clients. Our attorneys regularly attend conferences and seminars designed to keep them informed on the most important issues. This July, TGFW partners Rex Gump and Sidney Eckman Wheelan attended a five day educational conference presented by the American Association of Justice in Vancouver, B.C. The conference allowed accomplished trial lawyers and experts from around the U.S. and Canada to meet and discuss the latest developments in trial advocacy. The attorneys attended specialized educational courses in such areas as interstate trucking litigation, insurance bad faith, defective products, traumatic brain injuries, and more. The courses presented by the AAJ provide exceptional opportunities to increase our knowledge base in our specialized areas of practice.

Cassie J. Carpenter, an associate at TGFW, attended the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys Convention at Lake of the Ozarks in June. The convention allows attorneys from across the state to exchange ideas, learn about recent changes in the law and new legal technology. Ms. Carpenter attended sessions on litigation strategies, deposition tactics and presenting evidence.

November 5, 2010

John Deere Zero Turn Mowers Recalled

Last week, John Deere announced that it is recalling approximately 6,500 EZtrak Zero Turn lawnmowers sold between February 2009 and September 2010. A bolt on the foot lift can catch and cause the steering level to become stuck in the forward position, potentially causing injury. For more information, visit the news story by United Press.

November 3, 2010

Chris Faiella Named to Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

chris.pngThe Million Dollar Advocates Forum announced that TGFW partner Chris Faiella has been certified as a life member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards, and settlements. The organization was founded in 1993 and there are approximately 3,000 members located throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. Forum membership acknowledges excellence in advocacy, and provides members with a national network of experienced colleagues for professional referral and information exchange in major cases. Members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum must have acted as principal counsel in at least one case in which their client has received a verdict, award or settlement in the amount of one million dollars or more.

Chris is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law and specializes in personal injury and insurance matters including tractor-trailer crashes, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation.

November 1, 2010

Exercise Your Right to Vote Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the time to give weight to your opinion by casting your vote. In addition to candidates seeking election for a variety of offices, there are also many important measures on the ballot tomorrow. The Missouri Secretary of State's Office has a website dedicated to voter information. If you have any questions about what forms of identification are acceptable, or if you don't konw where to go to vote, visit this website for more information.