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My Loved One Died in a Nursing Home

It has been months since we could visit parents and family members in nursing homes. And without families to hold the nursing home accountable, too many of our elders are being neglected If your loved one dies, can you be sure they received quality care? Will you receive all the facts? Or might the nursing home be hiding staffing or healthcare problems? Nursing homes provide around-the-clock care for our most

Birth Injuries

My Grandchild Died During Delivery…

Hopefully, you’ll never face this nightmare. But what would you do if the unthinkable happens and you believe the hospital or physician is at fault? For the sake of illustration, let’s say that an infant died during childbirth. Perhaps it was a difficult delivery. Perhaps it was an error or oversight. What rights do the grandparents have? Can they sue for medical malpractice? Who Can Claim Damages? Unfortunately, in most

Articles

Martucci and Johnson Featured In December Issue of Missouri Lawyers

Attorneys Patrick Martucci and Roger Alan Johnson won a settlement of $1 million for the family of a chef to celebrities and a U.S. president for his death after a post-operative emergency room visit. Read more in the article written by Missouri Lawyers Weekly below.

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Dangerous driving on St. Patrick\’s Day

On behalf of Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci posted in Wrongful Death on Monday, March 16, 2015. It was 1,554 years ago that the patron saint of Ireland died on March 17. Though he wasn\’t even Irish, St. Patrick lived on in the hearts and minds of Irish immigrants who came to the U.S. generations ago, bringing with them their festive celebrations. Today, however, St. Patrick\’s Day is known mainly as

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Young life cut short on Missouri jobsite

We read recently of a young man who was just 22 years old when his life came to an end without warning and without reason. He was at work as an apprentice ironworker — a new job he had only held for a few weeks — when he fell from a steel girder just nine inches wide. The fall of more than 30 feet killed him. According to a statement

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Wrongful death suit pits Missouri mother against utility company

Like a giant, aquatic dragon, the Lake of the Ozarks sprawls across central Missouri. The 90-mile lake is more than a tourist attraction; its Bagnell Dam northeast of Joplin generates electricity powering tens of thousands of homes and businesses in our state. Oral arguments before the Missouri Supreme Court are scheduled to soon begin in a wrongful death lawsuit pitting the utility company that operates the giant hydroelectric dam, and

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Honoring the memories of the loves of his life

The story in the Joplin Globe of a Pittsburg girl, her mother and her dad is enough to break your heart and at the same time reaffirm a belief in the goodness of most people. The girl was just 13 years old when she was killed with her mom in 2009 by a drunk driver in a car accident. The girl died at the scene of the crash; her mom

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What can families do when road safety efforts fail?

This past weekend, police officers could be spotted in Joplin and across Missouri trying to slow drivers down as people sped home from Labor Day getaways and celebrations. In much of the state, law enforcement efforts were successful in keeping drivers safe. Unfortunately, at least one Missouri family has to grapple with the aftermath of a roadway tragedy. Just across the border in Illinois, a Missouri woman was killed and

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Motorcycle, construction zone warnings go unheeded

Every year at this time, Missouri law enforcement officials warn motorists to slow down and obey traffic signs in construction zones. Drivers are also cautioned to pay attention to other vehicles on the roads, and to keep watch for motorcycles before turning or changing lanes. Those warnings appear to have gone unnoticed before a recent motorcycle accident north of Joplin. A Kansas City man, 34 years old, was killed this

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Joplin area fatal car accident

Four dead in three vehicles involved in two crashes not far from Joplin on one recent Saturday afternoon. The numbers can’t possibly convey the depth or breadth of the tragedies involved in those fatalities in those nearly simultaneous motor vehicle accidents. The crashes took place on Highway 43, just two miles north of Seneca. The first crash reportedly took place when a 19-year-old Springfield man driving a Nissan SUV veered

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