St. Louis Storms – Our Neighbors Need Help!

On April 26, 2011, in Personal Injury, Slip and Fall, by K. Lindsay Rakers

I am sure that we are all thinking about our neighbors in need after the Good Friday tornadoes devastated the Highway 70/270 corridor, Berkeley, Ferguson, Maryland Heights and Bridgeton. Our Lambert airport was severely damaged as well. I am so grateful that no serious injuries were reported. I am even more proud that my St. Louis Community has stepped up to the plate to help our neighbors in need. If you were a victim of this storm, either suffering personal … Continue Reading >

Unmarried Partners, Gay Couples and Co-Habitants Do Not Share the Same Rights as a Spouse in Missouri

On April 25, 2011, in Insurance, Personal Injury, by K. Lindsay Rakers

In Missouri, when a married person is seriously injured their spouse may have a claim for loss of consortium (con-sor-she-um) for the spouse’s permanent inability or temporary inability during his rehabilitation to provide household services, companionship, care, affection and loss of marital sexual relations. However, an unmarried cohabitants and gay partners are not afforded the same rights in Missouri.
In a few other U.S. states, the laws are evolving to hold that an unmarried cohabitant may state a cause of … Continue Reading >

Local St. Louis Injury Attorney Supports Gay Community

On April 20, 2011, in Personal Injury, by K. Lindsay Rakers

I am personally a member of the St. Louis, Missouri gay lesbian community. I know first-hand that it can be difficult for Illinois and Missouri couples with children to feel welcomed at family events in St. Louis. I know I personally worry about what my daughters’ classmates will say about their parents. I worry that our lifestyle, although not controllable, will affect my children later in life. But for now, I can only focus on what keeps them healthy and … Continue Reading >

St. Louis Injury Lawyer Discusses Bard IVC Filter

On April 19, 2011, in Personal Injury, Product Liability, by K. Lindsay Rakers

Recently, the U.S. FDA issued a safety alert warning consumers of the risks associated with longterm use of IVC (interior vena cava (IVC) filters. Individuals with IVC filters are usually those who suffer from DVT (deep vein thrombosis), trauma victims, pulmonary embolism, those with a history of blood clots in legs, or others who have issues with mobility. Bard Peripheral Vascular has manufactured an IVF filter with an extremely high failure rate. Specifically, the “Recovery Filter” has a 25% failure … Continue Reading >

Birth Defects Linked to Use of Topamax

On April 11, 2011, in Drugs, Personal Injury, by K. Lindsay Rakers

According to a recent report from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), current data reveals that the drug Topamax (topiramate) has been linked to an increased risk of cleft palate/lip and spina bifida in children born to women taking the drug. The birth defect spina bifida is a condition where the baby’s spinal cord is not completely closed. The birth defect cleft lip and palate or “oral cleft” is a birth defect where the baby’s top lip or palate does … Continue Reading >

Highway Dedication Does Little to Honor Officer

On April 10, 2011, in Auto Accident, Personal Injury, by K. Lindsay Rakers

In December 2009, a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper was killed when he was struck by an out of control vehicle while working in Eureka, Missouri. An honored officer, the trooper was a gay man and had been with his male partner for 15 years. This tragic story was made even worse by the fact that the State of Missouri refused to provide the fallen officer’s life partner with any benefits. In fact, the state issued a public statement that the … Continue Reading >

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