By now, most people have heard about the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair last Saturday just prior to to the band Sugarland’s performance. The tradegy has left five concert-goers dead and dozens injured. But who is at fault? Most likely, the event staff will be held at least partially at fault as they likely assisted in the stage set up. In most states, there is a complete defense for situations like this where an “act of God” caused … Continue Reading >
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 >
Thankfully, the weather has started to turn mild (we St. Louisans know this can change on a dime!). It’s so refreshing to get outdoors, but if we don’t take the time to inspect our property, vehicles, bicycles and recreational equipment, we may inadvertently expose ourselves to hazards that have occurred during the winter.
Have your tires inspected for the correct air pressure. Not only will you save gas, but you can safeguard yourself from expensive tire damage and blowouts that … Continue Reading >
Most midwesterners grew alarmed with this week’s weather reports because they were worried about travel safety. Indeed, with icy and snow covered roads, traffic and travel can become very complicated and weather related auto accidents and slip and falls can occur. I personally witnessed several disabled cars along I-44 west during the recent ice storm.
As a fall on property attorney, I know that icy and snowy conditions can lead to bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, semi crashes, and … Continue Reading >
NewsChannel 5 investigators are reporting a horribly sad story. A man working at Kerry Sweet Ingredients at 8021 New Hampshire got stuck between two forklifts around 11:00 am this morning. The man was rushed to St. John’s Mercy Medical Center but did not survive his injuries. The company, Kerry Sweet Ingredients, is obviously in shock. My thoughts go out to his family, friends, and the co-workers who are all left wondering how this could have happened.
OSHA is investigating this … Continue Reading >
I previously wrote about the various duties imposed upon Missouri and Illinois property owners in circumstances of snow and ice. Reporters from the St. Louis Post Dispatch read my blog and requested an interview. The article can be found by clicking on the below link.
This past weekend produced some horrific storms in our St. Louis Metro area. Several tornados were spotted and some Missouri cities were actually damaged by these dangerous tornados. Sunset Hills, Missouri, just a few miles … Continue Reading >
St. Louis, Missouri and other midwestern regions are expected to receive snow and ice this evening. Although the weather reports do not call for much by way of accumulation, oftentimes, it is the small amounts of snow and ice that can cause problems. Black ice is a thin sheet of ice that is extremely difficult to see. It is termed “black” because when it appears on black pavement, the ice is nearly invisible – or black. Black ice is dangerous … Continue Reading >
A 2007 New Year’s Eve party turned deadly when a 26 year-old male fell from a porch to his death. The male, a financial trader, was at a friend’s house in Lakeview, Illinois when he slipped and fell head first through the property’s deck. Just minutes prior, the male was sitting on the porch steps of a third floor deck on the back of a building at 3180 N. Clark Street. When he stood up to walk over to a … Continue Reading >