3 Ways to Get Pulled Over When Not Speeding or Running a Light/Stop Sign.

Speeding, careless driving, or running a red light are obvious reasons to get pulled over, but getting stopped for any of the following violations may surprise you:

1. Expired Tags

In Missouri, driving with an expired tag is a serious traffic offense. If your tag is expired, you will be issued a traffic ticket with a monetary fine. Don’t get pulled over for an expired tag, look at the expiration date on your license plate. If you have already been issued a ticket, call our St. Louis Traffic Ticket Lawyer to get it taken care of.

2. Driving With a Suspended License

While there is no good reason you should knowingly be driving on a suspended license, your license may sometimes be suspended without your knowledge. This is particularly common if you recently moved and failed to change the address on your license, as any suspension notice will be sent to your old address, or if you have an outstanding traffic ticket that you are unaware of.

Fortunately, it’s easy to avoid getting pulled over for Driving While License Suspended. If you recently moved, update your address, and if you want to check for outstanding traffic tickets, call our traffic ticket lawyer in St. Louis for a free consultation.

3. Improper or Unsafe Equipment

Driving a vehicle without functioning break lights or turn signals is not only dangerous, but an easy way to get pulled over. However, the most common “equipment” related reason to get stopped in Missouri, are for illegal tints.

Avoid getting pulled over by checking your car! Are all lights working? Are the side mirrors attached (no duct tape please)? Any cracked windows? As for those tints, take your car to a local window tinting shop to make sure they are in compliance with Missouri tint laws.

Hopefully you won’t get pulled over for any of the above reasons, but if you still do, contact our St. Louis traffic lawyer. Our traffic ticket lawyer handles all traffic tickets issued in Missouri.

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What What To Do If You Have Warrants From St. Louis Traffic Tickets?

If you have traffic warrants in St. Louis that are still outstanding, it is in your best interest to have them taken care of immediately. An experienced St. Louis traffic warrant attorney can help you with this.

If there is an active traffic warrant in St. Louis, you are wanted by the law. This means that if you are pulled over for another St. Louis traffic ticket, you may be placed under arrest.

An experienced traffic warrant lawyer in St. Louis can take over your case, request an appearance in front of the judge to get the warrant recalled, and make sure you do not get arrested.

In addition, your St. Louis traffic ticket lawyer can begin to work on getting the underlying traffic violation reduced to a non-moving violation. A non-moving violation does not come with any points that would normally go on your permanent driving record.

At The Gogel Law Firm our goal is to make sure you do not have to worry about any courtroom appearances, or having to deal with any outstanding traffic warrants in St. Louis.

Contact us today to learn more about our services.

How a Legal Malpractice Attorney Can Help Obtain Compensation for a Lawyer’s Negligence.

Attorneys, like other professionals, are trained and certified to meet certain expectations of competency and skill. If your lawyer makes a serious error amounting to malpractice and the result is a flawed or lost case, or the loss of money, a business, or real estate, you have the right to seek damages for your attorney’s poor performance. Assuming your attorney did not intend to do something harmful to you, you may be able to receive compensation with the help of a St. Louis Legal Malpractice Attorney.

The Gogel Law Firm’s Legal Malpractice Lawyer in St. Louis has seen far too many examples of trained, licensed and certified lawyers who fail to meet the accepted performance standards laid down by the State Bar and other governing bodies. All lawyers, including the St. Louis Legal Malpractice Lawyer at The Gogel Law Firm, have an obligation to act with honesty, integrity, fairness and good faith on behalf of their clients. Legal malpractice results when an attorney fails to act with appropriate skill or diligence in the performance of their duties, resulting in legal harm to their clients.

It is important to note that simply losing a case does not necessarily constitute legal malpractice. You must be able to prove negligence or willful disregard for accepted standards of practice in order to collect damages. Examples of this could include:

  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Settlement without a client’s knowledge or authority
  • Undervalued settlement in order to receive contingency fees
  • Failure to observe statute of limitations
  • Failure to acknowledge court orders or file appropriate documentation
  • Failure to reveal all fees and expenses

The Gogel Law Firm’s Legal Malpractice Attorney in St. Louis has successfully represented clients with malpractice claims in many other areas of the law, including workers compensation, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and car crashes. Because of this, we know what a client should expect from his or her attorney.  We promise personal service to our clients. If you’ve received poor service from an attorney, you may be hesitant to file a legal claim. If you think you have been a victim of legal malpractice, you should consult our St. Louis Legal Malpractice Attorney for a free initial consultation.

Call us at (314) 775-3864, or e-mail us to set up your initial consultation.

Let Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys Help Protect Your Rights

by Jeremy A. Gogel

Physician malpractice and hospital negligence are related acts that affect millions of patients every year.  Our Medical Malpractice Attorney in St. Louis handles cases throughout Missouri and Illinois involving these issues.

Physician malpractice can take many forms and occur under many different circumstances. Common forms of malpractice include:

  • anesthesia errors,
  • failure to consult with a specialist,
  • misdiagnoses of or failure to diagnose a condition,
  • prescription errors,
  • procedures done unnecessarily, incorrectly, or without patient consent, and
  • birth injuries (e.g., cerebral palsy).

Hospitals bear the responsibility of hiring and overseeing qualified medical professionals who will care for patients according to acceptable standards of care. When a doctor, nurse, technician, or other hospital staff member fails to exercise the care necessary to avoid needless patient injury, the hospital may be liable for negligence, too.  In Missouri, whether a doctor is an employee of a hospital is a question of fact that may need to be decided by a jury.

Common hospital mistakes include:

  • failure to monitor a patient, failure to order proper diagnostic tests,
  • failure to stabilize a patient,
  • failure to sufficiently staff the hospital,
  • improper use of medical device equipment,
  • laboratory delays in processing specimens or loss of specimens,
  • poorly equipped facilities, and
  • preventable infections or contaminations.

When you or a loved on is injured by medical negligence, the effects can alter your life and the lives of your family. If you’ve been badly injured, your life will never be the same again. Our St. Louis Medical Malpractice Attorney understands. We can help you protect your rights and get what you deserve so you can rebuild your life and move forward.  If you think you or a loved one may have a medical negligence case, please contact our St. Louis Medical Malpractice Lawyer as soon as possible.  You only have a limited amount of time to pursue a case.

What’s considered an on-the-job injury?

by Jeremy A. Gogel

Any injury or illness that occurs at an employee’s workplace and during his or her normal working hours is generally covered under the Missouri and Illinois workers’ compensation laws.  These covered injuries are usually easy to identify.  If someone falls off a ladder while installing a window (if they are a window installer), slips and falls on grease while cooking (if they are a cook), or is attacked by a patient (if they are a nurse or other medical professional), the injuries occurred within the course and scope of their employment.

Other cases that may be covered can include:

  • Lunch breaks
    Workers’ compensation laws may apply during your lunch break if your accident or illness occurs in a workplace cafeteria or on company premises.
  • Company events
    If you’re hurt during a company sponsored event, such as a party, recreational activity, or training seminar, you may still be covered under workers’ compensation laws.
  • Work-related travel
    Injuries suffered during your commute to work usually aren’t covered by workers’ compensation laws—however, if your job requires you to travel for business and you get hurt, you can receive benefits.

The St Louis Workers Compensation Lawyer at The Gogel Law Firm is familiar with these laws, and we can help you determine if you’re eligible to receive benefits for your work-related injury.

Call Us at (314) 775-3864 or Contact Us by E-mail to Schedule Your FREE Consultation!

About Birth Injuries and Obtaining Compensation for Them

Birth injuries most commonly occur when a medical provider deviates from standard procedure or fails to recognize potential danger to the child.  As our St Louis Medical Malpractice Attorney knows, medical professionals are responsible to follow strict guidelines in monitoring vital signs and taking all necessary steps and precautions to help prevent danger and illness during birth. A failure to follow these guidelines means the medical professionals are liable for their negligent actions.

Types of Birth Trauma

Listed below are some of the most common types of birth injuries.

Cerebral palsy
This condition affects the motor functions and development of infants who are injured during birth. This is a type of brain injury. This condition is not one that worsens over time, but additional surgery may be needed. Children born with cerebral palsy are often heavily dependent on parents for their needs.

Umbilical cord compression
This occurs when blood flow to the unborn child is blocked by an obstruction or pressure in the umbilical cord. This happens in about ten percent of all deliveries.

Brain damage
One of the most common ways that infants are born with brain damage is by way of lack of oxygen. This is very infrequent, though, in cesarean section births.

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
This is a condition in which the brain is not able to get the oxygen that it needs. Most commonly, this injury occurs at birth and can actually be fatal.

Brachial plexus
The brachial plexus group of nerves are connected to the shoulders, arms, and hands. An injury to this group of nerves during child birth can necessitate prolonged physical therapy and surgery in some severe cases.

Erb’s palsy
This condition is caused by nerve damage in the arms, specifically, the C5-C6 nerves. The most common cause of this type of injury is difficult labor that results in the baby’s shoulder not being able to pass through without injury.

Representation for birth injury victims and their families
These types of birth injuries above can be overwhelming and life-altering. With rising medical costs, the cost of treatment and care needed will be astronomical. If a medical professional or facility breached their duty of care during the birth process, you should contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in St Louis to file a claim.

We specialize in medical malpractice, and we have physicians available who can evaluate your specific case. Our firm works closely with clients to build the strongest case possible, and we are confident that when we take on a case, everything possible will be done to achieve the compensation deserved.

For a FREE Initial Legal Consultation, Call Us at (314) 775-3864 or E-mail Us!

The Difficulty of Winning Medical Malpractice Cases

Medical Malpractice cases are some of the most complex and difficult types of cases for a number of reasons.  Some of the main reasons include the facts that:

  • These cases are extremely expensive to take to trial, and more often than not, cost in excess of $30,000.
  • Jurors generally like doctors (or at least they like their doctors, and therefore, no other doctor could do wrong).
  • Malpractice Insurance Companies fight these claims to the end, and, even if the insurance company is interested in settling, the doctor must consent to settling (which does not always happen).

There are generally two different types of malpractice that our St Louis Medical Malpractice Lawyer encounters. The first is when a physician actually commits an act that is wrong. Examples of this type of case include;

  • a surgeon operated on the wrong body part;
  • a surgical instrument is left inside the patient; or
  • a doctor prescribes the wrong medication.

The other type of medical malpractice case occurs when a physician fails to do something that would be the appropriate standard of care. These are by far the more difficult of the two types of cases to prove. Examples of this type of case include;

  • a doctor fails to diagnose a condition (e.g., that a lump in a breast could be malignant);
  • a doctor does not properly treat a condition that a patient presents to him or her with; or
  • prescribes an improper prescription drug.

In order to determine if there is negligence on behalf of the doctor, it is required that one or more medical experts are retained to review and consult with our Medical Malpractice Lawyer in St Louis.

Jeremy A. Gogel is an St Louis Medical Malpractice Attorney who can help you with your case. Call us today or contact us online for your free Medical Malpractice Attorney consultation.