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4 types of motorcycle accidents you can easily avoid

Motorcyclists face unique dangers on the road. Due to lack of a vehicle body, they are more likely to experience catastrophic injuries or death when involved in a collision. The Missouri Department of Transportation found that 251 motorcyclists died on state roadways between 2013 and 2015. The demographic most likely to experience a fatality are people between the ages of 21 and 25. 

Should you worry about asbestos in your makeup?

You might have heard the recent story about a mother who sent her daughter’s makeup in for testing and it reportedly contained asbestos. This can be a scary thought not only about children’s products, but about health and beauty products in general. What are the chances that Missouri residents might find a harmful ingredient like asbestos in their everyday items?

What are the types of product defects?

Product defects fall into at least one of three categories: design, manufacturing and marketing. A marketing defect is sometimes termed "a failure to warn" defect and is why some people joke about products that carry seemingly nonsensical warnings. Interestingly, many people purchase cotton swabs for use in the ear canal and yet the packages carry warnings that people should not use them for this purpose. They can injure the ear and damage hearing.

4 things parents can do about defective children's toys

You purchase toys to make your kids happy. As the holiday season starts, it is time for toy-buying mania. You might find yourself scouring the shelves and online shops for the best selections to bring smiles into your home. Unfortunately, some toys may be dangerous and cause injuries to your children. In fact, according to a Forbes article, toys cause children to go to the emergency room every three minutes. Do not assume every product available is safe.

Top 3 mistakes to avoid during your personal injury case

When someone else's negligence causes you to suffer serious injuries, seeking legal recourse can offer you the best option. The proceeds of a lawsuit can help cover medical bills, lost earnings and other types of losses. An experienced attorney can assess the strength of your case and advise you as to the best way forward.

How to talk to teens about car accidents

Being able to drive a car for the first time is an exciting experience for teenagers. However, it is also a dangerous one. The Missouri Primary Care Association found that teens are more likely to be in a car accident when compared to adults. Part of this is due to the fact that teens are more likely to not understand when they approach a dangerous situation. 

5 common bad faith insurance tactics

Dealing with an injury after an accident is bad enough, but insurance companies can make it worse. If your insurance company is not holding up its end of the bargain, you might go without the compensation you need to recover. Your insurance company must thoroughly investigate and settle claims in a timely and honest manner. 

Could you have a wrongful death case?

When someone you love dies in an accident or as a result of negligence, there is no right way to react, nor is there a wrong way. All feelings are equally valid. One thing that is all but certain, however, is that you have a lot of emotions to process at the same time that expenses build up. Furthermore, if it was your spouse who died, you could also be dealing with a loss of income.

Ben Schmitt

Attorney Ben Schmitt

Mr. Schmitt has over 25 years of legal experience in Missouri and Kansas, and he has been first chair in over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers, Avvo.com and Martindale Hubbell as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.