Archive for October, 2016

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Discuss the Perils of the Night after Halloween

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Now some folks believe that Halloween is all about tricks and frights–but that is just not the case. Halloween for most people is all about the fun! And what could not be fun about people donning costumes for one night, pretending that they are somebody or something else. Now some people choose to be something sweet like a smiling pumpkin or a friendly ghost, while others prefer something scary, like a menacing monster or a blood-sucking vampire. However, it does not matter if you choose to be a good witch or a bad witch, or are not a witch at all—as long as you have a good time! The truly terrifying nights do not actually happen until well after the 31st day of October. In fact, if you are a motorist or plan to be on the roadways, the time to be scared starts the Monday following Halloween, or November 7th—the d day after Daylight Saving Time ends.

Daylight Savings Time scary?  Yes, it may sound a wee bit kooky that an extra hour of sleep can be dangerous to anyone—but it is true! Scientists have found that the act of setting the clocks back one hour can cause disturbed sleep patterns. Disturbed sleep patterns can leave a person feeling groggy. Grogginess is a real problem since the lack of adequate shut-eye can have a negative impact on a person’s driving abilities. This combined with the fact that with fall, there is an earlier dusk and darkness when people are commuting home from work, and you have a recipe for an increase in auto accidents. It is estimated that drowsy drivers are the cause of approximately 1 in every five fatal accidents.

Therefore, it is important for drivers to understand the risks of drowsy driving and to take steps to prevent it from happening to them. Smart drivers can beat the Daylight Saving Time sleepies, by taking actions such as:

  • Keep your normal bedtime routine – One problem with Daylight Saving Time is that people get out of their normal bedtime routine by staying up one hour later. Resist the urge to stay awake late on Saturday or Sunday night and instead, opt to wake up 30 minutes earlier both days in preparation for the change.
  • Avoid substances that can cause drowsiness – It can take a few days, or for some folks even weeks after the time change, for their body’s to adapt fully. During this time avoid taking any substance that could increase drowsiness—such as medications like cold medicine or pain medications. Also, try to limit your alcohol consumption as alcohol is a depressant and can exacerbate feelings of drowsiness.
  • Consider making caffeine your friend—While caffeine usage is not good or recommended for everyone, it can help some motorists by giving them a short-term boost to a driver who is feeling less than completely alert behind the wheel.

If your loved one was seriously injured or killed after being involved in a car crash with a drowsy driver, it is important to contact an experienced Kansas City Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney right away. The seasoned Kansas City Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. will evaluate your case and determine whether you hold another party liable for your injuries and suffering. Our team of skilled Attorneys is prepared to fight until justice has been served. Trust the Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to work for you, just as they have worked for countless injury victims around the area, both in Kansas and Missouri. To schedule a consultation with one of our compassionate Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys, contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673.

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys React to Jury Verdict in Baby Powder Case

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Cancer—the six letter word “C” is the diagnosis no one ever wants to receive. For many people “getting cancer” tops their list of fears. Just hearing the word “cancer” can evoke a plethora of emotions. Anxiety, fear, and even depression are all common experiences when a person learns that cancer has become a part of his or her world. However, the very first emotion that usually strikes a person who has just received a cancer diagnosis is shock or utter disbelief. Why?—is often the question that everyone wants to be answered, and rightfully so.

It is completely natural and logical for a person to want to know what caused his or her cancer to develop. Often doctors look at several areas when they try to offer an opinion as to how the cancer started. First, they look to see whether the person engaged in any high-risk behaviors. Smoking has been linked to numerous types of cancers. Family history is also another big factor. Certain types of cancers seem to run in families. But, absent either of these factors, people are often left wondering.

Such was the case for a California woman who was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer. She did not have a family history of ovarian cancer, nor did she seem to be at a high risk. For her, the diagnosis just did not make sense. Then her daughter told her about an ad she had seen; that discussed the potential link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer—that is when it all started to make sense for her. The California woman was a loyal Johnson & Johnson baby powder user. In fact, she had used the product for 45 years, beginning at age 15 and was still using the product at the time of her cancer diagnosis. Many women, including this woman, use baby powder for the purpose of feminine hygiene.

The woman then brought suit against the Johnson & Johnson, alleging that the company failed to properly warn women of the potential dangers of talc, the mineral used in baby powder. This month, a Missouri jury agreed with the woman. The jury found against Johnson & Johnson and awarded the woman more than $70 million dollars in damages. The California woman represents the third successful lawsuit against the baby powder giant. All three cases have been in St. Louis. In the two other cases, juries awarded Plaintiffs $55 million and $72 million.

The California woman told reporters that she felt “happy” and “relieved”—as she should be. She is one of the fortunate plaintiffs. Not every suit against Johnson & Johnson has been successful. In fact, in the company’s home state of New Jersey, a judge tossed out two other cases citing a lack of evidence. Johnson & Johnson has said that the company will appeal all three losses, believing that their product is safe. In the meantime, another case against the company will begin in November—also in St. Louis.

If you or a loved one became seriously ill or were injured after using a product it is important to know that you may have legal recourse for the injuries you suffered. The attorneys at the Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have helped countless injury victims, in both Kansas and Missouri, obtain compensation for their injuries. Our compassionate team of attorneys will fight for your rights and make the wrongdoers pay. To schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys, contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673. We look forward to helping you obtain the justice you deserve.