Kansas City Medical Malpractice Attorneys Offer Tips on How Parents Can Protect Their Children From Medical Errors

February 14th, 2017

Having a child who is ill or has just been diagnosed with a serious medical condition can create a feeling of helplessness in a parent. As a parent, you want to do anything and everything in your power to help your child. Parents often report feeling at their most helpless when their child is admitted to a hospital. When your child has been hospitalized for an illness or is due to undergo surgery, it can be very difficult to know that your child’s health is in someone else’s hands. Parents worry about the things that could wrong while their child is in the hospital, which only adds to the feelings of being powerless. The good news is that there are things parents can do to safeguard their child and help ensure that they receive the best possible medical services—free from error. The following are five things parents can do to protect their children from medical mistakes:

  1. Educate yourself. One of the most important things a parent can do is to educate themselves about their child’s illness or medical condition. Learn as much as you can through reputable websites and publications about the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment options. Never be afraid to ask questions of your child’s doctors to get the answers you need to make informed decisions.
  1. Find a doctor that you trust. Finding a good doctor can be tricky. Sometimes the only thing more difficult is finding one you trust. It is important to find a doctor that is open to hearing your questions and offering detailed explanations. If your child’s doctor does not have your trust—do not hesitate to obtain a second opinion. A second opinion is always a good idea for major diagnoses and operations.
  1. Take notes regarding medications. Make sure you understand the treatment that your child’s doctor has recommended, including any medications he or she has prescribed along with the dosing instructions. You should know not only the name of the medication but also know why it is being prescribed. When you pick up your child’s medication at the pharmacy, confirm with the pharmacist that the medication is the same as the one prescribed by your child’s doctor. Wrong medication and wrong dose are both common medication errors.
  1. Make allergies and medications known. If your child is taking any medications or supplements or has an allergy to any medications, make sure that this is known to each and every doctor, pharmacist, and nurse your child encounters. The same is true if your child has a chronic health condition. Do not make the assumption that because you told one doctor or nurse, that this information is known to all.
  1. Be involved. Do not be afraid to be Mama Bear or Papa Bear when it comes to being involved in your child’s medical care. Parents who are involved in their child’s care are not only more likely to see better results but can also prevent medical mistakes from occurring.

If you believe that your child was a victim of medical malpractice, it is of great importance that you seek out an experienced Kansas City Medical Malpractice Attorney right away. Medical malpractice cases require an attorney that has key knowledge of the law and team dedicated to investigating the facts. The Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have helped countless victims around the area, both in Kansas and Missouri. Our Attorneys know what it takes to prove a case. To find out how the attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. can help you, contact our office today at (816) 472-4673 to schedule a consultation. At Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. we will preserve to obtain justice for your family.

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Discuss the Dangers Millennial Drivers Bring to Roadways

February 1st, 2017

Everyone knows at least one “bad” driver, most of us know several. For example, drivers that the hug the center line a bit too closely or those that do not leave enough distance between their vehicle and the car in the front of them. These are the types of driving behaviors that cause passengers to double-check that their seatbelt is fastened and to grab ahold of that small plastic handle on the roof. While these are not great driving behaviors by any stretch of the imagination, most of us tend to think that we are pretty good drivers. However, obviously, we all cannot be good drivers, because clearly bad drivers do exist. In fact, a recent report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that one group of drivers stood out from the rest. If you think it is those newest of the new drivers that are the worst, you would be wrong. The most dangerous group was found to b the young millennials.

Millennials, which were defined by the report as drivers between the ages of 19 and 24, were found to be the worst behaved drivers. The study focused on drivers who engaged in risky behaviors or those that led to an increased crash risk. Drivers, across all age groups, were asked to respond to whether they engaged in any of the following risky behaviors: speeding, texting while driving and running a red light. Over 88 percent of millennials admitted to engaging in at least one of the three risky behaviors in the last 30 day—more than any other age group.

The scariest part of the study was the admission by some millennial drivers the believed their risky driving behaviors were acceptable. The following examples highlight some of the dangerous behaviors of this age group:

  • Almost 12 percent of millennials thought there was nothing wrong with driving 10 mph over the posted speed limit in a school zone. This attitude toward school safety was more the double that of other age groups.
  • Close to 50 percent of millennials admitted to running a red light that could have safely stopped for compared to only 36 percent of all drivers.
  • Millennials were more than 1.5 times more likely than all other drivers to have read an email or text message while driving. This age group was also almost twice as likely to have sent an email or text while driving compared to all other drivers.

One of the most frustrating parts of the study was the fact that while the overwhelming majority of the drivers in the study admitted that risky behaviors were unacceptable, a good percentage of those same drivers also admitted to engaging in these same risky behaviors. So it seems that while most of us know that engaging in dangerous behaviors is bad—it is not enough for us to stop committing these bad acts.

If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries after being involved in an auto accident, it is important for you to know that you have rights! The experienced Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. having been helping accident victims in Kansas and Missouri for almost two decades. Our team of seasoned Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys will work tirelessly to make sure that your case receives the attention it deserves. You can trust the Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to help you, just as they have helped countless injured victims around the area. To discuss your legal options, contact the attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. You can schedule a consultation by calling (816) 472-4673. At Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. we look forward to putting our 60 years of experience to work for you!

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys Warn of the Dangers of Pressure Ulcers (Bed Sores)

January 31st, 2017

When a family makes the decision to place a loved one is a nursing home it is done with the thought that the facility is the best place possible for him or her to obtain the care that he or she needs and that the family is unable to provide. Selecting and placing a loved one is a nursing home requires the family to have complete trust in the institution. Often the facilities selected are quality institutions that deliver a fine standard of care. Other times, our first indication that the facility may not be what it led us to believe it was, is after our loved one suffers an injury. For example, the presence of a pressure ulcer, also known as a bed sore, may be one of the first signs that something may be amiss at the facility.

What is a pressure ulcer?  A pressure ulcer is a wound to the skin and underlying tissue that usually occurs at or near a bony area after a period of unrelieved pressure on the skin. The location of pressure ulcer is dependent on how the person is confined. If left for too long seated, for example, like in a wheelchair, pressure ulcers typically occur on the person’s back, shoulders or spine; buttocks or tailbone; and backs of arms and legs. When a person is confined to bed, the most at-risk areas for pressure ulcers are the back of the person’s head or ears; heels, ankles, and skin beneath the knees, along with the hips, low back, and tailbone.

Why are pressure ulcers cause for concern? Pressure ulcers vary in severity and can quickly become serious and even life-threatening if not treated promptly. Ulcers are classified according to stages from I to IV, with IV being the most severe. Ulcers that are stage I or II are considered mild and usually range in appearance from a light skin discoloration to something that appears more like a scrape or a blister. These sores only affect the top layers of the skin. A stage III sore in comparison has the appearance of a deep crater, and a stage IV can extend from the surface of the skin to the muscle, bone, and joints. Pressure ulcers can be extremely painful and if left untreated can lead to a serious infection of bone, blood or skin.

Why are nursing home residents at risk of developing pressure ulcers? Nursing home residents are at a higher risk of developing pressure ulcer due to age, infirmity, and the inability to move freely.

What do I need to do to protect my loved one at a nursing home from getting a pressure ulcer? Quality care facilities have staff that is well-trained on how to prevent pressure ulcers. Nursing home staff understand the importance of repositioning residents regularly and how to use support materials like pillows or padding to keep pressure off of sensitive areas.  In most instances, if your loved one is receiving the care he or she needs, pressure ulcers should not occur.

If you believe that your loved one has been a victim of nursing home negligence or abuse it is importance that to speak with an experienced Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible. Proving a case of nursing home negligence or abuse requires key knowledge of the law and proper diligence to investigate the facts. The Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have helped countless injured nursing home victims around the area, both in Kansas and Missouri, and know how to win a case. To find out how the attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. can help you, contact our office today at (816) 472-4673 to schedule a consultation. At Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. we pride ourselves on providing our clients with outstanding legal services.

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Caution Motorists To Stop and Think Before They Step On The Gas

January 15th, 2017

On any given day, most people have to-do lists that resemble more of a child’s wish list to Santa than an achievable set of tasks. People who are too busy often do odd things to make time to try to squeeze everything they need to do into the day. One of the odd things people do to save time is to “multi-task”—like eat lunch while working. Another thing people do is hurry. So instead of a leisurely 30 or 60-minute leisurely lunch, people instead choose to inhale a sandwich or a nutrition bar in 5 minutes. Another favorite way to “make up” time is to step on the gas. Since many of our days are wasted driving to and from places, it makes sense to want to reduce the amount of time spent in the car. However, does speeding really save a person time and if so, at what cost?

People who are always rushing often feel the need to exceed the speed limit. If the posted limited is 25 mph, they will drive 35 mph or on the highway, if the limit is 55 mph maybe they will drive 65 or 75mph or more, just to save time. However, how much time is saved by exceeding the speed limit? The answer is not much. Take, for example, Matt and Mike. Each needs to make the same 30-mile trip, and the posted speed limit is 55 mph. Matt drives the speed limit, and it takes him about 32 minutes to reach his destination. Mike, on the other hand, drives 75 mph or 20 mph over the speed limit. It takes Mike 24 minutes to reach the same point—a savings of time of just over 8 minutes.

Eight minutes does not seem like a lot of time saved. However, for those who think it—what do those eight minutes cost? First off, speeding increases the likelihood of a motorist becoming involved in a crash, which makes sense if one takes a moment to stop and think about it. Just because the car the driver is traveling in is moving faster, does not make the driver’s reaction time quicker. Instead, the reaction time is the same, but because the car is moving faster, the driver has less time and distance to react appropriately. If a driver is driving too fast, even if he or she reacts promptly, there is often little he or she can do to prevent a collision from occurring. Speed also increases the likelihood of a driver being seriously injured or killed in a crash.

Even if a driver is fortunate enough not to be involved in a wreck while speeding, he or she also runs the risk of being stopped by police. Fines for speeding can be costly and the time spent on the side of the road will far exceed any time saved by traveling faster.

If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries after being involved in a collision with a driver who was speeding or driving too fast for road conditions, it is important to know that you have rights! The experienced Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. having been helping accident victims in Kansas and Missouri for almost two decades. Our team of seasoned Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys will work hard to make sure that you receive proper compensation for your injuries. Trust the Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to help you, just as they have helped countless injured victims around the area. To find out how the attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. can work for you, contact our office today at (816) 472-4673 to schedule a consultation. At Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. we look forward to putting our 60 years of experience to work for you!

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Remind Everyone To Resolve to Buckle Up This Year

December 12th, 2016

The New Year is almost upon us and if you are like many Americans, the last days of this year may be spent putting together a list of resolutions. Each year, Americans assemble lists of New Year’s resolutions that will help them become better people in the coming year. Popular resolutions often include fitness-related goals like losing weight, eating healthier or joining a gym and personal health goals like quit smoking, cut back on sugar, or eat less red meat. However, New Year’s resolutions are difficult to continue for the entire 365 days, since they often require big lifestyle changes and face it, for many of us—change is difficult! But not all resolutions have to be tough. For example, one resolution that is relatively painless but can have a potentially huge impact one’s life is quite simple to keep, and that is to buckle up each and every time you drive or are a passenger in a vehicle.

Resolving always to wear your seat belt may not sound like a big deal, but it is the one thing everyone can do—to help save a life. The life may be your own, or it could be that of one of your passengers. Make it a rule that no one rides in your car without wearing his or her seatbelt. If you have doubts that wearing a seat belt is worth the 5-second effort, please consider the following:

  1. It is estimated that seat belt usage reduces the serious crash-related injuries and deaths by close to 50 percent.
  2. In 2014 alone, seat belts saved more than 12,800 lives.
  3. People, who have not been wearing a seatbelt, have been killed in accidents where the vehicle was traveling as slow as 12 mph.
  4. A driver, who is not wearing a seat belt, has 42 times greater risk of being killed in an accident than a driver who is wearing a seat belt.
  5. In a 30 mph car crash, a driver or passenger who is unbuckled will hit the windshield with the same impact as if he or she had fallen from a three-story building.
  6. Airbags are great but are not a substitute for seat belts. The main purpose of a seat belt is to keep the person inside of the car in the event of an accident. Airbags do not help keep people inside of the vehicle. According to some experts, being thrown from a vehicle is the number one cause of death in crashes.

If these reasons are not enough, remember that wearing a seat belt is the law in all states except for New Hampshire, and failure to wear one could result in a fine. Motorists in Kansas, a state with primary seat belt laws, can be pulled over if the officer has reason to believe that the driver or front seat passengers are not buckled up, while in Missouri most areas only have secondary laws.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured after being involved in an automobile accident, it is important to contact an experienced Kansas City Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney promptly. 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 skilled Attorneys are prepared to fight until we obtain justice for you. 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 Injury Attorney contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673.

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Offer Tips for Keeping Your Cool Behind the Wheel

December 1st, 2016

Everything about winter is cold, which does not necessarily make for fun driving. Snow, black ice, sub-zero wind chills, freezing rain, and the like can all make winter driving a challenge. In fact, the only the thing that seems not to be cooler in the winter is the temperaments of motorists. There is something about winter driving that tends to make tempers flare! Sometimes it is the driver that is driving 20 plus miles below the posted speed limit—just because it started to snow. Alternatively, maybe it is the driver in the van who failed to clean off the roof of their vehicle, sending a sheet of ice your way. Whatever it may be, there is certainly enough annoyances related to winter driving that gets motorists hot under the collar. While we all get temporarily upset by the actions of other drivers, some people take it a bit too far. Losing one’s cool behind the wheel is not only a dumb thing to do, but it can also be dangerous.

In a survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, found that nearly 9 out of every ten drivers believed that aggressive drivers were to some degree a threat to their personal safety. By learning to control your emotions when behind the wheel, you help ensure a safer trip for both you and your passengers. The following are some of the best tips to help you stay cool behind the wheel this winter:

  • Leave ample space between you and the vehicle in front of you. When you keep your distance from the car in front of you, it is easier to stay cool. Space acts as a buffer both physically and emotionally. This way when the driver in front of you keeps braking for no apparent reason, you are not forced to react as quickly as you would if you were driving much closer to him or her.
  • Conduct yourself in a way to set an example. If you are a parent or regularly drive with children in your vehicle, remember that they are watching and listening to your every move. Try to conduct yourself in a way that you would want them to act if they were behind the wheel.
  • Make plan to have a good trip. Maybe your drive home from work is your time to decompress from the day and transition to greeting your family at home. This quiet time is valuable and can be enjoyable if you set your mind to it. Instead of getting upset, listen to your favorite tunes and relax.
  • Take care of yourself. Feelings of road rage are much more likely to creep into your mind if you are stressed, tired or just plain running late. So do yourself a favor and make sure that you are fit and ready to drive before getting behind the wheel.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured after being involved in an automobile accident this winter, 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 Injury Attorney contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673.

Kansas City Injury Attorneys Offer Tips To Help Make Sure You Arrive Safely This Holiday Season

November 16th, 2016

Everyone knows that this time of year involves a lot of hustle and bustle. It seems like there is never a moment to spare from now until the New Year! There are so many things to do in preparation for the holidays that it feels like one’s to-do list is never done—and the “doing” is not all. During the holidays there is also a lot of “going”—work bashes, school plays, trips to the mall, church activities, family get-togethers, breakfasts with Santa, cookie parties, and of course, the cross-country trip to visit grandma and grandpa. With so much dashing this way and darting that way, there is no real surprise that the holidays are one of the busiest and most dangerous times to be on the roadways. The good news is that there are things every motorist can do to make holiday travel safer. The following are a few tips to help make sure that you arrive safely at your destination this holiday season:

  1. Leave the phone alone. A driver who uses his or her cell phone in any manner is driving distracted. Distracted drivers are one of the largest causes of accidents. Do yourself and your fellow motorists a favor and keep your hands off your phone until your car is parked.
  2. Slow down. While it may be important to make it to your destination on time—speeding is not the answer. Take your time and relax. It is more important to make it to your destination safely than not at all.
  3. Know when to stay home. Winter weather can be fun if it means skiing or sledding. However, no one wants to go skating down the road! Before you head out this season, take a minute to check the forecast and determine whether it will be safe for you to travel. If you are ever in doubt, opt to be cautious and stay put!
  4. Avoid drowsy driving. With so much to do over the holidays, many of us are running on limited shut-eye. If you know you have a long trip ahead of you, make sure you get your beauty sleep before starting off.
  5. Winterize your ride. In winter, it is important to make sure your vehicle can handle everything Mother Nature can throw your way. Make an appointment with your local mechanic to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving. If you are do-it-yourselfer be sure to check your vehicle’s tires, brakes, battery, lights, and wipers.
  6. Sobriety is the name of the game. If you have been drinking at a party, do yourself a favor and let someone else do the driving. There is no reason to get behind the wheel this holiday. There are plenty options from the more old-fashioned, like having a designated driver or taking public transportation, to modern day conveniences like ordering a ride from Uber or Lyft. Driving sober this season can be as simple as a few clicks on your smart phone.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured after being involved in an automobile accident this holiday season, 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 Injury Attorney contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673.

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys Encourage Residents To Make Home Sweet Home A Little Safer This Holiday Season

November 1st, 2016

What could be better than enjoying the holiday season at home? It is not only the stuff of holiday movies and carols—but what people want this time of year. Whether it is your home or a relative’s, people idealize spending the holiday being cozied up inside with loved ones. While, there may be no place like home for the holidays, this does not mean there are not perils that lurk inside. Many of the accidents that tend to occur this time of year, often take place inside of the home. So while you are decking the halls this season, keep in mind these important tips to make your home a safer place to hunker down for the holidays:

  1. Have a plan in the kitchen. A holiday is never complete without a feast– which means that at least one member of your household will be spending some quality time in the kitchen. While cooking for a crowd can be fun, is often stressful and hectic. Chaos in the kitchen is often a recipe for an accident. To avoid a kitchen mishap, create a cooking plan. Make as many components ahead of time, to avoid too much going on in the kitchen at once. Remember that people care less about the number of dishes that you make and more about the quality of the company.
  1. Look at things through the eyes of a child. While an adult may look at a poinsettia as a beautiful living piece of holiday décor, to a small child it may look simply delicious! Many plants used for decorations, including poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly, are all potentially poisonous, so best kept out of the reach of children. Tree trimmings can also be a danger to a child who could put one in his or her mouth and choke or becomes injured on the breaking glass. Alcohol poisoning is also a potential risk around the holidays. To prevent a child from accidentally consuming alcohol, make sure that cups with alcoholic beverages are out of the reach of children.
  1. Tidiness is important. Most people concentrate the majority of their cleaning efforts to the period before their guests arrive. However, it is important to make sure to keep your home tidy whenever you have a home full of people. Toys, papers, wrapped gifts and other items, especially left on the floor can lead to trips, falls, and injuries.
  1. Mind the tree. The Christmas tree is often a focal point in every home during the holidays. However, in the midst of a frenzied household, a tree can be a 6-foot accident waiting to happen. To keep your tree from tumbling over, make sure it is in a safe area, preferably up against a wall or in space that is not in the middle of a major walkway. If your tree is quite large, you may also want to take steps to secure it to a wall.

If you or a family member was seriously injured in a home mishap this holiday season, it is important that you seek the advice of a seasoned Kansas City Injury Attorney. Only an experienced Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney can thoroughly review your case and make the determination if the wrongdoer can be held liable. To make sure that your rights are protected you need to hire the right attorney. The attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have helped countless injury victims, in both Kansas and Missouri, and are ready and willing to help you. Our compassionate team of attorneys will make sure that justice is served. To schedule an initial consultation with one of our Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys, contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673.

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

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

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.