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Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Dog Bite Prevention Tips

Monday, May 1st, 2017

You can tell it is summer because everyone is outside enjoying the warm the weather. The longer days implore people to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Quickly days are filled with family picnics and barbecues, long walks to the ice cream shop, and trips to the park. There is just something about summer that begs us to be more carefree and just let kids be kids! However, while the summer season should contain a good amount of “rest and relaxation” it is also a time when parents need to be on alert as sadly summer is also dog bite season.

While dog bites are not limited to any particular season, summer time tends to see more than its fair share of dog bites. In fact, more than half of all dog bites happen in the summer months with the highest spike often occurring in August. According to dog experts, events like large gatherings which can be great fun for adults and children can be quite stressful for dogs. This is why it is important for all parents to understand the importance of teaching their children how to interact appropriately with dogs. Even a usually friendly dog can become irritable in the heat or when it feels crowded. By teaching your children to follow the rules, you can help reduce the likelihood of them being bitten by a dog:

  1. Ask before you pet. Teach your child to never pet a dog without first asking the owner’s permission first. It is important to ask, even when the dog is on a leash being held the owner, because the dog may be irritable, old, or may not like small children.
  2. Allow the dog to sniff you. Make sure that your child understands the importance of letting the dog sniff his or her hand before he or she tries to pet the dog.
  3. Never touch a dog without its owner present. Even if your child has pet a dog in the past, it is important for him or her never to pet the dog without the owner present. Children are often tempted to stick their hands through a fence to pet a familiar dog, which can cause the dog to become territorial.
  4. Do not touch or approach a dog that is eating or sleeping. Even a very friendly dog can feel threatened if it is approached when it is eating or sleeping.
  5. Use gentle touch. Small children are often excited at the sight of a dog. Make sure your that your child uses a gentle touch and does not pull or tug on the dog’s ears or tail.
  6. Do not run past a dog. It is important to never run past a dog, as the dog may think the child wants to play and begin to chase the child. Teach your child if he or she is being chased by a dog to be calm and stop running. If the dog knocks the child down, he or she should curl up into a ball with his or her hands protecting their face.

If your child suffered serious injuries after being bitten by a dog, you could trust the experienced Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to help. Our team of skilled Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys will work diligently to make sure that justice is served. You can trust the Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to fight for you, just as they have fought for countless injury victims around the area, both in Kansas and Missouri. To find out how the attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. can assist you with your injury case, contact our office today at (816) 472-4673 to schedule a consultation.

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss of Nursing Home Red Flags

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

One day, after a visit to your loved one in a nursing home, you find yourself feeling a bit uneasy about the visit. Certain things just seemed “off.” You try to rationalize that your loved one is losing some of his memory with their advanced age and maybe, what he is telling you, it not quite the whole truth or a bit of an exaggeration. When you mentioned your concerns to one of your loved one’s caregivers, she is quick to point out your loved one’s frailty and possible onset of dementia. The caregiver’s explanation seems to fit with what your observations, but you are still left with a nagging feeling that just will not go away.

Sadly, if you are worried about the care that a loved one is receiving in a nursing facility, you are not alone. It can be very difficult for a family member to recognize signs of elder abuse because many of the signs do coincide with mental deterioration. However, if you have even the slightest misgiving that your loved one may not be receiving proper care or is being abused, it is critical to act swiftly on those feelings. Do not dismiss what your gut is telling based solely on what the caregiver is telling you.

One of the most often reported signs of elder abuse is a change in the elder’s personality or behavior. Signs of this can include the elder acting depressed or suddenly being uncommunicative. He or she may also have withdrawn from their usual activities. These are all potential clues that your loved one could be experiencing emotional or physical abuse or neglect.

Increased tension or arguments between the elder and his caregivers is also another common sign of abuse. Maybe your loved one does not like a particular caregiver or acts markedly different when a particular caregiver enters the room. Again, these are not proof of abuse, but they do provide you with reason to follow-up and keep a watchful eye out. You will also want to watch your elder for following:

  1. Lack of privacy during visits. The inability to talk to your elder without the presence of a caregiver can indicate that the caregiver is trying to exert control over what the elder may tell you.
  2. Bed sores. The presence of bedsores (pressure ulcers) can indicate that the elder is not being moved often enough.
  3. Unexplained injuries. When asked, staff is unable to give an explanation as for how bruising, or other sores occurred.
  4. Failure to give the elder proper doses of medication, either over or under-dosing.
  5. Change in appearance. Check to see if your elder appears dirty, unkempt or dressed inappropriately.
  6. Physical changes. If your elder has lost weight, it is possible he or she is being malnourished or is suffering from dehydration.

Lastly, you will want to take note of the facility and see if any changes have occurred since your loved one became a resident. Pay particular attention to the staff. Has there been a high staff turnover? Does the staff seem frantic and rushed? Do call lights and phone calls go unanswered for long periods of time? Is the staff friendly and offer detailed explanations to your questions or do you feel like you are being brushed off or dismissed? If your gut tells you that something is amiss, trust your gut, because abuse is not always glaringly obvious.

If you believe that your loved one has been a victim of nursing home negligence or abuse it is importance that you 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. Our attorneys know how to win a case. To find out how the attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. can help you, contact our office at (816) 472-4673 to schedule a consultation. At Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. we put our clients first.

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

Wednesday, 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)

Tuesday, 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

Sunday, 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 Personal Injury Attorneys Encourage Residents To Make Home Sweet Home A Little Safer This Holiday Season

Tuesday, 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

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.

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys Answer Frequently Asked Questions About Food Recalls

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Whether you a vegetarian, a vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo or none of the above, one thing remains true—the safety of your food matters. While safe food sounds like a no-brainer, it seems impossible to find a food group that is truly safe. Not a day goes by when it feels like the media is announcing a new food recall for a different product. One day, it could over certain a vegetable, the next day over a dairy item and then prepared foods, pantry staples, and meat. It is important for all consumers to understand how food recalls work and how to keep yourself and family safe. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions Kansas City area residents have about food recalls:

Why is it that I hear about food recalls on almost a daily basis? There are two main reasons why consumers may feel like they hear about recalls on almost daily basis. First, the Food Safety Modernization Act requires that news outlets be made aware of any recalls. So if there is a recall in your area, your local news will alert you. Second, responsible manufacturers, the USDA, and the FDA want to try to protect the general public by alerting them of a potentially unsafe product.

What are the reasons that a product could be recalled? There are three main reasons why a food product may be recalled:

  • Allergen-related problem: A food may contain a known allergen, like milk, peanuts, shellfish, or wheat and the label may fail to advise consumers of the allergen. For example, this month 543 cases of banana nut muffins were recalled because the product was labeled as lemon poppy seed and contained undeclared walnuts.
  • Detection of a potential pathogen: Any time a product is found to pose health concerns. Recently, Kellogs recalled 10,000 cases of its Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles because the product is potentially contaminated with the Listeria bacteria.
  • Detection of a foreign substance: A product may be recalled if the item could contain foreign matter. Earlier this month 99,000 packages of bread products were recalled by their manufacturer because they potentially contained clear plastic pieces.

What should I do if I think that I have a recalled product in my refrigerator or freezer? The first thing you need to do is to make sure that the package of recalled food product that you have matches the recall. The recall notice will let consumers know the name of the product being recalled, and which specific packages are affected (as identified by production dates, case codes, sell by dates, etc.). For example, this month Tyson recalled chicken nuggets, but only for its “fully cooked panko chicken nuggets” that were sold in 5lb and 20lb packages with production dates of July 18, 2016, and particular case codes. Once you determine that the product in your fridge or freezer is in fact a recalled product, do not eat the product. Follow the recall notice for how to obtain a refund or replacement item. 

If you or a loved one became seriously ill after eating 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 make it a priority to fight for your rights and to hold then wrongdoers accountable. 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. We look forward to meeting with you and helping you in your time of need.

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys React to Data That Traffic Fatalities Are On The Rise

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

According to estimates just released by the National Safety Council (“Council”), for the first half of 2016 traffic-related deaths were up almost 9 percent when compared to the same period last year. From January to June, more than 19,000 people were killed in car crashes. The Council also predicted in its release that the number of people that will be killed in the upcoming Labor Day weekend will make it the deadliest Labor Day weekend since 2008. The Council estimates that 438 people will be killed on the roadways over the three-day holiday weekend. What makes this news particularly tragic is the fact that these deaths are preventable. In fact, traffic accidents are the number one cause of preventable deaths in the country. On the flip side, this means that there are things that each and every motorist can do to reduce accidents. So before you hop into your car this holiday weekend, do your part to make the roadways safer for everyone. You can do your part by remembering the following:

  1. Drive sober. Driving requires all of your mental faculties. You need to be able to think fast, react quickly and make sound decisions in the blink of an eye. A driver who is under the influence of alcohol, street or prescription drugs is impaired. If you are not able to drive sober, leave the driving to someone else. In 2014, nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
  1. Obey the speed limit. If you have a need for speed, find a go-kart track, because exceeding the speed limit in an automobile put you and those around you in danger. Speed limits are set for a reason, and that reason is not to be broken. Excessive speed is a factor in close to 30 percent of all traffic-related.
  1. Keep your vehicle well maintained. A vehicle that has failing brakes, worn tires or burnt out headlights is a vehicle that can cause an accident. Before you get behind the wheel, make sure that your vehicle is in good driving condition. Remember that what you are driving is as important as how you drive it.
  1. Leave your phone alone. More than eight people are killed each and every day by drivers who are distracted behind the wheel. Drivers who are talking, texting or using an app on their phone do not have their complete focus on the roadway. At 55 mph, in the amount of time it takes a driver to read one text message, he or she has traveled the entire length of a football field with his or her eyes not looking at the road. If you need to use your phone for any reason, pull over.
  1. Buckle up. Wear your safety belt and make sure that any children riding in your vehicle are fastened properly into height and weight appropriate safety seats. While these actions will not prevent an accident, they will keep you and your passengers safe in the event you are in an accident. As a driver, every time you hear the click of your buckle, let it serve as a reminder to keep your focus on the roadway at all times.

If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries after being involved in an auto accident, you can trust the experienced Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to help. Our team of skilled Personal Injury Attorneys will work tirelessly to make sure that you receive proper compensation for your injuries. Trust the Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to assist you, just as they have helped countless injury victims around the area, both in Kansas and Missouri. To discuss your potential injury case with a seasoned Injury Attorney contact Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673 to schedule a consultation.