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  • Missouri Consumers Beware - Con Artists Have a New Scam

    Posted By Russ Purvis || 30-Jul-2012

    Residents of Missouri beware - con artists are at it again. The Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has issued a warning relating to another scam involving alleged “prizes”. The thieves send letters informing individuals that they have one a prize worth more than $1 million dollars; however, taxes must be paid on the prize before it can be redeemed. The crooks are using official ...
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  • Car or Truck Accidents and Traumatic Brain Injuries

    Posted By Russ Purvis || 27-Jul-2012

    Somewhere in the United States, an individual suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every 15 seconds - over 2 million TBIs each year. A TBI usually results from a severe blow to the head. However, rapid acceleration or deceleration of the head, without the head actually striking anything at all, the type of movement associated with many car accidents, may also cause a TBI. In fact, car accidents ...
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  • Whiplash Mythology

    Posted By Russ Purvis || 25-Jul-2012

    When dealing with soft tissue cases, arguing that whiplash is not a serious injury is possibly the biggest myth perpetuated by insurance adjusters. Whiplash injuries commonly result from car accidents, and can be a very serious. In fact, over 20% of those individuals that have suffered a whiplash type injury still complain of pain 12 months following the injury. Even so, adjusters still insist on ...
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  • Bicycle Accidents and Proving Liability Using Helmet Mounted Cameras

    Posted By Russ Purvis || 23-Jul-2012

    If you have been riding a bicycle for any period of time, you have undoubtedly had the misfortune of dealing with a car or truck driver that feels he or she owns the road. If you are fortunate enough to only have experienced the honking of a horn, or a few choice curse words directed your way, and have not been involved in a bicycle accident, consider your self lucky. Every year, hundreds of ...
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  • Minor Impact Car Accidents and the Insurance Adjuster's Refusal to Pay

    Posted By Russ Purvis || 20-Jul-2012

    I hear it from insurance adjusters time and time again: “Your client‘s car accident, involved a minor impact collision, with little property damage; therefore, your client cannot possibly be seriously injured”. At best, such a statement represents an insurance adjuster’s fundamental misunderstanding of the laws of physics, as they relate to car accidents. Unfortunately, I ...
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  • Slip and Fall Accidents a Leading Cause of Injuries in the U.S.

    Posted By Russ Purvis || 17-Jul-2012

    Almost everyone has a friend of family member that has been injured due to a slip and fall. According to the National Safety Counsel, falls account for approximately 8.9 million emergency room visits per year. OSHA estimates the 70% of slip and fall accidents occur on level walking surfaces. Every year thousands of Missourians suffer injuries from slip and falls that would not have occurred but ...
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  • New Changes in Missouri Workers' Compensation Law Further Restrict Injured Workers' Ability to Obtain Compensation

    Posted By Russ Purvis || 13-Jul-2012

    Missouri has once again limited the rights of injured workers to recover damages. On July 10, 2012, Governor Nixon signed into law House Bill 1540, thereby amending RSMo Section 287.120.1. The amendment eliminates an injured worker’s ability to bring a cause of action for damages against a negligent co-worker. Prior to this amendment taking place, the appellate courts in Missouri had ...
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  • The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act - Debt Collectors Continue to Violate the Law

    Posted By Russ Purvis || 12-Jul-2012

    Congress enacted the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) in 1977. The intended purpose of the FDCPA was to limit the harassment, abuse, and deception used many debt collectors. Unfortunately, the FDCPA has had only limited success in stopping such abuses. The problem is that many consumers do not know, or understand their rights when being hounded by a debt collector. For example, debt ...
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  • Missouri and Kansas Accidents and Contingent Fees

    Posted By Russ Purvis || 9-Jul-2012

    During the course an initial Kansas or Missouri car accident, truck accident or boating accident consultation, most prospective clients ask: “How much is this going to cost?” It is a very valid question. Different law firms handle fees in different ways. The Montee Law Firm handles car accidents, truck accidents and boating accidents, in Kansas and Missouri, on a contingent fee basis. ...
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  • Boating Accidents - Fatalities Up And Alcohol Use Is A Major Factor

    Posted By Russ Purvis || 5-Jul-2012

    Residents of Missouri and Kansas are fortunate to have numerous lakes and rivers available for boating and other recreational activities. Unfortunately, boat accidents, like car accidents and truck accidents, often result in serious injuries, and even death. According to the latest report by the U.S. Coast Guard, in 2011, the boating accident fatality rate was 6.2 deaths per 100,000 registered ...
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  • July 4th - Remembering the Reason for the Celebration

    Posted By Russ Purvis || 2-Jul-2012

    We will all do well to remember that July 4 th is so much more than a day to eat, drink, shoot fireworks, and generally have a good time. It is the reason for the celebration that is important. I invite you to take a few minutes out of your day, and read the Declaration of Independence. If you do, the food and drink will taste that much better, the fireworks will appear that much brighter, and you ...
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