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Medical malpractice: Girl dies due to missed strep infection

It seems that the flu is being covered by reporters on an almost daily basis. Because of the number of people recently diagnosed with the flu, doctors in Missouri and other areas of the country may be quick to make assumptions about an illness, potentially ignoring other options that may present with similar symptoms. Unfortunately, a young girl has recently died, potentially due to medical malpractice, after reports indicate that doctors failed to detect her strep infection in time.

The family of the now-deceased 12-year-old girl reportedly took her to an urgent care facility soon after she was sent home from school due to an illness. They claim that she was diagnosed with the flu. She was reportedly sent home with nausea medicine, ibuprofen, cough medicine and instructions to rest.

Personal injury: College student killed by drunk driver

Many people in Missouri have dreams for their future. Unfortunately, even those who have the motivation to fulfill their dreams often find their goals snatched away from them due to the negligent acts of others. For example, a young woman recently suffered a fatal personal injury while spending time with friends.

The victim in the case was a college student who was at a bar near the campus with her friends. Reports indicate that the young woman had her hand on the door, ready to exit the building, at approximately 12:40 a.m. on a day in early January. Unfortunately, police say that the building was struck by a pickup truck driven by a 21-year-old man.

Birth complications are rising. Better care could prevent them

New parents arriving at the hospital to deliver a baby expect quality care and for a reasonably uncomplicated experience. While this is the case for many patients, there are a growing number of mothers who are experiencing life-threatening complications during and after labor.

According to a report by ProPublica and National Public Radio, more than 135 expectant and new mothers a day – or roughly 50,000 per year – endure dangerous and life-threatening complications. The U.S. has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the industrialized world – 700 to 900 a year.

Criminal defense: Missouri man claims demons told him to attack

When a crime occurs in Missouri, it is understandable that police want answers as quickly as possible. Sometimes, this means that they are more interested in making an arrest than ensuring that a suspect is treated lawfully. For example, a man -- whose alleged statements to police may indicate that a claim of mental illness may considered as part of his criminal defense -- was recently arrested and charged with assault, among other crimes.

The charges stem from two separate stabbings. Police say that the 22-year-old man claims that demons told him to stab the two people, with whom he was reportedly acquainted. The victim in the first incident claims that the man was at his house and claiming that he had killed someone in the past and wanted to do so again. Because he was worried that the man would hurt someone, the victim had him spend the night but claims he was stabbed when he got up in the middle of the night. The defendant, who reportedly told police that he waited until the victim was sleeping because it was the morally right thing to do, is said to have fled in the victim's vehicle.

Personal injury: Teen crushed by car after exiting vehicle

If you are involved in a car accident along a busy highway, it is important to stay in your car until law enforcement can arrive. Exiting the vehicle increases your risk of being hit by another car at rapid speed. Car accidents can happen in seconds and often times drivers have no time to react. Unfortunately, there are often fatalities, as was the case with a recent collision on a Missouri interstate.

A fatal car accident on an interstate highway in early December left four people injured and a teen was killed. The teen was crushed by a car moments after a collision. He had been involved in an accident with another car and exited his vehicle. The teen was standing on the left shoulder along the highway between his vehicle and the other car involved in the accident when a third car struck the rearmost car, launching the unoccupied vehicle forward and striking the teen.

Workers' compensation: Worker killed at lumber company

All workplaces in Missouri and across the country hold some degree of risk of injury. Even workers who spend great deal of time at a desk can suffer repetitive motion injuries while those who work with heavy machinery could face more traumatic injuries. Because of this potential, employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage. Unfortunately, several agencies in another state are currently investigating a recent fatal accident.

The incident happened one morning on a day in December. According to reports, the 55-year-old victim was working at Guy Bennett Lumber Company. Officials say that the man was using a debarker machine at the time.

Personal injury: Missouri crash results in fatality

Drivers in Missouri and across the country often go to great lengths to ensure their personal safety as well as the safety of others they may encounter. Unfortunately, even a driver who always avoids distractions while driving and obeys all traffic laws can fall victim to the negligent actions of others. In fact, a man's recent death as a result of a car accident could lead to a personal injury lawsuit.

The incident that led to the man's death happened at approximately 4 p.m. on a day in mid-December. According to reports, the 38-year-old victim was headed south on a Missouri road. Unfortunately, an oncoming pickup truck reportedly crossed the centerline, causing a collision.

Criminal defense: Fraternity house incident leads to arrest

Emotions can often run high on or near a college campus. However, violence as a result is relatively rare. Unfortunately, police have recently arrested a college student following an alleged assault near the University of Missouri, likely leaving the young man considering his criminal defense.

The incident that led to the man's arrest appears to have happened on a day in early December. Reports indicate that it occurred at Delta Upsilon fraternity house which is currently being rented by a different fraternity. Police become involved in the incident when they met with the alleged victim at the hospital.

Personal injury: Missouri woman killed in Missouri crash

While there are sometimes drivers in Missouri roadways who fail to follow traffic signals and speed limits, the vast majority are committed to protecting their personal safety as well as the safety of those in which they may encounter. Unfortunately, it is sometimes impossible for conscientious drivers to avoid those who ignore the safety of others. Recently, a woman suffered a fatal personal injury, all because another driver apparently failed to stop at a red light.

The incident happened just after 5 p.m. on a day in late November. According to reports, the 39-year-old woman was attempting to make a left turn while driving a sports utility vehicle. Unfortunately, police say that the 23-year-old driver of a pickup truck did not stop at the traffic light, resulting in a collision.

Criminal defense: Missouri home invasion leads to murder charge

Parents in Missouri will often go to great lengths to ensure the safety of their children. Those who have experienced a home invasion may live in fear for their lives as wells as the lives of their children. Unfortunately, a woman in Missouri is likely considering her criminal defense after she was charged with murder after reporting an alleged home invasion.

The incident involved a 31-year-old mother. Apparently, two men had come into the woman's apartment, which was reportedly unlocked, earlier in the day demanding money and drugs. The woman claims that the men sprayed her with pepper spray before leaving with drugs and money.

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