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What is an unfit parent?

The standards for a fit parent are often used in custody battles to demonstrate one parent as more stable than the other. However, parental fitness can also come into play in situations where a step parent, relative, friend or neighbor seeks to adopt a child whom they are concerned for.

Here are the factors that are considered to determine whether a parent is unfit to care for his or her child.

Man loses hand in industrial accident

When most people in Missouri think of dangerous occupations, they often think of jobs that actively require people to rush toward dangers, such as a police officer or firefighter. However, all jobs, especially those in an industrial setting, hold some degree of risk. In fact, a man in another state recently suffered serious injuries in an industrial accident.

The incident happened one morning on a day in early August. According to reports, a person called police to report that a worker at Campione Enterprises suffered an injury. The caller reported that the victim had lost a portion of his arm and was losing blood.

Missouri motorcycle accident sends man to hospital

When driving on Missouri roadways, drivers are likely to encounter multiple different people utilizing the roadways in various different -- and legal -- ways. This could include bicyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists. Because of this, driver's of more traditional vehicles must be constantly vigilant to help prevent accidents. Unfortunately, a recent motorcycle accident sent a man to the hospital.

Police responded to the accident just after 5:30 p.m. on a day in August. According to reports, a passenger vehicle attempted a left turn into a parking lot. Apparently, this caused the man to turn into the path of a motorcyclist.

Man dies from work-related injuries

Anyone in Missouri and across the country can be injured while at work. Though most employers go to great lengths to protect the safety of their employees, it often is not possible to completely eliminate risks in the work environment. In fact, a man in another state recently died after suffering work-related injuries.

The incident that led to the man's death reportedly happened one morning on a day in early August. According to reports, the victim was working at United Rentals. He was reportedly hired by Allied Services to work on the roof of the building.

Missouri wrongful death: Woman killed by falling concrete

In a daily commute, drivers could ultimately cross multiple bridges. Many do so without thought of their safety, assuming -- rightly so -- that officials have taken appropriate measures to keep them safe. Unfortunately, a recent incident in Missouri -- that may lead to a wrongful death lawsuit -- could leave many people questioning the safety of certain structures.

The incident happened on a Monday in July. According to reports, a vehicle driven by a woman struck a bridge. As a result, a section of concrete fell from the bridge, striking a car underneath. The driver of that car, a 58-year-old woman, died as a result of injuries suffered due to the falling concrete.

Millennials protect their independence with prenuptial agreements

Creating a prenuptial agreement was once taboo for carrying an unromantic stigma of the marriage's potential to collapse.

Today, however, prenuptial agreements have risen in popularity for millennials, according to a recent report by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).

Teenager is awarded one of largest medical malpractice awards

Many people in Missouri, throughout the course of their lives, find themselves needing surgery. Often this surgery is of a relatively routine nature. Though common procedures, most people are aware that they are not without risk; however, patients should be able to reasonably expect that appropriate action will be taken in a timely manner to ensure that -- at the very least -- they are in no worse condition than before the procedure was performed. Unfortunately, medical malpractice can ultimately have a significant impact on the rest of a person's life.

Such appears to be the case for a young woman in another state. According to reports, she underwent surgery in 2011, when she was 10 years old, to correct a sideways curvature in her spine. A doctor placed metal rods in her back to "relieve the compression of the spinal cord."

Educator alleges wrongful termination due to complaints

The vast majority of people in Missouri and across the country who go into the field of education do so because they are dedicated to helping students. Unfortunately, some educators are often put into the uncomfortable position of speaking up against certain practices of the school system, even though it means confronting their employer. In fact, a woman in another states claims she was the victim of wrongful termination after she advocated for special education students.

The woman was hired by the school board named as defendant in the case as a paraeducator in 2016. She claims in a lawsuit that she notified school administrators about her concerns that certain school policies were violating the rights of special-needs students. Though her lawsuit does not detail her specific concerns, they reportedly related to "limited resources and limited staff." The school system's practices, she argues, violate the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Woman killed in Missouri car accident

There are many steps that drivers can take to ensure their personal safety and prevent an accident as a result of their actions. Unfortunately, despite their desire to drive safely, drivers in Missouri and across the country cannot control the actions of others and, in certain circumstances, may be unable to respond in time. In fact, a woman recently lost her life in a car accident that she may have been powerless to prevent.

The accident happened during the early morning hours of a day in late June. According to reports, a 63-year-old woman was headed east on a Missouri roadway. Though many details about the accident are unclear, police say that a car driven by a 22-year-old male overtook the woman's vehicle, striking it.

Why Missouri has high rates of distracted drivers

Distracted driving has been a major cause of car accidents and fatalities in the last decade. While it can be due to many distractions such as eating or applying make-up, this is primarily due to the increase in cell phone usage. Despite numerous warnings and laws in place, more drivers continue to text while behind the wheel and risk more personal injury cases.

Recent studies placed Missouri in the top ten most distracted states in both 2017 and 2018. Reasons for this are due to issues that have been plaguing the state for a long time.

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