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    St. Louis Personal Injury Services

    Legal services for those injured due to an accident or negligence

    Additional personal injury areas of practice

    Boat accident attorneys

    Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. Where the primary cause is known, alcohol was listed as the leading factor in 21% of deaths.

    What is considered grounds for a boat accident lawsuit?

    Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, improper training of vessel renter, excessive speed, intoxicated boat operator, reckless behavior, horseplay, machine failure, hazardous waters, force of wave or wake, and many other occurrences.

    Can the operator of a boat be held liable for an injury?

    Yes, the operator of a boat owes his or her passengers a duty of care. Likewise, the operator of a boat owes other boaters, swimmers and innocent bystanders a duty of care. Therefore, if the operator of a boat operates the boat in an unsafe manner and causes injury or death, he or she may be held liable.

    Were you injured, or was a loved on killed in a boating accident?

    If your answer is yes, than you need to contact a boat accident attorney now. The operator of a boat owes his or her passengers a duty of care. Likewise, the operator of a boat owes other boaters, swimmers and innocent bystanders a duty of care. Therefore, if the operator of a boat operates the boat in an unsafe manner and causes injury or death, he or she may be held liable.

    Spine and brain injuries

    Spinal cord and brain injuries sustained on the job or elsewhere can have a devastating impact on your life. Your ability to perform simple daily activities of living may be seriously impaired. Perhaps you are unable to care for yourself and require 24 hour assistance. You may not be able to work and are likely facing a lifetime of substantial medical treatment expenses. The lawyers of Ortwerth Law, LLC understand your physical impairments, emotional stress and financial concerns.

    Dog bite injury lawyers

    When a dog attacks, the owner is to blame.

    Statistics compiled by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), hospital emergency rooms and insurance companies indicate that the majority of dog-related fatalities in the United States involve pit-bulls and Rottweilers. These dogs and breeds of dogs are not bad. However, they are powerful animals; and they are capable of causing serious harm if and when they do attack.

    Why owners are to blame when dogs or pets attack

    Multiple studies of dog related fatalities occurring over the past fifty years have identified the following cause and risk factors for dog attacks involving pit-bulls, Rottweilers and other breeds of dog known to be associated with violent attacks. In most cases, one or more of the risk factors played a role in developing the animal involved in the attack.

    Burns, fires, and explosion attorneys

    Craig Ortwerth has helped many people seriously injured in explosions and fires. Significant burn injuries leave victims with permanent emotional and physical scars. Major fires and large explosions often cause fatalities. And survivors are often physically and emotionally scarred. We have helped many clients obtain compensation for their pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, and other costs of their burn injuries.

    Defective products and product liability attorneys

    You may have a valid product liability claim if you have been injured or your loved one was killed by a dangerous or defective product. As a matter of law, manufactures, designers and distributors have a duty to make sure that their products are safe. Every year, big companies spend huge amounts of money on commercials to sell their products and generate billions of dollars in profits. Unfortunately, they do not always spend enough money researching their own products to make sure they are safe for you and your children. Consequently, people of all ages are needlessly injured and killed every year. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective or dangerous product, it is extremely important to speak to an St. Louis personal injury lawyer today


    Mass Transit Accident Attorneys

    Our mass transit transportation systems are generally very safe. However, accidents do happen. Throughout the United States, thousands of people are seriously injured or die as a result of an accident while riding a public or private transportation system, including buses and trains. Buses and trains routinely carry significant numbers of people, which means that when accidents do occur, many people are often injured. Passengers typically do not have access to seat belts or airbags; and when crashes do occur, the passengers are thrown against each other and against the interior of the vehicle. Therefore, serious injuries and death are not uncommon.

    Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in St. Louis

    Nursing homes and long-term care facilities in the United States are often understaffed, which means nursing home employees may be overworked and overwhelmed. Physically and emotionally exhausted nursing employees are more likely to be abusive and neglectful, endangering the disabled patients and elderly residents under their care. Unfortunately, the disabled and elderly are frequently unable to adequately express their complaints, which means that neglect and abuse may go unreported and unchallenged. Because of their age and physical condition, the elderly and disabled can’t stand up for themselves.

    Our personal injury attorneys handle the following types of nursing home abuse cases:

    • Unexplained and suspicious deaths
    • Bedsores
    • Unexplained falls and fractures
    • Medication errors
    • Dehydration
    • Malnutrition
    • Preventable infections
    • Wandering or elopement injuries
    • Verbal and emotional abuse
    • Physical assault
    • Sexual assault
    • Unreasonable restraint
    • Involuntary seclusion
    • Financial exploitation

    Premises Liability Attorney and Lawsuits Against Landlords in St. Louis

    Property owners and managers have duties and obligations under the law. They have duties and obligations keep their property safe for visitors and business invitees. Therefore, if you have been injured because of a dangerous condition on the property of another person or company, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury, medical treatment expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering.

    Ortwerth Law handles a wide variety of premises liability cases, including:

    • Slip-and-fall cases
    • Ice and snow on parking lots and sidewalks
    • Defective sidewalks and steps
    • Building code violations
    • Poor construction
    • Staircase accidents
    • Substandard building materials

    Swimming Pool Accident and Injury Attorney

    According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about ten people die from unintentional drowning every day. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.

    With the exception of death, acute spinal cord injury represents the most catastrophic result of swimming pool accidents. Quadriplegia, tetraplegia, paraplegia, skull fractures, brain damage and serious orthopedic injuries are the most common serious injuries.

    If you have been injured in a swimming pool or your loved one died in a swimming pool accident, you have come to the right place. Craig has the knowledge, skill and experience to handle your personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

    The most common causes of swimming pool injuries and deaths:

    • Diving into a shallow portion of the pool;
    • Diving from a springboard 30 inches or less from the water;
    • Slipping on the pool deck or diving board;
    • Diving from the pool’s internal steps;
    • Cannonball diving;
    • Head-first entry from a water slide;
    • Feet-first entry from a water slide into shallow water;
    • Horseplay around a swimming pool;
    • Alcohol use;
    • Recklessness around a swimming pool;
    • Getting stuck in the bottom drain of a pool;
    • Inattentiveness;
    • Inadequate supervision;
    • Inadequate swimming skill;
    • Falling into the swimming pool;
    • Inadequately trained life-guard.

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