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Blog Posts in 2016

  • Five Dangerous Toys That Should Stay Off Your Christmas List This Year

    Christmas is almost here. If you have children in your life, you probably experience some joy in making this time of year a memorable one for them. You want to give a gift that makes them smile. What you do not want to do is give them a gift that may potentially harm them. To help make the holidays a little safer, we’ve put together a list of some of the most dangerous toys available this year ...
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  • What is a Design Defect?

    In product liability cases, there are three types of claims one can make, including the issue of design defects. Unlike manufacturing defects, which are mistakes made in the process of producing a product, a design defect is a flaw in the design that makes the product dangerous even when used as intended. That means, even if the product is consistently made using the best materials, its flaw ...
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  • The Simon Law Firm, P.C. Named in 2017 "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News

    The Simon Law Firm, P.C. is proud to announce that our firm has been ranked in the 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers © “Best Law Firms” list regionally in 8 practice areas. This is the firm’s 7 th consecutive year on this prestigious list. Law firms that receive this distinction hold high ratings from both clients and peers and are known for quality legal expertise and excellence. Additionally, ...
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  • Opioid Epidemic Fueled by a Campaign of Misinformation

    Opioids & Heroin: Mixing Semantics Opium is a bitter, brown, granular powder derived from the seedpod of the poppy. People have used opium for the relief of pain for thousands of years. [1] But a quick word on terminology: Opiates are drugs derived from the opium poppy. On the other hand, Opioids are synthetic, or partly-synthetic drugs that are manufactured to work in a similar way to opiates. ...
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  • How to Know If Your Child's Car Seat Is Defective

    For any parent, the safety of their children is of the utmost importance. This is why it is crucial to make sure that any items bought for the child are not defective and are safe for the child to use. One of the biggest issues parents deal with is defective car seats. This equipment is meant to keep children safely seated in the vehicle and prevent injury in the event of a collision. ...
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  • Anoxic and Hypoxic Brain Injuries

    In order to function correctly, the human brain requires a constant oxygen flow. Without oxygen, there is a potential for serious and long-term brain injury . There are two types of brain injuries that involve the loss of oxygen to the brain: anoxic and hypoxic. Both of these types of brain injuries vary in severity based on how long the brain goes without oxygen. Both types of injuries can arise ...
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  • How Does the FDA Regulate Prescription Drugs?

    Before a drug can be released on the market, it must go through a strict approval process with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA regulates the various steps that prescription drugs and other items must go through before they can be marketed to the consumer. Not many people are aware of the approval process or the way in which the FDA regulates prescription drugs. Here’s ...
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  • Four Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

    Any type of negligence-related accident resulting in injury can be a huge disruption to a person’s life. The victim has to go through the steps of speaking with the proper authorities, exchanging information with the negligent party, contacting insurance companies, and seeking medical treatment. Medical attention can be expensive, causing bills to add up. This financial stress may cause the victim ...
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  • The Problem of Misdiagnosis in the United States

    One of the biggest problems in the medical industry is the possibility of errors on behalf of medical professionals. In fact, there have been recent reports that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the country, resulting in more than 250,000 deaths each year. When it comes to medical errors, however, the general public may not be aware of all the ways they can occur and how ...
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  • What is the Legal Definition of "Failure to Warn?"

    When a product is put on the market, we trust it has been put through rigorous testing to make sure it’s safe. There are very specific regulations that require companies to design and produce safe products. However, if any part of the product is inherently unsafe, it is the duty of the manufacturer to warn consumers of the potential dangers. This is the main focus of product liability cases. When ...
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  • Lawyers from The Simon Law Firm Honored by "The Best Lawyers in America©"

    Our team is proud to announce that seven of our attorneys have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® list of 2017. One of our attorneys has also been named Lawyer of the Year. The following attorneys have been listed as “Best Lawyers in America©” 2017: Benjamin R. Askew : Litigation - Patent Anne-Marie Brockland : Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Timothy Cronin : ...
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  • Things to Know in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

    What do you do when someone acts negligently and causes you harm? This is a question that not many people have an answer to, but the reality is, there are thousands of incidents every day that results in someone sustaining a serious injury. Quite often — more than we’d like to imagine — these injuries are caused by someone else’s negligent, reckless, or careless actions. While we never expect to ...
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  • Erica Slater Selected as an Up & Coming Lawyer of 2016

    Attorney Erica Slater has been selected as one of the Up & Coming Lawyers of 2016 by Missouri Lawyers Weekly . Winners are chosen based on their demonstration of excellence and their potential to make a difference in the legal profession and their communities. The awards recognize lawyers who are 40 or younger or who are within their first 10 years of practice. The entire class of 2016 will be ...
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  • When Is a Product Considered Defective?

    As consumers, when we go to purchase a product, we expect that it will be safe and work as it is supposed to. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case – there are plenty of times when a product doesn’t work as advertised or causes a potential danger for the consumer. When this happens, the consumer may suffer a serious injury as a result. If someone is harmed, it may lead to a product liability ...
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  • The Opioid Epidemic - America's Man-Made Scourge

    Opioids—drugs like OxyContin, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Morphine, or Fentanyl—are a class of narcotic drugs that have claimed the lives of over 190,000 Americans in the last 20 years. [1] Perhaps better known as prescription painkillers, or even by their street drug name “hillbilly heroin,” America’s opioid problem has reached epidemic proportions. [2] And, unsurprisingly, this plague is mirrored by a ...
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