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Have you been involved in a car accident that happened as a result of the other driver talking on a cell phone while driving? It is currently estimated that 7% of all car accidents in the United States involve cellular phone usage on the road. Today there are more drivers on the road than ever before, and the number of cell phone users continues to increase rapidly.A study done at Harvard showed that over the last five years, the number of cellular phone users has risen from 93 million to 129 million. With so many people driving and using cell phones, the two are bound to combine with disastrous results.Many states are implementing laws that make it illegal to use a cell phone while driving unless a ‘hands-free’ device is used. In St. Louis, we are still waiting for cell phone/driving laws to be passed. In the mean time, cell phone-related car accidents continue to injure and kill people. Todd N. Hendrickson is a St Louis accident attorney and represents those who have been injured in all types of accidents.If you or someone close to you has been injured in St Louis by a negligent driver who was using a cell phone at the time of the crash, you may be eligible to receive a monetary award for your injuries. All drivers are responsible for driving in a safe manner so they do not put themselves and other drivers at risk. When someone fails to operate a vehicle safely, the damage they cause is considered to be an act of negligence. St Louis accident lawyer Todd Hendrickson has a proven track record of bringing negligent parties to justice and holding them financially responsible for the damages and injuries they have caused.Call the St. Louis Law Office of Todd N. Hendrickson at 314.721.8833 to discuss your potential claim. Todd can provide you with a free consultation and advise you of your rights and what steps should be taken to pursue your claim.

You’ve been injured, whether it was in a car accident, work place injury, or due to medical malpractice or as a result of a faulty product. Have you ever thought about how you talk to your doctor about these injuries? No? Well you should …

Doctors write office notes and reports about every office visit they have with you, and every time they see you in the hospital. Doctors are the historians of your medical condition. What they write can affect any legal case you may have. Whatever the doctor documents about your injury or condition is what the insurance company, defense attorney, judge and jury will see. And all too often, if you try to say “that isn’t what I said!” who do you think that insurance company, defense attorney, judge and jury are going to believe?

Doctors are just like everyone else. They want to be successful at what they do. They want their patients to get better. As a result, doctors records tend to be biased in favor of recovery. I’m not saying it is an intentional bias. In most cases, it is not. It is just that their job is to make you better and they want to believe that they are achieving that goal.

So … how does what you say to your doctor affect what they write? Simple: unless you are 100% recovered, never tell a doctor “I feel fine” or “I feel better.” We all know that those statements are usually followed by an “except ….” “Doc, I feel fine, except my left leg is still killing me. I can’t bend it the way I should and the pain wakes me at night.” If your doctor has been treating this condition for awhile, chances are, his records will record: “Patient feels fine” or “patient improved.” In fact, you aren’t. And you’ve just created a hurtle for you and your attorney to overcome.

So, resist the temptation to say “I’m better” or “I’m fine” if you aren’t. Prepare for your visit with your doctor. Think about how your injury or condition has been since you last saw your doctor. Be prepared to tell him, quickly and succinctly, each of your complaints. Tell him or her what triggers any pain. Tell them if it hurst after certain activities or at certain times of the day. Be prepared to give them examples of things that your injuries have kept you from doing, or have made difficult to do, such as housework, your job, recreational activities. Don’t exaggerate. Never exaggerate! Simply list your problem and leave out “I’m fine” out of your vocabulary until there is nothing else on that list of things that are hurting or bothering you. Then, and only then, are you “fine.”

In the most recent 3 years of reported data, more than 94 people have died in ATV accidents in Missouri. //atvsafety.gov Nationally, more than 1200 deaths were reported as a result of ATV accidents.If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of an ATV accident, you should contact The Law Offices of Todd N. Hendrickson. We can investigate the accident and determine if there is an applicable product recall or safety violation. Many people are completely unaware of the Missouri safety laws regarding ATV ridership. These and other factors must be investigated in the event of an ATV accident.Contact Todd N. Hendrickson for a free consultation.