Finney Law Office, LLC

1735 South Big Bend Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63117
United States
Phone: (314) 646-0300
Fax: (314) 646-0303

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The 4th of July

Screen Shot 2015-06-24 at 10.13.35 AMThe Fourth of July is arguably the most patriotic event that takes place here in the United States. With this holiday being so largely celebrated, personal injuries and accidents often occur at this time. This holiday regularly causes these injuries far more often than other holidays. Find out how Finney Law Office, LLC can help you.

Car Wars Chapter 2

The war had just started. But my son being arrested on his 16th birthday for driving his new jeep ‘off road’ on the local ballfield put me on full wartime alert. My wife, however, was still not accepting the start of hostilities. To her this was just an ‘incident’ – isolated and not particularly ominous. For you history buffs, kind of like British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain proclaiming ‘peace in our time’ right before Hitler invaded Poland to start World War II.

My son was grounded from all vehicles except for his bike. His summer had ended before it started. His outstanding financial obligations had grown exponentially due to the sentencing handed down following his ‘arrest’.

He got off with a slap on the wrist. His mother was his defense attorney. It was her idea in the first place, so she couldn’t let him swing.

Anyway, he needed money so he needed more work. One of my wife’s best friends offered some yard work. (Apparently I was the only one who didn’t feel sorry for him. Well, neither did his siblings. The next in line realized the Jeep was slipping out of his grasp.)

The job was ½ mile away. Apparently my wife felt that was beyond the distance a 16 year old boy could safely ride a bike.

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Traumatic Brain Injuries

Finney, TBI UPDATE (1)Traumatic brain injuries come in several different forms with all of them proving to be very serious. Whether you are suffering from a concussion, contusion, coup-contrecoup, diffuse axonal, or penetration injury, your recovery should not be taken lightly. This could mean hefty medical bills, time off work, and pain & suffering. If this injury was due to the negligence of another individual, you deserve compensation. Contact a St. Louis personal injury attorney at Finney Law Office, LLC today.

Is It Just a Concussion?

Many of the symptoms exhibited by someone who has sustained a moderate or severe traumatic brain injury, or TBI, are the same as those of a concussion but tend to be more intense and longer in duration. Examples of these symptoms include a prolonged headache, repeated vomiting, and inability to be roused from sleep and/or markedly increased disorientation, anxiety, and restlessness.

Below is a checklist encompassing signs and symptoms associated with moderate to severe TBI.

  • Worsening headache that will not go away
  • Weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling slowed down
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Slurred speech
  • Appearance of drowsiness or inability to rouse the person
  • Sensitivity to light and sounds
  • Blurred vision
  • Uneven size of pupils
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Impaired ability to think, concentrate, or to remember, including inability to recognize familiar people and places
  • Impaired balance and coordination
  • Confusion, restlessness, and agitation
  • Unusual or odd behavior that is out of character for the person
  • Loss of consciousness, typically ranging from 20 minutes to six hours

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Badge 105

Thirty seven years ago I stood in front of the Honorable Daniel Tillman while he swore me in as an Assistant Circuit Attorney. I didn’t do the state capital, mass swear in of new attorneys, just graduated from law school, with family, friends, and photos. The court room was vacant except for one other person, another junior Assistant Circuit Attorney, who I had just met, there to do the introduction with Judge Tillman.

I tried probably 10 felony jury trials in front of Judge Tillman over the next 2 years, including three in one week. But that morning I had no understanding of the significance to me of what had happened. It took 10 minutes. There were no photos or even congratulations. It was my first day on the job.

The oath I swore that morning was to protect the community from criminals. Hold law breakers accountable.

That day, that oath, holding people accountable, became my definition of Justice.

Two days later I got my badge. Number 105. The 105th Assistant Circuit Attorney in the history of the Office.Continue Reading

5 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

You’ve just been injured. Maybe you’ve been in an accident in your car or at work.  Whatever the case may be, you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney. Here’s why!

Experience – Personal injury attorneys handle these sorts of cases on a daily basis and will know if you should pursue legal action from the very beginning. Knowing this information can save you time, money, and several headaches.

Cut Through the Red Tape – When you receive an injury, the last things you want to deal with are complicated legal procedures, confusing medical terms, and lots of paperwork. Hiring a personal injury attorney will help you cut through the red tape and get you the help and settlement that you deserve. 

Experience with Insurance Companies – You may not know what to say to your insurance company or how to deal with them after an accident. However, personal injury attorneys handle insurance companies on a daily basis and will not be confused by their tactics or legal/medical terms. Leave it to them!

Objectivity – When you are injured in an accident, your emotions are running high, which might make it difficult for you to really see the facts. However, hiring a personal injury attorney can help you be more objective about your case and help you make the best decisions for your particular case.

Best Outcome – Most personal injury cases are resolved by settlements so hiring an attorney means getting the best results possible. An attorney can help you negotiate a settlement and resolve the case as early as possible. 

If you have been injured in an accident and aren’t sure whether you should hire an attorney, contact Finney Law Office today at 314-888-5198.

Bicycle Safety Month

Bicycle Safety - FinneyDuring the month of May, people across the country are encouraged to dust off their bikes from the winter in the garage and take to the streets. Biking decreases your carbon footprint, saves gas, burns calories, gets you outside in the fresh air, and often gets you a closer parking spot than your car! With so many people getting their bikes out for the first time, it can catch drivers off guard. When drivers are out of the habit of looking for bicyclists, it can quickly turn south for the person without any protection. If you or someone you know has been seriously injured on a bicycle because of someone else’s negligence, contact the Finney Law Office LLC.

Dog Bite Myth Busters

Dog Bite Myth BustersMyth Buster: Pit Bulls have the most dangerous dog bite

Because of abuse at the hands of some owners, pit bulls have developed the reputation of being one of the most dangerous dog breeds. It has been rumored that they have the strongest dog bite and have lockjaw—a unique jaw structure that allows them to grab and clamp their jaw with no release trigger.  It has left people biased against the breed, and has created a fear that pit bulls are one of the worst animals in the world to encounter.

The bad rap comes from the stories on the news about dogfights. According to the ASPCA, the breed was originally bred to bait bulls, hence the name, but when baiting was outlawed in the 1800s, some were mixed with smaller, more athletic terriers to be able to fight each other. The bait dogs were designed to bite and pull livestock to their designated pens, or corrals. When they added speed to the instinctive strength and aggression of the dog, they understandably became a force to be reckoned with.

That being said, almost all breeds of dogs today are being bred as household pets. This means their “natural tendencies” to be bait dogs, or fighting dogs, has all but disappeared. Animals can be bred for physical as well as behavioral tendencies and although most breeds are no longer bred for fighting, there are some pit bull owners that still encourage this trait.

That being said, what are the odds that a dog will exert so much force that their jaw will lock? Is it reasonable to avoid specific breeds of dog? What breeds should you be wary of?

After seeing clients and St. Louis neighbors become anxious with a wide discrepancy of information, Finney Law Office, LLC has decided to take on an additional role: investigating myths and debunking unclear information. Here, we have taken on hours of research and are putting dog bites into the global perspective.

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Football Myth Busters

Football Myth BustersIn recent years, it has seemed like more and more kids are getting concussions. The question has been raised whether it is that football hits are getting harder, or if doctors are getting better at recognizing and diagnosing them. Modern technologies now allow athletic trainers, coaches, parents, and doctors to diagnose and rehabilitate the players who have received these injuries. A concussion is defined as, according to the Mayo Clinic, “a brain injury caused by trauma directly to the head or transmitted to the brain from a force to the body.” With that in mind, it’s easy to pick out times when we remember someone getting “knocked out” or other dramatic scenes of brain injuries. While these are scary images, something even more chilling is the idea that equally serious damage can be done that is invisible to the untrained eye.

Myth: A concussion is only serious when the player is “out cold”

The brain is a floating three-pound organ within adults. It lives within the cushion of cerebrospinal fluid behind about an inch of protective bone. When you get hit in the head, inertia pushes the delicate brain into the interior of the skull, and then forcefully recoils to the opposite side of the head. These two impacts, combined, cause a concussion.

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CHAPTER 1 – Pearl Harbor

One Saturday late in my son’s senior year in high school he arrived at the barber shop… the home-hair salon option, performed without any professional pride or even interest, having long since been rejected by mutual agreement when the quality of the haircut was questioned.

Bill’s Barber Shop was three miles from our home and my son arrived on his bike. Bill had been cutting his hair for some years and so was able to recognize the significance of the transportation. In fact Bill even brought it up to my son “Three years ago you arrived here on a bike. Two years ago you drove here in a new Jeep. One year ago you drove here in a 15 year old Chevy Citation. Now you are back on the bike.”

My son just shrugged. There wasn’t enough time in one haircut to explain how it happened. Not even the glossed over, partially correct and mostly lacking in detail, version my son would have delivered.

This is the start of the story of Car Wars. Every parent’s mostly (except for the visible evidence on the car) private war against the inevitable – stupid kids. Sometimes really stupid kids.Continue Reading