Finney Law Office, LLC

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

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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

If a person demonstrates any of these symptoms and/or has lost consciousness—no matter how brieflyit is important to seek medical attention immediately. TBI can result in permanent disability or death and prompt medical treatment can make a lifesaving difference.

TBI in young children, and particularly babies, can be very difficult to diagnose. They may demonstrate some of the symptoms above, but caregivers or parents should watch for other warning signs as well, including:

  • Will not stop crying and cannot be calmed down
  • Headache that persists
  • Loss of interest in playing or favorite toys
  • Loss of skills, such as talking, toilet training, crawling, etc.
  • Loss of balance and trouble ambulating (walking, crawling, turning over)
  • Will not nurse or eat

Causes of TBI

The majority of TBI cases result from falls (35%), followed by motor vehicle accidents (17%), pedestrian and bike accidents (17%), assaults (10%) and “other” factors, including warzone explosions and IED blasts (21%). Falls constitute the major cause of TBI for older adults. One in five patients diagnosed with TBI is a victim of violence, including firearms, as well as domestic and child abuse. Despite the increased publicity regarding the prevalence of concussions among football players, only 3% of all TBI are sports-related.

Cause of TBI also is strongly correlated with prognosis or patient outcome. Approximately 91% of all TBI resulting from firearms (including suicidal intent) result in death, while only 11% of TBI resulting from falls end in a fatality.

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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CAR WARS

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

Finney Myth Buster – Dog Bites

Finney Myth Buster- Dog Bites (1)Click to infographic to learn about dog bites and how powerful they are compared to animals around the world. Also learn what to do in the case of a dog bite and how the attorneys at Finney Law Office, LLC Attorneys at Law can do to help you.

Making an Uninsured Motorist Claim: Will My Rates Go Up?

The simple answer to the question above is “they are not able to do so legally”. However, as you will see, it is increasingly difficult to prevent an insurance company from finding some reason, any reason, to increase your rates. The good news is there are options to fight back against rising auto insurance rates.

In Missouri, there is something called the Missouri Insurance Regulations. The full list of rules for auto insurance can be found here: http://sos.mo.gov/adrules/csr/current/20csr/20c500-2.pdf . Specifically, when it comes to uninsured motorist coverage, the regulations specifically state as follows:Continue Reading

A Volume Injury Firm or a Smaller Boutique Practice?

As some of you read that headline, you may have no idea what the subject of this post is. You may even wonder how this applies to you. I don’t blame you. The idea of this post is to inform you about your options in choosing a personal injury lawyer—or any lawyer for that matter. It is about knowing what to look for and what ask. And most importantly, it is about knowing the difference between a volume law firm and a smaller practice. Remember, you only hire a personal injury lawyer when you need to—when you’ve been hurt or harmed in some way. It makes sense to get the best fit for you. It’s about choice—your choice.

Let’s start with the basics. A volume law firm usually is organized in the following fashion:Continue Reading