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Newsletter – Summer 2014

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Mowing the Lawn Can Be a Dangerous Chore
Red Light CamerasThis summer, many tween and teen-aged kids will be looking to make some extra spending money by mowing lawns. This is something that has been done for years – you probably cut grass as a kid and your parents may have done the same when they were kids. Because of its long tradition, mowing lawns for extra money is almost nostalgic. It brings up great memories of summers past – warm, humid days and the smell of fresh grass clipping.
But beyond the nostalgia, there lies a very real safety concern. June is National Safety Month, and three national medical organizations are warning families that the routine task of lawn mowing can be extremely dangerous if proper safety guidelines are not followed.
Sadly, 253,000 people were treated for lawn mower-related injuries in 2012 — nearly 17,000 of them children under age 19. Most of these injuries can be prevented. Parents should take the time to discuss the following lawn mower safety guidelines with their kids:
  • Children should be at least 12 years of age before operating a push lawn mower, and age 16 to operate a driving lawn mower.
  • Only use a mower with a control that stops the mower blade from moving if the handle is let go.
  • Make sure that sturdy shoes (not sandals or sneakers) are worn while mowing.
  • Prevent injuries from flying objects, such as stones or toys, by picking up objects from the lawn before mowing begins. Have anyone who uses a mower or is in the vicinity wear polycarbonate protective eyewear at all times.
  • Do not pull the mower backward or mow in reverse unless absolutely necessary, and carefully look for children behind you when you mow in reverse.

 

 

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For over 30 years, Casey Devoti has diligently protected the rights of its clients with honesty and integrity. Our lawyers are dedicated to providing individuals and small companies with& first-class, professional and aggressive legal representation. Our lawyers have extensive trial experience representing clients in matters such as, automobile and truck accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, premises liability and commercial disputes. Casey & Devoti proudly serves the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, southeastern Missouri and southern Illinois. Learn more about Casey & Devoti and its rich history of aggressively protecting clients’ rights at www.caseydevoti.com.
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Workplace Safety
Recently, two workers from St. Louis were killed while working on a communications tower in Kansas. As personal injury lawyers we see far too many cases of people who are seriously injured or even killed while on the job. This terrible accident serves as an important reminder about workplace safety and your rights under the law.
The first thing you need to remember is you have the right to a safe workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) was passed to prevent workers from being killed or seriously harmed at work.
As a worker, you have the right to:
  • Ask OSHA to inspect your workplace
  • Use your rights under the law without retaliation and discrimination
  • Receive information and training about hazards, methods to prevent harm, and the OSHA standards that apply to your workplace. The training must be in a language you can understand.
  • Get copies of test results done to find hazards in your workplace
  • Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses
  • Get copies of your medical records


An employer MUST follow these safety standards:
  • Find and correct safety and health problems.
  • Try to eliminate or reduce hazards first by making changes to working conditions rather than just relying on various types of personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, etc.)
  • Inform employees about hazards through training, labels, alarms, color-coded systems, chemical information sheets and other methods.
  • Keep accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses.
  • Perform tests in the workplace, such as air sampling required by some OSHA standards.
  • Provide hearing exams or other medical tests required by OSHA standards.
  • Post OSHA citations, injury and illness data, and the OSHA poster in the workplace where workers will see them.
  • Notify OSHA within 8 hours of a workplace incident in which there is a death or when three or more workers go to a hospital.
  • Not discriminate or retaliate against a worker for using their rights under the law.


Steps To Take If You’ve Been Hurt On The Job:
  1. Report your injury immediately to your employer or supervisor. Failure to report your injury to your employer within 30 days may jeopardize your ability to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits. Notify your employer in writing – include date, time and place of the injury, the nature of the injury and the name and address of the person injured. Keep a copy of the written notice for your records.
  2. Get medical attention. Your employer is required to provide the medical treatment and care to cure and relieve you of the effects of the injury. This includes all costs for authorized medical treatment, prescriptions, and medical devices. There is no deductible and all costs are paid by your employer’s Workers’ Compensation insurance. Missouri law states that the employer has the right to select the treating doctor for any Workers’ Compensation cases. Be aware that if you opt to see a different doctor, the employer and its insurance company may not have to pay your bills.
  3. Educate yourself regarding additional benefits. In addition to medical benefits, you may be entitled to temporary total disability benefits and permanent partial or permanent total disability benefits. Upon the death of a worker who has suffered a compensable work injury, certain surviving individuals may be entitled to weekly benefits from the employer/insurer, and funeral expenses may be provided.
  4. Speak to an attorney right away if your Workers’ Compensation benefits are denied or if your benefits are discontinued before you are fully recovered. Workers’ Compensation benefits and the laws surrounding them can be extremely confusing. It is in your best interest to have a knowledgeable attorney to help you navigate the system.
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Casey & Devoti Marketing Updates
Casey & Devoti is working on a new branding campaign. This campaign will include an updated logo which will appear on the firm’s updated collateral pieces, including business cards, letterhead, presentation folders and a new firm marketing brochure.
In addition to new print materials, we are also in the process of updating our website to include the new logo, easier navigation and updated content. The biggest change to our website will be the addition of the “C&D: In the Community” tab. In this new section, we will prominently feature our attorneys serving the community at large. We are excited to share with everyone the wonderful charitable and civic organizations that Casey & Devoti sponsors and supports every day.
We are also increasing our social media presence. Our updated website will include links to our firm’s Facebook page, LinkedIn page, Google+ page and Twitter account.
Look for a special announcement and summer sweepstakes when we roll out our new website and social media presence.
Supreme Court of Missouri Reappoints Matt Devoti to Disciplinary Committee
Partner Matt Devoti has been reappointed by the Supreme Court of Missouri to serve as a member of the Regional Disciplinary Committee for Region XI. He previously served as a member of the Disciplinary Committee for Region XI and is proud of the work the committee does to ensure ethical practices of the lawyers in that region. “It is a privilege to be entrusted by the Missouri Supreme Court to uphold the ethical standards of the law profession,” said Matt. “I’m honored the Court was pleased with my service and I look forward to serving another term on the committee.”
The role of the committee is to investigate the facts regarding an ethics complaint and determine whether “there is probable cause to believe that the individual under investigation is guilty of professional misconduct.” The committee then makes recommendations regarding the complaints, which are passed on to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel for formal action. The Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel is an agency of the Missouri Supreme Court and is responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct by lawyers, prosecuting the cases where a lawyer’s misconduct poses a threat to the public or to the integrity of the legal profession, and maintaining current records of disciplinary information for lawyers licensed to practice law in Missouri.
Partners Tom Casey and Matt Casey have previously served on the Regional Disciplinary Committee for Region XI. Tom Casey served as General Chairman of the committee and currently serves as a Disciplinary Hearing Officer under the appointment of the Missouri Supreme Court.


March Madness Winners!
March MadnessThank you to everyone who entered a bracket in our March Madness Bracket Pool Contest. True to form, this year’s tournament was filled with exciting games and thrilling upsets. We had $350 in VISA gift cards up for grabs for the top three finishers.

Congratulations to UCONN and our winners:
  • 1st Place ‘Slam Dunk’ = Marcus L.
  • 2nd Place ‘Swoosh’ = Christian C.
  • 3rd Place ‘Free Throw’ = Alex H.


Casey & Devoti to Sponsor Gateway Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 12th Annual Wine Opener

The Wine OpenerOnce again this year, Casey & Devoti will serve as a premier sponsor of the Gateway Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Annual Wine Opener. This year’s fundraising event is scheduled for September 19, 2014 and will be held at the Moto Museum in St. Louis. Partner, Matt Devoti will co-host the event, which will feature a VIP reception, appetizers, unlimited wine tastings, live and silent auctions and many door prizes. To purchase tickets to The Wine Opener fundraiser, click here.
Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. The Gateway Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a fundraising arm, whose purpose is to advance fundraising efforts, research and community awareness for children and adults living with Cystic Fibrosis in the St. Louis area. To learn more about the foundation, please visit www.cff.org/chapters/gateway.
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