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Firm shareholder Michael Stewart focuses his legal practice on helping individuals and families who have been wrongfully injured. Before joining the Simmons Firm, Mike was a member of the United States Marine Corps from 1984 to 1988.
In 1995, Mike earned his Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois, with a health law certificate. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he earned his undergraduate degree in political science.
Having a creek or other body of water in your back yard can increase your property value and improve quality of life. But when that creek becomes contaminated with toxic substances unknown to property owners, the results can be devastating.
This is what residents believe happened to Coldwater Creek in North St. Louis County. The creek starts near Lambert Airport and runs through the communities of Berkeley, Florissant and Blackjack before joining the Missouri River. Since the 1940s, waste from two nuclear storage facilities near the airport is believed to have drained into the creek.
Mallinckrodt Chemical Company processed uranium for the Department of Defense in the 1940s. Nuclear by products were generated from the manufacturing process. That waste was then transported from the company’s downtown site to two locations in North County near the airport. They are called the St. Louis Airport Site and the Hazelwood Interim Storage Site. Coldwater Creek borders both locations.
Today, both sites are being remediated by the Army Corps of Engineers. The dump sites were designated a superfund site in 1989 by the Environmental Protection Agency. Since then, various efforts had been made to clean up the contamination. The entire project is slated to finish this coming year.
While the cleanup is an important step, it does not help those who have already been exposed. They maybe eligible to file a coldwater creek lawsuit. New reports have uncovered that North St. Louis County has a high rate of cancer than the rest of the county and even the state. Many residents believe this increased rate of cancer diagnosis and other illnesses to their exposures to the waste in the creek.
Cancers believed to be linked to toxic exposure to nuclear waste are:
- Lung cancer
- Acute Mylogenous Leukemia (ALM)
- Other types of Leukemias
- Multiple Myeloma Thyroid Cancer
- and Others
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer after having direct, repeated contact with Coldwater Creek, then you may have grounds to file a coldwater creek lawsuit against those responsible for the creek’s contamination.Comments (0)
The servicemen and women who have served in our military have always sacrificed much to make our country a better place to live. It wasn’t until earlier this past century, however, that a day was set aside to recognize their sacrifices.
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month an armistice was reached in 1918. That day the fighting stopped along the Western Front of what would eventually become known as World War I.
November 11 was immediately designated a national holiday to celebrate peace and remember the sacrifice given by millions of soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed legislation that changed ‘Armistice Day’ to ‘Veteran’s Day’ to honor American veterans of all wars – not just World War I.
Over the past years, the Simmons Firm has done much to help veterans whether representing them in the courtroom or donating its time, talent and treasure to veteran aid organizations. However, more people are needed to step up and help support our veterans year round. Keep reading to learn more about veterans’ organizations the firm has helped in the past that could use your support, too.
Please consider donating your time, your talent or your treasure to these very deserving charities and programs that support our veterans year-round.
Veterans Legal Clinic
Organized by the Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee
On Tuesday, Nov. 13, Madison County attorneys will be available to answer veteran’s legal questions at the Madison County Courthouse Law Library in Edwardsville. Pro bono services will be available on the topics of evictions, foreclosures, estate planning, child custody, divorce and small claims.
Veterans of Madison County please call today to schedule your appointment. Advance appointments must be made by calling Jaime Stipcak at the Madison County Law Library at (618) 296-4472.
at the St. Louis Veterans’ Home
Lewis and Clark Boulevard
St. Louis, MO
The Missouri Veterans’ Home is in need of several volunteers to help serve our veterans Thanksgiving Dinner. The event takes place on Thursday, Nov. 15 this year at 6 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help transport the veterans and act as servers. For the past two years, several firm employees have left work early to participate in this event. They all describe it as a very rewarding experience.
If you are available to help, contact Director of Volunteer Services Julie Goulet at 314-340-6389 ext 239 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Veterans Assistance Commission
Madison County Government
The Veterans’ Assistance Commission in Madison County helps approximately 25,000 veterans who are county residents and who were honorably discharged. Services include internal or emergency financial assistance, Veterans’ Treatment Court, and much more. The organization is currently working on building a Veteran Volunteer Network to help serve veterans in Madison County.
Volunteer opportunities include being a mentor for the Veterans Treatment Court Mentoring Program, helping with the homeless veterans’ housing program, veterans visiting veterans in hospice/nursing care, veterans’ gravestone/grave marketer inventory/care, general office work and more.
To volunteer or learn more contact the Veterans’ Assistance Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org or 618-692-7040 ext. 4554.
Joshua Chamberlain Society
St. Louis Non-Profit Group Aiding Fallen & Wounded Military Heroes
Last year, the Joshua Chamberlain Society was the beneficiary of the Simmons Employee Foundation Annual Golf Tournament. This is a great organization that works to “adopt” St. Louis veterans who have been wounded or killed during their military service. All funds donated to the organization directly help JCS Heroes and their families. Projects include remodeling the home to improve the wounded hero’s quality of life, setting up and funding college funds for children of veterans who have passed, or purchasing specialized furniture for the veteran.
The Society is hosting the 3rd Annual Price of Freedom Gala on Jan. 26, 2013 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel to raise funds to support its JCS Heroes. For ticket information visit www.priceoffreedomgala.org or click here to make a direction donation to help wounded St. Louis area veterans.Comments (0)
Conditions and illnesses of the lungs can be caused by dangerous chemicals in the air that we inhale. The Clean Air Act is a law that outlines the responsibilities of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in regards to protecting and improving the air quality in the United States. Without it, factories, refineries and corporations can release pollutants into the air without restriction, increasing the incidence of lung conditions among Americans.
The EPA outlines the air pollutants that fall under the regulations of the Clean Air Act. These include:
- Carbon Monoxide
- Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)
- Nitrogen Oxides
- Sulfur Dioxide
- And more
Health risks associated with air pollutants can occur when a person is exposed to the hazardous material, especially if exposure lasts an extended period of time. These risks can range anywhere from less serious (skin rashes, coughing, headaches) to very serious (cancer, kidney/liver damage, mesothelioma). The EPA estimates, however, that 230,000 early deaths will be prevented by the year 2020 as a result of the Clean Air Act.
One of the goals of the American Lung Association is to ensure the air we breathe at home, at school, at work and outside is clean and safe. Serious diseases like mesothelioma, which is linked to the inhalation of harmful asbestos particles, can be prevented. Learn more about protecting our air and maintaining healthy lungs from the American Lung Association today.Comments (0)
Today, a tragedy happened not 20 minutes from my office. A double-decker Megabus was in a horrible accident on Interstate 55, just north of Litchfield, Ill., and details continue to emerge. As someone immersed in cases involving serious injuries, I hate to turn on the news and see an accident like this. All of us do.
The bus reportedly slammed into a concrete pillar of an overpass bridge while traveling south from Chicago to St. Louis. The main impact was on the driver’s side. Early reports state the crash was due to a flat tire.
While the number of injuries hasn’t been reported yet, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch stated that more than a dozen ambulances and medical helicopters were on scene.
My heart goes out to everyone who was riding on that bus and their families.Comments (0)
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