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At Theodoros & Rooth we feel it is our duty to warn you about product recalls that just may be hazardous to your health.

There are dozens of recalls every week; most of them recalled voluntarily by companies to protect their consumers.  Some you hear about; some you do not.

You should be aware of two recalls that have been in the national news lately.   This time it’s Samsung phones and antibacterial soap.


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First, a strong warning that users of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones should stop using them immediately because of the possibility of an exploding battery.

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WTHR (NBC Indianapolis) has reported that 77 year old Dr. Donald Cline of Indianapolis allegedly used his own sperm to artificially inseminate patients without their knowledge.

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Donald Cline – Photo Courtesy WTHR-TV


Now retired, Dr. Cline was charged with two felony counts of obstruction of justice for statements he made to investigators.  He appeared in court Monday (9-12-16)

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Theodoros & Rooth is representing at least 85 clients concerned about toxic lead levels in their children in and near the East Calumet Housing Project in East Chicago, Indiana.   This story has become a global news item.  See the story this morning on CBS.

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We’ve been writing about the toxic lead levels found in the soil around East Chicago and, most particularly, near the West Calumet Housing Complex.   If you believe your child has been exposed to these toxic lead levels, we want to hear from you.

Evidence of toxic levels of dangerous chemicals is really not that uncommon.   We have all heard of many incidents or mesothelioma, as close to us as Chicago and Gary. Decades later, people who were exposed to asbestos in places such as factories and other settings are now being diagnosed with mesothelioma, an aggressive form of lung cancer with a poor prognosis.

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Across the country there have been other examples of toxicity in the news lately.

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We’ve certainly had our share of hot and humid days here in Northwest Indiana and all across the country, for that matter.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently reported that “June marked the fourteenth consecutive month of record heat around the globe. In 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported 2,630 workers suffered heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke while on the job.”

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As the outdoor temperature exceeds a worker’s normal body temperature, it becomes harder to cool down. The agency notes that sweating is only effective if the humidity is low enough to allow the evaporation of perspiration. In addition, the fluid and salt lost during sweating has to be replenished.

If a worker can’t cool down, heat is stored and the body core temperature rises. In addition, the agency warns the worker’s heart rate will increase, concentration and focus will become increasingly difficult and the worker may become irritable or feel ill. Fainting and death as a result of heat stroke is a possibility if the worker isn’t cooled down. Continue reading →

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There is a looming health crisis for the past and current residents of the West Calumet Housing Complex in East Chicago, Indiana.

The newspapers and local media have recently reported that the East Chicago Housing authority intends to demolish 346 housing units at the West Calumet Housing Complex due to toxic levels of lead found in the soil.

This is indeed a housing and health crisis for the 1200 residents, more than half of whom are children.

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One of the missions of the lawyers at Theodoros & Rooth is to warn people about consumer products that have shown to be defective or faulty.  These defective products can lead to serious injury or even death.

There are product recalls every day.  Most of the time these recalls originate from honest companies that sincerely care about their customers and they voluntarily make the recall.

Lately, there were two major recalls that have been in the national spotlight.

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The first comes from Ikea.   Since July of 2015 Ikea has been recalling millions of dressers that can tip over and are being blamed for the deaths of three children.  The dressers have been known to fall over if they are not fastened to the wall.


Ikea has been working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which helps carry out recalls.  The problem has been associated with several styles of dressers, though it was Malm chests and dressers that have been linked to at least two of the deaths over the past two years.

The company did not alter the product’s design or take it off the market following the launch of the repair program in 2015. The repair program provided new kits to attach the dressers to the wall for customers who hadn’t used the original hardware to secure the dressers.

“Consumers need to act immediately because it’s a very present hazard, especially if you have kids in your home,” CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye said in an interview.  Kaye said consumers “need to either get their anchor kit from Ikea for free and install it on their furniture, take it back to the store for a full refund or have Ikea come and pick it up from their homes for free.”

An additional recall of an additional 1.7 million dressers in China was also announced recently.

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Then there are the hoverboards. They have become enormously popular around the world.  However, because of new safety risks, many airlines, railroads, and college campuses have now banned the boards.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has said that it has received at least 99 reports of hoverboard battery packs that have overheated, exploded, or caught fire. There have been at least 18 reports of injuries, such as burns to the neck, legs, or arms, as well as reports of property damage.

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