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With winter snow and ice now in season, accident rates go up.  Second only to motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents account for 15% of all accidental deaths in the United States.    

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Some of these accidents just happen.  It goes with the season.  Frankly, you just have to be careful.  Far too many others are caused by negligence  on both commercial and residential property.  This results in sprains and broken bones but slip and fall accidents are also one of the leading causes of concussion.   You can be liable whether you are a homeowner or have a business if you don’t take the proper steps to keep your property free of snow, ice and wet floors.

 

 

If you are a victim of a fall that you believe was caused by the irresponsibility of another, contact Theodoros & Rooth.  We will carefully listen to your circumstances, and advise you on whether or not we believe you have a case.  If so, we will aggressively go after those who caused your injury and seek the fair compensation you deserve. 

 

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According to an article in the AARP Bulletin, there are 12 different ways the health care system may be hurting you.

We’ve mentioned this statistic in a previous article here:  A study earlier this year by Johns Hopkins University found that more than 250,000 deaths per year by the health system in America.  That makes it the 3rd leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer.  Everyone agrees, this is a serious problem.

This AARP article discusses what it calls “the dirty dozen: 12 sources of harm that plague the American Health System.”

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You would think that having a dangerous job would almost be worth it because the pay would certainly be commensurate with the risks involved.  Wrong. The employment site known as  CareerCast recently compiled the 2016 list of the safest and most dangerous jobs out there.  Actually, the average salary for a position on the safest list is $69,408, while annual pay for those jobs on the most dangerous list is $45,273.

We can understand if you’re thinking, something’s wrong with this picture. 

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Here are some details on some of the most dangerous jobs out there, according to the study. Some of these will come as no surprise.

 

 

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On Friday, October 7th and Saturday, October 8th, the attorneys at Theodoros & Rooth, spent time meeting with clients who have been affected by the lead contamination in the West Calumet neighborhood in East Chicago. Theodoros & Rooth, Cohen & Malad and The Pardieck Law Firm partnered with Bishop Grant at the Greater First Church in East Chicago to provide clients with a convenient local meeting place, an opportunity to meet with their attorneys and to have their children’s blood lead levels checked by a venous blood draw performed by a third party non-governmental health service.

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All residents of the West Calumet neighborhood are being forced to move. You can help the residents in the West Calumet neighborhood by collecting moving supplies, including: boxes, garbage bags, bubble wrap, newspaper and packing tape. Supplies can be dropped off at Theodoros & Rooth.

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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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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. 

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/indiana-residents-forced-to-move-from-lead-poisoned-land/

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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 →