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The fall school year is underway, along with the start of the exciting action of high school football and other sports.   We at Theodoros & Rooth think it’s important for you to know the answer to the question:  Just how safe is your high school athlete?

The positive news is that every state has some type of health and safety policy requirement for their high schools to follow, according to the Health and Safety Policy Ranking for High School Athletics released last month (August 2017) by the Korey Stringer Institute and sponsored in part by the NFL.

The goal of this project was to determine how states are mandating safety standards for their athletes.  However, not a single state meets all the minimum best practice requirements for the areas focused on in this project, which happen to be the top causes of heat stroke and sudden death in sport, accounting for over 90% of sport-related deaths.

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Regionally Indiana ranked #28 out of the 50 states; Illinois #16.  For more information, click the link below.

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We all know the dangers of drinking and driving and that there are strict laws that provide serious punishment for people that choose to drink and drive.  Sadly, many people still decide to drink and drive on a regular basis.  Far too often, innocent drivers and passengers of other vehicles are seriously injured or killed as a result of a drunk driver on the road.

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For a parent, a teen-age son or daughter getting a driver’s license is a landmark time for them.  It’s a solid sign that they are growing up and this is a critical turning point in life.  In a way, it is the first time they are on their own and you are letting them become more free of parental supervision.  Needless to say, it is also a very worrisome time for any parent as we (often reluctantly) turn over the keys to the family car.

teen-drivers-300x199Smart parents will put strict restrictions on the usage of the car for a first-time driver.  Even the safest teen driver, though, can be the victim of another driver who isn’t so careful.  Sadly, there is even more evidence that parents’ worries are not exaggerations.  New AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research about teens and distracted driving warn that new teen drivers  ages 16-17 years old are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash.

 

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We are at the peak of the summer vacation season.  Families everywhere are packing up the car before journeying across America to see the sites while creating lasting memories before the kids head back to school.

Whether you’re just headed to Grandma’s house in southern Indiana or taking a longer trek to Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, or Niagara Falls, it’s critical you first make sure your car is up for it.  So, we ask, when’s the last time that vehicle of yours had a good check-up?

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In doing our research for this article, we naturally called upon AAA.  It’s no surprise that they had some helpful tips for staying safe on your summer motor adventures: Continue reading →

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Last summer, we wrote an article about the cap placed on the amount of damages that can be awarded to a victim of medical malpractice in Indiana.   We discussed that then Governor Pence signed a bill approving an increase to Indiana’s cap on medical malpractice damages.  The new law raised the cap to $1.65 million in 2017 and $1.8 million in 2019.  This change took effect on July 1 (2017).

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We said a year ago and we repeat:  Despite this increase, this new amount does not begin to fully compensate someone for the harm that was done to them.  Oftentimes, the cap does not even cover the costs of an injured person’s past medical bills, lost wages, and the costs of the medical care they will need in the future.  These injured Hoosiers often are forced into bankruptcy or require State aid to cover their medical costs.  Sen. Brent Steele (R-Bedford), who sponsored the legislation, said “Even with the increase, Indiana’s cap remains low compared with other states.”

In stark contrast, the Illinois Supreme Court declared the state’s previous cap on non-economic damages unconstitutional in 2010.”

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Even though the Indianapolis-based National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) outlined strict guidelines to prevent concussions among athletes at the college level, lawsuits continue to mount against the nation’s biggest governing sports body.

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In June (2016), the family of Zack Langston, a former college linebacker at Pittsburg State who killed himself in 2014, filed a lawsuit against the NCAA, blaming its handling of concussions. Langston allegedly suffered more concussions at Pittsburg State.

The federal lawsuit filed in Kansas City, Kansas also names the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, the league that includes Division II’s Pittsburg State, where Langston played from 2007-2010.

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In all directions from Lake Michigan, there are literally thousands of other lakes, rivers, and streams.   Yes, it’s time for some hot fun in the summertime including recreational boating, water skiing, jet skis, fishing, and swimming.  Unfortunately, it can also bring tragedy, including serious injury or even death.

Let’s work hard this year to minimize those accidents on the waters.  As is the case with vehicle accidents on the roads, with a little planning and responsible thinking, it’s possible.

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U.S. Coast Guard statistics tell us that the main cause of most fatal boating accidents are poor operator judgement and lack of awareness.  That can mean a lot of things, of course.

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Few would disagree that long waits at the doctor’s office are incredibly frustrating.

If you believe a new report from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), things could get even worse.

The AAMC report “estimates a shortfall ranging from 34,600 to 88,000 doctors by 2025, compared to what our growing and aging population may need. By 2030, the shortfall is expected to total anywhere from 40,800 to 104,900 doctors.”

That means not only longer waits to get a simple examination, but also delays in getting needed surgeries – something which could range from serious to deadly.

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The reason is partly due to the baby-boomer generation quickly becoming the largest age group in our nation.  By 2030, the number of Americans over the age of 65 will grow by 55 percent.

G. Kerch, AAMC president and CEO, calls the physician shortage projections “especially troubling,” because as people age they typically need more health care services.

 

 

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Who ever thought that a seemingly gentle and harmless product that has been used on babies for generations is turning out to have such harmful consequences?

We continue the saga into Johnson & Johnson’s recent woes and lawsuits.

Early this month, a jury in St. Louis awarded a Virginia woman a record-setting $110.5 million in the latest lawsuit alleging that using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder caused cancer.  We first reported on the baby powder crisis months ago.

jj-ads-300x200The ruling is the fourth jury verdict to go against Johnson & Johnson in cases in which women claim to have developed cancer after using its talc-based products for feminine hygiene purposes.

In February 2016, a jury awarded Jacqueline Fox, of Birmingham, Alabama, $72 million, finding the company guilty of negligence, conspiracy, and fraud.  Altogether, juries have awarded plaintiffs $197 million to women who say they were harmed by Johnson & Johnson’s talc products.

All three awards are now being appealed.

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‘Tis the season for firing up the barbecue to enjoy some delicious sizzling steaks, burgers and dogs in the backyard with family and friends.  The last thing we want to do is to put a damper on your summer picnic.

Yet, some reminders are in order.  These are things we often don’t think about during these fun times with food and drink.

First, this common tool has been in the news before, and again just recently.  The wire grill brush.  Harmless enough, right?  Not so fast.

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An estimated 1,700 Americans went to an emergency room between 2002 and 2014 after having ingested wire bristles hidden in grilled food, according to a study published in the medical journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

 

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