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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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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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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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Let’s pretend that you had a medical device implanted into your body a few months ago – perhaps a pacemaker or maybe a new hip.  Ever since the surgery, you just haven’t felt right and the implant doesn’t seem to be doing what you thought it was supposed to do.

You go back to the doctor and you cannot seem to get any satisfaction to remedy your issues.  You happen to discover that the device you recently received has been recalled.

This does not necessarily mean that your doctor or medical provider has committed malpractice.  In fact, a very small percentage of cases end up in the category of malpractice.  There are many factors involved and a lot of information required before a case of malpractice is determined, including legalities. Simply, it takes a lot of time to build a case.

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For those reasons, if you suspect malpractice on the part of your doctor or medical providers, we strongly urge you to see us at Theodoros & Rooth right away – before any more time goes by.

There are statutes of limitations that apply to all injury cases, which act like deadlines to file your lawsuit.  If you do not file a lawsuit on time, it is highly likely that the court will dismiss your case, even if it is meritorious.   It’s not all that simple as there are a lot of other factors to consider, but realize it’s a good rule of thumb to get started as soon as possible, especially when the evidence is fresh and more easily available.

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We hear so much bad news about the risks of personal injury at home, on the highways, on bicycles and while boating in the summertime, that it’s refreshing to report some good news for a change.

 

According to the latest statistics from the Indiana Department of Labor, workplace injuries fell 5 percent in 2015 in Indiana. Even though we’re well into 2017, it always takes a while for complete statistics to be compiled.

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The year is now tied with 2013 as the year with the lowest on-the-job injury rate since the federal government began recording 25 years ago.  According to the Indiana Department of Labor, 3.8 people per every hundred were injured or contracted work-related illnesses last year.

A report from Indiana Public Television notes that The Indiana Department of Labor claims that the lower injury rate is a result of a concerted effort on many fronts.   DOL Spokeswoman Amanda Stanley says this includes, “Organized labor, trade organizations, safety councils, and basically everybody taking the safety of Hoosiers in the workplace seriously and doing everything they can with those cooperative relationships.”

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One of the most popular cosmetic procedures these days is breast implant surgeries. Breast augmentation is the second most popular cosmetic procedure among women, after liposuction. More than 300,000 procedures were performed in 2015.

The procedure is generally safe but the Food and Drug Administration announced late last month (March 2017) that these implants can cause a rare form of cancer that may have killed at least nine people.

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The cancer is called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) and the FDA is checking into more than 350 reports linking it with both silicone and saline breast implants.

Considering the frequency of the procedure, the chance of getting this cancer is very rare even with 300 cases over 10 years or longer.   What’s more, the FDA says, like many other cancers, it can be treated if caught early enough.

 

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