Category: Personal Injury

December 16, 2015 / Personal Injury

Dieselgate: Another Name for Plain Old Fraud

It’s being called “Dieselgate”—the outrageous cheating that Volkswagen engaged in when it came to using its specially-modified emissions software to fake the test results for its TDI “clean diesel” engines. Lawsuits are emerging that involve a number of charges, most of which argue the point that Volkswagen duped buyers with its erroneous claims of engine performance. Without a doubt, owners want—and deserve—compensation for the premium prices they paid to own a TDI vehicle, and for the now sharply-reduced resale value of those same vehicles. Owners who bought cars they believed were better for the environment feel swindled, and not just monetarily. As of the last count, there are 11 million of you worldwide. About a half-m[...]


June 23, 2015 / Personal Injury

That Old Swimming Hole Might Not Be Safe

For those who don’t have access to a pool, a lake, or a refreshing stream, summertime may send them in search of a different kind of place to cool off when the temperatures soar. Often, it is our youth and young adults who are attracted to abandoned quarries and mines as places to swim, dive, and “hang out.” Generally, abandoned mines and quarries—of which Indiana has several—are not safe places to explore. Nationwide, accidents in abandoned quarries and mines take 20 to 30 peoples’ lives every year, with drowning the most common cause of death at abandoned quarry and mine sites. Indiana suffers its share of injuries and even fatalities most years as well. As an example, in Bloomington, Rooftop Quarry is popular because it was [...]


June 15, 2015 / Personal Injury

Bouncing Your Way into the ER?

A fast-growing craze among young people is foam pits and trampoline parks. On the surface, it sounds like wholesome fun that will help kids get some needed exercise, and the kids seem to love it. But stories of injuries and deaths, and warnings from doctors, have started to emerge. What Are Foam Pits and Trampoline Parks A foam pit is exactly what it sounds like—piles of foam cubes, usually supported by a trampoline, which people, mostly kids and teens, jump in. A trampoline park is a large room filled with trampolines. Often, the same recreational facility has both. They are popular with those who want to try out acrobatic or gymnastic moves. In Indiana and surrounding states, there are several “jump gyms,” as they are sometimes call[...]


June 8, 2015 / Personal Injury

Accidents Are Not Amusing

It’s a beautiful day. You and your family are out to enjoy yourselves at an amusement park. You feel great anticipation as you climb into the ride’s car. This will be exciting and fun! Unfortunately, perhaps it won’t. We’ve all heard the stories -- from the derailed roller coaster car that flew into a tree at a California park in 2014, to the woman who fell out of a roller coaster in Texas in 2013, to the story of the young woman who suffered amputation by a flying cable at nearby Kentucky Kingdom in 2007. At this point, you might be wondering if amusement parks are really that dangerous. Risky Rides Amusement parks are responsible for a surprising number of injuries. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has estimated th[...]


May 21, 2015 / Personal Injury

Young Workers in Danger

Youth at work may appear vigorous and strong, even invincible. We may even lament our own restrictions that occur with increasing age. Yet that same vibrant quality of youth can be a hindrance when it comes to occupational safety. Would you be surprised to learn that young workers, meaning those under 25, have higher occupational injury rates than older workers? It’s true. For workers under the age of 24 during 2012, there were 375 deaths, with 29 of them suffered by workers less than 18 years old. And during the years 1998 to 2007, younger workers were the victims of roughly twice as many nonfatal workplace injuries each year as workers 25 and over. Advantage: Maturity Being young is not always an advantage in the workplace. A person’s[...]


May 19, 2015 / Personal Injury

Dangerous Dust

Dust seems harmless, doesn’t it? Everyone breathes in dust every day. We joke about having dusty homes. And yet, dust that contains respirable crystalline silica can cause irreversible, chronic, and even fatal illnesses. Exposure to crystalline silica kills more than 250 U.S. citizens each year from silicosis alone, and approximately one million workers are exposed to crystalline silica. Workers in the construction and mining industries, as well as those who work in sandblasting, stonecutting, and even landscaping are among those at risk. Those who work at hydraulic fracturing (fracking) sites, or especially in frac sand mining, or who live near such mines, also face the potential of future illnesses. In Indiana, the risks from frackin[...]


April 29, 2015 / Personal Injury

Stage Collapse Spurs Questions

Dozens of high school kids and parents panicked on April 23, 2015, when part of a stage collapsed during a spirited musical, plunging Westfield High School performers into the orchestra pit. School Superintendent Mark Keen estimated the drop to be 12 feet to a concrete floor below. During the finale of the school's annual "American Pie" concert, which each year features music from one decade, a large group of singing, dancing students came from the wings onto a platform used to extend the stage area over the pit, a procedure used many times in the past without incident. This time, however, due to causes that are still under investigation, the flooring gave way. More than a dozen students were injured, with ten being transported to th[...]


November 10, 2014 / Personal Injury

Hear! Hear! FAQs About The National Hearing Test

At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss, according to the Hearing Loss Association of America. In older people, a hearing loss is often mistaken for a condition such as dementia. People with hearing loss are more likely to report depression, dissatisfaction with life, impaired function, and withdrawal from social activities. Thus, it is important for all adults to consider having a hearing screening. Have you ever heard of the National Hearing Test? It’s a screening test you can take over the telephone which will indicate whether you need to contact a professional in your area for a full-scale evaluation of your hearing. The test was developed by scientists at Indiana University with a grant from the National Institutes of [...]


October 17, 2014 / Personal Injury

Nursing Home Fire Risks

Nursing home residents are among our most vulnerable citizens – usually frail, suffering a loss of mobility, sometimes bedridden. You can imagine how helpless they would feel, and actually be, in the event of a fire. In January 2014, fire broke out in a resident’s room at Bethany Village on Shelby Street in Indianapolis. Two nurses noticed the illumination of the room’s emergency light and responded, discovering the fire and putting it out with a fire extinguisher. The elderly resident went into cardiac arrest and was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Fifteen other residents on her floor were evacuated, reportedly without injury; we would not be surprised, however, if anxiety and blood pressures increased for everyone at B[...]


August 26, 2014 / Personal Injury

Indiana’s Lifeline Law

Indiana’s Lifeline Law was first enacted on May 4, 2012; during the 2014 legislative session, it was expanded to save even more lives. If you have a teenager or college student in your family, you should make sure they know about the Lifeline Law. Universities and social organizations are teaming up to spread awareness through social media and public spotlights, so your teen might act like it’s old news, but it’s information that bears repeating. What Is the Lifeline Law? It’s basically a law that provides immunity for a minor who calls 9-1-1 to report that someone is having an alcohol- or substance-related health emergency. Party-goers are sometimes reluctant to seek help for a friend who has been injured while over-indulging or wh[...]


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