Kenneth J. Allen & Associates - Injury Attorneys
Illinois and Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers and Attorneys Trial and Civil Litigation Law Firm.
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Those three words best describe the driving forces behind Kenneth J. Allen & Associates. Our firm is devoted exclusively to the practice of Accident and Injury Law, and exclusively to the people - not corporations - seriously hurt or killed in incidents as varied as on-the-job accidents, semi-truck crashes, injuries from a defective product, or loss of life because of a doctor's medical malpractice.
As the only multi-state law firm in Valparaiso Indiana, Merrillville Indiana, Indianapolis Indiana, Northwest Indiana, Chicagoland, Joliet Illinois, Tinley Park Illinois, Chicago Illinois accepting serious injury and wrongful death cases, exclusively, Kenneth J. Allen & Associates is experienced and knowledgeable in the details and procedures that can make or break a case.
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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS WILL PLAY EVEN AFTER HEAD INJURY AND CONCUSSION, NEW STUDY FINDS: NEED TO PROTECT KIDS FROM FOOTBALL INJURIES AND THEMSELVES
A new study was released this week at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in Washington, D.C., entitled “I Can’t Miss the Big Game: High School (HS) Football Players’ Knowledge and Attitudes about Concussions.“ (Abstract available online here.)
It’s an important piece of research because it reveals the dedication of high school football players to their team, their school, and their sport — and it shows the need for coaches, staff, and others supervising high school sports to understand that there is a great need to protect these young players from traumatic brain injuries sustained while playing or practicing high school football.
Bottom line, the news here is that kids will keep playing football despite a real danger of serious head injury – and therefore, the duty on others to protect these players from themselves is greater than may have been previously understood.
From the news release accompanying the report this week:
“These attitudes could leave young athletes vulnerable to injury from sports-related concussions,” said study co-author Brit Anderson, MD, pediatric emergency medicine fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
“Despite their knowledge, many athletes in our sample reported that they would not tell their coach about symptoms and would continue to play,” Dr. Anderson said. “A small percentage even responded that athletes have a responsibility to play in important games with a concussion.”
Schoolteachers, team coaches, school staff: all those connected with high school football, both private and public, have a duty to protect those students during practice and while playing games on the football field. This report underscores the legal duty that these adults have to protect these children from injury — with this new research, something that many parents know about teenagers comes clear: the teenager may be in need of protection – not just from externalities but from themselves, too.
IS TURKEY DANGEROUS TO EAT? STORES SELLING GROUND TURKEY AND 90% CONTAMINATED WITH DISEASE-CAUSING ORGANISMS PER NEW CONSUMER REPORTS EXPOSE
Consumer Reports has issued its research findings into the ground turkey sold in grocery stores all across the country, under any number of labels, and revealed that most of the ground turkey it found was contaminated with stuff that can make people ill.
Ground Turkey Sold in Stores Likely Filled With Bacteria and Disease-Causing Organisms
It’s causing a big national news alert today, where the Consumer Reports findings are being shared with the public as a warning against considering ground turkey safe to eat. Not only did the 257 samples tested by Consumer Reports have OVER 50% CONTAINING FECAL BACTERIA (and yes, that is what you think it is) but OVER 90% HAD DISEASE-CAUSING ORGANISMS in it.
From their news release:
- Overall, 90 percent of the samples had one or more of the five bacteria for which they were tested.
- Bacteria on ground turkey products labeled “no antibiotics,” “organic,” or “raised without antibiotics” were resistant to fewer antibiotics overall than bacteria found on conventional products.
- Bacteria related to fecal contamination were found on the majority of samples.Sixty-nine percent of ground-turkey samples harbored enterococcus, and 60 percent E. coli.
- Three samples were contaminated with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
- Salmonella, which is one of the top causes of foodborne illness, was found in 12 of the samples tested (5 percent) and two-thirds of them were multidrug resistant; government studies typically find higher rates of salmonella, at around 12 percent. Processing plants are permitted by the government to have product contamination rates as high as 49.9 percent.
- Consumer Reports also found much more resistance to classes of antibiotics approved for use in healthy turkeys to promote growth and prevent disease than for those not approved for such uses.
You can read the details of this Ground Turkey Report online at the Consumer Reports web site or get the details in the June issue of Consumer Reports magazine.
Image: CDC photo of E Coli bacteria – found on 60% of the Ground Turkey tested by Consumer Reports
What is going on here? According to Consumer Reports’ scientists, this is just the tip of the iceberg in a food industry problem regarding feeding antibiotics to poultry and farm animals destined for human consumption:
“Our findings strongly suggest that there is a direct relationship between the routine use of antibiotics in animal production and increased antibiotic resistance in bacteria on ground turkey. It’s very concerning that antibiotics fed to turkeys are creating resistance to antibiotics used in human medicine,” said Dr. Urvashi Rangan, Director of the Food Safety and Sustainability Group at Consumer Reports. “Humans don’t consume antibiotics every day to prevent disease and neither should healthy animals. Prudent use of antibiotics should be required to stem the public health crisis generated from the reduced effectiveness of antibiotics.”
If you or a loved one may have suffered food poisoning from ground turkey, then get medical attention of course and remember to save invoices, wrappings, and other documents that may serve as evidence in any claims you may assert in the future for personal injury damages due to contaminated and dangerous ground turkey.
MAY 2013 IS NATIONAL DROWNING PREVENTION MONTH: BE AWARE OF THE SUMMER RISKS FOR DROWNING AT LAKES, POOLS, RIVERS, FOR KIDS AND ADULTS
May 2013 is National Drowning Prevention Month and across the country many different campaigns are underway to make people more aware of the risks of drowning, particularly for children and kids out of school for the summer.
How serious is the risk of drowning in the United States today? From the National Drowning Prevention Alliance comes these facts:
- Drowning is the second-leading cause of death to children ages 1-4 in the United States.
- Drowning is the number one cause of death to children ages 1-4 in most southern states.
- In many cases, drowning is a silent event, without splashing or a call for help.
- In most areas of the country, the majority of child drownings occur in backyard pools & spas.
- Learn to swim.
- Watch swimmers in or around the water.
- Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
- Use Buddy Systems and Lifeguards.
- Heed warning flags.
- Know the terrain.
- Avoid rip currents.
- Use life jackets.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Learn boating safety.
- Know the weather.
Drowning deaths are fast and often silent. All too often, young people and small children are victims.
Adults who are caretaking youngsters near bodies of water need to be vigilant, and aware of legal duties that may exist for them to protect against drowning dangers in their roles of teacher, coach, camp counselor, etc. Swimming and water sports are fun but safety must always come first.
CAR MAKERS ENCOURAGED TO CHANGE DESIGN OF CAR DASHBOARDS VOLUNTARILY BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS WAY TO CURTAIL DISTRACTED DRIVING DANGERS: THE NEW NHTSA GUIDELINES
Distracted driving remains a real concern for everyone dealing with car crashes and motor vehicle accidents in this country. According to the Centers for Disease Control, distracted driving is the cause of 9 deaths every day in the United States and the reason that another 1060 people suffer serious injuries daily in car crashes.
- Visual: taking your eyes off the road;
- Manual: taking your hands off the wheel; and
- Cognitive: taking your mind off what you are doing.
Drivers can be distracted in many different ways. Eating fast food while driving on a road trip counts as distracted driving. Talking on a cell phone can distract a driver and cause a crash, as well as texting.
However, other things offered in late-model cars also help distract drivers from the road: things like navigation systems and in-car WiFi devices are also contributing to distracted driving accidents. Each year more “intelligent vehicle technologies” are being developed: each new addition to a dashboard that invites the attention of a driver can also increase the danger of a crash because of the driver not paying enough attention to driving the vehicle.
NHTSA Voluntary Guidelines Announced by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
Today, the federal government announced new guidelines for U.S. car makers to follow in designing dashboard gizmos that drivers checking as they drive: things like phones and map navigation aides. Ray LaHood, the Secretary of the Department of Transportation made the announcement:
“Distracted driving is a deadly epidemic that has devastating consequences on our nation’s roadways,” said Secretary LaHood. “These guidelines recognize that today’s drivers appreciate technology, while providing automakers with a way to balance the innovation consumers want with the safety we all need. Combined with good laws, good enforcement and good education, these guidelines can save lives.”
- limit visual time needed to use the gizmo to 2 seconds;
- limit manual time needed to use the device to 12 seconds;
- prevent the ability to operate several things unless the vehicle’s transmission is in Park for things like:
- Manual text entry for the purposes of text messaging and internet browsing;
- Video-based entertainment and communications like video phoning or video conferencing;
- Display of certain types of text, including text messages, web pages, social media content.
“The new study strongly suggests that visual-manual tasks can degrade a driver’s focus and increase the risk of getting into a crash up to three times,” said David L. Strickland, NHTSA Administrator. “The new guidelines and our ongoing work with our state partners across the country will help us put an end to the dangerous practice of distracted driving by limiting the amount of time drivers take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel and their attention away from the task of driving.”
OSHA INSPECTORS HAD NOT CHECKED WEST FERTILIZER COMPANY FOR 20+ YEARS BEFORE BIG TEXAS WORKPLACE EXPLOSION: PROVES WORKERS CANNOT ASSUME YOUR WORKPLACE IS SAFE JUST BECAUSE OSHA OVERSEES IT
An expose by the Associated Press brought shocking news not only to those victims and their families suffering in the aftermath of the West Fertilizer company explosion in Texas last week: it’s been a revelation to many who assume that the federal government watchdog agency OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), is making sure that workplaces are safe for American Workers.
That’s right: over 20 years ago.
And it didn’t get more than a hand-slap at that point.
Now, while Mike Elk of the Washington Post points out that workplace safety, or the lack thereof, hasn’t received the media coverage it deserves since the days of Walter Cronkite and the 1968 Farmington Mine Explosion, it’s important that the American Public be aware that there are real dangers in many American work sites.
And just because your employer is legally required to obey the OSHA rules and regulations may mean little in the face of profit pressures and the grim reality that no federal inspections are realistically going to be happening, if the AP Expose of the West Fertilizer Plant means anything. It’s not like workplace danger is a big news topic, so workers can depend upon news media watchdogs to help keep employers on the up and up.
Advocates are using the West Fertilizer Company explosion as a vehicle to bring attention to this real and very serious problem in our country today. Will Congress listen? Will things change? No one can know the answers to those questions right now.
Today, the reality is that workers in Indiana and Illinois, particularly those working in dangerous lines of work like construction, mining, or on the docks, need to be aware of the dangers inherent in these jobs and take precautions to keep themselves and their co-workers safe. State inspections may help even if federal inspectors never appear.
And if there is a serious injury or wrongful death, the law does provide the legal avenue of a personal injury lawsuit for victims to seek justice. Right now, those verdicts may be the only real weapon against dangerous working conditions – given the recent AP investigative expose.