The Institue for Legal Reform, in an effort to combat what they consider to be excessively “frivolous” claims, has started speaking out against the consequences of potentially abusive lawsuits. Will “tort reform” really keep us safer? These suits, however, provide much needed monetary compensation to injured persons, and continue to bring awareness to products that may be potentially harmful to the general public. Blitz, an Oklahoma gasoline can manufacturer, is one such company showcased by the lobby group in an … Continue Reading >
I continue to follow the story of little Tripp Halstead and his loving family. The above photo was taken of Tripp the day before his injury. If you haven’t heardTripp’s story, please check it out. The short version is that he was involved in a tragic accident at his day care when a tree branch fell and hit him in the head, resulting in a severe brain injury (TBI).
Although I have been practicing personal injury law in Illinois and … Continue Reading >
The tragic death of Illinois State Trooper Kyle Deatherage reminds us all that our local police officers put their lives on the line daily. His family has recently released a statement. When people think of police officer safety, most worry about the dangers officers face as they deal with armed and dangerous criminals. But the dangers of being shot or otherwise wounded by criminals are certainly not the only dangers our officers face. Police officers face the same dangers every … Continue Reading >
When a bad storm hits, we see images in the news media outlets of those people living in the heart of the storm’s wake. We should be reminded, however, that families living away from the storm’s center can be affected by these nasty winds. We all recently heard about Hurricane Sandyand her devastating effects along the coast. But one story, the story of Tripp Halstead and his family in Winder Georgia, has touched me deeply.
From what I understand, Tripp … Continue Reading >
Tort reform, a movement which begun in the 1980’s, is becoming an increasingly prominent scam to strip injured Americans of their rights and recovery under the law. Tort reform, started by large corporations, act only to protect industries under the guise of the “reduction of overall health care costs”. Tort Reform has been hurting Americans across the country, most recently, a widow charged with the care of her mentally handicapped son.
Deborah Watts, mother of Naython Watts [inset – left], … Continue Reading >
Fungal meningitis has been making news headlines recently due to the outbreak of this rare illness in patients that received potentially contaminated spinal injections of a steroid which was produced and distributed by the New England Compounding Center. As of October 13, 2012, fourteen people have lost their lives in over 170 reported cases due to fungal meningitis; with over 13,000 individuals being potentially exposed to this illness through injections. Health officials estimate that the potentially contaminated injections were distributed … Continue Reading >
The next time you get in your car to run an errand, or take a road trip, make sure that you are safe and respectful to those around you, and be aware of the potential hazards of automobile travel. Recent studies show that motor vehicle deaths in the first eight months of 2012 have increased by a dramatic 7% over those statistics measured in 2011, and show a continued increase of 5% from those measured in 2010. The total for … Continue Reading >
When I was younger, I was aware that my grandfather was a Judge (Judge Gail McWard) in Taylorville, Illinois (Christian County). I watched folks look up to my grandfather in that small town. Back then, being a lawyer was still a noble profession. Aside from meaning you likely made a good living, lawyers and judges were respected in the community for being stand-up citizens – giving back – doing something with their lives. As time has gone on, things have … Continue Reading >
Fresenius is currently being investigated by the FDA for failing to warn patients of potential dangers with its product, GranuFlo. A well-respected blood dialysis physician here in St. Louis, Missouri at Washington University, Dr. Coyne, has reported that 30% of his dialysis patients have a high level of bicarbone in their system. This is scary stuff. Read further information at the Legal Examiner.
If you or a loved one has been injured by GranuFlo dialysis products, please contact Lindsay Rakers.… Continue Reading >