May 2016

Businesses Use Loophole to Deny Day in Court

Tia
Tia was sexually harassed by her boss at Circuit City for months. Her story here.

Injustice,
Thy Name
Is Forced Arbitration

Tia’s employment case against Circuit City was thrown out of court even though her boss sexually harassed her for months, once even exposing his genitals. Javier lost his job when he was deployed overseas despite federal laws protecting employment for members of the armed services. Alan and other small business owners were told they couldn’t take American Express to court for charging exorbitant exchange rates. Marjorie, Roberta, Richard, Dean, Frances, Beulah, Horace and Mary all suffered terribly and died from nursing home neglect, yet their families were not able to sue the nursing home companies.

How could injustices like these be allowed to exist in America where everyone has the right to take wrongdoers to court? It’s called forced arbitration, and you or a loved one may be next to lose your rights.

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April 2016

10 Tips for Reviewing Your Policy

Will Your Auto Insurance Be There When It Matters Most?

Chances are one in 50 you will be involved in a car accident this year… or almost guaranteed during your lifetime. You will then dig out that annoying auto insurance renewal statement you’ve been ignoring every year, confident that you have “full coverage.”

But that’s when many people realize that the “full coverage” they thought they had can still leave them exposed to runaway medical bills, lost wages or even the expenses of another party.

Before the odds catch up to you, you should know if you are covered and how best to choose a policy that will protect you when it matters most.

February 2016

 

Litigation Forces NFL to Better Protect Players

Hail to Our Growing Awareness of Traumatic Brain Injury

Concussion
Will Smith portrays Dr. Bennet Omalu in the film Concussion. Movie notes here.

Will Smith’s portrayal of Dr. Bennet Omalu in the film Concussion has again sparked dialogue about the dangers of brain injuries, especially for young people playing contact sports in high school and college. Yet more than 100 million Americans gathered around big screen televisions throughout the nation on Sunday to watch historic Super Bowl 50, in which the Denver Broncos literally butted heads with the Carolina Panthers.

What’s the difference between a concussion and a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI)? Absolutely nothing, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And while “mild” may not sound very sinister, repeated traumatic brain injuries can lead to a lifetime of brain damage and debilitating mental health issues.

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January 2016

Exploding Batteries Injure Some Smokers

Unregulated E-Cigarettes Mask Hidden Dangers

E-cig
E-cigarette use among teens tripled from 2013 to 2014, alarming health officials.

The new year often brings new beginnings. Resolutions to lose weight, save more money or finally start that big home improvement project may be high on your list.

Many of us will also resolve to quit smoking, and some will turn to e-cigarettes as a way to stop gradually. But do they deliver as promised? Before you use e-cigarettes as a way to lower your tobacco use or stop smoking, You Should Know about the hidden dangers associated with this increasingly popular product.

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November 2015

Is that they may be legally on the hook if an accident should occur.From your great aunt Edna breaking her hip on an icy sidewalk to your brother-in-law Jerry drinking too much champagne and causing a crash on the drive home, you should know how to protect your guests and yourself before hosting a party this holiday season.

 

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October 2015

Falls, Fires, Poisoning Common Concerns

Make Staying Home Safer for Elderly Relatives, Friends

Man House
Baby boomers want to “age in place” at home after retirement.

Nearly everyone nearing retirement age will tell you they would prefer to live independently at home as long as possible, according to a recent survey by AARP. Many will get their wish, thanks to better health and longer life spans. And with the number of Americans aged 65-plus projected to double by 2050, there will be a growing number of older people living at home over the next three decades.

There are many benefits to living at home as we age, but there are safety risks as well, including falls, fires or accidental poisoning. If you care for an older relative or friend or are elderly yourself, you should know how to make a house as safe as possible for those living out their golden years at home.

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September 2015

Beware of Lethal Dangers Lurking in Your Home

Common Household Products
Can Put You, Others at Risk

Hip Replacement
Pain medication, cosmetic and personal care items, and household cleaners cause the most harm to Americans.

A woman in South Jordan, Utah, was recently poisoned when she ordered sweet tea at a restaurant. While making the tea, a restaurant employee accidentally used deep fryer cleaner instead of the sweetener that had similar packaging.

All too often we hear about someone who has accidentally poisoned themselves or someone else with a dangerous household chemical. While threats from lead-based paint and asbestos are well publicized, many other silent dangers are present in nearly every home and business in the United States. The good news: some companies and government entities are teaming up to limit the use of these dangerous chemicals in consumer products and are trying to get them off our shelves and out of our homes.

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August 2015

015 Justice Served Awards: Reader Survey

Heroes Step Up to Protect the Health, Safety of All Americans

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen
Inspirational Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen after spinal cord injury.

Motivated by tragic circumstances in their own lives and a passion to help others, our nominees for the 2015 Justice Served Awards have stepped up to make our nation a safer place for all Americans:

  • Dr. Stephen Loyd, a prominent physician calling for mandatory drug testing of all doctors after revealing that he himself was battling drug problems.
  • Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, a former Olympic swimmer raising awareness of spinal cord injuries after she was paralyzed from the waist down following an ATV accident.
  • Dr. John T. James, a toxicologist whose research upended the medical profession with stunning estimates of annual deaths caused by medical errors.
  • Reggie McKinnon, a father speaking out about children dying from heat stroke after he mistakenly left his 17-month-old daughter in his car on a hot day.

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July 2015

Relaxed State, Local Laws Part of the Problem

Roads a Deadly Hazard for ATVers

Kids & Dogs
Where does your state rank for ATV fatalities? Check here.

Start your engines! Summer is here, and the longer, warmer days bring plenty of opportunity for ATV off-road recreation. As the popularity of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) has risen to an all-time high, so too have deaths and injuries. Despite warnings from manufacturers, federal agencies, and consumer and safety advocates that ATVs are unsafe on roadways, they’re showing up there more and more, partly because of relaxed state and local laws. The result? Nearly two-thirds of fatal ATV crashes occur on public or private roads. Yet, ATVs continue to share the roads with cars and trucks in cities, towns and counties across the country. Before you strap on a helmet and turn the key, you should know the risks associated with these powerful vehicles. Stats, Safety Tips Ahead >>>

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June 2015

Lemon Cars

 

 

If you buy a pair of jeans at the GAP that don’t fit, you simply take them back for a refund or swap them for a better-fitting pair. But what happens if you buy a new car that doesn’t “fit?” It’s in the shop almost from day one with problems the dealer can’t seem to repair. Uh-oh, you might just have a lemon. And unfortunately, taking it back for a refund or a new car is much more complicated than replacing those straight-leg jeans. You should know your rights so you don’t get squeezed by a lemon. 

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