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What Do I Do If I Think My Doctor Made a Mistake?

In Indiana, most doctors try their best and do fine work.  However, the Medical Malpractice Act, passed in 1976 to help doctors, had an unintended effect.  Doctors who made mistakes in other states came here because of the protections of the medical malpractice act.  So what do you do if you think your doctor made a mistake.  The answer has several parts.  It would be nice if you could go to your doctor and have a frank discussion about what happened.   Some doctors, the good ones, will have this discussion with you.  They will tell you what happened and what... View Article



What Do I Do if I Am Injured and Cannot Work – Part 2

When we last left off we finished our discussion about how you can protect yourself, in advance, if you are injured in a car wreck, construction accident, motorcycle accident, highway crash or any other sort of incident causing injury.  You really do not know what you have until its gone.  If you have a brain injury, a spinal cord injury, a back injury, become paralyzed, or have an amputation, it is likely you are not going to be able to go back to work.  What do you do? First is what you do not do.  You do not expect the... View Article



What Do I Do if I am Injured and Cannot Work?

I know I can’t be the only one who wakes up in the middle of the night worrying about what I am supposed to get done tomorrow, and is there enough time in the day to do it?  Then my brain becomes much sharper than it ever is in the daylight.  My brain recalls everything I am supposed to do, and then nags me that I may not have done it, or I might not get it done.  I struggled with this for years and then it hit me, what am I worrying about, at least I have a job... View Article



What is my Duty to Shovel Snow?

Snow is beautiful.  I love to watch it fall.  I takes me back to my childhood, when a snowman, a snow angel, sledding and hot chocolate were what snow meant.  As an adult I know about the dangers associated with snow.  My father’s cold turned into pneumonia while he was shoveling snow.  Every year you hear about someone having a heart attack while out shoveling their front walk.  The more common injury, though, is a back injury.  When the snow warms up, melts and then the temperatures drop we get the ice and the danger becomes real for us all. ... View Article



Brain Injury and Phineas Gage

Phineas Gage worked for the railroad at the end of the 19th century.  His job was to fill holes with blasting material to allow the railroad to blast out material to level its new rail bed.  He did this by using a five or six foot rod to tamp the explosives into the hole.  Phineas was described as a model employee, kind, courteous and a good family man.  One day, while tamping down the explosives, the material exploded.  This shot the tamping rod out of Phineas’ hands upward through his skull.  Looking that the pictures you can see that the... View Article



What Do You Do If You Have a Shoulder Injury

Last night I was watching the BCS Championship game.  I thought it was really exciting, did you?  I felt bad for University of Texas quarterback, Colt McCoy.  For those of you who missed it, the University of Alabama had, for some really strange reason, attempted a fake punt while on their own twenty yard line after three horrible plays that left them with a fourth and twenty three.  It went badly and Texas had the ball deep in Alabama territory and were driving.  Colt McCoy took the ball and attempted to run off left tackle. He hesitated and took a... View Article



Lead Poisoning

Lead is a neurotoxin.  This means it causes brain injury and other neurological injury.  Children are most susceptible to the harms of lead.  So how does this lead get into our children’s bodies?  There are several sources.  The first is lead paint.  Paint used to have lead added as an ingredient.  The lead stays in the paint.  As that paint begins to peal and chip, the flakes can be, and are, eaten by children.  When a wall with lead paint on it is sanded, in preparation for repainting, the dust created by the sanding contains lead.  If this dust is... View Article



Driving in Ice and Snow

The weather conditions this morning reminded me of  watching Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts play in the driving snow of Buffalo, New York, against the Bills. I noticed that all the players were missing plays.  They were missing tackles, missing holes to run through and missing coverages.  It was all due to the snow on the ground.  I watched all this from the comfort of my living room thinking how nice it was that it was not snowing here, and I did not have to worry about driving to work on snowy icy roads. On days like today, I... View Article



Social Security Disability

Good accident lawyers know that full compensation for their clients is not always possible.  There are a number of reasons for this if a person is hurt in an auto accident, construction accident, highway accident, truck accident, or hit by a drunk driver.  This often times results in terrible injuries, including back injuries, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and paralysis.  More often than not, if the injuries are caused by a car accident, the  person who caused the accident does not have enough liability insurance to fully compensate the victim of these terrible injuries.  If the injured person does not... View Article



Car Wreck Black Box

We have all heard about the black box in an airplane.  The black box (it’s not really black, but brightly colored to stand out among crash wreckage) is the cockpit voice recorder.  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) always searches for this voice recorder to try to piece together  the facts about a jet crash or helicopter crash.  The recorder gives a good insight into the thoughts and actions of the pilots before and during a midair emergency. Did you know that every modern automobile and truck is equipped with a version of the black box?  Why?  Car crashes cause... View Article