Practicing law out of their Indianapolis offices, Young and Young is proud of their 56 year plus history as Indiana serious injury lawyers. Our grandfather started as a lawyer in Indianapolis in 1903 and the Young’s have had a lawyer practicing in Indianapolis ever since. Howard Sr. left his practice which was originally started by United States President Benjamin Harrison, to sit on the Indiana Supreme Court. After a long and successful career, including acting as chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Howard Sr. joined Howard Jr. in starting Young and Young in 1954. Since then Howard, his wife Mary and their boys Tom, Drew, Bill, Jim, Joe and John have been actively representing seriously injured Hoosiers. Howard Sr. and Howard Jr. have both passed on. Mary and Tom are retired and Bill is Judge of a Marion County Superior Court. However, Drew, Jim and John, along with partner Fred Crow, are here working hard to protect your rights.
As part of our work, we think it important to help Hoosiers avoid injury and disruption in their lives. To this end we want to bring to your attention the dangers of alcoholic energy drinks. These drinks combine high levels of caffeine and alcohol to form a potent drink that causes “wide awake drunkenness.” Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, giving you that wide awake feeling. High levels of the drug cause jitteriness, increased heart rate and blood pressure. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. It interferes with the transmission of message between the brain and the rest of the body. This interference causes drunkenness. Combining the two in strong doses has resulted in disturbing levels of hospitalizations and other potential health problems.
These drinks are sold under the brand names Blackout in a Can, and Joose. The FDA is concerned that the caffeine masks the person’s level of intoxication, resulting in drinking more alcohol further resulting in risky behavior and alcohol poisoning. Parents, please have a frank discussion with your teenage and young adult children. These products are marketed as being cool and are targeted directly at this young age group. Arm them with facts. Stay away from these potentially harmful drinks.
Young and Young is your Indianapolis accident lawyer. Young and Young represents Hoosiers with severe personal injury caused by the negligence of others. We represent those with amputations, brain injury, spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis, blindness, burns and scarring as well as all other severe personal injury. We represent those severely injured in drunk driving accidents, highway accidents, automobile accidents, and all other types of accidents where Hoosiers have suffered serious personal injury.
Young and Young wants you to know about concerns over defibrillator failures. You know about defibrillators. These are the machines you see in schools and other public building hanging on the wall in a box with a glass front. The purpose of these defibrillators is to provide instant heart shocking power to a patient to get the heart pumping again. Doctors tell us that in many case if you can shock a stopped heart quickly enough, the chances of the person suffering the heart attack recovering increase a lot. The problem is, a lot of the defibrillators are not working. If the defibrillator is not working properly the heart attack patient will likely die. In the last 5 years, the FDA has received more than 28,000 reports of defibrillators not working. We think it is not surprising that the manufacturers of the defibrillators have issued more than 68 recalls involving hundreds of thousands of machines. It is our position that the FDA is a useful tool, but like all government programs it cannot effectively deal with the magnitude of the problem. We fully endorse the idea that if you make a mess, or cause a problem, you are fully responsible for making up for the harm you cause. Further you have to fully make up for that harm.
Big corporations want the public to believe that lawsuits are ruining our economy and hurt our international competitiveness. Yet these same corporation howl when government regulates them. Well you can’t have it both ways. Legitimate lawsuits are the most highly effective method of making corporations clean up their messes and the harm caused by those messes. The civil justice system costs nothing in taxes, nothing in administrative fees, nothing in regulatory costs. Certainly the civil justice system places costs on products, but it is better than allowing corporations to pollute and injure as much as they want to. After all, the purpose of the civil justice system is accident and injury prevention. If corporations would use reasonable and cost effective engineering solutions with their products, we would resort far less to the secondary purpose of the civil justice system, compensation for the injured person.
To avoid traffic accidents, Indiana motorists need to drive defensively and generally be wary of other cars on the road. Hoosiers concerned about roadway safety should also keep in mind that it is now deer migration season. Last year, there were about 16,000 car wrecks involving deer in the state; so far this year, about 7,000 have occurred.
According to the Indiana State Police and others, here are some safety tips for avoiding encounters with the deer population:
- drive cautiously during early morning and evening hours which are prime time for deer
- stay alert in deer-crossing zones
- use high beams when there is no oncoming traffic–high beams reflect in the eyes of a deer
- slow down if you see a deer, and remember they often travel in herds
- If you hit one, stay in your car and call police
- always wear your seat belt
Deer accidents are not exclusively a rural phenomenon. Many deer crashes occur on busy highways, but they also occur in woodland and parkland areas and near golf courses an streams.
The ISP adds the following recommendation: “Drivers should watch approaching vehicles to see if what interrupts their headlights beams could be a passing deer. This technique allows extra time to slow your speed and be alert for the deer.