• Medication Errors On The Rise, But They Can Be Preventedlawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/medication-errors-on-the-rise-but-they-can-be-prevented Injuries from prescription drugs (called adverse drug events) come in two forms: unforeseen side effects caused by the drug itself or human error in taking or prescribing a drug. This month we focus on medication errors, which are far too common today in our country. Many of these errors occur when a mistake is made by a health care provider in a hospital, nursing home or other health care setting. While the medical profession, regulators and safety advocates look for ways to prevent errors in these settings, here are measures you can take to better protect yourself and loved ones.
  • Marijuana And Drivinglawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/marijuana-and-driving Drinking remains the number one cause of accidents and deaths from impaired driving. However, an increasing number of drivers are testing positive for marijuana. Here are the latest reports on this growing public safety concern.
  • Make Staying Home Safer For Elderly Relatives, Friendslawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/make-staying-home-safer-for-elderly-relatives-friends With the kids back in school and Halloween around the corner, fall is in full swing. We hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful summer. This newsletter features safety tips for those of you hoping to help aging relatives stay in their homes.
  • Loophole Silences Victims Of Workplace Harassmentlawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/loophole-silences-victims-of-workplace-harassment Major revelations of sexual harassment in the workplace have started a long-overdue movement to protect all workers, but most often women, from a long history of abuse. You would think our major corporations would be taking the lead in stamping out these injustices. Instead, way too many are actually doing the opposite by writing “forced arbitration” clauses into employment contracts that prevent an employee from taking action in court. Instead, harassment disputes are forced into closed arbitrations that almost always favor the company and hide the outcome from the public. This has to stop!
  • Injustice, Thy Name Is Forced Arbitrationlawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/injustice-thy-name-is-forced-arbitration Forced arbitration is considered by many as a dire and growing threat to our constitutional right to an open and unbiased hearing in court. Yet most Americans have never even heard of it. Take a minute and learn how this issue effects all of us.
  • Injured Workers Have Third-party Option After Work Complawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/injured-workers-have-third-party-option-after-work-comp The best way to ease the pain and suffering caused by workplace injuries is to prevent them in the first place. Every year on April 28, we recognize Workers’ Memorial Day. This international day of remembrance honors workers who have been "killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work." So join us in keeping the Workers’ Memorial Day slogan in your thoughts this year: Mourn for the dead, fight for the living.
  • Protect Yourself And Your Guests When Hosting A Holiday Partylawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/holidays-parties-can-create-a-legal-hangover-if-guests-are-injured-or-injure-someone-else Thanksgiving dinner at your house this year? Throwing a holiday or New Year's party? Driving to or from any of these festivities? As we prepare to celebrate with friends and family, here are a few tips to get everyone home safe and sound!
  • Heroes Step Up To Protect The Safety, Rights Of All Americanslawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/heroes-step-up-to-protect-the-safety-rights-of-all-americans Here are four remarkable stories of people who courageously took on long odds to make a difference in protecting the safety and legal rights of all Americans. Take a look and use the survey link below to tell us which story impacts you the most.
  • Heroes Step Up To Protect The Health, Safety Of All Americanslawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/heroes-step-up-to-protect-the-health-safety-of-all-americans One of the most rewarding aspects of our job is to help courageous people stand up for their rights and recover from what are often terrible circumstances. Here are the stories of several remarkable people who have turned tragedy into action
  • Hail To Our Growing Awareness Of Traumatic Brain Injurylawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/hail-to-our-growing-awareness-of-traumatic-brain-injury The concussion story is another example of what can happen when people stand up for their rights. As former Pittsburgh Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw said: The NFL is "forced to care because it's politically correct to care. Lawsuits make you care."
  • Guide To Grilling Fun And Safetylawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/guide-to-grilling-fun-and-safety If you aren't grilling already, you probably will be soon – or at least joining friends and family for a festive summer barbeque. So whether you are wearing the apron or are just a hungry bystander, here are some timely tips on fun and safe grilling.
  • Four Steps To A Food-safe Thanksgiving – And Beyondlawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/four-steps-to-a-food-safe-thanksgiving-2013-and-beyond Family, parades, turkey, football – sounds like a recipe for a great Thanksgiving day. Keep family and friends healthy and safe this holiday season with these food safety tips for all your upcoming festivities. And have a happy Thanksgiving!
  • Faulty Implants Cause Pain, Problems And Perillawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/faulty-implants-cause-pain-problems-and-peril There is no doubt that breakthroughs in medical technology have improved the lives of millions of Americans. And certainly orthopedic implants in particular have relieved the suffering of a growing number of older patients. But as we have seen too many times in the past, the rush to profit from a growing market in health care often compromises patient safety. As you will read here, there are serious concerns about the testing and approval process for new implant devices. Particularly worrisome are reports that the FDA will fast-track even more of these devices without proper review.
  • Family’s Search For Answers Uncovers Fatal Flaw In Gm Carslawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/family2019s-search-for-answers-uncovers-fatal-flaw-in-gm-cars Revelations that GM chose profit over safety highlight once again why it is so important to stand up for every American's constitutional right to pursue justice in a court of law. It is the great equalizer between the individual and the powerful.
  • Dog Bites Can Be Prevented With Better Educationlawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/dog-bites-can-be-prevented-with-better-education Dog bites are a serious problem here and across the country. Sadly, the victims are most often children. However, we can prevent dog bites by better educating owners, parents, children and the public. Start here with this month's newsletter.
  • Do You Know The Warning Signs Of Nursing Home Abuse?lawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/do-you-know-the-warning-signs-of-nursing-home-abuse In 2010, the U.S. Census recorded 40 million Americans aged 65 or older. By 2050 that number will double! The long-term care industry has exploded, posting more than $300 billion in profits in 2015 alone. Unfortunately, some providers treat residents as a commodity rather than patients. Abuse, assault, fraud and forced arbitration contracts have become increasingly common in nursing homes across the country. Before you choose a nursing home for your loved ones, make sure you know the facility has their best interests at heart. Our oldest citizens deserve respect and quality care.
  • Distracted Driving Still On The Rise, Especially Among Teenslawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/distracted-driving-still-on-the-rise-especially-among-teens Federal officials recently reported a steep increase in roadway deaths throughout the nation in 2015. We suspect that distracted driving is one factor in this increase. This month we urge all our friends and family to help end distracted driving.
  • Courageous Americans Turn Grief Into Actionlawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/courageous-americans-turn-grief-into-action Read about how ordinary people took extraordinary action to pursue justice, and in the process, helped protect the safety and legal rights of others. We think these stories represent the best of our civil justice system in action.
  • Common Household Products Can Put You, Others At Risklawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/common-household-products-can-put-you-others-at-risk All of us use hazardous substances in our homes. To prevent accidental poisoning or exposure, it is important that we recognize these hazards and store these products safely. Check out helpful resources and tips in this issue of You Should Know
  • Bikers, Walkers Threatened By Increase In Distracted Drivinglawtoncates.com/media-library/you-should-know-newsletters/bikers-walkers-threatened-by-increase-in-distracted-driving Traffic deaths are up 6 percent since 2010, pushing U.S. road fatalities to the highest level in a decade. However, the percentage increase in pedestrian deaths is far outpacing those on the road, jumping 25 percent from 2010 to 2015. Walkers on smartphones, bicyclists ignoring traffic rules – coupled with distracted driving – are a deadly combination. Teens, who are much more likely to walk distracted with a mobile device, make up 50 percent of all child pedestrian deaths. Our recommendation: Spend a few minutes together with your kids and the tips in this newsletter!