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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is known for barbecues, lakes, beaches and retail sales, but I personally think some people forget why we celebrate this long weekend. Memorial Day is to remember all of the men and women who have died while protecting and serving our country.

Old Automobile Tires

Old Automobile Tires

For those of you out there with old automobiles, and more importantly old tires, you should know that the old tires may become a problem. In fact, many people buy older model automobiles with newer tires, but old spare tires that have never been used. The problem with an old spare tire is that some of the older tires become defective. The tread separates, causing automobiles to go out of control causing people to be horribly injured or killed. Therefore, I suggest to all of the readers of this blog that they check the dates on their tires and find out what the recommended replacement age is for the tire. In many cases, the recommended replacement age is six years. However, that is not gospel, so you should check with the manufacturer of the tire that is on your vehicle to see what the life expectancy is to avoid problems with the tire that may lead to a wreck, potential injuries, and death.

The Tragic Truth About Talcum Powder Finally Comes Out

Talcum powder is back in the news following a May 2, 2016 verdict against Johnson & Johnson, in which it was ordered to pay $55 million to a woman who contracted ovarian cancer after years of her using Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. This verdict comes on the heels of a $72 million verdict this past February against Johnson & Johnson for the wrongful death of another woman who died of ovarian cancer. In both instances, the vast majority of these awards constituted punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson for promoting talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product without ever warning about the cancer risks for talcum powder that companies like Johnson & Johnson have known about for decades.

31 Years of Marriage

31 Years of Marriage

When we marry, we hope it will be a fairy tale marriage lasting forever. Some marriages work out and unfortunately, a lot more don’t these days. I’ve been very blessed to still be madly in love with my husband.

Little League Baseball Season

Little League Baseball Season

My son, Andrew, is nearly 38 years old and I can still remember all those days we spent at the Sistersville Park during baseball season. Eating hot dogs and sloppy joes for supper, late baths, washing baseball uniforms till midnight to be worn the next day…those were some busy days. Before Andrew ever starting playing baseball, I used to feel sorry for all those parents sitting in lawn chairs for hours on end watching their child “play” ball.

May is National Physical Fitness Month

May is National Physical Fitness Month As May is National Physical Fitness Month, I’d be remiss if I didn't take the time to reflect on what being physically fit has brought to my life. The list goes on and on. I personally make sure that six days a week, I go to the gym to lift weights followed by some cardio. I decided nearly two years ago to make this a part of my daily life during my first year of college. My decision was based on health. As a type 1 diabetic, I want to make sure I’m doing all in my power to manage my disease, making myself the healthiest, and happiest, version of myself possible. By taking full control in the gym (and kitchen, too!), I found every aspect of my life to get better.

Medical errors may be third leading cause of death in the U.S.

Medical errors may be third leading cause of death in the U.S.

According to researchers at Johns Hopkins, medical errors may actually be the third leading cause of death in this country. The study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), calls attention to the inadequacies of death certificates in correctly identifying an individual’s cause of death due to medical errors; and recommends changes for measuring national vital statistics to facilitate better understanding of deaths due to medical care.

OSTEOPOROSIS

OSTEOPOROSIS

Osteoporosis means "porous bones." Our bones are strongest at about age 30 then they begin to lose density. More than 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, which is significant bone loss that increases the risk of fracture. About half of women 50 and older will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. While some factors are inevitable and uncontrollable, there are three main lifestyle changes WOMEN AT ANY AGE can implement and take control of their health to ensure healthy bones, which I will list below later.

Where In The World Is Spring?

Where In The World Is Spring?

Weather in the Northern Panhandle is always a bit erratic. But this year’s weather has been so topsy-turvy that it’s downright maddening. In late December, there was a stretch of almost summerlike weather when I was tempted to pull out my shorts. Then came the craziness. Snow, followed by melting, freezing and more snow. Then the warm weather returned, not just for a day, but for nearly a week. Warm, sunny, and comfortable--just enough to fool you into thinking that the seasons might actually be changing. But, no, it wasn’t really spring after all! Before you knew it, there was more frigid weather right around the corner. To make things worse, we’ve already had a bout of hail and a thunderstorm that came out of no where and overwhelmed the storm drains. The result was flash flooding, mud slides and general mayhem on the highways.

This Is Why I Do It

This Is Why I Do It

In all the years I’ve been a paralegal, I am periodically reminded why I do it. It’s what drives me and it makes me want to find justice. My heart truly goes out to each person and family that I meet. From a professional standpoint, this may not be a good thing or even a healthy attribute, but I wouldn’t change that part of me. This isn’t about me. It’s about injured people and their families.

recent verdicts & news

Winning Experience: Read about our Appellate Decisions, as well as our Verdicts and Settlements.

Recent cases: Kilgore v. Bedi, (Ohio County, West Virginia, 2013) - Medical Malpractice, Personal Injuries - nearly $900,000 Verdict

-- Turkoly v. Gentile et al., Verdict, $5,100,000.00(Medical Malpractice, Mahoning County, Ohio, 2013) -- Cox v. Personal Service Insurance Company, (Belmont County, Ohio, 2012) - Bad Faith Insurance Practices - $10,000,000.00 Verdict;