Kenneth J. Allen & Associates - Injury Attorneys
Illinois and Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers and Attorneys Trial and Civil Litigation Law Firm.
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Those three words best describe the driving forces behind Kenneth J. Allen & Associates. Our firm is devoted exclusively to the practice of Accident and Injury Law, and exclusively to the people - not corporations - seriously hurt or killed in incidents as varied as on-the-job accidents, semi-truck crashes, injuries from a defective product, or loss of life because of a doctor's medical malpractice.
As the only multi-state law firm in Valparaiso Indiana, Merrillville Indiana, Indianapolis Indiana, Northwest Indiana, Chicagoland, Joliet Illinois, Tinley Park Illinois, Chicago Illinois accepting serious injury and wrongful death cases, exclusively, Kenneth J. Allen & Associates is experienced and knowledgeable in the details and procedures that can make or break a case.
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PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THAT CAN CAUSE SUICIDE: MORE PEOPLE DIE FROM SUICIDE IN THE U.S. THAN CAR ACCIDENTS – THE DANGERS OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
A new research study published in the American Journal of Health finds that more people are dying by their own hand than people are dying in car crashes. You can read the report here.
That’s a scary and serious statistic. So many people are asking what is going on — and here’s the thing: a lot of it is due to prescription drugs.
That’s right: drugs that only get into the hands of the public via a prescription signed by a doctor or someone else legally authorized to do so under state law. The very purpose of a prescription is to protect people against these powerful drugs. Prescriptions by definition limit dosage and amount available — and presumably include the health care professional’s monitoring of the drug’s impact and success. Right? Well, maybe not.
Consider this: it’s understood that prescription drugs are playing a big part in these suicides (it’s called “intentional poisoning”) and there are national seminars being held to study the situation – like a recent one in New England where doctors and others gathered together to discuss this growing national crisis. Which is good.
However, what we know is that people are killing themselves by taking overdoses of drugs that are only available because a doctor signed a prescription pad to allow the drug to be purchased at a pharmacy or drug store. Not that much discussion is being had right now on the doctor’s duty here.
We do have studies on correlations between particular drugs and suicide. That’s right: some drugs have suicide as a side effect, or what they term “suicidal ideations” or “suicidal thoughts” or “suicidal tendencies.”
The FDA warned doctors in 2008 that the following anti-epileptic drugs, available through a prescription, had suicidal side effects:
- Carbamazepine (marketed as Carbatrol, Equetro, Tegretol, Tegretol XR)
- Divalproex sodium (marketed as Depakote, Depakote ER)
- Felbamate (marketed as Felbatol)
- Gabapentin (marketed as Neurontin)
- Lamotrigine (marketed as Lamictal)
- Levetiracetam (marketed as Keppra)
- Oxcarbazepine (marketed as Trileptal)
- Pregabalin (marketed as Lyrica)
- Tiagabine (marketed as Gabitril)
- Topiramate (marketed as Topamax)
- Zonisamide (marketed as Zonegran)
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights International has an excellent article with numerous case references where prescription drug usage is connected to suicide. People taking drugs that the doctor told them decided to kill themselves. People like teenagers and U.S. soldiers and other innocent victims of Big Pharma products.
That’s right. We’re not talking about addicts grabbing pills in back alleys — we’re talking patients taking pills the doctor prescribed for them. Shouldn’t those doctors have some responsiblity here? And what about the pharmacy, do they have a duty to warn you when you buy this stuff? And what about the drug maker, what is their responsibility here?
If your loved one has committed suicide by intentional poisoning or after taking prescription drugs connected or thought to be connected to suicidal side effects, then you have a right to ask these questions and to have them answered. This national statistic is shocking and infuriating. According to this article, you will need to ask these questions – maybe in a lawsuit – because the government is not asking them for you.
The NWI Times investigates how the trucking industry impacts the local area, and in the latest series of NWI Times reports, written by Marc Chase and published on May 12, 2012, entitled “Industrial colossus: Region heavy truck companies generate millions in revenue,” the investigation delves into how important the trucking industry is to the local economy.
According to the NWI Times report, the northwest region of the State of Indiana receivesapproximately $3.2 billion in sales revenue from trucking (including freight hauling and logistics and its relationship between big semi / big rigs; railways; air and water freight) as well as the benefit of tens of thousands of jobs being built to generate that revenue each year.
Which is something to think about as we all drive the Northwest Indiana roads with these huge tractor-trailer, semi trucks. These heavy monsters are carrying loads of all sorts of cargo, including lots of product from local steel mills as well as weighty materials for construction and building.
As you drive along a local interstate and think about how powerful these big rigs are driving alongside sedans, SUVs, and minivans, you’re right. Those big trucks are often carrying very heavy cargo, not boxes of Styrofoam pellets or cartons of stuffed animals.
Which means that we must all be very aware of the dangers of collisions between big rig semi trucks and any other vehicle. People often die in these sorts of accidents, unfortunately: the inequality of the weights between the vehicles alone can count for some fatalities.
For more information, see our earlier posts dealing with trucking accidents including:
- American Trucking Association Continues Fight Against New Hours of Service (HOS) Rule With March 2012 Filing in Federal Court. Big Surprise.
- Distracted Driving Guidelines Proposed to Car Manufacturers by Department of Transportation: Safety That Some Drivers May Not Like
- New NHTSA Study Shows Increase in Deaths Caused by Big Rig, Semi, Tractor-Trailer Truck Crashes on Our Highways
Motorcycles are dangerous for those who ride them on Illinois roadways, but there are many people living in Indiana and Illinois and elsewhere that love their motorcycles and believe that riding a motorcycle offers a kind of freedom that cannot be found elsewhere. For motorcycle riders everywhere, there’s a new law in Illinois that may sound very, very good: now, in Illinois, motorcyclists (and those on bicycles, too) can run red lights.
Run That Red Light in Illinois. It’s Legal Now.
Effective January 2012, in Illinois a new law has been passed that allows those riding on motorcycles and bicycles to run a red light, but there’s a hitch. They do have to wait a ‘reasonable’ amount of time. (Police are suggesting that “reasonable” means two minutes.)
Now, the Illinois Legislature had its reasons. Motorcycles and bikes will be allowed to run red lights after a “reasonable” time because they don’t weigh enough to be recognized by the the traffic-light sensors. Which means, until now, they could just sit there at a red light until a car or truck or some sort of vehicle that had enough weight to trigger the sensor pulled up. Or they could run the red light and hope for the best.
After stopping, the driver of a motorcycle or bicycle facing a steady red signal which fails to change to a green signal within a reasonable period of time because of a signal malfunction or because the signal has failed to detect the arrival of the motorcycle or bicycle due to the vehicle’s size or weight, shall have the right to proceed subject to the rules applicable after making a stop at a stop sign as required by section 11-1204 of this code.
This is a good thing, makes sense. It does mean that riders need to be even more vigilant before pulling out into the roadway against that red light. Motorcycle accidents are often the cause of serious injury or death to the motorcyclist and by taking advantage of this statute, a defense attorney may try and argue in the future that the motorcycle rider bore the risk of his injuries or wrongful death even though a car or truck crashed into him, so the insurance company doesn’t have to pay a claim.
TIRE SAFETY: SUMMER HEAT CAN CAUSE TIRE BLOW OUTS WHILE DRIVING – CHECK YOUR TIRES, TAKE CARE ON THE ROAD
Last week (June 5 – 11) was National Tire Safety Week for the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and it’s no coincidence that this tire-awareness campaign is scheduled for the beginning of summer. Summer heat can cause tires to blow and accidents to happen.
According to the NHTSA, tires were responsible for 116,000 injuries and over 3,300 deaths on American roads during a four year time period (2005-2009). Experts believe that most of these injuries and fatalities could have been prevented if only the drivers had stopped to check their tires. Heat can cause tires to become extremely dangerous, especially when they don’t have the proper air pressure.
The NHTSA offers a free brochure for everyone to read or download that outlines how to make sure that your tires are okay for the hot summer roads.
Weak tires are especially dangerous when they are being driven on a big rig commercial truck.
Commercial trucks, with their weight and size, are always safety issues on American roads, and their tires are no exception. Blown tires on big rigs cause wrecks: not only can the truck driver lose control, but the flying tire and its debris on the roadway can cause hazards resulting in other vehicles crashing.
This week, the Tire Industry Association and Michelin Americas Truck Tires participated in National Tire Safety Week by offering fleet operators, tire shop managers, and truck maintenance pros a truck tire training video that goes into the details of making sure that the big trucks’ big tires are safe with an explanation of safety procedure for semi truck tires. The video is free, 18 minutes long, and entitled “Tire Shop Hazard Assessment.”
You can watch it here:
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed due to the wrongful acts of another, then you may have a legal claim for legal damages as well as the right for justice against the wrongdoer and you are welcomed to contact the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland personal injury lawyers at Kenneth J. Allen & Associates to schedule a free initial legal consultation.
For the convenience of its clientele, Kenneth J. Allen & Associates offers five offices to serve those located in either the states of Illinois or Indiana.