Be Safe and Avoid Being Scammed This Holiday Season

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After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we are now focused on holiday shopping for Christmas and Chanukah. However, it is important to always be diligent as a shopper—while you think you are innocently searching the Internet for the best deals, hackers may be trying to steal your personal data and your money.

Here are some tips you should follow to stay safe.

Be Safe on the Internet

We know how easy it is for hackers to steal our information, and yet sometimes we are less vigilant than we should be.

Even though it is convenient to use public WiFi networks, stay aware of the information you enter while using them. Be especially careful not to enter private financial information or passwords while you are using these networks.

Also, be careful about going to unfamiliar websites. Make sure they have a secure URL, read reviews for the company, and make sure they have contact information (email and phone number) for customer service.

Do Your Homework on Charities

Many of us choose to give back this holiday season, and donate to various charities. While laudable, your contribution should be protected.

Make sure your chosen charity is registered with the Secretary of State, and you know how much of your donation will actually be given to the charitable purpose rather than to administrative costs.

Purchase Gift Cards Wisely

So many of us decide to give gift cards to our loved ones rather than giving actual presents or cash. When buying gift cards, make sure they are coming from legitimate websites and stores. If possible, buying directly from the store itself is the safest option.

Check to ensure the correct amount is added to the gift card as well.

Sign for Your Deliveries

Make sure that when you expect packages to be delivered to your home, someone is home to sign for it.

If you will not be home at the delivery time or within the range of time you are given, ask the delivery company to leave it in a concealed area, rather than in front of your door. Packages stacked on a doormat indicates to potential thieves that you are not home.

You can also have your package delivered to your place of work if you choose.

Stay Vigilant

Finally, if a deal seems too good to be true, watch out! Don’t risk your personal information being stolen just so you can get a great deal—there may be an underhanded or nefarious reason why a product online is so inexpensive.

If you think that you have been the victim of a holiday scam, don’t hesitate to contact Glen Lerner injury attorneys for a free consultation.

Complications from Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements Skyrocketing

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People who developed painful complications after hip replacements have filed over 28,000 lawsuits against manufacturers of defective hip implants. These companies have spent billions of dollars settling the cases, even as additional people file hip implant lawsuits.

Metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implants are a type of implant that, put simply, fits a metal ball into a metal cup. MoM hip devices were at first considered more durable, but some studies have shown that they may deteriorate faster and fail at a higher rate.

In some instances, a design flaw causes metallosis, or poisoning caused by elevated levels of toxic metals in the blood, which occurs when metal particles shed dangerously into the body. This condition can also cause bone erosion and tissue death.

Biomet, DePuy, and Stryker are the manufacturers with the most lawsuits. If you or a loved one has symptoms of joint failure or recently had corrective hip surgery, you should ask your surgeon which brand of hip replacement was used. If the device was from by Biomet, DePuy or Stryker, you may be eligible for compensation.

A recent multidistrict litigation verdict involved DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson. After a lengthy trial, a jury awarded $142 million in actual damages and $360 million in punitive damages to five patients whose DePuy hip implants failed and had to be surgically removed.

Biomet implant failure symptoms include pain, swelling, or infection near the implant site; difficulty walking or reduced mobility; an inability to bear weight on the side of the implant; and scraping or popping noises from the implant.

In a failing Depuy hip implant, components may rub against each other, allowing metal shards to harm tissue around the hip and cause a severe allergic reaction to metal fragments. Additional signs of failure may include pseudotumors cerebri (a false tumor caused by pressure around the brain) and soft tissue missing or receding from the reaction to metallic debris.

Finally, a Stryker hip plant failure may result in a severe allergic reaction to metal entering hip tissue, leading to false brain tumors and other issues including pain and swelling. In addition, bone dissolution, tissue inflammation and death, and loosening of the joint leading to mobility problems or need for surgery are possible symptoms of a failed implant.

If you are experiencing painful side effects after hip replacement surgery with one of these brands, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.

Attorney Glen Lerner observed, “There can be serious complications from hip implants. The last thing someone wants to discover is that their replacement part has a faulty design which could fail and cause pain or other serious injuries. If you have suffered complications, please get in touch.”

Get Your Head Out Of Your Apps ?: How To Avoid Distracted Driving

Everyone is guilty of some form of distracted driving. In fact, distracted drivers are almost everywhere you look: the cell phone socialite, the in-car iPod DJ, the high-fashion cosmetician, and the 3-course meal king or queen.

Studies have shown that people are limited in the amount of information they can process at any one time. To accommodate the multiple demands that occur during driving, people are forced to shift their attention back and forth. To reduce your chances of being in an accident,  follow these six simple steps and avoid distracted driving.

  1. Use your cell phone for emergency situations only.
    While you’re driving, a cell phone should only be used for emergency purposes. Even then, it’s best to pull over safely to the right shoulder to make a call. Even hands-free devices can still cause you to miss important visual and audio cues needed to avoid a crash.
  2. Social conversations on cell phones should not be carried on while driving. Remember, it’s against the law in a growing number of jurisdictions. You could be ticketed and fined.
  3. If you are drowsy, pull off the road.
    Drowsiness increases the risk of a crash by nearly four times. A government study showed that 37 percent of U.S. drivers have nodded off or fallen asleep at least once during their driving careers. If you feel tired, get off the road; don’t try to get home faster.
  4. You should limit the number of passengers, as well as the level of activity inside the car. 
    Most state’s graduated driver licensing laws prohibit teens from having teenage passengers in the car with them during their early months of driving solo. Driving with friends can create a dangerous driving environment because novice drivers are focused on their friends rather than the road.
  5. Avoid eating while driving.
    Being busy is no excuse for distracted driving. Finishing your breakfast on the way to work or school may seem like a time-saver, but it means you are less attentive to the drivers around you. Food spills are a major cause of distraction.
  6. Do your multi-tasking outside the car.
    Everyone spends a lot of time in their vehicles, and it may seem like the perfect time to get little things done: calling friends, searching for good music, maybe even text messaging. Don’t do it. Focus on the road and the drivers around you. Get everything settled before you start driving.

From everyone here at Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys, we are always here to answer any questions you may have about the law and your rights in a given situation. Don’t hesitate to call for expert legal advice.

Driving In The Rain | Merrillville, Indiana

Driving In The Rain

Summer in Merrillville, Indiana means rain, thunderstorms and unforeseen weather. Driving in the thunderstorms that frequent Merrillville can be extremely dangerous.  There are a few things that you can do to your vehicle to prepare for inclement weather throughout the year. As summer approaches you can get your car ready with the following tips from your local car accident attorneys, Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys:

Measure Tire Tread

Car accidents during wet weather are often caused from hydroplaning and losing control of the vehicle. When roads are slick from rain, your chances of hydroplaning increase if your tires are balding and the tread is too low. Rule of thumb is that in dry weather, your tires should have more than 2/32 of tread depth remaining, but on wet roads, your tires should have no less than 4/32 of tread depth.  Make sure to check your tire tread a few times each year to make sure that your tires are in the best shape possible during any weather.

Replace Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers should be changed every six months, especially in areas of extreme weather. You will know they need to be changed when they no longer make contact with the window, squeak or appear dry. Test your windshield wipers before inclement weather so you are prepared on the road when it rains.

Check Headlights

Broken headlights can lead to a fine from the police or even worse a car accident from dimly lit roads in a rainstorm. Dim, broken or faulty headlights must be fixed to make your car is safe to drive in bad weather.

Inspect Brakes

Your braking distance doubles on wet roads.  If your brakes are not in good standing it can be impossible to stop your vehicle in the rain.  You should make it a point to have a professional mechanic inspect your vehicle’s brake pads and discs to ensure it will be safe for driving in the rain.Preparing your vehicle with these simple tips will help do your part to you prevent car accidents in Merrillville. Being a safe driver on the road means having a rain-proof vehicle and knowing how to drive defensively to avoid car accidents.

If you or a loved one is injured in a bad weather car accident, contact a car accident attorney immediately. Jonathan Faust and Christopher Gonzalez will fight to get you the money you deserve from a car accident in Merrillville, Indiana. Contact Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys at 708-222-2222 for a free case evaluation.