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The Risks of Online Shopping

ONLINE SHOPPING: THE RISKS It is the season for shopping--and for returning. Online shopping has become as much a part of the holiday season as a trip to the department stores used to be. The ...
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Revising Our Christmas List

WHAT REALLY NEEDS TO BE ON OUR CHRISTMAS LIST It is all over the news. It dominates the political debate and the upcoming election cycle. It has Congress passing new legislation. It has journalists ...
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Food at the Holidays: Be Careful What You Eat

THE DRAMATIC INCREASE IN FOOD ALLERGIES According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control, the number of children with food allergies increased by 50% from 1997-2011. Food ...
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Trouble in Toyland

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR December is the biggest gift-shopping and toy-buying season of the year. Unfortunately, some of those gifts and toys will cause injuries, despite the efforts of various ...
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Getting to Grandma's Safely

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS...SAFER THAN THE HIGHWAY? The holidays are upon us again, and we can all look forward to a lot of food, football, travel, shopping and...motor vehicle accidents. ...
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Sexual Assault on College Campuses: A New Approach

THE FIGHT GOES DIGITAL As of November 4, 2015, the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights was investigating 175 cases involving sexual violence at 146 post-secondary schools. This ...
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Veterans' Affairs: A Look at Vets' Needs on Veterans' Day

Today is Veterans' Day, and we at The Thomas Law Firm would like to dedicate this week's post to all the Veterans who have served this country so honorably. VETERANS' INJURIES Due to the ...
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Safest and Deadliest Ways to Travel

TRAGEDY IN SINAI PENINSULA It happened again: another plane crash with horrific images of debris flashing across our television screens and all forms of social media. Grief-stricken loved ones arrived ...
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Homecoming Turns Deadly

HOMECOMING TURNS DEADLY As hundreds of Oklahoma State University fans lined the streets to watch the annual homecoming day parade, a car suddenly drove through police barricades and plowed directly ...
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Kids Killing Kids

KIDS KILLING KIDS It happened again. This time, the gun was obtained illegally by Michael Santiago, a former Chicago gang member who felt he needed protection for himself and his family after ...
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High School Football Players Are Dying: Why?

THE MOST DANGEROUS SPORT Tyrell Cameron, a sixteen year old football player from Franklin Parish, Louisiana, died from a hard tackle that appears to have caused a broken neck. Ben Hamm, a junior ...
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Volkswagen Cheats and We All Lose

VOLKSWAGEN CHEATS AND WE ALL LOSE Volkswagen recently admitted to installing "defeat device" software in approximately eleven million of its diesel vehicles world-wide. The software reduced ...
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Food borne illnesses: Peanut Corp. of America case sets new rules

HISTORIC OUTBREAK, HISTORIC TRIAL, HISTORIC SENTENCE On September 21, 2015, Stewart Parnell, the CEO of the now defunct Peanut Corporation of America ("PCA"), was sentenced in a federal ...
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When is death a wrongful death?

WHEN IS DEATH A WRONGFUL DEATH? A wrongful death is one that is caused by either the willful act of someone that led to a person's death or the failure to take measures that would prevent ...
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Back to school and back on the bus: A look at school bus accidents

SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION-RELATED ACCIDENTS It is that time of year: back to school. While parents are typically glad that their children are back in the classroom, many worry about how to get them to ...
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In MLB, Fans may be at Greater Risk than the Players

IN MLB, FANS MAY BE AT GREATER RISK THAN PLAYERS On August 29, 2015, fans showed up at Turner Field to see a great game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees. Instead,what they saw was a ...
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Hazing: Still going on, still claiming lives

HAZING: STILL GOING ON, STILL CLAIMING LIVES As the one year anniversary of the death of a nineteen year old fraternity pledge at Clemson University approaches, new details are emerging about what ...
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Pre-K Accidents and Injuries

SCHOOL STARTS EARLIER While students may say that the school year seems to start earlier every year, there are some parents and grandparents who may say that school seems to start earlier in the life ...
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As the popularity of bicycling soars, so do accidents

BICYCLING: MORE POPULAR AND MORE ACCIDENTS As a sport, bicycling has become increasingly popular. No longer primarily the province of spinning classes or the hard-core triathlete, bicycling is now an ...
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Death of nine-year-old bat boy illustrates risks of youth participation in sports

TRAGEDY AT THE BALL PARK What was supposed to be an enjoyable time spent watching the Great American Pastime turned into a night of tragedy when nine-year-old Kaiser Carlile, batboy for the Kansas ...
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MISSING FLORIDA TEENS SHOW RISKS OF BOATING IN OPEN SEA

FLORIDA TEENS MISSING AT SEA On Friday, July 24, 2015, Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, both 14, bought fuel and then climbed aboard their 19-foot boat in Jupiter, Florida, to go fishing. That was ...
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What You Wear Can and Will Be Used Against You in a Court of Law

WHAT YOU WEAR CAN AND WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU IN A COURT OF LAW Have we arrived at the point in time where the famous Miranda warning should be revised to advise suspects that not only what they say ...
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Swimming: Popular But Dangerous Summer Fun

SWIMMING: POPULAR BUT DANGEROUS SUMMER FUN Despite numerous public education and awareness campaigns, outreach efforts to offer swimming lessons and CPR courses, and federal legislation (see below), ...
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Summer Fire Hazards

SOUTHERN CHURCHES BURNING In the two weeks following the horrific shooting in the AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, seven churches in five southern states have had fires break out. Three of ...
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Berkeley Balcony Collapse

A BIRTHDAY PARTY ENDS IN TRAGEDY What started as a celebration of a fellow-student's 21st birthday ended in tragedy when the balcony on which many of the students were standing suddenly collapsed. ...
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