Hensley Legal Group, PC Named to 2015 Top Workplaces

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We are excited to announce that Hensley Legal Group, PC was named as one of the 2015 Top Workplaces by the Star Media.Top Workplaces 2015

The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 40 major publishing partners across the United States.  Over the past year, more than 5,000 organizations and 1 in every 88 employees in the U.S. have turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what’s on the minds of their employees.

We can’t thank our employees enough for this great honor.  We wouldn’t be where we are without them.  It is our great group of employees that truly makes this a Top Workplace.  Here are some of the employee comments from the surveys:

“I am part of a team and group that helped build what we have today. We do important work for many people who would not have a voice without us.”

“I love my job because of the people that I work with. They have become my closest friends and family. ”

“It feels like I became part of a close family. The HLG people are all very friendly and helpful.”

“What I do and the people I do it with.”

“The opportunities that I have been provided both financially and intellectually have and continue to be amazing.”

Megabus Crashes Injuring Nineteen

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Megabus Crashes Again in Indiana

April 13, 2015 – Nineteen people were taken to five different hospitals after a Megabus collided with the tail end of a Semi-truck. The Megabus was in route to Atlanta, GA after leaving Chicago, IL early Monday morning.

The Chicago Tribune reported the crash occurred around 5:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 near the Edinburgh exits. The Megabus crashed into the back of a semi-truck, forcing the large truck into two passenger vehicles.Charter Bus

According to WTHR – “The Indiana State Police said southbound traffic had come to a stop due to construction vehicles in the area, and a state trooper with emergency lights on was assisting as the construction vehicles moved from the right lane to the median. The driver of the Megabus failed to stop for slowed traffic.”

Megabus has been involved in four different accidents in Indiana since October 2014. Of the four accidents, there have been roughly 65 injuries requiring hospital visits. None of the injuries incurred from the incidents have been reported as life threatening, but there have been multiple accounts of broken bones, contusions and cuts from broken glass among other injuries. More than half of the Megabus accidents have occurred south of Indianapolis on Interstate 65.

Megabus Crashes

October 14, 2014 – Greenwood, Indiana

December 20, 2014 – Seymour, Indiana

December 30, 2014 – Hammond, Indiana

April 13, 2015 – Indianapolis, Indiana

If you or someone you know has been injured in a Megabus or other bus accident, please contact an attorney who can help get the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at Hensley Legal Group have the experience needed to handle complex bus accidents. Contact us anytime at 1-888-436-7539 for a free consultation. Or contact our office via the web. Fill out the ‘Get Help Now’ box and someone from our office will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your situation. Don’t try and navigate your Megabus accident alone. Let a professional from Hensley Legal Group help you today. Whether it’s the Hensley Legal Group or another accident professional, please contact an attorney to find out your rights.

Listeria Concerns Prompt Recalls

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Sabra Hummus and Blue Bell Ice Cream Recall Products over Listeria Concern

April 8, 2015 – According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Sabra Dipping Company released a recall of roughly 30,000 cases of its Classic Humus due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Below are the products in question:

List of Recalled Sabra Products

Sabra reports that the potential contamination was discovered during a routine, random sample that was taken by the Michigan Department of Agriculture that tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

Along with the Sabra Hummus recall, Blue Bell has expanded their ice cream recall due to similar listeria concerns.

The most recent recalled Blue Bell products have been distributed to retail stores, food service accounts, convenience stores and supermarkets across the country affecting nearly half the United States. States include are: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming. Recalled products are as follows:

Blue Bell Recalled Products

The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma Blue Bell facility is the prime culprit producing an abundance of recalled products with Listeria concerns. CNN reports this is the fourth time Blue Bell has taken action in light of a listeria outbreak at a Kansas hospital that served the company’s ice cream. Blue Bell had suspended operations at the Oklahoma facility voluntarily.

Signs and Symptoms of Listeria Monocytogenes Exposure

According to the Mayo Clinic, Listeria monocytogenes is a strain of bacteria that can cause acute bacterial meningitis. Listeria food poisoning symptoms include: high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. If you are experiencing these problems it is best to consult a physician.

Consumers who have purchased either product are urged to dispose of the product immediately or contact the place of purchases for a full refund. For more information in regards to the Sabra Hummus recall you may visit their website. Blue Bell has set up a page with product pictures and contact information for consumer questions and concerns. There are no ties between the two companies and their outbreaks.

Related: Kraft Recall

Truck and Train Accidents Highlight the Dangers of Rail Crossings

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Two recent truck and train accidents in the US have caused many injuries and left many with questions. Most recently, there was a truck driver in North Carolina who failed to, “maneuver an oversized rig through a railroad crossing derailed an Amtrak train and injured 55 people.” Investigators are still unclear as to why the driver was having so much difficulty with the turn, but they have uncovered some questionable details about the driver.

Railway CrossingIt seems that John Devin Black, the driver of the semi, had been previously cited for at least 12 traffic violations. These violations included speeding, and driving with a revoked license. The Associated Press also confirmed that Black, “served prison time in 1997 after being convicted of felony child abuse in North Carolina, and his other criminal convictions included assaulting a woman, violating a domestic violence protective order, and repeatedly writing worthless checks.” However, Yahoo News notes that there are no rules that, “disqualifies a driver with a criminal record from getting a commercial license, as long as the crime wasn’t committed while driving a truck.”

Currently there are no charges against John Black, but there is still a pending investigation.

Not long before the accident in North Carolina another truck and train accident occurred in California that injured at least twenty eight people. This wreck occurred because a truck took a wrong turn and stopped on the railroad tracks. The driver of the truck, 54 year old Jason Benites, was found about 1.5 miles away from the crash. USA Today reports that Ramirez abandoned the truck, and, “was in apparent distress.”

Investigators are still trying to determine why Ramirez abandoned the truck, but, “the truck was not stuck or bottomed-out as had earlier been reported by officials.” After the collision, the truck exploded into a fury of flames, and three of the train cars toppled over. “Twenty-eight people were transported to area hospitals with injuries that ranged from significant head trauma to back and neck injuries,” according to USA Today. Eight of those were admitted to the hospital and four were in critical condition.

These two recent collisions involving trucks and trains highlight the dangers of train crossings. It’s important to remember that it is never safe to stop on train tracks whether you are in a semi or a passenger vehicle. It’s also important to never try and circumvent safety rails at train tracks –even if you don’t hear or see a train coming.

If you or someone you know is injured due to the negligence of a truck driver, please contact an attorney who can help you get the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at Hensley Legal Group have the experience needed to handle complex semi-truck accidents. Contact us anytime at 1-888-436-7539 for a free consultation. Or contact us via the web. Fill out the ‘Get Help Now’ box and someone from our office will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your situation. Don’t try and navigate your truck accident alone. Let a professional from Hensley Legal Group help you today.

Target’s Data Breach Victims Get Judge’s Approval for Compensation

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Target Corporation Compensation For Breach Victims

Image of a Red and White TargetMarch 19, 2015 – A Minneapolis, MN judge approved a settlement for Target’s data breach to compensate those encompassed by the dilemma.

According to WISH-TV , “Target is agreeing to pay up to $10 million dollars in damages. The 2013 data breach exposed details of as many as 40-million credit and debit card accounts and hurt holiday sales that year.” The article states further, claims will be submitted through a specific website that has not been identified yet.

What should I do if my information was taken in Target’s data breach?

WISH-TV goes on to report, “Victims must have proof of things; like late payment fees, higher interest rates, unauthorized charges and even lost time dealing with the issue.” These claims can be filed for compensation up to $10,000.

Where can I go to find out more information?

According to Target, if you shopped there between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, 2013 you should monitor your bank account for suspicious activity. Any debit or credit cards used within the 2013 time frame, at Target, could have been impacted. Target has set up a FAQ sheet that can be accessed here if you are looking for more information.

Kraft Foods Recalls 242,000 Cases of Macaroni & Cheese Boxed Dinners

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Kraft Foods Recalls Macaroni & Cheese

March 17, 2015 Kraft Foods voluntarily recalled 242,000 cases of its Macaroni & Cheese Boxed dinner.  The products were recalled, according to Kraft, “Due to the possibility that some boxes may contain small pieces of metal.”

How do I check my box of macaroni & cheese to see if it was recalled?

According to the press release “The recalled product is limited to the 7.25-oz. size of the Original flavor of boxed dinner with the ‘Best When Used By’ dates of September

Kraft Foods Recalls Macaroni & Cheese

Photo Courtesy of Kraft Foods

18, 2015 through October 11, 2015, with the code ‘C2′ directly below the date on each individual box.  The ‘C2′ refers to a specific production line on which the affected product was made.”  No other Kraft Foods products are being recalled at this time. 

What should I do if I have a box that was recalled?

Do not eat the product if it is included in the recall.  Marianne Gravely, with the USDA’s food hotline, says “You should never knowingly eat a product that’s been recalled because of this issue, Gravely stressed, but if you accidentally do and don’t bite into a hunk of metal? You’re probably OK.” Kraft states in the release that the product can be returned to the store where it was purchased for an exchange or full refund.  Otherwise you can call Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-816-9432 between 9 am and 6 pm (Eastern) for a full refund.

What should I do if I was injured by the product?

Gravely says, if you begin to feel sick, see a doctor.  “Food poisoning isn’t like a cold, where you kind of start feeling worse and worse — you definitely have symptoms [right away]. If you’re suddenly vomiting or you have diarrhea, you should go to a doctor. Food poisoning symptoms can be severe.” Read the rest of Gravely’s tips here.  Kraft has not had any injuries reported at this time.  If you believe you suffered an injury as a result of eating the recalled Kraft macaroni & cheese, contact our office for a free consultation by calling 1-888-505-8232 or click here to send a message.

Not Enough Safe Parking Spaces for Semi-Trucks

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Parked TrucksSafety regulations put in place to keep motorists safe have forced truckers to stop and rest more often. However, truckers and trucker advocates claim that there just aren’t enough safe places to park to get much needed shut eye. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, “There were 2.3 million registered Class 8 trucks” on the roadways last year. Experts expect the number of trucks to continue to rise due to the drop in fuel prices. But researchers have found that the number of semi-trucks on the roadways far outnumber the parking places truckers desperately need. Truckers in California were surveyed and, “70% said they had tried to stop at a truck stop on the route [Interstate 5] but found it full.” Debora da Rocha a trucker in the Northeast said, “If you don’t find a place by 4p.m., you’re in bad shape.”

The Wall Street Journal Reports that when truckers can’t find safe parking places they are likely to push on, or they park illegally, “in secluded areas behind grocery stores, the corners of shopping malls, or freeway ramps and shoulders.” These practices are unsafe not only for the truckers, but for other motorists as well. Truck drivers are being forced to sleep in unsafe areas where they are susceptible to robbery, and motorists are sharing the roadways with sleepy and frustrated truckers. Many believe that the issue is so important that the government needs to step in and alleviate the situation. Others maintain that the free market can respond more quickly and efficiently to the problem. They claim that truck stops should create more parking spaces and that the trucking industry could negotiate more spaces with the truck stops along with the contract they already have for fuel costs.

No matter how the problem gets solved it is becoming increasingly obvious that in order for truck drivers to comply with the new rules regarding sleep more safe parking is necessary. According to the Journal, “By law, they [truckers] must stop at least once every eight hours of driving and quit for the equivalent of a night after a total of 11 hours.” These laws were put in place in order to protect motorists and truckers, and now it’s important to provide parking so that truckers aren’t driving when they’re tired.

Driving while drowsy is dangerous for all motorists, but especially for truck drivers. Passenger vehicles are no match for big rigs, which weigh thousands of pounds, when traffic accidents occur. If you or someone you know was injured in an accident involving a semi you may be entitled to compensation especially if the driver of the semi hadn’t had enough rest. Contact an experienced semi accident attorney at Hensley Legal Group today to make sure you get what you deserve. We have handled these types of complex cases, and can answer your questions. Call anytime at 1-888-436-7539 to speak with us about your situation. You can also reach us via the web. Fill out the ‘Get Help Now’ form and someone from our office will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your case. We work on a contingency fee basis, and there’s never a charge for a consultation. Call Hensley Legal Group today, and let us help you with your accident.

Many Herbal Supplements Don’t Contain Herbs on the Labels

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New York Attorney General Sheds Light on Herbal Supplements

Bowl of ground herbsThe New York Times reported on February 3rd troubling findings for anyone who has taken or is taking herbal supplements. According to the Times, the New York State Attorney General accused, “four major retailers on Monday of selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements and demanded that they remove the products from their shelves.” In an attempt to determine the ingredients of popular herbal supplements the Attorney General tested top selling brands of supplements at GNC, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart. The results were eye opening.

The Times reported, “four out of five of the products did not contain any of the herbs on their labels.” The results indicated that many of the pills were instead packed with cheap fillers. Some of the pills even included potentially dangerous material for those with allergies such as wheat and peanuts. “At Walmart, the authorities found that its ginkgo biloba, a Chinese plant promoted as a memory enhancer, contained little more than powdered radish, houseplants and wheat –despite a claim on the label that the product was wheat –and gluten free.

Many may not know that herbal supplements are not subject to the same rules that pharmaceuticals are. But, The New York Times explained that in 1994 a federal law passed, championed by Senator Orin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah, which exempts supplements from the F.D.A.’s approval process for prescription drugs, “which requires reviews of a product’s safety and effectiveness before it goes to the market.” Because of these exemptions many of the supplements on store shelves don’t contain much, if any, of the herb listed on the label. Studies conducted by the University of Guelph in Canada found, “as many as a third of herbal supplements tested did not contain the plants listed on their labels – only cheap fillers instead.”

Unfortunately these mis-labelings lead to more than just money lost. In 2013, “an outbreak of hepatitis that struck at least 72 people in 16 states was traced to a tainted supplement. Three people required liver transplants, and one woman died.” Injuries such as these, along with recent evidence suggesting supplements may not contain the herbs listed on the labels have stirred renewed calls for stricter rules on herbal supplements. Whether the stricter rules materialize or not will be left up to the legislature, but the New York Times also points out that legislators, including Sen. Orin Hatch, have “accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the industry and repeatedly intervened in Washington to quash proposed legislation that would toughen the rules.”

No one thinks that medicine or supplements they take to make them better will do them harm. Unfortunately this does occur. If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of a prescription drug or an herbal supplement contact an experienced attorney at Hensley Legal Group. Call 24/7 at 1-888-436-7539 and receive a free consultation. Our staff can help you understand your options and help your determine whether you have a case. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, so you really have nothing to lose. You can also contact us via the web. Fill out the ‘Get Help Now’ form and someone from our office will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your claim.

Truckers and Regulators Push Back and Forth Over Truck Driver Sleep Regulations

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Semi Truck

The June 7th accident involving actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and a Wal-Mart semi truck has helped to bring the public’s attention to a serious problem. The problem? The amount of sleep truck drivers get before getting behind the wheel.

According to the New York Times, “For decades, federal authorities have tried to ensure that truck drivers get adequate rest.” However, the industry has pushed back claiming that Washington has no right to create truck driver sleep regulations. This isn’t just a matter of life and death for commercial trucking companies, but a matter of money. The Times says trucking is, “a business that lives by the clock.” In such a business, “miles mean money.”

The New York Times reports that over 30,000 people die every year on highways, and that one in seven of those deaths involve large trucks. The Times also states, “Drowsy driving is a leading cause of crashes and highway fatalities, according to federal officials.” Prosecutors in the Tracy Morgan case claim that the truck driver that slammed into the van carrying Morgan and others, “had not slept in more than 24 hours.” Accidents like these lead Federal officials to reduce the maximum workweek for truckers to 70 hours -down from 82. The New York Times explains, “Drivers who hit this limit can start their workweek only after a mandatory 34-hour resting period.” The Times also notes that drivers cannot drive more than 11 hours in a day and they must have at least one 30 minute break in their schedule.

However, not everyone is happy about the new truck driver sleep regulations. The trucking industry believes the regulations are too strict, and they also believe they could make traffic worse for average Americans. The new regulations also include a clause that states drivers must have two periods between 1a.m. and 5a.m. a week off. This, according to the Times, allows drivers to rest at least two nights a week. But, opponents of this rule maintain that this will put more trucks on the road during peak driving hours ultimately congesting the roadways. In fact, “Brian Fielkow, president of Jetco Delivery, said the hours regulations that went into effect last year reduced productivity in the industry by putting more trucks on the road in times of heavy traffic without addressing the safety issue.” But, did the new rules make the roadways safer?

Update: The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 was enacted on December 16, 2014, suspending enforcement of requirements for use of the 34-hour restart. For more information see FMCSA’s Federal Register notice:www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-service/hours-service-drivers

The Times reports, “Drivers who begin their workweek with just one nighttime period of rest instead of two were more likely to have lapses in attention and to deviate from their lanes while driving.” However, everyone acknowledges that the exact extent of the problem is difficult to measure because of people either dying in accidents involving drowsiness, or not being willing to tell the truth for fear of penalty. But even the American Trucking Association agreed that, “driver fatigue plays a role in about 7 percent of truck crashes” (other studies sited in the article suggest anywhere from 13-31 percent).

Federal Safety officials and safety advocates believe that the new rules put in place are necessary to protect the public. However, the trucking industry is opposed to the stricter rules and is a force to be reckoned with. With backing from the trucking industry Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, passed an amendment freezing the two periods of rest a week until further studies could be conducted. This leaves a significant part of the new regulations out, and sets the stage for a battle between safety and trucking advocates in the future.

Accidents involving semi trucks are particularly dangerous due to the size and weight differences between them and typical cars. If you or someone you love has been injured in a semi accident please don’t rely on the insurance company to be your advocate. These types of accidents are complicated and it is in the insurance company’s best interest to pay you as little as possible for your pain and suffering. Contact an experienced semi truck accident attorney at Hensley Legal Group, and let us explain your options. A free consultation is always offered, and we work on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if you get paid. Call us to discuss your claim at 1-888-436-7539, or reach us via the web. Fill out the ‘Get Help Now’ form and someone from the office will contact you to talk about your situation.

9 Car Models that have Zero Car Accident Deaths

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The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) Reports 9 Models with 0 Car Accident Deaths

 

Seatbelt lightThe Insurance Institute of Highway Safety released exciting news for highway safety advocates on Thursday. According to cnbc.com, IIHS released findings that showed a “record total of nine models sold during the 2011 model-year that have had a death rate of zero.” This rating means that there have been no persons killed in a crash involving those vehicles during the period studied by the IIHS. The nine models getting the top marks included the:

 

  • Audi A4 4WD
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Kia Sorento 2WS
  • Lexus RX 350 4WD
  • Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 4WD
  • Subaru Legacy 4WD
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD
  • Toyota Sequioa 4WD
  • Volvo XC90 4WD

 

Safety experts noted that traffic accidents have been decreasing dramatically in recent years with experts attributing this decrease to, “improved roadways and a crackdown on drunk driving” and improved vehicular safety designs. IIHS estimated, “there would have been 7,700 more fatalities in just the year 2012” if vehicles had not undergone major safety improvements in recent years.

Safety advocates studying the findings in the report are looking forward to a time where there are zero highway traffic deaths, and this report seems to suggest that this goal is achievable. However, not all 2011 models earned high marks for safety, which highlights the amount of work ahead. According to the IIHS the 19 worst 2011 models had death rates of 46 or more. “At the bottom was the Kia Rio, which had an overall death rate of 149, followed by the Nissan Versa sedan, at 130.” The Chevrolet Silverado and the Mercury Grand Marquis sedan also had high death rates both totaling over 65 a year.

Experts suggest that it may be many years before safety advocates realize their goal of zero highway deaths a year, and they note that reaching that goal will require “changes in road design and public policy that can help protect all road users.” But IIHS research chief David Zuby said, “Still, the rise in the number of vehicles with zero deaths show what’s possible.”

While it’s exciting to think about a future where highway accidents do not occur unfortunately that is not today’s reality. Accidents happen every day, many of which result in injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident call the car accident attorneys at Hensley Legal Group today. We have the experience you need to help you navigate the complicated claims process. Call today for a free consultation and see if you have a case. Reach us at 1-888-436-7539 any time and allow us to explain your options. You can also contact us via the web. Fill out the Get Help Now box and someone from our office will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your claim.