Big Bird Shuts Down Northern Indiana Highway

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Rhea Bird

Photo Courtesy of National Geographic

According to Yahoo News, a large flightless bird on the loose near Peru Indiana “forced the closing of a northern Indiana highway.” On Monday October 27th the large bird, known as a rhea, ran onto U.S. 24 about 80 miles north of Indianapolis, and caused trouble for travelers. National Geographic says the Rhea is the largest bird in South America, and is related to ostriches and emus. Apparently the bird escaped from a farm over the weekend after it jumped a fence and disappeared into a cornfield.

Owner Subdues “Jet” Like Bird

Authorities arrived to try and capture the bird, but State Police Officer Bob Burgess told the Kokomo Tribune “This thing would just all of a sudden take off like a jet.” He also said, “Everybody was a little bit skeptical about grabbing ahold of it because it could kick you and it had some pretty vicious talons.” An animal control officer arrived and shot the bird with a tranquilizer dart, but it didn’t appear to have much of an effect. Luckily the bird’s original owner showed up and according to Yahoo news “arrived at the scene and was able to tackle it.” He then loaded it into his truck and returned it to its new owner.

The highway was reopened shortly after the bird was taken away, but it doesn’t sound like 1st Sgt. Burgess will forget the incident anytime soon. “It was kind of a circus there for a little bit. This thing could run like nobody’s business.” Apparently the bird’s original owner is slightly faster than nobody’s business.

Distractions Are No Laughing Matter

Don’t let the humor of this story fool you. Things happen on our roadways every day that can result in catastrophe if drivers aren’t paying attention. Don’t let distractions get the best of you. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident as a result of someone else’s negligence call our northern Indiana office at 219-525-3906. The attorneys at Hensley Legal Group have the experience you deserve, and will help you understand your options following an accident. You can also reach us online by filling out the ‘Get Help Now’ box. Someone from our office will contact you immediately to discuss your situation.

North West Indiana Amtrak Train and Semi Accident

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Amtrak Accident

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According to an article in the Northwest Indiana Times, 14 people were injured when an Amtrak train headed for Chicago collided with a semi-truck. The collision, which occurred in White County, happened at about 8:20a.m. Tuesday, October 28th. White County Sherriff Pat Shafer told The Associated Press that the people injured were taken to local hospitals, but that he wasn’t sure of the severity of the injuries. However, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said “No one aboard the Hoosier State line suffered serious or life-threatening injuries in the collision.” It appears that the 18-wheeler stopped in the path of the Amtrack train for unknown reasons. The train was unable to avoid the collision, and split the trailer in half. Apparently no one associated with the big rig was hurt, and of the 56 passengers aboard the Amtrak train only 14 complained of injuries.

Have You Been Injured in a Semi Accident?

If you or a loved one has been injured following a semi accident call the experienced team of attorneys at Hensley Legal Group today. With an office located in Merrillville Indiana we are ready and able to serve the Northwest Indiana Region at a moment’s notice. Don’t let a lawyer who is unfamiliar with truck accidents mishandle your case. Call the truck accident attorneys at Hensley Legal Group at 219-525-3906. Or contact us via the web. Fill out the ‘Get Help Now’ form and someone from our office will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss the specifics of your case.

Good News for Mesothelioma Patients

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Turmeric SpiceOn September 18th Case Western Reserve University issued a news release that gives hope to patients suffering from mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer often associated with exposure to asbestos. Scientists from Case Western Reserve along with colleagues from Georg-Speyer-Haus in Frankfurt, Germany  were able to demonstrate that curcumin, a derivative of the Asian spice turmeric, combined with cancer fighting peptides has the potential to increase the levels of a protein inhibitor that is known to “combat the progression” of mesothelioma, according to the news release.

PIAS3 Peptides and Curcumin Combat Mesothelioma

It has been determined that STAT3, an intracellular protein and transcription factor, is a major contributor to the progression of mesothelioma because it sends signals that trigger the growth and expansion of cancer cells. However, it is also known that PIAS3, a protein inhibitor, is able to block STAT3’s cancer causing properties. The news release quotes the Director of the Center for Cancer Drug Development and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Afshin Dowlati who said, “Mesothelioma patients who have low PIAS3 and high STAT3 have a greater chance of dying early. On the flip side, those patients with a high PIAS3 level have a 44 percent decreased chance of dying in one year, which is substantial.”

The study conducted by Western Reserve University demonstrated that curcumin coupled with PIAS3 peptides actually raised PIAS3 levels, which means that they have found an effective means of battling malignant mesothelioma. However, Dowlati also explained that curcumin is not effectively absorbed by the human gut when taken in as the spice turmeric. Armed with the knowledge of this study, researchers can now move forward to develop a form of curcumin that is digestible, and eventually use it as a way to combat mesothelioma.

Non-Asbestos Related Mesothelioma

According to the news release, mesothelioma kills 43,000 people worldwide each year. It also states that many suffering from mesothelioma were never exposed to asbestos, and makes it clear that asbestos exposure is not the only way patients develop mesothelioma.

Get Help Now

The CDC reports that from 1999-2010 there were 662 deaths from mesothelioma in Indiana. If you or someone you love is fighting mesothelioma, and you are curious about your legal rights contact the experienced attorneys at Hensley Legal Group. We can inform you of your options, and help you determine if you deserve compensation. Call us at 317-472-3333, 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.

F.D.A. Adds Warnings to Xolair Labels

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Asthma InhalerFears Xolair Could be Unsafe

On September 16th the F.D.A. released a safety announcement regarding the asthma drug Xolair. Approved by the F.D.A. in 2003, Xoliar is prescribed to asthma sufferers whose condition is not adequately controlled with traditional inhaled corticosteroids. The medication is administered every 2-4 weeks by a physician as an injection. The F.D.A. safety announcement highlights concerns about whether the drug may be causing problems including heart attacks and cancer.

F.D.A. Warns of Potential Heart and Brain Related Problems

According to the F.D.A. their 5-year safety review “found a slightly higher rate of heart and brain blood vessel problems” for those in the study who took Xolair compared to those who did not. The safety announcement says “The heart and brain blood vessel problems included mini-strokes known as transient ischemic attacks or TIAs; heart attacks; sudden, unexpected chest pain; high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs called pulmonary hypertension; and blood clots in the lungs and veins.” It is important to note however, that the F.D.A. said that while the data seemed to suggest a concern there were weaknesses in the study which left the F.D.A. unable to “definitively confirm or determine the exact increased level of these risks with Xolair.” The F.D.A. however, did find the risk great enough to warrant “added information about the potential risks of heart- and brain- related problems to the Adverse Reactions section of the drug label.

Cancer Risk

The safety announcement also highlighted studies which have shown higher rates of cancer for Xolair patients. The F.D.A. did stress that their analysis did not show higher rates of cancer for Xolair patients, but again they did find the evidence compelling enough to add information about the risk of cancer to the Warning and Precautions sections of the drug label.

In summary the F.D.A. reviewed literature which showed potential risks with Xolair. The F.D.A. found problems and limitations with the studies that found these risks, however they did decide to include information on Xolair’s label to warn people about the cancer risk and the heart and brain blood vessel problems. The F.D.A. advised “Patients taking Xolair should continue to take the medication as prescribed and discuss any questions or concerns with their health care professionals.”

Hensley Legal Group Can Help You Today

If you or someone you know have taken Xolair and experienced an injury like the ones listed above please contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney at Hensley Legal Group. Our group of knowledgeable attorneys can help you understand your options, and help you determine what your next step should be. Call our office any time 24/7 at 317-472-3333. Or reach out to us on the web. Fill out the ‘Get Help Now’ form, and someone from our office will reach out to you as soon as possible to discuss your options.

You’ve Been in an Auto Accident – Now What?

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Auto AccidentBeing involved in an auto accident can be traumatic, stressful, and confusing, but Hensley Legal Group is here to help. In this post you will find a guide to help you determine what your options are following an auto accident.

What if I am at Fault?

First, let’s look at a scenario where you were involved in an auto accident, and the accident was your fault. If you have auto insurance, your company will deal directly with the other parties involved in the accident and will pay for the damage you caused. However, it’s important to note that if you sustain damages as a result of the accident, you must cover the costs for your own damages. Your insurance company will not pay for your damages, either to your vehicle or to yourself, if the accident was your fault unless you carry a comprehensive policy. This is an important aspect of your insurance policy to understand, and if you aren’t sure whether your policy would pay for your damages if you are at-fault in an accident, it would be wise to contact your agent today to find out.

Don’t Go Without Auto Insurance

If you’re in an accident that is your fault, and you don’t have auto insurance, you can be sued by the other party or their insurance company to pay for damages you caused. Not only is it illegal to drive a vehicle without auto insurance, – if you cause an accident you could lose more than just your license. You may lose your savings or even have to file bankruptcy to cover the costs of the damages. In this case it’s just not worth the risk.

What if I was not at Fault? What’s Underinsured Coverage?

Second, let’s assume that you are in an accident that is not your fault. It’s important to realize that your options in this instance differ depending on whether the other driver has insurance. If the other driver is insured, then your first option is to file a claim with the other driver’s insurance to recover damages. Sometimes this is as far as you will need to go to recover your losses; however, a situation can arise in which the at-fault driver is underinsured. This means that the other driver has insurance, but the policy has a maximum payout limit, and that limit is less than the cost of your damages. If this happens you can file a claim with your own insurance company to recover the difference between the other driver’s policy limits and your damage. It is very important to understand that you can only do this if your policy includes coverage for underinsured drivers. If your policy does not include coverage for underinsured drivers then you are responsible for any remaining bills beyond the other driver’s policy limits. If you are unsure of whether your policy includes coverage for underinsured drivers it would be wise to contact your agent to find out. As you can see, if your policy does not include this type of coverage you can be in an accident that is not your fault, – and still have to pay for damages you or your property sustain.

What if I was not at Fault? What’s Uninsured Coverage?

In the event that you’re in an accident that isn’t your fault, but the other driver has no insurance, you can file a claim with your own insurance company to recover damages. But please note that you can only file such a claim if your policy includes coverage for uninsured drivers. If your policy does not include this type of coverage, your only recourse is to sue the other individual to recover damages. This is an expensive and time consuming option and can be disappointing if the other individual has no way to pay or files bankruptcy. If you are unsure whether your policy includes uninsured coverage, it would be wise to contact your agent immediately to find out. As you can see, you could be in an accident that is not your fault, and still get stuck with the entire cost of damages to you and your property depending on the type of policy that you carry.

Understand What Your Policy Covers

In summary, it is critical to understand what your own policy covers and does not cover. According to the Indiana Department of Insurances’ website, “Each newly written Indiana auto liability policy must include uninsured and underinsured motorist’s coverage.” However, this does not mean that your policy has this type of coverage as the site also states “unless you reject this in writing.” You may have rejected this in writing and not have even been aware. The best thing to do is to contact your agent today and find out if you have uninsured motorist coverage, underinsured motorist coverage, and if your policy will pay for your damages if you are at-fault in an accident. Once you know the answers to these questions, you can then make an educated decision about the best policy for you – a decision that is based on your safety and best interest and not just the cost of the policy.

Why do I Need an Attorney?

Finally, it is always a good idea to contact an attorney following an accident. If you are not at-fault, an attorney can work with you to help ensure your rights are protected. The attorney can investigate whether the other driver has insurance and the extent of that coverage as well as your own insurance coverage. The attorney can also help you with the paperwork and take over communication with the insurance companies which allows you to focus on getting better. The attorney can negotiate a fair settlement and ensure that all aspects of your recoverable loss are compensated, including lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage. In short, if you are in an accident contact, an attorney. Many offer a free consultation, and many also work on a contingency fee basis. This means you can talk to someone for free about your situation, and if you become a client the attorney will not get paid unless you recover money for your damages. You don’t have anything to lose.

Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney at Hensley Legal Group

If you have been in an auto accident and want to speak with an experienced attorney call Hensley Legal Group today at 317-472-3333. We can help you determine what you should do, and we will fight to ensure that the insurance company gives you a fair settlement. We work on a contingency fee basis and won’t charge you anything unless we help you get a settlement. You can also reach us via the web. Fill out the ‘Get Help Now’ form and someone from our office will contact you immediately to discuss your accident.

*Every situation is different. You should always speak with an attorney to get legal advice tailored to your specific situation. This post is not legal advice and should not be considered as such. The information contained in this post only applies to accidents occurring in Indiana.

Indiana Medical Error Report Reveals Alarming Stats from 2013

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4 Alarming Numbers from the 2013 Indiana Medical Error Reporting System


In 2013 there were 45 reported cases of stage 3 or 4 pressure ulcers (bed sores) acquired after admission into an Indiana health facility. This was a 50% increase from the previous year, and was the highest number of bed sores reported in a year since the report began in 2006.


In 2013 there were 27 instances of a foreign object being left in a patient’s body following a surgery in the State. In 2012 there were 17 reported cases which means 2013 experienced a nearly 53% increase. 


In 2013 in Indiana there were 18 cases in which surgery was performed on the wrong body part.


In 2013 there were 12 reports of either death or serious disability associated with a fall. All of these were reported by Indiana hospitals.

What Should I do if I Have Been a Victim of a Indiana Medical Error?

If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice in Indiana, and you would like to discuss your legal options call Hensley Legal Group today at 317-472-3333, or click here to send us a message. Our team of medical malpractice attorneys has the experience you deserve, and can give you the advice you need.

Find the complete 2013 Indiana Medical Error Report here.

DMAA supplements could pose harm in post-workout supplements and is potentially responsible for some recent deaths in healthy young adults.

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DMAA and SFish oil supplementsupplements

According to the Center for Disease Control, in the United States, “more than half of all adults take some kind of supplement” whether that be a multivitamin, protein, fish oil pills, etc.  It is estimated that on all of these combined Americans spend roughly $30 million per year, according to Nutrition Business Journal. They can be found on store shelves everywhere, from drugstores and supermarkets, to retail stores and superstores like Walmart and Target, and now they have supplement specific stores such as Vitamin Shoppe and GNC who has been the topic of many discussions recently.

GNC has more than 8,100 total retail stores spanning the entire globe.  Making $2.4 billion in revenue last year, according to the same The New York Times article, they made up for about 43% of sales of all nutrition products.  Their brand alone, The Pro Performance, brought in nearly $300 million just last year alone and while GNC works with an independent testing company to insure the products they’re selling don’t contain any substances banned by the World Anti-doping Agency, there is still one factor that is of great concern to consumers.

That concern is the fact that supplement makers are not required to prove that their supplements work safely on humans and that they’re healthy, they are only required to “submit some kind of safety data  to the F.D.A. if they plan to introduce new ingredients to the market” and they are required to contain only the ingredients listed on the labels.

It is 100% up to the F.D.A. to find any risky supplements on the market and get them off if need be, but the problem is that there are over 85,000 supplements currently on the market and this number is steadily increasing.  One current supplement that has stirred up a lot of talk in the news recently is called Jack3d. [Read more...]

GM brand, Buick recalls over 50,000 more vehicles

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Buick recallBuick Recall

Another GM recall has been issued recently for up to 51,640 vehicles for electrical and fuel gage issues.  In GM’s statement they said “In the affected vehicles, the engine control module (ECM) software may cause the fuel gauge to read inaccurately”.  This could keep the driver from accurately knowing when to refuel and to run out of gas and possibly cause an accident which GM wants to prevent at all costs.  The vehicles affected are:

  • 2014 Buick Enclave
  • 2014 Chevrolet Traverse
  • 2014 GMC Acadia

These models of cars that were manufactured between March 26, 2013 and August 15, 2013 are the vehicles that could be affected by this recall.  For information about who to contact if you believe your vehicle could be affected visit this link. [Read more...]

5 Things to Know During Your Auto Repair and Following a Car Crash

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Car repair shopAn accident can cause a lot of inconvenience. You still need to get to work and other places, so losing your vehicle to the auto repair shop can be a major burden. Most will rent a car in the meantime. Here’s what you need to know about renting a car while your vehicle is in the shop.

1) Call Your Insurance Company

After an accident, contact your insurance company. Even if someone else caused the crash, it’s important to notify your own insurer. This will start the claims process and an adjuster can answer questions about renting a vehicle under your own policy terms. [Read more...]

Five Steps for Handling a Car Accident with an Underinsured Motorist

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Car insurance policyIf you were in a car accident with an underinsured motorist whose insurance coverage isn’t enough to cover your damages, you’ll have to file an additional claim with your own insurance company using your underinsured motorist coverage (UIM). (That is, if you carry that type of coverage; it’s not mandatory in Indiana, so you’ll need to check your policy.)

The Claims Process after an Accident with an Underinsured Driver

The claims process after an accident with a driver with too little insurance can get complicated. Dealing with two insurance companies and the variances in policies can be quite frustrating.

After the accident, here’s the recommended way to handle matters: [Read more...]