Fourth of July Safety Tips: How to Avoid Common Injuries

It’s a day of celebration. It may be one of the days that you look forward to all year. You are ready to get outside and enjoy the Fourth of July on Lake Michigan with your friends, at a backyard barbeque with your family in Skokie, or at a block party near your Oak Brook home.

You should get out and celebrate this important American holiday that marks our nation’s independence. However, it is important that you do so in a way that won’t limit your personal independence by leaving you seriously injured.

Four Tips for Staying Safe on Independence Day

As you get ready to celebrate, please:

  • Supervise your children. Not only can swimming and fireworks be dangerous, but so too can the heat. Make sure that everyone stays well hydrated, stays away from spoiled food, and is supervised in the water and around fireworks.
  • Stay sober. Do not drive a car, boat, or other vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Grill safely. Hot grills can be dangerous. Make sure that precautions are taken to keep the person grilling and all those around him safe. It is also important to have a plan in place in case there is an explosion or a fire.
  • Be mindful of your pet and other dogs in the area. Fireworks, heat, and parties can be stressful for animals. Be aware that a dog may bite when it is anxious and avoid getting too close to a potentially dangerous animal.


These actions may prevent some serious Fourth of July accidents in the Chicago area, but it is important to remember that serious accidents are sometimes unavoidable.

What to Do If a Fourth of July Accident Leaves You Hurt

If you have been injured in an Independence Day accident on the road, at someone else’s house, at an amusement park or other public place, or because of a defective product, it is important to take the actions necessary to maintain your independence. More specifically, it is important to see a doctor and to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible.

Please share this blog post on Facebook so that your loved ones can take the necessary steps to prevent a tragic Fourth of July accident this year and in years to come.


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Explosions of any kind are a shock and can cause very serious injuries, including burns and death. Many times dangerous products that can explode are put on the market and purchased by consumers with the expectation that they are safe. A case was recently filed in California against the manufacturer of an e-cigarette battery that exploded causing serious burns. A California couple “have sued an e-cigarette manufacturer after its rechargeable battery exploded in their vehicle, leaving the woman with second-degree burns.”

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in an explosion of any kind, you may be able to take action. Please contact the attorneys of Lane Brown, LLC, or call us at 312-332-1400 to speak with us about your options. We can help. To learn more about Lane Brown, please visit our website at

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New litigation is emerging as a result of one of the nation’s most widely used drugs and number one cause of acute liver failure in the US: Tylenol. Evidence suggests that severe personal injuries involving acute liver failure, and in some cases death, can result from Tylenol ingestion. Tylenol, the common pain and fever reducing drug, is the brand name of the drug, acetaminophen. You can find acetaminophen in a wide range of products, both over-the-counter and prescription medications. Acetaminophen is one of the most commonly used drugs in the United States.

The Food and Drug Administration advises users not to take more than 4,000 milligrams of acetaminophen per day. Officials caution that drug users mistakenly consume more than the recommended limit because they take two different medications containing acetaminophen without realizing it. This sometimes occurs because drug companies will use the abbreviation APAP for acetaminophen.

The following is a list of common drugs which contain acetaminophen. Be careful when taking more than one of these medications at a time, and always look at the drug information on the label.

•Acephen® Rectal Suppository
•Capital and Codeine®
•Feverall® Rectal Suppository
•Fioricet with codeine®
•Formula 44®
•Goody’s® Powders
•Hydrocodone Bitartrate®
•Mapap® Rectal Suppository
•Meda Cap®
•Neopap® Supprettes Rectal Suppository
•Norco ®
•Phrenilin with Caffeine and Codeine®
•Saint Joseph® Aspirin-Free
•S-T Febrol®
•Tylenol with Codeine No. 3®
•Tylenol with Codeine No. 4®
•Uniserts® Rectal Suppository®

If you or a loved one has suffered liver damage, liver failure, or other acute liver injury within a short time of using Tylenol or other medications containing acetominophen, you may be able to take action. Please contact the attorneys of Lane Brown, LLC, or call us at 312-332-1400 to speak with us about your options. We can help. To learn more about Lane Brown, LLC, please visit our website at

Stroke victims, their families and attorneys should be aware that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common disorder found after stroke or major traumas, and may play a significant role in impeding recovery. Frequently a consequence of acute life-threatening events, including acute coronary syndrome (ACS), cancer, and stroke, PTSD is estimated to affect up to 18% of stroke survivors.   PTSD has been shown to impair stoke victims’ reliable adherence to medication regimens, according to new research.

Investigators at Columbia University Medical Center in New York found that 65% of stroke survivors with PTSD failed to adhere to treatment vs 33% of their counterparts without PTSD. They also found that concerns about medications were a primary barrier to treatment adherence.
Stroke survivors should be assessed for concerns about medications and PTSD symptoms, so that interventions may be introduced as early as possible to get patients back on track to avoid future stroke events. The study was published online on January 7th in the British Journal of Health Psychology.

In survivors of strokes and transient ischaemic attacks…adherence to risk-reducing medications, including antiplatelet agents, antihypertensive agents, and statins, is especially important for preventing subsequent strokes.

Veterans and Medicare beneficiaries can now enjoy new access to their own medical information and other data. In August, President Obama announced the creation of the “Blue Button”—a web-based feature through which patients may easily download their health information and share it with health care providers, caregivers, and others they trust. Since then, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have beta-tested their respective systems—with great success. The Blue Button was formally launched today.

Veterans should log onto My HealtheVet at and click the Blue Button can save or print information from their own health records. Medicare beneficiaries who are registered users of can log onto a secure site where they can save or print their Medicare claims and self-entered personal information with the Blue Button there. Data from of each site can be used to create portable medical histories that will facilitate dialog with Veterans’ and beneficiaries’ health care providers, caregivers, and other trusted individuals or entities.

The Blue Button option should help Veterans and Medicare beneficiaries save their information on individual computers and portable storage devices or print that information in hard copy. Having this ready access to personal health information from Medicare claims can help beneficiaries understand their medical history and work more easily and effectively with providers, as well as provide valuable assistance to their attorneys. The Blue Button feature will allow Medicare beneficiaries to view their claims and self-entered information—and be able to export that data onto their own computer. The information is downloaded as an “ASCII text file,” the easiest and simplest electronic text format. The files are easy to read by the individual, and helps organize a lot of information.

The My HealtheVet personal health record includes self-entered health data (including blood pressure, weight, and heart rate), emergency contact information, test results, family health history, military health history, and other health-related information. The ASCII text file that Veterans can download will include this information. As additional personal health information becomes available to VA patients through the My HealtheVet personal health record, this will also be added to the VA Blue Button download. In pre-launch testings, the VA’s Blue Button system has generated an overwhelmingly positive response, and many veterans have already used it to access their records.

For a long time, registered users of have had the ability to view their Medicare claims information add their personal and health information, such as emergency contact information, names of pharmacies and providers, self-reported allergies, medical conditions, and prescription drugs. Now, with the Blue Button, CMS is making it convenient and safe for them to download and share this information in an easy-to-read and portable format. For people who are involved in personal injury or medical malpractice claims, the slow-moving administration of Medicare agencies has delayed their recoveries of settlement funds for months, and oftentimes, for more than a year!

The VA and CMS both stress the importance to users of protecting the electronic information on their personal computers with appropriate security measures. Once individuals download their data, they will need to ensure its safety—for example, by encryption or password protection.

The VA and CMS issued a challenge to software developers to develop apps to make the Blue Button even easier and more useful.  The winner of that challenge is Adobe’s Blue Button Health Assistant. This new “app” provides a comfortable and familiar user layout and eases the linkage of consumer information—including immunizations, allergies, medications, family health history, lab test results, and military service histories—among patients, providers, and caregivers using My HealtheVet, or claims data for those using the CMS Button.

Soon, Blue Button users may be able to augment the downloaded information that is housed on their computers—or that they transferred to a commercial personal health record or other health application—through automated connections to, and downloads from, major pharmacies including Walgreens and CVS; lab systems such as Quest and LabCorp; and an increasing number of inpatient and outpatient electronic medical records systems.




The FDA has issued a “Warning Letter”, dated January 10, 2013, to St. Jude Medical, a company that manufactures many medical devices used throughout the world, including implantable cardiac devices.  In the letter, St, Jude was advised that, during a 2012 inspection of St. Jude’s Sylmar, California facility, FDA investigators determined that St. Jude manufactured implantable cardiac leads which were “adulterated” under federal law, in that the methods used in, or the facilities or controls used for, their manufacture, packing, storage, or installation are not in conformity with the current good manufacturing practice requirements of the Quality System regulation found at Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 820. While St. Jude has responded to some of the concerns addressed by the investigators,the FDA has concluded that the responses were inadequate.

The FDA has asked St. Jude to provide written notice within fifteen business days from the date they received the warning letter of the specific steps St. Judey has taken to correct the noted violations, as well as an explanation of how the firm plans to prevent these violations, or similar violations, from occurring again.  They asked that St. Jude include documentation of the corrections and/or corrective actions (including any systemic corrective actions) that the firm has taken.  If St. Jude’s planned corrections and/or corrective actions will occur over time, they are to include a timetable for implementation of those activities.  If corrections and/or corrective actions cannot be completed within fifteen business days, St. Jude was asked to state the reason for the delay and the time within which these activities will be completed. Finally, the warning letter notes that St. Jude’s “response should be comprehensive and address all violations included in this Warning Letter.”  We’ll see…but it looks like the FDA is finally running out of patience with St. Jude.



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