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August 31 - Newsblog #1
Your Injury Attorneys in the News: Homeowner and Wife Sue over Police Shooting
September 7 - Newsblog #2
Your Injury Attorneys in the News: Homeowner’s Possession of Handgun Legal Under 2nd Amendment
September 14 - Newsblog #3
Your Injury Attorneys in the News: if a Government or Government Agency is at Fault, You Can Sue
September 21 - Newsblog #4
Your Injury Attorneys in the News: Lawsuit Against Police Department Invokes the Civil Rights Act
September 28 - Newsblog #5
Your Injury Attorneys in the News: a Clear Line from the Action – or Inaction – to the Injury
October 12 - Newsblog #6
Your Injury Attorneys in the News: Police Insensitivity Turns Traffic Stop into a Travesty
October 19 - Newsblog #7
Your Injury Attorneys in the News: Police Who Abuse Power Must Be Held Accountable, Law Professor States
October 26 - Newsblog #8
Your Injury Attorneys in the News: Holding Overly Aggressive Police Accountable
November 2 - Newsblog #9
Your Injury Attorneys in the News: Brown Vs. Impd Case About Much More Than Punishment or Money
November 9 - Newsblog #10
Your Injury Attorneys in the News: Improper Medical Diagnosis and Care Resulted in Loss of an Eye
November 16 - Newsblog #11
Your Injury Attorneys in the News: Medical Malpractice Claims Have a Front End and a Back End
November 30 - Newsblog #12
Your Injury Attorneys in the News: Truths About Medical Malpractice
December 7 - Newsblog #13
Your Injury Attorneys in the News: Yes, You Can Sue City Hall
December 14 - Newsblog #14
Your Injury Attorneys in the News: Slip and Fall Changes Two Lives Forever
December 28 - Newsblog #15
In the News: Ramey & Hailey Year in Review
January 4 - Newsblog #16
In the News: Teen’s Sexual Abuse Case Calls Attention to the Problem
January 11 - Newsblog #17
In the News: Parents of Survivor Sue Parents of Shooter
January 18 - Newsblog #18
In the News: Erin Brockovich Teams Up with Indiana Moms
January 25 - Newsblog #19
Your Injury Attorneys in the News: Case Settled in Favor of Catastrophic Slip and Fall Injury Victim
January 31 - Newsblog #20
In the News: Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Rehab Facility
February 8 - Newsblog #21
In the News: Nurse Arrested in Sexual Abuse Case
February 15 - Newsblog #22
In the News: Running the Clock on Indiana Medical Malpractice
February 22 - Newsblog #23
In the News: to Repeal or Not to Repeal – Indiana Legislators Rule “not”
March 1 - Newsblog #24
In the News: Helping Physicians Keep Helping
March 8 - Newsblog #25
In the News: Parents of Brain-damaged Infant Sue Hospital
March 15 - Newsblog #26
In the News: Owner of Gun Wins Decision
March 22 - Newsblog #27
In the News: Indiana House Passes Long Term Care Protections Bill
April 5 - Newsblog #28
In the News: Slip-and-fall Victim Wins Right to Sue Dollar Tree
April 12 - Newsblog #29
In the News: Inspection Report Shows Vets Harmed at 52 Nursing Homes
April 19 - Newsblog #30
In the News: Sandwich Diversion Causes Fatal Two-semitrailer Crash
April 26 - Newsblog #31
In the News: Does Premises Liability Cover Goose Attacks?
May 10 - Newsblog #32
Two-week-old N.y. Verdict Offers Takeaways for Slip and Fall Victims
May 17 - Newsblog #33
In the News: Barrel Blast Triggers Wrongful Death Lawsuit
May 24 - Newsblog #34
In the News: when a Product Manufacturer is Not at Fault
May 31 - Newsblog #35
In the News – College Doc’s Sexual Abuse of Students Coming to Light
June 7 - Newsblog #36
In the News – One Week, Four Motorcycle Accidents
June 14 - Newsblog #37
List of Troubled Nursing Homes Released
June 21 - Newsblog #38
In the News: Kansas No-caps Ruling Changes Personal Injury Climate
June 28 - Newsblog #39
In the News: Jury Awards $10.5 Million for Pain and Suffering in Birth Injury Case
July 5 - Newsblog #40
In the News: More Indicted in Last Year’s Duck Boat Tragedy
July 17 - Newsblog #41
In the News: Richard Hailey on Litigation Team for Lawsuit Vs. Tesla
July 24 - Newsblog #42
In the News: Malpractice Lawsuit Yields Largest Award in History
August 28 - Newsblog #43
In the News: Trucks V. Passenger Cars – Score 18:116. Everybody Loses


Toxic water

A terrifying new discovery has been made in Johnson County, Indiana.  The very systems approved by state regulators to treat contaminated sites appear to be pumping toxic chemicals straight into the air. Environmental engineers from Mundell & Associates believe the very pumping systems installed to treat metal sludge and solvents contaminating the groundwater are producing noxious vapors.

Back in December, we reported in this, our Ramey & Haley blog, that the Environmental Working Group had learned that harmful contaminants, some linked to cancer, brain, and nervous system damage and development defects, have been detected in Indianapolis’ drinking water.

Now, we learn, some homes in Franklin, Indiana have been contaminated with more than ten times the state’s recommended contamination levels. The homes now being tested are within a five mile radius of the former Amphenol plant.  Initial findings show high levels of three substances, all of which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are known to be cancer-causing to humans:

  • Radon
  • Tetrachloroethylene (PCEs)
  • Trichlororethylene (TCEs)

In fact, rates of cancer for Johnson County children have been rising, statistics from the National Cancer Institute show.

“There oughta be a law” when adults, and even little children, are being poisoned by toxins in the water and in the air, and – there is.  If you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with a condition caused by exposure to toxic substance, knowing your legal rights can be crucial in getting financial help for injuries, damages, loss of wages, and medical expenses.

When it comes to environmental damages, filing a lawsuit is very different from, say, a traffic accident lawsuit or even a malpractice lawsuit.  Hundreds of thousands of people may have been affected by the same contaminants. People often join together to file a class action lawsuit. As Indiana personal injury attorneys, we at Ramey & Hailey might begin by representing just one person who brings a situation to our attention.  Later, other victims might be given the chance to join the lawsuit.

Any activity which creates a substantial interference with your right to use and enjoy your property can be dealt with through legal channels. The same is true when you or your children have suffered damage to health. Think about the people in Franklin, Indiana:…According to an article in USA Today, “back in 2015, a group of community members from Franklin pushed the Indiana health department to investigate for a cancer cluster, which is defined as a greater-than-expected incidence of a particular cancer within a population group and demographic area.” Spokespeople from IDEM (Indiana Department of Environment Management) and the State Department of Health told the IndyStar reporter that they had not had time to assess the test results and therefore could not comment….

The tests, by the way, focused on exposure in the air, but the same chemicals can also exist in the soil and water… Meanwhile, the health department admitted that the county had had no fewer than 111 cases of cancer in people younger than 20 between 1999 and 2013!

Now, with children heading back to school after summer break, Franklin Community Schools announced that it is working with an environmental consulting firm to determine if two of the district’s elementary schools, attended by 700 students between pre-kindergarten and fourth grade) need to be tested for dangerous chemicals.

Remember the movie “Erin Brockovich” starring Julia Roberts?  Erin stumbles upon some medical records placed in real estate files. She convinces Ed to allow her to investigate, where she discovers a cover-up involving contaminated water in a local community which is causing devastating illnesses among its residents. In real life, Erin-Brockovich-Wllis’ research resulted in a $333 million settlement with the Pacific Gas $ Electric Co…

Here’s what the real Erin Brockovich has to say:

“There are so many buried secrets about our system that are destroying the two things we all need to have in common – our environment and our health.  If I can channel people to a law firm that can take on litigation to cease injustice, fight the good fight, and correct a wrong, I will.”

At Ramey & Hailey Law, fighting the good fight and correcting wrongs is what we have been doing for forty years!

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