Living Today The Salina Journal Thursday, January 30,1986 Page 6 Attorney defends jury's large verdict Dear Ann Landers: You recently published an attack on our jury system in personal-injury trials, but unfortunately you did not give your readers all the facts. The column dealt with a 15-year- old boy who was injured in a high school football game. A jury awarded him $6 million. During the appeals process the insurer settled for $4 million. Your correspondent made it sound as if this happened yesterday. He said the award and settlement were outrageous. The facts are these: (1) The boy was rendered quadriplegic by injuries suffered in a 1975 game. The trial was in 1982; the settlement in 1983. (2) The boy offered to settle before the trial for $500,000 but the insurer, without telling the defendant school district, turned him down. (3) The boy's lawyers proved the school district was negligent and that the boy had suffered a broken neck because his coaching instructions were inadequate. They did not Ann Landers NEWS AMERICA comply with highly publicized national safety standards. (4) As a result of this case, the school district instituted an exemplary safety program and a similar tragedy to another boy may have been prevented. Yes, there are large verdicts, but they are not "wacko." One was awarded to another high school football player made quadriplegic by injuries suffered because of a defective helmet about which the manufacturer had been warned. Another large settlement went to a 27-year-old worker made paraplegic after he was pinned under construction equipment that had defective brakes and inadequate warning devices. Still another, to an 18-year- old who had both legs cut off by a tractor-mower that lacked proper safety devices. Large settlements go to victims who are hideously injured because of proven negligence or product defect. They also go to the survivors — the mothers, fathers and children of people who should not have died. In such cases, juries award compensation to those destined to suffer a lifetime of pain and agony in the hope of deterring future indifference or recklessness. Large verdicts are much less prevalent than your Seattle writer and the insurance companies would have us believe. They just get more publicity. Out of 1,600 cases studied by the Civil Litigation Research Project, more than 50 percent dealt with disputes of less than $10,000; only 12 percent involved claims of more than $50,000. Ask yourself, Ann, who do you want to decide what is just and fair com- pensation for horrible injuries due to proven negligence or defective products. Should it be the insurance industry? Should it be those who are responsible for the negligence or the defects? Or would you prefer a jury made up of your fellow citizens? This question, I believe, answers itself. Instead of trying to eliminate innocent victims' historic right to compensation through a jury trial, let's try to do away with negligence and defective products. The jury is the conscience of the community. Jurors are telling business and industry the way to eliminate wrongs is by exercising our rights, not by taking them away. — Sincerely, Peter Perlman, President, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America Dear Mr. Perlman: Thank you for giving us the other side of the story. Your rebuttal was a good one, and I am pleased to print it. (Write to Ann Landers in care of News America Syndicate, 1703 Kaiser Avenue, Irvine, Calif. 92714.) Aluminum foil steam release iron-on tape Depr Heloise: Help, please. A couple of years ago, when skirts were shorter, I shortened a dress with iron-on binding. After several washings the hem fell down, leaving a rough, scratchy surface on the inside of the skirt. Now that skirts are longer, I would like to wear this dress. Is there any way to remove the residue from the iron-on tape and save this dress? It cannot be worn as is because it snags my hose. Please advise.—D.C.Dolly Put a good size piece of foil on the ironing board, then place the garment over the foil, the side with the residue of tape on it facing down. Press the top side of the fabric with your steam iron (use lots of steam). The aluminum foil will reflect the steam right up through the hem and the binding will come right off. If the garment is subject to shine, use a pressing cloth over the fabric. — Heloise Heloise's hints KING FEATURES Dear Heloise: Bleach is what cleans metal kitchen sinks and makes them good as new. 'Manufacturers do not recommend abrasive type cleaners because they scratch and make things worse. I pour about Vt cup bleach into each stoppered sink after half filling with hot water (never put bleach in sink first, it will splash). I throw in my dish rag, scrubbies, etc. and I wipe the faucet and remainder of the sink area with the bleach water and then leave it to sit maybe 20 minutes. Drain. And it's shiny as new.— Linda Toole Dear Heloise: If you spray a little furniture polish on a soft pastry brush, it makes a great duster for all those groovy things that are impossible to dust otherwise. — Alma Schweitzer Natch that brush is used only for dusting "things," not food. —Heloise Dear Heloise: My hair is fine and tangles easily. For years I have used a spray-on detangler. My problem is it is so difficult to find this product in the stores. We live near a town of 20,000, and I still have to go to several stores each time I need more. I've tried mixing regular hair conditioner with water, but it seems to be sticky and gummy. Do you have a "home recipe" for a product of this kind? Thanks for any advice you can offer. — Debra Counts I do not have a "home recipe" but you could try this: After shampooing your hair, put a small amount of cream rinse on your hair and work it through. Then take a comb (not a brush because it will break off wet hair) and gently comb through, adding a little water. Then rinse your hair well with warm water. This will help prevent hair from tangling. — Heloise Dear Heloise: Warm feet are a blessing for many who live in cold climates. So, to help with this, I use a portable, hand-held hair dryer. By placing it in a shoe or boot it not only warms the shoe, but dries out any moisture that may have accumulated. Be sure to use the dryer on a low heat setting to avoid possible damage to the interior of the shoe or boot. — Harold M. (Write to Heloise in care of Hints from Heloise, King Features Syndicate, 235 E. 45th Street, New York, N.Y. 10017.) Child bruises easily after bout of mumps Dear Donohue: Our youngster had a bad case of mumps and after he got over it, he started to bruise when he bumped himself. We reported this and his doctor said it sometimes can happen. Now the doctor is adopting a wait-and-see attitude. I have heard of there being some possibility that surgery might be needed if this keeps up. We are mystified. The doctor said what he has it ITP, and I'm sure you know the longer name for that. Please comment.—Mrs. R. Z. ITP stands for "idiopathic throm- bocytopenia, which in plain English means a blood platelet deficiency. Idiopathic means the cause is not known. This condition can arise with any viral infection (of which mumps is one). It's another of a host of in- Doctor Donohue NEWS AMERICA MID STATE MALL Shop early 10 AM to 9PM Si/es'l2'/i to26'/j Wonderful Winter Sales Better sweaters Cardigans and $1 O99 pullovers from A i* Famous make pants Branded Levi's $ 1 1 99 and more from JL J. Fashion coats Stadium and car coats $OQ99 Values to $135 O\J Designer dresses Winter styles in all colors and $ 1 Q99 Styles Reg. to $80 1 \J LB SHOP PARES PLVS explicable quirks viruses exhibit from time to time. For some reason this virus has prodded your son's body to produce a lot of antibodies aimed at the platelet cells. Those are the ones that form clots. The shortage causes the ease of bleeding, which is what the bruising represents. Children are more susceptible to this. If the child can get through the initial platelet shortage stage, production resumes and the shortage disappears. If not, then surgery to remove the spleen is considered. That organ removes platelets from the blood in a normal ongoing process. So if the spleen is removed, the platelet level should rise. People can get along well without a spleen. When adults have ITP its cause is more chronic and the problem doesn't occur right away. Eventually, however, the deficiency may from time to time become severe enough to cause bleeding. Steroids are often given for this condition. Many other factors can be involved in ITP. For example, drugs may cause it, including alcohol ingest ion. Chemical poisoning, as from insecticides, is another cause. In those cases, the condition is not idiopathic, and the treatment is to remove the cause. Dear Donohue: I had vision loss a minute or so in one eye and it scared me to the point where I went in to emergency. A doctor there looked me over and said it seemed I had a TIA (a baby stroke). My own doctor had me come in and is going to do testing. For the time being, he has prescribed aspirin, which he said will help me for now. What about aspirins? And what will happen next? — Mrs. E. P. I'm glad you were checked so soon. I can't predict what your doctor has in mind for you now. The tests will tell him if you have a blockage of arteries serving the brain, the cause of stroke, baby or full-blown. If blockage is confirmed, and poor circulation was the cause of your TIA (transient ischemic attack), then the doctor might suggest one of the two avenues for treatment — surgery to remove the blockage or medicine to improve blood flow. In fact, the aspirins are doing that for you now. They discourage clot formation. I'm sending you "Stroke Recovery — Hope and Help," which will give you some background. Dear Donohue: When should I resume use of birth control pills after my baby is born? — Mrs. P.T.W. The usual recommendation is to wait until after the first post-delivery menstrual period. Talk with your doctor if you plan to breastfeed. The birth control pill might inhibit lactation (milk production). Also, a small amount of steroids might get into the milk, although not in amounts thought to be harmful. Still, the doctor might want to prescribe a lower dose pill for you. SLENDER SILK — Two New York models present paisley silk patterns from the spring collection of Betty Hanson and Co. Brailled cash machine NEW YORK (AP) - New York City's first Brailled automatic teller machine for use by blind and visually impaired bank customers has been introduced. It is at a branch of Chemical Bank near The Lighthouse, a learning center for the blind. Friday Central Kansas Amateur Radio Club Inc., 7 p.m. meeting, Emergency Preparedness Room of the Salina Police Department building. Salina Twirlers Square Dance Club, 8 to 11 p.m. meeting, VFW Hall, 1108 W. Crawford. Caller: Allen Coffman, Wichita. Rounds cued by Lola Pratt. Finger food. All square dancers welcome. TOPS Kan., 131: 9 a.m. weigh-in; 9:30 a.m. meeting, the United Methodist Church of the Cross, 1600 Rush. New members welcome. Friday Night Duplicate Bridge Club, 7:15 p.m. registration, Red Coach Inn-West. 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