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Doug Landau Richmond Triathlon

Thanks to Race, Volunteer Landau Gets Onto the Podium

The Richmond Tri Club Sprint was to be Landau’s first three-sport race of the season. Starting with this Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series (VTSMTS) event, he had hoped the indoor “open water” swim would help gauge his condition after a double hernia surgery in December.

Doug Landau VTSMTS Richmond Triathlon

The Richmond Tri Club Sprint is put on by the wonderful folks at VTSMTS along with the Richmond Triathlon Club. It is a very competitive race and also the club championship (with an enormous trophy with the winning team members’ names engraved on it for posterity!), so bragging rights were on the line. While Landau is still missing his top end speed, he was hoping to survive the swim, pick off the field on the bike and then finish off those that remained ahead of him in his category on the 2-loop run course around the Richmond Kickers complex. Last year, he popped his soleus muscle after coming out of the second transition (hopping the rest of the race to the finish!), which took several months to heal, so Landau was approaching this first triathlon of 2017 with some trepidation.

This year, Landau had a slow swim, but a blazing fast first transition. However, not a quarter of a mile out, he noticed something rubbing and a strange sound coming from the rear wheel. Apparently the QR toolbox holder was rubbing against the wheel. He stopped cold to see if he could fix it, and a race volunteer came over to see what was the matter. While his competition was whizzing by, Landau studied the problem: this rubbing could cause a flat, a crash and a season-ending injury. The volunteer eventually diagnosed the problem, and they used rubber bands from lawyer Landau’s wrist to try to hold down the offending loose piece that could’ve caused a flat tire. Landau soldiered on, with only a slight rubbing against the wheel when he shifted his weight back from the nose of his saddle. Fortunately, the wet conditions also helped ameliorate the friction and heat problem. Landau normally likes dry roads, high temperatures and wide-open roadways.

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Fuji Bikes Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

Advanced Sports International recently recalled Fuji bicycles due to a fall hazard posed to users. The recall states, “The rear wheel freehub can slip while pedaling, posing a fall hazard.” There have been four reports of the freehub slipping while pedaling. Fortunately, no crashes or injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Advanced Sports International’s 2017 Fuji bicycles with Oval Concepts Rear Wheels. They were sold at Fuji Bicycle and Authorized Oval Concept dealers from April through October 2016 for between $2000 to $8000.

Consumers should immediately stop riding the recalled bikes and contact Advanced Sports International to receive a free replacement freehub body. You can contact them at 888-286-6263 or online at fujibikes.com or ovalconcepts.com and click on “Recall Notice” at the bottom of the page for more information.

If you or someone you know or care for were injured while using a defective sports training product, and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

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NFL Faces Lawsuit Over Federal Drug Violations

The National Football League (NFL) faces a lawsuit from former professional football players for federal drug violations. They are suing the league in U.S. District Court in Northern California, claiming they suffer long-term organ and joint damage, among other illnesses, due to the improper and deceptive drug distribution practices by NFL teams.

The Washington Post reviewed the sealed court documents from the lawsuit and found that NFL teams “violated federal laws governing prescription drugs, disregarded guidance from the Drug Enforcement Administration on how to store, track, transport and distribute controlled substances, and plied their players with powerful painkillers and anti-inflammatories each season.”

The sealed court filing includes testimony and documents by team and league medical personnel, describing multiple instances in which team and league officials were made aware of abuses, record-keeping problems and violations of federal law. The filing asserts that “every doctor deposed so far… has testified that they violated one or more” federal drug laws and regulations “while serving in their capacity as a team doctor.”

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Register Now for the 2017 Vasa Ride in DC

It’s that time of the year again! Join the Swedish Embassy for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s (WABA) 2017 Vasa Ride on Sunday, March 19th. This annual event is a tribute to Sweden’s famed ski race and festival Vasaloppet. The Vasa Ride is a great way to start the year for any bicyclists in the Washington, D.C. and Maryland area. Lawyer Doug Landau has participated several times since 2008 and highly recommends it, so register now here!

Riders can choose from a variety of routes ranging from 16-miles to 59-miles. Check in and rides start from the House of Sweden, 2900 K Street NW, Washington, D.C. Check in and start times vary depending on the ride you chose to participate in. For the first time ever, this year’s Vasa Ride will also feature an 8-mile family-friendly ride starting from 10:00-10:30am ET.

After the rides, all Vasa Ride participants are invited inside the House of Sweden for warm blueberry soup—a traditional Swedish treat and Lawyer Landau’s favorite part of the event! For more information, click here.

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$1500 Trek Disc Bicycles Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

Trek has issued a recall on its 720 Disc bicycles and wheelsets due to a fall hazard. According to a press release, the company reports hearing of 10 incidents where either the wheel spoke contacted the bike’s brake caliper or the spokes broke at the hub. There has been one reported injury involving a broken vertebra.

This recall involves model year 2015, 2016 and 2017 Trek model 720 Disc bicycles and Bontrager Approved TLR disc 700C 24H Front and Rear Wheels with silver spokes. These models were sold nationwide from November 2014 through October 2016 for between $1,500 and $1,900 for bikes and March 2015 through November 2016 for aftermarket wheels for between $80 and $90. About 800 bicycles and 300 wheels were sold in the U.S.

If you’ve purchased any of these items, please immediately stop using them and return the bicycles to a Trek retailer for a free inspection and free replacement wheels. You can contact Trek at 800-373-4594 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.trekbikes.com and click on Safety & Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.

If you or someone you know or care for were injured while using a defective sports training product, and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

Lee Wills

Lee Wills: An Inspirational Story in Competitive Shooting

It is not only our clients who discover us; we often discover the incredible stories behind our clients’ lives. In this case, the son of one of our clients has an inspirational story of triumph and compassion.

Lee recovering from his recent surgery. This procedure would be his 15th surgery for his hands.
Lee recovering from his recent surgery. This procedure would be his 15th surgery for his hands.

Lee Wills, now 17 years old, was born with a condition called Bilateral Syndactyly/Polydactyly, which left him with 14 fingers and webbing in between. He’s had numerous surgeries since and the doctors said he’d never be able to write. However, he followed in his father and older brother’s path and picked up competitive shooting. Lee was even the youngest competitor at the 2011 U.S. Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Single Stack Nationals where he participated as an 11-year-old. (Click here to watch a short video about Lee Wills).

Lee’s mother Karla Wills is a workers compensation client of Abrams Landau, Ltd. She had undergone two major spine surgeries from a workplace injury. Lee helped his mother during this process by driving her to her doctor’s appointment at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. They had to make many stops along the way because she couldn’t sit for long periods of time because of the back pain caused by her on the job injury.

While receiving treatment at the Walter Reed Medical Center, Lee saw soldiers with missing limbs suffering from agonizing pain. Lee’s own experiences, and what he witnessed while at the center, prompted him to fundraise for the Wounded Warrior Project. He and his brother first reached out to the USPSA Mid-Atlantic States–regional director and eventually raised thousands of dollars for this organization.  Wounded Warrior is a worthy organization lawyer Landau has long supported and it is a recipient of funding through the Virginia & Maryland Triathlon Series, which he helps sponsor.

Lee continues to be passionate about gun safety and doing his best at shooting competitions. He not only overcame his own obstacles, but also reached out to help others overcome theirs. Doug Landau and everyone at the “Law Shop” salutes Lee Will’s courage, skill, charitable efforts and work effort. We look forward to hearing about his future success after he heals up from his latest surgery.

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Best Type of Exercise for the Brain?

Studies in animals and humans have shown that physical activity generally increases brain volume and can reduce the number, and size, of age-related holes in the brain’s white and gray matter.

Long moderate running or similar exercise is good for brain health & growth. Brain injury lawyer Doug Landau, shown here getting ready for the opening ceremonies at the DUathlon World Championships in Adelaide, incorporates long, slow distance running into his year-round training regimen. Lawyer Landau knew it was good for his endurance, but now he knows it is also good for his brain !While exercise is generally good for the brain, as it increases blood flow throughout the body and stimulates the centers charged with coordination, growth and homeostasis, some forms of exercise may be more effective than others at “bulking up” the brain. According to a remarkable new study, scientists compared the neurological impacts of different types of exercise: running, weight training and high-intensity interval training. The surprising results suggest that going hard may not be the best option for long-term brain health
Long moderate running or similar exercise is good for brain health and growth. Brain injury lawyer Doug Landau, shown here getting ready for the opening ceremonies at the Duathlon World Championships in Adelaide, incorporates long, slow distance running into his year-round training regimen. Lawyer Landau knew it was good for his endurance, but now he knows it is also good for his brain!

Exercise also augments adult neurogenesis. Neurogenesis is the creation of new brain cells in an already mature brain. In studies with animals, exercise, in the form of running wheels or treadmills, has been found to double or even triple the number of new neurons that appear afterward in the animals’ hippocampus, a key area of the brain for learning and memory, Continue reading

Just 6 weeks after injury, & without his run at full speed, Landau was still winning his age group, working as a volunteer & threatening for overall honors at races like the Warrenton Virginia "Salute to the Military" sprint triathlon at the former Vint Hill base.

Thankful for Another Great Year of Competition

After popping his soleus a half mile into the 5km run at the April Richmond Sprint Triathlon, lawyer Landau hopped the remaining miles & then hobbled onto the podium for his prize. The rest of the season required careful training, therapy, pre-race rest & recovery
After popping his soleus a half mile into the 5km run at the April Richmond Sprint Triathlon, lawyer Landau hopped the remaining miles & then hobbled onto the podium for his prize. The rest of the season required careful training, therapy, pre-race rest & recovery

Three regional championship podium finishes, two national championship races and a series podium spot make for a successful year of multisport racing. While constrained by injury and travel, 2016 saw numerous award-winning competitive performances. Though not permitted to compete at the World Championships because of happy family events (his kids’ wedding, college and medical school graduations), Landau overcame an early season injury (torn soleus) and late season surgery (double inguinal hernia) to nevertheless have a great sporting year. Here are some of the highlights:

  • USAT Duathlon Mid-Atlantic, New England AND SouthEastern Regional Championship Runner Up.
  • Virginia & Maryland Triathlon Super Series Age Group Runner Up
  • Age Group Prizewinner at over 20 Duathlons, Triathlons, Track & Road Running races throughout the East Coast
  • Qualified for the 2017 World Championships at the USAT National Duathlon Championships
  • Podiums at every MidAtlantic Duathlon Series race he entered
  • Raced in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, California, Oregon, Nebraska & Washington, D.C.

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Evolution Health & FItness owner Mark Lander & Doug Landau  are shown outside the Vienna Virginia gym, located a stones' throw from the caboose & the W&OD Trail

Giving thanks to members of the military and their families

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Doug Landau gave thanks to the clients, staff & friends of the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., as without them, we would not be able to assist those who need help with their injury & disability cases.

Before gobbling up turkey, gravy, pie and stuffing, several hundred Fairfax County residents turned out 8 miles East of the Landau Law Shop on the W&OD Trail in support of our military. The event was the Giving Thanks 5k, a unique race for those who wish to give thanks to service members and their families who have sacrificed in service of our country. Lest we take our freedoms and safety for granted in a world full of turmoil, it is good to be reminded that the cost of freedom is not “free.” This race was a family oriented 5K / 1 mile on Thanksgiving morning to give thanks to the fallen and wounded service members. With a son in the Navy who has been treating and operating on wounded Marines, Sailors and other members of our armed forces, Doug Landau was motivated to support, participate and contribute. (Service members are broadly defined as members of the Armed Service, State Department, Intelligence Community or other US Government Agencies).

Evolution Health & FItness owner Mark Lander & Doug Landau are shown outside the Vienna Virginia gym, located a stones' throw from the caboose & the W&OD Trail
Evolution Health & FItness owner Mark Lander & Doug Landau are shown outside the Vienna Virginia gym, located a stones’ throw from the caboose & the W&OD Trail

Thanksgiving is a time for assembling with family and friends and “Giving Thanks” for the many freedoms we enjoy in the United States of America. We enjoy these freedoms in large part because of the sacrifices made by those who have answered the call to serve the U.S. Government and sacrificed life and limb. This 5K and 1 Mile event is intended to provide a venue to gather families of the fallen and wounded with those who would like to express their gratitude by participating in this event. There were moving ceremonies both before and after the running events, and the awards ceremony was conducted at the memorial. Herndon Virginia law Doug Landau ran hard over the hills that kept all but one runner over 6 minutes per mile pace. Finishing 16th overall, and runner up in the 50-59 age group, despite running 7:10/mile pace, Lawyer Landau was presented with both a certificate and a Fandango movie card !

The events were held in Vienna and proceeded on hilly local streets and on the relatively flat Washington and Old Dominion recreation trail Thanksgiving morning to benefit the fallen and wounded service members and their family. The charitable 501(c)3 Beneficiaries included:
TAPS – Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
The Tragedy  Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. (CFC ID# 11309)

Fisher House Foundation
The Fisher House Foundation provides free or low cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers. (CFC ID# 11453)

Giving Thanks for the Fallen and Wounded Service Men/Women and their families

 

Top Herndon area multisport athletes Lynn Cuppernull & Justine Mayo were all smiles after the Herndon Turkey Trot at the Herndon Virginia Community Center

Herndon Community Turns Out for Annual Turkey Trot (& a Chance to Legally Run on Golf Course!)

Top Herndon area multisport athletes Lynn Cuppernull & Justine Mayo were all smiles after the Herndon Turkey Trot at the Herndon Virginia Community Center
Top Herndon area multisport athletes Lynn Cuppernull & Justine Mayo were all smiles after the Herndon Turkey Trot at the Herndon Virginia Community Center

The Annual Herndon Turkey Trot is a fun family event where winners may come home with Thanksgiving holiday pies or birds! Starting at the Herndon Community Center, runners and walkers were able to warm up inside the gym before setting out to cover the 5K trail course, which winds around the Town of Herndon Centennial Golf Course. Instead of the the usual early morning start, and getting up a “O dark stupid,” this event began at 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon. Refreshments (including hot stew  from Jimmys Old Town Tavern), entertainment, and services from local businesses were available.

Dr. Camille D'Amato of Quality Chiropractic was available for post-race massage, stretching, adjustments and evaluation.
The always affable Dr. Camille D’Amato of Quality Chiropractic was available for post-race massage, stretching, adjustments and evaluation.

As the race was only a few blocks from the ABRAMS LANDAU law shop, Doug Landau was able to roll down Center Street to the venue. Finishing 25th out of 753 finishers, lawyer Landau was able to get the runner-up spot out of 41 in the 50-59 division. Averaging under 7 minutes a mile, Doug waited for the kids at the front of the starting line to take off, and then when it was safe to go, he steadily passed other racers, especially on the grassy parts of the course. Bringing home a pumpkin pie after a swim, shower & massage (courtesy of the Dr. Camille D’Amato of the Quality Chiropractic Office), Doug was then able to attend a showing of the new movie “Loving,” fed, clean & changed!

Participants were asked to bring canned and packaged food. Lawyer Landau noted that the collection boxes were overflowing by the start of the race. One of the charitable beneficiaries of the race was the “Reuse-A-Shoe Recycling Program with Nike

The program collects used running shoes which are ground up into small pieces, and used to make tracks, playgrounds, floor tiles, new shoes and apparel. This is a great way to get rid of all those old sneakers laying around and to “go green” by recycling. Bring one pair or bring ten, shoes are being collected at the Herndon Community Center to the end of November 2016.

When recycling shoes, please remember:
• Only recycle athletic shoes can be recycled
(running shoes, sneakers, etc.)
• All brands of shoes are accepted
• No shoes containing metal
• No cleats or dress shoes
• No wet or damp shoes
• No sandals or flip-flops