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August 2013 Archives

NSC predicts hundreds of auto fatalities this Labor Day weekend

Labor Day weekend is one of the most dangerous holidays for Americans traveling by motor vehicle. As teens and adults all across the country seek to celebrate the final days of summer, too many choose to irresponsibly drive while intoxicated. As a result, a staggering number of fatal car accidents occur every year during this transition from summer to autumn.

Pedestrian survives being hit by Chicago-bound Amtrak train

Trains are no longer the prominent form of transportation and shipping that they once were. Although trains still travel with regularity in and out of Chicago, it's not always easy for people to know which tracks are frequently used and which seldom see any train traffic at all.

Medical negligence claims strike the hearts of doctors

Cook County residents may find medical malpractice cases quite intriguing as there are reports of patients who sustain serious injuries due to a doctor's negligence. In some cases, patients die as a result of the erroneous acts of health care providers. Medical malpractice lawsuits may stem from cases alleging misdiagnosis, medication errors, anesthesia errors and failure to diagnose. The malpractice victim often files a medical malpractice lawsuit to compensate for his or her losses.

Garbage truck crash near Chicago prompts wrongful death lawsuit

People commonly worry about getting into car accidents while driving in unfamiliar areas. But statistics show that a significant percentage of crashes occur within a few miles of the victims’ homes. Sometimes, serious or fatal accidents can occur right out of the driveway.

Crash during Chicago funeral procession causes injuries & 1 death

Funeral processions have long been one of the customs that Americans use to mourn the recently deceased. After a funeral, it is common to see a long line of cars driving slowly from the church to the cemetery to be present as the casket is placed above or in its final resting place.

Chicago consumer safety advisory: list of product recalls

Chicago consumers are very particular when buying items in stores and most of the time, they choose products from trusted brands. This is done to ensure the safety of their family from defective products that can cause harm, such as injuries and even death, in some cases.

Court upholds changes to hours-of-service rules for truck drivers

No matter what field you work in, chances are that your industry has its own jargon that outsiders don’t always understand. Similarly, there may be industry-related news that is interesting to you and your colleagues even if it seems boring to the rest of the world.

New Illinois law to punish boaters for injuries, deaths

Here in Illinois, taking to the waterways in a boat or jet ski is one of the most common-and fun-recreational activities that the state has to offer. However, just like any other activity, people participating in it have certain responsibilities to consider. For one, they should not engage in boating activities if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Crash involving Chicago-bound Greyhound bus injures 11 people

Many significant auto accidents occur on Chicago's streets and highways each year. But Chicago residents don't always hear about the crashes that happen to vehicles on their way to or from the Windy City. Of particular concern are mass-transit accidents involving buses, trains and trucks that run in and out of Chicago every day.

Dangerous bridge may have made truck accident even worse

We have previously written that even if an auto accident has a primary cause, it can also be exacerbated by other factors. For instance, the severity of a Chicago car accident caused by a distracted driver could be made worse by a road that was either dangerously designed or poorly maintained.

Choose a nursing home wisely to prevent elder abuse

Often, Chicago and Cook County, Illinois, residents looking for nursing homes for their loved ones just browse through websites for information. However, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS) is advising the relatives of elderly persons to be more discerning in selecting a nursing home in order to prevent Illinois elder abuse.

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