Category Archives: Personal Injury

Illinois injury attorneyThe need for quality, affordable healthcare is one of the most hotly-debated issues in the United States today, and state and federal lawmakers are working to improve and reform multiple aspects of the healthcare system. However, one thing that many Americans may not be aware of is how the laws which are currently being voted on will affect their ability to recover damages in cases of medical malpractice.

Changes Being Considered

H.R. 1215, the “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017,” was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in June 2017, and as of September 2017, it was awaiting a vote in the Senate. This bill would seriously limit people’s ability to receive compensation when they are injured by medical negligence.

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Illinois accident attorneyAccidents caused by distracted driving have been on the rise in recent years, due to people using cell phones or texting while they drive. Thousands of people are killed and hundreds of thousands of people are injured every year in distracted driving accidents, and even though many states (including Illinois) have made using a cell phone while driving illegal, the rate of distracted driving accidents has not abated. As part of the continuing fight against distracted driving, law enforcement officers are considering some new ways to enforce the laws and improve roadway safety.

Technology that Detects Distracted Driving

Chicago aldermen recently moved to have police consider using “textalyzer” technology that will help detect whether drivers involved in injury-related accidents were using their cell phone before the accident occurred. Police officers would be able to use this type device to access the logs on a driver’s phone, which could show whether the phone was being used to send a text, make a call, write an email, or access an app immediately prior to a crash.

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Illinois injury lawyerThe Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides protection to employees by ensuring they are compensated for injuries which occurred on the job or diseases which were contracted while working. However, the process of filing a worker’s compensation claim can be complicated and confusing, and employees are often unsure of their rights.

If you have been injured on the job, you should take the following steps to make sure you receive the compensation that will help you recover:

  1. See a doctor - You should receive immediate first aid when you have been injured, and you should then seek medical attention as soon as possible. Let the doctor know that this was a work-related injury, which will allow them to seek payment from your employer and their workers’ compensation insurance carrier. Follow the doctor’s orders and make an effort to recover from your injuries and return to work, if possible.

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Illinois car accident attorneyIn Chicago, more than 2,000 people are killed or seriously injured in traffic accidents each year, with an average of five serious injuries each day and one death every three days. The City of Chicago has been looking to lower the number of traffic deaths and injuries that occur, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently released the city’s Vision Zero plan, which has a goal of reducing deaths from car crashes by 20 percent and serious injuries by 35 percent by the year 2020. The plan’s ultimate goal is to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries altogether by 2026.

A Vision of Traffic Safety

Vision Zero is an international project that began in Sweden in the 1990s. Because of its success throughout Europe, the plan is now being put into effect across the United States. Chicago is joining cities such as New York, San Francisco, and Seattle in implementing these safety goals.

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Illinois car crash lawyerThere are many reasons that car accidents happen, but one major factor that is often overlooked is the prevalence of items on the road. A AAA study found that the number of auto accidents involving road debris has risen in recent years, and crashes related to debris are four times as likely to happen as non-debris crashes on interstate highways.

The study, which was performed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, examined data from 2011-2014, and it found that over these years, road debris was involved in an average of over 50,000 crashes each year. These crashes resulted in an average of 9,805 injuries and 125 deaths annually. This is a 40% increase from when the foundation first studied the issue in 2001.

What Causes Road Debris Accidents?

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