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Illinois Rail Safety Week Aims to Promote Pedestrian and Vehicle Safety

  September 18, 2014     By Botto Gilbert Gehris Lancaster, P.C.
While many would think it is more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident with another car, railroad fatalities are a larger concern, especially among pedestrians. Illinois' Rail Safety Week aims to encourage awareness of rail safety among pedestrians and motorists.

Most Dangerous Industries for Workplace Injuries and Deaths

  August 26, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Each year thousands of U.S. workers die and millions more are injured in workplace accidents. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,383 fatal work accidents and 3.7 million nonfatal work injuries in 2012.

Do Parents Drive More Dangerously Than Teens?

  August 18, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Parents warn their teenagers about the dangers of risk driving habits, but data shows that many parents engage in the same dangerous driving behavior that they warn their children against.

Risks Associated with Drowsy Driving

  July 29, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Drowsy driving is one of the most common driving hazards, but new data highlights the dangers associated with drowsy driving. In fact, research shows that drowsy driving is as dangerous as driving while drunk.

Texting Increases Injury Risk Even When Not Driving

  July 22, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
The dangers of texting and driving are well-known and undisputed. But did you know that texting while walking also presents a number of injury risks?

Illinois DUI Arrests During the Summertime

  July 8, 2014     By The Law Offices of Thomas Glasgow, Ltd.
The summer is a time for BBQ’s and celebrations, but drunken driving arrests and accidents often increase during the summer months as well.

Think Like an Investigator When Gathering Evidence for Your Auto Accident Case

  June 25, 2014     By Dolan Law, PC
After an accident, do your best and remain calm. Everything you do and say following the collision could affect a future insurance claim or lawsuit.

What Are Workers' Compensation Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits?

  June 17, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Each year millions of workers are injured in on-the-job accidents. While many of those injured workers will be able to return to their existing job after a period of recovery, some injured workers are injured to an extent that they are unable to return to their pre-injury job. In these situations, the injured worker may be able to receive vocational rehabilitation benefits under the applicable state workers’ compensation program in order to help him or her obtain a new job.

Top Work Injuries and Illnesses in Healthcare Industry

  June 17, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Healthcare is the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), employing over 18 million workers – the majority of which (80%) are women. Healthcare workers – including doctors, nurses, lab technicians, pharmacists, and a number of other professionals – are exposed to a wide range of occupational hazards.

Common Risks for Workplace Injuries in Construction Industry

  May 28, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Construction workers are especially vulnerable to work-related injuries. According to OSHA, nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day, and the fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average for all industries.

Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Lawyer

  May 20, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
If you were injured in a personal injury accident, you are probably swimming in a sea of questions. What do I do next? Should I file a legal claim? Can I recover compensation? The first step in getting those questions answered – and possibly recovering money damages – is to meet with a personal injury lawyer.

CDC Reports that Many Unintentional Injury Deaths Are Preventable

  May 14, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
According to a new study, the five leading causes of death in the United States are heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, and unintentional injuries. On each of those causes of death, the study found that 20 percent to 40 percent could have been prevented.

The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

  May 14, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Although the dangers of drinking and driving are well known, few people consider the dangers of drowsy driving even though the effects of fatigue are similar to the effects of alcohol.

Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Seeks to Be Excluded from Testosterone Lawsuit MDL

  May 14, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Testosterone lawsuits continue to mount against the makers of various testosterone supplements, but one testosterone manufacturer is asking to be excluded from the fray.

Top 6 Car Accident Mistakes

  May 14, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Car accidents – even seemingly minor ones – can be confusing and upsetting. Unfortunately, car accident victims often make avoidable mistakes that can hurt or even eliminate any legal claims that they might have.

Are Your Child’s Toys and Baby Gear Safe?

  May 14, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
According to a new report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2011, 74,100 children younger than 5 suffered from a baby product injury that required a trip to the emergency department.

Workers Memorial Day Sheds Light on Workplace Safety Issues

  May 14, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Each year, more than 4,000 workers die from workplace accidents, and an additional 50,000 die from occupational diseases, which averages to 150 worker deaths every day in this country, according to Jessica Martinez, deputy director of NCOSH.

The Primary Culprit of Workplace Fall Injuries

  May 14, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Construction workers are particularly susceptible to ladder injuries, making up an estimated 81% of fall injuries treated in emergency departments throughout the country.

Everything You Need to Know about Negligence, Torts, and Personal Injury

  April 29, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Words like negligence, torts, and personal injury are often tossed around after an accident or injury, but many people are confused about what these words actually mean and, more importantly, how these words impact liability or the ability to collect money damages.

What to Do If Injured as a Passenger in Auto Accident

  April 29, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Thousands of passengers are injured in auto accidents every year. In fact, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 22,812 passengers were injured in auto accidents in 2011 alone. Like other victims of negligence, an injured passenger may be entitled to money damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering from the negligent motorist, whether the passenger’s driver or another negligent motorist.

Most Workplace Deaths Are Preventable

  April 29, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Most workplace deaths in this country may be preventable, according to a new report from the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH). More than 4,000 workers die every year from workplace accidents, and an additional 50,000 die annually from occupational diseases, which averages to 150 worker deaths every day in this country, according to Jessica Martinez, deputy director of NCOSH.

April 2014 Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation Law Round-Up

  April 29, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
There is never a shortage of issues to discuss in the world of personal injury, and April 2014 has been no exception. Current topics include mammography and its coverage by the media, dysfunction in healthcare, schools near dangerous chemical facilities, and a potentially record-breaking rate of car recalls this year.

Proving Liability and Damages in Personal Injury Lawsuit

  April 29, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Millions of people are injured or killed in personal injury accidents every year. When an injury or death is caused by negligence, the victim (or the victim’s family) may be able to recover compensation from the negligent party. But in order to obtain financial recovery, the plaintiff must prove two things in a personal injury lawsuit: (1) liability and (2) damages.

What You Need to Know about Driving in Construction Zones

  April 23, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Not only do spring and summer mean warmer temperatures, but they also mean road construction. In fact, there are already a number of major road construction projects under way on Chicago area highways and roadways, including portions of I-90 on the Jane Adams Expressway and the Kennedy Expressway.

Testosterone Lawsuits Continue to Rise

  April 23, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Testosterone lawsuits continue to rise, with new lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of Testim and AndroGel earlier this month. Just a few years ago testosterone was hyped as some kind of miracle drug for men, but new evidence has come to light indicating at testosterone is linked to increased stroke and heart attack risk and a number of other serious side effects.

Most Common Personal Injury Accidents

  April 23, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Millions of people are injured or killed in personal injury accidents every year. Personal injury claims fall under the umbrella legal discipline of tort law, which establishes liability for negligent or intentional misconduct that result in injuries, deaths, or damages.

NTSB Recommends Two New Trucking Safety Standards

  April 17, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Truck underride accidents, those accidents that happen when a vehicle collides with a truck and slides underneath it, kill hundreds of people each year. While there are certain safety mechanisms in place to prevent underride accidents, data shows that they are often ineffective.

New Study Shows that Testosterone May Have Negative Impact on Brain

  April 17, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Testosterone has been linked to a number of serious side effects, including stroke and heart attack, and now a new study has found that the use of testosterone in certain men may have a negative impact on the brain.

Number of Work-Related Injuries in Certain Industries Is Under-Reported

  April 17, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Unfortunately, some industries do not necessarily have accurate reporting mechanisms on work-related injuries and illness, which make it more difficult for regulators and lawmakers to identify and address occupational health problems.

Is Work-Related Hearing Loss Putting You at Risk of other Injuries?

  April 17, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Workers who are exposed to high levels of noise while on the job may be at risk of developing hearing loss and other occupational hazard injuries. Not only are these workers at a higher risk of hearing loss injuries, but a new Canadian study from the Institut National de Santé Publique shows that workers with noise-induced hearing loss may also be at a higher risk of other injuries in the workplace.

How Can Community Engagement Prevent Domestic Abuse?

  April 14, 2014     By Law Offices of Andrew M. Weisberg
Until now, the term “domestic violence” has been used extensively to describe abuse that happens between the two members of a relationship, be it spouses, same sex couples, roommates, or family members.

Should Auto Makers Be Subject to Stricter Auto Defect Laws?

  April 11, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
General Motors has recently come under fire for its spate of auto recalls. Just last week it announced that it is recalling 1.5 million vehicles worldwide due to a defect with the cars’ electronic power-steering assist, which can suddenly stop working and make the car harder to steer. This most recent recall brings the total vehicles GM has recalled since February up to a staggering 6.3 million vehicles.

Do Rear Visibility Systems Prevent Auto Accidents?

  April 11, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
In an effort to reduce the amount of backover fatalities and injuries, all new cars will be required to have rear visibility technology by May 2018. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the required rear visibility systems must expand the field of vision to include a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle, as well as meet other requirements regarding image size, linger time, response time, durability, and deactivation.

Testosterone Lawsuits Go Before Judicial Executive Committee

  April 11, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Testosterone lawsuits continue to mount against the makers of various testosterone supplements, and a Judicial Executive Committee was recently created to centralize at least 30 of those lawsuits which allege that testosterone caused heart attacks, strokes, and other injuries. The consolidated cases are pending before U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly in the Northern District of Illinois.

Prevalence of Work-Related Back Injuries

  April 11, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Back injuries, such as a herniated disc, sprain, or fractured vertebrae, continue to be one of the most common work-related injuries. In the workplace, back injuries can occur when lifting or carrying heavy objects, or due to repetitive motions.

5 Motorcycle Safety Tips

  April 4, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Although motorcycle accidents are less common than auto accidents, they are considerably more severe. Motorcyclists are not covered by the same protective barriers as cars and other passenger vehicles, making motorcycle accidents more likely to result in serious injuries or death than car accidents.

5 Little Known Facts about Slip and Fall Accidents

  April 4, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Slip and fall accidents are one of the quintessential personal injury claims. While many people think of the so-called 'banana peel' case when they think of a slip and fall accident, slip and fall liability – or premises liability – actually applies to a number of different situations.

What Temp Workers Need to Know about Workplace Injuries

  April 4, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
If you are one of the millions of temp workers in this country, you may be unsure of your employment rights, including protections against discrimination, eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits, and wage and hour rights. Temporary workers can rest assured: while you may not have the same job security that full-time employees have, you do have a number of employment rights and protections.

The Dangers of Talc Powder for Women and Children

  April 4, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Talc-based powders are used by many women as part of their personal hygiene routine and many parents use baby powder on their infants to prevent diaper rash. Despite the popularity of talc-based products, however, they present many dangers to women and children.

Why We Know Almost Nothing about Sexual Abuse in Immigration Detention

  March 28, 2014     By Law Offices of Andrew M. Weisberg
The Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that more than 216,000 people are sexually abused in the US detention system every year. Although there is sufficient proof to believe that the abuse rate against immigrants is much higher than previously thought, there are no such comprehensive reports detailing each case.

Medication May Increase Risk of Falls for Elderly Patients

  March 25, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
While blood pressure medications may help prevent certain medical conditions, they can also put elderly persons at risk of other injuries. For instance, a new study revealed that older people who take blood pressure medications may be more susceptible to fall injuries than elderly persons who are not taking blood pressure medication.

What to Do If You Have Doubts about Your Medical Care

  March 25, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Doctors and health care providers hold our lives in their hands. Having doubts about the medical care that you are receiving can not only be emotionally unsettling, but physically damaging as well, since the lack of appropriate medical care can result in medical complications, exacerbated health conditions, and even death.

Basics of an Auto Accident Claim

  March 19, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Auto accidents – whether relatively minor or serious – can be scary, confusing, and debilitating. It can be difficult to know what to do if you were injured in an auto accident, and you may be confused about how to get financial recovery for your injuries and damages.

Common Workplace Injuries

  March 19, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Workplace accidents and injuries can happen in any job and in any industry. But just like there are some jobs and industries are more prone to workplace accidents, certain work-related injuries occur more often than others.

The Surprising Strategy that Might Curb Texting and Driving

  March 18, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Texting and driving takes the lives of thousands of people each year. In fact, in 2011, there were 3,360 distracted driving fatalities, and in 2012, there were 3,328 distracted driving fatalities. Another 421,000 people were injured in 2012 in motor vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver, which represented a nine percent increase from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011 as a result of distracted driving.

Could Crash Avoidance Technology Soon Be Required on New Vehicles?

  March 18, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
New cars and trucks could soon be required to include crash avoidance technology that would allow vehicles to communicate with each other to avoid crashes. In an effort to reduce the number of traffic accidents, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says that the administration plans to develop a proposal before 2017 that would require auto makers to include crash avoidance technology on all new vehicles.

Should Testosterone Products Contain a Heart Attack Warning on Labels?

  March 18, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
In light of recent data indicating that testosterone is dangerous for many men, Public Citizen – a public advocacy group – is calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require black box warnings about heart attack and stroke risks to be included on the labels of testosterone products.

What Women Need to Know About Talc Body Powders

  March 18, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Many women use talc-based body power as part of their personal hygiene routine, and they may be putting their health at risk as a result. In a recent study, researchers examined data collected from eight separate studies and found that women who regularly use talcum powder in the genital region increase their risk of ovarian cancer by 24 percent.

What Is the Difference between Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

  March 12, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
Accident and injury victims often wonder about their legal rights after an accident. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, the defendant(s) may be liable for money damages in either a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Clients often have a number of questions about the differences between a personal injury lawsuit and a wrongful death lawsuit, and this article explains some of the major similarities and differences.

Workplace Accidents: The 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in America

  March 12, 2014     By Ankin Law Office, LLC
According to Forbes, some of the jobs that are commonly thought of as dangerous actually result in the fewest fatalities. For instance, firefighting and tractor operation are safer jobs than being a car mechanic.



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