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October 1, 2014 By Mulyk, Laho & Mack, LLC
Relatively new laws in the Illinois legislature have made it easier for persons who have been adopted to receive their original birth certificates. Both adoptees and surrendered persons born in Illinois may request a non-certified copy of their original birth certificate.
September 29, 2014 By Briskman Briskman & Greenberg
A skilled pickpocket does not just take your wallet; he directs your attention elsewhere. When you notice you have been robbed, you blame someone else.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
July 8, 2014 By Glasgow, Beattie, Olsson
The summer is a time for BBQ’s and celebrations, but drunken driving arrests and accidents often increase during the summer months as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Testosterone lawsuits continue to mount against the makers of various testosterone supplements, but one testosterone manufacturer is asking to be excluded from the fray.
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.
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.
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.
Construction workers are particularly susceptible to ladder injuries, making up an estimated 81% of fall injuries treated in emergency departments throughout the country.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.