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Patient Safety Initiatives Needed to Address Medical Malpractice

  December 15, 2014     By Briskman Briskman & Greenberg
Medical malpractice is a national crisis, killing more than 200,000 people each year by some estimates.

Surviving During the Holidays in a Divorce or Legal Separation

  December 8, 2014     By Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, PC
In Illinois, there are parents with physical custody of the children, often referred to as residential custody, and there are non-residential custodial parents with visitation rights. In any divorce in which the parties are parents, often, divorce lawyers will tell you that the primary issue is often the division of visitation time with the kids. The most sought after parenting time is during the holidays when families are expected to be together and the kids are not in school.

New Illinois Maintenance Law

  December 3, 2014     By Mulyk, Laho & Mack, LLC
In every Illinois divorce, the family law court decides whether one spouse must pay maintenance, commonly referred to as spousal support, to the other side.

3 Excuses Insurance Companies Use to Deny a Car Accident Claim

  November 28, 2014     By Ankin Law Office LLC
Insurance companies often deny personal injury claims with excuses that include denying fault, denying the extent of the injury, and denying causation.

Drowsy Drivers are a Danger on Illinois Roads

  November 24, 2014     By Botto Gilbert Lancaster, P.C.
Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. A lack of adequate sleep can affect the brain similarly to the ways alcohol consumption can affect it, such as slowing the individual's reaction time, decreasing his or her awareness of his or her surroundings, and negatively affecting his or her judgment.

New Illinois Laws Target Senior Care Complaints

  November 24, 2014     By Salvi & Maher, LLC
As medical technology makes it possible for Americans to live longer lives every year, more and more individuals and their families turn to long-term care facilities to provide assisted living and on-site medical care during their later decades. These long-term care facilities are frequently known as nursing homes and can house disabled and injured individuals alongside the elderly.

Too Often, Medical Malpractice Due to Misdiagnosis Goes Unreported

  November 16, 2014     By Briskman Briskman & Greenberg
People who are injured as a result of medical negligence are entitled to seek compensation through a lawsuit. However, in the vast majority of medical malpractice cases, a lawsuit is never filed. In fact, in the case of misdiagnosis – one of the most common types of medical errors – the patient may not be aware that a mistake occurred, and the error itself may go unreported.

Illinois Adoptees Can Receive Original Birth Certificates Thanks to Illinois Adoption Law

  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.

Insurance Companies' Profits Skyrocket, Even as Medical Malpractice Payouts Drop

  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.

Illinois Rail Safety Week Aims to Promote Pedestrian and Vehicle Safety

  September 18, 2014     By Botto Gilbert 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 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.

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.

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