Archives for March 2016

Dog Bite Injuries and Fatalities on the Rise

There are an estimated 83 million dogs in the United States, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 2 percent of the US population (4.7 million individuals) suffer dog bites every year, with nearly 20 percent (885,000) of those injuries being so severe that they require medical treatment. A study published in 2010 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and … [Read more...]

Illinois Authorities Concerned About High Hit and Run Rate

Unfortunately, hit-and-run crashes are not uncommon. Around the country, the number of hit-and-run crashes is on the rise, leading to new legislation in several states. Unfortunately, most hit-and-run crashes involve pedestrians and bicyclists, who are particularly vulnerable to injury and death when struck by a moving vehicle. (the article continues below the infographic)   The Data … [Read more...]

Emergency Surgeries Pose Higher Risks for Death

According to recent medical studies, patients undergoing emergency surgeries are at least eight times more likely to suffer serious complications or death following the operation than patients who undergo the same procedures in a non-emergency setting. In Illinois, a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer is all too familiar with injuries and fatalities that often result from emergency surgeries in … [Read more...]

Truck accidents: who is at fault?

As the number of semi-trailers on America's roadways continues to rise, so too do serious injuries and fatalities caused by truck accidents. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), in 2013, there were nearly 60,000 truck accidents that occurred on the highways and streets of Illinois. Statistics also show that the number of crashes involving tractor-trailers (10971) … [Read more...]

Premises Liability & Property Ownership: Making it Open and Obvious

Property ownership is a significant responsibility and property owners are responsible for maintaining their property in such a way that entrants to the property can expect a reasonable degree of safety when they enter. This is known as premises liability, and the way courts are determining whether a property owner is at fault in a slip and fall accident requires proving that a landowner has … [Read more...]

Reduce teen car accidents: Start school later

The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project began its Awake at the Wheel campaign in 2014 to educate drivers – especially teen drivers – about the dangers of so-called "drowsy driving." … [Read more...]

How to Avoid a Dog’s Bite

Dog bites happen, but often they can be avoided if people understand the mentality of a dog. The key to avoiding a dog bite is to recognize a dog's body language, and to avoid behavior that will provoke a dog to violence. … [Read more...]

Dangerous Medicine: Blood Thinners & Patient Safety

Patients receiving medical care trust that physicians will use reliable medical techniques and proven medications to improve their health condition. Whether this takes place within the operating room, or simply through the prescription of medication, patients rely upon medical science to keep them alive. For a growing number of patients, this means the prescription of anticoagulants that help … [Read more...]

Gearing Up for Icy, Snow Packed Roads

Brisk winds and chilly temperatures often bring with them an abundance of snow and ice in Illinois, and while the glistening white scenery is beautiful to look at, driving on icy, snow packed roads can be dangerous, and sometimes even deadly. According to the Federal Highway Administration, more than 116,800 people are injured and over 1,300 individuals lose their lives due to accidents on icy, … [Read more...]

Lobbyists Push to Loosen Regulations on Big Rigs

Large truck accidents account for an estimated 4,000 deaths in the United States each year, and result in approximately 85,000 injuries. Fatalities involving big rigs have risen by 17 percent since 2009, and injuries have increased by about 28 percent. As startling as these statistics are, many individuals would expect members of congress to push for tighter safety regulations. Unfortunately, … [Read more...]

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