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Citizens Can Report Drunk Drivers Through Innovative Illinois Program

Driving under the influence of alcohol can cause serious injuries and harm to the driver as well as any people the driver might hit. A recent news headline highlighted how drunk driving changed the life of a bride-to-be. The Joliet woman was only three weeks away from her wedding when she hit a median and bicyclist near the United Center. She was found with a blood alcohol level of .201 and allegedly had six vodka drinks before driving home that night. She is dealing with a fractured C-5 vertebra and the bicyclist is in critical condition, on a ventilator, and has bleeding in the brain.

Throughout many Illinois counties, individuals can report impaired motorists and make $100 if it leads police to a drunk driving arrest. The Drunkbuster program, which is run by The Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists, operates year round in DuPage, Lake, McHenry, Will, and Kane counties. More than 4,450 DUI drivers have been arrested from tips received since it began in 1990. People can call in a tip when they notice erratic driving such as swerving, autos going on the shoulder of a highway, near accidents, and other suspicious activity. Police dispatchers will then notify on-duty squads to look for the vehicle with the tell-tale signs of drunk driving, as officers must have a probable cause to stop the automobile.

When DUI offenders appear in court, part of the court fines fund the Drunkbuster program. Overall, more than 45,900 arrests due to DUI were made throughout Illinois in the latest year of statistics.

Briskman Briskman & Greenberg’s team of Chicago car accident attorneys applauds the program as they go after impaired drivers that cause unnecessary, devastating injuries and fatalities. The law firm is accomplished in all types of accidents due to DUI and will help a victim and their families seek the maximum compensation for their concerns. To learn more, call 877-595-HURT (4878) or visit more of http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com.

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Older Teens At Risk For Serious Auto Accidents

Teen drivers in Illinois may receive an unrestricted driver’s license at age 18. However, from the permit phase at age 15 until the time they receive their initial licenses at age 16 to 17, teens have restrictions on nighttime driving and the number of passengers they can drive around. These restrictions are meant to educate teens about safe driving practices and allow them to get comfortable with diverse road conditions.

But a new study shows that many teens younger than 18 have opted to wait until they are 18 to get their driver’s license, when these restrictions no longer apply. This fact, however, has led to an unanticipated result: 12 percent more 18 year olds are dying nationwide from serious car accidents, as reported in a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study raises questions regarding whether graduated driving licenses (GDL) should be extended to all novice drivers. States such as New Jersey have driving restrictions on all youths under 21 years old.

Many states do not require driver’s education if a teen waits until the age of full licensing. With little experience and plenty of driver perils, deadly auto collisions are an unfortunate consequence. Researchers and teen safety advocates say that more analysis of deadly and serious injury accidents is needed to ensure that GDL rules are doing what was intended.

Briskman Briskman & Greenberg’s team of Chicago wrongful death attorneys and Chicago car accident attorneys represent teens and their loved ones in Illinois collisions. To learn more, call 877-595-HURT (4878) or visit more of http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com.

Drive Safely Work Week is an Initiative All Employers Should Adopt

October 3rd through the 7th is Drive Safely Work Week “Focus 360°: Getting There Safely Is Everyone’s Business.” No matter if you drive or carpool to work, or even walk or bicycle, there are important steps that individuals can take to lessen accidents. Chicago and Illinois employers have responsibilities too, and they should do everything possible to encourage best safety practices, particularly measures that limit distracted driving. The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) set up this safety week to remind individuals that it is more important to get to work safely than to check email, text, or finish getting ready on the way to work.

Companies should adopt a mobile device policy. NETS says that employers should educate their workers to not use “any electronic device in any gear other than park.” Job expectations and productivity can still be met and employee safety is upheld when a company adopts this personal safety mindset.

Employees on their way to work should be focused on safely arriving to their destination, not texting, reading, or chatting on the phone. The same goes for people who walk or bike to their work. Using smartphones and iPods cause distractions as well. Distracted driving can ultimately cause serious injuries and deaths and is the number one cause of car and other motor vehicle accidents.

As Chicago personal injury lawyers, we see the aftermath of distracted driving. Briskman Briskman & Greenberg encourages area businesses and their senior management to implement the Drive Safely Work Week. NETS has workplace posters, daily activities, and contests to incorporate safe ways to get to work. The materials support safe practices for workers and their families to use, no matter how they get to work.

Briskman Briskman & Greenberg is a premier Chicago law firm that helps individuals and their loved ones take legal action to recover from serious injuries and wrongful deaths. For decades, their team of Chicago accident and injury attorneys has championed their clients’ rights in car accident lawsuits and personal injury lawsuits. To learn more, call 877-595-HURT (4878) or visit more of http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com.

Medical Malpractice Concerns Rise When Pain Management Diagnoses Fail

Missed or delayed pain management diagnoses create a serious risk for hospital patients. Today’s Hospitalist found that nurses, doctors, and support staff frequently failed at communicating dosing amounts, did not conduct appropriate monitoring, and struggled to communicate effectively with each other.

These mistakes play a huge role in causing serious injuries and wrongful deaths in hospitals nationwide. Today’s Hospitalist found that 11 percent of claims brought against hospitals involved pain medicine and management practices. Medical professionals must be cognizant of the fact that most patients enter the hospital already on numerous medications. A full medical history and physical examination are critical before administering new medicines. In instances where a patient is not able to give his or her history, hospitalists should reach out to the patient’s family, pharmacy, or insurer to gather all the prescription information the patient is using.

One area of critical concern is with written prescriptions. The study showed that many hospitalists wrote orders for a dose range instead of an exact dosage and time interval. This is especially problematic when narcotics and sedatives are being used to alleviate pain symptoms given their propensity to cause respiratory depression and respiratory arrest. Hospitals should have guidelines when prescribing multiple narcotics and sedatives to prevent fatal events. And when numerous, powerful medicines are being used, hospitalists need to check on patients every hour to check their respiration, pain, and sedation levels.

A case history that Today’s Hospitalist looked at involved a patient who died after excess dosages of Dilaudid, a narcotic pain medication. As the investigation into the incident followed, it was discovered that a range of pain medication was given instead of precise directions. The nurse spoke to the doctor after the patient’s pain was still at a level 10 after many hours. The doctor was harsh in his responses with the nurse, which ultimately resulted in the patient receiving the equivalent of 88 mg of morphine along with Demerol and Valium. When the nurse gave the last dose to the patient, the doctor stopped by the hospital room but decided not to disturb the patient as he was finally not feeling pain.

Everyone involved should have given more time to the patient and his safety. Nurse and doctor communication should have been more open than tense; dosage directions should have been explicit; and the patient should have been monitored more closely. Medical professionals cannot lose sight of delivering quality care to each patient. Hospitalists owe this duty to their patients, even when they are managing numerous patients and critical care situations. Pain management protocols must be in effect to provide clinicians with checks and balances in these situations, especially when they hand off the patient to the next nurse and hospitalist on duty.

When an individual or their loved one suffers injuries or a wrongful death from a hospitalist’s missed or delayed pain management diagnoses, they should promptly seek legal action. In Illinois, the Chicago medical malpractice attorney Paul A. Greenberg, Esq. will go after the liable individual and hospital to rectify the wrongdoing. The law firm of Briskman Briskman & Greenberg has helped clients for decades as they seek compensation for their pain and suffering, medical bills, and related costs. As successful Chicago medical malpractice lawyers, the team will uphold your rights when your health has been compromised or neglected. To learn more, visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com or call 877-595-HURT (4878).

Briskman Briskman & Greenberg
351 West Hubbard Street, Ste 810
Chicago, IL 60654

Paul Greenberg is a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer and Chicago medical malpractice attorney with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. To learn more call 1.877.595.4878 or visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com/.

Chicago Roofing Accident Causes Worker Death

A roofer working on a building on West Superior Street became tangled in ropes as he was being lowered. Authorities said his chest was crushed, and he passed away at Northwestern Memorial Hospital within a few hours. Construction workers, especially roofers, encounter many serious hazards that can cause an injury or death. Improper safety systems and lack of training means that roofers must be mindful of the risk of falling when they go to the jobsite.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) notes that the number one cause of death for construction workers are falls. Unprotected edges should have either a guardrail, safety net, or personal fall arrest system. Roofs with hazardous surfaces, such as those with skylights, must be roped off. An average of 540 workers dies every year from falling off buildings, ladders, or scaffolds. Employers must maintain safe hoists, ropes, and auxiliary equipment and have guidelines to conduct periodic inspections of equipment.

At a minimum, employers must address each of these potential hazards:
– Do hoists have limit devices to ensure safety?
– Are weight loads for hoists marked for the operator?
– Are hoist controls visibly marked?
– Do hoists have working warning devices?
– Are hoist ropes maintained at proper length for full range of movement?
– Are contact points between ropes guarded?
– Are kinked ropes or substitutes discarded?
– Are only trained employees allowed to use hazardous equipment?

NIOSH also recommends that employers train workers to recognize and avoid unsafe conditions and have a safety supervisor inspect equipment before use. Checking for wear and tear and other conditions that could make the items faulty is crucial. With safety training, each worker should understand their role in monitoring for hazards as they complete their work. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that employers provide safety training and keep a log of the dates that workers are certified. Retraining is highly advised. In late August the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted a “Prevention Through Design” conference to address workplace safety and design methods to prevent worker injuries and death.

An individual has a right to seek legal action if their employer or a third party causes the workplace accident. An employer who is negligent or careless or a manufacturer who sells a faulty part or piece of equipment can be charged with the injury or death. The Chicago wrongful death lawyer Robert I. Briskman, Esq. will take action to pursue compensation for funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and other costs. Briskman Briskman & Greenberg is a respected law firm known for getting their clients results. Their team of Chicago wrongful death attorneys will help your family with all the legal challenges so you can focus on spending time with your loved ones. To learn more, visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com or call 877-595-HURT (4878).

Briskman Briskman & Greenberg
351 West Hubbard Street, Ste 810
Chicago, IL 60654

Robert Briskman is a Chicago wrongful death attorney and Chicago wrongful death lawyer with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. To learn more call 1.877.595.4878 or visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com/.

State Publishes Latest Stats on Workplace Injuries

Incidents Affect More than 165,000 Workers

In recently published statistics, the Illinois Department of Health noted that 165,500 workplace injuries and illnesses occurred in the latest reporting year. More than 83,300 of these incidents were serious enough to prevent employees from being able to work for a period of time. The largest number of injuries occurred in the transportation, trade and utilities industries, followed by the education, health services, and manufacturing industry.

On average, workers needed 11 days to recover before returning to work. Sprains and strains, cuts and lacerations, and bruises were the most frequent injuries, and workers suffered problems with their back and fingers most often. The Department of Health noted that flooring surfaces and work-required motions and actions caused most of the problems. Employees voiced concerns about overexertion and issues with equipment and objects. By canvassing employers in state and local government as well as private employers, the department found that most injuries happened between 8 a.m. and noon.

Workplace injuries and illnesses can have a big effect on an employee and his or her family. Employers are responsible for reporting injuries and extending workers’ compensation benefits to their workers, including paying for an employee’s medical bills, lost wages, and for more extensive injuries and vocational rehabilitation expenses.

The U.S. Department of Labor publishes a list of monthly incidents in every state, including Illinois, which put workers’ well-being in peril. An excavating and utility company in Oregon, Ill. had four violations for failing to protect employees who were involved in trench operations and at risk of being caved in. Jewel Food Stores had 13 safety violations in Franklin Park for exposing workers to hazardous levels of ammonia in their refrigeration systems; the store had not created or enforced operating procedures to safely handle the substance. And in Chicago, Home Depot failed to remove defective safety equipment intended to protect employees from falling. This store had already been cited once before for this violation. It was also fined for not maintaining the capacity plates on powered industrial vehicles, which could cause a serious injury to workers.

Employers are responsible for maintaining safe workplaces for their employees and conducting safety training. When a workplace accident occurs, an employer cannot retaliate against an employee and must provide medical and financial support as outlined in the Illinois workers’ compensation laws. When an employer or its insurance company fails to provide workers with these minimum benefits, an employee can take legal action.

The Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer Robert I. Briskman, Esq. has decades of experience in these types of cases and works tirelessly to get his clients the fair compensation they are due. The law firm of Briskman Briskman & Greenberg excels in working with the employer’s insurance company and third parties to recover your medical bills, lost wages, and vocational rehabilitation and other costs. Their team of Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys understands just how devastating a workplace accident can be and offer free consultations to discuss your case.

To learn more, visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com or call 877-595-HURT (4878).

Briskman Briskman & Greenberg
351 West Hubbard Street, Ste 810
Chicago, IL 60654

Robert Briskman is a Chicago workers compensation attorney and Chicago workers compensation lawyer with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. To learn more call 1.877.595.4878 or visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com/.

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