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Chicago Bicyclist Fatalities Increase in 2014

Last year in Chicago, seven bicyclists were killed in collisions with automobiles. That is an increase from three bicyclist fatalities in 2013, even as Mayor Rahm Emanuel has pledged to make Chicago the most bike-friendly city in the country. According to the Chicago Department of Transportation, bicyclist fatalities over the past five years were as …

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The attack on workers’ compensation

Over the past decade, workers’ compensation benefits have deteriorated across the country as states initiate cost-cutting measures. A comprehensive new investigation by ProPublica and NPR reveals that these workers’ comp “reforms” have had a brutal effect: injured workers denied the help they need and taxpayers forced to bear the cost of workplace accidents. The ProPublica …

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Doctor faces investigation after three infant deaths, birth injury lawsuit

An obstetrician who is now under investigation by a state medical board after the deaths of three babies in home deliveries was also the defendant in a recent birth injury lawsuit that never resolved clearly. The parents of a child who suffered a disability filed the birth injury suit in 2007. The lawsuit alleged that …

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Workers’ comp reform only helps insurance companies

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has said that he wants further “reform” of the state’s workers’ compensation system, with the stated goal of reducing the cost of doing business in the state. This argument — that restricting the rights of workers will help businesses by reducing the premiums they pay for workers’ compensation insurance — has …

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HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE BASE, Fla. (AFPN) -- Trucks began arriving here to pre-position water, military rations, ice and tarps for the post-hurricane relief effort. The trucks, which began arriving Oct. 20, have delivered supplies from Key West to northern Miami-Dade County since the storm passed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lisa M. Macias).

Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Chicago-area trucking company

A surviving relative of a woman and two children who died in a truck crash has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Marciela Ruiz has filed the suit on behalf of her three late family members, Elizabeth Peralta-Luna and her children (a girl, age 9, and a boy, 4). Ruiz is accusing Monson and Sons Inc., …

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Study Finds Distracted Driving Repercussions Underestimated for Teens

Parents who worry about their teens texting and driving may be more right than they know. A traffic safety foundation analyzed nearly 1,700 videos of teens driving and found that distracted driving was more of a factor in crashes than previously thought. The study, conducted by the University of Iowa and funded by the AAA …

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$28 million verdict in medical malpractice case

A jury awarded a patient $28 million in a recent medical malpractice case. The jury awarded $28,215,278.00 to Anna Rahm for pain and suffering, for future loss of earnings and for future medical expenses after a four-week trial. The jury found Kaiser Permanente liable for improper medical treatment that resulted in Rahm losing parts of …

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Google to Launch Car Insurance Comparison Site in Illinois

Google plans to launch a car insurance comparison site in Illinois, which is expected to have a disruptive effect on the industry. The internet search giant launched Google Compare on March 5 in California only. The company’s plans call for pilots in Illinois, Pennsylvania, California and Texas within the first quarter of the year, and …

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Department of Transportation Releases Traffic Accident Statistics

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has released a final report on traffic accidents for 2013, showing that traffic accidents and fatalities increased that year. Fortunately, the preliminary statistics for 2014 already show a decline in those fatalities. The report, “2013 Illinois Crash Facts and Statistics,” detailed an important series of facts: There were 285,477 …

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