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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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Illinois psychiatrist suspended after medical malpractice claims

An Illinois psychiatrist has been suspended by the State of Illinois in response to medical malpractice claims levied against him. The complaints against the psychiatrist include allegations that he engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with patients and prescribed inappropriate medications. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation issued a Notice of Temporary Suspension against …

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What You May Not Know About Drowsy Driving

When comedian Tracy Morgan was hit and severely injured by a fatigued truck driver, drowsy driving issues were pressed into a spotlight. Driver fatigue usually does not receive as much attention as drunk driving, but it can be just as dangerous. Here is what you need to know. It is more prevalent than you may …

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NHTSA demands nationwide recall of Takata airbags

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has directed Japanese airbag supplier Takata Corp and five car manufacturers to expand a regional recall of airbags. The agency has also said that the company needs to be more open with the public about the airbag problems. At least five fatalities have been linked to the airbags, …

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Chicago Drivers Who Ignore Crosswalks Face Penalties

Chicago police have begun a series of traffic enforcement stings intended to help prevent accidents involving pedestrians in crosswalks. Many Chicago drivers are unaware that they are required to stop their cars when they encounter pedestrians in marked crosswalks, even when they are crossing the street midblock. Indeed, many Chicago drivers fail to yield, much …

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Cerebral palsy among the most serious birth injuries

Cerebral palsy is one of the most serious injuries that can be caused by medical malpractice during labor or delivery. The condition can be caused by a deficiency of oxygen to the child’s brain, and the effects can last a lifetime. Cerebral palsy includes a number of different neurological disorders that have a negative effect …

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Age Restriction in Park Not a Liability Shield

The Chicago Park District must do more to publicize playground age restrictions if it wants them to be the basis of legal immunity, a state appeals panel has ruled. The First District Appellate Court, in an unpublished order decision by Justice Robert E. Gordon, found that signs must be posted at the park and that …

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Many misdiagnosis errors go unreported

Medical errors involving surgery or drug mistakes receive a lot of attention, perhaps in part because it is often obvious that an error has been made. But research indicates that misdiagnosis may be a far more common type of medical mistake. Experts in patient safety say that misdiagnosis, which can include delayed, missed or incorrect …

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