Big Rig Incident Causes Extensive Personal Injuries and Deaths in Illinois

The Third District Appellate Court of Illinois upheld a trial court’s ruling that a tractor-trailer driver and her company’s affiliates were liable for the deaths of two men and serious injuries of another. DeAn Henry was driving a tractor-trailer full of potatoes on Interstate 55 in Plainfield, Ill., when she realized that several vehicles ahead …

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Proposed National Teen Driving Rules Shown to Save Lives and Money

Chicago, Ill. – Statistics show that 16-year-olds are six times more likely to get in an auto accident than drivers over 30 years old. The Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection Act (STANDUP) plans to decrease deaths and injuries by setting national teen driving laws for all new teen drivers. Many states already have …

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Fumbled Handoffs Between Doctors Endanger Hospitalized Patients

Most patients in a hospital are there because they have had a heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, or suffered some sort of physical trauma. Hospitalists, or hospital-based physicians, must care for and treat numerous patients, often at the same time, as well as collect and interpret myriad lab results, X-rays, and other diagnostic …

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Significant Illinois Ruling for Routine Overtime Affects Workers’ Comp Awards

The First District Appellate Court of Illinois has made an important ruling for employees who seek workers’ compensation and regularly work overtime hours. In Tower Automotive v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC), the Court found that Tower employee Robert Nawrot was mandated to work overtime in his job. Employees were subject to discipline if they …

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Personal Injury Alert: Popular Proton Pump Inhibitor Medicines Could Cause Serious Injuries

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are widely used by millions of individuals for the treatment of gastric acid-related problems. For patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcer disease, erosive esophagitis, Barrett’s esophagus, and other gastric acid concerns, PPIs provide much-needed relief to lessen the condition and prevent the onset of other potentially life-threatening medical complications. PPIs …

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Antidepressants Cause Heart Defects in Chicago and Illinois Newborns

The Illinois Department of Health shows that cardiac health defects are the highest type of birth defects affecting children in Chicago and the state. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recently published two studies showing that mothers who took the antidepressant drug Paxil were more likely to have a child with a heart defect. FDA classifies …

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Alarming Statistic Triggers Global Initiative to Promote Road Safety

By 2020, 1.9 million people will die each year from auto accidents if world governments take no action. In response to this alarming statistic, the World Health Organization has begun the “Decade of Action for Road Safety”, a global initiative that brings world governments together to promote road safety from 2011 through 2020. The initiative …

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Illinois Focuses New Campaign on Distracted Driving Accidents and Deaths

A new survey shows that 94 percent of adult drivers are concerned about distracted driving, but an astounding 20 percent of them think their driving skills are good enough to drive while texting or talking on the cell phone. Yet the statistics show a different story – more than 500,000 are injured each year due …

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Sleep Apnea Compromises Truck Driver Safety and Potentially Other Driver’s Lives

An estimated one-third of commercial truck drivers have some form of sleep apnea, the University of Pennsylvania noted in a study. The study, which was sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the American Transportation Research Institute of the American Trucking Associations, found age and being overweight were the biggest causes of …

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