Charter Bus Driver with Horrendous Past at Center of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

In May, a charter bus driver struck and killed Justyna Palka, a young woman who was walking in a downtown Chicago crosswalk and had the right of way. She was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Palka, who previously graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009, contributed to the Chicago …

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Children’s Overdose Rates High as FDA Issues New Measurement Guidelines

Children less than five years old total more than half of all emergency room visits due to medicine misuse and misdosing, reports the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The numbers are staggering given the amount of education and oversight that exists with over-the-counter and pharmaceutical medication. As a result, the Federal Drug Administration …

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Heavy Trucks and Motorcoaches Still Need Heftier Safety Regulations

Tour buses carry more than 750 million passengers each year, and big rigs and semi trucks carry millions of dollars of goods. But with deadly accidents and serious injuries still occurring on the highways, there is a greater need than ever for safety education and laws in these industries. Recently, the National Transportation and Safety …

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Railway Accidents Still a Serious Concern for Passengers in Illinois

Illinois has one of the highest rates of railway accidents in the country. According to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), seven deaths and 48 accidents have occurred on state railways this year so far. In May, an Amtrak and Burlington Northern Metra train collided, causing passenger injuries and derailment of the Metra train. 12 passengers …

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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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