Recent Auto-Bicycle Accident Turns Deadly in Cook County

Bicycling in your neighborhood or to work should be an enjoyable, stress-free activity. But for a man in Cook County, Illinois, and for thousands of other bike riders, careless or negligent drivers can cause a serious injury or death. In late July, a 79-year-old man was cycling two blocks from his home in suburban Maywood …

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Illinois Physician and Medical Malpractice Records Will Soon be Public Record

The Illinois Patients’ Right to Know Act is awaiting Governor Quinn’s signature. Once enacted, the Act will allow individuals to search a licensed doctor’s history, including if the doctor has been criminally convicted, fired, or had made a medical malpractice payment in the last five years. This is good news for patients, says the consumer …

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Alert: Antiepileptic Drugs Shown to Increase Birth Injuries

Women who have a history of epilepsy are frequently prescribed the anti-seizure medicine Topamax or Depakote. In pregnant women, seizures are particularly dangerous, as they can restrict oxygen to the fetus. For years, these antiepileptic drugs have been deemed safe to prescribe to pregnant women. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently …

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Defective Helicopter and Wrongful Death Lawsuit Remains in Illinois Court

A defective aircraft and wrongful death lawsuit will continue court proceedings in Illinois, ruled the Appellate Court of Illinois, First Judicial District, Sixth Division. Michael Russell flew an emergency medical service helicopter for Air Angels, Inc. throughout Cook County. He died when the aircraft he was piloting crashed. His family subsequently discovered that one of …

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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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