House Passes Bill to Cap Medical Malpractice Awards

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 5, the Protecting Access to Healthcare (PATH) Act. The proposed law would limit the amount of compensation a plaintiff could receive in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The bill’s proponents claim that the change will result in lower insurance premiums and healthcare costs. Critics say that the law …

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Advocates Working to Require Rear-View Cameras for Automobile Safety

Groups working for automobile safety are asking the federal government to require rear-view cameras on new model cars, a move they say will save lives. More than 300 people die each year in accidents that involve a car backing up. A major part of the problem is the “blind spot.” As trucks, SUVs and vans …

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Changes Ahead for Illinois Workers Compensation System

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation system is being challenged on multiple fronts, as Republicans in both the Illinois House and Senate are pushing bills to limit claims by injured workers, and a state audit has reported numerous problems with the system for paying injured state workers. The Illinois House is considering H.B. 6145, which would give …

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Plaintiff Must Prove Unsafe Conditions at Time of Fall

Getting awarded compensation for your slip and fall injury may hinge on whether you gather enough evidence of the property owner’s negligence. A recent case decided by the Illinois Appellate Court shows that suits against landlords or building owners can be just as slippery as the floors on which the falls occur. In the case …

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Study Links Environment and Genetics in Birth Injuries and Defects

For the first time in history, researchers are showing a link between genetic and environmental causes that lead to birth defects. It has been long assumed that most birth defects were the result of either genetic factors or environmental ones. This study shows that the two feed off of each other to increase the chances …

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Duerson Concussion Lawsuit Filed in Chicago Against NFL

The family of former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson has filed a lawsuit against the National Football League claiming that the NFL knew that multiple concussions were causing irreversible harm to players and did nothing about it. Duerson took his own life in 2011 after a steep personal decline that included bankruptcies, assault charges and …

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Transportation Bill Could Upgrade Rental Truck Safety Standards

A new U.S. Senate transportation bill includes a measure that will change safety rules for large truck rentals. Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal introduced the amendment in part as a response to the November accident at the Harvard-Yale football game in New Haven, Conn., where one woman died and two others were injured when a man …

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Truck Driver Firing Brings Fines, Reinstatement

A truck driver who stood up for following the rules will be reinstated in his job after being fired when he pointed out safety concerns with his truck brakes and refused to drive when he was over DOT regulated hours. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration investigated the case of a Sauk Village, Ill., truck …

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New Crash Test Dummy Helps Examine Restraint Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration added a new member to its family this year – a 10 year old. The new crash test dummy helps to illuminate the safety issues faced by an under-studied group of motor vehicle passengers. There has been extensive research focused on keeping adults safe in car crashes. There also …

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Patient Safety Awareness Week Emphasizes Awareness

The National Patient Safety Foundation broadened the theme of the 2012 Patient Safety Awareness Week to include everyone at each step of the health care process. “Be aware for safe care” is the theme of 2012’s campaign to raise awareness of safety issues throughout the health care process. This year’s event is from March 4 …

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