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October is a very beautiful time of the year. The weather is cooling and the leaves are changing color. With this, an increasing number of children are spending time outdoors. A large number of these children love to play on outdoor playgrounds. Though playgrounds provide fun and excitement for children, playgrounds can be dangerous and can pose the risk of injury to your child.

If your child sustains injury while playing on a playground, and if certain circumstances exist, your child may be entitled to compensation. If an accident results in your child’s death, you, as the child’s parent, may be entitled to compensation. First, however, it is important that you hire an attorney for your case. Having an attorney by your side will help ensure that your case is timely filed and will boost your chances at receiving adequate compensation.

The National Program for Playground Safety

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In this day in age, food safety is a major problem as the rate of food poisoning has climbed dramatically in the United States. As a matter of fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in six Americans get sick from consuming contaminated foods or drinks.

CDC also reports that, each year, nearly 48 million people become sick from foodborne illness. Of these, 128,000 are hospitalized while 3,000 die. CDC further maintains that an excess of 250 different foodborne diseases have been identified, some of these being highly poisonous!

A lot of times this is due to the negligent conduct, poor sanitation practices, or chemical contamination of food manufacturers and retailers. In the midst of this hoopla, it is important to keep track of food recalls to best safeguard yourself from illness or injury.

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Tractor-trailer accidents happen often here in Illinois. These accidents can result in serious injuries, even fatalities. These accidents are often a direct result of mechanical failures. According to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), one of the most reoccurring culprits is break failures. As a matter of fact, DOT’s study revealed that 29.4 percent of all tractor-trailer accidents involve brake failures, brakes that are not adjusted properly, or other issues related to brakes.

If you are involved in an accident caused by a trucker’s defective brakes, there may be several parties to blame. The responsible parties include, but are not limited to, the manufacturer of the brakes, the truck’s driver, the loading company and the individual in charge of maintaining and inspecting the brakes. These cases tend to be very convoluted. It is important that you have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side.

Illinois’ Tractor-Trailer Brakes Law

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Christmas is quickly approaching us! If you have kids, they are perhaps in the midst of preparing their detailed wish list. What do these wish lists normally include? That is right, toys, toys and more toys. As a parent, it is very important that you take great caution in the toys that you purchase for your children and to supervise your child’s play. Some toys can pose great danger to children by threatening bodily injury or even death.

In fact, every year around 60,000 kids are injured, and 50 are killed, as a result of dangerous toys! According to the World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.), one U.S. child receives emergency medical treatment every three minutes as a direct result of toy-related injury!

A lot of times such injuries are the result of, not only dangerous toys, but defective toys. For this reason, Illinois’ Governor Rod R. Blagojevich signed into legislation Senate Bill 526. Said Bill requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to issue toy recalls, and to list them on their website.

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Football season is finally here! Football is perhaps the most popular sport in the world with over 240 million registered players. To many, this is an exciting time of the year. However exciting, the high-impact sport of football brings countless injuries, some serious and life altering. A few days ago, North Illinois’ quarterback suffered a left knee injury and is expected to miss a majority, if not all, of this year’s football season.

According to Stop Sports Injuries (SPI), football leads all the other sports in the total number of personal injuries. For instance, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that in the year 2007 alone, there were more than 920,000 young football players, below the age of 18 that were treated for football-related injuries.

If you, or your loved one, anticipate partaking in the sport, it is important that you are knowledgeable of the potential injuries. Having such knowledge will help you prevent getting injured yourself. If, however, you are injured while playing football, you may be entitled to compensation under certain circumstances. If this is the case, it is important that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney.

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As with most of us, you probably want to look and feel healthy; you probably also want to look fit. Exercising in a gym becomes essential in such a pursuit. Yet, this does not come free of risks. For example, if you are an avid gym goer, then you have probably witnessed, or have even been a victim of, a gym-related injury.

According to Baseline of Health Foundation, there are a lot of gym-related accidents and the rate is steadily increasing. Between the years of 2007 and 2012, the total number of reported gym-related injuries increased by a whopping 45 percent!  

While every piece of equipment in the gym may cause personal injury, the piece of equipment that causes the most gym-related injuries is, you guessed it, the treadmill. In the year 2014, alone, there were 20,400 treadmill injuries. Looking at gym equipment as a whole, not solely focusing on treadmills, a significant number of personal injuries result from defective equipment rather than human error.

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We are in the midst of the dog days of the summer and the weather is scorching. During these conditions, many of us enjoy swimming, or just cooling off in the water. If you are one of these people, you must do so with caution. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) recently found that around ten people, every day die from unintentional drowning. As a matter of fact, drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional death in the United States.

If one of your loved ones drowned on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation. This compensation may include, but is not limited to, medical expenses, related expenses, and loss of consortium. To increase your chances of being awarded this compensation, it is important that you hire an attorney for your case.

Drowning is Not a Rarity

The CDC further reports that from 2005 to 2014, the average number of annual drowning fatalities was 3,536. These were not boating related. CDC found that there were about ten deaths per day. Of these, around one in five people who drown are children aged 14 and younger. Occasionally, a child will wander off onto a neighbor’s property and drown in the neighbor’s pool.

Recently, a two-year-old boy’s body was discovered in his neighbor’s swimming pool. The Coroner’s office found the cause of death to be accidental drowning. An unsecured fence surrounded pool. The child’s aunt was caring for the child at the time the child wandered into his neighbor’s yard. The aunt was mowing the yard and was unaware of the child’s wondering.

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There are a lot of dog owners nowadays. In fact, the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) reports that there are around 77.8 million dogs owned as pets in the United States. The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) further found that, in Illinois, 32.4 percent of all households own a dog.

With all of these dogs comes an increased risk of dog bite injuries. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that dog bites are responsible for nearly 4.5 million injuries annually. Illinois law provides that you may seek compensation if someone’s dog bites you and you sustain in injury.  

Illinois Dog Bite Law

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When we have a child in desperate need for medical attention, we place our trust in the medical providers. In this instance, the last thing that we want to think of is wrongful/negligent acts being committed by such people. Yet, medical providers, occasionally, commit such wrongful/negligent acts.

Earlier this year, a doctor for a Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center performed a second operation on a baby less than one month following his first surgery. The doctor performed 24 more surgeries on the baby over the next 24 months. During surgery number 25, the doctor used a suturing device with the intent of repairing the baby’s esophagus. Apparently, using this device in such a way is inappropriate in deviation from the standard of care of a doctor in similar circumstances.

Ultimately, this use punctured the baby’s pulmonary artery. The baby now has irreversible brain injury and cerebral palsy. The family settled a medical malpractice lawsuit for $30 million.

Road Towards Compensation in IL
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