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The holiday season is right around the corner. Many of us will be getting together with family and enjoying food and various activities. In my family, the kids will be running around, the adult men will be watching sports while the adult ladies spend time socializing. Though this time of the year brings great joy, there is always the risk of injury and some injuries are specific to this time of the year. This post will hit on this concept and will warn you of these risks.

Common Holiday Injuries

According to Rebound Orthopedics and Neurosurgery, there are a number of injuries incurred while decorating for the holidays. Decoration injuries typically involve falls, lacerations and back strains. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that there were more than 15,000 reported injuries sustained while decorating during November and December of 2013.  

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Do you love eating ice cream, particularly Turkey Hill Ice Cream? If so, beware of a recent recall. Earlier last month, Turkey Hill Dairy recalled a number of its Dutch Chocolate Premium Ice Cream after it was discovered that the package possibly contained Rocky Road Ice Cream instead. It is reported that the cup of the affected packages reads “Dutch Chocolate Premium Ice Cream” and the package lid actually read “Rocky Road Premium Ice Cream.”

Why is this a big deal? Well, the packages with Rocky Road Ice Cream may contain unlisted ingredients such as almonds and eggs. These are two of the major allergens. If a person, who is allergic to these ingredients, consumes these ingredients, he or she may have a serious reaction.

Some of the affected packages were sold in Illinois, so be on the lookout. If you discover that you purchased one of the affected packages, you should either throw it away or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Yet, if you are not allergic to almonds or eggs, there is no safety issue in consuming this ice cream.

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Hiking is a very popular outdoor activity enjoyed by millions. According to the National Park Service (NPS), more than 280 million people come to its recreational areas every year. This time of the year, being fall, is a popular time to go hiking given the cool weather and leaves changing color.

Yet, as fun as hiking may be, the risk of injury runs rampant. Some trails pose risk of serious bodily injury and even death! Just last month, September 2016, a 17-year old boy was seriously injured when he fell 50 feet while hiking at Starved Rock State Park. This young boy was initially hiking with two of his friends when he suddenly decided to climb outside of the marked trail at the Pontiac Canyon. After climbing outside of the marked trail, the young boy fell 50 feet to the ground. Life flight took him to a nearby hospital where it was listed that the boy was in a serious condition. At Starved Rock, there are several signs reminding visitors that it is required that they stay within the park’s 12-mile marked trail.    

If you were adhering to the rules of the park, yet were still injured, or if you were injured by defective hiking equipment, it is important that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages.

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Flying is a very popular mode of transportation. The International Air Transport Association (“IATA”) reports that, on average, more than eight million people fly every day. Flying is also considered the least dangerous mode of transportation according to Business Insider. Walking and driving are deemed more deadly than flying!

However, do not let these findings fool you; airline mistakes can occur. Recently, at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, an American Airline Boeing 767’s right General Electric engine failed while the plane attempted to takeoff. This caused the plane’s right side to erupt into flames and resulted in engine debris being shot out about a half a mile.

The plane had 161 passengers and nine crewmembers onboard at the time of this incident. Luckily, everyone escaped this inferno. The passengers on the plane escaped by using the plane’s emergency slides. Following everyone’s escape, the airport’s fire crew arrived at the scene. This was important as time was of the essence. The airplane had nearly 43,000 pounds of fuel!

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Today, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are around 6.5 million construction workers at about 252,000 construction sites across the United States. With this immense amount of people on construction sites and with the countless risks that construction sites pose, personal injuries run rampant.

Construction sites also pose the risk of death! About a week ago, a 47-year old demolition employee was standing on a lift below a highway and cutting steel bracing between two large 45-ton beams supporting the above highway. Suddenly, one of the beams collapsed on the employee instantly killing him. Subsequent to this fatal construction accident, the employee’s employer was fined $152,000.   

Construction sites are certainly dangerous. Construction sites normally have the following risks/dangers: scaffolding risk, risks of falling from heights, trench collapses, and head injuries. This article will delve into these risks/dangers and propose ways to say safe. First, though, if you or a loved one were injured on a construction site, it is important that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney for your case. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

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Halloween is quickly approaching us. Millions of children enjoy trick or treating every Halloween. According to the United States Census Bureau, in the year 2014 alone, there were around 41.2 million trick or treaters between the ages of five and 14. It is estimated that nearly 117.3 million houses across the nation open their homes for trick or treaters.

If you have a child or children that enjoy trick or treating, please beware. While a bulk of neighborhood children run wildly through the dark, wearing costumes and masks, with all the ghosts, goblins and vampires, in effort to score loads of candy, the risk of your children sustaining personal injury significantly increases.

If your child was injured at the fault of another person, it is important that you hire an attorney. Hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer will not only increase the odds of being compensated but will guide you and your child through our complex legal system.

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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.