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Last week, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner gave his annual budget address to the state. In the lengthy speech, Governor Rauner spent most of the time addressing the need for job creation in the state and the reasons for businesses leaving. Spending only one sentence of his entire address on workers’ compensation, Rauner stated that high workers’ comp insurance costs are causing higher property taxes and businesses to leave Illinois. What Rauner didn’t say should speak louder than the few words he actually expressed. There’s one type of business that’s flocking to do business in Illinois. Our state has the most workers’ comp insurers of any state in the country. 332 insurers, to be exact.

Illinois a Favorable Environment for Insurers

In Illinois, profits for workers’ comp insurers have been on the rise since 2010. Since 2011, however, the dollar amount they’ve paid out for claims has decreased while their premiums have steadily gone up. So where is all the extra money going? It’s probably not a shock to hear that insurers are pocketing the extra income instead of passing on the savings to businesses in the form of lower premiums. Insurers are also empowered by state legislation that allows them to deny claims and cut back on available benefits.  However, businesses see workers’ comp as a necessary evil. By providing workers’ comp insurance, they are essentially free of responsibility for injuries sustained on the job. Governor Rauner hopes that by cutting back on workers’ comp premiums and payouts, companies will see Illinois as a favorable place to do business and will set up shop in the state.

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It has become a frequent headline in newspapers and on t.v. news: Americans found slumped over the steering wheel or found at home, dead from an opioid overdose. In August, 174 people overdosed on heroin over 6 days in Cincinnati. In those cases, most had used heroin laced with carfentanil, a fentanyl derivative that is used for tranquilizing large animals, such as those kept at a zoo. So how do regulated prescription drugs such as these end up in the hands of those who can abuse them?

This past December, the CDC released data that showed opioid addiction is here to stay in the United States. In 2015, 52,000 people died from an opioid overdose and more than half of these tragic deaths were caused by a legally prescribed or illegally obtained prescription. With all the regulations in place for prescription drugs in the U.S., one has to assume that there is a failure somewhere in the distribution system. How else could it be possible that 33,091, or 63%, of all opioid deaths were due to prescribed medicines?

A Trickle Down Effect

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The Food & Drug Administration has recently issued a Class I recall for Standard Offset Cup Impactors with POM-C Handle, a device used during hip replacement surgeries and manufactured by Greatbatch Medical. These devices, used in hip replacement operations in the United States between July 30, 2004 and December 22, 2015, were found to have non-sterile parts, which can lead to serious infection and even death.  Greatbatch reported to the FDA that there were nearly 3,000 patients who had a hip replacement using one of their cup impactor devices.  To view the model numbers that are listed under the FDA’s recall notice, please click here.

How to Know If You Have a Case

As anyone who has experienced a major surgery knows, you hope for the best possible outcome and to wake up better off than when you entered the operating room. If a medical product or device fails to meet basic safety standards in a surgical environment, the impact can be life threatening.

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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.

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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.