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Multiple crashes occur at the same accident scene in Illinois

Car accidents involving multiple vehicles are not rare, but the collisions involved usually don't occur at two separate times at the same accident scene. However, that was the case recently in Illinois as a bus, pedestrian, police vehicle and another vehicle were all impacted in a strange series of events on January 4.

According to the reports, the first part of the incident occurred in the very early morning hours when a city bus in East St. Louis struck a pedestrian. Law enforcement officials and other emergency responders came to the scene of this pedestrian accident, with the injured pedestrian being airlifted to St. Louis for medical treatment due to the severity of the man's injuries. An investigation into how and why the bus collided with the pedestrian is ongoing.

Protecting construction workers during the winter

For the men and women who work outdoors in Illinois, the winter months can be brutal. Between the frigid temperatures and the wind, the conditions can be rough, and in some circumstances, they can be quite dangerous. It is especially important for construction workers to know how to stay safe while working outdoors and for employers to protect them from harm as much as possible.

Cold stress is a term used to describe the negative health effects that working in extreme cold can have on a person. Since construction is mostly outdoors, these employees should have the training they need to know how to stay safe and recognize when something is wrong. The impact of cold stress can be significant and serious, and, in some extreme cases, even fatal.

Know your legal options after a dog attack in Illinois

There are millions of people in America who have pet dogs, so it can be difficult to see how these animals can present a danger. The whole concept of "man's best friend" can leave many people with a false sense of security around dogs. Unfortunately, dogs can and will attack people in certain situations. These incidents can leave Illinois residents with serious injuries and, in the worst-case scenarios, life-altering deformities.

Fortunately, even in the worst of circumstances involving a dog attack, injured victims may have legal options. Illinois has particularly strict laws when it comes to dog attacks, meaning that the owner of a dog can be held accountable for dog attacks in almost any situation. Of course, each dog attack incident has its own facts to consider, so anyone who has been injured in a dog attack will need to get more information about their own unique situation.

What are your legal options after a construction accident?

Illinois residents are used to seeing construction projects around town, as recent economic conditions have allowed investors and developers to pursue new buildings, both residential and commercial. But, it can take quite a few workers to make those developments a reality and, unfortunately, those workers may be in harm's way each day they report to the construction site. If an accident occurs on a construction site, what are the legal options for injured workers?

The most important legal option is usually a workers' compensation claim. When an accident occurs on the job site, there will likely be an investigation into how the accident occurred. The investigation will usually focus on how any injuries that were involved in the accident occurred, so as to take preventive measures to attempt to make sure that injuries don't occur again in similar situations. The workers who were injured in the accident are expected to report the injury to the employer as soon as possible and seek the appropriate medical treatment.

The basics of a medical malpractice claim

It is never a good thing when Illinois residents trust doctors and other healthcare professionals with medical treatment and care only to find out that a mistake has been made. Most people rightly believe that doctors and nurses are highly competent individuals who are among the very best at what they do. Sadly, the reality is that medical malpractice is more common than most people realize. That is why our readers should know the basics of a medical malpractice claim.

Our readers in Illinois have probably heard that medical malpractice claims can be among the most difficult lawsuits to pursue. In general, that is true. However, if a medical patient has suffered an injury or sees a health condition worsen because of the actions - or inactions - of a healthcare professional, it may be wise to consider the validity of a potential medical malpractice claim.

Hit-and-run collision leaves two people dead

Any type of car accident in Illinois has the potential to cause injuries or fatalities. There are simply far too many factors and variables in any given accident to determine how things will play out. However, no matter how the accident occurred or who was at fault, all parties are required to remain at the scene as the accident investigation and report are completed. When a hit-and-run occurs, the circumstances of a car accident can become much more complicated.

That appears to be the case in a recent accident, which occurred in the early morning hours on November 15. According to the reports, a Ford Fusion was speeding as it was being driven off of the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago and, as it approached 71st Street, it slammed into an SUV. After the collision, the SUV rolled toward a gas station, causing some witnesses in the area to fear that it would hit the station's gas pumps and cause an explosion. Luckily, that did not occur. However, the two men in the SUV suffered severe injuries. Although they were transported to a nearby hospital for medical care, they did not survive.

Avoid hospital time by avoiding mistakes in your workplace

You and other members of the Illinois workforce in and around Chicago are entitled to safe work environments. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration that governs workplace safety in all industries requires employers to protect all workers from harm. However, occupational injuries continue to occur -- many of them on construction sites and industrial plants.

On-the-job injuries and work-related illnesses are mostly preventable, but not without the establishment of workable safety protocols. Furthermore, strict monitoring of compliance with safety rules is essential. Laziness and complacency often lead to shortcuts, which can cause hazardous situations with devastating consequences.

Lawsuit brought against Illinois nursing home after alleged abuse

Cases of nursing home abuse and neglect can be troubling and tragic. It is important for family members of victims to know how to protect their loved ones and how to protect themselves through the legal options available to them if their loved ones have suffered from nursing home abuse or neglect.

A recent case of nursing home abuse in a nearby Illinois community south of the Arlington Heights area highlights the harm that victims and families can suffer as a result of nursing home abuse. A lawsuit was recently filed on behalf of a 76-year-old resident of a local nursing home. According to the lawsuit, the victim was abused and humiliated by staff at the nursing home, who were also named in the lawsuit.

Construction accident in Illinois kills one and injures another

Our readers may have seen the reports about a recent construction accident in a nearby Illinois community west of the Arlington Heights area that left one construction worker dead and another construction worker injured. One worker was killed and the second worker was critically injured when a steel beam fell on them at the construction site. A crane was being used to unload steel beams at the site at the time of the construction accident. The beam was approximately 30 feet in the air when the crane failed and the beam dropped.

A 55-year-old construction worker was killed in the accident and a 27-year-old worker was injured. The worker who was killed was first taken to the hospital and then pronounced dead. The 27-year-old worker was also taken to the hospital and was listed in critical condition. He had to be extracted from underneath the steel beam. Construction workers were working on a nine-story apartment building at the time of the accident. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has opened an investigation into the accident.

Legal protections for victims of truck accidents

The size and weight disparity of trucks can cause catastrophic accidents and injuries. While car accidents can be unquestionably serious, truck accidents can be devastating for victims and their families. Victims and their family members may be able to recover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering damages and other types of damages depending on the circumstances.

Victims of truck accidents and their families may wind up facing serious injuries, medical expenses, lost wages and emotional trauma as a result of a truck accident. Worse yet, surviving family members may be left with a host of financial and emotional damages following a fatal truck accident. As a result, it is important for truck accident victims and their families to be familiar with their legal rights and protections.

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