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Driver cited after fatal hit-and-run truck accident

Tragedy often seems to strike far too often in a major city like Chicago and its surrounding metropolitan areas. Some people will likely just chalk this up to the price we pay to live in the third-largest city in America. However, the reality is that many so-called "accidents" can actually be attributed to the negligent or reckless actions of one individual. That appears to be the case in a recent fatal truck accident that occurred in the Gage Park neighborhood in Chicago.

According to the reports, on March 5 a 14-year-old boy who was just getting ready to cross the street was struck and killed by a semi-truck. It appears that the driver of the semi-truck was making a right-hand turn off of 51st Street. To make matters worse, the driver of the semi-truck did not stop after the deadly collision, although it appears from the early reports that the driver simply did not know that his large vehicle had struck anyone. Fortunately, the semi-truck was stopped by law enforcement officials shortly after the incident occurred and was taken into custody.

The menu of safety hazards faced by restaurant servers

Waiting tables for a living in one of the many restaurants in Arlington Heights, Illinois, might be the ideal job for you. However, along with the social interaction and the flexible hours come the toll of stress, headaches, short tempers, sleep disturbances and multiple other work-related hazards. Tips can be a nice but unpredictable added bonus.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires all employers in the hospitality industry to protect the health and safety of their employees. Although there might not be regulations specifically for the protection of servers, employers must comply with OSHA's general safety standards.

What damages could you recover in a dog attack lawsuit?

Suffering injuries in a dog attack can be an extremely emotional event in a person's life, not to mention the physical impact. Each year thousands of Americans are injured in these types of incidents, leaving victims with lifelong scars, which are both physical and emotional. Fortunately, Chicago area residents who have been injured in a dog attack may be able to assert a personal injury claim to pursue financial damages.

But, what types of damages could you recover if you are successful in a lawsuit based on a dog attack? Well, for starters, many dog attack victims start to rack up significant medical bills as they seek treatment for the injuries, as well as the potential for more long-term costs associated with any needed reconstructive surgery, therapy or rehabilitation. Victims need to keep detailed records of their medical expenses so that they can seek to recover those damages in the lawsuit.

Be aware of common medical malpractice incidents

Many people in the Chicago area of Illinois do not expect complications or errors when they undergo medical treatment, even those who know that medical malpractice is quite common in America. The fact is, most people probably think that the healthcare professionals they have chosen for their care are among the very best. While it is probably true, in general, that most healthcare professionals are highly-trained and qualified for their jobs, the rate of medical malpractice incidents in America is enough to have anyone on edge when it comes to medical treatment.

Some of the most common medical malpractice incidents involve: the failure of a healthcare professional to accurately read the results of a test or X-ray; failure to diagnose a medical condition based on observed or reported symptoms; and birth injuries. Of course, there are many other ways in which medical malpractice can occur as well, such as wrong-site surgeries and mistakes with prescription medications.

Elder abuse and neglect comes in many different forms

There are thousands of people in Chicago and the surrounding areas who have relatives residing in nursing homes. For the most part, the people who work at nursing homes are caring and provide the best treatment for those residents. However, as the occasional news story reminds us all, there is the potential for abuse and neglect in nursing homes in Chicago and throughout the nation.

The main issue when it comes to elder abuse is that it comes in many different forms and can be difficult to detect. Obviously, our readers would guess that physical abuse of senior citizens who live in nursing homes is the easiest to detect. While this may be true in general, as bruises and cuts may be easily observed, there may be other signs of physical abuse that may not be so obvious, or that may be obscured or covered by clothing. Family members who are visiting elderly loved ones who reside in nursing homes should keep their eyes open for the signs of physical abuse.

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.

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