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Brain Injury Awareness Month Brain Injury

Sports and recreation related concussions continue to draw the attention of medical professionals and legislators. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and experts are taking the opportunity to inform the public about the dangers of concussions, particularly in children. Traumatic brain injuries are occurring at a faster rate than ever before, roughly 60 percent more>> Read More

Carbon Monoxide Leak Kills Two Chicago Women

Two women are dead after a West Roger Park building had a carbon monoxide leak. The Chicago Tribune reports that it took officials several hours to determine that a leak existed in the building and it is unclear how many people were exposed to the noxious fumes during that time period or whether these wrongful>> Read More

Carol Steam Tech Recycler Fined For Hazardous Workplace

A suburban Chicago computer recycler was recently cited by federal regulators for maintaining an unsafe workplace that exposed its workers to dangerous levels of lead during full-time shifts. Lead exposure can result in numerous health consequences such as central nervous system damage and other injuries that may form the basis of workers’ compensation claim. It>> Read More

Casino Faces Unusual Dram Shop Lawsuit

A dram shop case is a somewhat uncommon type of lawsuit typically filed against the provider of alcohol after a patron causes a drunk driving accident. Dram shop cases can be filed against restaurants, bars and sometimes private homeowners who knowingly serve alcohol to visibly intoxicated individuals who go on to drive. Typically the people>> Read More

Feds Investigate Chemical Burns at Bedford Park Facility

Officials from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently cited a Bedford Park manufacturer for health and safety violations which resulted in one worker’s chemical burn injuries. The workplace injuries occurred in December of last year and resulted in over $470,000 in fines against the manufacturer of health and beauty products.>> Read More

New Stats For Texting & Driving

The latest research from the National Transportation Safety Board indicates that distracted driving is on the rise. Car accidents caused by drivers who were texting, chatting, eating, smoking, or just generally not paying attention rose roughly four percent between 2005 and 2009. Many states have responded by banning text messaging while driving. An outright ban>> Read More

Oak Forest Motorcycle Accident Kills Rider 147th Street

Authorities say that a 34-year-old Alsip man died in an Oak Forest motorcycle accident on Sunday night. The crash happened on 147th street shortly before 9 p.m. when the man failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcyclist was thrown from his motorcycle and sustained fatal personal injuries. The accident occurred in a section of road>> Read More

Megabus Accident Causes Fatalities Adam & Canal Streets

For the second time in less than a week, a crash involving a Megabus has caused fatalities. Today, a 76 year old woman was struck and killed in the west loop after being struck by a Megabus. According to a report from the Chicago Tribune: “The bus was turning left at Adams and Canal streets>> Read More

Female Driver In Aurora Fatal Accident Sentenced

A Kane County judge recently sentenced a 48-year-old Aurora woman to 7 years in prison for her role in a fatal 2009 intoxicated driving car accident. Intoxicated driving is one of the primary causes of fatal Illinois car accidents. Studies have shown correlations between serious car accidents with even the smallest increases in blood alcohol>> Read More

10 Year Old Injured In Red Light

Children are among the most vulnerable persons to be involved in car accidents. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading killer of Illinois children and many of these accidents are attributable to poor driving behavior of adults. The failure of adults to enforce seat belt or car seat use is another common contributing factor in child>> Read More

Window Washer Injured In River North Rear End Accident

In large, heavy-trafficked cities, pedestrians and bystanders are often at risk when cars collide. Recently, pedestrians in Times Square were injured after a car rolled over onto the sidewalk. While none of them were fatally injured, they were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Today in Chicago, a window washer was taken to the>> Read More

18 Injured In Calumat Park Mass Transit Accident

A mass transit accident in Calumet Park recently sent 18 people to the hospital. The crash happened Tuesday at the intersection of South Throop Street and West 124th. A PACE bus was making a right turn and was clipped by a car making a left turn at the intersection. Of the 36 people on the>> Read More