Personal Injury

Staff Fatigue Is Linked to Increased Medical Errors in the Hospital ER

Fatigued doctors, nurses, and medical staff put hospital ER patients at increased risk for medical errors. Depending on the type of error and the patient's condition, injuries can range from mild to severe, even fatal. Medical Errors in the ER Doctors, nurses, and medical staff in hospital emergency rooms often work long hours and double shifts that contribute to fatigue and exhaustion, which in turn can lead to a confused mental state that significantly affects motor skills and judgment. These impairments often lead to mistakes and negligent behavior including misdiagnosis, failure to properly inform patients, medication errors, and … [...]

When a Summer Swim Causes Personal Injuries

Escaping the summer heat by taking a dip in the pool can lead to serious injury or death. On average, 9 people die in drowning accidents each day and many more suffer injuries including broken bones and lacerations. While children are at greatest risk, the reality is that anyone who takes a swim in a commercial or residential swimming pool is in danger of becoming the next statistic. In certain cases, swimming pool related injuries such as paralysis can have life changing consequences. Private Pool Owners Are Responsible for Safety Property owners are responsible for ensuring the safety and security of their swimming pool. They must take … [...]

In Illinois, Who Has the Right of Way in A Crosswalk?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 150 pedestrians were killed in 2015. This is the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities since 2007 when 171 pedestrians died. The State of Illinois has several laws governing what a crosswalk is, who has right of way, and what parties are responsible for different types of crosswalks. Defining a Crosswalk Illinois recognizes pedestrian crosswalks as designated areas between roads that may or may not be marked by the lines or signs. If a sidewalk is intersected by a street, it is understood that this is a crosswalk, even if there are no other indicators. Crosswalks can appear … [...]

Sensor Technologies in Autonomous Vehicles Could Reduce Vehicular Heatstroke

Advances in sensor technologies could significantly reduce deaths from vehicular heatstroke. The tragedy often happens to responsible, loving parents in a flash of human error when a child is unknowingly left in a vehicle or somehow gains access to it. Even at moderate temperatures as low as 55 degrees, heat in the interior of a car can rise to above 107, hot enough to kill a child. Despite initiatives like Safe Kids, program support from automakers, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 30 children die from heatstroke each year across the United States. Who Is Responsible Conventional Vehicles Existing … [...]

Understanding Product Recalls

Defective and poorly designed products can endanger consumers. It is vital for people to understand what product recalls are and how they affect the products they use. Recalls are issued to reduce the risk of victims suffering injuries from dangerous products and to lessen the likelihood of legal action being taken against manufacturers and distributors. A manufacturer may issue a voluntary recall of one or more of its products after discovering safety issues or defects. Government agencies such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Highway Transportation Safety … [...]

When Objects Fall Out of the Sky

OSHA records more than 50,000 incidents of workers being struck by falling objects each year. However, not all incidents are reported and investigated. Nationwide, the agency estimates that there are approximately 143 incidents per day. These objects include everything from hand tools and fasteners to steel beams and wooden trusses. When dropped from heights, even light objects have the potential to cause serious personal injuries to the person they strike. Injuries Caused by Falling Objects Falling objects can cause concussions, contusions, lacerations, and broken bones. They can also cause more serious injuries including Traumatic Brain … [...]

When the Ride Doesn’t Go Smoothly

Many people are turning to ridesharing services to save money on taxis and travel expenses. For many consumers, this convenience comes at a considerable price to physical safety. As these services grow and expand throughout the state, it is a good bet that the number of reported accidents and injuries caused by ridesharing services will rise. Dangers of Ridesharing Uber, Lyft, and Vugo have minimal requirements for their drivers. They are not required to go through advanced drivers safety training or demonstrate that they can safely operate a motor vehicle. Drivers may operate their vehicle while intoxicated, they may have a habit of … [...]

Understanding Black Ice & The Dangers It Presents

Black ice is a leading cause of accidents and injuries in the winter months. Created by light rainfall onto frozen surfaces or by freeze-thaw cycles, it is difficult to see and dangerous to travel across. It is especially dangerous in Chicago, where winter weather conditions and the proximity to Lake Michigan create ideal conditions for the formation of black ice. Time of Day & Weather Changes Can Increase Black Ice Risk Black ice typically forms in the early evening as the temperature cools and refreezes any ice that has thawed during the day. It also occurs in the morning or early afternoon after it rains and the temperature drops … [...]

CTA Blue Line Crash Leaves 30 Injured

The Chicago Tribune reports that around 2:50 a.m., an O'Hare bound CTA Blue Line train jumped the platform and was traveling at such speed as to force its way onto the escalators at the end of the track.  Though the cause of the crash has not yet been determined, it is already known that the train was traveling at a high rate of speed upon approaching the station.  More than thirty people are reported injured.  Doctor Douglas Propp, of Lutheran General Hospital Emergency Department, observed that many of the injured parties appeared to also suffer emotional distress. In September of last year, the CTA Blue Line train was the subject of … [...]

Exclusionary Clause Deemed Against Public Policy by Illinois Supreme Court

The Illinois Supreme Court recently held that exclusionary auto insurance policies, such as one an elderly driver might have as an owner who does not drive his own vehicle, are against public policy.  (American Access Casualty Company v. Anna Reyes, 2013 IL 115601).  This is an interesting and noteworthy opinion because it is rare that the court will invalidate a contractual obligation based upon public policy. The facts and injury in Reyes are indeed extreme:  defendant Anna Reyes was driving the car that was involved in an accident that killed a four-year old boy.  Though Ms. Reyes was the named insured, she signed an exclusionary … [...]