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The Illinois construction industry can be deadly to workers

Like other industries in the Chicago area, construction work can be dangerous. In fact, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) refers to construction as a "high hazard industry." Each year, in Illinois and nationwide, many construction workers suffer serious injury and some are even lost to work-related death in the field of construction.

Construction can be lucrative for those willing to put in the hard work, but as attorneys, we want you to know just how dangerous this industry can be. We believe that when you are informed about the industry's potential risks and hazards, you will practice caution and avoid becoming a work-related death statistic. Consider the construction statistics discussed below.

  • During a construction career of 45 years, a worker has a 1 in 200 chance of death.
  • The construction injury comes in at second place as the top cause of death for workers under 18 years of age.
  • Nearly 20 percent of work-related deaths between 2002 and 2012 occurred in the construction industry.
  • Those working with iron suffer the highest rate of injuries in the construction industry.
  • Falling from heights is the leading cause of injuries in the construction field.

2 injured in Chicago area truck accident

Yet another injurious truck accident has occurred in Illinois. This time the accident was located in Minooka, a suburb of Chicago, and involved two semi-trucks and a private vehicle. Here is what is known about the truck accident at this time.

  • It happened in an eastbound lane of Interstate 80 near Ridge Road
  • It happened at approximately 5:30 p.m. during rush hour on Monday, Aug 7
  • One of the semi-truck drivers was seriously injured
  • At least one other unnamed person suffered injuries and was taken to a hospital
  • None of the involved vehicles carried any passengers
  • One unnamed truck driver was charged with following too closely
  • Illinois state police is continuing to investigate the accident

Police reports indicate that the accident occurred as the three involved vehicles approached another accident that had already happened. The driver of the first semi stopped behind a Ford Focus because of the separate accident. However, the driver of the second semi failed to stop in time and collided with the first semi-truck, causing it to strike the Ford Focus.

Defective toys and products liability for Illinois residents

If you are a parent in the Chicago area, you probably take care to research the toys you purchase for your children. You want them to have fun and explore their surroundings, but you also want them to be safe.

Unfortunately, even the very best due diligence cannot always pinpoint a potentially dangerous toy. Parents are advised to supervise their children while they are playing and watch for signs of danger or distress. Inspect toys carefully and remove any parts that appear to be choking or other types of hazards.

The persistence of wrongful death caused by vehicle accidents

If you are like us, you hear cautious statements about staying safe on the road all the time. There are many public service campaigns warning about the dangers of distracted driving, drowsy driving and drunken driving. Residents in Chicago are inundated by these campaigns as are the rest of the nation's citizens. So, why do preventable and fatal motor vehicle accidents still happen at such an alarming rate?

We don't have the answer and we bet that you don't either, but we do know that a large portion of the nation's wrongful deaths occur in vehicle accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 33,736 of the nation's 135,928 accidental deaths of 2014 occurred in motor vehicle crashes. The only thing that caused more unintentional deaths that year was accidental poisoning.

When weather is a factor in Chicago car accidents

The recent inclement weather Chicago has seen has given our lawyers some food for thought, which we would like to share with our readers. What happens if you get into a multi-car accident during a spell of bad weather? Is the weather solely responsible or could negligent driving also have played a role?

Recently, a three-car accident occurred during heavy downpours in Chicago. The accident left three people injured with one of them in critical condition. The focus of this blog post is not on this accident but rather any underlying negligence that could lie at the heart in similar car accidents occurring in bad weather.

Common reasons for commercial truck accidents

Car crashes involving a commercial vehicle are much more likely to result in an injury or fatality. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that out of 141,000 observed crashes involving a commercial truck, 87 percent of them were a result of driver error.

Driver error can involve a lot of different actions, including fatigue, traveling too fast and taking over-the-counter drugs before operating a vehicle. In addition to the driver making a mistake while behind the wheel, there are several other reasons why these kinds of accidents tend to happen with such frequency:

Setting recovery goals after suffering spinal cord injuries

For Chicago residents suffering from a spinal cord injury, the road to recovery often feels too long and too strewn with insurmountable obstacles. Worsening the situation is the emotional and mental trauma spinal cord injury victims must also deal with. While there is no one fast fix for these victims, sometimes the goal setting process can be beneficial for recovering physically as well as emotionally.

Setting goals is a mandatory process after suffering any kind of severe injury. Therapists and physicians typically attempt to involve the patient in this process as often as possible. This can help patients focus on something other than the tragedy they have suffered and it empowers them to take an active role in their treatment.

Trains: Learning from mass transit accidents in Chicago's past

Some things that happened in the past are painful to ponder. Even so, thinking about certain past events can be an opportunity to learn and to take that education into the future. We all know that Chicago has a colorful history in many ways. Despite our state's growth and technological advancements, its history of mass transit vehicles—in this case trains—have had a few rough spots to say the very least.

We decided to publish this blog post so that both residents and authority figures never forget the importance of keeping the city safe. Learning from mass transit accidents of the past is one way to ensure everyone's focus remains firmly on safety as well as efficiency in transportation. Below are four serious train accidents that happened in Chicago's past.

When you've lost someone you love to a work-related death

It is safe to assume that Chicago would not be the city it is without its industrial industry. All of us rely on the industrial sector's contributions to the success of our city. While most of us cannot imagine the horror of losing a loved one in an industrial accident, we know these tragic incidents do occur all too often.

When a person you love dies in any manner, it can be difficult to accept the death and to move forward with life. However, work-related deaths are especially challenging to cope with. Most of the surviving loved ones focus too long and too hard on how the death could have been prevented. These survivors feel lost and adrift in a sea of pain. They rightfully feel as if no action can make their world right again.

Choosing the right lawyer for your wrongful death claim

When a loved one dies, grieving family members experience a whirlwind of emotions. When it was a wrongful death, these emotions can be even harder to cope with. While many victims who have lost a loved one to wrongful death want to seek a legal remedy, their emotions often get in the way. A typical result of this is hiring the first attorney they find.

It is true that most lawyers serving Chicago residents care about helping clients reach a satisfactory outcome. However, it is still important to do your due diligence before hiring an attorney. A good relationship benefits all parties, including the lawyer. As such, all of us who practice law in the area want to cultivate a good working relationship.

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