Chicago is an active, mobile city with a large number of people who walk. But Chicagoans need to be on the alert to exercise caution while they travel throughout the city on foot. According to a new study, pedestrian deaths are on the rise across the U.S. That makes people in cities like Chicago especially prone to pedestrian accidents.
Two Chicago teens were on an Indiana beach together during the 2011 4th of July holiday. One of them, a 17-year-old male, died two days later in a hospital. His autopsy report said that he had died from blunt force trauma to his head. The other teen, a 19-year-old at the time, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, battery and aggravated battery for allegedly punching the 17-year-old in the head on July 4, 2011. The deceased was a resident of the community of Beverly on Chicago's South Side.
Patients in Illinois with an unexpected amount of back pain after undergoing surgery may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, depending on their circumstances. For example, if a patient undergoes surgery and experiences more pain afterward then what he or she was enduring prior to the operation, the patient may be eligible for compensation.
One of the more than 200 laws that took effect on New Year's Day in Illinois is looking to make vehicle passengers safer. The new law says that all passengers inside of a vehicle, whether sitting in the front or the back, must wear their seat belts. If all passengers are not abiding by the statute, police now have the ability to pull the vehicle over and issue citations.
Another lawsuit calling the well-known acne treatment, Accutane, a dangerous product appeared several years ago. Because of the plaintiff's desires, the suit will not likely be heard at the current level in the state where the plaintiff resides. It is likely that the case will be transferred to the jurisdiction of the federal courts.
Several videos have appeared pointing towards police brutality in North Chicago, Illinois. Since 2005, nine wrongful death suits have been filed against the city for excessive force being used by its police force. A recently filed lawsuit has brought the total to 10 and the cousin of the alleged victim obtained the video that was shown to the North Chicago City Council earlier this month.