A man working for the Chicago Transit Authority lost his life on May 16 while on the job in Lincoln Park. The 30-year-old contract worker, who lived in Midlothian, was electrocuted when the bucket lift that he was in touched a power line.
An Arlington Heights nursing home must pay $250,000 to the family of a deceased resident after a grisly discovery that the family's attorney says created a "geriatric cascade that led to her death." The Lutheran Home for the Aged was ordered to pay $200,000 for violating the Nursing Home Care Act and another $50,000 for wrongful death. The woman's husband and children, who live in and around Chicago, say that they are pleased with the outcome of the case.
Common carrier liability refers to the kind of liability that the owner of a taxi, bus, cruise ship, commercial airplane or passenger train has in the event of an accident. Under United States law, a common carrier is defined as a business that transports goods and/or people for a fee.
Drivers and passengers in cars are required to wear seat belts or in the case of children under a certain age or weight, to be in a child safety seat. However, children who ride in school buses have no such protection. Interestingly, the people who should be putting children's safety at the forefront of their concerns don't seem to favor the use of seat belts in school buses. Bus drivers have expressed strong opposition to them.
For most Chicagoans, having a baby makes them aware for the first time of potential dangers lurking in their home. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has a safety list designed for parents. However, it's also worthwhile for anyone, including family members and caregivers, who spends time with young children.