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?
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.
Police officers often carry a heavy burden. They are charged with apprehending dangerous criminals while also protecting the public. Which duty is the most important, and when does one duty supersede the other? For one Illinois family mourning the death of a teenager, the answers to these questions are painfully clear.
The concept of taking legal action over the wrongful death of a family member is an extremely uncomfortable topic for many Illinois residents. As such, the bereaved often languish in impenetrable grief, unable to find a way to cope. We are not saying that seeking justice will make your pain go away. What we are saying is that it can help in some cases.
What is the liability of a family practice physician after referring a patient to a specialist? Does he or she continue to have any responsibility for the care or treatment that patient receives from that referral?
More than a decade and a half into the 21st century, the idea of a woman dying in childbirth in the U.S. seems impossible. However, tragically, it can and does happen all too often. In fact, women in this country are more likely to die while giving birth than those in any other developed country.
It may be the season of joy. However, heart attacks and other heart-related events have been shown to spike over the holidays. Everything from shoveling snow to family dysfunction can contribute to cardiac issues this time of year. Further, people may be less likely to seek treatment if they experience symptoms while traveling or have a houseful of family.
Whether you're touring the many scenic areas of this country or simply joining visiting friends and family on one of Chicago's many guided bus tours, chances are that you're going to find yourself on a tour bus at some point in your life. While people tend to feel safe on a tour bus, we've all seen footage of tragic tour bus accidents.
Despite the many safety regulations that are in place to protect workers, consumers and the general public, toxic chemicals and materials are still all around us. Unfortunately, sometimes political interests trump safety issues, and powerful, well-funded companies are allowed to continue to pollute the air, water and materials that we're exposed to every day. When someone files a lawsuit as the result of an injury or death due to exposure to one of these materials or chemicals, it's called a "toxic tort."
If a loved one is incarcerated, we expect the people who run and work in the facility to ensure that person's safety to the best of their ability. Now a jailhouse death that occurred last year in Michigan is attracting media scrutiny after the release of a disturbing video. The victim was a 32-year-old man who was sentenced to 30 days behind bars because he was unable to come up with $772 after being pulled over for careless driving.