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Sick parakeets may give rise to products liability lawsuit

A New Lenox, Illinois, woman says that she wants the public to be aware of a potential health danger involving parakeets. The woman claims that back in April, she purchased a parakeet from a PetSmart store in Orland Hills, Illinois, that may have sickened her and two other relatives. The woman says that she was unaware that the parakeet she purchased was infected with psittacosis, also referred to as parrot flu. The disease is transferable to humans, sometimes through contact with bird droppings, and is distinguished by symptoms similar to cold or flu. The woman says that she only discovered the bird may have been infected by chance when she returned to the store on July 8 to buy another bird as a companion for the other one. It was then that she discovered that PetSmart had removed all of the birds from over 500 of their stores. The retailer took the drastic measure after determining that a single supplier may have sold them infected parakeets. In fact, the store has issued a warning to anyone who may have purchased a parakeet from them between March 12 and May 20. Consumers are urged to look for signs of illness with those birds.

Child killed in Illinois; driver claims unfair state laws

The fatal injury of a loved one can take you by surprise and leave questions unanswered. For instance, the fatal injury could have been caused by a negligent driver, like in this case. You should know that you have every right to know the reason behind your loved one's death and should be able to seek compensation for your pain and suffering as well as their untimely death.

Mill employee's death may give rise to wrongful death lawsuit

An East Chicago, Indiana, business has agreed to pay a $7,000 fine levied against it by a state safety agency for its role in the accidental death of an employee. According to the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the 62-year-old employee died as the result of scalding while working for ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor.

Product liability lawsuit filed over cold pack injuries

When you use medical care products, you expect that they have been properly tested to ensure they are safe. You don't expect that these products will cause you more harm than good. Sadly, there are cases in which defective medical devices and products cause injury to patients. A recent lawsuit filed in the Cook County Circuit Court shows one example of what can happen when a medical care product doesn't include proper warnings for consumers.

Chicago bus driver slams on brakes, injured rider sues

Riding the Chicago Transit Authority buses are a good way to get around the city. When you choose to take these buses, you are trusting that the bus driver will drive in a manner that help to keep the riders safe. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. When the CTA operator doesn't operate the bus in a safe manner, riders and other motorists can be injured. A recent lawsuit filed in the Cook County Circuit Court shows that accidents do happen that can cause riders to suffer from injuries, even if the accident doesn't involve a crash.

2 Pekin, Illinois, employees killed in industrial plant accident

A June 24 accident at a Pekin, Illinois, agricultural plant resulted in two workers dying from toxic exposure to carbon monoxide gas. The accident happened shortly after 12:00 p.m., as a pair of men were cleaning a row of railroad tanker cars. One of the men climbed atop a car that was connected to about 12 others sitting on a rail line at the plant. The accident began after the man opened the tanker's hatch. A Pekin Police Department spokesperson says that the man then fell inside of the tanker car while carbon monoxide gas escaped via the opened hatch.

Impact from Morgan truck crash may hit commercial truck industry

Illinois residents may be following reports of the truck accident involving Tracy Morgan and fellow comedian James McNair that have drawn a lot of attention to the commercial trucking industry. Many questions have been raised about the crash that now have to be answered, like how long the driver of the truck that struck Morgan's vehicle had been behind the wheel. In fact, some people have determined a new term for what may have caused the accident that day: drowsy driving.

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