Category: Legal Articles

Trucker Told Not To Drive Commercially After Fatal Crash

Legal Articles | February 11, 2014

Medical conditions can interfere with a driver’s safe operation of a vehicle. When a truck accident results in a fatality, investigators may attempt to determine if the driver’s medical status contributed to the event. Truck drivers may face certain health requirements to ensure they are safe to drive commercially. State Trooper Killed in Highway Crash;…

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Railroad Safety In Illinois

Legal Articles | February 11, 2014

Rail crossings are common sites for train accidents. They can occur due to a failure of safety equipment such as crossing gates, warning lights and traffic control devices. The Illinois Commerce Commission is responsible for rail safety in Illinois. The ICC also tracks statistics on Illinois train accidents. ICC Responsibilities Illinois has more than 8,400…

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Electrocution Remains A Workplace Safety Hazard

Legal Articles | February 11, 2014

Electrocutions can happen both at work and at home due to defective products, lack of safety precautions and power company negligence. The Electrical Safety Foundation International, or ESFI, reports more than 30,000 electricity-related injuries on the job in the past 10 years. Some of these may have occurred in Illinois. It is important that victims…

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Illinois Teen Dies After Root Canal; Medical Malpractice Alleged

Legal Articles | February 11, 2014

When a routine dental or medical procedure results in the death of an otherwise healthy person, allegations of medical malpractice may be filed. In addition, the person’s heirs may file a wrongful death lawsuit. Sepsis Caused Death of 17-Year-Old Boy After Root Canal in Blue Island, Illinois In February 2011, a 17-year-old boy received a…

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Seidman Law Offices Announces Name Change

Legal Articles | January 7, 2014

RELEASED: January 2014 CHICAGO, IL Seidman Margulis & Fairman, LLP has named two new partners, Ryan A. Margulis and Melanie K. Fairman. Effective January 1, 2014, the firm will be known as Seidman Margulis & Fairman, LLP. While the name has changed, Seidman Margulis & Fairman, LLP, will continue to serve the needs of seriously…

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2012 Fatal Car Accidents Stem From Drunk Driving, Other Causes

Legal Articles | January 29, 2013

Illinois saw 867 fatal car accidents in 2012, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Specific data is not yet available with regard to how many of those crashes were related to alcohol use. Though holiday accident data for 2012 is also not yet available, historically accidents related to alcohol increase during holiday weekends such…

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Illinois Truck Accidents Caused By A Range Of Factors

Legal Articles | January 29, 2013

Truck accidents are more likely to result in serious bodily harm or death than other types of accidents because of the sheer weight of most trucks, especially tractor-trailers and trucks carrying cargo. Because trucks are heavy, they build momentum at high speeds, making it hard for them to stop quickly. When a truck driver encounters…

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Defective Tools Cause Injury, Death At Illinois Work Sites

Legal Articles | January 29, 2013

Everywhere we live, work or play, we’re beholden to the construction workers who put in the long hours and elbow grease to lay a foundation and build a safe, strong building for us to use. Residents in Chicago, Illinois, know that this city was built on that kind of blue-collar work ethic. Unfortunately, a construction…

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New Software Helps Reduce Emergency Room Errors

Legal Articles | January 29, 2013

The fast-paced environment of an emergency room creates situations in which errors are more likely to happen than in the rest of the hospital. Noise, an influx of patients exceeding the hospital’s resources, lack of communication and other factors can cause mistakes, including medication errors, treatment errors and discharge errors. Many of these errors are…

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