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July 2017 Archives

Inexpensive fix to semi-trucks may save lives in car accidents

A personal injury case in Illinois involving a truck and car often involves victims suffering catastrophic injuries and even death. Results may be tragic when an 80,000-pound truck collides with a passenger vehicle. Truck guards, a relatively simple and inexpensive device that prevents cars from being wedged underneath the truck, can help save hundreds of lives in this country from these accidents. But, as of right now these truck guards have not been mandated.

Seamen: Are you covered if you get hurt in an offshore accident?

You love being near the water—it’s soothing, calm and there is something very peaceful about it even when you are in the midst of hard work. Away from the land, you feel invigorated. That’s why you work on offshore rigs and barges. Anyone can work on the land, but you enjoy the camaraderie and satisfaction that comes from working closely with others who share your love of the outdoors.

Product liability lawsuits require extra planning

Consumers can face long-term consequences such as medical expenses or lost wages when a defective or malfunctioning product injures them. These have been publicized in personal injury or product liability lawsuits involving Takata airbag failures and GM's defective ignition lawsuit.

Beyond the physical suffering of a motor vehicle accident

It may surprise you to see people walk away from an automobile accident with barely a scratch despite the massive damage done to their vehicles. On the other hand, it is common for someone to suffer catastrophic injuries from an accident that results in very little property damage.

Workers' compensation changes debated

In return for approval of large taxes increases in Illinois, Governor Bruce Rauner asked the General Assembly for workers' compensation reform to control costs in a special legislative session. Illinois manufacturers and businesses are charged the highest workers' compensation costs in the Midwest and the eighth highest in the nation.

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