Chicago Personal Injury Attorney | Law Firm Newswire - Part 2

Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2012 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Union Pacific on behalf of a Chicago-area couple who were killed when a train derailed on July 4, causing a bridge to collapse. The family of Burton and Zorine Lindner allege that the company failed to properly inspect and maintain the tracks. Union Pacific suggested that the derailment was caused by heat that created kinks in the rails. However, another derailment took place at the same location in 2009. “This tragic incident caused two people to lose their lives. The law affords their […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2012 – Combat veterans who have encountered large explosions may suffer from the same repeated concussions seen recently in athletes, according to a new study. Researchers at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, in partnership with Boston University, studied the brain tissue of four service members who had been exposed to large blasts. The research shows that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) can be caused by the type and force of blasts associated with improvised explosive device (IED). The report was published online in Science Translational Medicine May 16. “This study is an important […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 25, 2012 – It should be common knowledge that using a cell phone while driving is dangerous. Drivers who make phone calls or send text messages take their minds off the task at hand, and can cause serious traffic accidents. But a recent New Jersey case tested the theory that the sender of a text message can be held liable for a collision caused by the recipient of the message. The short answer, according to Superior Court Judge David Rand, is no. Linda and David Kubert were on their motorcycle in Morris County, New […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 20, 2012 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the Lake County sheriff’s department in the case of a jail inmate who died after a prolonged hunger strike. The lawsuit alleges that prison officials ignored the woman’s mental illness and failed to give her proper treatment. Lyvita Gomes, 52, died at a Waukegan hospital on January 3, five days after she was transported there from the jail. She had been incarcerated after missing a court date. Gomes was diagnosed as psychotic by a jail psychiatrist. She refused to consume food or water […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2012 – A recent wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the tragic death of an infant in a hospital has been settled. Advocate Lutheran General Hospital will pay $8.25 million to settle the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Genesis Burkett. Genesis was born premature, but was expected to do well, until he was mistakenly given an overdose of sodium chloride, 60 times the recommended dosage. “Medical errors of this kind too often end in tragedy,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago birth injury attorney not involved in this case. “Families who suffer […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 19, 2012 – The Illinois State Police joined more than 500 law enforcement agencies throughout the country in the “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Police were out in force during the Memorial Day weekend to issue tickets for drivers who fail to wear seat belts. NHTSA statistics indicate that in the year 2010, safety belts saved approximately 12,546 lives throughout the country. “Safety belts are one of the most important tools that drivers and passengers can use to protect themselves in a car accident,” said Chicago car accident attorney Robert Briskman. In Illinois, on […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2012 – A legal battle over the alleged negligence of the NFL in the death by suicide of Dave Duerson, a former Chicago Bears safety, will play out in a Philadelphia federal court, where hundreds of other lawsuits filed by former NFL players have been consolidated. Duerson was a defensive safety known for his effectiveness and fierce hitting. He was selected for the Pro Bowl as one of the best players in the league four times consecutively. He also was on two championship teams and was once the NFL Man of the Year. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 21, 2012 – Tenants expect to receive a list of various services and amenities from their landlords. Among these services is an adequate reasonable level of security. When a property’s security is breached and a tenant is murdered during a burglary, the property owners and managers may be liable for the wrongful death of the victim. Most tenants would like to believe that their neighborhood is safe. But for residents of senior assisted living communities, the facility’s security of a property can be a matter of life and death. Such security measures, like automated […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 14, 2012 – In an effort to reduce distracted driving, automakers are enabling drivers to control their mobile phones, navigation systems, vehicle climate, and other items with their voice. While voice controls may prevent drivers from looking away from traffic, their focus may still be on controlling their gadgets. “It certainly is better for drivers to be able to keep their eyes on the road, but voice controls don’t go far enough,” said Chicago personal injury attorney Robert Briskman. “Distracted driving is really a matter of the driver’s mental state. Multitasking while operating a […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2012 – The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety published a new report recently that raises concerns about the effectiveness of the federally mandated underride guards on tractor trailers. The guards, which are intended to prevent automobiles and other passenger vehicles from going underneath trailers in rear end collisions or being forced underneath in a chain-reaction accident, were found to fail even at low speeds. The IIHS is petitioning Washington to require even stronger underride guards. Automobiles are built with front-end crash specifications that allow them to absorb an impact while keeping the driver […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) April 4, 2012 – Lawmakers in the Illinois House of Representatives in March voted to prohibit drivers from using hand-held mobile phones with their hands. The law would require all drivers using mobile devices to do so using earpieces or other hands-free technology. The bill passed the House 62-53. The legislation’s opponents said Illinois was becoming a “nanny state.” The bill’s proponents insist that it will save lives. “The dangers of distracted driving are well documented,” said Chicago accident attorney Paul Greenberg. “If the threat of a moving violation is enough to keep people from […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 22, 2012 – Patients at Jackson Park Hospital have been taking their health into their own hands for years, according to records reported on by the Chicago Tribune. Earlier reports from the Chicago Tribune had established that regulators are slow to investigate or act on complaints against hospitals. But in December the paper reported that when regulators do investigate, they are unable to follow up to make sure the problems are corrected. “The problems at Jackson Park Hospital that have been reported by the Chicago Tribune are outrageous,” said Chicago wrongful death attorney Paul […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) March 5, 2012 – As spring break approaches for students at colleges and high schools across the country, health care groups and highway safety organizations warn to keep an eye out for drivers who may have had too much to drink. Alcohol abuse and binge drinking cause about 80,000 deaths a year in the United States. Many of those deaths happen on the highways and many others are injured because of careless drinking habits and poor judgment. “So many people are injured on the roads as a result of driving while intoxicated,” said Chicago accident […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 14, 2012 – Effective January 1, Illinois residents riding in the back seat of vehicles are now required to wear a seat belt. The new law builds on one passed in the 1980s that requires all passengers in the front seat of vehicles and all people under the age of 19 to wear a seat belt. It has been shown that seat belts protect drivers and passengers in the event of an automobile accident. “This is a great move for Illinois because seat belts now will protect everyone in the car and not just […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2012 – When heart attack patients go to the hospital, more than 30 percent of them are not getting care in a timely manner. In order to give these patients a better chance of survival, medical professionals should be addressing blocked coronary arteries by, among other things, inserting a stent within 30 minutes. However, a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that only about 25 percent of U.S. hospitals can perform stenting at all times of the day and night. “Patients suffering from a blockage often need to be transferred […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2012 – Almost a third of drivers admit to driving while drowsy, a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported. Its study showed that 17 percent of all accidents a year, including 5000 fatalities, were caused by drowsy driving. “Do not overestimate your ability to stay awake when you are feeling drowsy and nodding off at the wheel,” said Chicago accident lawyer Paul Greenberg, Esq. “What you should do is get off the road and get some rest when you feel this way.” One in eight accidents caused by drowsy […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2011 – Holidays and drunk driving accidents are a rising concern across the nation. During the Christmas and New Year holidays, nearly 40 percent of all deaths occur due to at least one of the drivers being alcohol-impaired. “Driving while intoxicated risks your life and others on the roads,” said Chicago car accident attorney Robert I. Briskman, Esq. “Serious injuries and deaths can happen just because you decided to drive while impaired rather than hailing a cab or calling a friend for a ride.” If holiday plans do involve alcohol, it is best […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) December 6, 2011 – Newborn health still has some room for improvement in the United States. Each year, an estimated 500,000 babies are born prematurely and 28,000 children never make it to their first birthday. Added to that, a new mom passes away every 90 seconds from pregnancy or childbirth complications. The Million Moms Challenge is working to change these sobering statistics and help eliminate tragedy from what should be an exciting time for a family. The initiative educates about the right nutrition that moms need, trains midwives for safer deliveries, and promote vaccines that […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2011 – A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that driving under the influence of alcohol still accounts for roughly a third of all fatal auto accidents throughout the U.S. This equals approximately 11,000 lives that were taken due to alcohol. The CDC’s survey also involved polling people about their alcohol use while driving. Of all the impaired driving episodes, men accounted for 81 percent of the drunk driving and 85 percent of these episodes were due to binge drinking. “Drunk driving still causes too many wrongful […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2011 – A national initiative is gaining support to ban rental car companies from renting or selling unrepaired, recalled cars. The Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act of 2011 was recently introduced in the Senate after two sisters were killed when they rented a Chrysler PT Cruiser that Enterprise Rent-A-Car had not fixed. The vehicle had been recalled by Chrysler due to a defect that caused power steering fluid to leak onto the engine or the catalytic converter. This design defect could lead to a fire. The recall was ignored by […]


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