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Advice for dealing with bone fractures

There are a lot of circumstances through which someone in Illinois can end up with a fractured bone. While all fractures are painful, some are less serious than others. However all of them require medical examination…

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Brain injuries can lead to many consequences for Illinois victims

After involvement in a motor vehicle collision or another type of accident, many victims in Illinois sustain a brain injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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Bucking a national trend, Illinois traffic deaths rise in 2017

The National Safety Council report looked at traffic fatalities across the country during the first six months of 2017. The report concluded that nationwide traffic fatalities decreased by one percent compared to the same period last year, although nationwide traffic deaths are still up by eight percent compared to 2015.

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Distracted Driving Threatens Highway Safety

Summer time is particularly enjoyable for the average teen. School is out and many teens don’t seem to have a care in a world. However, a report recently released by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration notes that during the summer time teens are at a heightened risk of engaging in distracted driving.

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Does the Government Keep Track of the Worst Semi-Truck Drivers?

Semi-trucks and passenger vehicles share the road every day. So it is no surprise that tractor-trailer trucks and passenger vehicles are occasionally involved in accidents with each other. Given the size differential, semis usually come out on the better end of the accident, injuring many of the drivers and passengers of the other vehicles involved.

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Don’t Let Your Personal Injury Claim Slip and Fall This Winter

For the people of the Midwest, the change of seasons, from fall to winter, means the return of snow and outdoor activities such as snowshoeing, sledding and skiing. And, while snow can be picturesque and conjure images of hot chocolate and fireplaces, it also can have a dangerous side – not all images of winter are idyllic.

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Drug shows promise for treating spinal cord injuries

Riluzole is a drug currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Early indications are that this drug may also be useful in helping those who have suffered a spinal cord injury regain some neurological function.

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Filing a wrongful death claim in Illinois: What you should know

The weeks, months and even years following the loss of a loved one is a time of grief and sorrow. The hole that loss created is one that may never be filled again, though there are steps to take to start the road to healing. For some people in Illinois, part of that path may include filing a lawsuit against the party or parties responsible for the death.

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FMSCA Proposes Changes to Trucking HOS Rules

Semis are a part of America’s driving landscape. They allow companies to economically transport a large amount of goods in a relatively short amount of time. Due to their size, however, trucks pose a danger to other drivers on the road, should an accident occur. So it is of the utmost importance that steps are taken to ensure the safety of all on the road.

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How do I know if my elderly loved one has suffered abuse or neglect?

Elder abuse is more common than many people think. The National Council on Aging reports that it happens in some form to around 1 in 10 people who are 60 or older. Unfortunately for many people in Illinois, the wrongdoing often goes unreported.

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Illinois and Missouri flunk nursing home grading

A recent media article published an estimate that the global number of elderly will outnumber children by 205. According to the National Center for Elder Abuse’s 2009 reporting, 3.2 million people were living in a nursing home in the United States. For families in southern Illinois and Missouri, the need to keep loved ones safe […]

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Improved safety for drivers the goal of new program

Drivers in Illinois understand the inherent risks when they get behind the wheel of their vehicles. Dangers abound and include environmental factors or unsafe road conditions. The actions of other drivers can be of particular concern especially when those drivers are impaired by drugs or alcohol.

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Missouri and Illinois nursing homes get failing grades

Residents of both Missouri and Illinois will be disheartened to learn about the results of a recent study of nursing homes across the country. The study was conducted by Families for Better Care, and involved an assessment of the care provided at long-term care facilities in all 50 states.

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New bill could give four-time DUI offenders another chance

A new law that is being debated by the Illinois Senate could see drivers convicted of four DUIs get another chance to get behind the wheel. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, HB4206 would replace the current lifetime ban drivers who have four DUI convictions currently face with a restricted driving permit.

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Pedestrian accidents in Illinois are shockingly high

School has started again, and kids will be walking near traffic on their way to and from school and bus stops. The beautiful fall weather means that more people are likely to be taking walks to enjoy the fresh air and the scenery.

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Proposed Bill Would Have Illinois Drivers Hang up Their Phones

To limit driver distractions and help keep other drivers, passengers and pedestrians safe, Illinois prohibits drivers from texting anytime or using hand-held cellphones while driving through school or construction zones. Further, the state bans drivers under the age of 18 from all cellphone use.

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Social hosts off the hook for drunk drivers in Missouri and Illinois

Seventeen-year-old Pennsylvanian Zack Nelson was killed in a car accident when the 17-year-old drunken driver of the car he was in crashed head on into a tree.

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Study looks at cognitive distraction

The Illinois Department of Transportation reports that in 2013, 285,477 traffic accidents occurred. Out of that number, 991 people were killed and there were more than 85,000 injuries.

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Underage Drinking and the Law in Illinois

Over the past 30 years, the U.S. has come a long way in its attitude about drunk driving and alcohol use in general. What was once glossed over is now recognized as a serious problem, and nowhere more so than in the nation’s courts

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Understanding the injuries most often associated with car accidents

Motor vehicle accidents represent the third most prevalent cause of traumatic brain injuries in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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