February 2016

How to keep your child safe from car accidents near school

According to report from the Chicago Tribune, nearly 50 percent of children who are hit by vehicles are struck near a school. That same report states that in Chicago alone between the years of 2007 and 2011, an estimated 1,700 children who were between the ages of 5 and 18 were hit by vehicles … [...]

Prevent Truck Accidents: Avoid the “No Zones”

Commercial trucks travel U.S. highways every day transporting goods to different locations. Although large commercial trucks and tractor-trailers serve a vital purpose to the economy, they often pose serious threats to drivers in smaller passenger cars on the road. … [...]

Does Reporting Unsafe Work Conditions Make you a Whistleblower?

The policy of the Office of Research Services, the National Institutes of Health, and the Division of Occupational Health and Safety is to provide safe and healthful workplaces for all workers. Anyone who believes that his/her working conditions are affected by an unsafe or unhealthful workplace is … [...]

Hospitals Employing New Technology to Prevent Negligence

With advanced medical technology, equipment and procedures, high-risk procedures for patients have become much more common. Although advanced technology has saved many lives, it has also increased the risks for hospital negligence and medical malpractice. To prevent errors and negligence, many … [...]

Hit & Run Accidents a Never Ending Problem

Hit and run accidents are a never ending plague on American roads. Despite stiff criminal penalties, many drivers flee the scene of an accident in the hopes of avoiding responsibility for their actions. If it is only property that is damaged in a crash, the individual might get away with a … [...]

Illinois Law Allows Electronic Monitoring for Nursing Home Residents

On January 1, 2016, a new Illinois law went into effect that will allow nursing home residents to have electronic monitoring in their rooms. The new law places ownership and control of the electric monitoring device in the resident's hands. The law states that a nursing home resident who conducts … [...]

More Bike Paths May Lead to Fewer Personal Injuries

According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approximately 743 bicyclists received fatal injuries after crashing with motor vehicles in 2013 in the United States. That is just under two deaths each day. In fact, an estimated 29 percent of bicycle injuries are caused by … [...]

OSHA Increases Fines For Safety Violations By Construction Companies

In an effort to improve the workplace safety conditions for construction workers throughout the United States, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has raised the fines for violations of its safety regulations by construction companies for the first time since 1990. Since the 2016 … [...]

Seniors Vulnerable to Sexual Assault in Nursing Homes

Rape and molestation are criminal offenses that create an enormous amount of pain and suffering for victims. Individuals and facilities can also be held liable under civil law for these assaults. Each year, it is estimated that 83% of sexual assaults perpetrated against seniors occur in nursing … [...]