June 2016

Dog Bites Represent a Third of Homeowners Insurance Claims

Each year, over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs, and homeowners insurance companies have taken notice. Nearly 900,000 of these cases require medical attention, so some of these companies are now refusing coverage to those who own certain dog breeds. … [...]

Death of Joan Rivers Highlights Problems with Outpatient Surgical Centers

Patients should consider the risks and benefits of having a procedure at an outpatient surgical center. The death of Joan Rivers emphasizes the need for increased oversight. … [...]

Fatal Construction Accident Emphasizes Need for Driver Education

Lake County construction accident lawyer recommends drivers slow down and pay attention. The Illinois Department of Transportation has a goal of "Zero Fatalities" to make roads safer for workers and motorists. … [...]

Adaptive Devices Improve Senior Driving

Senior drivers cause 16 percent more accidents than drivers aged 20-65, with much higher rates of serious injuries and death. Through the development of adaptive devices, manufacturers are addressing the leading causes of senior accidents. … [...]

Faulty Test Kits Could Have Serious Consequences

Laboratory kits testing for Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2 and Group A Strep have been recalled. These kits may potentially give inaccurate results, which may lead to an improper medical diagnosis. … [...]

I-90 Construction Site Fatality May be Another Example of Safety Violations

A recent construction site fatality is currently being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In April 2016, an Illinois construction worker was killed at a construction site on I-90 in Des Plaines when a 45-ton beam collapsed and fell. In addition to this … [...]

Illinois Continues to Have High Medical Malpractice Costs

Dr. Hyman, a professor at the University of Illinois and an expert in healthcare regulation and finance, co-authored two papers which found that tort reform in Illinois has done little to curb medical malpractice costs. Tort reform was enacted in several states to control the soaring costs … [...]

The Results of Workers Compensation Reform

Though the results of the 2011 workers’ compensation reform efforts in Illinois are now being realized, there is still much debate between lawmakers regarding the workers’ compensation laws, many of whom are pushing for additional reform. When the system is broken, both workers and businesses feel … [...]

Fatal I-90 Accident May Have Been Preventable Says Illinois Construction Accident Lawyer

A construction accident claimed the life of a worker while crews were moving a beam under the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway.  According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the accident was preventable. … [...]