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During the past few years, car recalls have continued to increase in the United States. In fact, according to the automobile research firm Edmunds, during 2016, 927 vehicle recalls affecting over 53 million vehicles were announced that year. With such a staggering amount of recalls that occurred that year, it’s bound to make consumers feel uncertain about whether any vehicle is safe.

According to Edmunds, whether your car is safe depends greatly on when it was manufactured and what its make and model are. Their research shows that most of the cars that ultimately get recalled aren’t new ones, but instead older ones that are discovered to have new problems.

Two of perhaps the largest automobile recalls in recent history occurred in just the past few years.

It’s the responsibility of a business owner to keep their premises free from any potential hazardous situations that may cause an individual to get hurt. If they don’t, then they risk being sued for medical costs, lost wages and other expenses that either a customer or worker may accumulate because of their injuries.

Sidewalks are one of the places where customers or employees are most apt to get hurt. Some of the reasons that they slip and fall on them is because the pavement is uneven, they’re cluttered or snow or ice is not removed.

Most business owners realize that it’s their responsibility to remove ice or snow from the pedestrian areas adjacent to their buildings. What they often don’t realize, though, is that city ordinances may also require them to keep the sidewalks out in front of them clean as well, even if they don’t own them themselves. If they don’t, then this is one of the reasons that a business owner could easily be sued for someone’s injuries.

Two women suffered severe injuries when they were attacked by dogs while out in their Chicago-area neighborhoods during May.

One instance happened on or around May 9, when a Woodlawn woman was jumped by two dogs while outside of her home. The victim ended up being transported to an area hospital for treatment for undisclosed injuries.

During the penultimate week of May, another woman, this time a resident of North Chicago, was also attacked in her neighborhood after a neighbor’s dog attacked and bit her.

When landlords rent out their properties to tenants, they’re essentially providing them with an unwritten assurance that their property is both safe and secure. It’s because of this that, if you, as a tenant, are injured on the landlord’s premises, then you may be eligible to file a lawsuit for damages for any pain or suffering you endure.

A landlord is responsible for consistently checking his or her property to ensure that it’s safe. They’re also responsible for remedying any potentially dangerous situations within a reasonable amount of time after the hazard is reported to them. If this doesn’t occur and a tenant is injured, then the landlord can be held liable for paying medical costs, lost wages and other damages related to the injury that results.

Landlords are most often sued for negligence because a tenant is injured after they failed to fix a dangerous situations within a reasonable amount of time or carelessly did so. They’re also sued when it’s clear that they were aware of a potentially hazardous situation, yet failed to warn the tenant of it. In many cases of this sort, the landlords’ actions are later shown to have violated existing safety laws.

A 57-year-old Calumet Heights woman has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after she allegedly pushed another Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) rider onto the train tracks. The incident occurred just before 6:45 a.m., on Friday, March 2 at a Red Line stop near Rogers Park.

According to police, the 57-year-old woman had apparently become enraged after she wasn’t able to retrieve money she was owed after she got off of the the train at the stop located at 1358 W. Morse Ave. Witnesses to the incident reported overhearing the woman shout outloud that she “wanted to kill someone” before she allegedly decided to approach a 66-year-old stranger and push her onto the tracks.

The victim is said to have fallen head first as she was pushed into the tracks. She lost consciousness as her head struck the track. Another bystander tended to the elderly woman as she lay on the tracks. She then summoned police to the CTA stop.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled that a bartender, who was found unresponsive at the base of a staircase at Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Loyola station on Jan. 13, died in an accidental fall.

The 48-year-old Edgewater Glen resident was found just after 5 a.m. that morning at the station, located at 1208 W. Loyola Ave. When he was discovered, he was unconscious and bleeding from the head. He was later transported to Evanston’s Presence St. Francis Hospital where he passed away later at 12:50 p.m. on Jan. 17.

He never regained consciousness before he died. Police where therefore unable to question him about the events leading up to his fall.

In a city like Chicago, where getting around requires residents to walk virtually everywhere, slipping on icy sidewalks is definitely a real concern. If you’ve ever experienced a slip and fall, then you’re likely aware just how serious the injuries that may result can be. Fortunately, in many cases, you can sue either the owner of the business or home who failed to properly maintain his or her property.

No matter if you slip and fall in a parking lot, on the sidewalk, on the stairs or in the driveway of a commercial or residential property, you may be entitled to sue its owner for any injuries you receive. Whether you’re able to sue depends greatly on where the fall occurred, why you were there, and other circumstances surrounding your fall.

Whether your slip and fall occurs on a government agency’s premises, at a commercial building or at a residential property, each entity has a duty to take reasonable precautions to keep their sidewalks clean. This includes making sure that ice is plowed or salted to reduce the potential of falls.

A new study, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine by researchers at Ohio State University, suggests that nurses’ poor health may increase the risk of a patient suffering a medical error.

Researchers working on the study, which was just published at the end of October, polled just under 1,800 nurses nationwide in order to try to gain a better perspective about health concerns they may have. They found that at least half of them reported to be of less than optimal mental or physical health themselves.

Investigators also found that the nurses afflicted by poor health themselves were as high as 71 percent more likely to not report medical errors. A large percentage of the nurse respondents noted found themselves afflicted by depression. Researchers also noted that nurses working for employers that were wellness-oriented tended to be less likely to suffer from poor health.

A Chicago woman filed a lawsuit against the hip hop group Insane Clown Posse (ICP) on Tuesday, September 5th. In her personal injury lawsuit, she alleges she was permanently injured after being struck by a bottle of Faygo soda at an ICP concert back in 2015.

In her lawsuit, the woman chronicles how it’s typical for the two members that comprise the music group to take two-liter bottles of Faygo and spray them into the crowds at their concerts. She also notes that they often throw bottles into the crowd.

Apparently, the Faygo beverage brand is often referenced in the group’s song lyrics and held in high esteem by ICP’s loyal fans. In fact, it seems so popular that the drink is commonly consumed at gatherings among group loyalists, super-fans that are referred to as Juggalos.

On June 28, 2017, a Chicago jury awarded a tow truck driver $20 million for the loss of his eye due to a manufacturer’s defect on his work vehicle. The man had argued that the maker of his 1997 tow truck had failed to equip it with a way to secure its hood in the upright position, a feature that he contended would have ultimately protected him from injury.The man had been driving in the southwest Chicago suburb of Summit on January 23, 2012, when his 1997 tow truck, a Kenworth T-800, began choking on a bitterly cold day. It was as he neared the intersection between 60th Street and Harlem Avenue that he pulled it over on the side of the road.As he raised the hood of the truck in an attempt to diagnose what had gone wrong, a strong gust of wind blew by, causing it to slam shut on his face. When the man saw doctors soon thereafter, he discovered he had not only suffered a number of fractures to his face, but that his right eye had been so severely damaged it would need to be fully removed.At the time of the man’s accident, the tow truck’s manufacturer, PACCAR, Inc., had not yet begun equipping its fleet with an arm to stabilize the hood while it was open. They argue that this design flaw contributed to the man’s injury and justified PACCAR, Inc. in being held accountable for his injuries.

It was also argued that District Rebuilders, Inc., the company responsible for inspecting and repairing the man’s truck. also was negligent. They had previously removed and “hook and cable” component designed to keep hoods steady in heavy winds.Of the man’s $20 million settlement, $10 million is intended to be compensation for punitive damages.If you have been seriously injured by a defective product, a Chicago personal injury attorney can advise you as to whether you may be entitled to reimbursement for your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Source: ABC 7 Chicago, “Jury awards $20M to man who lost eye driving tow truck in Summit,” accessed July 24, 2017

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