We previously covered a story about a Chicago nursing home patient who caught fire at a nursing home only a few days before he was to be released. Tragically, the nursing home failed to provide sufficient care before the rescue crew arrived, and it is believed that had nursing home staff sufficiently aided the man he could have survived. What is truly upsetting about this case is that the nursing home has been cited for failing to properly train staff, meaning the staff on duty likely did not how to properly care for burns.
Earlier this month an Illinois truck driver was involved in a tragic truck accident that resulted in multiple fatalities. It is believed the tractor-trailer driver failed to slow down when a prior accident caused a back-up on the interstate.
A farm employee, who injured himself in a fall caused by a gust of wind, was recently awarded workers' compensation benefits following a decision by the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission (IWCC). The Torres v. Golden Oak Farms ruling may have implications for other agricultural employees and those who work outdoors.
Several new laws may make Illinois roads safer. Four bills targeting traffic accidents were recently signed into law by Governor Quinn. The goal of the new laws is to reduce Illinois auto accidents caused by speeding and distracted driving.
As the weather begins to warm up, Illinois drivers will start seeing more motorcycles on the roads. Governor Pat Quinn has declared May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), working with other organizations, has launched the "Start Seeing Motorcycles" campaign to urge drivers to share the road with motorcyclists.
Despite last year's major overhaul of the Illinois workers' compensation system, lawmakers are continuing to push for further changes. Bills pending in both the House and Senate may further limit the awards injured workers in Illinois may receive.
Perhaps you have seen drivers using their phones as traffic inches by an accident scene. Drivers may be using their cellphones to call home and let their family know they will be late for dinner, or may be texting to let others know to avoid the area of the wreck. Unless drivers are calling to report an Illinois car accident to emergency personnel, however, using a cellphone near the scene of a crash may soon be banned.
You may not think of a supermarket as an obviously dangerous place to work. According to a recent Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission (IWCC) ruling, however, under the right circumstances such a facility may be found to expose employees to a higher risk of injury than members of the general public. Therefore, those employees may be eligible for Illinois workers' compensation benefits.
If you have been driving in Illinois recently, you may have begun seeing yellow dots on cars in the lower corner of rear windshields. These yellow decals are part of a statewide initiative to provide important medical information about vehicle occupants to first responders.
In July of 2010, two grain bin workers tragically lost their lives. The preventable Illinois grain handling accident occurred at Haasbach LLC, located in Mount Carroll. Now, after paying almost $270,000 in fines, the grain operator is closing its doors.