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What can be done to prevent tractor rollover deaths?

If you've ever had a horse or cow step on your foot you know that working around a farm can be hazardous. But the risk of injury in the agricultural setting is a lot greater than that posed by just livestock.

As we wrote about last month, modern farming is right near the top of the list of sites where industrial-type accidents can occur. The machinery is dangerous, requiring a significant level of training and experience, and the regulatory oversight is not always what it could or perhaps should be.

What goes on behind nursing home doors soon may be on camera

The marketing materials for nearly any senior living facility -- a.k.a. nursing home -- focus on the positive. That should not be surprising. No one would put a disabled or aging loved one into a facility that knowingly maintains an environment that isn't in a position to provide the epitome of great care and support.

The sad reality, however, is that there are times when residents in some homes are treated more like inmates. They can suffer abuse at the hands of uncaring workers. They may be neglected because of understaffing. Even the best intentions of loved ones to keep a watchful eye aren't always met and what may happen behind closed doors remains untold.

Skirting trucking rules not limited to fudging HOS logs

It may be easy to muster some level of compassion for truckers. As we have noted before, commercial drivers face much stricter regulation of their activity than most people in Illinois may appreciate.

As we noted in a previous post in November last year, commercial drivers face restrictions on the hours they can be behind the wheel. They are also required to undergo special training to obtain their licenses. But as we also noted in that post, there are more than a few drivers and trucking companies willing to fudge numbers.

Workers' comp reform efforts make for legal challenges

If you are an up-to-date Illinois adult, you probably are aware that there's a major political struggle underway over ways to reform the state's workers' compensation system.

For many this might seem to be a case of déjà vu. Didn't we just go through some major reforms back in 2011? The answer, of course, is yes. But the question politicians in Springfield are wrestling with is whether those changes are enough or whether something more is needed.

What if a driver doesn't cause a car accident injury?

Whether you are tooling along the Interstate 72 corridor, making a run up I-55, or traveling on one of the lesser highways threading through central Illinois, the threat of being involved in a motor vehicle accident exists.

In many situations, perhaps even in most, the negligence of one person can be identified as the main cause. When that happens, the assigning of liability leads to the responsible person or their insurance company being held accountable for any recovery or compensation that might be deemed appropriate under the law.

Powerful machinery and lagging safety make farms hazardous

Farming has long been recognized as a hazardous industry. However, while federal and Illinois law, insurers, workers and employers all push to enforce rules that improve workplace safety across most industries, many experts say there is a general lack of focus on the family farm.

According to a string of articles that have made the rounds on the Internet, regulatory training and safety programs have been slashed and that means a bitter harvest of increased numbers of farm accidents that result in serious if not fatal injuries.

Grandma fell and can't get up. Could a bug to be to blame?

Those in the senior living field in Illinois know that it is a growth industry. The parents of baby boomers are already driving up demand for residential and care facilities and that's only going to increase as baby boomers themselves begin looking for such accommodations.

One of the biggest inherent risks in providing such services is ensuring that residents receive the health care they deserve while being able to maintain the greatest level of independence possible. Falls happen and they can result in serious health complications. What starts as a broken hip can degrade into something worse that ends in death. If those falls happen because of neglect, those responsible should expect to be held accountable.

Additional crashes possible after serious truck accidents

When a commercial-sized vehicle is involved in an accident on Illinois roads, it is very possible that many other vehicles are also involved. Trucks are extremely large and on busy highways and streets, they can strike many other cars when a trucker loses control of his or her rig.

In addition to the vehicles that are included in the initial collision, there can be secondary accidents that occur when other motorists are unable to avoid the crash scene or adjust to sudden changes in traffic, speed and lane obstacles. If you have recently been involved in a multi-vehicle accident, you may find it quite difficult to figure out who may be to blame for the damages and injuries you have suffered.

What options do I have if I was exposed to asbestos on the job?

Asbestos has long been known to be a toxic fiber. However, up until the 1980s, it was still widely used to make materials for home construction, automobiles, railroads, ships and plumbing. And even though people in the U.S. are largely aware of how dangerous asbestos is, it is still not completely banned in this country.

Because of all this, the reality is that it is not unheard of for a person to come into contact with asbestos on the job. Whether a person is demolishing a building that was built with asbestos decades ago or is working on an automobile that was recently built with asbestos-containing products, it can be crucial to know what options exist if someone has been exposed to asbestos.

Illinois drivers: beware of road hazards near farms

It may still feel like summer, but fall is just around the corner. For farmers across Illinois, that means that it is almost time to start harvesting crops. 

According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, there are more than 74,000 farms in this state covering millions of acres of land. A great number of these farms are used to grow plants like corn and these crops in particular can impact the safety of people who drive near farms during this time of year.

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