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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.

If drivers are unaware of safety tech, is it still effective?

Over the years, cars and trucks have gotten significantly more advanced in terms of safe driving technology. The vehicles that are on the market now have a wide range of features designed to keep people safe and avoid crashes that didn't exist just a few years ago.

However, a recent survey found that most drivers aren't even aware of these technological solutions; if they have even heard of them, many still don't know what they do or how they work. So does that mean they are ineffective?

Common conditions associated with neglect, abuse

People all across Illinois go to great lengths to protect their loved ones who are currently in the care of nursing home facilities. They check in on them regularly, monitor their care, ask questions and try to stay as informed as possible when it comes to the type of treatment they are receiving.

Unfortunately, we can't be by our loved ones' side all day every day. There are periods of time -- brief or extended -- where it is solely up to nursing home staff members to care for the vulnerable patients. In many cases, this is done properly and there is no cause for concern. However, there are some situations where the care provided is substandard and a patient is being harmed or neglected. 

Parents: Remind students of back-to-school driving basics

Parents across Illinois have been helping their kids get ready to go back to school. People have been out shopping for new clothes and school supplies, adjusting work schedules to make room for extracurricular activities and helping kids prepare to get back to a more structured daily routine.

However, there is another way to prepare kids to go back to school that could ultimately save lives. Many teen students will be driving to school for the first time this fall and this means that going over safe driving behaviors can be crucial.

Why do semi trucks jackknife?

Sharing the road with a commercial truck is usually uneventful. You might get frustrated because you need to move over or slow down around them or you may need to be especially mindful of the tractor trailer's blind spots and turning radius, but beyond that, you may not pay much attention to them.

However, if a semi truck jackknifes on the road next to or in front of you, it can be impossible to ignore. It may be helpful to understand why trucks jackknife in the first place so that you can spot potentially dangerous situations and react accordingly.

4 mistakes to avoid after getting injured on the job

Most workers in Illinois are covered by employer-provided workers' compensation insurance. This system allows people who get hurt or sick on the job to have their medical bills covered and receive partial wage replacement if their condition keeps them from working. In exchange for providing this insurance, employers are protected from being sued by workers.

This can seem like a fairly straightforward system. However, there are some common mistakes people can make when it comes to pursuing workers' compensation that could put these benefits at risk.

Before school starts, brush up on safe driving habits

In the coming weeks, students all across Illinois will be heading back to school. It might seem like the beginning of school only affects kids and their parents, but every person around the state should be aware that classes are about to be back in session because with that should come some changes to how everyone drives.

To begin with, drivers should always use caution when driving around a school. In many cases, there are clearly marked crosswalks for pedestrians in these areas and drivers should be very cautious and yield to people crossing the street. Drivers should also slow down and be extra focused on scanning the roadways for things like children, toys or other debris that may be in the road around schools.

Farmer killed after being rear-ended by tractor trailer

We often discuss the hazards of working in the farm industry on this blog, as it typically is physically demanding and the use powerful, heavy machinery is generally necessary. These factors can and do contribute to many different and tragic accidents across Illinois.

However, farm workers are also at risk of being injured even when their work takes them off the farm. In rural areas across the state, it is not uncommon to see tractors and other types of farm equipment on the road. While other motorists are expected to slow down and give slower-moving vehicles enough room, this doesn't always happen. One recent accident is a devastating reminder that vehicles of all kinds are at risk of getting hit when people don't drive safely.

You don't have to deal with defenses to truck accidents alone

Accidents involving tractor trailers can be among the most catastrophic on the road due to size of trucks, the potential for cargo spills and the often devastating injuries suffered by victims.

While the chaos of a crash will eventually pass and everything will get cleared up, the physical and emotional toll of these crashes can linger on long after an accident. This is why many people choose to seek compensation after a truck crash.

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