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Watch out for dangerous drivers during Super Bowl weekend

While the Bears may not be playing in the Super Bowl this weekend, football fans all across Illinois are undoubtedly looking forward to the game. Every year, millions of people tune in to watch the biggest sports event of the year, and this year looks to be no different.

Whether you plan on watching the game or not, you should still be aware of what happens across the country during and after Super Bowl games. Reports indicate that car accidents increase by a whopping 40 percent after these games, so it can be important for Illinois drivers to be aware of the potential high risk of being hit by a negligent or reckless driver this weekend.

Farm explosion results in serious burn injuries for one man

The modern farming industry can be just as physically and mentally demanding as it ever was. The introduction of new technologies and advanced equipment can make the work easier and faster, but they can also present new hazards that didn't exist a generation ago.

No matter what the cause of a farming accident is, whether it was caused by sophisticated equipment or traditional farming practices, victims should understand that they often have access to financial remedies to help them cope with their injuries. 

Advice for injured workers can be misguided, inaccurate

If you have suffered an on-the-job injury, chances are that you are getting a lot advice and suggestions for what to do next from co-workers, family members or even employers. However, unless the person giving you advice is a medical professional or attorney, you may not be getting the most accurate and helpful information available.

People who suffer work-related injuries can be eligible to pursue workers' compensation in Illinois. However, there are a number of steps that must be taken properly in order for a claim to be successful, and there are times when an injured worker may be misinformed or discouraged from filing a claim. It is for these reasons that workers would be wise to speak directly to an attorney regarding their options for workers' compensation.

Truckers must adjust driving behaviors in winter to avoid crashes

Every driver in Illinois knows that winter can be a particularly stressful time to be behind the wheel. The roads are often icy, wet and obscured by heavy snowfall or blowing snow. Despite these unavoidable hazards, there are still too many drivers who fail to appropriately adjust their driving behaviors to avoid winter crashes.

Unfortunately, some of these drivers are behind the wheel of 80,000-pound commercial trucks. When truckers fail to take adequate precautions to prevent an accident on dangerous roads, the consequences can be tragic.

Can this app reduce grain bin accident fatalities in Illinois?

Suffocation is a very real threat for those working in the grain industry. Between the possibility of crusted grain breaking, becoming trapped while removing spoiled grain, or drowning in the grain bin, farmers and farm workers who tend to grain handling duties face very real risks on the job. 

Recently, the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board worked together to come up with a potentially life-saving app. The app helps people locate the nearest grain rescue tube. These tubes can be put around someone who is trapped inside of a grain bin and can mean the difference between life and death. 

Legislation to protect nursing home residents being considered

Nursing homes can provide critical care to the most vulnerable patients. In many cases, elderly patients are admitted to these facilities because their care needs are more extensive than what can be managed by loved ones. This means that a huge population of people is depending on the medical care, support and respect that many nursing home facilities are expected to provide.

Sadly, not every patient will receive this basic level of care. Too many will or have become victims of neglect or abuse. This mistreatment is often ignored or denied by the very people expected to protect the patients, and family members of victims across Illinois want solutions. One such solution is currently being considered by Illinois lawmakers.

Holiday hazards to be aware of this season

This time of year can be quite hectic for people all across Illinois. There is often a lot going on, from holiday shopping to road trips to visit loved ones. Stress and anxiety levels can already be at an all-time high during this season; a serious injury or accident could only make matters worse.

Unfortunately, there are a number of holiday hazards that put people in danger. In this post, we will explore some common risks people may be confronted with in the coming weeks. 

Common types of damages you may claim in a personal injury suit

When you’ve been involved in a car accident, your first priorities should be survival and recovery. Accident victims cannot be expected to focus on anything else, at least not right away.

Once your situation has stabilized, however, you will need to address practical issues, such as how your accident and injuries will impact your life and your finances. If you were injured by the negligence of another driver, you will likely want to seek compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. Compensation you seek for loss or injury is typically referred to as “damages.”

Distracted driving rates still high, still a danger to motorists

We would all like to think that every driver on the road is taking adequate precautions to drive safely and pay attention to the road. Unfortunately, distracted driving is all too prevalent in Illinois; preventable car accidents still happen because motorists are more focused on their phones than driving, despite the considerable awareness efforts that have been launched to curb the behavior.

When people think about distracted driving, they often think of talking on a handheld phone or texting. These are certainly two very distracting behaviors, and there are laws that specifically prohibit these activities while driving. Unfortunately, there is reportedly an increase in drivers who seem to be missing the message these laws and awareness campaigns are trying to send. 

Do I have to prove negligence to pursue workers' compensation?

When people are injured on the job, they may be eligible to collect workers' compensation. Unfortunately, many people do not understand this because they may misinterpret their rights as workers or they do not know how workers' compensation works. 

Generally speaking, workers' compensation is a program that requires employers to pay for this insurance for employees. In exchange, they can be protected from lawsuits filed by injured workers. This means that it is not necessary to prove negligence to collect this type of compensation.

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