Pedestrian Safety is a Growing Concern in Big Cities

Pedestrian safety is a growing concern in big cities around the country. A recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates a 10 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities from car accidents since 2014. The report is published annually and shows data collected from all 50 states. Data collected in 2015 shows the… [Read More]

Faster Speed Limits Linked to Rise in U.S. Car Accidents

According to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), over the last 20 years higher speed limits have resulted in over 33,000 auto accident fatalities. In 2013, more than 19,000 fatalities canceled out the number of lives saved by frontal airbags. In Illinois, thousands of people injured in highway auto accidents… [Read More]

OSHA Makes Ruling On Silica

Each year more than 2.3 million American workers, primarily in construction and the manufacturing of masonry products, are exposed to dangerous levels of silica. To address this problem, OSHA updated its rules on silica for the first time since 1971.

Ways Drivers Can Be Impaired and Not Realize It

Research shows that many things can impair a driver’s ability to drive properly. People tend to think about someone being under the influence of drugs and alcohol when they think about impaired driving. Other things that impair one’s driving aren’t so obvious, but they can be just as dangerous. It is important for someone in an… [Read More]

Seniors Remain at High Risk for Nursing Home Abuse

For many elderly people and their families, the decision to live in a nursing home is a very difficult one. They have to place their trust in strangers to care for and protect vulnerable and sometimes ill people during one of the most challenging times of their lives. What makes it even worse is when… [Read More]

The Leading Cause of Death Among the Elderly

Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among the elderly, with nearly 10,000 elderly deaths caused by falls every year. One in three people over the age of 65 fall every year, and two out of every three elderly people that fall will fall again in six months. Hospital stays for falls are twice as… [Read More]

Immigrants are Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Immigration reform is one of the hottest topics around the country. Amid concerns from employers, unions, and the employees themselves, many proposals are being floated that could potentially strip rights and benefits away from the 25.7 million foreign-born laborers the Department of Labor estimates are working within the United States. This figure represents roughly 16.5%… [Read More]

Workers’ Risk of Fatal Injuries Varies By Profession

Where a person works, and what job they perform can have a significant impact on an individual’s risk of injury. Some professions carry inherent dangers that can be mitigated, but not entirely avoided. In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics records show that 4,679 workers lost their lives while performing their jobs. Nearly half, or 1,891, were because… [Read More]

Preparation & Caution Crucial in Preventing Winter Driving Accidents

Winter has blown its icy breath across Illinois and made driving conditions more dangerous. Every year, thousands of automobile accidents can be attributed to bad weather and icy road conditions. These lead to innumerable injuries and dozens of fatalities throughout the winter season in Chicago.

The Dangers of “Opting Out” of Workers’ Compensation Programs

Several states have begun the process of eliminating state administered workers’ compensation programs. Oklahoma and Texas have already passed legislation allowing employers to discontinue contributions to state administered plans and instead administer their own in-house alternatives. These programs have come at a time when state legislators are seeking to streamline state budgets, but they are… [Read More]