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There are several key items that are vital to a car’s emergency kit, all of which can help vehicle owners stay prepared in the event of dangerous conditions, mechanical issues, or other unexpected circumstances. The following are the most important items to consider for a complete kit. 1. A Gallon of Water One important item to keep in the car at all times is a gallon of either distilled or filtered water. Having enough water can help keep the driver and passengers hydrated if trapped within the vehicle for hours a time, or it can be useful to prevent the…
Federal regulations require regular inspections and maintenance on all commercial trucks. Random roadside inspections performed while a driver is in transit improve truck safety and lower accident rates. Random Roadside Inspections In the United States, there are approximately two million tractor-trailers that travel on the highways each year to deliver goods from coast-to-coast. To increase safety and reduce serious trucking accidents that often result in catastrophic injury or death, tractor trailers are subject to both routine and random inspections. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires routine safety inspections and maintenance. While random roadside inspections are not mandatory,…
The misdiagnosis of a spinal cord abscess could result in serious injury or death, which is why the failure to diagnose this condition may warrant a medical malpractice claim. What Exactly Is a Spinal Cord Abscess? Spinal cord abscesses (SCAs) are a type of infection that can develop in the spinal cord. Also known as an epidural abscess, an SCA could become fatal without treatment. SCAs are rare, which is why physicians may not properly diagnose this condition, leading to potential long-term debilitating injuries or wrongful death in some cases. SCAs occur when the area between the spinal cord lining…
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning to the American public about the dangers of using hand sanitizers that contain methanol. The warning was released in an attempt to help prevent harm to consumers and health care professionals who are likely to use hand sanitizers, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Potential Dangers of Methanol Methanol is also known as wood alcohol, and it’s a substance frequently used in the production of antifreeze and fuel that is considered unsafe for use in hand sanitizer. The substance is toxic to users if absorbed through…
The consumption of Provigil and/or Nuvigil during pregnancy may be responsible for cleft lips, cleft palate, heart defects, or microcephaly. In June 2019, Teva pharmaceutical Ireland, the European Medicines Agency, and Health Products Regulatory Authority issued warnings regarding these drugs and their potential to cause birth defects. However, the warnings came only after a significant number of pregnant women were prescribed these drugs.    Birth Defects Linked to Provigil and Nuvigil The rate of birth defects for pregnant women taking either Provigil or Nuvigil was 15%. By comparison, the rate within the overall population is 3%. This is a statistically significant increase in…
In Illinois, most automobile insurance coverage follows the car. When an accident occurs, it is usually the vehicle owner’s insurance policy that is required to cover the accident. However, there are exceptions that a car accident lawyer can help accident victims understand. Insurance in Illinois Each automobile insurance policy is different. However, in Illinois, most types of coverage follow the vehicle. These include bodily injury liability and personal injury liability coverage. Other insurance coverage that follows the vehicle includes uninsured motorist protection, collision, and comprehensive coverage.  State law requires all drivers in Illinois to carry a minimum of $20,000 in property…
A rise in essential delivery services across the nation is putting more trucks on American roads and highways and pushing truck drivers past their safety limits. Truckers Pushed to Their Limits Under normal conditions, the trucking industry must comply with strict regulations imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). However, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused FMCSA to revise its regulations to provide relief to businesses that need essential supplies for businesses and consumers. Due to the impact of coronavirus on the U.S. economy, President Trump has suspended federal trucking safety regulations that mandate driving hours for commercial truck…
There are many causes of commercial motor vehicle accidents, including driver caused, vehicle caused, and environmental caused wrecks. In Illinois, it is the responsibility of a commercial motor vehicle operator to maintain control over their vehicle at all times. When a driver causes a wreck, a truck accident lawyer can pursue the driver and/or their employer for damages.  Driver Caused Crashes Driver caused crashes include driving while intoxicated or impaired by alcohol or drugs, traveling too fast for conditions, and driving while fatigued. In recent years, driving while fatigued has become a leading cause of both passenger and large vehicle accidents in…
While hiring a lawyer isn’t legally required to pursue a workers’ compensation claim, doing so often results in a better outcome, minimizes the risk of delay, and helps successfully argue an appeal should it become necessary. The sooner an injured worker hires an attorney to prepare, file, and pursue the claim, the sooner the individual can recover compensation for their work-related injuries. When to Hire a Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Illinois Anyone can file a workers’ compensation claim in Illinois without the assistance of an attorney. However, there are certain circumstances when injured workers should hire an attorney without delay. If any…
Uber has developed an app that tracks and alerts drivers of their driving time and rest breaks. After 12 consecutive hours behind the wheel without a rest period drivers are taken offline. How Safe is An Uber Ride? Drowsy driving is a problem with rideshare drivers who stay on the road for extended hours. To reduce accidents and injuries caused by driver fatigue, Uber’s new Fatigue Management app monitors driving time for all Uber drivers. When a driver reaches a maximum of 12 cumulative hours on the road without a required rest break, the Fatigue Management feature takes the driver…
Clinical trials show that Viagra given to expectant mothers may reduce placental insufficiency dangers, fetal distress, and emergency C-section birth rates. Viagra Clinical Trials The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology published a recent clinical trial study showing that Viagra may reduce emergency operative birth rates by as much as 51 percent. The study which took place between 2015 and 2019 in Australia and New Zealand showed promising evidence that Viagra, known as sildenafil citrate in generic form, may be helpful in reducing placental insufficiency.  The Viagra clinical trial involved 300 pregnant women. Once the women reached 38 weeks, half…
A recent amendment to Illinois workers’ compensation rules makes it easier for essential workers to get workers compensation benefits if they are exposed to COVID-19 while performing their job. Workers Comp Benefits for Illinois Essential Workers On April 16, 2020, an emergency amendment to Illinois’ workers’ compensation rules took effect. The amendment provides help to essential workers exposed to COVID-19 by making it easier for them to obtain workers’ compensation benefits for COVID-19 related injuries. The Illinois emergency amendment creates a rebuttable presumption that permits employers to rebut workers’ compensation claims under certain conditions. If employers choose to rebut workers…
After taking over-the-counter Zantac drugs for eight years, an Illinois woman has filed a lawsuit alleging Zantac caused her to develop stomach cancer. Gastric Cancer Linked to Zantac Lawsuit Recent cancer links to Zantac, a popular heartburn medication, have put a national spotlight on the safety of the drug. Due to consumer concerns and numerous lawsuits, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled Zantac drugs and asked all manufacturers and retailers to stop selling all forms of Zantac products. In a recent lawsuit, an Illinois woman blames the use of Zantac for her gastric cancer. In 2019,…
The FDA has issued a national recall of all Zantac drugs due to a carcinogenic ingredient known to cause cancer in humans. FDA Recalls Zantac Drugs Due to mounting consumer complaints and national lawsuits filed with Zantac cancer attorneys, the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a national recall of Zantac, a popular drug used to treat heartburn and acid reflux problems in adults and some children with active intestinal ulcers. Alarming testing data shows a possible link to Zantac and certain cancers of the stomach, liver, bladder, pancreas, and colon. The FDA is concerned about alarming test…
The FDA announces Zantac recalls due to cancer concerns linked to bladder, liver, and stomach cancers found in people taking Zantac, a popular drug used to relieve heartburn. Zantac Linked to Cancer Zantac, known as ranitidine in generic form, has been recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Based on FDA laboratory test results, ranitidine contains low levels of a nitrosamine impurity (NDMA), a known human carcinogen. As a result of FDA findings, Zantac has been pulled from store shelves at pharmacies, drug stores, and retail stores across the country. For years. the FDA has been investigating NDMA…
With Chicago businesses closing due to coronavirus, business owners are relying on protection for lost revenues, expenses, and wages through business interruption insurance coverage. Claim denials may result in lawsuits against insurance companies. What is Business Interruption Insurance? Business interruption insurance is a type of insurance that covers business losses during a disaster. When a business is forced to close by federal or state governments due to a national disaster, the business is entitled to recover losses caused by mandated closure or the necessary rebuilding process following a  disaster. Generally, business interruption insurance is added to an existing property/casualty policy…