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Fatal crashes are often caused by truck gators because they leave huge pieces of jagged rubber with metal bands on the road after a tire blowout. Dangers of Truck Gators Large commercial trucks and tractor-trailers are commonly equipped with huge tires and tire treads known as “gators,” resembling the long, jagged jaws of an alligator. Truck gators are one of the most dangerous types of road debris found on U.S. roads and highways. When a big rig has a tire blowout, enormous pieces of jagged rubber and metal bands used to strengthen tires are scattered across the highway. Truck gators
Each year, approximately 500,000 American construction workers risk developing hand-arm vibration syndrome, a serious condition caused by using vibrating power tools. Vibration Tools Can Lead to Disability Construction workers are considered high-risk for certain accidents and injuries related to falls from heights, building demolitions, and power tools used on construction sites. Heavy, handheld vibration tools such as jackhammers, plate compactors, and grinders used on construction projects can cause a serious health condition known as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) which can lead to pain and a range of symptoms and disabilities. Hand-arm vibration syndrome is caused by vibrating power tools that…
Attorney Scott Goldstein is a partner at Ankin Law. Scott began clerking at Ankin Law while a student at John Marshall Law School and never left. Scott took some time to answer a few questions about an area of law he knows well: Workers’ Compensation. Are there other attorneys in your family? Yes … many. I have my great grandfathers certificate to practice before the United States Supreme court from 1915 hanging in my office. Does your mom or dad work in public service? My mother was a college educator; my father was a union leader. Both of those jobs…
The Food and Drug Administration has recalled two types of thyroid medications linked to various side effects and health dangers, including heart problems. Beware: Thyroid Medications Recalled The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a recall of two thyroid medications, because they pose health dangers to consumers. Acella Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of NP Thyroid 15 and NP Thyroid 120, voluntarily recalled these medications because testing found the lots to be sub-potent. Testing showed that these thyroid medications may contain less than 87% of levothyroxine, one of two active ingredients used to treat hypothyroidism. Patients treated for hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)…
Ford is facing a class-action lawsuit related to a steering defect referred to as the “death wobble.” Reports of violent steering wheel shaking in Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks are causing drivers to lose control of their vehicles. Ford Death Wobble Endangers Drivers Ford truck owners are experiencing dangers on the road from a steering defect in certain F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickup models. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 1,200 complaints have been filed related to a serious steering defect now referred to as the “death wobble.” Thousands of driver complaints list violent shaking…
Injury risk increases on Halloween. Approximately 4,500 Halloween-related injuries were treated in hospital emergency rooms in 2018 alone. The most common types of injuries that occur on Halloween are caused by: Pedestrian Accidents Many pedestrians take to the streets on Halloween night. While drivers may see warnings and remain more cautious while driving to avoid an accident, injuries and deaths still occur. In many cases, costumes feature masks that prevent wearers from seeing vehicles clearly, or drivers may not see pedestrians wearing dark costumes or other clothing at night. Slip and Fall Accidents Slip and fall accidents and injuries are…
Elmiron, a prescription medication used to treat a bladder condition, has been linked to eye damage. Hundreds of thousands of people who use Elmiron are at risk of suffering permanent vision loss, according to recent studies. Studies Linking Elmiron to Eye Damage In October 2019, Kaiser Permanente submitted a study to the American Academy of Opthalmology that established a link between Elmiron and damage to the eye. The research found that the drug affects the retina, which is the thin layer of tissue at the back of the eye responsible for light reception and enabling people to see. The study looked…
If someone is injured in a car crash on private property in Chicago, it can be more challenging to determine liability since the traffic laws that apply to crashes on public roads may not apply to accidents on private property. However, injured victims may still be able to recover compensation from the other driver, the property owner, or both when they follow the proper steps. Steps to Take After a Car Accident on Private Property The first step that people should take if they are in an accident on private property is to contact law enforcement. However, the police may…
Power linemen face numerous workplace hazards every day. Falls from dangerous heights, electric shocks, burns, exposure to toxic substances, and motor vehicle accidents often cause electrical workers to become seriously injured. In some cases, these incidents can even be fatal. Recognizing the magnitude of the dangers they face and taking appropriate safety measures can help keep utility workers safe. Common Workplace Hazards for Power Linemen Some of the most common dangers electrical linemen face at work include: Inadequate Safety Gear Utility companies are required to equip their workers with appropriate personal protective equipment. If workers don’t have the gear they…
Employers may be liable for failing to provide adequate protection to employees, which can result in employees contracting COVID-19. The question of liability comes as businesses face lawsuits that employees are filing against employers in some cases. The Rise of COVID-19 Lawsuits Recently, Walmart has become the defendant in one of the first lawsuits pertaining to employee COVID-19 exposure. The case revolves around Wando Evans and his family, as the 51-year-old Walmart employee near Chicago died from Covid-related complications. His family is claiming that Walmart was liable for exposing Evans to the virus, leading to his wrongful death. In response…
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…