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Even though U.S. toy safety standards are among the toughest in the world, toys can hurt and even kill children, according to Joan Lawrence, the U.S. Toy Association’s “Toy Safety Mom” whose formal title is senior vice president of standards and regulatory affairs.
Lawrence asserts that U.S. toymakers are committed to ensuring the safety of the toys they produce. Still, about 200,000 children are hurt yearly because of toy-related injuries or illnesses. Children aged 4 and under consistently make up about half of all injuries to children that require emergency room care.
Causes of Injuries
The problem is that dangerous
Continue Reading This Holiday, Have a (Safe) Toy Story

Chicago, July 10, 2022 – Smith LaCien LLP announces the $7.3 million settlement in wrongful death lawsuit against a Joliet hospital brought by the family of a woman who died from sepsis after an endoscopy went wrong.
In June 2016, Michelle Swallow, 30, was diagnosed with acute gallbladder inflammation and had surgery at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. Two months later she contacted her physician to report abdominal pain. He referred her to a gastroenterologist who in turn recommended a procedure to evaluate her for bile duct stones. She underwent the procedure which included the insertion of air into the
Continue Reading Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Wrongful death suit is settled for $7.3 million

Chicago, June 15, 2022 – Smith LaCien LLP announces the $10 million settlement in a case involving a man who cannot walk due to a spinal injury he suffered while playing bubble ball at a Chicago suburban park district.
Collin Hogan was 15 when his accident occurred at a birthday party on July 8, 2017. The Schaumburg Park District let the party use its facility and equipment for the game.
Parents had to sign a release, agreeing that the park district was exempt from liability for an injury or death.
Hogan and his mother arrived late, and although she signed the
Continue Reading Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Man hurt in Bubble Ball game settles for $10 million

A car is much more than a possession. For many Americans, it represents a way to earn a living – building them, repairing them and selling them. For drivers, a car is a symbol of freedom whether heading out into the wild blue yonder or just the local mall. To accommodate drivers, laws were passed to build more and better highways and to increase speed limits. Safety measures that were enacted resulted in a decrease in deaths for many years, until now.
Road deaths increased more than 10 percent last year compared with 2020, reaching 42,915, according to estimates released
Continue Reading To Counter Increase in Roadway Deaths, Feds To Provide $1 Billion in Grants to Localities

The tragic train-truck crash in Clarendon Hills on Wednesday that killed a Metra BNSF passenger also injured four other passengers including the conductor and train engineer. The train struck a slow-moving semitrailer truck when it became stuck behind another vehicle. The truck driver leaped to safety without injuries.
A federal investigation will ultimately identify the cause, but early news reports indicated the train was running on an altered schedule because of an earlier mechanical problem on another train. It was racing to Union Station when the crash occurred.
Railroad crossing accidents commonplace
Sadly, railroad crossing accidents are all too common.
Continue Reading Train-Truck Crashes Often Catastrophic

Those bright orange signs and striping lines that designate a roadway work zone are popping up everywhere. They warn motorists to slow down and use caution but can challenge and frustrate even the safest drivers. Drive too fast or recklessly through a zone, and you can endanger yourself, your passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Even the road workers are at risk.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) website offers valuable tips to drivers as they navigate through the construction zones. Despite the warnings, far too many drivers ignore them. If drivers fail to follow that advice and an accident occurs, they
Continue Reading Embrace the orange when driving through work zones

When you hop on a train in the morning on your way to work or get on a bus to take you across the city, you are likely most concerned with whether everything is running on schedule and what time you will arrive at your destination. You may not give much thought to whether you are at risk for injury while on your commute. On occasion, however, Chicago train and bus accidents occur, and innocent passengers may end up with painful injuries and an expensive recovery.
In order to prevent train accidents and to protect the well-being of passengers, authorities
Continue Reading Can I get compensation if hurt riding CTA trains or buses?

In early May, Chicago is set to receive some 4,000 rentable, stand-up electric scooters for use by the public. The arrival is good news for environmentally conscious people who want to get around quickly and inexpensively. But will the entrance of so many scooters lead to more traffic accidents?
The city says it has already addressed some of the safety concerns. To help protect pedestrians and other vehicle users, e-scooters will not be allowed on the Lakefront Trail, the 606, the Riverwalk, or Navy Pier. A City Council-approved ordinance requires that all scooters be equipped with “sidewalk detection” devices that
Continue Reading Make way, Chicago, for 4,000 electric scooters!

Cyclists are vulnerable to injuries, even when wearing the fullest amount of protective gear possible. Despite following the rules, using bike lanes and biking cautiously, they may still suffer because of the reckless or negligent actions of a motorist. Even small actions, such as a driver or passenger opening a car door after parking, can lead to serious, debilitating or fatal injuries for a cyclist. 
Dooring accidents are events during which a cyclist collides with an open vehicle door, typically because the individual opening the door is unaware of his or her surroundings. The failure to look before opening a
Continue Reading Who pays for injuries suffered in a dooring accident?

One in 10 people with symptoms caused by a major vascular event, an infection or cancer will be misdiagnosed, according to a study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and CRICO Strategies.
That’s a shocking statistic and one you shouldn’t ignore. More than half suffered a permanent disability or death because of the error, and an equal percentage were seriously harmed. The most frequently missed diagnoses were spinal abscesses and aortic aneurysms. More than one in five lung cancer diagnoses were also “meaningfully delayed.”
The authors noted that these misdiagnoses have not declined over the last
Continue Reading What Is Your Chance of a Major Medical Misdiagnosis?

Even a seemingly minor motor vehicle collision can have a lasting impact. From the turmoil caused by financial peril to physical challenges faced by victims of severe injuries, the crash is often only the start of serious issues. Unfortunately, individuals often become confused and feel pressured to answer questions from the insurance adjuster even when they are not ready. While every situation is unique, here are five tips that might prove helpful after a motor vehicle crash.
Do not admit fault
Many times, people automatically assume fault over what happens to them. Even a collision caused by someone else –
Continue Reading 5 tips for talking to an insurance adjuster after a car crash

CHICAGO, March 16, 2022 – Chicago trial lawyer Brian LaCien, a founding partner with Todd A. Smith of Smith LaCien LLP – Trial Lawyers, has been named by Lawdragon Press as a 2022 Law Dragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.
He will be featured in an upcoming publication along with the nation’s other top lawyers. Lawdragon Press is a legal media company that provides the public with free online news, editorial features and several respected guides to the nation’s leading lawyers.
LaCien previously practiced law at Power, Rogers & Smith. He has served in a leadership capacity in numerous national,
Continue Reading Smith LaCien Founding Partner Brian LaCien Named to 2022 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America

Two bicyclists have already been struck by a car and killed this year in the DuSable Lake Shore Drive crosswalk to the Lakefront Trail. It didn’t have to happen.
Cycling advocates say Chicago has long known the locations of the most dangerous access points and has done nothing to make them safer. Christina Whitehouse, the founder of Bike Lane Uprising, recently told Block Club that “people go out of their way to get to the lakefront path, and it’s proving deadly.”
The Mayor’s Office has a Pedestrian Advisory Council and Bicyclist Advisory Council that is supposed to meet quarterly and
Continue Reading Accessing the Chicago Lakefront Can Be Dangerous. Just Ask Any Cyclist.

As lawyers who concentrate in birth injury cases and defective products litigation, we were deeply distressed to learn that some of Abbott Laboratories’ now-recalled nutritional powdered baby formula for pre-term babies allegedly led to necrotizing enterocolitis, a potentially deadly digestive condition.
The FDA issued a warning to consumers not to use the powdered formula produced at Abbott’s manufacturing facility in Sturgis, Michigan. The agency is continuing its investigation after three babies became sick and two died after consuming the formula.
Several lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, according to the Chicago
Continue Reading FDA Issues Warning about Abbott Lab’s Powdered Baby Formula

CHICAGO, March 7, 2022 – Chicago trial lawyer Todd A. Smith, a founding partner with Brian LaCien of Smith LaCien LLP – Trial Lawyers, has been named by Lawdragon Press to the 2022 class of the Lawdragon Hall of Fame. He will be featured in an upcoming publication along with the nation’s greatest corporate litigators, plaintiff powerhouses and innovators who established new areas of the law.
Lawdragon Press is a legal media company that provides the public with free online news, editorial features and several respected guides to the nation’s leading lawyers.
Smith has practiced law for more than 30
Continue Reading Smith LaCien Founding Partner Todd A. Smith To Be Inducted into 2022 Lawdragon Hall of Fame

When sharing the road with other drivers, you are vulnerable to the actions and decisions of those around you. For example, if another driver chooses to text and drive, you could end up hurt in an accident caused by his or her negligent actions. In the same way, an aggressive driver is more likely to cause a collision that may cause others harm. Road rage is a completely preventable and inexcusable action.
If you suffered because of road rage, there are options available to you. It is possible you have grounds to pursue compensation through a civil claim, and while
Continue Reading Can I file a lawsuit against a road rage driver?