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Sexual abuse, including that of children, has been a long-standing problem in the Catholic church for decades. Perpetrators include priests, bishops, clergy members, and other church leaders, while victims are primarily women and children.

Thousands of sexual abuse claims against the Church have led to billions of dollars in settlements.

Over $3 billion has been paid to resolve hundreds of Catholic Church settlements to victims and their families as more cases come to light.

You deserve justice if you or a loved one suffered sexual abuse by a Catholic church leader.

Our compassionate lawyers will ensure you receive financial
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Clergy members sexually abusing congregation members can inflict overwhelming physical, mental, and psychosocial wounds that last a lifetime. Clergy sexual molestation survivors often deal with unimaginable emotional trauma, keeping the secret of how an individual with religious authorities told their innocence. This web page will go through clergy abuse statistics to give some perspective on this pervasive issue.

Are you or someone you know a clergy sexually abused survivor? Are you looking for legal remedies to hold sexual perpetrators accountable? The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC can discuss all your legal options.

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The prevalence of 18-wheeler truck accidents in Illinois is a pressing concern, with significant implications for public safety and regulatory practices. In 2022 alone, Illinois recorded 4,773 total accidents involving semi-trucks, which included 129 fatal accidents and 1,531 injury accidents. 

Trucking in Illinois is governed by a dual-layered regulatory framework, encompassing both federal and state laws. Federal regulations, primarily administered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), establish nationwide standards on issues like hours of service, truck maintenance, and driver qualifications. 

Concurrently, Illinois state laws supplement these regulations with additional provisions tailored to intrastate transport and enforcement practices. Understanding
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In 2022, a staggering 79% of all car accidents in Illinois occurred in just 10 of its counties. To put this into perspective, Illinois saw a total of 298,347 crashes involving motor vehicles that year and almost 240,000 of them occurred in 10% of the state. [1]

The issue of car accidents is not unique to Illinois alone, though examining data from neighboring states reveals considerable variance in collision numbers.

For instance, Indiana experienced 206,923 collisions, Iowa reported 53,644, Missouri had 127,485, and Kentucky saw 130,042 accidents in 2022.

Understanding where car accidents occur most frequently is crucial for enhancing
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Potholes are a significant and persistent issue on the streets of Chicago, posing severe risks to vehicles and drivers alike. According to a recent report from ABC7 and Fox 32, the number of drivers seeking repairs for pothole damage surged by 57% across the country in 2023. 

In 2022, the Department of Transportation repaired over 605,000 potholes, highlighting the city’s relentless battle against deteriorating road conditions. By April 2023, Chicago city crews patched nearly 215,000 potholes in streets and alleys. Crews work year-round, sometimes fixing thousands of potholes in a single day, yet the problem persists.

Encountering a pothole can
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Fatal car accidents have become an alarming issue both in Chicago and across the United States. Over recent years, the frequency of these tragic incidents has shown an upward trend, raising concerns among public health officials, policymakers, and the general public. 

While national data on fatal car accidents is widely accessible, detailed statistics specific to Chicago aren’t always readily available, complicating efforts to address the problem at a local level. This lack of localized data hinders targeted interventions and underscores the need for improved data collection and reporting mechanisms within the city.

National Landscape: A Look at US Fatal Crash
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Bicycle safety ratings play a pivotal role in informing urban cyclists about the overall safety and reliability of their city’s biking infrastructure. These systems assess bike lane quality, connectivity, and accident rates, offering invaluable insight for both policymakers and everyday cyclists. 

Understanding how a city performed in these assessments may have significant ramifications on cyclists’ decisions as well as advocacy initiatives designed to improve cycling conditions in that location.

In the 2023 City Rankings released by People for Bikes, Chicago’s performance was particularly concerning. The city ranked near the bottom at 161 out of 163 evaluated big cities in the
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Navigating Chicago’s dense urban environment with an oversized vehicle presents unique challenges that require careful attention. Chicago’s narrow streets, heavy traffic, and numerous low-clearance bridges and overpasses make it particularly difficult for truck drivers to operate oversized loads safely. 

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The risks associated with these conditions are significant, as oversized vehicles are more prone to accidents due to their size and decreased maneuverability. Consequently, accidents involving these large trucks are not uncommon, and they often result in severe injuries and extensive property damage.

For individuals injured in accidents caused by truck drivers transporting oversized loads, understanding the
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Recent data has revealed a troubling rise in criminal activities involving ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft in Chicago. Several incidents have surfaced recently in Chicago, and many more occur around the country—carjackings, killings, people pretending to be Uber drivers and then committing serious crimes—shedding light on the growing safety concerns for both riders and drivers.

Uber’s 2022 rider ratings placed Chicago among the ten cities with the worst-rated riders, securing the 10th position, though there is no specific data explaining why Chicago riders are rated among the worst. [1] The reasons could vary from negative rider attitudes to violent
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Heavy semi-truck can cause colossal traffic congestion and other problems. A fully-loaded commercial truck’s sheer size and weight can cause catastrophic damages, leading to severe injuries and fatalities.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has represented many clients who have been injured or killed in accidents involving semi-trucks. Our accident lawyers understand the unique dangers posed by these large vehicles, and we are dedicated to fighting for the rights of those they have harmed.

For more information about our firm and how we can help you, please visit our website or call us at (888) 424-5757. We offer free consultations, so
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The trucking industry is a vital part of the American economy, responsible for transporting goods over long distances. The trucking companies employ more than 3.5 million Americans and generate over $700 billion in revenue.

Semi-trucks are often used to transport goods across the country and are essential for many companies. However, they can also be dangerous resulting in thousands of accidents each year.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has successfully represented many people who have been injured in accidents involving semi-trucks. We understand the unique challenges of these cases, and we have the experience and resources to get you the compensation
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A thorough study spanning ten years has uncovered notable trends concerning motorcycle safety in major cities. Notably, Chicago has emerged with a remarkably low rate of motorcycle deaths, with the data indicating only 6.05 fatalities per 100,000 people. 

This record positions Chicago at the forefront of motorcycle safety. It is one of the 10 cities in The United States with the lowest record of fatalities. For the local motorcyclist community, this news may bring a sense of reassurance. 

Popular routes such as Lake Shore Drive, with its scenic views of Lake Michigan, and the legendary Route 66 that begins in
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Undocumented immigrants face potential problems when involved in legal actions. If the government finds out about their immigration status, there is a chance they may be detained and deported if the right agency is informed of their status. 

However, immigrants are legally protected by the U.S. legal system and have certain rights that everyone else shares. You can even file a wrongful death lawsuit despite being undocumented. 

Undocumented Immigrants’ Legal Rights in Wrongful Death Cases

A wrongful death case happens when a person is killed in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, and their family files a lawsuit. This
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One of the biggest fears any undocumented worker has is that their employer will retaliate against them for standing up for themselves. 

Joining a union, advocating for their rights, or even asking for equal consideration are all things you may be scared to do in the workplace if you are undocumented. However, there are legal protections for undocumented immigrants against employer retaliation. 

With a few exceptions, immigrant workers have the same rights in the workplace as everyone related to benefits they are eligible for. Don’t let your immigration status deter you from taking action to protect your rights since you
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An undocumented worker is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of their legal immigration status. 

Federal, state, and local agencies are not allowed to deny rights, benefits, or privileges based on a person’s unwillingness to disclose their social security number [1]. This has been used as the precedent to ensure a worker’s undocumented status does not limit their access to the same benefits other workers have access to. 

Read on to learn more about workers’ compensation for undocumented immigrants, the types of benefits available through workers’ comp, differences in state laws, and information about deportation for filing a workers’ comp
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According to reports from The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), there were more than 6.3 million undocumented immigrants working in construction and agriculture in 2006 [1]. 

These are two of the most dangerous industries in the country, giving undocumented immigrants a much higher chance of being injured in the workplace. 

The overwhelming number of injuries and deaths led to new protections put in place to offer undocumented workers some measure of legal protection. However, the risk to workers remains high. 

Fortunately, undocumented workers can take legal action against unsafe
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