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April 2014 Archives

Two pharmaceutical companies face wrongful death lawsuit


When medications are prescribed to address medical problems or illnesses, Illinois residents are like other Americans and expect that the pharmaceuticals will address their issues without creating harm. Unfortunately, some drugs with serious side effects come onto the market and put the well-being of people at risk, sometimes even causing death.

Illinois handheld phone ban may not be reducing distracted driving

In January of this year, Illinois became one of about a dozen states to strengthen its distracted driving laws by banning the use of handheld cellphones. In order to make or receive phone calls behind the wheel, drivers will now have to use a headset or other hands-free device (including in-car systems that respond to voice commands).

GM's recall spurs wrongful death lawsuit


The recent recall announced by GM for some of its cars has roused the interests of drivers in Chicago, Illinois concerned about consumer safety. The recall, which had been announced only in February, stemmed from faulty ignition switches in certain cars. This was an issue that GM was purportedly aware of as far back as 2004. Recently, after more than seven years, the family of the victim who allegedly died because of that defect filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the automaker.

Many questions remain unanswered in wake of fatal bus crash

One of the scariest and most devastating aspects of bus accidents is the potential for mass injuries and casualties. Although buses tend to offer more protection to passengers than smaller vehicles do, bus accidents involving trucks and similarly large vehicles can be devastating.

Massive (new) Toyota recall eerily mirrors G.M. recall

The media is currently focusing intense scrutiny on auto giant General Motors. Over the past several weeks, G.M. not only recalled 2.6 million vehicles due to an ignition switch defect; the company was also compelled to admit that some of its employees had been aware of the defect for years. The faulty ignition switch can cause affected models to have their engines suddenly shut down and to have their electrical systems shut down. When this occurs, airbags can fail to deploy, seat belts can fail to restrain passengers and power brakes can fail to engage.

Two of Healy Scanlons' newest associates win approximately a quarter of a million dollars in jury trial

Two of Healy Scanlons' newest associates win approximately a quarter of a million dollars in a jury trial where no offer was on the table for a CDOT Inspector who fell into a trench on an excavation site. Patrick C. Anderson and Matthew M. Gannon of Healy Scanlon Law Firm represented the plaintiff and tried the case to verdict.

Surgical errors can leave patients with objects in their bodies


Every day, many residents of Chicago, Illinois, undergo surgical procedures and many of these come with inherent risks. One of the new developing risks that have been concerning patients is when doctors or other health care providers leave objects inside a patient's body. Unfortunately, such events can have adverse negative implications on the patient's health, exposing the patient to injuries or even death.

CTA seemingly tries to deflect blame for O'Hare train accident

The O’Hare Airport train accident remains a major story in the news, with new details and revelations emerging almost daily. The train’s operator did admit to dozing off just prior to the crash, but it seems clear that hers was not the only negligence responsible for the train accident.

More ATVs spur more Illinois serious injuries, advocates say


While there are not many all-terrain vehicles traveling on Chicago, Illinois, roads, once the weather gets warmer, it becomes conducive again to ride recreational vehicles on many rural Illinois roads. Unfortunately, any increase in ATVs sharing the road with automobiles can mean additional recreational accidents, which can lead to Illinois serious injuries and fatalities.

O'Hare train accident part II: Examining the CTA's safety record

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about the O’Hare Airport train crash that injured approximately 32 people. Although operator fatigue appears to be the primary cause of the train accident, the transit union alleges that fatigue is just one of many safety problems associated with working for the Chicago Transit Authority.

O'Hare train accident part I: Operator fatigue

One of the biggest news stories here in the Chicago area continues to be the crash of the Chicago Transit Authority train at O’Hare Airport one week ago today. An incoming train crashed into the terminal and actually climbed an escalator as it destroyed nearly everything in its path.

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