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Schaumburg workplace injury attorney

Workers’ compensation coverage is required by law in Illinois. That means that all employers must have workers’ compensation insurance that covers any employee who is injured while on the job. The amount of insurance premiums paid in the United States has seen close to a $10 million increase since 2011, changing from $35,664,230 in 2011 to $45,047,380 in 2017. This makes one wonder, are jobs getting more dangerous, or are more people being encouraged to seek compensation? According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfatal occupational injuries and illness incidence rates have been decreasing each year since 2003. Since the number of accidents have not increased, there must be another reason for the surge of net premium payments. Whether or not the increase can be attributed to educational efforts or improved knowledge of employees, it is important to know the different types of benefits offered in case of a workplace accident.

Types of Workers' Comp Benefits

Workers’ compensation benefits vary based upon the type and severity of the injury. There are four types of workers’ compensation benefits available to U.S. employees:

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Schaumburg car accident injury attorney

Drunk driving is illegal in all 50 states. In Illinois, a driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) cannot exceed 0.08 percent. According to estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 47 percent of Illinois motor vehicle fatalities involve alcohol. Due to the risks that come with drunk driving, people who commit the offense of driving while under the influence (DUI) may face criminal penalties, and they may be held responsible for injuries caused to other drivers, passengers, or pedestrians. In some situations, other parties may also be liable for injuries in drunk driving accidents.

Dangers of Drinking and Driving

Everyone has heard that drinking and driving is a dangerous combination; however, many people would not be able to give accurate information on how alcohol consumption can affect driving abilities. Response time and coordination are both affected as alcohol is added into the mix. A driver's reaction time becomes slower, making it difficult to engage the brakes quickly to avoid hitting another vehicle or pedestrian. With a lack of coordination, drivers can put everyone at risk. A motorist needs sharp motor skills, such as eye, hand, and foot coordination to properly react to unexpected instances. Excessive drinking can greatly impair an individual's vision. Whether the road ahead is slightly blurry or appears to be spinning, a person cannot adequately drive without clear vision. 

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Schaumburg defective drug attorney

Everyone has seen the medicine commercials that read off the laundry list of negative side effects that prescription drugs can have on those who take them. While it is unlikely for a drug to have zero side effects, these potentially dangerous effects should be recognized and mitigated before the drugs are released to the public. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires the completion of clinical trials on new drugs to keep individuals from falling victim to dangerous side effects. However, some pharmaceutical companies have failed to provide the public with the truth about the drugs they manufacture. Defective drugs can cause emotional, physical, and/or psychological injury.

Common Types of Drugs Found to Be Defective

If a drug’s side effects are not properly conveyed to the public, the drug is considered defective. The following are common medications whose negative side effects have deemed them defective on many occasions, resulting in court proceedings for the injured parties:

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Arlington Heights food poisoning injury attorney

Many people suffer from foodborne illnesses, also referred to as food poisoning, each year. Whether it is caused by food purchased at the grocery store or meals prepared at a restaurant, foodborne illnesses can have health consequences that are more serious than just an upset stomach. Common symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, and chills. These symptoms can be easily managed by those with strong immune systems, but children, pregnant women, elderly individuals, and those with other diseases can have difficulty fighting these types of illnesses. According to the CDC, 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 individuals die from foodborne illnesses each year.

Three Common Causes of Foodborne Illnesses

  1. Viruses: Foodborne illnesses caused by viruses can be directly attributed to those who are already infected. If proper hygiene is not used by those preparing food, viruses can be spread through the food. “Employees must wash hands” signs in restaurant bathrooms are present to remind employees that waste residue can give customers foodborne illnesses. Contaminated water used during the preparation process is another common cause of such illnesses.

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Arlington Heights car accident lawyer teen driver

It is no surprise that many teens will be involved in a car accident at one point or another; however, these accidents are often more than just a fender bender. According to the CDC, 2,433 U.S. teens (aged 16-19) were killed in 2016 and 292,742 were treated in ERs across the nation for injuries caused by car crashes. Driver education classes are required by schools in an effort to reduce such injuries and fatalities. Despite this curriculum, young adults remain six times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than adults. In many cases, these accidents occur because of lapses in judgment that can be attributed to decisions made without much driving experience. A young driver’s inexperience can often lead to serious car accidents, resulting in significant injuries or even death. 

Common Risk Areas

There are a few safety measures that young drivers tend to ignore:

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