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Police Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Charges Related to Death of Chicago Nursing Home Patient

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Patient Dies After Alleged Subdual Efforts

In a recent tragic case involving the death of a 95-year-old nursing home resident, a police officer has been charged with one count of reckless conduct. The officer received the charges after allegedly firing a beanbag shot at the patient in subdual efforts. The resident was rushed to the emergency room after allegedly being shot with beanbag rounds at a distance of six to eight feet. A stun gun was also used in attempts…

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When Safety is a Priority, Window Washing Can Be A Safe Occupation

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Window washing is an industry that is inherent with risks, and an employer has a legal duty to prepare employees for these risks. Even if employees use the utmost care and caution in washing windows from high heights, some risks simply cannot be avoided. A failure to maintain scaffoldings or to properly warn employees of worksite dangers may cause an employer to be liable for the injuries employees suffer.
Window cleaning companies can avoid liability in window washing accidents when…

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A Long Time Coming, J & J Pulls Morcellator Devices from the Market

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On April 17, 2004, the FDA issued a safety communication to members in the healthcare community concerning power morcellation used in myomectomy and hysterectomy procedures. The communication was directed to medical professional associations, minimally invasive surgical device manufacturers, hospitals, medical facilities and cancer advocacy groups, along with women considering all surgical options to treat uterine fibroids. This communication finally prompted Johnson & Johnson to pull its morcellation devices from the market.

The Device in Question

The FDA (Food & Drug…

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Chicago Archdiocese Releases Records Substantiating Sexual Abuse

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After decades of accusations against the Archdiocese of Chicago, victims of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of priests in local parishes have a small victory. In January 2014, thousands of personnel records were finally released to the public. These files contain horrific stories of sexual abuse and molestation that plagued young boys and girls in the Catholic Church here in Chicago.

A Long Fight For Chicago Victims

The recent releasing of these records has taken years of fighting…

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Car Backing Cameras Mandatory in 2018

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Federal Law Now Requires Rear-View Camera Installation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently announced a rule that will require car manufacturers to install car backing technology in 2018. Many automakers are planning on installing rear-view cameras to adhere to the new NHTSA regulation. The new rule satisfies a condition set by Congress in 2008. Congress passed the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act, which required that automakers improve visibility in the rearview field for all vehicles manufactured…

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AndroGel Plaintiffs Seek To Consolidate Cases in Illinois Federal Court

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You’ve seen the TV commercials featuring fit, handsome actors and voiceovers that go something like: “Are your energy and sex drive not what they used to be? You may have a condition known as ‘Low T.’ Ask your doctor about AndroGel.” “Low T” stands for low testosterone, and these commercials are targeted at men over 50 and promise to restore the vitality they enjoyed when they were over 20 years younger.
The problem is that the “condition” the makers of…

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Laser Hair Removal Complications Continue to Accrue

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Botox, tummy tucks and laser hair removal are becoming some of the most sought-after cosmetic treatments. At one point in time, only wealthy members of society could afford the occasional Botox treatment or laser skin treatment. Today, these types of cosmetic services have become commonplace in American society. Medical and cosmetic boards continue to grapple with licensing issues and have not yet determined whether a doctor must perform these procedures. Spas, physical therapy centers, salons and independent contractors continue to…

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Chicago to Take a Closer Look at Ride-Sharing Programs

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The Popularity of Ride-Sharing Programs in Chicago

As workers and unemployed individuals continue to feel an increasingly tightened financial pinch, apps like Uber and SideCar are sky-rocketing in popularity. These smartphone apps give users an easy way to find affordable transportation from private drivers in a city. Gone are the days of spending $10-20 to travel a couple miles in cities like New York City or Chicago. Instead, Uber and other ride-sharing apps allow individuals to find the lowest rates…

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Trucking Accident Close-Up: Role Of Faulty Truck Brakes In Crashes

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Braking is one of the most important functions in a vehicle. Braking is a life-saving function that can prevent deadly crashes at the last possible moment. It is also a function that enables drivers to abide by traffic laws and stop at appropriate traffic signals. For truck drivers, braking plays a vital role in daily commercial deliveries and providing for the safety of all other drivers on the road.
Truck drivers have a legal duty to perform maintenance checks and…

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What Happens When You Are Injured in Someone’s Home

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Suffering an injury on another individual’s premises can be a liability issue for the property owner, according to Illinois negligence law. A lawsuit for financial recompense can be filed when the injury in house occurred when visiting another home, or while a tenant is paying rent to the homeowner. Legally accountable individuals include the property owner and/or manager taking care of the property.

Proving an Injury Claim: Addressing Liability Before Damages Can Be Evaluated

To be successful in an Illinois…

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