Chicagoland Limo Fatal CrashAuthorities from FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) have ordered the Lyons Limousine company to cease all operations on interstate and intrastate roadways. This order comes on the heels of an April 2016 limousine-involved crash occurring on Interstate 90 (Jane Addams Memorial Tollway) in Elgin, that claimed the life of Terri Schmidt and left six others critically injured. The release of information from the FMCSA revealed that authorities believe that Lyons Limousine could be “an imminent hazard to public safety.”

The order that was released by the United States Department of Transportation revealed that “Lyons Limousines use of unqualified and under-age drivers with poor driving records, lack of inspections, repairs and maintenance records, and complete disregard of the hours-of-service regulations substantially increases the likelihood of death or serious harm to drivers, passengers and the motoring public if not discontinued immediately.”

The order to cease operations was served to the Wisconsin company owners Patrick and Mary Lyons after the completion of the investigation of the March 2016 accident involving Schmidt and her husband along with two other couples traveling from the state of Wisconsin to O’Hare International Airport. At the time of the fatal crash, the couples were headed to the airport for a vacation in Mexico. During the initial investigation, the young limousine driver claimed he was blinded by the bright sunlight when traveling to the tollway construction zone.

Eye ProtectionWhen you consider just how important our vision is to our independence and ability to perform our designated duties at work, you can understand the need to protect that sight from all of the hazards which threaten it. About 2,000 injuries to the eyes are reported to OSHA every day in the United States and many of these injuries occur either because the worker was not wearing eye protection or the protection worn was not appropriate for the hazards present on the job. Wearing safety goggles can greatly reduce your risk of injury and protect your vision if you the eye protection you are provided is designed to protect you from the hazards you are most likely to encounter.

Work Hazards and Causes of Eye Injuries

Different forms of hazards may be present at each work site, depending on the type of industry and material used to complete assigned tasks. While the lack of eye protection is cited in many accidents, the improper eyewear is also a major contributing factor to numerous eye injuries. When workers wear the wrong eye protection, they could have a false sense of confidence and injure themselves as a result. Following are some of the most common hazards to the eyes found at various workplaces.

Dangers at the CarnivalFor many children and adults, carnival rides are a source of fun and excitement, a classic form of entertainment, and a great way to spend time with friends and family. However, as the years have gone by, carnival rides have become less of a summer staple and more of a cautionary tale. Illinois roller coaster accident attorneys, as well as amusement park injury lawyers in general, have more work ahead of them than ever before legally representing victims of amusement ride accidents.

On May 5th of 2016, an eleven-year-old girl named Elizabeth Gilreath was severely injured as a result of a carnival ride. The long red hair she was known for got caught in a mechanism of the ride after she fell out of her seat, and as a result, her entire scalp was torn off. The ordeal lasted for five to ten minutes until the ride was finally stopped by an onlooker who noticed people screaming and a girl lying on the floor of the ride. The ride attendant fled from the scene, supposedly to get help, but he was not seen again. Initially it was unknown whether or not Elizabeth, who goes by Lulu, would be able to see again due to the extent of her injuries.

Long-Term Effects of the Incident

Deaths of Pedestrians in ChicagoAggressive and distracted driving have been contributing factors to an increase in the amount of pedestrian fatalities due to auto accidents in the City of Chicago. 46 pedestrians lost their lives in 2015 and many more were injured in accidents involving drivers that were speeding, texting and driving or acting in a reckless or aggressive manner on the roads. These figures are 31% higher than the same data for 2014 and contradicts the belief many have that the city has made substantial progress in improving the safety of city roads for pedestrians. While the enforcement of laws plays a role in deterring motorists from negligent behavior, it is ultimately the responsibility of drivers to do their part in preventing needless injuries and deaths.

The Presence of More Pedestrians Increases Risk

When attempting to determine what factors have had the most influence in the sharp increase in pedestrian fatalities, officials have noted that there has been an increase in pedestrian traffic throughout the city. Much of this can be attributed to the fact that more people are choosing to use public transportation measures such as buses and rail. The CTA served over 515 million passengers via its rail and bus services.

Exploding E-Cigs While the popularity of electronic cigarettes (E-cigs) has been on the rise in the last few years, the industry is developing some explosive problems. The growing number of media reports in recent months involving cases of exploding E-cigarettes has brought to light the serious, albeit rare, occurrences accidents leaving victims with severe burns and other injuries using the alternative to the smoking product.

Since E-cigarettes were first available for sale in 2007, these devices that are built to vaporize nicotine-laced liquids have increased in popularity, especially among teens and lifelong smokers attempting to quit. A 2014 CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) research study revealed that approximately 25 percent of all high school students report having used an E-cig in the last 12 months. That number doubles to one in eight teenagers who have reported “smoking” an E-cigarette in the last month.

E-cigarettes are a huge industry that created more than $1.5 billion in sales in 2015, with numbers that are expected to more than quadruple by the end of 2018. However, there are serious mechanical problems to the battery-operated device that simply vaporizes liquids to produce an almost identical sensation to smoking cigarettes, complete with a hit of nicotine to the back of the “smoker’s” throat.

Talcum Powder and the VerdictsIt seems the media has been abuzz with word that women who have used talcum powder and later developed cancer are owed compensation. Recently, talcum powder has been linked to cancer and lawsuits abound. A talcum powder injury lawyer dealing with a fifty-five million dollar case says that at least one thousand lawsuits are to come for Johnson & Johnson, a huge producer of talcum powder.

Does Talcum Powder Really Cause Cancer?

Talcum powder is mainly made up of talc, a mineral composed of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. It absorbs moisture and cuts down on friction, making it a useful ingredient for products such as baby powder. Some talc contains asbestos in its natural form. Asbestos is known to cause cancer when inhaled. However, all talcum powder in the United States has been talc-free for more than forty years.

Speed and Motorcycle AccidentsOne of the reasons motorcycles are so dangerous is that they have a very low profile and are difficult to see on the road during inclement weather or while driving at night. These factors also impact the ability of drivers to accurately measure the speed of the motorcycle as it approaches an intersection or changes lanes. Whenever sharing the road with a motorcyclist, a driver should always err on the side of caution simply to compensate for these risks and factors, as providing more space and time to motorcyclists can ultimately be the difference between a nonevent and tragic accident.

Why Drivers Have Difficulty Determining the Speed of Motorcyclists

If you have ever watched a train approaching a railroad crossing, or an airplane taking off from a runway, you already have an idea of how the size of an object can affect your perception of its speed. Trains are notorious for moving much faster than people suspect they are due to their size, profile and the angle at which people view them. Motorcycles can play similar tricks on the mind— especially at night when they are only visible by their headlights and reflectors.

Safety Inspections Put Workers in JeopardyWhile the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would have all businesses perform routine health and safety inspections, not every employer is required to. Businesses which have employees perform more dangerous job functions or work with hazardous machinery or materials may be required to comply with more strict regulations and perform regular inspections in order to ensure that a safe environment is provided to workers. Regardless of whether a business receives a mandate from OSHA to perform routine inspections, employers can be held liable if OSHA believes they have failed to take measures that are considered reasonable to reduce the chances of injury. It is a proven fact that routine safety inspections can save lives and employers need to be more willing to actively participate in programs that will reduce workplace accidents.

Equipment Requiring Regular Inspection

Regular safety inspections can identify problems with machinery well before they become a hazard to workers, but employers often push back against mandated inspection schedules in order to avoid costs associated with regular maintenance and repair. It is a sad affair when the safety of employees is not valued more than the costs required to ensure that every employee makes it home from his or her shift. OSHA requires facilities and worksites that maintain or operate certain forms of machinery to perform regular inspections and make repairs to machinery when appropriate because, when left to the employers’ discretion, these inspections may not be performed.

Medication Errors with ChildrenMedication errors have become such a growing concern in the United States that the National Center for Biotechnology Information lists them as a leading cause of injury and death. Billions of prescriptions are filled each year and even with a small margin of error, this can result in thousands of deaths and many more injuries. Some of the victims at the greatest risk are children, due largely to the fact that they are unaware of the exact way that medications work and the side effects that may result. It is the responsibility of doctors, pharmacists and parents to take every measure possible to prevent these errors.

What Makes Pharmacy Errors So Common?

The NCBI has reported a rise in the frequency of all medication and pharmacy errors in recent history and part of this can be attributed to the flood of new medications onto the market. Large pharmaceutical companies often rush their latest medicines to market without fully understanding how they may react with other medications, dietary habits and other factors. In other instances, these companies may know of the potential for complication but conceal this information from doctors and their patients. With the release of so many new medications and the need to fulfill billions of prescriptions every year, the pharmacy industry is often stressed and stretched thin.

Brain Injury DiagnoseMillions of Americans suffer from traumatic brain injuries resulting from vehicle accidents, falls, assaults, sporting collisions and other incidences. Many brain injuries produce symptoms that include memory issues, confusion, dizziness, headaches, slurred speech, comas, seizures and the inability to maintain attention.

Detecting brain injury or the severity of the injury can be challenging for doctors, especially immediately after a traumatic event to the head. Typically, physicians will diagnose a traumatic brain injury using a CT scan (computerized tomography scan) to determine the level of damage to the brain that might involve swelling, bleeding or bruising. While CT scans provide valuable information, they have significant limitations. This is because the diagnostic test lacks the ability to detect non-bleeding damage to the patient’s brain cells.

In many incidences, the victim suffering serious brain trauma will lack physical symptoms, especially if the trauma is caused by sudden impact. The patient might appear and act normally, not experience pain or show any outward signs of distress. As an example, an individual hurt in a vehicle accident might lose consciousness briefly and then regain their awareness prior to emergency responders arriving at the scene. Another example might involve an injury to an infant who has not yet learned to speak, making it challenging to know if the child is dizzy, confused or has slurred speech.

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