Chicagoland Bicycle DangersWhile Chicago tries to present itself as a bicycle friendly city, an epidemic of accidents has presented a dark, dangerous and deadly shadow upon those efforts. Six deaths this year and numerous other accidents have made this a record year in regards to fatalities and injuries. It is reasonable to assume that the uptick in bicycle accidents may be influenced in part by the flood of new bicycles into the area, but many of the accidents reported in recent history are symptoms of far more serious concerns. The Chicago bicycle accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers believe these incidents reflect inadequate measures put in place to protect cyclists and disregard on part of motorists for their safety.

A List of Incidents Both Long and Alarming

September has been a horrible month for Chicago area bicyclists, with the number of fatalities occurring in the month equaling the total for all of last year. The accidents involving bicyclists include the following incidents.

Trucks That Self Drive with CarsA stir was created when Anheuser-Busch made news by shipping a trailer full of beer over 120 miles without a driver behind the wheel. While there was a driver in the sleeper berth ready to take over if things went awry, he never took the wheel as the semi-truck made its way from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs. The development of autonomous driving technology for trucks comes with a lot of questions and the public has voiced many of the same concerns over self-driving trucks as they have cars. For our Chicago truck accident attorneys, the most important question for consideration is how this technology impacts liability.

Historic Trip Reveals True Ability of Autonomous Driving Technology

When a truck is able to travel 120 miles without any assistance from a human being and can enter and leave the highway without causing an accident, it quickly dismisses any notion that self-driving technology is soon to become reality for drivers everywhere. While there are many benefits to this technology, many concerns and questions still exist in the minds of skeptics. First, let’s consider the benefits that autonomous driving may have on the trucking industry.

Patients Risk of Dying May be IdentifiableA new testing system may make it easier for doctors to accurately assess risk in patients about to undergo surgical procedures so that they can communicate those risks more effectively. More accurate risk evaluation can also help surgeons plan ahead and put together a contingency plan they can fall back upon in the event things do not go according to plan. The Chicago surgical malpractice attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers often point out that poor communication between doctors and their patients about risk and the failure to make adequate preparations for patients with notable risk factors are common causes of medical malpractice cases.

Mortality Rate is High Among Certain Subgroups

While it is true that the chance of patient mortality during or following most medical procedures is miniscule, there are some subgroups that carry extremely high risk. Data has shown that these subgroups report mortality rates as high as 10%, making accurate risk assessment crucial to operative success. Not only is a better system of predicting risk essential to reducing mortality rates, but it is also vital to helping doctors communicate effectively with their patients.

Large Award in Talcum Powder LawsuitA jury awarded a Californian woman more than $70 million dollars in Johnson & Johnson’s third straight legal loss over claims that its talcum powder is linked to ovarian cancer. There are currently over 1,700 lawsuits being brought against the pharmaceutical giant and the last three verdicts present a foreboding picture to come for Johnson & Johnson. The talcum powder /ovarian cancer attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have been watching developments closely as the current cases being brought against J & J are certain to influence the manner in which future claims will proceed.

Verdict Follows Two Similar Rulings by St. Louis Court

The claims levied against Johnson & Johnson include that the company ignored compelling evidence that talcum powder could cause cancer over an extended period of use and then refused to warn consumers regarding the link. In fact, many of the talcum products used marketing specifically to encourage use on the genitals, where it could cause bodily harm over time.

Governments and ArbitrationMuch of the news we have read over the last twenty years pertaining to the nursing care industry has given us reason for worry and fear. We’ve watched lawmakers make prodigious cuts to funding and for profit companies pervade the market; all while finding and creating numerous loopholes to recuse themselves of liability. A huge retaliatory blow was struck on behalf of seniors everywhere, however, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services promised to withhold funding from the corporations that found a way to deny many victims of nursing abuse the right to bring the offending homes to court.

Nursing Industry Forces Arbitration upon Residents of Assisted Care Communities

The right to sue negligent corporations for any injuries their actions may cause is taken for granted, so the families of many nursing neglect and abuse victims were shocked to learn that they had forfeited this right when admitting their relatives into nursing homes that snuck arbitration clauses into their living agreements. These clauses were often placed into the fine print that most people give no more than a moment’s notice to and have prevented many families with legitimate disputes from receiving the justice they sought.

Payment Coverage on your Auto Insurance PolicyIllinois vehicle accident attorneys deal with many people who question if they need medical payment coverage on their auto policy. They may not understand what medical payment coverage is, or they may find it redundant to add another fee to their auto insurance, especially if they already have health insurance.

Many individuals only think of the damage to their car in the event of an accident, but an injury to yourself and other passengers is just as important. Medical payment coverage can cover the holes in other insurance policies you have and ensure that you are covered if and when you get into an accident.

How Medical Payment Coverage Works

Common Household InjuriesSerious household injuries are more common than one might think. In fact, more than 10 million individuals every year visit the emergency room as a result of injuries occurring on their residential property. These residential injuries account for more than 6 million or more insurance claims every year, where victims are seeking financial recompense for their medical expenses, lost time away from work, pain, suffering, mental anxiety and other types of damages and losses.

Common Types of Household Injuries Involving Guests

The most common forms of household injuries involve slip and fall accidents, drug overdoses, backyard drownings, electrical burns and dog attacks. Many residents and visitors are injured every year in slip and fall accidents by falling from ladders, falling downstairs and slipping on spilled liquids and slippery surfaces.

Levels of THC in Medical Marijuana and its' EffectsAs cannabis continues to be legalized throughout the United States (both for medical reasons and recreational use), it has proven important to both lawmakers and police officers to find a way to test the impairedness of a driver who has THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in their system. The main issue with finding a standardizing level of THC-impairedness is that THC is not processed in the same way as alcohol. While the legal limit for alcohol is easy to measure at 0.08 using proven devices, it is difficult to determine a specific amount of THC that encompasses its effects for everyone who uses it.

What is THC?

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a chemical responsible for producing most of the psychological effects of smoking and consuming marijuana. The chemical effects of cannabinoid receptors concentrated in specific areas of the brain that are known to affect memory, thinking, coordination, pleasure and time perception. While the human body naturally makes cannabinoid chemicals, the compound THC can also be consumed or inhaled from the resin in the glands of marijuana plants. The chemical stimulates brain cells to release dopamine which in many creates euphoria along with other stated side effects.

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