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  • NTSB Recommends Two New Trucking Safety Standards

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    Truck underride accidents kill hundreds of people each year. Truck underride accidents are those accidents that happen when a vehicle collides with a truck and slides underneath it. While there are certain safety mechanisms in place to prevent underride accidents, data shows that they are often ineffective.

    According to a report by ABC News in 2011, rear impact guards, which are fastened to the backs of tractor-trailers, are designed to stop cars and prevent them from sliding underneath but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that when a car, traveling at 35 mph, slammed into the back of a parked trailer, the rear guard meeting U.S. safety standards gave way, allowing the car to slide underneath the truck. Had there been real occupants in the vehicle, instead of crash test dummies, they would likely not have survived.

    Earlier this month, in an effort to prevent under-ride accidents, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) implement new safety standards. Specifically, the NTSB recommended that newly manufactured tractor-trailers be required to be equipped with sensors or rearview cameras to help drivers detect other vehicles in blind spots and side protection systems capable of preventing under-riding.

    “Millions of large trucks travel our roadways every day, transporting goods and keeping the American economy moving,” said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. “But research shows that eliminating blind spots and underride events would reduce fatalities and injuries involving other road users.”

    Additionally, NTSB recommended that NHTSA update its requirements for outdated rear protection system standards and require trailers to have new labeling to allow investigators to track trailer models that are linked to underride incidents.

    Contact a Trucking Accident Lawyer

    Trucking companies and truck drivers have certain obligations to prevent accidents on the roadway, and if they fail to comply with those obligations, they could be liable for an injuries or damages in a personal injury lawsuit. For instance, trucking companies are obligated to maintain their vehicles in safe working condition.  Truck drivers are responsible for obeying the rules of the road and operating their vehicles in a safe manner.

    If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, contact the skilled Chicago trucking accident attorneys at Ankin Law Offices at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and remedies following a trucking accident.

     

    Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and howard@ankinlaw.com.

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  • New Study Shows that Testosterone May Have Negative Impact on Brain

     

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    Testosterone has been linked to a number of serious side effects, including stroke and heart attack, and now a new study has found that the use of testosterone in certain men may have a negative impact on the brain. The study, which was published in February in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, found that testosterone therapy appears to damage brain cells in Caucasian men with elevated levels of oxidative stress, which may raise their risk of dementia.

    Although the negative brain impact was not seen among men of other races who were included in the study, other studies have shown that, among men with heart disease and low testosterone levels, the use of testosterone therapy increased the risk of serious problems including heart attack, stroke, and death of nearly 30 percent. 

    In addition to risk of stroke and heart attack, testosterone therapy has a number of other side effects, including:

    • Acne and oily skin
    • Lower sperm count (which can cause infertility)
    • Higher red blood cell count (which can increase risk of heart attack and stroke)
    • Shrinkage of the testicles
    • Larger breasts
    • Worsening of urinary symptoms
    • Increased male pattern baldness

    Liability for Testosterone-Related Medical Conditions

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently investigating the risks and dangers of testosterone therapy in light of the recent data linking testosterone to stroke and heart attacks. The Chicago testosterone lawyers continue to monitor legal developments in connection with testosterone, and we are committed to helping the victims of testosterone injuries obtain full and fair financial compensation.

    Manufacturers of unsafe pharmaceuticals, including testosterone gels and other forms of testosterone therapy, can be held accountable for their products. If you have suffered testosterone side effects, you may be able to recover money damages for medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress. Approximately 30 testosterone lawsuits were recently consolidated in a Judicial Executive Committee pending before U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly in the Northern District of Illinois.

    Moreover, doctors who negligently and unnecessarily prescribe testosterone replacement therapy could also be liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

    The Chicago testosterone attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC are committed to protecting the victims of unsafe pharmaceuticals, such as testosterone replacement therapy. We have considerable experience representing clients in a wide variety of personal injury and product liability lawsuits, including class actions lawsuits based on unsafe pharmaceutical drugs. If you have suffered serious testosterone side effectscontact the skilled Chicago unsafe pharmaceutical drug law firm of Ankin Law Offices, LLC at (800) 442-6546 to discuss a possible testosterone lawsuit.

     

     

    Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and howard@ankinlaw.com.

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  • Number of Work-Related Injuries in Certain Industries Is Under-Reported

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    The prevention of work-related accidents, injuries, and illnesses is something that requires the input and cooperation of lawmakers, employers, and employees. In order to devise the necessary safety procedures and enact workplace safety regulations, the government relies on data regarding workplace injuries and illnesses provided by employers and industry experts. Unfortunately, some industries do not necessarily have accurate reporting mechanisms on work-related injuries and illness, which make it more difficult for regulators and lawmakers to identify and address occupational health problems.

    For instance, a new audit report from the Department of Labor Office of Inspector General (OIG) has called on the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) to take additional steps to deter the underreporting of workplace incidents, injuries, and illnesses. As explained in this article, the OIG report claims that policies on discipline, drug testing, and incentives may dissuade workers from reporting injuries, which results in underreporting and lack of workers’ compensation benefits for injured workers. Moreover, underreporting of work-related injuries can also prevent the implementation of appropriate safety measures and regulations.

    MSHA currently has methods to detect and deter underreporting, but OIG is recommending that the agency expand and enhance its methods to better target those mines that are more likely to underreport incidents, injuries, and illnesses. OIG is also recommending that MSHA develop guidance programs to address injury reporting retaliation against miners and to encourage miners to report injuries.

    Under-reporting isn’t just an employer or industry problem either. In fact, a new study from the University of California Davis School of Medicine indicates that federal agency statistics vastly undercount the number of nonfatal injuries and illnesses in the agricultural industry. Safety and Health Magazine reports that researchers estimate that the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses misses approximately 78 percent of injuries and illnesses. Researchers suggest that government undercounting is likely due to the government’s focus on mid- to large-sized farms – which employ less than 50 percent of agriculture employees – to the exclusion of small farms, self-employed farmers, and family members.

    Contact an Illinois Workplace Accident Lawyer

    At Ankin Law Office, LLC, our Chicago workplace accident attorneys are committed to promoting safe working environments and we focus on helping injured workers get full and fair financial compensation. We put our vast experience handling worker’s compensation claims, personal injury lawsuits, and wrongful death lawsuits to work for you to get you maximum financial recovery possible.

    If you were injured in a work-related accident, do not hesitate to contact us at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago workplace accident lawyers.

     

     

    Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and howard@ankinlaw.com.

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  • Is Work-Related Hearing Loss Putting You at Risk of Other Injuries?

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    Workers who are exposed to high levels of noise while on the job may be at risk of developing hearing loss and other occupational hazard injuries. Not only are these workers at a higher risk of hearing loss injuries, but a new Canadian study from the Institut National de Santé Publique shows that workers with noise-induced hearing loss may also be at a higher risk of other injuries in the workplace.

    According to Safety and Health Magazine, the study looked at 46,550 men who had frequently been exposed to occupational noise levels of 80 dBA or higher and found that, among the participants, 3.6 percent had at least one work-related injury requiring hospitalization within five years of an occupational hearing test. Moreover, each decibel of hearing loss found in the hearing test was linked with a statistically significant increase in injury risk.

    Workers who were regularly exposed to ambient noise levels of 100 dBA or higher – equivalent to the noise volume when standing next to a lawn mower – had more than double the risk of being hospitalized for a workplace injury. For those workers with a combination of severe hearing loss and working in an environment where noise exposure is overly intense, the risk of being hospitalized with a work-related injury is 3.6 times that of workers with neither factor.

    The increased injury risk may occur because a worker who can’t hear properly – either due to hearing loss or due to hearing protection – may miss important communications or signals while on the job. Accordingly, work-related injuries in certain jobs might be prevented through the use of special safety signals that don’t rely on hearing.

    “Noise induced hearing loss is a public health issue – in the USA, up to 30 million workers are exposed to noise and in Quebec this number is estimated to be 400,000,” Serge-Andre Girard, the study’s leader, told Reuters Health.

    According to Reuters Health, the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has suggested that companies undergo prevention programs for all workplaces with hazardous levels of noise, including noise assessments, noise control, monitoring of workers’ hearing, appropriate use of hearing protectors, and worker education about protecting themselves from noise.

    Contact a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

    Workers who suffer hearing loss or other work-related injury are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The Chicago work injury attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC focus on helping injured workers collect full and fair compensation from all available sources, including workers’ compensation benefits and any third-party personal injury damages that may be applicable. We will advise you of your legal rights and help you pursue any possible legal claims. If you have suffered work-related hearing loss or were injured while on the job, do not hesitate to contact our Chicago workplace injury lawyers at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation.

    Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and howard@ankinlaw.com.

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  • Should Auto Makers Be Subject to Stricter Auto Defect Laws?

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    General Motors has recently come under fire for its spate of auto recalls. Just last week it announced that it is recalling 1.5 million vehicles worldwide due to a defect with the cars’ electronic power-steering assist, which can suddenly stop working and make the car harder to steer. This most recent recall brings the total vehicles GM has recalled since February up to a staggering 6.3 million vehicles.

    According to ABC News, the initial recall – which included 2.6 million small cars for an ignition switch defect – prompted GM to name a new safety chief and expedite the review of other pending safety inquiries that could lead to recalls. Although no deaths are linked to the most recent power-steering recall, the initial ignition switch defect has been linked to 13 deaths.

    According to this article, “lawmakers obtained documents showing how GM had actually looked at possible fixes for the defect in 2005, but determined it would be too expensive to address,” even though the projected cost to fix the ignition switch defect was only 57 cents apiece.

    In light of the recalls and fatalities, GM’s CEO Mary Barra testified last week before a House subcommitee, where several lawmakers blasted GM for turning a blind eye on the “death trap” vehicles, and calling on federal regulators to tighten auto defect regulations, namely enacting laws that would require better communication between auto makers and the government.

    As this article states, acting National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief David Friedman provided written testimony in advance of the subcommittee hearing indicating that GM had information connecting defective ignition switches to the non-deployment of air bags, but that it didn’t share this information with the administration until recently.

    While some auto recalls are for relatively minor problems, some auto defects, such as Toyota’s sudden acceleration problem, the defective generator control modules in the electric car Tesla, or the defective ignition switch in the GM vehicles, can cause significant injuries and deaths. Accordingly, it is critically important that drivers fix auto recall problems. In most cases, an auto defect in an open recall will be fixed free of charge if the vehicle is taken to the manufacturer’s dealership.

    Car owners can check the recall status of their vehicle by visiting the Carfax website and entering the vehicle VIN number. Recall status can also be checked at Safercar.gov, which allows consumers to search certain vehicle makes and models, but the website does not provide vehicle-specific recall information.

    Common auto defects include:

    Contact an Auto Defect Lawyer

    If you have suffered injuries or damages as a result of a defective vehicle, you may wish to consult with an attorney.  The Chicago product liability law firm of Ankin Law Offices, LLC is dedicated to protecting consumers from dangerous and defective products, including defective vehiclesContact one of our skilled Chicago personal injury and product liability attorneys at (312) 442-6546 if you would like more information on auto defects and recalls.

    Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and howard@ankinlaw.com.

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  • Do Rear Visibility Systems Prevent Auto Accidents?

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    Backover accidents are responsible for 210 deaths and 15,000 injuries each year, with children under the age of 5 accounting for 31 percent of backover fatalities and adults 70 years of age and older accounting for 26 percent.

    In an effort to reduce the amount of backover fatalities and injuries, all new cars will be required to have rear visibility technology by May 2018. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the required rear visibility systems must expand the field of vision to include a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle, as well as meet other requirements regarding image size, linger time, response time, durability, and deactivation.

    The NHTSA estimates that, when taking in account those vehicles that already have rear visibility systems installed, “58 to 69 lives are expected to be saved each year once the entire on-road vehicle fleet is equipped with rear visibility systems meeting the requirements of today’s final rule.”

    Other In-Car Safety Technologies

    As we reported, in the next few years, new cars and trucks may also be required to include crash avoidance technology on all new vehicles that would allow vehicles to communicate with each other to avoid crashes. According to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, the current administration plans to develop a proposal before 2017 that would require auto makers to include crash avoidance technology on all new vehicles.

    Do Safety Technologies Actually Prevent Accidents?

    There is no doubt that rear visibility technologies go a long way in reducing the number of backover accidents and save lives. But some experts fear that certain in-car safety technologies could encourage risky behavior by creating a false sense of security. For instance, while safety features like stability control have not been shown to cause an increase in risky driving, other technologies such as adaptive cruise control and lane departure warnings encourage risky or distracted driving. Moreover, some in-car technologies have actually made driving more dangerous. For instance, AAA has warned motorists that Bluetooth technologies and other hands-free-voice-based systems impede a driver’s ability to operate a car safety because it diverts the driver’s attention from the task of driving.

    Contact an Illinois Auto Accident Lawyer

    The Chicago auto accident lawyers at Ankin Law Offices, LLC are committed to promoting driver safety and helping the victims of auto accidents obtain full and fair financial recovery. If you were injured or loved one died in a backover accident or other car accident, do not hesitate to contact Ankin Law Office at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago auto accident lawyers. We will put our experience to work for you to get you full and fair financial recovery.

     

    Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and howard@ankinlaw.com.

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  • Testosterone Lawsuits Go Before Judicial Executive Committee

     

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    Testosterone lawsuits continue to mount against the makers of various testosterone supplements, and a Judicial Executive Committee was recently created to centralize at least 30 of those lawsuits which allege that testosterone caused heart attacks, strokes, and other injuries. The consolidated cases are pending before U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly in the Northern District of Illinois.

    Given the health risks linked to testosterone, consumer advocates are also calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require black box warnings about heart attack and stroke risks to be included on the labels of testosterone products. The black box warning – the strongest warning that can be required of product manufacturers – alerts consumers that a product has a high risk of causing adverse health conditions, including medical conditions that can be fatal.

    “Unless the FDA immediately begins to provide strong, adequate black-boxed warnings about the risks of heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases, the continuing toll of heart attacks, many in people who are not even candidates for testosterone, will continue,” representatives of Public Citizen said in a press release. “At the present rate of prescribing, almost 13,000 prescriptions a day are filled for testosterone products in this country. Each day of delay of the black box warning ensures much more exposure, too often for men who cannot benefit from the drug but will only be exposed to its risks.”

    The dangers of testosterone have been alluded to for years, but a recent study found that the risk of heart attacks among men 65 and older during the first three months of using testosterone was twice the risk seen in the year before use. The study also found a nearly threefold increase in heart attack risk among men under 65 with a history of heart disease who took testosterone.

    In addition to risk of stroke and heart attack, testosterone therapy has a number of other side effects, including:

    • Acne and oily skin
    • Lower sperm count (which can cause infertility)
    • Higher red blood cell count (which can increase risk of heart attack and stroke)
    • Shrinkage of the testicles
    • Larger breasts
    • Worsening of urinary symptoms
    • Increased male pattern baldness

    The dangers of testosterone are significant and widespread, particularly given the number of men who are currently using some form of testosterone replacement therapy. According to Public Citizen, more than five million prescriptions for testosterone replacement therapy were filled in the U.S. in 2013, nearly 90 percent of which were Androgel, Axiron, Testim, and Fortesta.

    Contact a Testosterone Lawsuit Lawyer

    Manufacturers of unsafe pharmaceuticals, including testosterone gels and other forms of testosterone therapy, can be held accountable for their injury-inducing products. If you have suffered testosterone side effects, you may be able to recover money damages for medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress. Additionally, doctors who negligently and unnecessarily prescribe testosterone replacement therapy could be liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

    The Chicago testosterone attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC are committed to protecting the victims of unsafe pharmaceuticals, such as testosterone replacement therapy. We have considerable experience representing clients in a wide variety of personal injury and product liability lawsuits, including class actions lawsuits based on unsafe pharmaceutical drugs. If you have suffered serious testosterone side effectscontact the skilled Chicago unsafe pharmaceutical drug law firm of Ankin Law Offices, LLC at (800) 442-6546 to discuss a possible testosterone lawsuit.

     

    Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and howard@ankinlaw.com.

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  • Prevalence of Work-Related Back Injuries

     

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    Back injuries, such as a herniated disc, sprain, or fractured vertebrae, continue to be one of the most common work-related injuries. In the workplace, back injuries can occur when lifting or carrying heavy objects, or due to repetitive motions.

    A new study out of the University of Sydney shows that low back pain is the leading cause of ergonomics-related worker disability, with low back pain from ergonomic exposure responsible for an estimated 21.7 million disability-adjusted life years, or years of life lost, in 187 countries between the period of 1990 and 2010. In fact, the study estimates that approximately 26 percent of the population in 2010 was affected by ergonomic-related low back pain.

    If a back injury prevents you from working, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Injured employees are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault for the accident. Under Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, injured workers can recover the following worker’s compensation benefits after a workplace accident or work-related injury:

    • Medical expenses
    • Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits equal to two-thirds of your average gross weekly wage, up to a weekly maximum payment
    • Permanent total disability (PTD) or permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits, which are often paid as lump-sum payments
    • Vocational rehabilitation benefits

    Although injured employees are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for work-related injuries and illnesses, back injuries can be difficult to prove since they often develop over time and are difficult to pinpoint to a specific work-related activity. Consequently, employers and their insurance companies often argue that a back injury was not caused on the job, but is attributable to some other cause, such as a slip and fall accident, car accident, or sports-related injury.

    Moreover, even if the back injury can be linked to a work-related activity, employees do not always receive the benefits that they are owed in a prompt manner. If your employer or its insurance company fails to provide workers’ compensation benefits following a workplace accident, you may wish to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC).

    The Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys at Ankin Law Office can assist you with the preparation of your workers’ compensation claim so that it is filed in a timely manner and includes the necessary supporting information. Additionally, because we are skilled accident and injury attorneys, we are able to assess whether you might be able to recover additional compensation by filing a third-party claim.

    If you have suffered a work-related back injury, contact one of our Chicago worker’s compensation lawyers at (800) 442-6546 to learn more about how we can help you obtain maximum worker’s compensation benefits.

     

    Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and howard@ankinlaw.com.

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  • 5 Motorcycle Safety Tips

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    Now that the weather is (finally) warming up in Illinois, motorcyclists are taking to the roads more often. Although motorcycle accidents are less common than auto accidents, they are considerably more severe.  Motorcyclists are not covered by the same protective barriers as cars and other passenger vehicles, making motorcycle accidents more likely to result in serious injuries or death than car accidents. The Chicago motorcycle accident lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC are dedicated to promoting traffic safety and keeping the roads safe for motorcyclists.

    The following are five safety tips for motorcyclists to remember as they dust off their bikes and take to the roads:

    • Never operate a motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol. Drunk driving of any kind is extremely dangerous and can lead to serious motor vehicle accidents, but recent crash data indicates that a high number of motorcyclists ride while intoxicated. As we reported last summer, an Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) press release indicated that the percentage of drunk motorcycle riders (motorcycle operators with a BAC of 0.08 or higher) involved in fatal crashes during late afternoon and early evening hours are more than double that of drunk drivers of any other type of passenger vehicle.
    • Always wear a helmet. One in five motorcycle accidents results in head or neck injuries, which can be reduced by the proper wearing of an approved helmet. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a motorcyclist not wearing a helmet is 40% more likely to die from a head injury if in a motorcycle crash than a motorcyclist who was wearing a helmet. The CDC estimates that helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69% and, in 2008 alone, more than 1,800 lives were saved by the use of helmets.
    • Avoid tailgating and lane splitting. Lane splitting is the dangerous practice of moving between lanes of vehicles that are moving in the same direction. Lane splitting is also referred to as lane sharing, whitelining, filtering, or white-striping and it is illegal in most states. Lane splitting is a common cause of accidents and, accordingly, most states prohibit lane splitting though the laws of each state vary on the specific practices that are illegal.
    • Obey the rules of the road. Comply with posted speed limits, avoid tailgating, and use extra caution when approaching road hazards such as railroad tracks, cattle guards, slippery car fluids, gravel, and potholes.
    • Wear protective clothing. Wear upper body clothing that includes bright colors or reflective materials so that other motorists can more easily see you. Illinois law requires motorcyclists to wear protective eye gear, unless the motorcycle is equipped with a windscreen.

    At Ankin Law Office, LLC, our Chicago auto accident lawyers are dedicated to keeping the roads safe for motorcyclists and protecting the rights of the victims of motorcycle accidents. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident, contact us today at (800) 442-6546 to schedule your free consultation to learn how we can help you recover money damages following a motorcycle accident.

     

    Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and howard@ankinlaw.com.

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  • 5 Little Known Facts about Slip and Fall Accidents

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    Slip and fall accidents are one of the quintessential personal injury claims. While many people think of the so-called “banana peel” case when they think of a slip and fall accident, slip and fall liability – or premises liability – actually applies to a number of different situations. The following are five little known facts about slip and fall accidents:

    1. Slip and falls among seniors now top the list as the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. According to a new study published earlier this year, falls among seniors have surpassed auto accidents as the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. Researchers found that slip and fall accidents accounted for 41.5 percent of spinal cord injuries during the study period, followed by traffic crashes at 35.5 percent. Slip and fall-related spinal cord injuries also top the list for injuries among seniors, accounting for 30 percent of all injuries among seniors in 2009, compared to 23.6 percent in 2007.
    2. Premises liability applies to a number of accidents – not just slip and fall accidents. Under the theory of premises liability, property owners and managers can be liable for injuries that happen on their property as a result of their negligence. Premises liability can apply to injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents, but it may also apply to injuries sustained as a result of negligent security, a defective elevator, or contaminated food, for instance.
    3. If you slip and fall on private property, you may have a claim against the property owner if he or she created an unnatural accumulation of snow or ice. Under the theory of premises liability, property owners and managers are required to keep their property safe and free from hazards. The failure to do so can result in liability for any injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident on the property.
    4. You may have more than one legal claim against more than one defendant. For instance, if you were injured in an elevator accident while working, you be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits through your employer’s insurance carrier, in addition to a premises liability claim against the property owner (if different than your employer) and a product liability claim against the manufacturer of the elevator (if it was defectively manufactured).
    5. The time limits for filing a premises liability lawsuit following a slip and fall accident vary depending on circumstances of the accident. For instance, if you fell on the privately-owned property – such as a restaurant, retail store, hotel, or private home – you must file a claim within two years of the date of the accident. If, on the other hand, you fell on a publicly-owned property – such as a city park, a public school, a government building, or a city sidewalk – a premises liability lawsuit must be filed within one year of the accident.

    Contact an Illinois Slip and Fall Lawyer

    Issues of premises liability following a slip and fall accident are complex legal issues that are highly dependent on the particular facts of the accident and/or injury. The Chicago premises liability attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC focus on complex accident and injury lawsuits, including those involving slip and fall accidents.

    If you were injured in a slip and fall or other accident on someone else’s property, contact our office at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago premises liability attorneys.

     

    Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC (www.ankinlaw.com) handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and howard@ankinlaw.com.

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