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Child pedestrians: Are they safe on Halloween?

Children and young adults flock the streets on Halloween night, and it is just around the corner. While it is tradition to go door-to-door collecting goodies, how safe are child pedestrians?

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, child fatality is, on average, twice as high on Halloween than any other night of the year. What are the biggest hazards to children on Halloween and how can parents help them stay safe?

Hazards to motorcyclists

Many motorcycle accidents occur happen, not because of crashes with another car, but because of hazards on or in the road. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash statistics, over 5,000 motorcyclists were killed in 2016. What are the most hazardous conditions for motorcyclists?

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Chicago

Centers_for_disease_control-bizzieri.jpgAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), numerous deaths occur each year in the United States including: 120,000 due to injury; 26,000 due to falls; 33,600 due to motor vehicle accidents; and 33,400 due to poisoning. A number of these deaths occur as a result of the negligence of another. A wrongful death claim occurs when the negligence of one party causes the death of another by "wrongful act, neglect or default," according to state law. If your loved one has passed as a result of someone else's negligence, contact a Chicago attorney today for a consultation on your rights.

Prompt Payment Required in Illinois Personal Injury Settlements

Il-Gen-Asslembly-Bizzieri.pngEarlier this year, the Illinois General Assembly passed736 ILCS 5/2-2301, requiring defendants and insurance companies settling personal injury cases to pay all sums due to the plaintiff agreed upon during negotiations within 30 days of signing the settlement documents. This rule of civil procedure went into effect on January 1st and was passed in response to concerns over delayed payments issued to injured parties, which sometimes would take up to 6 months longer than the deadline in the settlement agreed to by the parties. The law pertains to lawsuits regarding personal injury, damage to property, wrongful death, or other tort actions.

What's the Process? Understanding Your Illinois Personal Injury Lawsuit

emergency-room-bizzieri.jpgAccording to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, approximately 37.9 million emergency room visits are injury-related. Personal injury claims arise when someone is injured as a result of another's negligence. Personal injury attorneys usually are retained on a contingency fee basis, meaning that legal fees are collected if and when your case succeeds. The most common type of personal injury cases, based on injury statistics, include motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice and work-related injuries. If you believe you have a personal injury claim, here is what you can expect.

Injured on the Job in Illinois? Four Things You Should Do Immediately

work-related-accidents-bizzieri.jpgApproximately 200,000 work-related accidents occur in Illinois each year. Of those accidents, fewer than 50,000 are reported to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. Workers' compensation is a no-fault system of benefits paid by employers, to employees who are injured while conducting work-related duties. There are certain requirements that must be fulfilled to qualify for workers' compensation under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act. If you have experienced a work-related injury, below are four things you should do right away.

Illinois Passes New Laws for Ride-sharing Companies

ride-sharing-bizzieri-law.pngRide-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber allow drivers to operate as quasi-taxis in order to use their personal cars to take members to and from local destinations. Proponents of ride-sharing believe that it is a new frontier in public transportation. Opponents believe that this sub-industry is serving all of the functions of taxi companies, receiving all of the benefits of a taxi business, while not operating under the strict laws that govern taxi organizations. While big ride sharing companies have preemptively prepared for accident liability by erring on the side of caution and purchasing "excessive coverage,"many still believe that stricter laws must be imposed to firmly mandate liability insurance and other protections. The new statute may ultimately change the landscape for residents throughout Chicago land, including Oak Lawn, Orland Park, Burbank, and nearby communities who are injured in ride-sharing accidents.

Concerns that New Senate Bill Will Change Illinois' Workers Compensation System

illinois.PNG The new Illinois State Senate Bill 3287 ("SB 3287") has already been presented and passed by both of the Illinois legislative Houses. SB 3287 amends the existing Illinois workers' compensation law by creating tort liability for safety service organizations that work closely with brokers, employers and insurers to make sure that workplaces are as safe as possible. Previously, such organizations had immunity, which provided them with legal protections against being sued for their work with insurance companies, employers and brokers.

Illinois Medical Marijuana Law in Direct Conflict with Vehicle Code

Medical_Marajuana_Bizzieri_Law.jpgBeginning in 2014, the Illinois medical marijuana law came into effect. Though the first batch of medical marijuana is not yet available to patients, people are already concerned about how this new law will interact with other statutes. In particular many are concerned about how the legal consumption of marijuana will affect a patient's ability to follow the Illinois Vehicle Code, which provides a prohibition against driving while impaired under the influence of drugs. Our auto accident attorneys are currently observing the evolution of this issue in order to determine the legal ramifications of this conflict between the new Illinois medical marijuana law and the Illinois Vehicle Code.

General Motors Begins Talks with Claim Victims

GM.pngThe car manufacturing company General Motors (GM) is under extreme scrutiny because of car accidents caused by a defective ignition switch that was installed in certain GM vehicles. This PR nightmare has been amplified by the fact that GM admitted to having known about the defect for over a decade before the defect became public knowledge. Currently, the company has been embroiled in multiple legal proceedings over the defect. A recent meeting between GM's attorneys, claim victims and their families is considered to be the first step in an attempt to resolve this complex personal injury suit. Our Auto Accident attorneys are careful watching the evolution of this issue and what effects it will have on personal injury law.

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