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How the opioid epidemic is affecting workplace fatalities

Fatal workplace injuries are on the rise, according to a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Between 2015 and 2016, such injuries jumped by 7 percent. Instances of workplace violence spiked by 23 percent--which contributed to the escalation in workplace fatalities. However, the number one reason for this upward trend is linked to drug use.

Pedestrians struck at higher rates

When you want to go out for a stroll, you need to pay attention to what is going on around you. Vehicle-versus-pedestrian incidents continue to rise, and in Illinois, it means you can wind up seriously injured or worse.

With the rates of pedestrian strikes so high, what, if anything, can you do to protect yourself from becoming a statistic? Take a look at some of the ways you can keep yourself safe as a pedestrian.

3 common reasons for slip and falls

Slip-and-fall accidents are more common than you may think. The National Floor Safety Institute finds that there are approximately 1 million emergency room visits every year because of slip-and-fall injuries. Injuries you may sustain from such an incident range from minor bruises to severe skull fractures.

Because of the risk of this issue, it is vital to do whatever you can to avoid getting hurt in this manner. The first step is to know what causes these types of accidents to occur. 

Railroad workers could be entitled to compensation for illness

If asked about worker’s compensation for railroad workers, most people might think about accidents—such as a derailing train or collision. But there are more injuries that your employer could be liable for.

When it comes to railroad worker injuries, crashes might get the most media attention. However, there are also diseases that can result from a railroad career.

Older motorcycle riders are vulnerable to serious injuries

Spring is on its way and when the temperatures warm up a bit, more motorcycles will be on the road—and many will have seniors aboard.

Members of the baby boomer generation will be out on their Harleys and Yamahas, but much as they love cruising on their bikes, they must be aware of their vulnerability to serious injuries.

Resisting the urge to check your phone while driving

Smartphones have drastically changed how we—as a society—interact with each other. The majority of us rely on our phones as our primary form of communication. Many of us maintain entire relationships through social media and text.

Smartphone addiction is a known problem—for children and adults alike. You may be commuting home after a long day at work. You’re focused on the gridlock in front of you. Yet the second you hear your phone alert you to a new text, you may find yourself instinctively reaching over to pick up your phone and see what you’re missing.

How the law recognizes the value of your romantic relationship

On Valentine’s Day, you may dedicate a little extra time to appreciating the special things about your spouse or partner that make you feel lucky to be with them. Maybe you appreciate the way they always do the dishes whenever you cook. Perhaps you admire their knack for lifting your spirits with an inspirational talk whenever you’re feeling down. Or it could be that you simply like the way they hold you—making you feel protected and letting you know that everything is okay.

When tragedy strikes, lives can change in a flash. If your spouse were involved in a serious accident, the impact on both of your lives would be tremendous. What are the legal structures in place to protect you—as the spouse of an accident victim?

Low-speed car crashes and the “silent epidemic”

You may think of a brain injury in connection with sports; for instance, it is common for football players to experience concussions. However, vehicle crashes, along with falls, account for most of the traumatic brain injuries reported each year in the United States. Do you know why people refer to TBI as the “silent epidemic"?

The two forms of TBI

How to stay safe in sub-zero wind chills

As the polar vortex tears through the Midwest, 77 percent of the continental U.S. population is being hit by an unusual cold snap. For many of us, these are the coldest temperatures we've ever experienced.

In Illinois, one man has already died in a weather-related accident. In Chicago, temperatures are expected to be even colder than Antarctica--plummeting to -27°F on Thursday. In O'Fallon, there is currently a wind chill advisory in effect--with wind chills as low as -25°F.

Steps railroad workers should take after suffering an injury

Railroad work can be hazardous. On-the-job injuries include burns, broken bones and much more. Would you know what to do if you sustained an injury in a railroad-related accident?

You may be eligible for compensation under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act. Prior to filing a claim, here are four important steps to take.

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