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Common factors in outdoor slip-and-fall accidents

As someone who lives in Illinois, you may have firsthand knowledge of just how dangerous it can be to walk down an icy sidewalk during the wintertime. While icy sidewalks are an inevitable threat for state residents, there are other factors at work that make people across Illinois and the nation fall year-round.

Even if you are as careful as possible when shopping, exploring or what have you, you still run the risk of suffering a slip-and-fall accident if others fail to keep their properties safe and organized. However, it may benefit you to know the primary causes of many outdoor slip-and-fall accidents so you can exercise extreme caution when navigating around.

What to do after a hit-and-run accident

On Illinois roadways, crashes happen on a daily basis. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 858 crashes per day over the course of a single year. That amounts to 313,316 traffic accidents in one year. In that same time frame, almost three people were killed a day in car collisions and over 10 people were injured every hour.

Motor vehicle accidents do not have to include injuries and fatalities to cause upheaval. No matter the circumstance, these events can cause a lot of stress for everyone involved. If one of the drivers does not stick around after the crash, the other person may be at a loss for what to do next.

What is your legal recourse following a hit and run?

If a driver runs into you and then speeds away without stopping to exchange insurance information, this is known as a hit and run accident. In most cases, the driver who speeds away is typically the at-fault party, and you could be entitled to compensation for any injury you incur.

The easiest way to seek restitution is by pursuing an uninsured motorist claim against the assailant through your own insurance company. If you own a vehicle and you have this type of insurance coverage—most people do, but many are unaware of it—then it can cover you in a hit and run accident, even if the accident didn’t involve your car (e.g., you were riding a bike or on foot).

5 common railroad injuries

As a railroad worker, you face unique occupational hazards every day. When accidents occur, they may have a catastrophic effect. The Bureau of Labor Statistics points out that workers in the rail industry frequently deal with various injuries, illnesses and fatalities. 

Railroad injuries may result in financially-crippling medical bills and a lifetime of pain. But what accidents and injuries are the most common? Here are some common ways you may suffer an injury as a railroad employee.

Injuries common among food service workers

If you find yourself among the millions who make a living working in some segment of the food-service industry, you face unique on-the-job hazards that can impact your health, cause injuries and affect your overall wellness. While some food-service worker injuries are relatively minor, such as minor back strains or burns, others can prove severe and even potentially deadly in nature.

Recognizing where your on-the-job risks lie can help you learn to minimize them and protect yourself on the job as much as possible, so know that many restaurant and food-service worker injuries involve:

Never dismiss minor soreness after a car accident. Here's why.

When car accidents happen, many victims end up with critical injuries. Others are fortunate to feel slightly sore, bruised or feel nothing at all.

However, it is important for individuals involved in any motor vehicle collision to obtain a medical evaluation, regardless of how minor their injuries may seem. Here's why.

How to react when you encounter a drunk driver on the road

Drunk driving has been a growing problem across the nation. It is one of the leading causes of injury and death on the road. In Illinois alone, drunk driving kills around 300 people each year.

You’ve probably seen the campaigns to help curb the drunk driving trend—the ads encouraging people to designate a sober driver or call a tax rather than get behind the wheel after a few drinks. But what can other—innocent—drivers on the road do to help avoid a crash with a drunk driver?

Should firearms be used to protect employees in the workplace?

Stories of mass shootings have been pervading the news. In an attempt to bolster workplace safety, some employers are considering arming managers with weapons to protect their employees in the event of a violent threat. If the manager in your workplace carried a gun, would this make you feel more or less safe?

Feelings on this possibility are divided, and the legal arguments for and against the move are more complex than you might expect.

Everything you need to know about winter slip-and-fall accidents

The risk of having a slip-and-fall accident increases during the winter, especially in the Midwest. Streets, sidewalks, parking lots and even the inside of buildings become slippery with snow and ice. This makes even a quick shopping trip a potentially dangerous situation. 

Slip-and-fall accidents may result in serious injuries, including spinal cord and brain injuries. But what are the exact causes of winter slip-and-fall injuries? What can you do to stay safe in poor walking conditions? Read below to find answers to these questions. 

The particulars of railroad worker injury compensation

You’ve probably heard of worker’s compensation—an insurance system designed to provide benefits to employees who were injured on the job. Worker’s compensation is a valuable protection for workers across industries.

For railroad workers, the types of benefits available and the process for receiving those benefits differ from other types of work. In this post, we’ll examine the key distinctions specific to railroad worker’s compensation.

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