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Workplace burns: Know what to do if you're burned at work

In your workplace, you may not think that there are many situations in which you'd get burned, but the truth is that burns can happen anywhere and to anyone. That's why burn prevention is such an important topic to teach to employees and to review at all levels of management.

  • To start with, you need to know that there are many different kinds of burns. A few common kinds include:
  • Electrical, which is caused by electrocution
  • Thermal, which is caused by heat from liquids
  • Open flames
  • Explosions or hot objects
  • Chemical burns, which are caused by coming into contact with strong alkaloids, acids, caustic or corrosive materials

Sun exposure can also lead to burns.

Seeking help when filing a personal injury claim

Even the most minor of Peoria car accidents can result in serious injuries and damages. Many accident victims take months or years to fully recover from the injuries they suffer. In some cases, they may experience permanent disabilities requiring a lifetime of treatment and care. In addition, accident victims can suffer emotionally, and experience mental anguish and emotional trauma for years after the physical wounds have healed. Treatment for these physical and mental conditions often costs thousands of dollars, but with many accident victims unable to work, families may find themselves struggling to make ends meet after an accident.

Fortunately, the attorneys at Goldfine & Bowles can help you file a personal injury claim to recover financial compensation following your auto accident. In addition to monetary damages, you can take comfort in knowing that the party or parties responsible for your accident are being held accountable for their negligence.

Hit-and-run leaves one dead; family files wrongful death lawsuit

Many car accidents in the Peoria area result in serious injuries or even death. In addition to dealing with their emotional pain, families often are forced to deal with the financial struggles that come with losing a loved one. The family of a 35-year-old Illinois woman who was killed in a hit-and-run accident is now filing a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages from the driver responsible for the collision.

The 19-year-old driver allegedly struck the woman with the front end of his vehicle as she walked to a gas station near a friend's house at around midnight. The driver then apparently failed to seek emergency help and failed to offer assistance himself, and instead fled the scene of the crash. The woman reportedly died from her injuries and was found a few hours later.

Filing a personal injury claim following a dog bite

Even the most mild-mannered dog may be capable of biting a person, depending on the circumstances. If you have been bitten by a dog, it may be in your best interest to consider filing a lawsuit against the owner of the dog responsible for your injuries. You may be able to negotiate a settlement with the liable dog owner before having to go to court. However, in some cases, a deal may not be reached and you will need to take your claim to civil court.

Generally, with regard to dog bites and animal-related injuries, Illinois is a strict liability state. This means that even if the dog had never bitten anyone before, and the owner had no idea that the dog had dangerous propensities, the owner will still be legally liable for your injuries. Other parties may also be liable for your injuries, including the kennel where the dog was staying at the time of the attack, property owners, landlords and the parents of a minor who owns a dog.

Who is at fault for slip-and-fall injuries?

Every day, Peoria residents step onto property owned by others for a variety of reasons. They may be visiting a friend at an apartment complex, shopping at the grocery store or even just walking on a local sidewalk. Property owners, store owners, landlords and even the government may be responsible for ensuring that their property is reasonably safe for invitees. If an invitee slips and falls on someone else's property due to a dangerous condition, one or more of these parties may be held liable for the invitee's injuries.

Slip and falls on a commercial property may be caused by a spill on the floor, uneven or worn-down flooring or a slippery surface. Generally, if a slip and fall occurs at a restaurant, store or other business property, the owner of the business may be held legally responsible for any injuries that occur on the property. To hold the business liable, victims must prove that the property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition, but failed to take reasonable action to remedy it. In other words, the case may depend on whether a reasonable person in charge of the property would have been aware of the dangerous condition and repaired it. Additionally, if an employee of the business was negligent, the business itself and/or the business owner may be held vicariously liable for the employee's negligence under the doctrine of "respondeat superior."

Distracted driving makes the roads more dangerous

Do you feel like the roads should be far safer than they are? Maybe you learned that tens of thousands of Americans die every single year in car crashes. You cannot believe how little press these overall numbers get, seeing as how they make driving the most dangerous thing most people do on a daily basis. How could things be so bad in 2019, when we have so much technology and development focused on auto safety?

Your concerns make sense. Cars have seat belts, airbags, lane departure warning systems, front and rear cameras and many other safety features. They should keep people alive in ways simply not possible 20 years ago. And yet the roads continue to claim a vast amount of lives annually. One reason that things are still so bad is distracted driving.

What causes truck accidents?

Truck accidents in Illinois can occur for a number of different reasons. In some cases, a truck driver's negligent or passenger vehicle driver's negligent actions cause the accident. In other cases, the trucking company that owns the truck and employs the driver is responsible for the accident by failing to adhere to state and federal trucking regulations. In fact, many truck accidents are caused by both negligent drivers and negligent trucking companies. Victims of truck accidents can file lawsuits against these negligent parties and recover damages for their medical expenses and other accident-related costs.

Non-truck drivers may be responsible for accidents involving commercial trucks. These drivers may drive their vehicles in the truck driver's blind spot, change lanes or pass a truck in an unsafe manner, or improperly merging into traffic, thereby forcing a truck driver to swerve or brake suddenly. However, many accidents are caused by the negligence of the truck drivers themselves. Driving at an excessive speed, falling asleep behind the wheel, and overloading a truck are all forms of truck driver negligence.

Distracted driving draws attention from state

Illinois has outlawed the use of personal electronic devices while driving. But, existing penalties were apparently insufficient to combat the risk of auto accidents from drivers engaged in texting and driving. New laws were recently approved increasing the penalties for this form of distracted driving.

Illinois outlawed texting while driving in 2010. It also sanctioned using a personal electronic device, or "PED," while driving, with a warning for the first offense and issuing tickets for a non-moving violation for later offenses. On July 1, however, the use or mere holding of a PED while driving is sanctioned as a moving violation. Drivers will have their licenses suspended for three offenses.

Semi slams into stopped vehicles, leaving 3 dead and 6 injured

Semitrailer truck are common sights on the nation's highways. They provide an efficient means of moving freight, but they can also become a destructive hazard if their drivers lose control or fail to pay attention to traffic conditions. The recent failure of a semitrailer driver to reduce his speed caused a serious chain reaction car-truck accident in Southern Illinois.

The truck was heading west on Interstate 24 near Metropolis, Illinois when it came upon a line of cars and other vehicles that were stopped, apparently due to traffic conditions. According to police, the truck driver failed to slow down. His truck crashed into the line of cars, damaging seven of them. Three people died in the collision, and six others were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. Police stated that the driver, a 57-year-old driver from Mississippi, failed to reduce speed as he approached the line of cars.

An overview of Illinois workers' compensation system

All employed workers in Illinois are covered by the state's workers compensation system, but very few members of this group understands how the system works. While the workers' compensation system is complex and often requires legal assistance, the basic structure of the system can be grasped by almost anyone.

Workers' compensation is intended to provide medical coverage and income replacement for anyone who has suffered a job-related injury or illness. The injured worker is entitled to receive the specified benefits even if he or she was partially or totally at fault for the injury. Anyone who suffers a work-related injury must notify the employer within 45 days of the injury or onset of the illness. If the employer denies the claim, the employee can file a claim for benefits with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission within three years of the occurrence of the injury or onset of the disease.

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