Making our roads safer from truck driver fatigue

According to a story in the Chicago Tribune, big rig safety has improved due to the growing use of onboard computers. Can it become even safer? The article says further improvements are likely as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is currently working on creating rules that would require all interstate buses and trucks to use these onboard computers. …

Lyme disease misdiagnosis raises issue of medical malpractice

A Norris City, Illinois, woman says that her life was changed forever after she suffered a bout of weakness while working in her yard two years ago. In fact, she recalls that she had difficulty making back inside her home from the front yard due to an overwhelming sense of fatigue. Following that incident, the woman says that she went to several doctors to see what had happened to her. …

Chicago group home operator facing sexual abuse lawsuit

The operator of suburban group home, the Allendale Association, in southern Illinois has been accused of negligently allowing an employee to sexually abuse a then-16-year-old girl for almost two years. The girl’s foster mother is allegedly suing the home’s operator on behalf of the young girl for more than $100,000 in damages. According to news reports, a 51-year-old man was taken into custody this past February on charges of sexually abusing a ward of the state. …

Mother of child killed by a bus pursues wrongful death claim

The loss of a child due to a fatal accident is one of the most difficult and trying hardships to overcome. Nearly all parents feel they should not live past their children, making the pain of losing a child particularly acute. While nothing can bring back someone who has died, the law provides survivors with the means to seek compensation for medical expenses as well as pain and suffering and other damages. …

Injured Illinois firefighter seeks damages from truck accident

Last March, five Hudson, Illinois, firefighters were injured and another killed when a semi-truck driver crashed into the fire department’s vehicle. One of the injured men is asking an Illinois court to allow his damage claims due to a recent criminal conviction the truck driver received. The accident occurred on March 5, 2013, on I-39 close to Hudson. …