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        Over 600,000 Playground Injuries in 2012

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        In 2012, more than 600,000 children were injured at playgrounds, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This included about 210,000 children hurt on monkey bars or other climbing structures, more than 151,000 injured on swing sets, more than 125,000 injured on slides, more than 10,000 hurt on seesaws or teeterboards and 56,000 injured on other playground equipment.

        The warm summer months in Illinois open doors to numerous activities that are not normally available during the colder months of the year. With children out of school for summer break, the playground becomes a go to spot for families and children looking to enjoy the sunshine and all the activities the playground has to offer.

        The National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) devised a Summer Safety Checklist to ensure a fun, but safe summer at the playground:

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        Motorcycle Collides with Truck on I-80

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        Illinois Motorcycle Accidents

        Motorcycle and Truck Collide

        Over the past two days, there have been two horrific collisions between motorcycles and trucks. During the summer months, motorcycle riding increases and it is essential that everyone be aware of their surroundings while on the road.

        Below are two accounts in the last two days of a collision between motorcyclists and trucks on I-80.

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        Motorcycle Helmets: The Single Most Effective Means of Reducing Injuries and Deaths in Crashes

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        Motorcycle Accidents

        Injuries

        As the warmth of summer continues to heat up Illinois, more and more motorcyclists are firing up their bikes to enjoy the good times riding has to offer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motorcycle related deaths have increased by 55% since 2000. As motorcycle ownership continues to grow to record highs, it is disheartening to know that motorcycle related deaths and traumatic brain injuries are expected to remain high. It is up to us to make sure that these numbers stay low; through protective measures and sound knowledge of safety we can help keep these numbers lower and continue to enjoy the entertainment and excitement that riding offers.

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        Taste of Chicago Turns Sour for Two

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        Chicago Accident: Taste of Chicago

        ATV Accident

        According to a recent article by Carlos Sadovi of the Chicago Tribune, the Taste of Chicago was not festal for two attendees. Two adults were struck by an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) used to collect garbage at the festival. The driver who was operating the vehicle under a private vendor ultimately was cited for hitting the two people.

        According to a Chicago Fire Department spokesman, Juan Hernandez, “The two adult victims were struck at about 7:15 p.m. and were taken in serious-to-critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.”

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        How Much is Personal Injury Case Worth?

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        Personal Injury

        Illinois Accident Lawyer

        In Illinois, an injured person can receive compensation if it can be proven that the person or corporation who caused the accident was negligent or careless, and contributed to the cause of injury.

        Value of Personal Injury Case

        The value of a case is unique to each case. To determine the value of any case, there are multiple factors that need to be addressed. The attorney must evaluate the compensation that a jury might award for:

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        Stay Safe in the Water this Summer

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        Water Safety

        As the warm summer weather rolls in, people of all ages will be venturing out to find a relaxing place to cool off. Many parents and kids will be rushing to the local pools and beaches to share in the refreshing environment that these locations offer. Before heading out to make a splash, make sure that everyone joining in on the fun knows the basic rules of safety.

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        Have You or Someone You Know Suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury?

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        Personal Injury

        Brain Injury

        Injuries suffered as a result of a traumatic brain injury can be severe and life-altering. Immediate goals often include getting medical bills paid and covered. In addition, your traumatic brain injury attorney should help make sure you or your loved one does not suffer financially through any lost wages, and make sure the appropriate insurance company will pay for future treatment relating to your injury.

        If you are considering pursuing traumatic brain injury litigation, our Chicago brain injury attorneys can help. Call us today for a free consultation. (800)-985-1819.

        Delay, Deny, Dispute… and Then Blame the Trial Lawyers

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        Insurance Company Pay Out Problems

        Hurricane Katrina

        Three years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, reports still swirl about homeowners across the region with viable claims for destroyed homes battling denied insurance payments based on fraudulent tactics of delay, deny and dispute. Yes, we all watch the reports with a sense of irritated, albeit comfortable detachment that comes from living miles away from such a legal nightmare.

        What most consumers don’t realize is that delay, deny and dispute has become an “industry standard” waiting to strike any victim of a bodily injury or property damage anytime, anywhere, including here in our state of Illinois. Attorneys at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, Ltd. fight it every day on behalf of our clients; a fight that would not be necessary if valid, supported claims were paid as promised when our clients took out their policies.

        Car Accidents

        For the innocent victim of an auto accident with even modest medical bills of $10,000 or less, insurance companies are betting that such tactics will continue to prevail and add to their fortune.

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        Rating Insurance Carriers

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        President-elect Barack Obama inspired a nation to act as one voice; to collectively gather on the ground and in cyberspace so that the ultimate promise of a new direction became more than political rhetoric.  A new and undeniable mandate by an engaged people was born; a collective movement, which can and should be used to create change at the state level regarding the out-of-control insurance industry.

        The issues hurting Illinois consumers — who are required by law to maintain insurance coverage for personal property liability — are two fold; expensive, unregulated premiums and delay in payment tactics that await them when a claim is submitted.

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