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Can a person in Illinois sue for a wintertime slip-and-fall?

Winter weather is coming to Illinois. This means the inevitable ice storms and even snow storms. While different areas of the state experience different types of winter weather, what everyone can agree on is that simply put, it is a hassle. It makes driving difficult but even more important it leaves even basic activities such as taking a walk difficult.

Those who have slipped and fallen on ice are lucky if they simply come away with a bruise and a damaged ego. Unfortunately, many times when a person slips on ice or snow their injuries are much more severe. They can suffer broken bones, back injuries and head injuries. When this happens, they may need extensive (and expensive) medical care. They may also need to take and extended leave from work, leading to lost wages. Also, they'll have to endure the pain and suffering the incident caused.

Truck crash claims the lives of 4, injures 10 more

Although winter weather is upon us, construction activities are still going on around Illinois, including projects on the interstate. While some people may get frustrated with the seemingly never-ending roadwork they encounter every day, it is important that motorists drive safely in construction zones. The failure to do so could lead to a catastrophic event, as one recent crash shows.

A recent truck accident on Interstate 55 involving multiple vehicles has claimed the life of a fourth individual. She died in the hospital after suffering critical injuries in the collision. The collision took place when a semi-truck being operated by a man, age 53, hit seven vehicles. The semi-truck was traveling at highway speed in a construction zone, where the other vehicles had either slowed down or were stopped. The fourth victim was a passenger in a car with two other women who were sisters. Those women also perished in the accident. Another woman involved in the crash passed away on Thanksgiving. In addition, 10 other individuals suffered injuries due to the collision. All in all, the semi-truck collided with seven other motorists.

Truck accidents: Understand the most common causes

When you take to the roads of Illinois, you know there will be times when you're in close proximity to large tractor trailers (and other commercial vehicles).

While some people don't think twice about this, others realize that it increases the likelihood of an accident.

Alleged nooses in Illinois workplace could be discriminatory

People in Illinois may think that racial discrimination in the workplace is a thing of the past, something that was overcome during the civil rights movement. However, instances of racial discrimination still occur in the workplace, even in this day and age. In fact, one alleged instance of racial discrimination recently took place in a UPS shipping facility in Illinois.

A black worker at a UPS shipping facility was recently subjected to what he claims was a hostile work environment when he saw some ropes hanging that he believes looked like nooses. He felt intimidated and thought that the action was done purposely. He, along with other seasonal employees, are bussed to the facility from Chicago. He says the work environment is racist and that some employees state they will be happy when this program ends.

Helping with a personal injury claim after a car crash

The holidays are a busy time for travelers on Illinois' streets and highways. Sometimes the added traffic congestion simply means more traffic jams, which are a real headache for drivers stuck in them. However, with the increase in the number of cars on the road comes the increase in the chance that there will be auto accidents.

All drivers are tasked with operating their motor vehicles with due care. This means they should handle their vehicles in a manner that is safe and reasonable under the circumstances. For example, if the speed limit on a highway is 55 miles per hour, but traffic is moving at 35 miles per hour due to poor weather conditions, a driver should not attempt to drive at 55 miles per hour, even though it is the posted speed limit. This is an example of how drivers need to adapt their behaviors behind the wheel depending on the circumstances.

Dos and don'ts of ladder safety at construction sites

As a construction worker, there is a wide range of things you could encounter on the job. Some could have the potential to turn your life, and that of your family, upside-down. Among these are workplace falls. Injuries from such construction site accidents could change your life in a great many ways. This is among the reasons why compensation issues can be such critical ones for construction workers here in Illinois after workplace falls.

What are some common misconceptions about sexual harassment?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes sexual harassment in the workplace illegal. This law applies to employers who have at least 15 workers. While many people in Illinois may acknowledge that sexual harassment is still a problem that must be addressed, there are some misconceptions about sexual harassment that deserve clarification.

First of all, it is not just women who can be sexually harassed. Men can also be victims of sexual harassment. Moreover, a woman can sexually harass a woman and a man can sexually harass a man. The perpetrator and the victim of the harassment need not be of the opposite sex.

Five hospitalized in Illinois after man runs stop sign

It is an unfortunate fact that no one in Illinois is immune to the possibility that they may be involved in a motor vehicle accident. No matter how carefully a person drives, there will always be those who drive recklessly, leading to accidents that could seriously injure innocent people.

Recently, five individuals in Marion County had to be hospitalized after a motorist ran through a stop sign. A 24-year-old man was heading eastward in a pickup truck when he failed to stop at a stop sign at an intersection. He hit the side of a vehicle being operated by a 43-year-old man.

Don't let social media posts derail your accident claim

If you were injured in an auto accident in southern Illinois and are making a claim against an at-fault driver, you must be careful not to do anything that could adversely affect your case. This is especially true when it comes to making posts on Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites.

Big brother is peering over your shoulder

Former officer's sex discrimination claim settled

These days it is possible for women in Illinois to obtain jobs in sectors that previously were, and sometimes still are, predominantly held by men. Unfortunately, sometimes a workplace has a culture of discrimination against women, even if a woman is just as qualified for the job as a man is. This may be the case for a former police sergeant who claimed she was let go from her job and defamed after allegedly being discriminated against due to her gender. Her lawsuit was recently settled for $81,000.

From 2002 through June of 2015, the woman had worked for Oakton Community College until she was fired. She was the sole female at the time working in the school's public safety department. There were previously two other females in the public safety department, who, along with her, filed complaints alleging they were discriminated against due to their gender.

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