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July 2019 Archives

The danger of falls in the workplace and elsewhere

One of the most deadly injuries a worker can suffer on the job is a fall from height. The higher the height, the more deadly the fall. Falls from 100 feet or more are almost universally fatal except for some notable exceptions where the victims lived. Most of those rare survival stories were due to an unusually soft landing on snowdrifts or newly tilled earth. In some cases, the velocity of their falls was reduced by other factors that aided in their survival.

Political rhetoric opens the door to workplace harassment claims

It is likely that readers of this Illinois legal blog have some opinions about the current state of American politics. Whether they are in favor of the current course of governance or are ready for a change once the next election cycle happens, they are undoubtedly aware that divisive and derogatory language has been used by government leaders against others within the federal system. In particular, members of Congress have been told to "go back where [they] came from" by the President of the United States.

Long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries can be devastating

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defined traumatic brain injuries as brain injuries that result from blows, bumps, and penetrations to the head. A person who suffers a traumatic brain injury suffers a disturbance to their normal brain function which may impact many other systems and operations of their body. When an Illinois resident suffers a traumatic brain injury in an accident they should seek medical attention to have their harm identified and treated.

What makes a workplace accommodation reasonable?

Individuals of different physical and mental abilities have the capacity to enrich and improve their places of employment. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, some American workplaces are prohibited from discriminating against individuals with disabilities and must provide them with reasonable accommodations so that they may do their work. Illinois residents who wish to understand if and how the law applies to their employers may wish to contact their local employment law attorneys. This post should not be read or used as legal advice.

Greater drunk driving patrols planned, but wrecks may happen

Holidays are busy times for the police, For instance, every year during the 4th of July week, law enforcement officials throughout Illinois step up their efforts to catch drunk drivers before they cause serious and life-changing motor vehicle accidents. Though many individuals make responsible choices and find safe ways of getting home after celebrating with friends, family members, and alcohol, too many wrongly assess their abilities to drive and get behind the wheels of their cars while drunk. When drivers operate intoxicated, they can make poor decisions that put themselves and others in the way of serious harm.

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