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Category:Train Accident Law
A recent train derailment in Chicago demonstrates just how dangerous these accidents can be. A commuter train car climbed up the escalator at the O’Hare airport stop, injuring 30 people. A federal investigator said that he had never seen an accident quite like this one.   Arriving in the station just before 3 A.M., the train car failed to stop and climbed an escalator next to the platform. According to union officials and investigators, video footage will be reviewed to determine the cause of the accident, but early signs indicated the train operator had dozed off.   ...
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anesthesia errors
Category:Brain Injury Law
What is general anesthesia? General anesthesia is the administration of medication and anesthetic agents that put a patient undergoing a surgical procedure "to sleep" an unable to feel pain.  Anesthesia is utilized during surgical procedures to reduce anxiety or to eliminate pain in otherwise painful procedures. It is widely used and generally considered safe.   A combination of IV drugs and inhaled anesthetic agents induces unconsciousness, relaxation of skeletal muscles, loss of motor reflexes and ability move, loss of memory or amnesia, and analgesia, a loss of response ...
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GM defect recall
Category:Product Liability
GM is having a difficult time with the spotlight shining on defective parts of their cars recently. Here’s a quick recap on the situation:   Earlier this year, an automobile safety group reported that government data from car crashes shows that more than 300 people died from failed airbags in GM vehicles. That research led to a recall of two brands under the GM umbrella. Federal regulators are upset and concerned about the timing of the recall. After hearing of complaints, it became evident that GM knew about the problem and delayed the reporting of it. As early as 20...
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Graco Car Seat Safety
Category:Child Injury Lawyer
There is nothing more important to parents than the safety of their children.  Many parents understand the importance of placing infants and young children in car seats while driving to reduce the chances of injury to their child.   All car seats are not made equal.  Even more troubling is that longtime car seat manufacturers -- including Graco -- have put unreasonably dangerous car seats on the market.   The story of Leiana Marie Ramirez illustrates the danger of defective car seats. In 2011, her mother, Samika Ramirez, was running errands for an upcoming birth...
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CTA Crash O'Hare
Category:News
Yesterday's CTA train crash at O'Hare  International Airport station calls serious question to the policies, procedures and safeguards in place to protect passengers and other members of the public from catastrophic injury or death.  This extremely violent crash would likely have killed or seriously injured many more people had it not occurred in the middle of the night.     See the following image explanation of the CTA train crash details from the Chicago Tribune.     Of the more than 30 people injured and sent to the hospital, fortunately none of the injuries w...
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Distracted
Category:Car Accident Law
A new study shows that 1 in 5 people are violating Chicago's ban on using hand-held cell phones while driving, a law enacted to prevent deadly car crashes caused by distracted drivers.     [pullquote] Distracted driving incidents are a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents across the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nine people die and more than 1,000 individuals are hurt in accidents as a result of distracted driving every single day in the U.S.   [/pullquote]  Recognizing the dangers of distracted driving, Illinois law prohibits the use of h...
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Nursing Home Medication Errors
Category:Medical Malpractice
Many nursing homes under-employ staff with the experience and ability to administer medications correctly.  As a result, medication errors occur all too frequently, often with devastating outcomes to patients who are given the wrong medication or the wrong regimen or dose of medication.      If your loved one in a nursing home has suffered a serious injury or death as a result of neglect or outright reckless conduct, call Passen Law Group at 312-527-4500.   Among the most common drugs involved in medication errors are blood thinners and antihypoglycemic medications...
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End-of-life-decisions
Category:Brain Injury Law
The attorneys of Passen Law Group often represent families of those who have been catastrophically injured -- in car or truck accidents, by dangerous products, in workplace accidents . Sometimes family members are faced with making end-of-life decisions.   The latter part of January 2014 finally brought closure to a two-month long battle between Marlise Munoz’s family and the state of Texas. Mrs. Munoz, mother of a 15-month-old child and pregnant with a second, collapsed in her home as a result of a massive pulmonary embolism. She suffered catastrophic brain damage and was d...
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