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Semi-trailer collision sends 2 to hospital

Donald C. Hendershot, 63, of Gosport, Ind., and Simone Certain, 67, of Newton, Iowa, were both sent to the hospital Tuesday morning with non-life threatening injuries after their semi-trailers collided.

The crash occurred around 5 AM during inclement weather conditions. Both were traveling eastbound on Interstate 74, near milepost 213 near Danville. Possibly due to the inclement weather, Henderson lost control of the rear trailer of his Kenworth tractor with double trailers. The trailer rolled into the left lane after striking the north guardrail.

Certain, driving a 2012 International semi, tried to avoid the collision by swerving left into the median, where he then struck a concrete bridge railing.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, and neither sustained life-threatening injuries. Neither were issued tickets.

To read more about this crash, keep checking our blog or check out the News-Gazette.


Semi-truck crash sends one to hospital

A twenty-four-year-old man from Herscher sustained life-threatening injuries after a semi-truck crash on Thursday morning. He was airlifted to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn for treatment following the collision.

The crash occurred around 5:30 a.m. A semi-truck, driven by a twenty-three-year-old man from Glenwood, was traveling south on Lehigh Road, and the other was traveling east on Illinois Route 115 in a 2014 Ford Transit minivan. The truck driver failed to stop at a stop sign and entered the state road, colliding with the Glenwood man’s minivan. The driver of the truck received a citation for failure to stop by Illinois State Police. He was not injured in the crash.

To read more about this accident, keep checking our blog or read more at the Daily Journal.


Partner, Miranda Soucie, Receives Favorable Supreme Court Decision

After receiving a negative ruling from the trial court and in the Fourth District Appellate Court, Partner, Miranda Soucie, kept fighting and was able to take her case all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court. Ms. Soucie traveled to Springfield where she argued before the Illinois Supreme Court on behalf of Spiros Law, client, Barbara Monson, against the City of Danville. While the city argued that they were immune from liability, Ms. Soucie argued that they have “the duty to exercise ordinary care to maintain its property in a reasonably safe condition.” The Illinois Supreme Court hears very few cases each year and we were honored one of ours was chosen, and are proud to announce that after much persistence and determination we received a unanimous decision from the Illinois Supreme Court in our client’s favor. “Even after receiving a negative ruling from the trial court and on appeal we didn’t give up” said Miranda Soucie. “We felt strongly about the case and that justice would ultimately prevail.”


Half of the injuries and deaths during childbirth in America are preventable

The United States is the most dangerous country in the developed world to give birth in, according to a recent report by USA Today. American women suffer from injuries and death that, at least half the time, were preventable at a rate that is unmatched by countries like the United Kingdom. Annually, 50,000 American women are injured during childbirth. 700 American women a year die as a result.

This is despite an abundance of knowledge and resources that could save their lives. For nearly a decade, there has been information available detailing techniques, equipment, and standards that hospitals should follow to save mothers’ lives. These recommendations have been compiled into “safety bundles” by the Aim Program, which gives hospitals detailed instructions on how to best care for their patients.

Unfortunately, many hospitals nationwide choose not to follow these standards. Exact numbers are unavailable for a variety of reasons, with many hospitals refusing to disclose how many of their patients suffered complications after childbirth. It seems, however, that roughly half of the women who experience complications during childbirth do not receive the prompt and adequate care they need.

Many of these complications are a result of high blood pressure and internal bleeding, which lead to seizure, stroke, and eventually death. The Aim program specifies how to prevent and treat these issues, but when hospitals fail to follow the standards, tragedies happen. Many women are forced to endure emergency hysterectomies or die as a result of hospitals’ failure.

The lawyers at Spiros Law, P.C. are available to help people who have suffered at the hands of negligent hospitals receive justice and compensation. If you were recently injured during childbirth and suspect your hospital is at fault, contact us right away at (217) 443-4343.


UPDATE: Food poisoning outbreak across Midwest linked to McDonald’s salads

An intestinal parasite, linked to McDonald’s salads, has caused a food poisoning outbreak across the Midwest. Symptoms of the parasite, called cyclospora, include vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps.

Presently, the Illinois Department of Public Health has been unable to identify the source of the parasite. To be cautious, McDonald’s has pulled salad from 3,000 locations, and possibly affected distribution centers.

Anyone who has consumed salad at a McDonald’s since May is advised to visit the doctor as soon as possible. Symptoms can take up to a week to appear, and may subside before reappearing. They can last for days or months.

Up to 90 people may have been affected by the parasite, though not all consumed salad. Since mid-May, 20 people have fallen ill in Illinois. An additional 15 people in Iowa became ill in late June, early July.

Did you get sick after eating at McDonald’s? If so, help is available to you. Contact the experienced food poisoning attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C. at (217) 443-4343 to schedule a free confidential consultation today and get the qualified legal representation you deserve.

Updated 7/30 –

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 123 more people have become ill with cyclospora infection after consuming McDonald’s salad. This brings the total number of infected to 286, with 11 of those people having visited the hospital. Authorities expect these numbers to continue to rise, because symptoms can take up to six weeks to appear.

Restaurants in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin have all been infected. In addition, people from Florida, Tennessee, Connecticut, Michigan, and Virginia have also been infected while traveling through the Midwest.

McDonald’s changed their salad distributor on July 20. However, officials have still not identified the cause of the outbreak, and are still in the process of tracing it through the supply chain. They are confident that it is not linked to the cyclospora outbreak in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan currently affected Del Monte vegetable trays.

For more information on this developing story, keep checking our blog or read more at CNN. Contact Spiros Law, P.C. at (217) 443-4343 if you have become sick after eating McDonald’s salad in the past few months.

Updated 8/3 –

After 109 additional cases of the cyclospora infection were reported Thursday, the total number of cases has grown to 395. This number is only expected to rise.

The FDA has been able to detect the presence of the parasite in an unused bag of Fresh Express salad mix that McDonald’s received, though it was past its expiration date at the time of testing. They are still in the process of tracing the source of the infected ingredients. Fresh Express has recalled the salad mix, which was also sold in grocery stores.

If you develop food poisoning or flu-like symptoms after consuming McDonald’s salad in any of the 15 affected states, seek medical attention and contact Spiros Law, P.C. for help. To read more, keep checking our blog or read more at CNN.


2-vehicle crash leaves one dead

A 2-vehicle crash at an intersection 4 miles east of Flatville left Lorin A. Schluter, 59, of Armstrong dead on the afternoon of Saturday, July 7th. The intersection is located at County Road 2500 N and 2500 E in eastern Champaign County.

Schluter was driving a Pontiac Grand Prix when he failed to stop at a stop sign. When he entered the intersection, a Dodge Ram pickup truck driving north crashed into him on the driver’s side. The pickup truck did not have a stop sign.

The cars ended up in a cornfield on the northwest corner of the intersection. Authorities pronounced Schluter dead at the scene. The driver and passenger of the pickup truck sustained non-life threatening injuries.

This accident is still being investigated. To learn more, keep checking our blog, or read more at the News-Gazette.


AMBUCS Volunteering Event

Ambucs Event Group PhotoOver the weekend, our team was happy to spend our time volunteering at the Challenger League Baseball series, hosted by the AMBUCS organization in Danville. This game series, hosted every June, is just one of the ways that AMBUCS helps improve mobility for people with disabilities.

At the game, each of our twelve volunteers paired up with a buddy whom we spent the day getting to know. We got to help our buddies as they played the field, hit the ball, and ran the bases. Since our buddies aren’t usually able to play a game like baseball, they had a great time, and so did we!

To read more about this event and the organization, visit the AMBUCS website.


Motorcycle collides with car in Champaign

An ambulance was called for two people involved in a collision between a motorcycle and a car on the afternoon of June 4. The crash occurred at the intersection of Prospect Avenue and Washington Street in west Champaign. No more information was available, nor has the status of any of the victims been released.

To read more about this story, visit The News-Gazette, and make sure to check back on our blog for any updates or new developments.


Truck driver arrested for breaking car windows with a slingshot

A Wisconsin truck driver who has been terrorizing Interstate 74 since March was arrested in Urbana, Illinois on June 1. Kevin Lee Casey, 53, admitted to using a slingshot and metal ball bearings to shatter car windows as he drove his regular route.

Police had matched Casey to his truck using his license plate number, identified by video. They had been preparing to serve a search warrant when he was caught committing another vandalism by police and arrested.

Casey’s bond was set high at $2 million after Judge Robber Webber learned of his previous convictions for sexual assault of a child and domestic battery.

Casey will be formally charged with criminal damage to property, aggravated battery in a public place, and aggravated battery to a child.

For more information on this developing story, check back with our blog or read more on The News-Gazette.


Two-vehicle crash on U.S. 45 kills one, injures two others

A two-vehicle crash on U.S. 45 this morning resulted in the death of a Ludlow man and injuries to two other people. Authorities say the accident occurred about a mile and a half north of Rantoul this morning. Police, EMS, and fire crews were called to the scene at 6:16 a.m. The driver of one vehicle was pronounced dead, while the two men in the other vehicle were transported to local hospitals for treatment. At this time, there is no word on the seriousness of their injuries.

Check back on our blog for any developments or updates, and visit The News-Gazette site for more details.