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Be the Key to Road Safety With National Stop on Red Week

The month of August not only brings warm weather and the beginning of the school year, but it also marks National Stop on Red Week. August 4th through the 10th aims to promote the importance of stopping at stop signs and traffic lights. It is imperative to educate yourself and those around you on these topics in order to keep the community of Danville as safe as possible. Failing to stop at stop signs and traffic lights will not only conclude in a traffic violation or fine but it could cause serious injuries or even death.

Traffic safety saves lives. That is why National Stop on Red Week is so important. It shows us that being a safe driver is no joke and should be taken very seriously.
Because safe driving can help save lives, Danville High School students were inspired to promote safe driving tips for their Future Problem Solvers competition project. Future Problem Solvers is an international competition program that challenges students to use a six-step problem-solving method to find topics of concerns in their community. They spend time doing extensive research on a cause then develop an action plan to improve the situation they chose. These students chose to research traffic safety in honor of their late class mate D’Nija Parker. They named this project “Be the Key to Road Safety”. They competed in an international competition against 75 other teams from around the world. The team’s project received an impressive award; 3rd place in the world.

Through the team’s research, they came across what they call the “Fatal Four”. These are the four things that statistically are most fatal when driving:

  • Not wearing a seatbelt
  • Speeding
  • Using electronic devices
  • Driving while impaired

Our team asks you to help us spread the word and educate those around you about road safety and the importance of stopping at traffic lights and stop signs. Help Spiros Law promote road safety by looking out for the road signs that have been placed in five different locations across Danville. The Future Problem Solvers team designed these signs in honor of their project and their beloved classmate D’Nija. The group hopes that these driver safety signs will impact driver decisions and create safer roads not only for Danville but all across the state of Illinois.

In their research, they found that 94% of all traffic accidents are due to driver decisions or human error. Meaning that it is nearly impossible to control the actions of other people on the road. If you or a loved one find yourself victim to a reckless driver or one who has failed to stop at a stop sign or traffic light, call a Spiros Law attorney at (217) 443-4343. Our team is dedicated to getting you the compensation you are entitled too for your injuries and suffering. Our team is able to step in and mediate with the insurance companies and can help make sure that your bills are taken care of. Let us take the weight off your back so you can focus on a full recovery.


Danville Resident Tragically Killed In Semi Collision

I-74 is a common daily commute for many in the Danville community. As we all know, a long stretch of this drive is under construction between Bloomington and Peoria. Traffic is slowed in tight quarters often times creating dangerous road conditions. That is exactly what happened earlier this week when a crash ended with a tragic death.

A fatal accident involving two semi-trucks occurred along the construction zone on I-74. This accident took place right by milepost 117 in Woodford County. A semi-trailer had broken down while traveling eastbound on I-74. A second semi, driven by Jeffery Bryant, 48, attempted to pass the broken down semi thinking they had enough room. However, Bryant’s semi struck the other, causing a fire, resulting in the fatality. Traffic lanes on both the westbound and eastbound sides were closed while emergency crews responded to the incident. Traffic was stopped for hours. Police authorities are still investigating what lead to the collision of the two semi-trucks.

Taking extra precautions when driving around semi-trucks is imperative. Leave plenty of space between you and the truck near you. Semi-trucks have air breaks which means the room that they leave is needed to slow the truck down. Never cut directly in front of a truck. When you do this, you are invading the space the driver needs to slow the truck successfully.

Never drive directly next to the trailer. It not only blocks your view of the road but you may be riding right in the trucks blind spot which can be dangerous for both parties involved. If the truck blows a tire, you may be directly in the line of fire if the tire were to exit the truck. If the tire were to hit your car it may cause you to lose control and run off the road.

Never drive directly behind a truck. Many do not realize, but when you do this the driver cannot see you. It not only blocks your entire view of the road, but it makes the chances of running into the rear end of the trailer much greater.

Most importantly, pay extra attention. There are numerous distractions that we can fall victim too while driving. It is imperative to eliminate distractions such as cellphones, loud music, other passengers, or drowsiness. Make sure you are alert and properly prepared to drive whenever you get behind the wheel of an automobile.

In order to stay as safe as possible around trucks, we can keep all of these things in mind but unfortunately, it is impossible to control the actions of others. One small move can lead to a disastrous situation. If you or a loved one have been put in harms’ way because of the reckless actions of a semi-truck driver call a Spiros Law attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your suffering, medical bills, or lost wages. Let our attorneys fight for the justice you deserve. If you have been involved in a crash and have questions about your situation, call our office at (217) 443-4343 for a free consultation.


National Safety Month Aims to Reduce Leading Injuries

The National Safety Council encourages everyone to observe and promote National Safety Month this June and to continue those safe practices all year round. The purpose of National Safety Month is to focus on reducing the leading causes of injury and death in the workplace, on the road, in the home, and around communities.

Avoidable injuries are the most prominent cause of death for Americans with ages ranging from 1 to 44 years old. There are numerous ways for people to stay safe and actively prevent these injuries. The National Safety Council encourages people to spread the word and educate themselves about ways to reduce the risk of work-related injuries. Approximately 13,000 American workers suffer an injury in the workplace every day due to a variety of causes.

Employers are responsible for the safety and well-being of those they employ, but employees should also take an initiative to promote their own safety. The National Safety Council makes a point to focus on a few work safety topics, which include: fatigue, drug use at work, driving, workplace violence, slips and falls, ergonomics, and overextension. While these do not encompass all the risks that employees are subject to, they are typically the most common ways that employees might potentially suffer an injury. Ways to ensure safety from these dangers in the workplace include:

  • Focusing on your wellness by getting the proper amount of sleep
  • Trying to include physical activity in your everyday routine
  • Recognizing potential hazards
  • Staying hydrated and eating enough

Ensuring a culture of safety in the workplace for protection from violence begins with having a well-trained staff. This can be accomplished through policy or training, in addition to the development of emergency action plans. Unfortunately, not all workplace hazards can be predicted, and the deadliest situations often involve an active shooter. The following precautions can help in an active shooter emergency.

Be Informed

  • Sign up for active shooter training
  • If you see something, say something
  • Be aware of your surroundings and possible dangers

Make a Plan

  • Make a plan with everyone in your office and ensure that everyone is on the same page
  • Make sure all of the exits are clear and visible

It is important to be aware of the risks that can be associated with being in the workplace. Employers should take the time to educate their employees on optimal work environment safety and how to avoid work-related injuries.  Throughout the month of June, and all year long, consider these ways to avoid work-related injuries and promote proper safety.

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury in the workplace, the attorneys at Spiros Law are here to take a weight off your shoulders. Here at Spiros Law,  we are dedicated to ensuring clients receive the proper care and attention when dealing with legal measures by addressing each matter with care. Contact our Danville office at (217) 443-4343 to speak with one of our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys and to schedule a free consultation.


What To Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse is an ongoing issue within long-term care facilities, and a recent article from the Los Angeles Times calls attention to this problem and why people should be concerned. There have been numerous accounts of reported abuse at nursing homes, but according to the article, this information has been kept from the public by government authorities. As the relaxed nature of oversight within this industry continues, many senior citizens’ well-being is put in jeopardy. More people are turning to senior care facilities, as the median age of the U.S. population rises, and many are not fully aware of the potential downsides that can occur in these nursing homes. When one places their parent or relative into a nursing home facility, they expect that they will be treated with the appropriate amount of care, but unfortunately, this is not always what is received. Approximately 400 nursing homes were cited with substandard care by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the full list is in this report, “Uncovering Poor Care in America’s Nursing Homes.”

Within these facilities, some residents experienced outright neglect, being without proper nutrition, suffering in unsanitary conditions, as well as physical abuse, sexual assault, and premature death. The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, an advocacy group, points to the fact that the information not being reported in a timely manner and that it should be concerning for people who are considering placing their loved one in a nursing home facility. Thankfully, Medicare’s Center for Clinical Standards and Quality has now reportedly made it their top priority to focus their attention on ensuring that nursing home quality of care is improved. To guarantee that your loved one will be looked after properly, the article suggests searching for a qualified nursing home on the CMS’ Nursing Home Compare site or searching for other online rankings and information. They also recommend seeking advice from a health care professional, and to schedule a visit to the homes you and your family are interested in.

None the less,  it is still important to know what one should do if they suspect their loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse. Signs of nursing home abuse can include unexplained injuries, unresponsiveness, a sudden change in weight, obvious signs of poor hygiene, or out-of-the-ordinary behaviors. According to the law, management of nursing home facilities is required to address concerns you may have regarding the care of your loved one. If you suspect that abuse has occurred, it is recommended that you:

  • Discuss the situation with your loved one: Although they may not want to admit it or may feel uncomfortable, it is important to ask them if they were harmed, feel threatened, or have experienced abuse or neglect.
  • Document everything: This can include taking photographs of any injuries or alarming marks, saving medical reports, keeping relevant documents, and writing down everything that has occurred.
  • Talk to nursing home administrators: If you suspect abuse has taken place, it is imperative that you speak with an administrator of the nursing home and discuss your concerns. With this, it is advised that you remain calm and conversate about what can be done to improve your loved one’s well-being.
  • Talk to a nursing home abuse lawyer: Lawyers are equipped to help you pursue a civil lawsuit to recover compensation if your loved one has been suffered injuries. Compensation can aid you in paying bills for medical expenses, emotional distress, or pain and suffering.

If your elderly loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse and has suffered emotional or physical injuries, the attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. are experienced in handling cases of these matters. Our attorneys handle each case with compassion and understand the pain and suffering you and your family have experienced. Contact us at (217) 443-4343 to discuss your situation with one of our nursing home abuse attorneys.


Thousands of baby strollers with injury risks recalled

A recall on December 20 was issued on about 29,400 strollers sold nationwide after the manufacturer received reports of a design flaw that may cause injuries to adults and babies, an article of the CPSC reported.

Five models of “Qbit” baby strollers are equipped with a potentially faulty folding component that could inflict injuries on adults operating it. As the recall explained, the folding hinges have a space that could trap or pinch a person’s hand. The folding mechanism of the recalled strollers could also suddenly collapse, resulting in babies suffering from fall injuries. Complaints also revealed some injuries required stitches. Aria Child Inc. and federal authorities advise consumers to refrain from using the strollers and coordinate with the recalling company for a free product replacement.

The attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C., represent families in Danville who have been injured by potentially dangerous products. We strongly believe that victims of such accidents should be compensated by negligent parties. Find out how we could help you obtain compensations by calling (217) 443-4343.


Personal injury complaints spark recall on thousands of Ford vehicles

After receiving notification of accidents that resulted in personal injuries, American automaker Ford Motor Co. issued a recall covering over 680,000 vehicles in the U.S. and other countries, a December 2 article of USA Today reported.

According to reports, some models of Lincoln MKZ, Mondeo, and Fusion may have poorly made seat belts that might not properly restrain vehicle occupants in emergency situations. In the report, the manufacturer said two personal injuries resulted from accidents involving the recalled vehicles. Apparently, the seat belts could fail as a result of overheating that deteriorates the pretensioner cables. The majority of the recalled vehicles were in the U.S. and some were sold in Mexico, Canada, and in other countries. Ford dealers will notify owners of the recalled vehicles for the strengthening of the seat belt cable pretensioners.

The lawyers at the Spiros Law, P.C. understand many people in Danville seriously suffer as a result of driving hazardous vehicles. If you were injured as a result of your vehicle, we can offer you legal assistance to help you pursue damage claims against negligent parties. Call us today at (217) 443-4343 to find out how we can help you recover your loss.


Man hurt in Chicago garbage truck accident

At least one person suffered injuries in a recent collision between two garbage trucks in the Little Village neighborhood, an article of Chicago Tribune reported on October 26.

Information coming from the Chicago Fire Department revealed that around 11:30 a.m. two garbage trucks collided near Drake Avenue and 31st Street. One of the two truck drivers was transported to a hospital due to injuries. A utility post was damaged by the collision, which resulted in 1,600 households experiencing power loss, including the building of Cook County criminal courts. Authorities are investigating the incident to discover the cause.

Collisions involving trucks are often catastrophic in nature, especially because they leave families struggling with a great financial loss. However, if this happens to you in Danville, a personal injury lawyer at Spiros Law, P.C., can help you receive compensations if negligent parties are involved. Speak with us today by calling (217) 443-4343 to learn more about your legal options.


Company ordered to settle $152K after fatal construction accident

A subcontractor of the Jane Addams Tollway based in Elgin, Illinois was ordered to settle a suit of $152,000 after a worker got killed in an accident last April, an October 18 article of Chicago Tribune reported.

Aside from the fine imposed, a citation was also given by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to Omega Demolition Corp. after Vicente Santoyo, 47, was fatally pinned by a 45-ton beam that collapsed. Santoyo, who was an employee of Omega Demolition, was part of a team working on a bridge on Interstate 90 when the accident happened. OSHA findings revealed that Santoyo’s death could have been avoided if the company complied with safety standards. Three coworkers of Santoyo were injured in the accident. Reports revealed that Omega Demolition was previously cited by OSHA for violating safety standards.

The Danville lawyers at Spiros Law, P.C., represent families who have lost their loved ones in workplace accidents. We strongly believe that negligent employers should fairly compensate family members who are devastated by their loss. Find out how we may help you file a legal claim against negligent parties today by calling (217) 443-4343.


Chicago doctor treats patients with cat saliva and vodka

Authorities in Illinois recently found that a Chicago children’s doctor was creating vaccines out of cat saliva and vodka to treat his patients, an article of Health Aim reported on October 4.

Reports said health care providers filed a medical malpractice complaint against Doctor Ming Te Lin, alleging that he was making his own version of vaccines with strange ingredients. Reports revealed that Lin was using the illegal vaccine for over 10 years and that the youngest patient he treated was a 7-day-old infant. Lin also failed to inform his patients about the risks involved about using his medications. Investigations conducted at his office in Flossmoor revealed that Lin had been making concoctions that are not recognized in the field of medicine or by federal health regulators. Lin has been suspended by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

The attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. represent people in Danville who have been victims of medical malpractice. We strongly believe that negligent parties should fairly compensate their victims. If you are in such a situation, call our office today at (217) 443-4343 to learn more about your legal options.


Injuries reported in Chicago vehicular crash

Several people in the southern part of Chicago, including one child, recently sustained injuries after a vehicle struck a porch, a September 13 report of Chicago 5 stated.

According to reports, a 12-year-old girl, a 17-year-old boy, and two adults sustained injuries after an SUV struck a porch near the intersection of South Vincennes Avenue and West 80th Street. The Chicago Fire Department believed the girl’s condition was “very critical” as she was pinned between the vehicle and the porch. Reports revealed the vehicle initially struck two other vehicles before it ended up hitting the porch. The driver of the SUV, whose name was withheld, was also treated after he was booked by authorities.

Car accident injuries often leave innocent victims struggling with a great financial loss due to expensive treatments needed for recovery. However, a lawyer may be able to help you obtain compensations if negligent drivers are involved. Speak with a lawyer at Spiros Law, P.C. in Danville today by calling (217) 443-4343 to begin taking your legal action against negligent parties.