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3 common holiday accidents

The weather is cooling down, decorations are going up and you are starting to shop for gifts. These things all mean that the holiday season is in full swing yet again. While it may be the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be dangerous. 

There are tens of thousands of holiday-related injuries every year. If you are curious about what causes so many accidents during the holidays, check out the list.

Is Sterigenics International increasing your risk of cancer?

Residents like you who call Illinois your home want to grow up and spend your life in a place that's conducive to good health. Unfortunately, certain factors can diminish your overall quality of life or even introduce elements that can harm you and your loved ones.

The Chicago Tribune takes a look at one such situation. Sterigenics International, a global company that operates out of sixteen cities, has recently faced heat for the possibility of increasing the risk of cancer by introducing carcinogenic pollutants to the air in the area. The primary pollutant in question, ethylene oxide, has been a known carcinogen and on the federal government's official list of carcinogens since 1985.

4 common car defects

When you buy a car, you expect it to be safe for you and any passengers. You should not need to fear that a defect will harm you or someone else in your vehicle. Unfortunately, vehicle defects occur all too often, and they can have deadly consequences. 

The first step to being safe is being informed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigates potential vehicle defects and provides a list of vehicle recalls. Here are some faulty components that often make the list:

Schaumburg Drunk Driver Kills Pregnant Mother of Four

On October 8, 2018, Hinigo Olvera, 67, struck and killed a pregnant woman near Lake Street and Park Avenue in Streamwood, Illinois at 7:30 p.m. Authorities say Olvera, who previously faced a DUI charge in 2013, was under the influence while driving his truck when he hit Aries Cobian, age 29, who was helping her cousin push their broken-down car along Lake Street. Cobian was 12 weeks pregnant at the time of the crash.

How often are work zones a factor in car accidents?

Road construction zones are all but unavoidable in Illinois, and while these work zones can slow you down and make you late, they can also cause far more serious issues. Work zones are a common factor in many of the nation’s car accidents and associated injuries and deaths, and there are several reasons why work zones prove particularly hazardous for today’s drivers.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, work zone crashes are on the rise across the nation, increasing an alarming 42 percent between 2013 and 2015. Furthermore, in 2014, 669 people lost their lives in road construction zones, accounting for 2 percent of all roadway fatalities that year.

Understand your risks during fall awareness week

At the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid, we are all too aware that people in Illinois and elsewhere get hurt all the time in falls. Whether you slip on wet tile at the grocery store or fall off a ladder at work, this is one way you can get seriously injured – or worse – when you least expect it.

In fact, falls happen so often across the country that the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence has designated September 23 through 29 as Fall Prevention Awareness Week. You might consider the following solutions to prevent serious injuries in a fall:

  • Always use a stepping stool or ladder to reach a high place, and never step up on an unstable or wheeled object, such as an office chair.
  • Clean up clutter, cords and other obstacles from walkways.
  • Use extreme caution when working from heights, stepping on broken pavement or walking near a drop.
  • Watch out for folded mats, wet floors, ice patches and other things you can trip or slip on.
  • Wear non-slip shoes in adverse weather or if you work on slick surfaces.
  • Ask your employer to provide education on avoiding falls in the workplace and to supply safety equipment when necessary.

The link between informed consent and medical malpractice

One of the cornerstones of medicine involves patient consent. Before administering any medical and health care procedures and treatments, health care professionals must obtain approval from their patients or their representatives.

It is important that you review all the information that your doctor provides and ask questions to make sure you understand things before signing a consent form.

Hazing – the college tradition that’s anything but harmless

College life comes with a great deal of responsibility, as well as rites of passage. Many of these traditions, such as making new friends, joining a fraternity or sorority and drinking responsibly, are harmless and can help you create lifelong memories about your university experience. However, at the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid, we also know that some college traditions can be harmful, even when Illinois college students consider them harmless fun.

Hazing is one such tradition. Your college most likely has an anti-hazing policy in effect, since hazing is a crime in Illinois when it results in bodily harm or death, according to the Illinois General Assembly. What exactly is hazing, you might wonder? This “tradition” is often carried out by senior members of a fraternity, sorority, academic club or sports team upon the newer members or pledges. Fraternity pledges might be forced to endure hours of grueling emotional and physical trials before they are accepted into the group. Senior football players might require their newer team members to participate in binge drinking games, which can raise their risks of getting alcohol poisoning. In some cases, victims of hazing are abducted and even beaten.

Easy ways to reduce risk of injury for a motorcycle accident

Motorcyclists have a much higher risk of suffering an injury in an accident than someone in a regular car. There is also a higher likelihood of a fatality taking place, such as one occurrence that recently took place in Illinois where a motorcyclist in Little Falls lost his life after a collision. 

Therefore, it is in every motorcyclist's best interest to take steps to reduce the chances of an accident occurring. With some of these tips, motorcyclists can even reduce the severity of injury in the event that an accident takes place. 

Illinois Passes New Texting While Driving Law

On August 14, 2018, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a new law that changed texting-while-driving citations to moving violations, even if the driver is a first-time offender. This change will go into effect on July 1, 2019. Currently, first-time offenders would only receive a non-moving violation.

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    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.
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    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day... -Larry

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    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.
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