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November 2018 Archives

Organizations provide winter driving safety tips

Driving in the winter in Illinois means sometimes dealing with hazardous road and weather conditions. However, drivers who are prepared can avoid many cold-weather pitfalls. The National Safety Council released a list of recommended items to have in the car during the winter months. Among the recommended items are a shovel, jumper cables, a spare tire/jack/tire iron, tow chains, matches and blankets.

Trucking death increase may be linked to conflict with HOS rules

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of large-truck fatalities reached a 29-year high in 2017. A total of 4,761 people, including about 1,300 truckers, were killed that year. In Illinois and across the U.S., truckers have expressed their opinions as to what might be behind the increase.

Study analyzes how physician behaviors factor into misdiagnoses

Every year in the U.S., an estimated 12 million adult outpatients are the victims of diagnostic errors. A study published by Health Affairs has explored the patient-physician interactions that might contribute to these errors. It should be of interest to Illinois residents who have been the victims of medical malpractice.

Construction workers face increased risk in the winter

Construction work has historically been one of the most dangerous career paths in the United States. This is particularly true in urban areas where buildings may tower many stories high. Construction workers often have to work at great heights with dangerous machinery and in questionable weather conditions.

Surgeon mistakes kidney for tumor during back surgery

Illinois readers likely can't imagine being put under anesthesia for back surgery and waking up to find out that one of their kidneys had been mistakenly removed. However, that's exactly what happened to a Floria woman, according to a recently filed administrative complaint.