May 2014 In the News

On May 30, 2014 Howard Ankin attended the Teamster’s Fight Night at Teamster’s City. On May 21, 2014 Howard Ankin attended the Un-Gala, a charity event for Chicago’s Marketplace of Ideas. On May 15, 2014 Jon Topolewski and Patti Ramirez of Ankin Law Office attended theNational Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives National Convention held in […]

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What You Need to Know About Your OSHA Whistleblower Rights

Employers are required to comply with a number of laws in an effort to prevent work-related accident and injuries. Not only are employers obligated to follow the safety regulations put in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), but they are also prohibited from retaliating against an employee for their role in reporting […]

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Do Helmets Actually Help Prevent Head Injuries?

Head injuries are a big concern for every parent. Whether their child is riding a bike or involved in youth athletics, parents want to make sure that the risk of head injury is minimized as much as possible. And rightfully so. As we have reported, concussions and other traumatic brain injuries have been linked to […]

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How to Reduce Work-Related Traffic Fatalities

Each year, thousands of people die in work-related accidents – the majority of which are traffic fatalities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2003 and 2010, an average of 1,275 workers die each year from motor vehicle accidents, and as we recently reported, 1,153 people died in fatal work-related roadway incidents in 2012. […]

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May 2014 Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation Law Round-Up

Here’s what other personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyers have been talking about during the month of May: Hospitals Show Small Improvement in Patient Safety (Protect Patients Blog). As this article explains, a recent report from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) found that incidents of patient harm (things like infections, trauma during […]

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Risks Associated with Texting and Walking

The dangers of texting and driving are well-known and extensively documented, but did you know that texting and walking may be even more dangerous? Researchers say that texting while walking may actually result in more injuries per mile than distracted driving. Injuries can result from bumping into walls, falling down stairs, tripping over clutter, or […]

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Risks of Head Injuries in Hockey

With the Chicago Blackhawks vying for a chance at the Stanley Cup, Chicago has definitely caught hockey fever. Unfortunately, hockey remains one of the most dangerous sports for head injuries, and most of the sport’s victims are children. Last year, researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto reported in the journal PLOS ONE that nearly […]

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CDC Issues Swimming Pool Safety Reminder

Swimming is one of the most popular sports activities in the country, offering many health benefits. Unfortunately, swimming pools and other recreational water venues are prone to illnesses and injuries, as well, making it imperative to take certain safety precautions when swimming. With the unofficial start of summer arriving this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, the […]

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CDC Reports that Many Unintentional Injury Deaths Are Preventable

Every year, nearly 900,000 Americans die prematurely from one of the five leading causes of death, but many of those deaths could have been prevented, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to a new study, the five leading causes of death in the United States are heart disease, cancer, […]

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The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving is one of the most pervasive driving hazards, yet few drivers pay much attention to its dangers. Although it is difficult to estimate just how many traffic accidents are the result of drowsy driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 2.5% of fatal crashes and 2% of injury crashes involve drowsy […]

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