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Owners of homes and businesses in and around Chicago must take the necessary steps to ensure that their properties are hazard-free and don't pose dangers to the public.

Leaky gutters can create slick spots that lead to painful falls. Uneven sidewalk surfaces present tripping hazards. Unsecured backyard pools are attractive nuisances that can lead to curious children drowning. Heavy tree limbs can come crashing down onto passersby on the sidewalks. When you consider it from a liability standpoint, dangers lurk around every unlit corner.

What kind of traumatic brain injury did you suffer from?

Traumatic brain injuries are some of the most common injuries that happen as a result of a car accident. When a collision occurs, the gravitational forces cause the head to jerk and possibly make violent contact with the interior of a vehicle. Even if the head doesn't hit against something directly, the quick stopping motion of a crash can cause the brain to bang against the inside walls of the skull.

Traumatic brain injuries can leave lasting and permanent damage to cognitive function, balance, memory and motor skills. They can even leave people fully or partially paralyzed, or in the worst of cases, brain dead.

Inside a Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection

Employers are legally required to provide their employees with a safe work environment at all times. Now, there are jobs that are inherently dangerous, but these employers must still provide a reasonable means for safety. When an employee reports a hazard to the employer and it is not fixed, it can be reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for an inspection. Here's an inside look at an OSHA inspection.

If you want to request at inspection from OSHA at your workplace, complete the agency's official complaint form and submit it with additional information. Should there be immediate danger associated with your complaint, telephone OSHA in conjunction with filing the paperwork.

Apartment complex personal injury overview

Living in an apartment complex is much different from owning your own home. You are a tenant who is not responsible for the upkeep of certain areas of the complex. Those areas could include the hallways, elevators, stairwells, courtyard, trash rooms, laundry rooms and more. The landlord, or owner of the complex is legally responsible for ensuring that there are no knows hazards that could harm the tenants.

Landlords have a duty to provide the tenants of an apartment complex with properly maintained common areas, warn the tenants of any hidden dangers which they should be aware of and make safe dwellings on short-term leases. The only time a landlord can be held liable for a tenant or visitor's injury is when the negligence of the landlord caused the injury. In addition, the negligence must be the direct cause of the injury suffered.

100 days of danger: Tell teens it's time to beware

The 100 days of summer that start on Memorial Day and end on Labor Day are called the "Deadliest Days" among experts on teen driving.

The time period has earned its moniker -- teenager-involved crashes raise 15 percent higher than they are at any other time of the year. There are probably several reasons for the spike:

Woman suing for unsafe asphalt that led to injuries

A woman is suing multiple entities due to injuries she claims she suffered from unsafe asphalt in Chicago. The lawsuit names three defendants, one of them a paving company. The lawsuit was filed on May 2 in Cook County Circuit Court alleging that the defendants failed to keep their property reasonably safe for visitors.

The plaintiff in the lawsuit claims that she suffered injuries when she tripped on the premises owned by the defendants named. The plaintiff is holding the defendants legally responsible for her injuries because she claims that they failed to warn her of an elevation at the edge of asphalt that is next to the grass. The plaintiff said she tripped over the elevation and suffered injuries from doing so.

How do I protect myself from unsafe working conditions?

Companies across the country are required to provide a safe work environment for their employees at all times. This is the case no matter where the work is being performed, such as in an office, in a vehicle, on a construction site or in a factory. So, how do I protect myself from unsafe working conditions?

One of the best ways to protect yourself from unsafe working conditions is to report any hazardous conditions as soon as they are discovered. The hazardous condition should be reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Workers have the right to refuse to work if they feel their life is in danger due to an unsafe working condition at their place of employment.

Are you experiencing delayed pain after a car accident?

Chicago is known for many things, from our world class pizza to our world class traffic. Even if you drive carefully, you still cannot account for the actions of other drivers on the road. Unfortunately, accidents happen all the time, even to careful drivers, but the symptoms of a serious injury may not present themselves until well after the accident takes place.

If you recently began to feel pain that you believe may stem from an earlier car accident, it is very important that you get proper medical attention. Without proper medical attention, you cannot know if your pain is truly related to an injury suffered in your accident, or pursue fair compensation from the responsible party.

Chicago Bulls mascot sued by courtside server

The Chicago Bulls mascot, Benny the Bull, has been sued by a courtside server after she claims she injured her shoulder when the mascot used her as a crutch. The lawsuit claims that the Bulls allow the mascot to run "out of control on the court," which caused a series of events that reportedly left her injured.

The incident occurred in 2015 during Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals in Chicago. According to the plaintiff, a former Benny the Bull actor "was running out of control on the court when he injured his ankle."

Construction site safety tips in Chicago

Chicago is home to some of the best food in the country. It's also home to plenty of construction sites where dangers lurk each day. No matter how many precautions construction workers take to protect themselves, accidents can still happen that lead to serious injury or even death. Here are some important construction site safety tips in Chicago.

If you are responsible for operating machinery, be aware of your surroundings, including overhead. Know where power lines are located and how low they hang at the construction site. Make definitive markings of overhead items so you know as you approach that you must exhibit more caution while operating the machinery.

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