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How a Hot Car Can Lead to Tragedy

By Brady McAninch on June 6, 2018

The hot Illinois summer is upon us, and that means it’s time to break out the shorts and turn up the air conditioning. Unfortunately, summer also brings with it the potential for serious tragedy in an unexpected place. More than 36 kids die in hot cars every year, according to CNN, and the hottest months inevitably bring the highest numbers of incidents.

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Illinois Winter: Pretty-Looking, Ugly Driving Conditions

By Brady McAninch on January 15, 2018

Winter in Belleville, Illinois, is hitting us full force and it’s frightful—but not in the charming “Let It Snow” sort of way. We’ve all been there: the snow is beautiful until you have to walk down your icy driveway, or worse, drive to work during rush hour. The fact of the matter is, snowstorms are coming, and you do not want to be a crash statistic.

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Glitter iPhone Cases Causing Chemical Burns?

By Brady McAninch on August 14, 2017

So many of the products we use each of us use every day can become dangerous is used improperly. Household cleaners, knives, and furniture. However, few, if any, of us think about the dangers a phone case could pose. That is until reports of iPhone cases causing chemical burns are discovered.

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Can United Be Sued For Dragging Passenger Off Plane?

By John Hipskind on April 13, 2017

As everyone now knows, Dr. Dao was violently drug off a United Airline plane this week, bloodied and screaming, at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.  He refused to give up his seat on a flight to Louisville, Kentucky for commuting United employees. The video of the incident has gone viral and has grabbed the attention of the world.

As a result, United is dealing with a  PR nightmare and it’s stock has taken a devastating hit as a result.

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IKEA reaches $50 million settlement with families of children killed by dresser tip-over

By Brady McAninch on January 19, 2017

In November of 2016, Hipskind & McAninch wrote about multiple child deaths that were caused by the IKEA MALM dresser.  Now, only two months later, IKEA, the world’s largest furniture store, has agreed to pay $50 million to the families of three of the young children who were killed when the IKEA dressers toppled over on them.  All three children were sadly only 2 years old.

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Is your IKEA dresser a safety hazard? Child deaths linked to IKEA MALM dresser.

By Brady McAninch on November 7, 2016

On November 4, 2016, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced that a fourth child’s death was found to be related to defects associated with the IKEA MALM chests and dressers.  According to the CPSC, these chests and dressers are unstable if not properly anchored to the wall.  This instability has led to a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard.  This hazard has contributed to the tragic deaths of at least four children and, potentially, as many as twenty.  IKEA has issued a recall for these chests and dressers, of which over 29 million were sold.  If you have purchased one of these chests or dressers, you should contact IKEA immediately in order to receive a refund or obtain a wall-anchoring repair kit.

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What duty does a school have when it learns one of its students has contemplated suicide?

By Brady McAninch on October 20, 2016

What duty does a school have when it learns one of its students has contemplated suicide?  That’s the question being asked in a lawsuit filed against Mundelein High School in Mundelein, Illinois.  The story is tragic.  In October of 2015, Mikyla Wren, a 14-year-old student of Mundelein High School, committed suicide.  Her family has brought a claim against the school district alleging that it failed to follow state-mandated protocols that could have helped save Mikyla’s life.

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Samsung Halts Sales of Exploding Phones Amid Injuries

By Brady McAninch on October 11, 2016

Less than two months after its initial release, Samsung has pulled the stopped all sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note7.  In fact, Samsung is advising anyone who owns the Galaxy Note7 to “power down and stop using the device”.  This comes after weeks of questions regarding the safety of the device after users begin reporting that instances of the phone exploding.

Samsung initially offered “safe” replacement phones to customers who had bought the Galaxy Note7.  However, it was not long before reports and images began surfacing of the replacement phones exploding.  A quick Google search reveals numerous stories about the phones catching fire and exploding.

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Who Is Covered Under Uber’s 1 Million Dollar Accident Policy?

By Brady McAninch on September 20, 2016

Uber and other ride share apps are becoming increasingly more popular in cities across the country. Requesting an Uber ride is not only convenient, but often times cheaper than traditional cab service. And some argue that it is safer.

So, what happens when you are injured in an Uber accident? The answer: it depends.

Uber does offer up to 1 million in insurance coverage, under certain circumstances. Whether Uber will pay depends on the driver’s activity at the time of the accident.

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New Illinois Law Expands Rights of Bicyclists

By Brady McAninch on September 1, 2016

Earlier this month Governor Bruce Rauner signed Illinois House bill 5912 into law.  This bill, also known as Dennis’s Law, expands the right of bicyclists in the state of Illinois.  The law will go into effect on January 1, 2017, and clarified that bicyclists are entitled to the same right-of-way as motorized vehicles and, further, “shall be granted all the rights” of drivers of cars and trucks.

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