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National Radon Action Month

Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer, claiming the lives of 21,000 American lives each year. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Surgeon General urge people to test their homes, schools, and buildings for radon, which is easy and relatively inexpensive. If high levels of radon are detected in your home, [….]

The Preventable Dangers of Residential Elevators

For more than 70 years, a defect that allows small children to get caught in between the doors of residential elevators has been known to executives in the elevator industry. Instead of working to fix the problem and notify homeowners, they have fought back against regulations even as children are being severely injured and killed. [….]

Court rules homeowners protected from ice lawsuits

The Illinois Second District Appellate Court ruled to stop trial on a slip-and-fall lawsuit with a ruling on the Illinois Snow and Ice Removal Act of 1979. A different Appellate Court ruled that homeowners could not be held liable for accidents relating to the weather, such as those caused by slippery sidewalks. They could, however, be liable [….]

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville dismissed from personal injury suit

Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville was dismissed from a personal injury lawsuit re-filed in Madison County by Joy and Gary Tedford on August 30 under the power of Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge, The Madison-St. Clair Record reported on September 1. According to the lawsuit, which was dismissed in March 2013 and re-filed in March 2014, Joy [….]

Three People Sent to the Hospital After PATH Escalator Malfunctions

A malfunctioning escalator at a commuter rail station in New Jersey sent three people to the hospital yesterday. On Monday, January 7, commuters were on an ascending escalator in the Exchange Place PATH station in Jersey City as a part of a normal work day. Around 9:00 a.m. the escalator suddenly stopped and began heading [….]

Hotel Sued After Florida Man Dies from Legionnaire’s Disease

A Chicago hotel that dealt with an outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease this summer has become the target of a wrongful death suit. Luis Enrique Acevedo Muro was a guest at the JW Marriot Hotel at 151 W. Adams Street in Chicago from August 1st to August 3rd this past summer. After the visit, Muro developed [….]

Downtown Hotel Linked to Legionaires’ Outbreak

A hotel in downtown Chicago is the center of an outbreak of Legionaires’ Disease that has sickened eight people, two of which have died. The JW Marriot Hotel on 151 W. Adams Street has been linked to eight cases of Legionaires’ Disease as all cases stayed at the hotel between mid-July and mid-August. Health department [….]

Discovery of Mold Leads to Inspection and Testing

Mold discovered at a recreation center in St. Charles prompts the need for investigation. At the beginning of August, a painter in the Norris Recreation Center on Dunham Road in St. Charles noticed mold on the wall of a racquetball court. The building was in the middle of a two-week closure in order to perform [….]

Two homes destroyed in Braidwood explosion

Two homes were destroyed and a third was damaged following what authorities believe was a gas main explosion in Braidwood on Wednesday morning. While most of the residents of the 200 block of East Cermak Road escaped without injury, one man was transported to the Loyola Medical Center in Maywood for treatment for injuries caused [….]