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ignition switch recall, Chicago car defect attorneyThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released reports stating the investigation into General Motors (GM) ignition switch defect was not thorough. The ignition switch defect has been connected with over 100 deaths. The GM ignition switch recall is the fourth largest defective car parts recall in history, with over 800,000 vehicles recalled.

GM knew about the defective switch as far back as 2004, but did not start recalling any vehicles until 2014. In the past year, NHTSA has taken no responsibility for any of its own actions in the investigation into the defective parts. Families who believe they did not do enough now have a small peace of mind when they announced they trusted but did not verify the information GM was sending them and failed to use its authority to hold GM accountable.

NHTSA allowed GM to conduct their own investigation into the ignition switch defect and did not verify any information they were given from GM with their own investigation or follow up questions. They took GM’s word that everything was being executed as it should be and was being taken care of. NHTSA failed to do its part to protect consumers and push for a recall sooner and holding the company accountable.

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police body camera, Illinois personal injury lawyerPersonal injury cases stem from different situations, whether intentional or not, including vehicle accidents, assaults, negligence, dog bites, emotional distress, and more, and can include physical or emotional injury. With more victims or witnesses carrying smartphones there has been an increase in recorded evidence. The Illinois House of Representatives and Senate have both passed a bill that will outline how police body cameras can be used throughout the state. Police body cameras have the potential to bring legitimate personal injury claims traction.

The bill does not require police departments to use the body cameras, but will set standards for use, storage and privacy for all body cameras and recordings for the police departments that do opt to use them. The Chicago Police Department has already started using body cameras. Some citizens are concerned with the use, storage and security of the recordings. There is concern about neighbors asking for a copy of the recording and personal information being given to those who are not involved.

Attorney Christopher Hurley, managing partner at Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C., sees it as a way to give a voice to those who might not be believed or listened to otherwise. Police body cameras will help those involved in personal injury cases where police are called to the scene. They will be able to provide record evidence to support the victim and give them the backup they need and deserve to receive the compensation they deserve.

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car manufacturer safety issuesThe recent air bag recalls have affected millions of Americans who own vehicles that contain the faulty equipment. Only one car manufacturer to date has taken its recall nationwide, despite the demand of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for others to follow suit with repairs and the hundreds of injuries that have already been reported.

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) explored how this kind of passiveness is historically common among car manufacturers. In a published report released in June 2014, the AAJ emphasizes failure on the part of these companies to take responsibility unless required to do so in court.

Among its long list of examples the AAJ names the following defective car parts corrected only after manufacturers have faced litigation:

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falling debris church lawsuitIt has been reported a lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court this month by Lance Johnson, the boyfriend of the woman who was hit by a falling church stone, an incident which resulted in her death. Johnson was walking with the victim, Sarah Bean, when part of a stone gargoyle fell from the church, hitting her in the head.

Johnson is suing both the Second Presbyterian Church, a Chicago South Loop church, and the Presbytery of Chicago. Claims of the lawsuit state that there was negligence in ownership of the church building by allowing the wall’s exterior to “exist in a dangerous and unrepaired condition.”

Negligence is defined as a failure to behave with the level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have implemented under the same conditions. Chicago city records show a history of violations reported about the church’s structure from 2007 to 2011 including failure to maintain an interior stairway system and failure to remove obstruction from building exits.

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Last week, a three year old boy tragically drowned in a backyard pool in Homer Glen. According to reports, the child was first reported missing from a home where he was staying. Shortly thereafter, he was found in a pool of a different house on the block. The boy was pronounced dead at Silver Cross Hospital.

This type of tragedy is far too common considering that it is largely preventable. In this instance, police say the pool was gated but may have been left open on the night before the accident. Had the gate not been carelessly left open, the child might still be alive today.

Backyard pools are particularly dangerous to young children. For one, children can easily be drawn to these pools and cannot be expected to appreciate their dangers. Also, unlike public pools, backyard pools are largely unsupervised. Therefore, children are much more likely to drown once they wind up in a pool.

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