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arbitration, Chicago personal injury lawyerMost Americans know that corporations who make the products they enjoy are out for profit, and that they often bend the truth to do so. But what they may not know is that, behind those companies, there are organizations that seem to have the public’s best interest in mind. Nothing more than a set of smoke screens and mirrors, these organizations help hide the ugly truth: the corporate world can be an ugly, deceptive, and apathetic to the very consumers who purchase their products. Case in point: a recent blog post from the Chamber of Commerce on the “benefits” of forced arbitration.

What is Arbitration?

Used as an alternative to litigation, arbitration was originally intended for businesses. Similar to traditional courts, only less formal, it gave them a way to negotiate contracts and other business-related deals at a lower cost and in less time. These were collective agreements where both parties possessed similar levels of power, and that kept the playing field even and somewhat fair. But when arbitration made its way into consumer agreements, it became a way to abuse power and keep disgruntled consumers quiet.

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dangerous drugs, FDA approval, Chicago liability attorneysOriginally developed to protect consumers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is responsible for monitoring and investigating the safety, efficacy, and security of drugs and medical equipment used and prescribed in the United States. But patient advocates, federal auditors, and health-policy experts have been voicing concerns over the FDA’s monitoring and surveillance systems since the 1990s. Now, with the number of defective drug and medical equipment injuries and deaths mounting, lawmakers are looking for a way to step in and take over.

FDA’s Concerning Failures Exposed

Over the years, the FDA has been cited for a number of failures in the way they approve and oversee the drugs and equipment they are responsible for monitoring. Part of the problem relates to outdated or inaccurate data. The system’s self-reporting reliance is another. All lead to one very concerning conclusion: their shortcomings are causing injuries and deaths to innocent people.

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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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