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"CookSeveral more cases of Legionnaires Disease have been confirmed at a retirement community, Convenant Living at the Holmstad in Batavia, Kane County, Illinois. According to a news release from the Kane County Health Department, the retirement community is notifying residents, the residents’ identified contact, and staff after four more cases were confirmed. These 4 individuals are among the 251 which have been confirmed to date this year.

Legionnaires’ disease is a serious lung infection that people can get by breathing in small droplets of water containing Legionella bacteria. LD and Pontiac Fever (a less severe infection caused by the same type of bacteria) may also be called “legionellosis.”  The bacterium grows and spreads in human-made water systems. Officials with the Kane County Health Department said there are four more cases and that they are closely monitoring this situation.

Following exposure to the bacteria, the onset of symptoms is usually between 2-14 days. Symptoms of illness may include coughing, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, and headaches. People 50 years of age or older are at an increased risk of Legionnaire’s disease. Some studies indicate that more than a quarter of LD diagnoses are fatal. LD, also referred to as Legionella pneumonia, has several life-threatening complications, which include, but are not limited to, the following:

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Cook County police officer lawyerJames P. McKay and Philip P. Terrazzino obtained a $212,000 verdict for Chicago Police Officer Yvette Lozano for injuries she sustained in an automobile collision while in the line of duty. Following a trial at the Daley Center in front of Judge Ann Collins-Dole, a Cook County jury reached the verdict in favor of Officer Lozano.

On August 28, 2015 at 10:15a.m., Officer Lozano was responding to a home invasion in progress with her lights and sirens activated when her squad car was struck by a driver who failed to stop and pull to the right as required by statute. As a result of the crash, Officer Lozano sustained a right elbow injury and vertigo. She missed one year of work due to her injuries. 

After undergoing a long recovery and intense physical therapy, she returned to work with the Chicago Police Department and now works in an office role. “We are pleased that justice prevailed and that Officer Lozano will be compensated for her medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering,” Terrazzino said.  “It took four years and a two-week jury trial, but the jury system got it right in the end.”

Cook County Lyft passenger injury attorneyThousands of companies rely on third-party vendors to ensure that they are hiring safe individuals with no criminal history. The dominant firm in this industry, Sterling Talent Solutions, employs people across the globe to perform background checks using its own software.

According to Buzzfeed News, much of the work involves international, low-paid employees sorting through records, despite the emphasis on technology. Offshore workers contend that the working conditions have “led to manual errors, problems with technology, and even panic attacks and injuries from the stress and repetitive nature of the work.” Additionally, workers contend that records databases can be incomplete, and they do not always have enough information to determine whether a job applicant has been convicted of a crime.

Nearly 200 lawsuits have accused Sterling of various failures with their background check procedures. These include instances where violent criminals go unnoticed by Sterling’s background checks and go on to harm others through their newly attained employment.

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Cook County rideshare assault injury lawyerBy Eddie Hettel

Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have consistently pushed back against government efforts to increase the level of scrutiny for their screening processes. Less stringent background checks lead to more drivers on the road and increased profits. However, this comes at the expense of passenger safety. The disturbing frequency of crimes perpetrated against rideshare passengers by their drivers raises questions about the thoroughness of Uber and Lyft’s vetting procedures.

A recent investigation discovered that a man accused of torture and mass executions found full-time employment as a driver for Uber and Lyft. Yusuf Abdi Ali is a former Somali military commander who had been a rideshare driver for 18 months. 

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Chicago rideshare passenger injury lawyerBy Tim Tomasik

Over the past few years, a large number of people have been the victims of assaults by rideshare drivers working for companies like Uber and Lyft. While these companies have stated that the safety of their passengers is a top priority, incidents in which passengers are harmed by drivers continue to occur with alarming regularity. At Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC, we have been leading the fight to hold these companies responsible for the violent assaults committed by drivers against passengers. 

A recent incident which took place in the Chicago suburbs is only the latest demonstration of rideshare companies’ failure to address these safety issues. In the early morning of May 2, 2019, a woman in Elk Grove requested a ride using the Lyft rideshare app. During the trip, the driver sexually assaulted her twice before she was able to escape and call 911, according to police. The driver was subsequently arrested and charged with criminal sexual assault and kidnapping.

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