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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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Chicago medical malpractice lawyer lack of empathyBy Tim Tomasik

Everyone expects to receive quality medical care when they see a doctor or go to the hospital, but one aspect of medical treatment that is often overlooked is the manner in which doctors interact with patients. In many cases, overworked doctors may feel that they do not have the time to offer a kind word to their patients and give them the extra emotional attention that lets them know that their needs are being met. However, a recent study has demonstrated the importance of compassion, and a doctor who neglects to provide their patients with the proper care and attention may actually be causing them harm.

Study Finds That Compassion From Doctors Is Important For Patient Health

Some doctors have been known to experience “burnout” after many years of providing medical care to patients. Two doctors at Cooper University Health Care recently conducted a study to address this and find a way to help improve both doctor well-being and patient care. In their new book Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence that Caring Makes a Difference, they describe how they found that when doctors and other health care providers take the time to connect with their patients emotionally, it not only improved patient outcomes, but it also decreased overall medical costs. In fact, the study even found that doctors who took extra time to demonstrate compassion felt that they had more overall time to care for patients.

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Chicago food poisoning injury lawyer e. coliBy Tim Tomasik

In the United States, we expect the food purchased at restaurants and grocery stores to be safe to eat. Unfortunately, incidents in which people contract foodborne illnesses are all too common. This was demonstrated recently when a large number of people became ill after consuming ground beef. People who have experienced a food poisoning injury should contact an attorney to determine their options for pursuing compensation from the parties responsible.

E. Coli Illnesses Reported in Six States

In March of 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began receiving reports of E. Coli infections in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia. As of April 12, 2019, 109 cases have been reported, and 17 of the victims have been hospitalized. The CDC believes that ground beef is the source of the infections, but it has not identified a supplier, distributor, retailer or brand of meat which may be responsible. 

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Chicago plane crash injury attorneyBy Tim Tomasik

Following the deaths of 157 people in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane on March 10, 2019, Boeing is under scrutiny for potential design defects in 737 MAX airplanes. This was the second plane crash of a Boeing 737 MAX in less than six months; a Lion Air plane crashed in Indonesia in October 2018, killing 189 people.

While both crashes are still under investigation, it appears that a faulty flight safety system may be to blame for these incidents. An investigation by BEA, the French aviation bureau, found that there were clear similarities between both crashes, and the sensors and software which are intended to prevent stalls may have caused pilots to lose control of these planes.

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