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The Boys Scouts of America swear an oath to help other people at all times. However, the organization has not always done its best at helping its own young members. Many instances of sexual abuse by troop leaders and other adult chaperones have surfaced, and the concerns of parents of potential Boy Scouts have rightfully increased in recent years. Recently, former Boy Scouts filed 15 lawsuits in Chicago courts regarding sexual abuse of members of a Burbank, Illinois, troop.

The organization just announced one response to such concerns—increased background checks and additional requirements for adults who supervise overnight excursions. Before June 1, troop leaders and other registered volunteers had to undergo background checks and complete a training course before volunteering. Now, the Boy Scouts require background checks and training for any adult who is chaperoning a trip that lasts at least 72 hours, which includes parents of scouts on the excursion.

The training course is a one-hour online session about youth protection. It covers protecting minors from dangers such as sexual molestation, especially during overnight activities such as camping trips, which can get particularly high-risk. This requirement only applies to Boy Scout troops, however, and not to Cub Scouts, who are usually younger than 11.

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When you think of a personal injury lawsuit, you may initially think of a case arising from a car accident or another type of accidental injury. However, not all injury cases stem from accidents. Some cases involve allegations of sexual abuse of minors—for example the numerous high-profile sexual abuse claims against the Boy Scouts and the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.

Recently, many elite USA gymnasts came forward and reported a widespread sexual abuse scandal involving a trainer team doctor based out of Michigan State University (MSU), Larry Nassar. Hundreds of gymnasts testified that Nassar sexual molested them under the guise of “medical treatment.” He was the primary physician for elite gymnasts competing for the USA and MSU, so many gymnasts had to visit him and suffer abuse over and over again for years.

Nassar was convicted of numerous counts of criminal sexual conduct and the court sentenced him to 40 to 175 years in prison.

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If your family is one of many in Chicago that will be packing up the car and heading out on a road trip, you should always realize the importance of safety before and during your trip. Here are some safety tips for your summer trip:

  • Plan – Road trips can take you into new territory, so it’s always helpful to familiarize yourself with the route ahead of time. You can also plan when you may stop and where you can stay along the way. Program a GPS or other navigational tools ahead of time so that you don’t have to do so while driving.
  • Inspect your car – Always have your vehicle inspected and tuned up before a road trip to prevent any unexpected problems. You want to ensure your brakes and tires are in good condition and will last for a long trip.
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According to the U.S. Census Bureau,1 the percentage of people who bike to work in Chicago increased from .5 percent to 1.3 percent between 2000 and 2010. Getting to work is just one reason to ride a bike, however, and people throughout the area ride a bike for recreation and exercise as well. As a result, there are thousands of bicyclists riding throughout the area at any given moment.
While the health, financial, and environmental benefits of bicycling are undeniable, riding a bike also puts you at risk of involvement in accidents that can cause serious injuries, including TBIs,2 broken bones, and serious tendon and ligament strains and tears.
The things that you say and do after an accident can have an impact on your ability to recover compensation. Here are three things you should NOT do after involvement in a bicycle accident in the Chicago area.
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There are many challenges on the road today, and since you definitely want to avoid being a car accident victim, you need to be aware of all potential hazards. This post will look at articles that provide background on various types of auto accidents and what to expect on the road.

5 Recent Car Accident Victim Posts 10 Disturbing Drunk Driving Accident Statistics

Drunk driving is a major contributor to auto accidents in the U.S. This article provides drunk driving accident statistics that we all should be aware of. Here is a sample:

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Recent research has found that inflatable bounce houses, which are more popular than ever at children’s parties, fail to keep kids safe. According to NPR, 30 U.S. children a day are treated in emergency rooms for broken bones, sprains, cuts and concussions from bounce house accidents.

Bounce Houses Often Do Not Keep Kids Safe: Notable Findings

In a study published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics, Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and his colleagues found the following startling information on bounce houses and kid’s injuries:

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Injuries to areas of the spinal cord are typically caused by a sudden and severe impact to the spine, and can lead to life altering disabilities. These injuries can come from many sources, such as auto accidents, workplace accidents, and even slip and fall accidents.

Types Of Damage To Areas Of The Spinal Cord

The spinal cord consists of nerves that run down the spinal column from the brain to your lower back, delivering information that enables you to move and feel. When an injury occurs to the spinal cord, this vital information may no longer reach below the site of the injury, and the closer the injury is to the brain, the more areas of the body may be affected.

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For people injured in an accident where another party’s negligence was involved, relief is often only found in resolution of the case. Part of this resolution comes in the form of case settlements, which can ease the pain, stress, and uncertainty about the future.

The attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C., handle many cases involving various types of personal injury claims, such as car accidents, work injuries, slip & fall, nursing home abuse, and wrongful death cases. Millions of dollars have been recovered for clients and their families. The following are a few of the most notable recent settlements made by our law firm


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Mitch Lucker, frontman of the metal band ‘Suicide Silence’, died after a Halloween motorcycle accident in Orange County.

According to the LA Times, the 28 year old singer crashed around 8:55 p.m. Halloween evening while driving his black 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Lucker hit a light pole, flinging him from his bike, and his motorcycle kept going down the street, striking a Nissan pick-up truck. Lucker suffered fatal injuries from the crash, while nearby trick-or-treaters and those inside the vehicle avoided injury.

Mitch Lucker Motorcycle Accident in L.A.: A Common Tragedy

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“How long does it take to settle a personal injury lawsuit?” This is a question almost every accident victim wants to know the answer to. Knowing how long your case may take is important, because most plaintiffs are undergoing challenging and costly treatments for the injuries they sustained during the traumatic accident. Therefore, along with putting the accident and legal matters behind them, receiving compensation to cover bills is foremost on the typical personal injury victim’s mind.

How Long Does It Take To Settle A Claim? There Are Many Variables.

The truth is that there are numerous variables that must be taken into account. Every case is unique and therefore it can be difficult to generalize a timetable.