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Below You Find Links and Resource to Provide You with Answers to the Issues That Face Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Clients. We Provide Links to Legal Advice Regarding Car Accidents, Trucking Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Medical Malpractice, and Much More.

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Car Accidents

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety: Alliance of consumer, health, and safety groups.

Air Bag Crash: Airbag black box records data in a car crash.

American Academy of Pediatrics: Car Safety Seats: Understand the proper way to use a child’s car seats. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued updated, more complete recommendations in the policy statement, “Selecting and Using the Most appropriate Car Safety Seats for Growing Children: Guidelines for Counseling Parents.

American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators – AAMVA: Search for events, products, and services and newsroom from this non – profit organization which develops model programs in motor vehicle administration, police traffic services, and highway safety.

American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials – AASHTO: Representing all five transportation modes; air, highways, public transportation, rail, and water in all 50 states; this Non-profit, no partisan association represents the voice of the people.

American Automotive Association (AAA): Any Car, Anytime, Anywhere. In business for more than 100 years this non-profit organization, founded in Chicago, IL provides services to its members such as roadside assistance, travel, automotive, insurance, financial, and discounts.

Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists: The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists was established in 1977 to support professionals working in the field of driver education/driver training and transportation equipment modifications for persons with disabilities.

Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine: A professional multidisciplinary organization dedicated entirely to motor vehicle crash injury prevention and control.

Automotive News: Daily reports about new cars and features, auto pricing information, and announcements from the top auto manufacturers.

Automotive Car Safety: If you are thinking about buying a new car, research the vehicle’s safety rating here. You want to make sure the car you are considering buying does not have the worst rollover or crash test ratings in the industry. Read the official reports to compare crash tests, ratings, and available car safety features.

Car Accidents: “One person dies in the US every 13 minutes in a Car Accident- 115 killed each day. 1.2 million killed worldwide each year” Don’t become a statistic. Find information about auto accident collisions, crashes, wrecks and view thousands of accident pictures.

Crashworthiness Resource: This Crashworthiness Resource has been created as a resource tool for consumers with the intention of alerting and educating people of the numerous auto defects proliferated by major car manufacturers. The most comprehensive resource for Illinois driving license testing, change of address, car registration, license plate renewal, organ donation, traffic safety, rules and regulations, voter registration, and everything else you need for your Illinois driver’s license.

Department of Motor Vehicles: Simple guide for drivers licensing, car registration, and traffic tickets: resources for all your Department of Motor Vehicles questions.

Federal Highway Administration – FHWA: The FHWA is a branch of the Department of Transportation that is dedicated to the country’s economic vitality, quality of life, and the environment through proactive leadership, innovation, and service excellence.

Governors Highway Safety Association: Governors Highway Safety Association’s goal is to reduce the death rate states are enacting Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws that phase in driving privileges.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries, and property damage — from crashes on the nation’s highways.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation

National Motorists Association: The National Motorists Association represents and protects the interests of motorists. serves the public interest and is the nation’s premier source for vehicle safety information from the government.

Safety Belt Safe USA: A child’s car seat is only safe if it is installed correctly. More than 95% of the car seats checked by Safety Belt Safe U.S.A are being used incorrectly. Don’t take a chance with your child’s life! Safety Belt Safe U.S.A. provides videos and information on properly installing a car seat.

Teen Drivers: Car Accident Fact Sheet: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for more than one in three deaths in this age group (36% according to the CDC). However, strict and comprehensive graduated drivers licensing programs are associated with reductions of 38% (40% in fatal accidents) in injury crashes of 16-year-old drivers (Baker et al. 2007).

The Auto Channel: The largest independent automotive information resource. The Auto Channel provides daily reports on all things related to vehicles including reviews of new cars and new car features, automobile pricing information, and announcements and recalls from the top auto manufacturers.

US Department of Transportation: Serves the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Wrongful Death

A Place to Honor Grief: This site is dedicated to honor and understand the grieving process. Encouraging men and women to honor the person in their life who died by writing about a part of their own grief and healing.

Wrongful Death Information and Statistics: Wrongful death statistics and information about negligence including the most common medical mistakes.

Motorcycle Accidents

American Motorcyclist Association: The AMA focuses on motorcycle rights, motorcycle riding, and racing through its government relations work, by sanctioning road and off-road motorcycle riding activities and overseeing professional and amateur motorcycle racing events.

Illinois Free Motorcycle Rider Safety Training Courses: Register for the annual free Motorcycle Rider Safety Training Courses here.

Child Injuries

ARTICLE: Being open can be critical to help injured children heal: Many injured children need to discuss the details of an accident, dog bite, or other injury to heal emotionally afterward. USA Today, July 12, 2009

Brain Injured Children: Tapping the Potential Within: If your child has received a diagnosis of brain – injury, or cerebral palsy, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, dyspraxia, or any other diagnosis which is a consequence of brain injury, this book is a ‘must-read.’

Child Health Statistics- Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Child Injury Lawyer Lake County, IL : Looking for a Child Injury Lawyer in the Chicagoland area? Check out The Law Offices of Robert T. Edens. serves the needs of children, families, and professionals while addressing mental health, medical, educational, legal, and legislative issues.

Safe Kids USA: A member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under. Prevent Injuries At Home, At Play, and On the Way!

Illinois’ Children’s Hospital, Research Foundation: Ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News World Report magazine, Children’s serves as the pediatric referral center for Chicago and the Midwest.

Article: Summer Camp, Safety and Your Child: Summer camp is in full swing, and more than 11 million kids and adults are enjoying a dose of summer fun. For all the swimming, running and high-intensity activities, most kids actually manage to avoid accidents and injuries due to advanced planning.

STUDY: Illness and Injury Among Children Attending Summer Camp in the United States, 2005:

: Internet- and telephone-based surveillance systems can be successfully used to conduct illness and injury surveillance among children attending summer camp. Data collected via such systems can be used to calculate illness and injury rates, to describe patterns of illness and injury, and to identify risk factors for camper-related illness and injury. Given the millions of children attending summer camp yearly, a surveillance system such as this can provide the data needed to develop evidence-based prevention interventions to decrease the number of youth whose camp experiences are negatively affected by illness and injury.

VIC (Vaccine Injury Coalition)– Providing information on vaccination education and awareness.

Medical Malpractice

Institute For Safe Medical Practices: The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP),is the nation’s only nonprofit organization devoted entirely to medication error prevention and safe medication use.

The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCC MERP): The mission of the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCC MERP) is to maximize the safe use of medications and to increase awareness of medication errors through open communication, increased reporting and promotion of medication error prevention strategies.

The National Patient Safety Foundation: The National Patient Safety Foundation is an organization that has been dedicated to pursuing just one mission since its founding in 1997 – to improve the care and safety of patients.

Illinois Hospital Association: Representing more than 200 hospitals and health systems, their patients, and communities they serve including Antioch Fox Lake, Gurnee, Grayslake, Lake Villa, Ingleside, Lindenhurst, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights, Round Lake Park, Waukegan, Zion, Highland Park, Libertyville, Mundelein, Algonquin, Crystal Lake, Lake in the Hills, McHenry, Woodstock, and North Chicago

Brain Injury

Brain Injury Association of America: The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is the voice of brain injury and is dedicated to increasing access to quality health care and raising awareness and understanding of brain injury through advocacy, education, and research. With a nationwide network of more than 40 chartered state affiliates and hundreds of local chapters and support groups, we provide help, hope, and healing for individuals who live with brain injury, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS): The mission of NINDS is to reduce the burden of neurological disease – a burden borne by every age group, by every segment of society, by people all over the world.

The Center on Outcome Measurement in Brain Injury (COMBI): A collaborative project of 16 brain injury facilities, most of them Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, dedicated to reporting several different outcome measurements for brain injuries, which are commonly used in the treatment of brain injury. Primarily for professionals, the website includes a survey to help determine which scales are the most effective.

The Franklin Institute’s Brain Injury Statistics and Information: Information on Brain Injury including Concussions and Alzheimer’s Disease

The National Brain Injury Association: The National Brain Injury Association has developed special interest groups to evaluate brain injury research, standards of care, and outcomes.

The Traumatic Brain Injury National Data and Statistical Center (TBINDSC): A central resource for researchers and data collectors within the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS) program. The primary purpose of the TBINDSC is to advance medical rehabilitation by increasing the rigor and efficiency of scientific efforts to longitudinally assess the experience of individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Their website features searchable current research publications about many aspects of brain injury.

Traumatic Brain Injury Survival Guide: Published by the clinical director of the Neuro-Recovery Head Injury Program, this book is written to explain head injury in clear, easy-to-understand language.

Traumatic Brain Injury- Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Dog Bites

Dog Bite Law: A non-commercial website, updated daily, authored by the USA’s leading legal expert in dog bite law.

Doggone Safe: Dog bite prevention through education programs to teaching schools, parents, expectant parents, and workers.

National Dog Bite Prevention Week: The 3rd full week of May is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), the US Postal Service, along with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention are each working to educate people about dog bite prevention.

Insurance Information Institute: Our mission is to improve public understanding of insurance—what it does and how it works.

Spinal Cord Injuries

American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA): The mission of the American Spinal Injury Association is to promote and establish standards of excellence for all aspects of health care of individuals with spinal cord injury from onset throughout life.

Thomas Land Publishers:

– Dedicated to the professionals, this publisher provides research and information compiled from many sources regarding spinal cord injuries.

Mayo Clinic – Spinal Cord Injury

National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA): Founded in 1948, the National Spinal Cord Injury Association is the nation’s oldest and largest civilian organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of Americans living with the results of spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) and their families. This number grows by thirty newly-injured people each day.

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Forum– Washington State: The SCI Forum is a monthly evening educational program for persons with SCI and their friends, family members, and caregivers, held at the UW Medical Center. The forums provide current information on a variety of topics relevant to the SCI community, such as maintaining good nutrition, bladder management, assistive technology, fertility after SCI, recreational activities and recovery research.

Spinal Cord Injury Information from The National Institute of Neurological Disorders

Spinal Cord Injury Information Network

The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Resource Center: The Reeve Foundation and Paralysis Resource Center is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information, and advocacy.

Pedestrian Accidents

American Council of the Blind– Pedestrian Safety: Our pedestrian safety subcommittee of our Environmental Access Committee is working on projects that will move the agenda of pedestrian safety to the forefront.

Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute

The Illinois Cycling Association: The ICA website serves the Illinois cycling community by maintaining a calendar of races, a results database, club database, and relevant news about our sport.

Committee on Automobile and Pedestrian Safety: National Federation of the Blind’s Committee on Automobile and Pedestrian Safety/Quiet Cars

How not to get hit by cars:: A cyclist discusses ways to be safe when sharing the road with automobiles

Managing Pedestrian Safety I: Injury Severity– Research report.

National Center for Bicycling Walking (NCBW): The professionals at the National Center for Bicycling Walking (NCBW) provide a broad range of services, backed by years of field experience, to help your community become more pedestrian and cycle-friendly.

Perils for Pedestrians: A monthly television series promoting awareness of issues affecting the safety of people who walk.

IL Pedestrian Safety Action Plan– Learn how to develop and layout a safe pedestrian and bicycle pathway in your community.

Illinois State Bicycle Laws: A bicycle is a legal road vehicle, just like a car meaning IL bicycle riders have the same rights responsibilities as drivers and can be equally responsible for causing a pedestrian accident.

Insurance Coverage Disputes is the #1 Corporate Complaint Site according to Forbes Magazine.

Insurance Information Institute: Auto Insurance Facts: Possibly due to increased safety measures in automobile manufacturing, the average cost of automobile insurance declined by 1.3 percent in 2005. This was reported after a September 2007 compilation of data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). See more interesting car insurance facts.

Safeco Insurance

Statefarm Insurance

Allstate Insurance

Progressive Insurance

Geico Insurance

Illinois Department of Insurance: The Health Insurance Reform Information Center is a forum for information on the recent national health insurance reform and its effects on Illinois. The Department will post fact sheets, legislation, and other useful material as it becomes available.

Drunk Driving (DUI) Collisions

Bikers Against Drunk Drivers: Bikers Against Drunk Drivers, also known as BADD, was founded in 1986. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the incidence of drunk driving and its consequences through promotion and awareness to the mainstream in malls, major events, annual tours, and the media.

College Drinking: Changing the Culture, created by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

DUI Foundation: Driving under the influence of alcohol and other impairing substances is an epidemic in our society. It is our goal to help people realize the life-altering effects drinking and driving can have on us and hopefully convince our visitors to think twice the next time they consider getting behind the wheel after having a few too many. We can never educate people enough on the dangers of this behavior and the consequences it can have on the driver and others around them.

International Drunk Driving Prevention Association

Learn About Alcoholism: is a resource designed to help individuals who suffer from abuse or dependence gain a better understanding of the disease and begin the journey to better health and emotional wellness for themselves and the people they impact.

Mother’s Against Drunk Driving – History: Mothers Against Drunk Driving, better known as (MADD) is a non-profit organization founded in Irving Texas in 1980 by Candice Lightner after her 13-year-old daughter was killed by a drunk driver; Clarence Busch, a 46-year-old cannery worker. They seek to stop drunk driving, support those affected by drunk driving, prevent underage drinking, and overall push for a stricter alcohol policy.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD): MADD’s mission: to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Impaired Driving Division

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: NIAAA provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems by:

–Conducting and supporting research in a wide range of scientific areas including genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology, health risks and benefits of alcohol consumption, prevention, and treatment

–Coordinating and collaborating with other research institutes and Federal Programs on alcohol-related issues

–Collaborating with international, national, state, and local institutions, organizations, agencies, and programs engaged in alcohol-related work

–Translating and disseminating research findings to health care providers, researchers, policymakers, and the public.

  • Remove Intoxicated Drivers (RID): Remove Intoxicated Drivers (RID) Doris Aiken began the battle against drunken driving when she learned of the deaths of Karen(17) and Timothy(19) Morris, who were killed by an intoxicated 22-year-old driver on December 4, 1977. They were the Morris’s only children. RID is one of the oldest national organization in the United States fighting alcohol-impaired and drunk driving (DUI and DWI). The group’s mission is to reduce alcohol-impaired driving, advocate for victims, promote tough anti-DUI/DWI laws, reduce underage drinking, and serve as a watchdog for effective law enforcement of anti-drunken driving laws.
  • Smart, Safe and Sober: Helping Teenagers and at-risk youth stay Smart, Safe and Sober
  • Stop Underage Drinking: StopAlcoholAbuse.Gov is an extensive Federal resource for information on underage drinking and ideas for combating this issue. The site offers links for parents, educators, youth, concerned citizens, prevention specialists, business leaders, law enforcement, and public health officials—there is a wealth of valuable information here.
  • Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD)
  • Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center: The Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center was established by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (within the U.S. Department of Justice) to support its Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program.Operating Under the Influence – Boats and other motor vehicles.
  • Illinois OUI StatutesDistracted Driving Accidents

Focus Driven: Make your car a cell phone free zone and save lives. Don’t drive and talk. Don’t drive and text.

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Illinois Supreme Court:: The Supreme Court of Illinois’ website provides rulings and analysis of the cases before them. Research your legal rights and learn about similar cases to yours.

IL Secretary of State Contact Information

Illinois Appellate Law Blog: Daily news and articles about current cases before the Illinois Supreme Court of appeals.


Top Rated Hospitals in Illinois – US News list of top-rated hospitals in the Chicago metropolitan area.


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