FedEx Truck Crashes Into Bus Carrying Over 40 High School Students in California, At Least 10 Dead

April 11, 2014,

Both vehicles were engulfed in flames after the truck accident. Some students escaped form the bus wreckage by breaking windows. This after a FedEx truck veered across a California highway slamming into a bus carrying high school students on a college visit. The Crash happened before 6:00 p.m. near Orland, California, a town approximately 100 miles outside of Sacramento.

With lives lost and many injured, it is incredibly important that the rights of the victims and their families are properly protected. Attorney, Joseph Klest, of the Klest Injury Law Firm has over 30 years of experience fighting for victim's rights, including prosecuting truck negligence cases, also involving FedEx.

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Chicago Train Jumps Tracks at O'Hare International Airport

March 24, 2014,

Early Monday morning at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, a commuter train jumped its tracks crashing into an escalator. According to reports, 32 were injured.

Train accidents can result in various types of injuries ranging from minor to disastrous or even fatal.

If you want to discuss this issue with an experienced Chicago injury attorney and get started with a free consultation today, please call the Klest Injury Law Firm at 847-380-3309 or click here.

© Joseph Klest, 2014.

Is a Landlord Liable for a Tenant's Dog Attack?

March 11, 2014,

Under the Illinois Animal Control Act, anyone who owns, keeps, or harbors an animal that injures a person without provocation, who is acting peacefully in a place where that person has a legal right to be, can be held liable for damages arising out of the occurrence.

This statute does not apply to landowners where a dog is present and attacks a person where the person who owns the property does not also own the dog. There may be a narrow exception in Illinois law, apart from the Animal Control Act, where a property owner can be held responsible, based on common law negligence, if with prior knowledge of viciousness a dog is allowed to be on the property and injures another person. But, recent Illinois decisions have pointed toward shifting responsibility for dog attacks to the actual animal owners, rather than a landlord who doesn't have control over property that has been leased to a tenant.

The difference between cases in Illinois where the property owner is held legally responsible and those where the property owner is not has to do with the question of who controls the property. Landlords have been held not to be legally in control of certain property that is rented out to tenants. However, there may be other legal responsibilities a landowner has if he or she allows a dog the landowner knows to be vicious to roam property the property owner lives on or controls.

Proper analysis by an experienced, competent attorney is important in navigating the circumstantial nuances of any dog bite case.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a dog attack, click here, or call 866-264-7639 to contact, Joseph Klest, for a free consultation.

© Joseph Klest, 2014.

One Person Killed in Car, Truck Accident on I-94 in Chicago's South Side

November 1, 2013,

Authorities have closed the inbound lanes of the Dan Ryan near 91st Street after a fatal crash involving a semi truck and another driver on Friday afternoon.

Crashes involving large truck can often lead to serious injuries or even death. With trucks taking up so much space on the road, sometimes other drivers can do nothing to prevent a collision with a negligent or reckless truck driver.

If you would like to speak with Joseph Klest to discuss this or other related topics, please, click here, or dial 312-380-5467.

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At least 11 Passengers Injured in CTA Blueline Accident

September 30, 2013,

According to preliminary reports at least 11 people have been injured in a collision between two Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) trains stopped near the Harlem Blueline station.

At approximately 8:00 a.m. this morning a CTA train crashed into another train that was stopped at the Harlem station on the line towards Forrest Park. Ambulances have been called to the scene and passengers are being re-routed.

In 2009, the Illinois Legislature with the Governor's approval, repealed a law requiring people with negligence claims against the CTA that arose from injuries they sustained in public transportation accidents to provide the CTA with written notice of their claim within 6 months of the incident occurring. Although the 6-month notice requirement has been repealed, making it easier to bring a claim against the CTA for serious transit injuries, a one-year statute of limitations still remains. This means that a person who was injured due to CTA negligence has one year to file a claim, otherwise their cause of action will be forever barred and there will be no remedy for recovery.

© Joseph Klest, 2013.

Drunk Driver Kills 2 on the Eisenhower Expressway

September 11, 2013,

A man was charged with aggravated driving under the influence after a fatal car crash on the Eisenhower Expressway took the lives of two west suburban women last Saturday morning.

Let's be straight with it, no one should every be hurt or killed by a drunk driver. There should be no easier choice for anyone than between taking a life or taking a taxi. Yet, according to some of the latest statistics published by the Illinois Secretary of State's Office, just in 2011, there were 38,704, DUI arrests state-wide.

Although thousands get arrested, not every DUI arrest leads to a conviction. People who are charged with DUI's often hire lawyers; so should their victims.

If you would like to talk to attorney, Joseph Klest, about these or other related topics, click here, or dial 313-380-5467. You will not be billed for the conversation.

© Joseph Klest, 2013.

Contaminated Water Can Be a Source of Legionnaires Disease

September 5, 2013,

Legionnaires' disease is not a common illness, but for those most susceptible - people over 65, smokers, and people suffering from lung disease or weak immune systems - it can prove fatal. The bacteria that causes Legionnaires', called legionella, spreads through contaminated water. The bacteria can become airborne when water from cooling systems or plumbing becomes vapor, or in some cases, the bacteria can be found in drinking water.

Preventing outbreaks caused by contaminated drinking water may require increased diligence by some property owners. Indoor plumbing lines can sometimes be breeding grounds for legionella bacteria. Regular monitoring of these water systems may help save lives in the future.

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Milwaukee Legionnaires' Outbreak - Source Remains a Mystery

August 23, 2013,

At least one person in the Milwaukee area has died this year from Legionnaires' Disease, but the source of the outbreak has not yet been determined, and the number of reported cases in Wisconsin continues to rise.

Legionnaires' Disease, got its name from a pneumonia outbreak in 1977 at an American Legion convention at a hotel in Philadelphia where dozens of people died. It was determined that these fatal cases of pneumonia were caused by a previously undiscovered bacterial strain. This bacteria that we now call Legionella can form in improperly kept, dirty, air conditioning systems or humidifiers.

Another possible contamination source could be large industrial cooling towers located building roofs. These towers can emit large amounts of steam into the atmosphere carrying contaminated water vapor for miles in multiple directions putting local residents at risk.

Call Joesph Klest directly at 866-264-7639, or click here, for a personal review of your case. There is no obligation, and the conversation costs noting.

© Joseph Klest, 2013.

Semi-trucks crush Jeep killing 7, including 4 children

August 16, 2013,

Seven people, including four young children, traveling in a Jeep on Interstate 65 near Roselawn, Indiana, not far from Chicago were killed in a crash when their Jeep was crushed between two semis last Thursday night around 10 p.m.

The Jeep was reportedly stopping for traffic when a semi-truck traveling behind the vehicle failed to stop, crushing the passengers into another semi in front of them.

Such unexpected and devastating accidents happen all too often on our highways. The unimaginable devastation of loosing a loved one in such a tragedy can only be made worse when insurance companies, eager to satisfy their bottom line, try to contact grieving families in order to settle fatal accident cases as soon as possible.

Attorney, Joseph Klest has been aggressively and passionately fighting such insurance companies on behalf of accident victims in the Chicago area for over 30 years. To speak with him about this or other related topics, please click here, or dial 866-264-7639. The conversation is free and confidential.

© Joseph Klest, 2013.

12-year-old Girl Contracts Deadly Parasitic Meningitis at Water Park

July 31, 2013,

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that a 12-year-old girl in Arkansas contracted a rare form of meningitis caused by a brain-eating amoeba. This form of parasitic meningitis, usually found in freshwater or soil can enter body through a person's nose, where it can then move to the brain, often causing death.

Following this incident, the Arkansas Department of Health closed down the Willow Springs Water Park in Arkansas, where it is suspected that the young girl contracted the disease.

A previous case of parasitic meningitis reported in 2010 was also thought to be linked to the same water park.

If you wish to discuss this, or similar topics with attorney, Joseph Klest, please click here, or dial 866-264-7639.

© Joseph Klest, 2013.

2 Dead and 128 Injured in Korean Passenger Flight Crashs in San Fransisco

July 11, 2013,

Last Saturday an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport, resulting in at least 2 deaths and 182 other injured passengers.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the fatal accident happened late Saturday morning behind the airport's international terminal.

The plane that crashed was first reported to be a cargo plane, but was later correctly identified as Asiana Flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea.

The crash occurred as the jetliner was landing approximately 10 1/2 hours after leaving Seoul. A few passengers reported that the pilot may have tried to land just short of the runway. Other witnesses reported the air-liner having problems with its landing approach.

Witnesses also stated the tail was torn from the back of the plane, and that a giant fireball and black smoke coming from the crash could be seen for miles.

People who have been hurt by someone else's careless or negligent actions may have grounds to consider legal action. Cases against Boeing may be brought in Chicago because that is where Boeing is located. In fact, Chicago is considered to be the preferred venue for plane crashes involving Boeing aircraft. An attorney familiar with local rules and procedures may be a great asset in these types of cases.

Joseph Klest has been representing injury victims in the Chicago area for over 30 years. To speak with Mr. Klest at no charge regarding this matter, please, click here, or dial 866-264-7639.

© Joseph Klest, 2013.

Child Sex Abuse Bill Awaiting Governor's Signature

June 5, 2013,

Illinois lawmakers recently passed a bill that would extend the time limit for criminal charges to be brought in childhood sexual abuse cases. Currently under Illinois law, prosecutors have a 10 year period in which to charge bring charges for such a crime. The new proposal will do away with this time limit in cases where the victim was a child at the time of the abuse. The bill still needs the approval of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn before it becomes law.

Please follow our blog for updates on this story.

If you would like to contact attorney, Joseph Klest, regarding the issue of childhood sexual abuse, please, click here, or dial 866-264-7639, for a free consultation.

© Joseph Klest, 2013.

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