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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.

To speak to attorney Joseph Klest personally about Legionnaires Disease, please call 312-380-5467

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Frankfor, IL pediatrician, Kishor N. Jain, is facing civil and criminal charges stemming from allegations that he sexually abused patients during office visits. State officials decided to continue withholding Jain’s license following his refusal to testify at a suspension hearing.

The suspension will continue pending the outcome of Jain’s criminal case, however, if he is found guilty of a sex crime, his license will be automatically revoked.

Many people place great trust and reliance on medical professionals to care for the health and well being of their patients. A violation of that trust can result in unmeasured devastation to families, especially when it comes to children. Victims of sexual abuse often don’t know where to turn. Attorney Joseph Klest has spent over 30 years representing victims of neglect in the State of Illinois. He was a co-author of the 2003 Child Protection Act, which lengthened the Illinois statute of limitations allowing sexual abuse victims more time to claim civil damages in certain cases.

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The statistics in Illinois are frightening. As of only February 12, 2013, the date of this posting, there have been more car accident fatalities in Illinois than there were at the same time last year. Also, more people lost their lives in car crashes in 2012 than did in 2011 in this state.

There are some steps you can take that may save your life or the life of a loved one. Statistics gathered by the Illinois Department of Transportation show that approximately a quarter of the fatal crashes in Illinois since the beginning of the year happened when someone was either not wearing a seat-belt or was improperly restrained.

Make it a point to wear your seat-belt and make sure, if you’re a driver, to have your passengers wear seat-belts too. When it comes to children, this couldn’t be more important. Make sure that all children riding in your car are properly restrained and that any car seats are correctly secured; it may save a life.

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Although Chicago has seen record high temperatures this January, winter is not over yet. As the temperature fluctuates above and below freezing, motorists throughout Chicagoland are likely to encounter unsafe road conditions more than once before we reach spring.

Accidents do happen and, sometimes, they are unavoidable, but there are a few simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones during these often unpredictable winter months in Chicago.

– Keep informed. Check your local weather forecast before heading out on the roadways, and if you can avoid having to travel in icy conditions, stay at home.

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A Pittsburgh VA nursing home is under investigation by the the Veterans Affairs Inspector General following a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at the hospital. The purpose of the investigation is to determine whether the hospital’s administration took proper precautions to prevent the Legionnaire’s outbreak.

Legionnaires disease can be contracted when a certain type of bacteria forms in poorly maintained ventilation systems. The bacteria becomes airborne in water vapor and the disease can be transmitted through inhalation. Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease are often compared to pneumonia and this illness can cause death in some cases. People with respiratory problems and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to this disease.

Attorney Joseph G. Klest has been representing people who were injured through no fault of their own for over 30 years. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Legionnaires disease, please dial 866-264-7639, to speak with an experienced attorney.