Piatt County teen killed in bicycle crash with car | News-Gazette.com

Piatt County Coroner Troy Dunn said Ashton Brandenburg, 14, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Illinois 32, just south of Piatt County Road 500 North.

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Bicycle riders have rights to the road also. Investigation will attempt to reveal how collision happened and if any traffic violations occurred. This information may be used in a civil lawsuit for damages.

Estate of student who died jumping from bus is suing school district

The legal guardian of a Grant Middle School student who died after he jumped out of the back of a moving school bus has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Springfield School District and First Student bus company.Hubebia Langston, legal guardian of 14-year-old Idris Alford, alleges negligence on the part of the school district and First Student.Springfield police said Alford opened the back door and jumped out on his own accord while the bus was traveling at approximately 40 mph near

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It is difficult to prove that bus employees knew of the student’s plans and had time to react and prevent him from acting on his threats. The law also provides a defense when another person’s reckless actions cause his own injuries. This will be a hard case for the estate of the young man.

Social Security Disability Tips

Do not wait to strengthen your Social Security Disability case.

Social Security must make two decisions in your case.

First, are you disabled.

Second, if you are disabled when did you become disabled.

Strong evidence will help get the earliest possible disability onset date.

This means more money for you.

Tip number 1: go to the doctor early and often and tell the doctor about how your condition limits you. For example, my legs swell all the time and I need to elevate them on the couch for most of the day.

Tip number 2: get xrays, MRIs, and any tests that will objectively prove your problems. For example, arthritis shows up on xrays. Spine problems may show up on MRIs. EMGs may show nerve problems. Social Security places a lot of value on objective tests that support pain complaints.

Tip number 3: get prescriptions for canes, walkers, braces. Social Security gives more weight to prescriptions because the doctor is acknowledging your need for assistance.

Tip number 4: get a disability placard for parking. The doctor completes these forms if you have problems walking and standing. Many jobs require extensive walking and standing.

Tip number 5: get help with your disability application and appeals. Social Security will look at every answer you give so make sure that you respond properly.

Questions about your Social Security Disability claim? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Report: Brain disease seen in most football players | Sports | pantagraph.com

CHICAGO (AP) — Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them, from athletes in the National

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Scary study indicating the link between high school, college and pro football players and traumatic brain injury. Pro football players may file Workers’ Compensation claims. College and High School players must file liability lawsuits because they are not paid workers.

Police investigating ‘inappropriate’ posts of nursing home residents | Local News | pantagraph.com

BLOOMINGTON — Two former employees of Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community in Chenoa and a third person not associated with Meadows are under investigation after the third person allegedly posted unauthorized

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Protect your family and friends. Make sure to check out the Illinois Department of Public Health website listing nursing home violations. Residents may sue for damages if they suffer injuries as a result of a nursing home violation.