Head Injuries Can Cause Long-Term Problems for Young Accident Victims

Although most children who suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) make a full recovery, those with moderate to severe cases may experience long-term effects. This information, outlined in a recent study, is one that parents should be aware of when pursuing a personal injury case. Learn more about the lasting consequences of a head injury, and what you can do if one happens to your child during an auto accident, bicycle accident, or pedestrian accident. Lasting Effects of Moderate TBI The study in question examined the long-term effects of …
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Fog and the Dangers of Fall Driving

Fall has arrived in the American Midwest, bringing with it the end of summer. Leaves are turning red, orange, and yellow, and animals are starting to prepare their winter retreats. Of course, autumn also means seasonal changes in the weather, including increased rain and cooler temperatures. The cooling pattern, however, is often inconsistent and rapid changes in temperature and humidity levels can lead to the development of fog around area roadways. Fog, of course, can drastically reduce driver visibility and contributes to hundreds—if not thousands—of traffic accidents each year. Safe …
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The Dangers of Concussions

If you have ever experienced a concussion, you realize how frightening they can be. A concussion, by definition, is the least serious type of traumatic brain injury. While former athletes may jocularly remember the time they “got their bell rung,” the danger was probably more real than they can recall. A concussion occurs when the brain is jolted within the skull, often from a direct blow or impact, and the effects can be severe and long-lasting. More Than Just Knocked Out Many people, particularly youth sport coaches and parents, assume …
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Collecting Compensation After an Accident With an Uninsured Driver

Uninsured motorist accidents are extremely common in Illinois, which places many drivers at risk for injury. Unfortunately, if and when an accident does happen, many do not really know how – or even if – they may receive compensation. Rest assured that even in an uninsured driver accident, you can (and should) seek compensation for your losses. Our attorneys can help you know how and where to start. Your Rights and the Uninsured Driver Most people will tell you not to even bother suing the uninsured motorist because, if they …
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The Causes and Consequences of Bus Accidents

Estimates indicate that some 700 million people in America are transported by bus each year. Whether they are traveling by school bus, public transit bus, charter bus, or a tour bus, these riders count on the driver to help them safely get them from one location to the next. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Accidents do occur, and sometimes they result in serious injury or death for the passengers. If you or someone you love has been injured in a bus accident, you may be entitled to collect compensation …
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Defective Products May Cause Electrical Burns

Our world practically revolves around electricity. It lights our homes, powers our tablets and computers, and even runs the stoplights that help us travel safely from one place to the next. Unfortunately, this powerful tool is also extremely dangerous. Even minimal contact can lead to burn injuries. In severe cases, those injuries can cause death. There are some important things you should about electrical burns caused by defective products, including how to determine if you may be owed compensation. Causes of Electrical Burns Electrical burns can be caused in many …
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Study Examines Possible Link Between Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD

According to federal estimates, about 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year in the United States. This number only includes those who have been diagnosed as having a TBI by a qualified medical professional, so the real number is probably a bit higher. It is almost impossible to estimate with any accuracy the number of Americans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because so few ever seek professional help. Some experts believe that about 8 percent of adults in the U.S. deal with PTSD—a percentage …
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Texting While Driving May Dull “Sixth Sense” That Prevents Accidents

By this point, virtually everyone is aware of the dangers of texting while driving and that texting leads to thousands of car accidents every year, many of them causing serious injuries or deaths. For some reason—and probably for a number of reasons—Americans seem to have trouble putting their phones down and focusing on the road in front of them. It may be easy to convince yourself that sending a quick text message is no more dangerous than adjusting the radio or thinking about a work project. A recent study, however, …
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Illinois Supreme Court Allows Woman to Sue City Over Dangerous Sidewalk

It is notoriously difficult to pursue a civil case against a government entity at any level. The concept of “sovereign immunity” dates back many centuries, and the idea has been codified in several Illinois statutes. In short, lawsuits against the government are handled under a different set of rules than lawsuits against private individuals, companies, or other entities. Sometimes, unfortunately, the principle is applied too liberally, and injured victims are denied their chance to seek justice. Earlier this month, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that a woman whose case was …
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Take These Actions Immediately Following a Car Accident

The moments after a car accident are unlike anything else. Those who have been struck by another vehicle may be completely overwhelmed and unsure of how to react. It is vital that certain tasks be completed after a car accident in order to help prevent worsened injuries as well as increase the likelihood of receiving financial compensation for the accident. Always Get Injuries Checked Out By a Medical Professional Many people who have been injured in car accidents are quick to dismiss their own injuries. They may not want to …
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