Category Archives: Personal Injury

b2ap3_thumbnail_car-seat-winter-coat-danger.jpgAs we turn the calendar to December, the long-expected cold weather has begun to descend upon the region. The days of shorts and t-shirts are gone for the year, replaced by frosty mornings requiring jackets, parkas, and layers of clothing, especially for those who spend significant time outdoors. Amid the effort to stay warm during the winter months, there are some unexpected dangers, particularly to children, as heavily insulated coats can prevent child car seats from working as designed in the event of a crash.

Securing Your Child Properly

Most child car seats are designed to keep a child from being thrown from the seat during a violent collision. They can only do so, however, if the harness that fits across the child’s body is secure and tight. The instructions included with such seats generally instruct parents to buckle the harness, then tighten the straps until it is impossible to pinch any of the webbing between their fingers. If there is any slack in the webbing, the harness is not tight enough and could allow the child to be thrown from the seat as the result of an accident.

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DuPage County personal injury attorneyOften caused by jarring or a blow to the head, traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects approximately 1.7 million people per year. The statistics for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are a little less concrete since not all cases are diagnosed. However, it is estimated that around eight percent of all Americans, or about 24.4 million people suffer from the condition. Many are victims of assault or war, but experts now believe that those who experience a TBI may be more likely to also experience PTSD. What does this mean for accident victims?

Understanding the Potential Link

Scientists have long suspected there may be a link between TBI and PTSD, and a growing body of evidence suggests they may be correct. One such study was one conducted on war veterans who had experienced a blast while deployed. In it, researchers found that TBI sufferers were twice as likely to also develop PTSD. Unfortunately, no one has understood the correlation between the two. A study on laboratory rats offers some insight.

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DuPage County personal injury attorneysMany of today’s headlines regarding road safety focus on distracted or impaired drivers. While such concerns are valid and very dangerous, there are other issues to consider as well. For example, could the vehicle you are driving pose a risk to your safety? Mechanical or design defects in cars across America cause horrific injuries and death to innocent people. If you are preparing to hit the road to visit friends or family this holiday season, you should be sure that your vehicle is in optimal condition to make the journey.

Reporting Agency

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) was established to ensure vehicles on our roads are safe and comply with federal standards. If these standards are compromised, the agency has checks and balances in place for consumers. Since the agency was created, more than 400 million vehicles have been recalled to correct safety defects, along with tens of millions of tires, motor-vehicle components, and child safety seats.

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DuPage County personal injury attorneysAs children grow up, parents have a myriad of situations to worry about. But, if you have a trustworthy teen who knows to make good choices, the anxiety levels may ease slightly. Unfortunately, though, life is not always as simple as a smart choice. Fate has a way of presenting circumstances which cannot always be avoided and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur frequently in car accidents involving youth. In fact, young adults aged between 15 and 24 have the highest proportion of TBI-related hospitalizations due to motor vehicle-related events.

If your son or daughter has been involved in a car accident and suffered a serious brain injury you should consider your legal options. If the negligence on the part of someone else contributed to the accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. With the exorbitant costs of urgent medical care and long terms rehabilitation and physical therapy costs, a financial settlement can help ease the burden on families coping with their new normal. A personal injury attorney with catastrophic injury experience is the sensible place to start.

Closed Head Injury

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DuPage County personal injury attorneyHardly a month goes by, it seems, without a report of another school bus accident occurring somewhere in the region. Though they are overall rather rare, school bus accidents should serve as a reminder to be concerned about safety and safe driving practices in the early morning and afternoon hours – a time when buses can typically be seen on the road. Learn how you can make the roads safer for everyone, including buses, with the following tips and guidelines.

Be a Responsible Driver

In addition to typical safe driving practices (i.e. following the speed limit, obeying traffic laws, not driving impaired), drivers should be extra cautious whenever they see a school bus. If you are following one, pay close attention and remember that they must stop frequently. If you are on an undivided road or directly behind one when they do stop, never pass and stay alert; children can often be unpredictable and may still be present, even after the bus takes off.

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