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How do personalities change after a traumatic brain injury?

After a traumatic brain injury (TBI), even a person who essentially recovers may still seem very different to loved ones. While the recovery may be "good" in the sense that they do not have physical or mental disabilities, that does not mean the injury had no impact on their life.

In some cases, the change is dramatic and stressful, both for the person and for those around them. For example, an energetic, happy person could become angry and irritable. An easy-going person could snap at others and suddenly want to keep to themselves when they used to love spending time in social settings.

6 signs that you chose a dangerous day care center

Picking a day care center is about more than just choosing somewhere that is convenient or close to your home. You need to find a center that you can trust, where you know your child will be safe. After all, children can and do get injured at day care centers all over Illinois every year. You do not want your child to be one of those statistics.

So, what should you watch out for? Here are six warning signs to keep in mind:

  1. The day care facility does not have basic rules in place. They appear far too relaxed, and you wonder if the staff will actually be in charge.
  2. The center has received negative reviews and has an average reputation. Make sure that you fully investigate more than just a few reviews before making your decision.
  3. The center does not have enough staff members. Injuries happen when children are not supervised properly, so even a well-meaning group of workers can't prevent all injuries if there aren't enough of them.
  4. The staff does not get paid enough. These people are caring for your children. Do you want them to get minimum wage for that type of responsibility?
  5. The license has expired. Even if you do not see any other warning signs, this has to make you wonder if the owner will break any other rules or cut any other corners.
  6. The day care center is dirty and worn down. You fear that it is simply not safe because no one seems to take good care of it.

Underage driver may face charges after head-on collision

Anyone in the Prairie State can say that, with a few exceptions in Chicago and Springfield, a car or truck is the best way to get around. Although the roads in Illinois are safe to a degree, every safe driver keeps an eye open for hazards like irresponsible people behind the wheel.

The most common negligent drivers are trying to text behind the wheel or perhaps driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Occasionally, criminals may cause a motor vehicle collision in the commission of another crime, and others may be injured or even killed.

Woman faces charges after accident takes 2 lives

A woman in Illinois is now facing some serious charges for her part in a car accident that took two lives in late August. It has been alleged that she was under the influence at the time of the wreck.

The woman is 39 years old. She recently had to go in front of the Lake County Circuit Court, where her bail was established at a staggering $1 million.

Slip and fall laws in Illinois

Slip and fall cases usually occur because a business owner was negligent in maintaining their property. This may involve a temporary substance on a floor, or a permanent crack in a walkway. When someone suffers a serious injury in a fall on another person's property, they must prove liability to receive compensation for their damages.

The victim and their attorneys must prove the fall was the direct result of negligence and recklessness. 

Will you know if you suffered a brain injury? Maybe not

Illinois is home to many busy highways and thoroughfares. At any time of the day or night, motorists might be sharing road space with an unsafe driver. If an accident occurs, victims could suffer a variety of minor or catastrophic injuries.

The human brain is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body in such accidents. The brain is also one of the most resilient and amazing parts of the human body. In many cases, it will attempt to continue functioning even when a brain injury occurs. As a result, many accident victims may not know that their brain has suffered an injury.

4 common causes of nursing home abuse and neglect

Oftentimes, nursing homes give the elderly a sense of community. These institutions provide safety and professional care for various individuals. As a family member, you are perhaps paying for your loved one to live a good life. A well-run nursing home will respect its residents and treat them with dignity.

What you should know about catastrophic brain injuries

The brain is truly a miracle of human evolution. More complex and intricate than any modern computer, the human brain can sustain considerable damage yet continue to function. Even more miraculous, brains have the ability to block injury-causing "particles" and they do not contain any pain receptors.

Based on the above paragraph, would you know whether you had suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident? It might be hard to believe, but in many cases, the answer to that question is no, at least not at first. In our practice, we have seen many accident victims that did not realize they had suffered serious brain injury right away. The symptoms of catastrophic injuries to the brain might be obvious, but at the same time, they could be elusive. Below is a brief list of these symptoms.

  • Loss of consciousness, sometimes only for a few minutes
  • Persistent or worsening headache
  • Numbness or weakness in toes or fingers
  • Repeated episodes of nausea, sometimes with vomiting
  • The loss of coordination
  • Dilated pupil in one or both eyes
  • Seizures or convulsions

Facts about the dangers of teen texting and driving

You probably agree that technology has enriched the lives of most Illinois residents. With computers that fit in the palm of your hand, you can find answers quickly, check up on loved ones and complete important tasks. However, like many things in life, there a negative side to having access to technology anywhere and anytime.

It has been shown repeatedly that those little electronic devices that everyone relies on to make life better are distracting and even addictive. Some adults have the ability to ignore the temptation of texting while driving, but most teens do not. This often leads to one inevitable consequence: motor vehicle accidents.

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