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What kinds of neck injuries are catastrophic?

Not all neck injuries lead to paralysis, but that doesn't mean that they're not life-changing wounds. Injuries to the neck and cervical region of the body can quickly become dangerous to those who are hurt. Swelling may lead to secondary injuries, nerve damage and chronic pain.

Some of the most common causes of neck injuries include falls, car crashes (like rear-end collisions) and sports-related impacts. These injuries can lead to pain, headaches, shoulder pain, numbness and other symptoms.

Do you actually get enough time with your doctor?

They always tell you to show up early when you have to go to the doctor's office, but then it feels like you just sit around for 10 or 20 minutes waiting. Even when they take you back into the exam room, you have another 10 minutes to wait after the nurse leaves and before the doctor arrives.

Once the doctor does show up, the appointment will probably last between 10 and 15 minutes, and maybe far less. Some doctors just seem to drop in for a few minutes and then hurry on to the next appointment.

The many environmental impacts that increase accident risks

Driving in the rain, fog or snow can seriously impact your chances of getting involved in a car accident. Weather plays a significant role in accidents, and that role is well-recognized by the Federal Highway Administration (FHA).

In fact, these are a few of the issues they see when people simply have to drive in the rain:

  • Reduction in friction of the tires against the pavement
  • Reduction in visibility for the driver
  • Potential lane obstructions
  • An impact on overall traffic speed
  • Extra delays in travel time
  • Altered roadway capacities
  • Increased accident risks
  • Decreased vehicle performance -- for instance, the amount of traction is reduced
  • Potential issues with the timing of traffic signals
  • Changes to driver capabilities and behavior
  • Issues with speed limits

Why texting does make you a worse driver

You're a great driver. You have decades of experience, you've never been in a serious accident and you took all of the training courses required in Illinois.

At the same time, you're very proficient when it comes to technology. You spend all day on your phone or computer for work. You have the latest gadgets and the latest apps. You text, use email and browse social media every single day.

Types of injuries you can get from burns

If you have ever touched something accidentally that was extremely hot, you may have had to deal with the frustration and pain on a finger for maybe a few days. Imagine if that burn was spread over a larger area on your body and the source of the heat was twice as hot. A severe burn can be one of the most painful and devastating injuries you can suffer. Some of the worst burn situations can leave you with permanent scarring. You can even suffer the loss of facial features and even fingers and toes. Some scarring from burns can even take up to two years to heal enough before you can attempt cosmetic surgery. 

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. 

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