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Signs of traumatic brain injuries after car accidents

It does not take an extreme car accident to result in serious injuries to all parties involved. One of the most serious to pay attention to is a traumatic brain injury

Car accidents happen every day in Illinois, and if you ever find yourself in one, you need to see a doctor immediately. Traumatic brain injuries can quickly escalate. In the weeks and months following the collision, you should watch out for the following symptoms and bring them to the immediate attention of a medical professional. 

3 top holiday injuries

It is almost the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be hazardous and full of harmful surprises. As you shop, travel and celebrate, it is crucial to exercise caution so you do not get hurt. Simple activities can come with a serious risk for accidents.

Safety should be a top priority from November to January. According to a recent analysis of health insurance claims, there are a few common causes of personal injuries from Thanksgiving to New Year's. 

Understanding damages in a car accident case

If you are thinking of filing a lawsuit in Illinois based on your injuries in a car crash, you likely have many questions about how such a case works. One essential piece of information many people seek is how much their car accident case may be worth.

For every person, the specific answer depends on a variety of circumstances relating to their case. There is no reliable one-size-fits-all calculator that spits out a guaranteed result; consulting an attorney is the best way to get information about your own situation. However, understanding some key principles can give you general information about how Illinois damages work.

Signs of TBI may not be noticeable after a rear-end crash

Let us say you are waiting for a red light to turn green when your sedan is suddenly struck from behind. The impact causes you to bump your head on the steering wheel.

You think you may develop a goose egg on your forehead, but otherwise, you seem to be okay. Still, intuition tells you to visit your doctor.

Was your construction safety training clear enough?

With so many fatal and severe accidents in construction, it is no wonder that the industry has numerous regulations surrounding safety and training. Following these regulations is imperative in eliminating hazards and preventing future injuries (such as diseases due to exposure to harmful substances).

Many construction companies choose to comply to avoid expensive workers' compensation claims and lawsuits. Perhaps your employer was one of them, and you received training before starting your job. But did your occupational safety program really do its job? The answer may be no.

How safe are distractions for teen drivers?

Driving is a rite of passage for many teens in the Springfield area and across the nation. It is also a leading cause of accidental injuries and death for that age group. Their lack of experience is not the only reason for teenage car accidents. Some teens believe that they can operate their vehicles safely while being distracted by their phones, passenger conversations and more.

Most car accidents occur due to bad maneuvers and driving mistakes. Mistakes happen for a variety of reasons, but mostly because of “driver inattention, internal and external distractions, and inadequate surveillance,” states the Behavioral Scientist. Here are some key pointers to consider on teen car accidents and distractions:

Does workers' compensation cover all employees?

There are many misconceptions regarding workers' compensation, a state benefit available to employees. Every state has slightly different laws governing workers' compensation and requirements for employers in terms of providing workers' compensation insurance.

While workers' compensation insurance is available in all 50 states, each state decides whether a particular employer must offer this insurance as a benefit to his or her employees. Therefore, not all employers cover their workers with this type of insurance, and you should inform yourself about whether your particular job includes this type of insurance as a benefit.

The fall season brings unique driving hazards

The fall season comes with beautiful leaves, warm sweaters and the beginning of the holidays. For motorists, autumn also comes with some unique safety concerns. 

Weather changes, road conditions and shorter days can make driving unpredictable. Staying aware of fall driving hazards will help you avoid wrecks.

2 key safety considerations when seeking employment

When it comes to employment in the Springfield area, many people choose their careers based on the amount of income they will earn and the benefits they will receive. Very few think about workplace safety until there is an accident or they need to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.

You should never overlook workplace safety. Even industries where there does not seem to be immediate danger from machinery and other extreme hazards, accidents can still happen that leave you so severely injured that you have to take time off from work, get medical treatment and focus on your recovery. Regardless of how safe you believe your work environment to be, take some time to consider the following pointers on workplace safety and workers’ compensation.

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