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Most adults struggle to get enough sleep at night. Whether it is a tight deadline at work, child-related responsibilities, insomnia, or another cause, studies show that a large percentage of Americans are sleep-deprived. Inadequate sleep can have a major impact on a person’s physical and mental functioning. When a sleep-deprived individual gets behind the wheel of a car, he or she is significantly more likely to be involved in a car accident than someone who got enough sleep. Vehicle crashes caused by fatigued drivers lead to thousands of injuries and deaths each year.

Do Not Underestimate the Effect of Sleep Deprivation on Driving

Healthy habits like eating vegetables, exercising, and getting enough sleep are often hard to maintain. Life circumstances often get in the way of our good intentions. However, getting behind the wheel of a car when you are too sleepy to operate it safely not only puts your life in danger but also the lives of those around you. Sleep deprivation negatively affects a person’s reaction time, problem-solving skills, coordination, and other cognitive processes. In fact, the National Safety Council reports that driving after being awake for 20 hours or more is equivalent to driving drunk in terms of impairment. People who are severely sleep-deprived may even experience instances of “micro-sleep.” These short bursts of sleep are involuntary and often occur without the person’s knowledge. Although fatigue is linked to approximately 1000,000 car accidents each year, many people underestimate the effect sleepiness has on their ability to safely drive.

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Bloomington medical malpractice attorney

Few industries have been the subject of as much scrutiny and controversy as chiropractic medicine. This area of medicine is mostly concerned with musculoskeletal disorders – most commonly, issues with the neck and spine. A person who suffers from muscle or joint pain, weakness, or reduced mobility may visit a chiropractor in hopes of relieving their debilitating symptoms. Unfortunately, some patients leave the chiropractor’s office in worse condition than when they arrived. If you or a loved one were harmed during a chiropractic procedure, you may have a valid legal claim against the chiropractor or the medical facility.  

Injuries That May Result from Improper Chiropractic Manipulation

Chiropractic care differs significantly from other types of medical treatment in that chiropractic treatment does not typically involve medications or drugs. Most chiropractors use hands-on chiropractic manipulation or adjustments to treat their patients. This typically involves physically moving a patient’s body or using tools to manipulate the bones of the neck, spine, and back. While many people find relief from chiropractic adjustments, there are also documented cases of chiropractic adjustments resulting in injury or even death. In fact, one study found that 30-61 percent of chiropractic patients suffer adverse effects. Injuries often associated with chiropractic treatment include:

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Springfield workers compensation attorney

Work-related injuries can happen for countless reasons. Some injuries are caused during a singular work accident while other injuries occur from repetitive movements over time. Falling from a great height, being struck by falling objects, equipment-related injuries, and other workplace injuries can lead to massive medical bills and other financial harm. If you or a loved one have suffered a work injury, you may be curious about your legal rights. You may already know that you are entitled to workers’ compensation for certain work injuries, but you may not know much about bringing a claim against a third party. If your work injury was caused by the negligent or wrongful actions of a party other than your employer, you may be able to sue that party for damages.

Bringing a Personal Injury Claim for a Work Accident

In the vast majority of cases, Illinois workers cannot sue their employers for negligence. If you are hurt on the job, you may file a claim for compensation through the workers’ compensation program. Workers’ compensation benefits in Illinois are used to reimburse an injured worker for medical expenses and lost wages caused by an injury. However, the amount of compensation available through workers’ compensation insurance is often insufficient and non-economic damages like pain and suffering are not included. If someone other than your employer caused your work injury, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim against him or her in addition to your workers’ compensation claim.

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Most Illinois employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. The purpose of this insurance is to provide financial compensation for employees who are injured on the job. However, proving that an injury was sustained at work and successfully recovering compensation through a workers’ comp claim is often more challenging with repetitive motion injuries (RMI). The source of these injuries is often more difficult to pinpoint and some insurers and employers use this as an excuse to downplay the severity of the injuries or claim that the injury predated employment. If you have sustained a repetitive motion injury at work, you should know your rights under Illinois workers’ compensation laws.

What Are Repetitive Strain Injuries?

If a worker falls from a ladder and breaks his or her leg at work, there is little question as to how the injury occurs. However, this is not the case for injuries that occur over long periods of time. A repetitive strain injury (RSI) is one that occurs from using the same body parts over and over again. The damage may occur to a person’s nerves, tendons, muscles, or joints. RSI may be caused by:

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Springfield personal injury attorney truck accident

Severe truck accidents are not uncommon in the United States. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates that 112,000 large trucks were involved in injury-causing crashes in 2018 alone. When a car accident involves a large truck such as a semi-truck, the consequences can be catastrophic. Numerous state and federal laws regulating large trucks have been instituted in an effort to prevent truck collisions, but unfortunately, thousands of people are injured and killed in truck accidents each year in the United States. If you or a loved one were seriously hurt in an auto accident involving a large truck that was speeding, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Recovering Damages After a Truck Accident Caused by Speeding

The majority of goods that are transported across the country are transported via truck. Truck drivers are often expected to meet tight deadlines and may deal with unexpected delays caused by inclement weather or heavy traffic. In an effort to meet these deadlines, truck drivers may drive above the speed limit or drive too fast for the conditions. Speeding greatly increases the chances of a truck being involved in an accident.

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