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Injured? It's smart to hire an attorney to pursue your claim

Personal injuries can happen to anyone, from people who get hurt in nursing homes due to poor care to those who are injured in car wrecks on their way to work. There are so many ways to get hurt in today's world that it would be impossible to predict -- or prevent -- them all.

When you get hurt, it's important that you have someone on your side to help. You may be busy going through medical treatments or rehabilitation, so it's helpful to have someone who can take over your case and work to get you a settlement or the compensation you deserve at trial (if necessary).

Repetitive strain injuries: Seek early assistance with recovery

When you're working, there is nothing worse than doing your job and suddenly feeling the ping of pain that comes with repetitive strain injuries. Whether you're lifting patients into their beds or trying to install a new device for your company, almost anyone has the potential to suffer from these injuries when they complete similar work all day, every day.

Repetitive strain injuries cause more damage than many people think, because they develop over time. By the time someone thinks that an injury is serious enough to seek assistance, the injuries may have worsened to the point of needing surgery or significant medical treatment.

Don't let a nursing home get away with neglect and abuse

You were sitting near your phone when it went off. You answered to a frantic parent saying that you needed to come get them out of the nursing home. You had no idea what happened, but you quickly went to their nursing home to see what was going on.

When you arrived, you found your loved one sleeping soundly, much to your surprise. The nurse asserted that they had been acting unusual and made a call out of confusion. You don't agree because you know your loved one doesn't have any signs of dementia or Alzheimer's that could lead to confusion.

What's the purpose of vocational rehabilitation?

After you're involved in a work accident, you may not be able to do the things you could before. You might have lost a limb, suffered a head injury or have another condition that impacts your ability to do the job you had before. You may think you'll never be able to go back to gainful employment again.

The good news is that workers' compensation benefits also allow for vocational rehabilitation. This is extremely important for some people who suffer debilitating injuries due to workplace accidents.

Speeding rapidly increases the force in traffic collisions

Car accidents can result in many different types of injuries ranging from burns from gasoline or flames, to crushing injuries or wounds from projectiles. Every crash is different, but one thing is true: The speed at which you travel has a lot to do with how serious your injuries will be.

Speeding killed approximately 10,111 people in 2016, which is over half of all traffic fatalities. Speeding is extremely dangerous, creating a risk for:

  • Losing control of a vehicle
  • Reducing how effective occupant protection equipment is
  • Increasing fuel consumption
  • Increasing stopping distance
  • Increasing crash severity

Williams settles civil lawsuit involving wrongful death

If you follow tennis, then you may have known about the car crash involving Venus Williams in 2017. That crash resulted in the death of one person and a serious lawsuit against Williams.

The tennis player had been traveling in Palm Beach Gardens with the right-of-way when a vehicle pulled out in front of her. She was able to stop quickly to avoid the accident with the vehicle in front of her, but the vehicle to her rear did not stop and collided with her.

Nursing home injuries: They are preventable

Nursing home injuries come in a few different forms. The sad truth is that the elderly are at risk of being taken advantage of and injured in nursing homes. They often have physical struggles, mental health concerns and other health problems.

Nursing home staff members are meant to take care of the elderly and injured with love and compassion. They should be skilled and have the knowledge needed to support these people who are much in need of help.

The importance of filing your personal injury claim on time

One thing you have to be aware of when you are involved in an accident is the statute of limitations in your state. The Illinois statute of limitations places a two-year limit on claims for personal injuries no matter where they occur. If you don't file a claim before that point, your ability to claim compensation can be lost forever.

One Illinois woman recently discovered this the hard way. While working as a custodian, the woman was in an area that was being remodeled and a desk that had been put aside by the contractor fell onto her. She was injured, so she filed a workers' compensation claim against A&R Janitorial, her employer -- and rightly so, so since she was injured on the job.

Texting and driving is a true risk to road users

Texting and driving is a known hazard on the roads, yet people continue to take the risk every day. It's always a good idea to talk to your loved ones about the risks of driving while distracted by texting, so you can make it clear that it's a dangerous, and potentially deadly, behavior.

With the right statistics, it's easier to open people's eyes to the dangers of texting while driving. For example, did you know that there are around 2.5 million people impacted by traffic accidents yearly? Of those crashes, around 1.6 million involve the use of a cellphone.

Strategies to reduce your chances of dying in a vehicle crash

If everyone in the world used common sense, defensive driving tactics and followed traffic laws, the number of people who die in auto collisions would sharply decline. In fact, some safety experts would agree that auto accident deaths would virtually become a thing of the past. If you want to help support a safer world and drive your vehicle the "right" way to avoid accidents and fatalities, take the following advice to heart:

-- Don't allow yourself to be distracted by a mobile device. Smartphones cause you to take your eyes off the road and this can be fatal. Put all of your devices out of reach while driving.

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