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Car Accident Injuries Are Not Always Immediately ObviousA major car accident can be one of the scariest moments of a person’s life. Car crashes can happen in the blink of any eye and may leave a person unsure of what has even happened. In the chaotic moments after a traumatic event such as a traffic accident, a person may be in shock. “Fight or flight” hormones are coursing through his or her bloodstream increasing heart rate and masking the feeling of pain. Many people do not realize the extent of the injuries they sustained in a car accident until days or weeks later. This is one reason that it is so important to get medical care immediately following a major accident.

Whiplash Symptoms Might Not Appear for Days After an Accident

One of the most common injuries people suffer in a car accident is whiplash, which occurs when a sudden, forceful movement causes the muscles, ligaments, or bones of the neck to be damaged. Violent acceleration or deceleration from a car crash is a common cause of whiplash. The symptoms of whiplash often include neck pain, stiffness, numbness or tingling, weakness, reduced mobility, headache, and shoulder and back pain. In some cases, a person suffering from whiplash can also experience vision problems, dizziness, tinnitus, emotional changes, memory and concentration problems, and fatigue. These symptoms may be unnoticeable or very minor immediately following an accident and then get worse and worse over time.

Traumatic Brain Injuries May Take Time to Notice

More than half of all traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are sustained during traffic accidents. TBI can be caused by an object such as a shard of skull piercing the brain as well as non-penetrative damage. Many TBI occur when a powerful blow to the head causes the brain to strike the inside of the skull. If a person hits their head on the windshield of their car during an accident, for example, they may suffer a TBI. The only outer indication that a head injury even occurred may be a small cut or bruise. The injured person may not realize how serious the inner damage to the brain is unless they get checked out by a doctor. TBI can cause long-term problems with memory, balance, sight, communication, and mental wellbeing.

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Youth Football Causes Risk of Long-Term Brain InjuriesIllinois lawmakers have proposed legislation that would ban tackle football for children younger than 12. While youth football has always included inherent risks for its participants, the motivation for the proposed law is the increased attention given to the traumatic brain injuries that can develop after repeated head collisions. By the time that they are in their 20s, some former youth football participants have already been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease. The most tragic cases have resulted in these young men committing suicide or dying due to reckless behavior. Unfortunately, those who suffer from football-related injuries such as CTE do not always receive personal injury compensation. Illinois’ courts have a high standard for holding people or sports organizations liable for football injuries.

Assumed Risk

Illinois courts apply a contact sports exception to personal injury cases involving football injuries. Players, coaches, and organizations are not liable for ordinary negligence that leads to injuries. There is an inherent risk of injury that comes with playing tackle football, and players who voluntarily participate are assumed to have accepted the risk. Often, parents are required to sign a liability waiver before allowing their children to play. However, a party may be liable for a contact sports injury if he or she shows reckless negligence or willful misconduct. Examples may include:

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Serious Brain Injuries After A Head-On Collision, Crystal Lake Personal Injury LawyerHead-on collisions are some of the most dangerous car accidents, capable of causing serious injuries and death. The force with which cars collide into each other can cause long lasting injuries, especially in the brain, neck, and back. Concussions and traumatic brain injuries are not uncommon in these kinds of accidents, and even though some people walk away from the accident feeling fine, they may later develop symptoms and complications that leave them with permanent injuries.

A traumatic brain injury can affect a person's life in many different ways, including impairing a person's short or long-term memory. A person who survives a head-on collision and is later diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury may go through periods in which he cannot remember basic facts about history, current affairs, or his own life. Things that others may take for granted, such as remembering a child's name, how to walk, or operate machinery become difficult after some brain injuries.

A person who suffers from a traumatic brain injury may not be able to function at work or home as they did before the accident that caused their injuries. The person may have problems understanding directions, communicating with co-workers, focusing on tasks, and even reading and understanding written material. When these things happen, the person may lose his job or be forced to take a lower paying position that may accommodate his condition. Although people suffering from a traumatic brain injury may not be able to return to their former state of health, there are treatment options that can help them cope with their new lives.

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workers' compensation benefits, Crystal Lake Workers' Compensation LawyersThe combination of power tools, vehicles, heavy machinery, unfinished structures, loud noises and open excavations make construction sites extremely dangerous places to work. In fact, the construction industry is regularly cited as one of the most dangerous industries in which to work, and thousands of construction workers are injured in incidents that occur at construction sites each year.

Thankfully, for people who are hurt in construction site accidents, Illinois' workers' compensation program entitles those injured at work to significant benefits, regardless of fault. Therefore, most workers are able to have their medical expenses paid for and will likely be able to recover a portion of their lost wages.

In addition, people who develop temporary or permanent disability can recover additional benefits as well. Because obtaining these kinds of benefits can be difficult and require establishing your injuries with a significant amount of evidence, it is important for victims of workplace accidents to retain an attorney familiar with Illinois workers' compensation law.

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