Chicago truck accidents

The trucks around Chicago are dangerous. I don’t mean to claim that it’s always their fault, but I am seeing a lot of accidents lately, and I’m reading about a lot of fatalities.

Take, for instance, this story about a three-car accident in which one of the drivers died. The driver was 27, and his little Kia didn’t stand a chance with a massive truck involved in the crash. According to the article, it doesn’t sound like anyone was at fault, but on some level, I don’t think that matters.

Then there’s this one about a man dying after getting pinned under a box truck in northwestern Indiana.

Even the pickup trucks are going crazy. Here’s a story about one pickup truck ramming another, killing the other driver, and fleeing the scene.

It’s outrageous the sorts of things that happen around Chicago. This city has a great reputation for some things and a really negative one for others, and I’m amazed our traffic and the truck accidents don’t get mentioned more often in that negative category.

It seems to me like the truck accident lawyers of this city must be sitting on some pretty massive incomes at this point. If these accidents are happening this often, and a quick google search brings up so many (plus all the ones I’m seeing on my own just driving on the street), there must be a ton of accidents happening all the time all over the city.

I mean, these stories are only about fatalities. How many crashes just totaled a few cars or something?

Chicago’s got a problem with trucks, and something needs to be done about it. I don’t know if they need more lanes (they could always use more lanes if just to get that crazy traffic moving faster than five miles an hour during rush hour), or if they need police watching for trucks more, or what. But something’s got to be done. It’s getting to the point I’m worried about trucks when I’m out driving. I just try to stay as far from them as possible, even if it means driving like a grandma or like Mario Andretti just to keep out of their way.

But maybe I’m just getting obsessed about trucks and it really isn’t that big of a concern. It just seems to me, every time I see a crash with serious damage, or anytime I hear about a crash where someone was killed, a truck was involved. Maybe they just need to hire better drivers, I don’t know, but I’d like to see something get done. At least then I might be able to convince myself to stop thinking about it so much. At this point, it’s becoming an obsession. I miss the good old, carefree driving days when I wasn’t constantly looking out for a massive truck speeding right towards me.

Stained Teeth? Make Them Whiter!

There can be a variety of reasons why your teeth may be stained teeth. Some of these causes are preventable, but some are actually beyond your control. You may have stained teeth due to:

  • Drinking dark beverages, such as tea, coffee, wine, and sodas;
  • Tobacco use (smoking cigarettes, cigars, or chewing tobacco);
  • A natural genetic disposition; or,
  • The use of certain antibiotics, such as tetracycline

If you want to maintain a bright smile, it is important that you avoid excessive dark beverage drinking, and avoid smoking at all costs. However, even if you are a multiple cup-per-day coffee drinker or a smoker, you can still get that white, bright smile with teeth whitening.

The wide demand of teeth whitening dental service and products, has led to many dental clinics offering teeth bleaching services. However, dental clinics are not the only ones that benefited (and continue to benefit) from this wide demand – even whitening spas.  Besides the services is the availability of various over-the-counter whitening products, like age-defying chewing gum, white strips, leave-in trays, paint-on gels, mouth wash and brightening toothpaste. Many are not aware, however, that, if taken too far, teeth bleaching may cause serious damage to gums and teeth. It can result to teeth erosion and nerve damage which may cause pain, a feeling of mild itchiness to burning gums and/or acute sensitivity to air and/or sound.

Besides weakening the teeth and making them more prone to decay and more yellowish than white, over-bleaching can also destroy the teeth’s protective enamel, which never grows back. When too damaged, it will require the use of veneers or crowns to repair one’s teeth. These are the reasons why teeth whitening services should only be entrusted to skilled and licensed dentists and hygienists, while the use of whitening products, only according to said experts’ instructions.

According to Babylon Dentists, a beautiful, white smile may be attained through the following options:

  • Whitening for Life. Dingy and stained teeth are not only unattractive; these can keep you from wanting to show your smile too. Whitening toothpastes usually are not enough to make a noticeable difference too. Through this “Whitening for Life” technique, however, your teeth can be 4-6 shades whiter, for brighter and more beautiful smiles.
  • ZOOM!® Teeth Whitening. This is an in-office teeth whitening service to whiten teeth up to 8 shades lighter. This pretty simple and painless procedure is great for patients who want to get rid of their yellow, stained teeth in a quick way. You can even schedule your tooth whitening appointment during your lunch break and have your teeth whitened in about one hour!
  • EZ White Pro. This is also an in-office treatment that whitens teeth by up to 8 shades whiter in as little as 30 minutes. This whitening technique is recommended for those patients who struggle with teeth sensitivity. Best of all, it “works in a flash,” delivering immediate results. This is also the perfect solution for those who are looking for a long-lasting whitening treatment without any painful side effects.



Slip and Fall Accidents: One of the Top Causes of Serious Injuries in the U.S.

If you recently suffered a painful slip and fall accident due to a wet floor or some other factor, is the accident your fault (for not being careful enough) or can you blame someone else, namely, those in charge, or the owner, of the property, for lacking the responsibility in making sure that his/her place is free of whatever may serve as hazard to people’s safety?

Slip and fall accident is one of the top causes of serious injuries in the U.S. The National Safety Council (NSC) Injury Facts says that more than 8 million of this type of accident occurs every year.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), some of the most serious effects of a slip and fall accident are fracture to the hip, torn muscle, torn ligament, knee injury, and broken bones (wrist and/or elbow), while the ones who are most prone to it are people at least 55 years old. Though it may just be a simple accident to many, it can result to an injury that is serious enough to alter a victim’s life, making him/her incapable of further enjoying quality years and performing worthwhile activities.

A slip and fall accident can occur in any type of property where there may be trip hazards that are not noticeable, exposed wires, uncovered metal or wooden pegs, unnecessary clutter, no warning signs, especially on wet surfaces, uneven floors or walkway or moss-filled floors, inadequate lighting along walkways, unstable surfaces, no railings or guardrails, and so forth. It can happen in hospitals, inside a church, inside a mall or a restaurant, beside a pool, in the office – practically, anywhere, where the owner of a premise is negligent or careless enough as to allow accident-causing elements to remain in his/her area of responsibility.

Sadly, many lack concern in cleaning their own mess, and still many more do not have the initiative to clean their premises – to make sure that every corner is safe. If they do not want to tidy up things for others’ sake, then, at least, they should get rid of any hazard for their own safety. Always, the victim of such lack of concern, carelessness or negligence, is someone who is totally unaware of a possible slip or trip hazard.

The Benton Law Firm believes that the person or party liable in slip and fall accidents are property owners. Thus, owners should be aware that an accident that is due to their negligence will most likely be followed by a claims lawsuit.

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury: Accidents that Can Alter Your Life

There are many types of brain injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI), including:

  • Concussion, which is the most common type of traumatic brain injury. This occurs when the blood vessels in the brain are stretched and the cranial nerves are damaged;
  • Contusion, which is bruising and swelling of the tissues of the brain;
  • Coup-Contrecoup injury, which occurs when the brain is slammed into the opposite side of the skull due to the force impact to the head;
  • Diffuse Axonal injury. Also known as Shaken Baby Syndrome or Abusive head trauma (AHT), this injury is usually caused by violent shaking of the head, resulting to torn brain nerve tissues. This can lead to brain damage or death.
  • Locked in syndrome, which is a rare neurological condition resulting from stroke. Due to damaged part of the brainstem, most of the facial muscles, except the eyes, become paralyzed.
  • Penetrating injury or open head injury, which occurs when a sharp object, like a bullet, enters the brain and causes a wide area of damage. This is injury is serious and is considered a medical emergencies as it can cause ermanent disability or death.
  • Acquired brain injury. This injury to the brain occurs after birth.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 5.3 million people in the U.S. are suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and, every year, about 185,000 are added to their number, while at least 50,000 die. TBI is, actually, a major cause of death and disability in the U.S. and in the rest of the world.

Causes of TBI include falls, collision with a moving or a stationary object, assault, accidents involving a bicycle or any non-motorized pedal cycles, a smashed piece of skull penetrating the tissues in the brain, an explosion, a sport or recreation-related accident, a car crash, or anything that can cause a violent blow or a sudden jolt to the head which, in turn, can make the brain collide with the skull’s internal wall. This collision can severely harm the brain and result to torn nerve fibers or bruising and/or bleeding which can lead to intracranial injury, more commonly known as TBI.

The severity of a traumatic brain injury depends on the part of the brain that is affected and whether the injured area is widespread or affects only a certain part. Based on severity, TBI can be mild, moderate or severe. Mild TBI usually causes only temporary headaches and confusion; a severe case, however, can cause amnesia, coma, disability, unconsciousness or even death.

Erez Law attorneys explain that “a traumatic brain injury can be a life-changing event, requiring major alterations in a person’s work life and home life, not to mention long-term rehabilitation and attention from medical experts. In the aftermath of an accident resulting in a traumatic brain injury, the victim and his or her family is likely asking questions about financial resources as they try to come to grips with the situation. If the accident was caused by another person’s negligence, carelessness, recklessness or intentional misconduct, then the victim and his family can file a claim for compensation against the responsible party or parties.”

Poor Safety Training Can Cause Workplace Injuries

One of the most important precautions that workers must go through before starting their job is workplace safety procedures and ensuring that their safety gears or equipment are working properly and are not damaged in any way. Nearly all states are legally required by law to train their workers and comply with the appropriate safety procedures. If they neglected their duty to provide proper training that resulted to a worker being injured on the job, the injured worker has the right to file a lawsuit despite the company not being the cause of the accident.

The most important factor in a personal injury lawsuit is to prove that the defendant (company) had a duty to provide safety training to the claimant (victim). Although not all entity involved in the project has the duty to train, it is generally understood that an entity is legally obligated to ensure the safety of the worker that they directed to perform the job. It is usually the claimant’s responsibility to present expert witnesses, through their personal injury lawyers, the defendant’s duties regarding safety training and how they breached their duty to train. It will be left to the jury to determine whether the defendant gave a reasonable amount of training upon which the accident occurred.

If the jury determined that the defendant did indeed breach their duty, they can be held responsible for negligence. If the accident resulted to a significant amount of injuries victim’s personal injury attorney can then help the claimant make the defendant liable for the damages and get fair compensation. Generally, compensation for personal injury claims cover for common damages such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and loss of normal life; nevertheless, compensation will only be awarded if the injury was directly due to the defendant’s negligence of their duty to train.

First Aid For Broken Bones – Signs And Treatment

Broken bones can be a mobility issue and may cause chronic pain. Fractures are caused by cracks or breaks in the bone. According to the website of Spiros Law Firm, bone fractures may necessitate continued medical treatment. The good news is that fractures can be easily corrected and treated. In this article, we shall discuss some first aid for a broken bone.

With bone fractures, there are seven things you need to look for:

• Swelling
• Difficulty with moving
• Movement in an unnatural direction
• Limb looks shorter, twisted, or bent
• Grating noise or feeling
• Loss of strength
• Shock

For open fractures, it is important to cover the wound with a sterile dressing and secure it with a bandage. Apply pressure around the wound to control any bleeding. Support the injured body part to keep it from moving. This will help ease the pain and prevent further damage. Call 911 or 112 for medical help. Don’t move the injured while waiting for the medical team to arrive.

Protect the injured area by using bandages to secure it from an uninjured part of the body to prevent movement. Avoid moving them if there is a back or neck injury. Make a splint by folding a piece of cardboard, newspaper, or magazine and placing them gently under the limb.

Apply ice packs to limit swelling and help with pain relief. Avoid applying ice directly on the skin. Wrap it in a towel, piece of cloth, or some other material.

If the injured person feels faint or experiences shortness of breath, let him lie down with the head slightly lower than the trunk. If possible, elevate the legs. Cover them with a blanket to keep their body warm.

If the injured person is not responding, check their airway and breathing and use first aid for someone who is unresponsive.

Personal Injury and Pain and Suffering Compensation

The compensation that a personal injury claim covers is mostly for the physical and financial damages. However, if the injury or damages are substantial enough, pain and suffering can also be added on the compensation. Pain and suffering can be difficult to compute, and generally insurance companies use two basic guides to measure the degree of pain and suffering: the type injury and the nature of the needed medical treatment. In order to have a strong injury claim, the Hankey Law Office offers some pointers that you can raise with the insurance company and how you can properly document the damages for evidence.

First, being prescribed medication to help handle the pain, inflammation or other symptoms would prove that the injuries were severe enough to warrant prescriptions. This may not provide a precise measure, as some doctors are quick to prescribe medications than others. However, it is still considered. The strength and duration of the medication can mean bigger settlement. Because insurance companies are looking for evidence that the injury was indeed serious and painful, prescription medications will provide that need.

The other factor would be the length needed for rehabilitation; the longer the injury needs to recover, the bigger the amount given for pain and suffering. This can be proven through the medical records made by your doctor, especially when he or she has made a notation of the length of expected recovery for the injuries or advising you to avoid certain activities. It is important to document your progress through regular doctor visits and taking your medication because many insurance adjusters may disregard your claim for pain and suffering if you failed to report to your doctor of your distress and discomfort.

Providing evidence is all up to you. There are many ways that you can prove your pain and suffering and the most important thing is to take charge of detailing them. Aside from medical records, make a diary or log of your everyday experience after the accident – the discomfort, nausea, lack of focus, headaches, etc. – in order to help explain the extent of your pain and suffering and likewise to help you deal with these problems.

Adopting A Child In North Carolina

A married couple that is unable to have kids in their own might contemplate adopting a kid the best thing that is next. Nevertheless, it is not a simple or straightforward approach; it’s not like buying up a puppy in the pet store. You can find the delivery parents but also guidelines in place that are built to safeguard the rights, not just of the little one. But inside the laws and because there are numerous, it can get fairly easy to wander off while in the forest and fall into quicksand.

Within an excellent planet, a pregnant woman who is not able to look after the unborn kid can give it up for ownership so someone who has a better potential for giving a great life for that kid can do so. The kid may mature healthful and properly, and everybody goes home content.

Nonetheless, more regularly than not really a snag happens to clog the works up. The birth mother may adjust her intellect right after pregnancy or his custodial rights may be asserted by the birth dad simply prior to the grace period ends, or as it happens that the adoptive parents do not qualify under state adoption guidelines.

According to the website of a Raleigh family lawyer, in the state of North Carolina, this is embodied inside the North Carolina General Laws (Chapter 48) which endeavors to provide brief advice for your judicial method that’ll smoothen the way in which to get a clear, ultimate ownership. Under the law, like parents may be held accountable for a few expenditures of childbirth but only up to specified restriction, hence the birthmother can’t officially need more than that.

Hit and Run Accidents: What You Need to Know

Hit and run accidents are one of the most prevalent problems in roads and highways all over America. Car accidents where the party at fault escapes from the site of the crash are disturbingly rising in the last few years. According to the NHTSA, hit and run accidents have cause 1,449 fatalities in the year 2011 alone. In the previous year, there have been 1,393 fatalities caused by hit and run accidents.

Considering these numbers, there’s no way to skirt around the fact that hit and run accidents are a serious issue. Victims who do survive such a crash often end up suffering from severe injuries and other long-term consequences. Aside from undergoing a long and grueling period of recovery, these victims will also have to with any emotional and psychological effects caused by their trauma. On top of everything else, they will also have to make sense of financial difficulties caused by medical expenses and lost income opportunities.

Any individual involved in a car accident is left to deal with many devastating scenarios in the aftermath of the incident. The same is true for those who have been victimized by hit and run accidents, particularly because they are left to deal with the aftermath of the incident with no assistance from the other party involved in the crash. However, the real challenge for victims involved in such accidents is being able to hold the responsible party accountable for his or her actions. In most cases, they are robbed of a chance to receive closure and pursue justice for the suffering they’ve incurred due to another person’s negligent behavior.

Click here to for tips on what to do if you are involved in a hit and run accident.

How Employers Can Reduce the Risk of Toxic Exposure in the Workplace

Workers in industries like manufacturing, construction, and mining face plenty of risks compared to most employees. Among these risks include toxic exposure. Most of the time, jobs in these fields require workers to deal with hazardous chemicals and substances. Unfortunately, their constant and prolonged exposure to these dangerous materials could pose serious risks to their health. Without proper regulation, the toxic chemicals commonly used high-risk industries could cause a worker to suffer from a lifelong medical condition.

According to the website of Houston personal injury lawyers of Ali Mokaram, toxic chemical exposure could lead to some of the most devastating diseases such as cancer (particularly leukemia and mesothelioma), Hodgkin’s disease and aplastic anemia. The damning effects of toxic exposure will require a lot of medical attention that could bring huge financial burden. There’s also emotional trauma and other psychological effects to account for. Considering these consequences, it’s important that employers prioritize and ensure a safe working environment for their valued workers.

The following are just some of the few suggestions made by the Department of Labor, through Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA), to help reduce the risk of toxic chemical exposure in workplaces across America.

The first, most simple solution for chemical hazards is the use of proper protective gear. However, OHSA also emphasizes that such requirements are not enough. They suggest that employers should aim to improve the processes in the workplace by updating administrative and work procedures. For example, imposing a rule on rotating tasks or adjusting work schedules can help make sure that no employee is exposed to a hazardous material for too long.

Another suggestion is making significant changes in engineering controls that could help contain toxic chemicals involved in the work process. An example OHSA offers is the isolation of the use of hazardous materials in a particular area in the venue. Still, they emphasize that the best recourse is to find alternative materials that are much safer to use.