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How engaging in a team sport helps you heal from injury

Let us say you became injured in a car crash. Fortunately, you will be all right, but the recovery process makes you feel depressed and disconnected from everyone.

Your doctor gives the green light for you to engage in certain team sports, saying that this will improve your mental outlook and help physical healing. How do team sports help?

Ride-sharing may complicate car insurance claims

Like many Illinois residents, you may enjoy the convenience and flexibility of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. However, you may wonder what happens if you get in a car accident while using one of these services. The insurance settlement process may be more complicated when an accident involves a ride-sharing service. At Mathys & Schneid, we understand that navigating the settlement process can be overwhelming, especially for those recovering from an injury. We have assisted clients in dealing with insurance companies following accidents with ride-sharing services.

There are several reasons insurance claims may be overly complicated when an accident involves a ride-sharing service. You may be familiar with the normal insurance claims process after an accident. Usually, you contact your insurance provider along with the other driver's insurer. However, if you get in an accident while using a ride-sharing service, there may be more parties involved in the claim: your insurance, the ride-sharing company's insurance and the driver's insurance. If another vehicle is part of the accident, that driver's insurance may also come into play. If an accident involves multiple ride-sharing vehicles, the situation may become extremely complex.    

Driving in the wrong lane

There are many traffic safety guidelines that drivers need to follow, from the speed limit to stopping at stop signs. Unfortunately, some drivers fail to abide by these guidelines for various reasons, and in doing so they place lives at risk. In fact, some people may drive in the wrong lane because they are drunk, or because they were not paying attention. When reckless drivers move forward in the wrong lane, it can be extremely dangerous due to oncoming traffic and it may cause a devastating collision.

Some people drive their vehicle in the wrong lane on accident, and others may even do it on purpose. For example, someone may drive down the wrong side of the freeway in an attempt to evade law enforcement officials during a pursuit. Or, someone may even be suicidal, and they may intentionally drive on the wrong side of the road, intending to collide with another vehicle in a head-on crash.

Should my landlord worry about carbon monoxide?

Landlords in Illinois are responsible for providing a safe, healthy environment for their tenants to live in. This means taking reasonable measures to prevent a dangerous living situation, to maintain the premises and to repair known hazards. One of the common home dangers you and other residents may not think about is carbon monoxide poisoning.

According to the Mayo Clinic, carbon monoxide is a gas that is released into the air when certain fuels, such as propane, natural gas, charcoal and wood, are burned for heating, cooking and other uses. Carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless and invisible. When released outside or into a properly ventilated space, this gas dissipates harmlessly. However, carbon monoxide buildup can be deadly if your ventilation system is compromised. For example, if you turn on your gas fireplace without knowing the flue is blocked, carbon monoxide can build up in your home without you knowing.

The differences between birth defects and birth injuries

When you become an Illinois mother-to-be, you naturally do all you can to make sure your pregnancy progresses smoothly so that your developing baby can have the opportunity to grow in the best possible environment. Still, you likely cannot help worrying about your baby’s health and welfare, both before and after his or her birth.

Fortunately, only about 0.5 percent of live U.S. births result in the baby receiving a birth injury. The birth defect rate is somewhat higher, coming in at 7 percent. Even with these low risks of your baby receiving a birth injury or having a birth defect, however, the results of either could be catastrophic and leave your baby facing a lifetime of problems and/or disabilities.

How potentially dangerous is robotic surgery?

Surgical procedures have made almost miraculous advancements in recent years, but it does not mean that modern surgery is infallible. In fact, you and other Illinois residents may be put at risk by innovative treatments that are still being developed and refined, especially when medical staff have less experience with newer surgical methods.

You may have learned about robotic surgery, which has been highly touted by the medical community over the past few years. Surgeons claim that these procedures result in patients healing more quickly and having less risk of developing infections in the hospital. However, as BBC News reports, recent studies have uncovered numerous injuries and fatalities said to have resulted from robotic surgical procedures.

The dangers of walking or riding a bike around the city

Chicago is a walking city. If you live outside the city and head in daily for work, you know all too well the dangers lurking on city streets. According to new statistics, the hazards to pedestrians in and around the city keep climbing.

What do you need to know when out for a stroll on a city or even rural road in Illinois?

What are some signs of disk herniation?

One injury that is common among workers who do a lot of heavy lifting is disk herniation. However, this can affect anyone who does repetitive motions every day, as well as people who get in workplace incidents or crashes on the road.

Identifying a herniated disc is important for the overall treatment of it. Mayo Clinic lays out the symptoms of a herniated disk, which is a condition that may need surgery to correct. Herniated disks are an issue in which the jelly-like center of a spinal disk slips past the tough outer exterior. This can cause pain, numbness, weakness, and damage to nerves.

Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid Attorneys Named to 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers list

We are pleased to announce that Mark W. Mathys & Mark T Schneid, partners at the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid have been selected to the 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in the state. In addition, Daniel R. Chaidez, associate attorney, has been selected to the 2019 Rising Stars list.

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes, assuring a credible and relevant annual list.

  1. "Committed To My Cause"

    I was struck by a car while cycling and severely, almost fatally injured. A team of excellent medical professionals performed complicated and extensive surgical and medical procedures as part of a successful effort to restore my health....
    -Jeff D.

  2. "Could not have made a better choice"

    We found Mark [Mathys] through the web after an auto accident in October 2011. While selecting someone you don't know to represent you can be a gamble, we could not have made a better choice....
    - Dave

  3. "Very satisfied"

    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.
    -Jennifer

  4. "Easy to talk to"

    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day... -Larry

  5. "Provided very wise advice"

    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.
    - Tyler D.

  6. "In-depth knowledge of the law"

    Mark [Schneid] is an excellent and skilled attorney and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the law when he helped settle my dog bite lawsuit resulting from a traumatic incident. He explained what was needed of me and how I should handle the situation in a professional manner.
    - Karen K.

  7. "They went to bat for me"

    Not long ago I was involved in a car accident where I was hit by a gravel truck at an intersection. After I called Mathys & Schneid, even though I didn't have a very large case, they made me feel like I was one of their most important cases. They went to bat for me with the trucking company's insurance and got me a settlement. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends. -Dan H.

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