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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.

What are defective product injuries?

Illinois residents rely on the products we buy to be safe for use. Unfortunately, that isn't always the face. The Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid can help if you have been injured by a defective product.

There are many different types of product defects that can affect you. They often fall into problems in three categories: manufacture, design, and labeling.

How dangerous is driving during the holidays?

Is it really more dangerous to drive during the holidays in Illinois? For the most part, you probably would not notice a difference from one day to the next on wintry roads in the Chicago area. You still see people going to and from work, clogged highways and occasional collisions.

You probably would not notice a major uptick in accidents because of one simple fact: The winter holidays are not the most dangerous times of year in the area for motorists. Even Labor Day, often the deadliest holiday, would not be likely to seem excessively dangerous. That appearance of safety is the exact reason you should be careful every time you head out on the road. 

How common is substance abuse among truckers?

Making your way across Illinois roadways can prove challenging even under the best of circumstances, and this is particularly true when hazardous conditions exist, such as heavy snowfall or icy roads. Sharing the road with commercial truckers can also present challenges, as these large, heavy vehicles can prove particularly difficult to see or navigate around. When the people driving those large, heavy trucks are also under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the dangers become even more pronounced, with substance-abusing truck drivers endangering you and everyone else in their path.

So, just how often are today’s truck drivers using drugs and alcohol?

5 top causes of snowmobile accidents

As winter comes into full swing, it may be time for you to take your snowmobiles out for a fun time. If snowmobiling with family and friends is one of your winter traditions, then you likely cannot wait. However, you also know this wintertime activity can be dangerous.

The inherent nature of snowmobiling is what makes it both enjoyable and potentially harmful. Zipping through extreme weather conditions at high speeds can give you both a boost of adrenaline and a serious injury. Here are five common causes of snowmobile injuries you should be aware of this winter.

Understanding disk herniation

As with all injuries of the spine, a disk herniation in Illinois is potentially serious. It may be helpful to understand what a disk herniation is, what causes it and what one can do to prevent it. 

To understand disk herniation, it is important to first understand what a disk is. According to the Mayo Clinic, disks consist of cartilage and exist in the spaces between the vertebrae. Their purpose is to act as cushions, absorbing the shock of any blow to the spinal column. Each disk actually consists of two separate layers: a soft layer of cartilage on the inside surrounded by a protective layer of tough outer cartilage. If the harder outer layer of cartilage ruptures, allowing the softer inner layer to protrude out through the crack, then the disk has become herniated.

Thanksgiving Weekend Becoming More and More Dangerous for Drivers

Thanksgiving weekend is consistently one of the biggest travel events of the year. However, with the increase in drivers on the road, Thanksgiving also proves to be one of the most unsafe weekends for drivers. Forbes.com released an estimate that more than 48.5 million drivers will take to the road between this Thursday and Sunday, a 2.5 million increase over 2017. Unfortunately, this creates more opportunities for distracted and unsafe driving.

Just how dangerous is eating while driving?

The dangers associated with drinking and driving are well known, and the risks of texting or talking on your cell phone while behind the wheel have gained much more exposure in recent years. Could there be, however, another form of reckless driving that may be equally as dangerous yet you and others in Naperville are unaware of? Indeed there is; eating behind the wheel is another major driving distraction, yet one that few appreciate. 

If you have recently been involved in an accident, and the driver that struck admitted to eating something as they were driving, consider exactly how that action might have contributed to your collision: 

  • The driver had to take at least one hand off the steering wheel in order to grasp whatever was being eaten
  • The driver had to focus their attention on what they were eating
  • That change of focus forced them to take their eyes off the road ahead
  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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