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Girl Seriously Injured in St. Charles Hit-and-Run

On May 12, 2019, 7 year-old Lexi Hanson was struck by a pickup truck while riding her bicycle near Geneva Avenue and Courier Avenue in St. Charles. The alleged driver, 42 year-old Brian Quartuccio, fled the scene on foot before turning himself in the following day. Authorities charged Quartuccio with failing to report an accident with injury and driving with a revoked license, in addition to operating an uninsured vehicle and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

3 self-care tips for spouses of injured people

When your spouse sustains a serious injury, whether through a car crash or a workplace accident, your top priority is seeking treatment and financial compensation for your loved one. With all your attention on your spouse's needs, you have likely put your own needs on the back burner.

However, this pattern often results in resentment or depression. Give yourself some TLC in the following ways.

Knowing the risks of using a ladder

Illinois residents who frequently work with ladders may forget how inherently dangerous they are, especially if they are used day in and out without any incident. However, falls from ladders can be extremely dangerous and may leave a person with severe, lasting damage.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are still among the most deadly of all unintentional lethal incidents. 43% of falls also occur from ladders, though this number skyrockets to 81% among construction workers. It's not just construction workers who risk fall injuries, though. Anyone who falls from any ladder can end up with:

  • Broken bones
  • Brain damage from head trauma
  • Spinal cord and spine damage
  • Skull fractures

Hand and wrist injuries following a car crash

When someone is behind the wheel, they may be injured in countless ways if they collide with another vehicle. Moreover, passengers also face these risks, and many lives have been thrown upside down due to auto accident injuries. Some injuries are less common, but also create many hardships for victims. For example, hand and wrist injuries have turned many lives upside down, and these injuries can take place in many ways when two vehicles collide.

An auto accident victim who suffers a fractured hand, a broken wrist or a broken finger may suffer in many ways following the wreck. They may experience a permanent loss of strength, and the injury could shatter their lives both financially, physically and emotionally. For example, missing work may be necessary because a car crash victim is no longer capable of performing their job duties as a result of the injury. This could result in hefty financial problems, and the medical costs associated with these injuries should not be overlooked either.

How spirituality promotes health and healing

When an accident causes you injury, your first concern is getting better. This involves medical treatment, medication, physical therapy and other tools to help you recover as quickly and completely as possible. One resource you may be underestimating, however, is spirituality. 

Whether or not you attend church, and no matter what religion you associate yourself with (if any), studies show that prioritizing spirituality has a positive impact on your health, shares the American Academy of Family Physicians. The body, mind and spirit are all connected, so it is no surprise that the health or harm of one area affects the others.

When a car accident results in a serious burns

At the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid in Illinois, we represent numerous people who have received injuries as the result of a car crash. Should you become the victim of a fiery crash, the burns you receive could result not only in enormous pain, but also in months, if not years, of surgeries and skin grafts to attempt to minimize the scarring.

One of the dangers inherent in a fiery car crash is that you will likely suffer four distinct types of burns. The American Burn Association lists these as follows:

  1. Electrical burns if any part of your body touches one of your car’s electrical wires or the downed wires of a power pole
  2. Chemical burns if any part of your body touches one of your car’s caustic liquids such as antifreeze, transmission fluid, etc.
  3. Scald burns if any part of your body touches one of your car’s hot liquids such as gasoline
  4. Thermal burns if any part of your body comes into contact with the fire’s flames themselves or one of your car’s exceedingly hot interior surfaces

Is meditation effective in relieving pain?

If you are dealing with some type of pain, you are not alone. According to one survey, approximately 100 million American adults live with pain such as arthritis and joint pain. Other studies show chronic pain affects about 15 percent of U.S. adults. 

Persistent pain that is a result of some type of accident can be life-altering. You may miss work, experience a loss of enjoyment of life and deal with the trauma of the accident. What if meditation could help relieve your pain? Here is what the studies say about the effectiveness of meditation to relieve pain. 

What risks are associated with a cesarean birth?

According to the Mayo Clinic, a cesarean section, commonly referred to as a c-section, is a birthing procedure where the baby is delivered through an incision made in the abdomen and uterus. While this procedure is often used to prevent serious complications to the mother and child, it’s also associated with quite a few risks. That’s why it’s so important for medical staff to make the right determinations when it comes to c-sections vs. natural births.

For instance, many babies born via c-section suffer from transient tachypnea. This condition causes abnormal breathing, characterized by rapids breaths, during the first days after the delivery. Mothers may also experience complications after undergoing this surgery. These include blood clots, which may cause a pulmonary embolism, infection of the uterine lining, heavy bleeding, surgical injuries, or problems caused by anesthesia.

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.    

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