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Can a bicycle accident change your life?

When Illinois bike riders like you seek help from the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid after your accident, you can expect to receive the most accurate information that can be used to prove you were not at fault. Being prepared to prove fault in a bicycle accident can mean the difference between a difficult road to recovery and a tolerable one, especially since bicycle accidents easily change your life.

Bicycles are not exactly an armored fortress of a vehicle. Even if you suit up with a helmet and all the padding necessary, if it comes down to your body against a metal car that may be going very quickly, you're bound to lose. This can result in a number of traumatic injuries, including:

  • Fractured or broken bones
  • Spine or brain injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Muscular damage

How do you treat vertebral fractures?

If you've had an accident in Illinois that has caused you to fracture vertebrae, you will need to act quickly to treat the injury effectively. All injuries to the spine should receive immediate care due to the complications that can happen because of their location.

Medscape states that the care starts as soon as you're on your way to the hospital. Immobilization is key in order to prevent medics from accidentally exacerbating spinal injuries during transportation. Typically this means you'll end up with a plastic cervical collar to prevent your spine from moving excessively, and will be transported to a spine board shortly after. This step will not last long, as even an hour of use of a spine board can cause intense discomfort and even skin breakdown.

Why drowsy driving is dangerous

Although most people understand the risks of drinking and driving, many still underestimate the dangers of getting behind the wheel while drowsy. In fact, drowsiness can cause some of the same effects as alcohol and seriously increase the risk of an accident.

Taking safety seriously means avoiding drowsy driving just as you would avoid driving after a few drinks. Drivers affected by fatigue tend to make bad decisions on the road.

Aging doctors are not tested for competence

Patients across Illinois and the country are being treated by doctors who are older and older. In fact, the Chicago Tribune reports that a quarter of all doctors are age 65 or older. With the population increasing in age, many worry that patients could be in the wrong hands.

A report prepared for the 2015 meeting of the American Medical Association noted that while airline pilots and many in the military are forced to retire at age 65 in order to protect from mistakes more likely in older age, there are no such rules for doctors. Some hospitals perform their own competency exams for doctors who are growing older, but there is not any regulation regarding the testing of doctors, and the report believed that should be changed. But the debate, which has been around for a couple of decades, remains ongoing. 

How can you treat a herniated disc?

Illinois workers like you rely on your back every single day. Whether you do a lot of lifting, standing, or sitting, your spinal health has a direct impact on how well you can perform. So what happens when your back is injured? If you have a herniated disc, how can you treat it?

Spine-health points out that disc herniation can cause the victim excruciating back pain, to the point of being debilitating. Symptom relief is therefore the top priority when handling herniated discs. Generally speaking, you'll likely be suggested a non-surgical route at first. Back operations can be risky and result in additional pain and longer healing times, which isn't ideal if you have work to get back to. In some cases, herniated discs pose enough of a problem to require surgery.

Study says drivers are biggest threat to themselves

Drivers across Illinois may feel concern each time they get behind the wheel, worried another driver will lose control of their vehicle and endanger them. Yet a new study shows drivers need only look in the mirror to see the driver who is most likely to put their lives at risk.

As WTOP reports, a study conducted by AAA determined that most fatal car crashes are single vehicle accidents. A study of crash data showed that 55 percent of deadly car accidents have no other vehicles involved in the accident at all. These crashes include those involving drugs or alcohol, bad weather conditions, drowsiness and distracted driving. Vehicles driving off the road for some reason made up 70 percent of all fatal accidents, and while a car only rolls over in three percent of crashes, 20 percent of fatalities come from these incidents.

When truck drivers are distracted

For motorists like you, having to share the road with semi-trucks is an unfortunate but unavoidable reality. Just as you may find yourself taking your eyes off the road or your hands away from your vehicle's controls to eat, answer the phone or what have you, today's truck drivers face many of these same distractions.

Because of the size and weight of most semi-trucks, the results of accidents caused by distracted truck drivers are often devastating. So, what is it that is distracting today's commercial truckers and endangering drivers like you and your friends and family members? The many distractions affecting today's truckers include:

Where do motorcyclists often get injured?

As a motorcyclist in Illinois, you likely understand that your preferred method of transportation comes with its fair share of danger. Even veteran riders can get into accidents, and because of that, it's beneficial to know where the most common motorcycle injuries occur.

Ride Apart did a feature on the body parts that are most at risk when riding a motorcycle. Possibly unsurprisingly, your legs and feet often take the brunt of the damage in non-lethal accidents. They're closest to the ground, which means they often suffer from some sort of impact any time your bike falls over or you fall off of it. You may also have your legs pinned by other vehicles in an accident simply because of how you're situated on your motorcycle.

What are the risks of misdiagnosis?

In Illinois, patients like you put your health and lives into the hands of medical professionals every day. Unfortunately, even medical professionals can make mistakes, which is where the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid.

When medical professionals make mistakes, it can be traumatizing or even life-threatening to you. A misdiagnosis can prevent medical professionals from seeing what's really wrong with you at best, which can lead to issues festering before they're finally caught and dealt with. At worst, it may result in you undergoing treatment that isn't necessary, which may have harmful side effects that could have been avoided.

The link between car accidents and brain injury

While you may not think about the possibility of suffering damage to your brain each time you head out on to the roadways across Illinois, the truth is that car accidents are a major cause of traumatic brain injuries in every state across the country. At the Law Offices of Mathys and Schneid, we can fight for your rights after an accident and seek compensation for a TBI or any other type of injury.

 

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