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According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), approximately 17,500 Americans suffer spinal cord injuries each year. Today, around 285,000 Americans live with complications caused by severe spinal injuries. Regardless of how an injury occurs, the long-term physical and financial impact of a spinal cord injury can be life-changing. 

Causes of Spinal Cord Injury Accidents

In the event of a spinal cord injury or suspected injury, it is important to act quickly. In some cases, immediate medical assistance can limit the potential damage. Some injury victims do not realize the severity at the time of an accident.

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Lake County Injury Attorney

According to the National Burn Repository (NBR), one civilian fire-related fatality occurs in the United States approximately every 2 hours and 40 minutes. Throughout to 2016, nearly 3,300 Americans died in fire-related incidents. 

From structure fires to motor vehicle collisions, serious burns can cause life-long health complications. If you or a loved one suffer a burn injury, seek medical attention immediately and contact an injury lawyer to discuss your options.

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Illinois Injury Attorney

Suffering a spinal injury is often a life-changing event. Spinal cord injuries can result in the loss of movement, chronic pain, and decreased strength. Every year, approximately 12,500 Americans suffer some form of spinal cord injury. Understanding the various forms of spinal cord injuries and their potential health complications can be critical as you emotionally and physically heal from your injuries. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to discuss your options moving forward. 

Complete and Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries 

Throughout the United States, approximately 276,000 Americans live with some form of spinal cord injury. Even minor spinal injuries can result in serious long-term health problems. Spinal cord injuries are classified as either incomplete or complete. In the case of an incomplete spinal cord injury, the spinal cord is not completely severed. This usually allows for the injured person to retain some spinal function, depending on the severity of the injury. With complete spinal cord injuries, the spine is completely severed. In these instances, regaining function is only possible through extensive medical treatment and physical therapy, if at all.

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Lake County Accident Lawyer

On January 23, a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus crashed into a pole on Chicago Avenue, resulting in injuries to 15 people, including 13 bus passengers. The accident occurred when the bus driver lost control of the vehicle due to ice on the road and veered into oncoming traffic. In an attempt to avoid a collision with any other vehicles, the driver rapidly changed direction and ultimately collided with a street pole. While no passengers were killed in the accident, injuries to the 13 riders were severe enough to require hospitalization. For users of Chicago-area public transit, the collision served as a stirring reminder that accidents do occur while riding on public transportation

Bus Accidents in the United States

While the vast majority of Americans believe they are entirely safe while utilizing public transportation, bus accidents are actually quite common in the U.S. According to studies conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), around 225 Americans were killed in bus accidents in 2016. In the 10-year span from 2006-16, intercity transit bus accidents accounted for 13 percent of all fatal bus accidents across the country. 

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Chicago fireworks injury lawyerWith New Year’s Eve quickly approaching, thousands of Illinoisans are preparing to purchase fireworks for their holiday festivities. Despite stringent laws that prohibit the use of certain kinds of fireworks in Illinois, many holiday parties feature some incredibly dangerous displays of explosive materials. The use of these fireworks can lead to serious injuries, and the healing process can be stressful and expensive. If you have suffered a fireworks injury, a personal injury attorney can help you understand your options for pursuing compensation.

Firework Injuries Rising

While most Americans view fireworks as a fun and festive way to ring the new year, in all actuality, they are a legitimate safety threat. Throughout 2017, approximately 12,900 Americans were hospitalized due to injuries suffered while using fireworks. Tragically, eight of those injuries proved to be fatal. Despite laws prohibiting certain types of dangerous fireworks and countless safety videos designed to reduce fireworks injuries, these injuries continue to rise. In 2017, there was a 15% increase in fireworks injury hospitalizations. Unfortunately, fireworks injuries are often incredibly difficult to recover from, and they can alter a person’s life permanently. 

Common Injuries

Fireworks injuries can be some of the most gruesome and painful injuries imaginable. Over half of all fireworks injuries involve some forms of burns, and bruises and open wounds account for 30% of these injuries. The vast majority of fireworks injuries occur on the hand or wrist. Hundreds of people lose hands or fingers due to injuries suffered while using fireworks. Loss of limbs, open wounds, and severe burns can all require extensive physical therapy to fully recover. 

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