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The Role of Occupational Therapy in Catastrophic Injury Rehab

 Posted on June 12, 2024 in Catastrophic Injuries

Joliet Catastrophic Injury LawyerWhen someone experiences a catastrophic injury, the road to recovery can be long and challenging. These injuries can include serious harm from car accidents or other traumatic injuries. One crucial component of the rehabilitation process is occupational therapy (OT). If you have suffered a catastrophic injury and are interested in learning about rehabilitation options, discuss with your injury attorney whether OT is right for you.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is a branch of healthcare that focuses on helping people regain or improve the ability to perform daily activities, or “occupations,” which can range from self-care tasks like dressing and bathing to engaging in work and leisure activities. Occupational therapists are trained professionals who assess a person’s needs and create personalized plans to address physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges.

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The Impact of Road Design on Truck Accidents

 Posted on June 04, 2024 in Truck Accidents

Joliet Semi Truck Crash Lawyer

 Truck accidents are devastating events that are a major concern on highways across Illinois. These accidents often lead to severe injury and fatalities and considerable economic costs. While many factors contribute to these accidents, road design plays an important, yet sometimes overlooked, role. A well-planned and maintained road network can significantly reduce the likelihood of truck accidents, but poor road design and maintenance can have the opposite effect. In the event you have been injured in a truck accident, due to road design or something else, strongly consider hiring an attorney for legal assistance in this personal injury matter.

The Shape of a Road May Contribute to Truck Accidents

Road geometry is one of the primary elements of road design that affects truck safety. Curves, inclines, and declines can present unique challenges for truck drivers. Sharp turns, especially on rural roads, can lead to rollover accidents, while steep declines in roads can easily overheat truck brakes and cause them to fail. Additionally, improperly banked curves can make it difficult for trucks to maintain control, leading to potential accidents.

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Financial Planning for Catastrophic Injury Survivors

 Posted on May 28, 2024 in Catastrophic Injuries

Kendall County Catastrophic Injury LawyerExperiencing a catastrophic injury is an injury that alters your life in physical, emotional, and financial ways. As life takes this unexpected turn, careful financial planning becomes essential for ensuring that a survivor can secure his or her future, including covering all needs to maintain a high quality of life. It is a daunting task, but with the right strategies, meeting all important legal deadlines, and hiring a lawyer, survivors, and families can navigate this situation effectively.

Understanding the Financial Impact of a Catastrophic Injury

Catastrophic injuries frequently lead to an avalanche of unexpected expenses. These costs can go far beyond immediate medical bills and ongoing rehab and also toward adaptive equipment, home modifications, and specialized care. Additionally, the injured person may experience a lengthy period of lost wages or the inability to work at all. Understanding the full scope of financial implications is the first step in creating a robust financial plan.

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Group Riding Safety for Motorcyclists in Illinois 

 Posted on May 22, 2024 in Motorcycle Accidents

Will County Motorcycle Wreck Injury LawyerAs a motorcyclist, riding in a group can transform a solo journey into a shared adventure, making the experience more enjoyable for all involved. However, group riding introduces unique challenges and potential risks, both of which can lead to accidents. In Illinois, where there are a plentiful number of scenic routes, understanding and implementing group riding safety techniques is important for reducing accidents and ensuring an enjoyable experience for all. In the unfortunate event of an accident occurring, Illinoisans need to know they should contact an attorney for assistance within Illinois’ two-year statute of limitations for injury cases. 

Preparing Pre-Ride is Important for Safe Riding 

Before hitting the road, it is vital to ensure everyone you are riding with is on the same page. Conduct a pre-ride meeting to discuss the route, rest stops, hand signals, and riding order. If your motorcycle helmet has Bluetooth functionality, it can also help you keep in contact with the other riders during your ride. This can go a long way in preventing confusion and unfortunate mishaps. 

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Speech Therapy for Brain Injury Survivors

 Posted on May 16, 2024 in Catastrophic Injuries

Joliet Head Trauma LawyerSurviving a brain injury is a significant ordeal that often requires numerous forms of rehabilitation, including speech therapy. Speech therapy plays a crucial role in helping a brain injury survivor regain his or her communication skills, which are an essential aspect of daily life. However, the cost of such therapy can be a concern for a brain injury survivor and his or her family. An attorney can help survivors and families outline potential costs and discuss how pursuing compensation can help cover these costs. 

The Importance of Speech Therapy

Speech therapy is vital for brain injury survivors as it addresses various communication disorders resulting from the injury. These disorders may include:

The Differences Between Truck and Car Accidents 

 Posted on May 06, 2024 in Personal Injury

Joliet Car Accident LawyerNavigating the aftermath of a vehicular accident is not easy. However, understanding the differences between truck and car accidents can help victims better handle his or her claims. While both incidents can lead to significant property damage and personal injury, several key factors distinguish these two types of accidents. Regardless of whether you were involved in a car or truck accident, contacting a lawyer from a firm that has handled major multimillion-dollar settlements is an excellent first step toward pursuing compensation and moving on from this ordeal. 

Scale and Impact of Truck and Car Accidents Can Differ Greatly 

Perhaps the most apparent distinction is the magnitude of the accidents. Trucks, given their massive size and weight, can cause more severe injuries and property damage compared to standard vehicles. As a result, claims involving truck accidents often have higher stakes, with victims potentially facing massive medical bills and loss of income.

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Jaywalking and Pedestrian Accidents in Illinois

 Posted on April 30, 2024 in Personal Injury

Will County Personal Injury LawyerIn the bustling streets of Illinois, pedestrian accidents involving jaywalking can raise important legal questions involving fault and liability. While jaywalking is indeed considered a traffic violation, pedestrians involved in accidents still have legal options under the concept of comparative negligence. Accordingly, if you were injured in a pedestrian accident, contact a lawyer for assistance pursuing the compensation which may be owed to you. 

The accomplished legal team at Schwartz Injury Law is no stranger to assisting those injured as a pedestrian. With a demonstrated track record of obtaining major multimillion-dollar settlements, clients can trust our firm to deliver when it matters most. 

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Potential Evidence in a Truck Accident Case in Illinois 

 Posted on April 18, 2024 in Truck Accidents

Joliet Semi Truck Crash Injury LawyerAs some of the largest motor vehicles on the road, trucks serve many important functions in our society, such as delivering goods to supermarkets or products to a store. Sadly, however, accidents do happen. Navigating the aftermath of a truck accident is a complex and challenging process, and the need for solid evidence is most important when determining fault and seeking justice. Certain pieces of evidence can help shape a truck accident case. This evidence does not just fall out of the sky; it must be identified.

The astute and aggressive team of attorneys at Schwartz Injury Law has become renowned in Illinois when it comes to obtaining major multi-million-dollar settlements for clients. With an impeccable reputation in the legal community and a relentless passion for protecting clients’ rights, no case is too big or small for our knowledgeable and highly competent attorneys.

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Punitive Damages and Catastrophic Injuries in Illinois

 Posted on April 12, 2024 in Catastrophic Injuries

Kendall County Personal Injury LawyerIn the area of personal injury law, catastrophic injuries can have seriously impactful and long-term effects on the lives of those injured and their families. When catastrophic injuries occur because of another person's reckless or intentional actions, questions may arise regarding whether punitive damages should be sought against the negligent party. Punitive damages are a type of compensation awarded in civil cases to punish the defendant for their egregious conduct and to prevent similar misconduct from happening in the future. Unlike other compensatory damages, such damages are intended to compensate the plaintiff for their losses; punitive damages are intended to service a different purpose.

At Schwartz Injury Law, we understand the aftermath of suffering a catastrophic injury can be very difficult for a person to handle. If you believe punitive damages are relevant to your case, contact an attorney immediately.

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Rehabilitation for Catastrophic Injury Victims in Illinois 

 Posted on April 04, 2024 in Catastrophic Injuries

Will County Catastrophic Injury LawyerRehabilitation plays a critical role in the recovery journey of people who have experienced catastrophic injuries in Illinois. Whether it is a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or something else, rehabilitation services are critical in helping victims regain independence, improve quality of life, and reintegrate into their communities. If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury, contact an attorney to ensure you can receive any potential compensation while also obtaining the critical rehabilitation care that can be beneficial for those dealing with the effects of a catastrophic injury.

At Schwartz Injury Law, the distinguished attorneys have considerable knowledge regarding the ongoing process of rehabilitation after suffering a severe injury. Whether you are the person who suffered the injury or it was a loved one, hiring legal professionals is a critically important decision when handling rehab related to a catastrophic injury.

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