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Cook County personal injury lawyerWhen you get into a car accident, a variety of injuries can happen. Many people sustain whiplash, bruising, and sometimes even broken bones. Another fairly common injury that a car accident can produce is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBIs can and often do range in severity, especially if you sustained the injury from a car accident. In severe cases, a brain injury could also lead to death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were more than 61,000 people who died from a TBI in 2019, with even more injured. If you suffered a TBI in a car accident, you should speak to an Illinois car accident injury lawyer to discuss your options to recover compensation.

What is a TBI?

A TBI is an injury that occurs to your brain after your head suffers a blow, bump, or jolt. Many TBIs occur from car accidents. The CDC estimates that about 25 percent of TBIs are caused by vehicle accidents. TBIs can also occur when something penetrates the brain, such as a bullet, projectile, or skull fragment.  Most TBIs only injure brain tissue and heal within a couple of weeks, but with more severe TBIs, the symptoms and effects of the injury may last for years or even a lifetime. 

Look for These Symptoms

TBIs can present a variety of symptoms depending on the severity of the injury. When a TBI is mild, it is often referred to as a concussion. Symptoms of a mild TBI include:

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall for approximately 16,000 baby strollers due to entrapment, strangulation, and fall risks. Manufactured by Costway of Fontana, California, the strollers were sold on Amazon and the company’s site from May 2016 to December 2019. The Recall was issued on June 25, 2020, after CPSC found that 3 of the models had violated federal requirements for strollers and carriages.

Serious Risks Posed to Young Children

With the defective Costway strollers, a child’s body can pass through an opening between the seat bottom and the activity tray, or between the restraint and the seat bottom, posing the risk of entrapment or strangulation. Additionally, the location of the crotch restraint creates an opening that poses a fall hazard to children.

The recalled stroller models are:

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The U.S. is experiencing another surge of COVID-19 cases and fatalities in nursing homes. During the early months of the pandemic, nursing homes quickly became ground zero for coronavirus outbreaks across the country. While the cases subdued somewhat in the fall, the facilities are now seeing their most intense surge in coronavirus cases. As new cases break record after record, infections at those facilities hit a new high in late November. The situation in nursing homes is dire because they house the highest at-risk senior population and patients with multiple underlying health issues.

Between late May and late November, the number of COVID-19 cases among nursing home residents and employees quadrupled. More than 82,000 nursing home residents and employees have died from the virus since the pandemic began.  Despite making up 5.8% of all U.S. COVID cases, 40% of recorded deaths have occurred in nursing homes.

COVID-19 Driving an Epidemic of Loneliness in Nursing Homes

When the pandemic hit, nursing homes across the country isolated their residents in an attempt to prevent infection. They shut their doors to visitors and family members, confined residents to their rooms, and suspended communal meals and group activities. When limited visits are allowed, physical contact between residents and family members is barred.

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Wrongfully Declared Dead

Posted on in Wrongful Death

In Southfield, Michigan, a woman was wrongfully declared dead, eventually leading to her death and the family’s subsequent lawsuit against the city and the responders at the scene. 

Wrongfully Declared Dead Woman Discovered Alive at Funeral Home

20-year-old Timesha Beauchamp passed away in October following severe brain damage, which allegedly resulted from first responders wrongfully declaring her dead after finding her unresponsive at home in August. Beauchamp had cerebral palsy.

Beauchamp’s family discovered her unconscious in their home and called emergency services. A team of four first responders attempted to revive Beauchamp with CPR before ceasing and declaring her dead at the scene.

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Celebrating Safely this Thanksgiving

Posted on in Car Accident

Whether traveling or hosting a huge gathering at home, Thanksgiving should be celebrated with safety in mind. The Thanksgiving holiday means family, friends, food, and fun. However, winter weather, busy traffic, alcohol consumption, and kitchen chaos can result in accidents that dampen the celebrations. These accidents can be avoided with just a bit of extra caution. Here are some tips to make the holiday safer and ensure everyone has a great time.

Driving Safety

The risk of auto accidents increases with millions of people crowding the highways and byways during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Those who’ll be driving should have their vehicles inspected, serviced, and cleaned before the trip. They should also remember to drive defensively, be aware of the weather and road conditions, observe the speed limits, allow for more time to reach their destination, and avoid distracted, drowsy, or impaired driving.

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