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Reduce Your Risk for Motorcycle Injury

A majority of motorcycle accidents happen when cyclists are following the rules of the road, going the speed limit, and enjoying the ride. Each year, almost 5,000 people are killed in motorcycle accidents. While you're less protected from an accident on a motorcycle than you would be in a car, you can still ride safely. There are certain precautions you should take before heading out on the road. Here's how you can reduce your risk for motorcycle injury:

1. Wear a Helmet

Wearing a helmet while riding your motorcycle reduces your risk of head injury by 69% and reduces your risk of death by 42%. Those are some pretty convincing statistics. Head injuries are one of the leading causes of death and disability in America, so taking all the precautions for head injuries is necessary for your health.

2. Be Alert

Paying attention to other drivers on the road is important for your safety. While you may be the safest driver on the road, the car next to you could be texting, drunk, or just not paying attention to other motorists. Also, keep an eye out for road conditions. Potholes or stray tires in the middle of the road can cause severe accidents for motorcyclists.

3. Check the Weather

Getting rained on while out for a ride is not only annoying; it can be extremely unsafe. Make sure you check the weather before you head out for a ride. However, there are safe ways to ride if you find yourself stuck in challenging weather. Check out these tips to stay safe.

4. Be Visible

It can be hard for other drivers on the road to see you when you're on your bike, especially at night. Consider investing in gear that is reflective or colorful. Neutral colored clothing and bikes make riders less visible. Make sure that everyone around you on the road can see you and help prevent an accident.

Motorcycle injuries can be extremely devastating. It's essential to take as many precautions as possible to avoid injury or even worse, death. You should be able to get on the road with ease, knowing you've taken the necessary steps to stay safe. McCarron Law Firm is here to help in the event of serious motorcycle accidents and even fatalities.

If you or a family member have been seriously injured from a motorcycle accident, you will have to make decisions regarding your medical care and will surely have insurance companies wanting to talk with you right away. Joe McCarron is an experienced motorcycle litigation attorney who will fight for you. Schedule a free consultation or give McCarron Law Firm a call today at (309) 820-1010. 

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10 Most Common Types of Workplace Injuries

The National Safety Council reports that over seven million workplace injuries are occurring every year in the U.S. That's 12,990 injuries every day. The goal of every worker should be to return home safely. It's important to understand the most common types of workplace injuries to be aware of the dangers and prevent one of these accidents from happening to you. The most common types of injuries are:

Overexertion- These injuries are caused by lifting, pushing, or holding an object back that puts too much pressure on your body. It's important to learn how to lift correctly and understand your physical limits at work.

Basic Falls- These types of falls are caused by wet or slippery surfaces, holes in the floor, objects on the floor, wires across the floor, etc. Always watch where you are walking and never run in your workplace.

Falling From Heights- These falls occur from a ladder, roof, or any higher surface. Be sure to check that the ladder or device you are using is sturdy and wear all the proper protective equipment while working from any height.

Hit By Object- This injury occurs when an object falls and hits a person. This could be a piece of machinery, tools, beams, etc. Be aware of your surroundings and wear a hard hat when appropriate.

Other Exertions- These workplace injuries are caused when a person is engaged in repetitive motion or strenuous long-term effort. Jobs should be designed to prevent these types of injuries. It's okay to protect your safety by asking that certain aspects of your job be redesigned or only done on a part-time basis.

Roadway Accidents- Many jobs require workers to be on the road, which puts them at risk for car or truck accidents. To prevent injuries, it's important to follow all traffic laws and become a defensive driver.

Slips and Trips Without Falling- These types of falls are caused by wet, slippery, or uneven floors. Slipping or tripping can cause muscle strains and many kinds of problems such as back or neck pain. If you can, try to hold onto guardrails or nearby objects to keep your balance.

Walking Into Objects- While walking through a busy office or a packed factory, it's common to find some object in your path. It may be there all the time or just out of place. Many accidents occur when workers walk into objects, so it's important to be aware of your surroundings while traveling through your workplace.

Cuts and Lacerations- These common injuries are caused by all sorts of tools, from basic office equipment to machinery and saws. All machines can be dangerous, so use caution when using equipment or walking near them.

Exposure to Loud Noise- Exposure to continuous loud noise can cause significant hearing loss. Companies should always be improving sound levels and requiring workers to wear protective earplugs. Make sure your earplugs are in when entering a loud work environment.

Workplace injuries are indeed accidents, no one wants them to happen. And, when they do, employees need someone not affiliated with the company to be their advocate. Injured workers need an attorney who specializes in workers' compensation and personal injury law. You have the right to choose who represents you, no matter what your union or employer says. Joe McCarron can ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. McCarron Law Firm is available to you 24/7 to bring justice to your situation. Call to schedule a free consultation today at 309-820-1010. 

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5 Injuries to Look Out for After a Car Accident

The National Safety Council reported that, in 2019, there were approximately 38,800 people killed in over 6 million accidents within the U.S. This is an average of 16,431 accidents per day. It is estimated that 4.4 million of these accident victims visited a doctor.

Many car accident injuries are severe enough to go to the hospital or see a physician. Unfortunately, many drivers and passengers feel fine after the accident. The body starts to build adrenaline, which can mask pain. Many people who are injured can go hours, days, and sometimes weeks before the symptoms become apparent. Below are common injuries that may present themselves after an accident and should be discussed with your family physician:

1. Whiplash
This is a common injury caused by the neck moving in a rapid back and forth movement. Many times, it occurs when a car is rear-ended. Watch out for pain, neck stiffness, and headaches after an accident.

2. Back Pain 
If you start to experience back pain or numbness after a car accident, please be aware that this could be a sign of a significant injury. The pain could be caused by spinal injury, a herniated disk, soft tissue injury, whiplash, or a pinched nerve.

3. Knee Injury
Often during an accident, a person can hit their knee on the dashboard, which can cause many types of injuries. Sometimes the knee is compressed when the driver pushes very hard on the brake before the crash. Common injuries include a broken kneecap or torn meniscus.

4. Headaches
These are very common in post-car accident symptoms. They can range from mild headaches to concussions, vision problems, and even traumatic brain injuries. Also, dealing with the aftermath of an accident can significantly increase tension and be responsible for headaches.

5. Psychological Injuries
Some people who have been in a traumatic event can feel the emotional impact for days or weeks after their accident. This can lead to the development of anxiety, depression, or fear of driving.

The above injuries are only some of the injuries that can occur post-accident. Mood or behavior changes, numbness, sleep changes, abdominal pain, bruising or discoloration, dizziness, changes in hearing or tinnitus, and memory loss can also occur. If you experience any of these injuries or symptoms, please consult with your family physician. It is important for your wellbeing and essential to get any injury on the record for your future insurance claims. This can avoid potential problems over what caused the issues associated with the injury.

Do not put off seeing your family physician if you have pain. Accident victims benefit from having a dedicated car accident attorney working on their behalf who can ensure that they get the compensation they deserve. McCarron Law Firm is available to you 24/7 to ensure your claims are treated fairly. Call to schedule a free consultation today at 309-820-1010.

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4 Things to Know Before Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

Are you applying for social security disability, but you have so many questions? What do I need for the interview? How do I qualify? What can I expect when applying? Before you begin the application process, here are four things you should know:

1. Eligibility: If you are unable to work, you will have to provide medical records and evidence to prove this claim. This checklist showcases the items you'll need to have in place so you can start the process. 

2. Submitting Your Application: When applying for social security disability benefits, the application is more complicated than social security for retirement. You will fill out a form with personal information, medical information, work history, and your most recent W-2 form or tax return. After applying, there will be a few more forms, some that may require your healthcare professional to fill out. The Social Security Administration ultimately decides if you are "disabled" and eligible to receive assistance.

3. Family Members Can Benefit: There are instances where family members of disabled citizens can receive benefits too. This could include children who are under 18, disabled children over 18, spouses if they are at least 62 years old, and spouses at any age if they care for a child or children who are under 16 or disabled. However, there is a maximum amount of money each worker can receive. It's essential to keep in mind that including family in your benefits can make a difference in the amount you receive.

4. Income: Many factors contribute to a person's salary, such as pensions, wages, and other Social Security benefits. Some income is not considered when reviewing eligibility, such as SNAP benefits, your first $20 of most monthly income, and most forms of home energy assistance. Belongings such as your car, home, and land are not counted when resources are evaluated.

Applying for Social Security Income and Disability Benefits is not always easy. You should be aware that initial applications are often denied, which is why bringing experienced legal counsel, like Joe McCarron, can help you get the best benefits possible.

If you're unsure if you qualify or you don't know where to start, contact McCarron Law Firm today! Joe McCarron is a Social Security Disability Attorney in McLean County and has been providing social security disability support for over 20 years! He can help you understand eligibility requirements or figure out your next steps if you were denied. Schedule a free consultation online to talk with us about your Social Security Disability benefits or give us a call at (309) 820-1010.

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The 5 Most Dangerous Times to Drive

All motorists should practice safe driving when behind the wheel and be aware of the dangers that may come from being on the road. Every year, the National Safety Council estimates how many fatalities occur from motor accidents. In 2019 there were an estimated 38,800 annual motor vehicle fatalities. According to the American Automobile Association, holiday seasons have proven to be some of the more dangerous days to drive.

Thanksgiving Season - With more than 55 million people hitting the road for Thanksgiving this past year, it became the second busiest Thanksgiving for road travel since 2000. Check out these helpful tips to avoid some of the worst holiday traffic.

The Weekend - It is no surprise that driving can get a little crazier on weekends. Studies have shown that typically there are more vehicles on the roads from Friday evening through Sunday morning.

Memorial Day Weekend - Memorial Day weekend can also be a bad day for drivers. Statistics show that this is often the weekend that people start to venture outdoors due to the nicer weather. Memorial Day weekend is also the time when teens kickstart their summers. The fact that more teens ages 16 to 19 years are on the road may contribute to higher crash statistics during this time, according to the Centers for Disease and Control.

Snow Days - Snow and ice reduce traction and visibility when driving and can lead to an increased risk for crashes. According to the Federal Highway Administration, more than 116,800 people are injured in auto accidents when snowfall and ice are present.

New Year's Day - This day has more alcohol-related crashes than any other holiday. All states have laws against driving while impaired. Driving under the influence contributes to 28% of all traffic-related deaths. If you are hosting a social event where alcohol will be served, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver.

If you or a loved one has previously suffered from a car, motorcycle, or semi-truck accident, having an attorney by your side can ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. McCarron Law Firm is conveniently located in Downtown Bloomington. Visit us online or call 309-820-1010 to schedule your free consultation.

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Covid-19 Communications

We're living in unprecedented times. We're spending more times in our homes than ever before, most businesses are closed, and toilet paper has become a rare commodity. McLean county is resilient and will band together to keep as many businesses open as possible. Supporting local businesses is more important now than it has ever been. While Covid-19 continues to affect the world as we know it, we can be grateful that in McLean County we are not being hit as hard as other areas. 

Covid-19 in McLean County:
As we enter May 2020, McLean County has 94 confirmed cases that have resulted in 3 deaths. Well over half of the cases have affected people 40 years and older. While this is not close to being over, more businesses are slowly being able to open even if it's just for video appointments or curbside service. 

Our Essential Workers:
Not everyone is home. Medical staff, grocery store workers, and attorneys are among the many essential workers who continue to go in so we can have the things that are needed for society to continue to function. 

McCarron Law Firm is open:
Attorneys are essential. McCarron Law Firm has remained open throughout this crisis to ensure any and all of your legal needs will be met if needed. We have representatives standing by, ready to schedule take calls and schedule appointments 24 hours a day, 7-days a week. We're scheduling appointments via phone and video conferencing to ensure that your needs can always be met. 

If you're in need of legal advice right now, Joe McCarron is here for you! Joe has over 20 years of experience in McLean County and focuses heavily in personal injury, worker's compensation, and social security disability Schedule a free consultation and talk with us or call us at (309) 820-1010. We stay open for our community!
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Injury Compensation Results for Bloomington-Normal Residents

Joe McCarron is a local injury compensation attorney who loves serving the people of McLean County and has been doing it so since 2001! Joe appreciates living in a safe and vibrant community where he and his wife enjoy raising their children. Joe is honored to call Bloomington-Normal his home and makes sure to give back to his community by being an involved attorney who knows how to seek injury compensation results for his local Bloomington-Normal residents! 

Why Does Having a Local Attorney Matter?
When choosing an attorney, you may be bombarded with options from all over the state. Why would you travel or trust someone who doesn't know our community? When you choose a local attorney, like Joe McCarron, you can trust he knows the residents, businesses, judges, and how the McLean County court system works. With almost two decades of experience in Bloomington-Normal, Joe has experience with extensive injury compensation cases right in our local courthouse. Joe's office is in Downtown Bloomington, located right next to the McLean County Courthouse, giving him the ability to be there quickly, ensuring he never misses anything important to your case.

Expert Areas
Joe McCarron has expertise in many different injury compensation areas. If you experience personal injury, this could range from car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, spine, neck and back injuries, and workers' compensation. Joe has seen it all and knows how to get you the best compensation results for your injury.

Joe McCarron is your Bloomington-Normal, Illinois lawyer who is proud to represent clients in the Bloomington-Normal area. If you've recently suffered from a personal injury and are looking for a local attorney, you don't have to look far! Joe is here for you. McCarron Law Firm is conveniently located in Downtown Bloomington at 624 N. Main St. Visit us online or call 309-820-1010 to schedule your free consultation.
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Truck Accidents Claim vs. Car Accident Claim

Vehicle accidents are a major inconvenience for all parties involved. With over 6 million car accidents and 415,000 truck accidents per year, it's important to know the proper steps to take post-accident to avoid any additional stress. There are many factors that make truck accident and car accident claims unique. Consider the following. 

Injuries: Truck accidents tend to cause more severe injuries and fatalities than car accidents due to the sheer size and weight of the different vehicles. Because of this, compensation awarded in truck accidents is often much more than in car accident claims. 

Liability: When it comes to car accidents, it is sometimes more clear which party is responsible for the accident. This makes a claim much easier when you can file it against another driver. However, with truck accidents, many routes of liability can be discovered. This is why having a great lawyer can go a long way with truck accident claims. 

Insurance: Insurance companies want to pay as little as possible when it comes to accidents. While regular driving insurance for cars can seem complicated, insurance for commercial trucks is full of additional policies, which makes filing claims more difficult. Having as much information about the accident and all parties involved is vital to filing a claim and maximizing your chances for compensation. 

Regulations: Unlike cars, commercial trucks are governed by many state and federal trucking regulations. These regulations can affect the maintenance of trucks to the number of hours drivers can drive. Knowing these regulations and following them can help your case. Lawyers are great resources for going over all of the regulation's truckers must follow and making sure none were broken during an accident. 

After a serious truck or car accident, it's important to contact an experienced lawyer. Joe McCarron of McCarron Law Firm has experience with car and truck accident compensation and can handle your case. To determine if you need a lawyer for your case, contact Joe today online or call 309-820-1010 for a free initial consultation!
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4 Causes of Quadriplegic Injuries

Quadriplegia is the paralysis of all four limbs and often the torso as a result of damage to the spinal cord. The spinal cord's job is to send signals to the brain for it to process and interpret. If the spinal cord is damaged, it is unable to send these signals to the brain, resulting in paralysis. 

How Does Quadriplegia Happen?
1. Auto/Motorcycle Accidents
Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents often involve high speeds and blunt force, which can cause more severe spinal cord injuries. Over 17,000 new spinal cord injuries occur each year, with approximately 39% of those injuries resulting from an auto accident.

2. Sports/Recreational Activities
Sports with the highest risk for quadriplegia are diving, football, hockey, wrestling, skiing, and cheerleading. Sports-related injuries account for about 8% of spinal injuries each year.

3. Violence
Gunshot and stabbing wounds account for a high number of quadriplegia cases. Men are most commonly the victims of quadriplegia when it comes to violence.

4. Falling
Falls can cause major spinal damage. Falling off of ladders, buildings, and stairs are common accidents that can cause quadriplegia. Many of these situations are due to workplace accidents commonly reported at construction sites and in manufacturing warehouses.

If you or someone you love has experienced a spinal cord injury due to a motor vehicle or work-related accident having a dedicated attorney working on your behalf can ensure you get the compensation you deserve. McCarron Law Firm is available to you 24/7 to bring justice to your situation. Call to schedule a free consultation today at 309-820-1010.
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New Veterans Clinic Open in McLean County

McLean County veterans will benefit from a new outpatient medical clinic! This is the first Veterans Affairs clinic in the area, providing healthcare access for veterans in need. The clinic opened on November 18, 2019. This is a monumental step for the almost 22,000 veterans who live in Bloomington and Normal, IL, and surrounding areas. 

What will the clinic provide?
• Primary care will be provided by doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers and medical support clerks.

• Mental health care will be provided by psychiatrists, psychologists, primary care/mental health integration providers, social workers, nurses, and clerks.

• Tele-health rooms will be designated for patients, nurses, and other medical specialists to meet using two-way interactive video and audio technology.

• Thirty-five full & part-time employees mentioned above, as well as dietitians and clinical pharmacists who are eager to serve veterans' healthcare needs.

The clinic hours will be from 7:45 am to 4:15 pm Monday through Friday, with the hope of extending the hours in the future. If you're a veteran in McLean County, we are glad that you have a local resource.

Here at McCarron Law Firm, we are proud to be part of a community that supports our veterans' needs. We understand the sacrifices you've made for our country, and we also want to give back to those who have served. If you or someone you know is a veteran looking for assistance with social security income and social security disability benefits, schedule a free consultation with McCarron Law Firm online or by calling 309-820-1010.
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What to Know About Social Security Disability for Veterans

You've courageously served our country and now you're disabled. What do you do? Nearly 3.8 million US Veterans are currently living with a disability. If you're a disabled veteran who can't work full-time, you have options. Here are several things you should know about social security disability benefits:

1. Even if you're already receiving benefits from Veterans Affairs, you can still apply for Social Security Disability.

2. VA disability compensation and Social Security compensation play by different rules.
Social Security evaluates whether your disability prevents you from working, while VA uses a percentage system to classify the severity of your disability.

3. There is no length of service requirement to receive benefits.

4. You can apply for Social Security Disability online, by phone, or by visiting your local Social Security office.

5. To apply for SSDI, you'll need a work history report and your medical records.

6. Social Security calculates your compensation based on your civilian and military earning history, while VA pays you according to how severe your condition is.

Requirements for Veterans' Social Security Disability Benefits
• You must prove that you are "totally and permanently disabled," meaning you are unable to work due to your medical condition.
• Your disability must have lasted or be expected to last at least one year.

Advantages of Receiving SSDI as a Veteran
• All military service members who were on active duty on or after October 1, 2001 receive an accelerated application process.
• If you have a VA rating higher than 70%, you are more likely to receive additional SSDI benefits.
• Many SSDI recipients can't earn money by working because it can affect their disability benefit eligibility. However, SSDI allows them to receive non-work military pay and does not put them at risk for disqualification.

It can be incredibly confusing and overwhelming to weave through the social security disability filing process. However, you always have the right to hire an attorney to help you. Joe McCarron is available to provide the assistance you need whether it's with the initial filing process or an appeal after a denied claim. Call to set up a free one-hour consultation today at 309-820-1010 or visit mccarronlawfirm.com for more information.
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Bloomington, Illinois Injury Attorney Fights For Justice Close to Home

Local personal injury attorney, Joe McCarron, loves serving the people of McLean County! He appreciates the active community and the people that work hard to make Bloomington-Normal a great place to live. He is proud to call Bloomington his home and makes sure to give back to the community as much as possible.

One of the greatest things about Bloomington is that there's always something to do for people of all ages. It's truly the perfect place to work, shop, dine, or play! The Downtown Bloomington Association and the Town of Normal each do a wonderful job of making sure there's always something fun happening around town. Spring and summer bring a variety of outdoor concerts and art festivals, Route 66 car shows, and downtown farmer's markets. You can also enjoy events during the fall and winter months such as Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan football and basketball games, the Baby Fold's Festival of Trees, and Wild Lights at Miller Park Zoo! And of course, you can't forget about all the amazing neighborhood shops and popular local restaurants that make this town special.

Upcoming Fall Events in Bloomington-Normal

Get out and enjoy all Blo-No has to offer! Check out what's happening around town this October.

Find more events by visiting http://www.visitbn.org/.

Downtown Bloomington First Friday
Friday, October 4th
115 E. Washington St. Bloomington, IL 61701
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

36th Annual Land of Lincoln Thunderbirds – All Day Event
Sunday, October 6th
Hampton Inn & Suites
320 S. Towanda Ave. Normal, IL 61761

Halloween Hoopla
Friday, October 25th
Children's Discovery Museum
101 E. Beaufort St. Normal, IL 61761
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Downtown Bloomington Farmer's Market – Howl at the Market
Saturday, October 26th
Downtown Bloomington Museum Square
7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Saturday, October 26th
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 27th
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Miller Park Zoo
1020 S. Morris Ave. Bloomington, IL 61701

Joe McCarron is your Bloomington, Illinois lawyer with over two decades of experience representing clients in the Bloomington-Normal area. If you've recently suffered from a personal injury and are looking for help that's close-to-home, Joe is right here for you! McCarron Law Firm is conveniently located in Downtown Bloomington at 624 N. Main St. Visit us online or call 309-820-1010 to schedule your free consultation.

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Common Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

Accidents that result in spinal cord injuries can drastically change your life, causing symptoms like chronic pain, difficulty breathing, paralysis, loss of fertility, headaches, changes in personality, etc. Vehicular accidents and workplace accidents are common situations where spinal cord injuries and other traumatic physical damage can occur.

In the medical world, spinal cord injuries are split into two categories: incomplete or complete.

Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries
With incomplete spinal cord injuries, the spinal cord is only partially severed, and the victim has sensory and motor function to some degree. These injuries account for over 60% of all spinal injuries. Some of the most common types include:

  • Anterior cord syndrome – an injury to the front of the spinal cord that interferes with patient sensations of pain, touch, and temperature. Patients with this syndrome often have a high potential for recovery.
  • Central cord syndrome – an injury to the center of the spinal cord that includes a loss of sensation where recovery of arm movement is rare, but recovery of leg movement is probable.
  • Brown-Sequard syndrome – an injury to one side of the spinal cord that allows movement and sensation on only one side of the body.

Complete Spinal Cord Injuries
Complete spinal cord injuries involve a complete separation of the spinal cord where the victim has no sensory or motor function.

  • Tetraplegia (also known as quadriplegia) – an injury involving damage to the cervical spinal cord that produces paralysis of all limbs, respiratory difficulties, and damaged bladder and bowel function.
  • Paraplegia – an injury that results from damage to the thoracic spinal cord and involves a complete loss of sensation and movement in the lower half of the body.
  • Triplegia – an injury that is usually due to an incomplete spinal cord injury that involves the paralysis of three limbs 

Have you or someone you know suffered from a spinal cord injury due to a vehicular or workplace accident? Having a dedicated attorney working on your behalf can ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. McCarron Law Firm is available to you 24/7 to bring justice to your situation.Call to schedule a free consultation today! 309-820-1010

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What to Do After a Workplace Injury

So, you've recently been injured at work and you're left thinking, "now what?" A work injury can be a difficult and overwhelming situation to process through. That's why we're here to explain the steps you need to take to receive the benefits you deserve. Look at the following things you should do immediately after suffering a workplace injury.

1. Inform Your Employer

It's critical that you clearly explain what happened to your employer as soon as possible. Failing to inform them within 45 days can put you at risk for losing benefits. Notification can be through oral or written communication. However, it is advised that injured workers opt for written communication, as the document can be used as evidence later.

Include as much information as you can, such as:

  • Date, time, and place of the accident
  • Explanation of the injury and symptoms you are experiencing

2. Seek Medical Treatment
You should immediately visit a doctor after sustaining a workplace injury not only for your health but to maximize your benefits. Medical treatment is a critical step in workers' compensation claims, even if the injury seems only to be minor. The faster you see a doctor, the faster you can recover. This also gives your employer and/or their insurance company a limited opportunity to argue that your injury was not work-related.

3. File Your Claim

After you notify your employer, they should immediately give you a claim form to fill out. It's important to note that benefits cannot be provided until this form is completed. If your employer is unable to provide you with these documents, contact your nearest Illinois Worker's Compensation Office for assistance. Make sure to only complete the "Employee" section, sign and date the form, and keep a copy for your records.

4. Seek Out an Attorney
Unfortunately, most worker's compensation claims are denied due to many factors. You have the right to appeal, but this process can be extremely confusing. That's why it's important to find an experienced attorney to assist you with the appeal process – and fast!

If you've recently suffered a workplace injury, dedicated attorney Joe McCarron can help. He will walk you through the process and stand up for your rights to get you the best possible compensation. Don't worry. Don't wait. Just call. 309-820-1010 

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The 4 Most Common Motorcycle Accidents

Driving a motorcycle is fun but can also be extremely dangerous. Even if you're a safe cyclist and have the best safety gear, you're still at risk every time you're on the road. Although you can take steps to prevent a motorcycle accident, it's important to watch out for other vehicles and understand the most common types of accidents that can occur.

1. Car Lane Change

Motorcycles are significantly smaller than cars and trucks and can easily slip into their blind spots. Oftentimes, accidents happen because another vehicle veers over into your lane unexpectedly. Be sure to check for signs that the vehicle next to you is going to change lanes – turn signal, head movement, turning wheels, etc.

2. Alcohol-Related Crash

Nearly half of all motorcycle accidents involve alcohol. Most of these crashes result in death, as there is less protection to the passenger than in an enclosed vehicle. Prevention of this accident is simple; don't drink and ride.

3. Hit From Behind

Fender benders are one of the most common car accidents; however, these can be especially dangerous for motorcyclists. Sometimes other vehicles underestimate the space needed between their vehicle and your motorcycle. Avoid this by watching your mirrors, flashing your brake lights, and being prepared to move out of the way if you see someone coming behind you at a high speed.

4. Left Turn at an Intersection

Many motorcycle accidents occur at intersections where other vehicles either fail to see a cyclist or they misjudge their speed and turn left in front of them. Keep an eye out for other vehicles that could turn in front of you and hover your foot on the brake as a precaution.

The majority of motorcycle accidents don't occur out of reckless behavior. Usually, cyclists are following the rules of the road. Most often, severe and fatal motorcycle injuries involve a collision with another vehicle or vehicles. Have you or someone you know recently suffered from a serious motorcycle injury due to an accident? McCarron Law Firm is here to help you understand your rights and work with you and for you to obtain the highest possible compensation. Call us today to schedule your consultation. 309-820-1010 

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