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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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The Top 5 Most Dangerous Jobs in America

According to the National Safety Council, there are a few common denominators among American jobs with the highest death rates. These include: working at dangerous heights, the use of hazardous machinery, and driving for extended periods. All of the following jobs were ranked according to the number of recorded fatal injuries. See if your job makes the list:

1. Fishers

Fishing jobs top the list of the most dangerous jobs with drowning being the number one cause. Commercial fishing requires physically demanding work and exposure to severe weather out on the water. Access to medical care may be unavailable, as most of their work is done far from civilization.

2. Logging Workers

In the logging industry, workers are required to participate in intense physical work within remote areas. Common accidents include being struck by a log or branch or harmed by sharp machineries such as harvesters or chainsaws.

3. Pilots and Flight Engineers

Pilots and flight engineers are constantly at risk of sustaining a severe injury or dying in a crash. Their work is also extremely mentally and physically challenging with the stress of schedules and layovers, which can lead to extreme exhaustion.

4. Roofers

Obviously, roofing work involves working at dangerous heights. There is always a risk of falling from scaffolds, ladders, and rooftops, which can result in serious injury or death. These workers can also be at risk for heat-related illness due to working in direct sunlight in extremely hot temperatures.

5. Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

The majority of these workers spend a great deal of time in vehicles. As a result, most fatal injuries are caused by auto accidents. However, they are also exposed to various pollutants that can cause serious sickness.

When you suffer from a workplace injury or you have an accident at work, it's critical that you have an experienced workers' compensation attorney on your side. Joe McCarron can be the advocate you need. He will guide you throughout the entire process and provide you with top-notch representation to obtain the amount of compensation you rightfully deserve. Schedule your consultation today by visiting the McCarron Law Firm website or calling us at 309-820-1010. 

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6 Tips for Motorcycle Accident Prevention

It's not a surprise that riding a motorcycle is one of the most dangerous places to be. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are almost 28 times more likely to die in a crash. However, practicing motorcycle safety can prevent your risk of being involved in an accident. Follow these tips to stay safe on your two-wheeler:


1. Get Licensed and Practice

Illinois motorcyclists must pass both a written and on-bike riding exam before receiving a motorcycle license, but that's not all you should do. Practice makes perfect. Driving a car and driving a motorcycle are two completely different experiences that require different knowledge and skills, so make sure you know your stuff.


2. Check Your Bike Before You Ride

A bike requires the same maintenance as a car. Before every ride, you should check your tire pressure, brakes, headlights, fluid levels, etc. to ensure a safe ride.


3. Wear a Helmet

Prevent brain injury by protecting your head with a full-face Department of Transportation approved helmet whenever you ride.


4. Wear the Right Gear

Your arms and legs should be completely covered during a motorcycle ride to not only protect you in the event of a crash but to prevent dehydration caused by the wind and direct exposure to the sun. It's also wise to wear bright colors to make sure you are seen by other motorists.


5. Obey Traffic Laws

Make sure to obey all speed limits, signs, traffic lights, etc. Drive responsibly by keeping enough space between your bike and other vehicles, proceeding with caution at intersections, etc.


6. Don't Drive Under the Influence

Steer clear of drugs and alcohol, as they can impact your coordination, balance, vision, reaction time, and overall judgment, all of which are necessary to operate any type of vehicle.


McCarron Law Firm is here to help in the event of serious motorcycle accidents and fatalities. If you or a family member has been seriously injured from a motorcycle accident, you need an experienced auto accident attorney who can make sure that you know your rights, will utilize the law to protect your interests, and help you receive the maximum compensation possible. Don't worry, don't wait. Just call. 309-820-1010 

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