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5 Most Common Causes of Spinal Injuries

Spinal injuries consist of damage to any part of the spinal cord or surrounding nerves, which can cause symptoms such as complete or altered loss of movement and sensation to heat, cold and touch. Spinal injuries can be separated into traumatic and nontraumatic depending on the severity. Most often these injuries result from a traumatic blow to the spine, like a car accident, which can crush or dislocate the vertebrae. However, there are several other common causes to note, including:


1. Car Accidents

As previously mentioned, car accidents top the list of most common causes of spinal cord injuries, accounting for almost half of all reported cases. This is mostly due to high-impact crashes, which can quickly and severely damage the vertebrae, ligaments, and disks of the spine.


2. Falls

Falls are among the most common workplace accidents, especially for those who work in the construction or manufacturing industries. Spinal injuries can often be a result of falling from an elevated area onto a hard surface.


3. Violence

According to Mayo Clinic, gunshots, knife wounds, and other types of assault account for approximately 15% of all spinal injuries.


4. Sports and Recreation

Contact sports such as organized and recreational football can often result in spinal damage, making up approximately 10% of all spinal cord injuries. More than half of all catastrophic sports injuries affect the cervical spine.


5. Diseases

There are a variety of diseases that can also cause severe damage to the spine. Some of these include arthritis, cancer, disk generation, osteoporosis, and multiple sclerosis.


Have you recently sustained a spinal injury in a car or work accident? Accidents that result in neck and back injuries can change your life forever. Personal injury attorney, Joe McCarron is available to you 24/7 and will work with you and for you to obtain the proper compensation. Call our office at 309-820-1010 or schedule an appointment online

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Winter Weather Can Cause Car Accidents & Injuries

Ok, Bloomington-Normal friends, it's freezing out there. And looking at the local weather forecast, it won't be warming up for quite some time. While schools may be canceled, most will still have to button up and hit the road for work, groceries, and the many other responsibilities of the adult world. So, what should you know to avoid car accidents and injuries during severe winter weather?


Check the Weather

First, take a minute to listen to current winter weather conditions. Go to WJBC.com and check out the local weather along with local road conditions. It might be wise to change or delay plans.


Be Prepared

Second, if you have to venture out, be prepared. Make sure that your phone is charged, you are stocked up on warm blankets, and your car's tank is full. Also, if your car is unreliable, this is certainly not the time to go for a drive.


Reduce Your Speed

Third, take it slow. Reduce your speed significantly and assume that the road beneath you is icy. Prepare to stop at lights and signs significantly earlier than you typically do, and always pump the breaks gently to avoid sliding and collision.


Here at McCarron Law Firm, we're hoping the little groundhog will have some good news! However, he's not the most reliable guy. So, stay safe! If you do run into trouble and a car accident has left you seriously injured, call our office at 309-820-1010. We're available 24 hours, seven days a week to offer injury compensation results for those in need. Thank you and stay warm! 

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The Problem with Drugged Driving

It's easy to forget that driving under the influence pertains to more than just alcohol. We've all heard about the dangers of drunk driving, but the less discussed topic of drugged driving is just as hazardous. Although it's obvious that illegal drugs impair driving ability, some might not understand the harmful effects of prescription medications. Drug use and abuse are becoming even more common within the United States, with legal marijuana and opioids topping the list.


Medical Marijuana

After alcohol, marijuana is the most common drug found in drivers involved in car accidents. So far, thirty-three states along with Washington D.C. have passed laws legalizing marijuana to some extent. Effects on the body can include hallucinations, drowsiness, short-term memory loss, and dizziness.


Prescription Opioids

"Opioids" refer to drugs that bind to opioid receptors within the body and act as a pain reliever to those suffering from severe pain. Examples of prescription opioids include common painkillers such as Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, and morphine. Effects on the body include drowsiness, confusion, unconsciousness, and nausea.


Many people are prescribed pain medications such as these after work and car accidents, or post-surgery. It's critical to understand that drug use, similar to alcohol, can decrease your coordination, reaction time, attention, perception, and decision-making ability, making it extremely dangerous to operate a vehicle.


If you or someone you know has been involved in a drugged driving accident, you need someone on your side. Contact McCarron Law Firm today online or by phone to receive the compensation you deserve.309-820-1010

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Social Security Disability Benefits: Hope For Those Denied


Social security disability is complex, and there are numerous eligibility requirements. While there are social security income and social security disability benefits available for people living with a disability, the majority of those who apply for these benefits are denied.


If your initial claim has been denied, don't panic! You have the opportunity to appeal, and with the help of an attorney, you can obtain the proper benefits. With the percentage of denial so high, it's important to understand why you're being denied and have an experienced law professional outline the steps you should take to appeal your case and receive the benefits you rightfully deserve.


Here are a few reasons why your original application may have been rejected:


1.The severity of your disability does not meet Social Security Administration (SSA) standards.

The SSA requires that your disability continues over one year or could result in death. However, one exception to this duration prerequisite is those who have blindness.


2.Your income is over the "substantial gain activity" (SGA) limit.

Essentially, this means that you are earning too much to be considered for the benefits. The SSA allows you to work, but only at a minimal level where you are not earning over the limit. The dollar amount changes frequently, but the current SGA limits for 2019 are $2,040 per month or $1,220 for the blind.


3.Your condition stems from the misuse of drugs or alcohol.

The SSA will not provide benefits to you if your drug or alcohol use is impacting your ability to work. The main question they consider is whether or not you would still be disabled if you stopped the use of drugs and alcohol.


4.You submit a fraudulent application.

If you are attempting to obtain benefits under false pretenses, the SSA can terminate any benefits owed to you and sue you for fraud.


Most social security disability and social security income claims must go to a hearing after being denied. Having an attorney on your side in the courtroom can significantly improve your chances of winning, as they can assist you in a variety of ways through scheduling SSA consultative examinations with your doctor to review medical records, arranging witnesses (if necessary), applying their knowledge of SSA regulations and rulings to your case, and standing before the judge on your behalf.


Experienced lawyer Joe McCarron can provide help to those seeking assistance with an appeal. Contact us today about social security disability and social security income benefits by calling 309-820-1010 or scheduling a free consultation online.

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The Top 6 Causes of Car Accidents


Car accidents kill and severely injure millions of people each year, making our roads and highways some of the most dangerous places. Recognizing the various causes of these accidents is one simple step we can take toward preventing future tragedies. Here are a few of the most common causes:


1. Speeding

Ignoring the speed limit is one of the easiest ways to cause an accident. Traveling at higher speeds increases your vehicle's braking distance, the time it takes for your car to stop completely after you've hit the brakes. Speeding also increases the impact of the crash, which can result in more severe injuries or even death.


2. Drunk Driving

Alcohol reduces your concentration and coordination, slows your response time, and impairs your judgement, all of which are things necessary to safely operate a vehicle. Never get behind the wheel if your BAC is 0.08% or higher.


3. Distractions

Collisions caused by distracted driving are on the rise. One of today's biggest driving distractions is cellphones, which accounted for an estimated 1.5 million car accidents in 2017.


4. Adverse Weather Conditions

Rain, snow, and ice can cause slick roads and make it difficult to see. Although wintry weather is often most hazardous, even things such as sun glare and high winds can impact driving.


5. Drowsy Driving

Sleep is a necessity, especially before getting behind the wheel. Drowsy driving can be equivalent to driving drunk, as it also impacts your ability to concentrate, your reaction time, and your decision-making skills.


6. Unsafe Lane Changes

An accident can occur when a driver changes lanes without checking their blind spot or using their turn signal. Merging onto the highway without paying attention to oncoming cars or jerking into the other lane are often to blame for these types of crashes.


If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident due to someone else's negligence, you deserve the proper compensation. Call McCarron Law Firm today at 309-820-1010 or visit us online to schedule an appointment for a free consultation. 

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