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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.

Spooktacular
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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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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Can Technology Reduce Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is one of the top causes of car accidents in the U.S. Over 3,000 people are killed in distracted driving accidents every year with cellphone use topping the list of common causes. But can one of the most common causes of distracted driving actually be used to avoid it? Cellphone blocking technology might be the solution.


What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is defined as any activity that diverts your attention from the task of operating a vehicle. There are three types, including:


1. Manual – causes you to take one or both hands off the wheel (eating, drinking, smoking, etc.)

2. Visual – causes your eyes to wander from the road (checking GPS, changing the radio station, etc.)

3. Cognitive – causes your mind to lose focus on driving (talking to someone in the vehicle, daydreaming, alcohol/drug use, etc.)


How Can Cell Phone Blocking Technology Help?

Cellphones have greatly improved our lives, making communication faster and more efficient. However, they have also caused a serious problem behind the wheel, causing all three forms of distracted driving. Fortunately, the development of cell phone blocking technology in recent years has become a form of distracted driving prevention.


This technology can be activated in a variety of ways including adding it to your wireless cell phone plan, downloading an app onto your phone, or installing a device in your vehicle. Most often these are apps for smartphones that can block texts and calls or help you receive and send messages in a less distracting manner while driving. Most of these apps are designed for teenagers, but can be helpful for any driver.


What If I Already Have Hands-Free and Voice Control?

Most people don't understand the dangers still posed when using hands-free and voice control features. Studies have shown that drivers who use hands-free or voice control features "look at" things but don't actually "see" them. This is referred to as "inattention blindness." Although you're not touching your phone while driving, your mind is still occupied by the conversation you're having or the task you're performing and doesn't fully process its surroundings.


Have you recently sustained a severe injury in a car accident due to distracted driving? Are you questioning if you need a lawyer's help? It's not uncommon for a person involved in a car accident — even one who is seriously injured — to not completely understand his or her rights. That's why McCarron Law Firm is here for you 24/7. Call today at 309-820-1010 or visit our website to schedule your free consultation. 

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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 caraccidentsand 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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The Top 4 Back Injuries Caused By Car Accidents


Car accidents occur every day, many of which result in serious injuries. Back injuries rank among the top injuries sustained in these types of accidents, and can significantly impact a person's everyday life. Here are a few of the most common:


1. Herniated Discs

Discs are rubbery cushions that sit between the vertebrae. The force of a collision can easily cause these discs to shift, which can irritate nerves and result in pain, numbness, and weakness in the limbs.


2. Spondylolisthesis

This condition occurs when the spine slips out of its proper place and onto the bone beneath it. This can cause a variety of symptoms including numbness, pain, weakness, and difficulty walking, depending on the location of the displaced vertebrae.


3. Spinal Fracture

Spinal fractures often occur when the seat belt fails to secure the body properly. Often, these injuries are sustained when the lower body is secured, but the upper body is jostled around. There are many different types of spinal fractures, but burst fractures are the most common in car accidents. In a burst fracture, the vertebrae are crushed and fractured in multiple places due to severe trauma.


4. Spinal Cord Injury

This injury occurs when the vertebrae are broken or dislocated, causing pieces of the vertebrae to cut into cord tissue or compress the nerves that carry signals to the brain. Depending on the severity, this injury can result in life-long paralysis and neurological impairments such as respiratory, urinary, and gastrointestinal issues.


Keep in mind that most back pain does not always appear right away. Endorphins released after a collision can temporarily mask the pain, so it's important to look out for any discomfort following your accident. Be sure to visit your doctor if you experience even the slightest amount of pain.


Have you sustained a back injury or another severe injury in a car accident? You may be entitled to compensation. Joe McCarron is here to fight for you, and he's available 24/7. Don't wait, don't worry. Call today at 309-820-1010 or visit online to schedule an appointment.

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Sharing the Road: Safe Driving With Semis

Nearly 80% of all U.S. cargo is transported by trucks. No wonder you see them everywhere! Driving alongside semi-trucks is a daily reality that requires a great deal of caution for both car and truck drivers. Here are a few tips to stay safe while sharing the road with 18-wheelers:


1. Give Them Space.

Larger vehicles call for more space, especially since they need more time and distance to stop. Pass semis quickly and carefully, making sure that you can see the entire truck in your rearview before moving over into the right lane. Tire blowouts and weather conditions such as high winds, rain, and ice also require drivers to give trucks an extra amount of space.


2. Know the No-Zones.

Due to their massive size, trucks have several blind spots where small cars can easily disappear. Beware of driving directly in the front, rear, and both sides of the trailer, as these areas are the most dangerous. One rule of thumb for safe driving with semis is if you can't see the truck driver's face in their side mirror, they can't see you either.


3. Watch Out For Turns.

Stay as far away as possible when a truck is making a wide turn. When turning, a truck driver often must first swing the opposite direction in order to successfully make the turn. Truck drivers often cannot see nearby vehicles during these turns, so it's critical for other drivers to use the utmost caution and give them the space they need.


4. Turn Off the Brights.

Don't use your bright headlights when driving near a truck at night. Their extra large side mirrors reflect this light more so than a regular car's mirrors. This can temporarily blind the driver and potentially cause an accident.


If you or someone you know has sustained a severe injury in a truck accident, McCarron Law Firm is here to help. In these situations, it's critical to have an accomplished lawyer on your side to obtain the compensation you deserve. Call us 24/7 at 309-820-1010 or schedule an appointment with us online. 

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