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What are the primary symptoms of a concussion?

If you have reason to believe you've suffered a concussion, regardless of the cause, you shouldn't wait to seek medical attention. Your doctor can conduct an examination, while also ordering a variety of tests to get a closer look at your brain.

The most common signs and symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe headache
  • Feeling of pressure in the head
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Memory problems
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Slurred speech

Ladder safety tips for construction workers to follow

If you work in the construction industry, you may find yourself regularly using a ladder. Although it can make your life easier, you're always at risk of being injured in a ladder accident.

Here are some ladder safety tips construction workers can follow:

  • Inspect the ladder before use: When your day begins, inspect your ladder for cracks, corrosion and other defects and damage. If you spot a potential problem, mark your ladder as damaged and use another one for the day.
  • Be careful of where you place your ladder: In addition to firm and level ground, never place your ladder in close proximity to vehicle or pedestrian traffic.
  • Maintain three points of contact: This is the best way to keep your balance when using a ladder. You should always have two hands and one foot or one hand and two feet on the ladder.
  • Don't carry a heavy load: You're trying to save time, so it's natural to consider carrying a heavy load up or down a ladder. Doing so increases the risk of losing your balance and tipping.
  • One person on the ladder at a time: There's never a good reason for two people to be on the same ladder at the same time.

Boating safety makes a difference and protects your life

When you head out on the water, you need to be cautious. While many of the rules regarding alcohol and driving are relaxed on lakes, rivers and oceans, the reality is that a boating crash can be as serious or even more serious than a traffic accident.

Boating accidents happen for a number of reasons ranging from user inexperience to drunk driving. That's why it is so important to take steps to prepare for driving before you head out on the water. What should you do? Here are three tips.

Choose the right nursing home to prevent neglect and abuse

Nursing home neglect hurts the very people who rely on others for support and care. When you put a loved one into a nursing home, the last thing you think will happen is that a nurse will become aggressive with them or their medications will be skipped because they are dubbed a "difficult patient."

Your loved one deserves better than to be in a nursing home where their care is mediocre or worse. They should be cared for as though they're family, even though the nurses and staff are only caretakers.

Elder abuse and neglect is difficult to spot and to stop

When a loved one is in trouble or has experienced a serious problem like injury or illness, we end up with many questions. Emotions can cloud a lot of the related issues, like whose fault it is or what to do about it. This is why the law helps to mediate these issues objectively for the good of communities.

Who are the most vulnerable among us?

4-vehicle accident causes a life-threatening injury

Life in Illinois is not particularly dangerous, but there is always the possibility of an injury caused by someone else. People who spend time at dangerous workplaces or see how much work it takes to keep public spaces like grocery stores clear can attest to the dangers that lurk in surprising places.

Motor vehicle accidents are still one of the top causes of traumatic injuries or deaths in the United States. The Prairie State, at the confluence of several interstate highways and other high-speed roads, has more than its share of collisions in some months. Accidents involving cars or trucks moving faster than 50 miles per hour have a greater risk of causing serious or life-threatening injuries.

Get the help you need after you're hurt

A personal injury can be anything from a bump on the head during an athletic event to broken bones in a car crash. Regardless of the injuries you've suffered, do you know how you'll cover your financial losses? What will you do to make ends meet?

Your answer should be to make a claim against the person who was responsible for your injuries. Whether you were involved in a car crash or hurt when you fell down the stairs at a local venue, the reality is that those who cause your injuries have the responsibility of paying for them. They should be willing to pay for your hospital costs, lost wages and for other financial losses.

Nursing home abuse is often underreported

It is almost always difficult to help our parents and other elders when they are no longer able to do it on their own. This is why thousands of Americans rely on nursing homes and other assisted-living facilities to help with this monumental task. Although parents may no longer live in their children's home as in previous centuries, we still feel an obligation to make sure they are safe.

This is why trends of abuse and neglect among nursing homes and their employees are especially troubling. Quality of life is very important in the golden years, while the medical and emotional challenges mount. If clinicians and support staff are not properly looking after residents' interests, the consequences can be serious.

You should speak out if you're a victim of surgical errors

Surgical errors should never happen, yet they affect thousands of people every year. Avoiding surgical errors should fall on the shoulders of the doctors and nurses who work with patients, but the reality is that patients often have to take their safety into their own hands.

Everyone realizes that surgeons, nurses and other providers are human, and making mistakes is possible. However, there are some errors that should simply never happen. For example, leaving a foreign object in the patient's body, making anesthesia errors or causing nerve damage because of positioning issues during surgery could all be easily avoided by a trained professional.

Cerebral palsy is often a cause of birth injuries

Parents of children who suffered birth injuries often explain that the practice of caring for people with special needs is difficult but highly rewarding. Every parent wants the best for their children at all times of their lives. So, it is often tragic that birth injuries can cause lifelong pain and disability for people from the very beginning.

What are the common causes of birth injuries?

John J. Hopkins: From Working Iron To
Representing Those Who Work

ALTON —Like any successful trial lawyer, John Hopkins knows the importance of preparation. But he usually doesn’t write out the questions he plans to ask witnesses in depositions or in court.

View Article “I like to react to what the witness is saying—not only what they’re saying, but how they’re saying it,” Hopkins says.

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