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Playgrounds are a fun place to relax with your children. Most parents spend plenty of time every year visiting playgrounds with their kids. Yet playgrounds are not always as safe as they are fun. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200,00 children under the age of 14 are treated at emergency rooms in the United States for serious playground-re ...
There is nothing scarier than facing a serious or untreatable condition. That’s why we count on our doctors to give us as much honest and helpful information about our diagnoses as possible. Because of this bond, we often feel that going to another doctor for a second (or third) opinion would be a betrayal.
Car crashes happen every day. Luckily, most of these car accidents aren’t fatal or even particularly dangerous. Still, any type of crash can do serious damage to your vehicle and cause lasting, life-changing injuries. In order to better protect you and your family from serious car accidents, it is important to know what types of crashes are most common, so that you can learn how to avoid them.
Every day, more and more people hit Chicago bike trails – either to exercise, as a means of transportation, or even simply to have fun. This expansion will only continue as the weather warms up and spring begins. It is always good to have more people choosing to bike instead of choosing less sustainable means of transportation.
As Divvy bikesharing grows in popularity in Chicago, the debate about helmets grows accordingly. While advocated by many lawmakers, helmets are not legally mandated throughout the city for most riders. In Illinois, only bike messengers and delivery people on bikes are required by law to wear helmets. Any other adults have a choice.
All of us wish we could get more sleep. We try to get a good night’s rest as often as possible, but with our busy schedules, improving the quality of our sleep by simply sleeping more isn’t always an option. We have all heard the common tips to sleeping better: developing a bedtime routine, waking up the same time every day, avoiding caffeine before bed, etc.
There is nothing worse than getting into a bad car accident. These crashes can hurt you and the drivers and passengers in all the cars involved. Because car crashes can be such a traumatic experience, we never imagine that other people would deliberately cause an accident or stage a car crash. Unfortunately, immoral and dishonest scammers stage car crashes on a regular basis in ...
St. Patrick’s Day is a lot of fun for the whole family, especially here in Chicago. There are parades, parties, and green decorations, foods, and drinks everywhere. Even the river goes green this Saturday at 9:30 in the morning! At the Staver Law Firm, we love St. Patty’s Day! Still, every big event comes with its risks, and we want you to have a chance to think through some s ...
According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 1.5 million people experience a traumatic brain injury every year. While some mild concussions have no lasting impact, most injuries of this sort have lasting effects that can range from headaches and dizziness to serious long-term disability. In fact, there are over 5.
While car accidents that happen while backing up may not be the most fatal, these car collisions are much more damaging than most people realize. When we think of accidents that occur when backing up, our first thought is of fender benders when parallel parking or scrapes and dents caused by stationary obstacles.
We trust our transportation workers to get us safely from place to place, whether we’re going on a short bus ride to work or on a transatlantic flight. Despite the great responsibility that bus and taxi drivers, pilots and train conductors have to keep us safe while doing their job, a 2012 study by the National Sleep Foundation reveals that about one fourth of these professiona ...
This Sunday, March 8th at 2 a.m. signals the start of daylight savings time. While the first sign of winter’s end is a relief for all of us braving the Chicago weather, the impact of losing that extra hour of sleep is greater than most of us realize. Every year, thousands of people actually experience serious negative health consequences due to the change.
If you have private property, you probably know that you can be held liable for a person’s injuries from an accident caused by negligence. If you are a member of a homeowners association (HOA), however, this duty of care can be a bit murkier. While some HOAs are only responsible for maintaining common neighborhood facilities, many HOAs are responsible for taking care of certai ...
Being a pedestrian in Chicago this time of year is bracing, but rewarding. After all, you get much-needed exercise, do your part for the environment, and avoid the heavy traffic congestion that tends to clog our streets in winter. Unfortunately, walking along our roadways can be one of the most dangerous things you do all day. Pedestrian accidents in Chicago are all too common.
Most of us have heard of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the past, but many of us associate the term with veterans leaving war zones and victims of violent crimes. Research has revealed, though, that PTSD may affect more people than we think. In fact, around 9 percent of people in car accidents experience serious PTSD symptoms.
We are happy to announce and share some additional information about the first annual Staver Law Group accident scholarship recipient. Each day we speak with people who have been hurt due to someone else’s negligence, and many times their injuries impact their lives forever. We believe that a car accident or other type of incident should never prevent someone from achieving the ...
One of the best things about Chicago is the lakefront trail path. Few things beat heading out for a bike ride or stroll on a sunny afternoon. As the harsh winter continues to drag on, people all over Chicago go stir-crazy waiting for the first warm, sunny day to visit the lakefront path. Even in winter, however, the lakefront trail stays busy.
Here in the United States, roundabouts are still a somewhat rare phenomenon. While most intersections in Europe can be navigated by roundabouts, we still tend to favor four-way stops here. This may be changing soon, though. According to Federal Highway Administration, the government has made the construction of roundabouts a priority in the interest of intersection safety.
When you are a pet lover like we are, it is natural to want to greet all the cute dogs you have a chance to interact with. It’s important, however, to make sure that we are interacting with dogs we don’t know in a friendly and unassuming manner. Unfortunately many of us have bad habits that could intimidate or scare a strange dog, leaving it defensive and stressed.
Ever since a Whole Foods truck accident in 2005 that killed members of a high school marching band, the U.S. Department of Transportation has been studying ways to better detect and prevent drowsy driving in trucks. While many devices and systems have been developed, droopy eyelid detection technologies may prove to be among the most effective.