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Lake County personal injury attorneysMarijuana has several substantial effects on a user’s body and mind. Depending on the amount of cannabis smoked or otherwise consumed, the drug may cause impaired judgment, reduced coordination, and slowed reflexes. These effects can significantly impair a person’s ability to safely drive. On January 1, 2020, Illinois legalized the recreational consumption and use of cannabis. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident caused by a driver who was under the influence of marijuana, you may wonder what your options for compensation are now that cannabis is legal.

Drugged Driving Laws in Illinois

When most people think of driving under the influence (DUI), they assume the intoxicating substance is alcohol. However, driving drunk is not the only way a person can be charged with a DUI in Illinois. It is also against Illinois law to drive or be in physical control of a vehicle if:

  • There is a controlled substance in your body.
  • Your blood contains a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of five nanograms per milliliter or more. THC is the main psychoactive substance in cannabis.
  • Another bodily substance (such as saliva) contains a THC concentration of ten nanograms per milliliter or more.
  • You are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs to an extent that leaves you unable to drive safely.

The legalization of recreational marijuana does not negate the laws prohibiting drugged driving. Even though it is now legal to purchase and use cannabis in Illinois, a person can still be guilty of a criminal offense for driving under the influence of cannabis.

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Waukegan medical malpractice attorneysAccording to a recent study, over 4000 avoidable surgical errors occur every year in the United States. These mistakes can range in severity from relatively minor to catastrophic or even fatal. Some surgical errors are so unacceptable that researchers have nicknamed them “never events” because they should literally never happen. Unfortunately, these “never events” do happen and when they do, patients can suffer devastating consequences. Medical malpractice lawsuits involving surgical errors result in over a billion dollars in payouts to patients and families each year. If you or a loved one have suffered due to a surgical error, a medical malpractice claim may help you receive compensation.

Frequency of Major Errors During Surgery

Individuals who wish to become surgeons must typically undergo upwards of 13 years of education and training in order to meet the qualifications to perform surgical procedures. General surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, cardiothoracic surgeons, and other surgeons are trained to know how to avoid major surgical mistakes. Unfortunately, this does not prevent thousands of patients from suffering every year due to careless errors.

It is estimated that incidences of surgeons leaving foreign objects inside of patients’ bodies occur approximately 39 times each week. When surgeons leave objects like medical tools, sponges, and towels inside of patient bodies, the patients can suffer extreme pain, infection, and other complications. Surgery errors such as performing surgery on the wrong body part or performing the wrong surgical procedure are also startlingly common.

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Waukegan personal injury attorneysThe spine is made up of 33 bones that encase the delicate nerves of the spinal cord. In addition to the spine, the back contains muscles and soft tissue that support the body and allow us to move. When the spine or back is injured, the injured person may experience extreme pain and be unable to move around normally for months or even years. Even a seemingly minor back injury can cause a person debilitating pain and discomfort. If you have suffered a back injury in a work accident, car accident, slip and fall, or other incident involving negligence or wrongdoing, a personal injury lawsuit may help you receive compensation.

Common Back Injuries That May Lead to a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Almost any type of back injury that causes damages such as missed work and medical bills may be grounds for a personal injury claim. Most personal injury claims are brought against a negligent party. The negligent party could be a driver who caused an accident by driving drunk or texting while driving, a restaurant that exposed patrons to a hazardous condition, a landlord who did not properly maintain a property, and many more. 

Some of the most common back injuries involved in personal injury claims include:

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Lake County personal injury attorneysWhen someone is involved in a car accident, slip and fall, or other injury-causing accident, they may suffer a mild traumatic brain injury called a concussion. Most of the time, the symptoms caused by a concussion are short-term. However, some people who suffer a concussion develop post-concussion syndrome. The symptoms of post-concussion syndrome can dramatically affect a person’s ability to do his or her job, participate in hobbies, care for children, and enjoy life the way he or she could before the concussion occurred.

Common Causes of Concussions

A concussion is a brain injury that occurs when the brain strikes the inside of the skull or is otherwise injured. A violent blow to the head, such as a person hitting his or her head on the dashboard during a car accident, can cause a concussion. Sports, falling, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, and physical abuse can also cause someone to suffer a concussion. It is not always easy to know if you have a concussion. Symptoms such as headache, nausea, and confusion may not appear for days or even weeks after the injury. This is one reason that it is so important for anyone involved in an auto accident or other serious accident to get checked out by a medical professional as soon as possible.

Post-Concussion Syndrome Symptoms

Some people who experience a concussion develop post-concussion syndrome. This is especially common in people who have previously experienced head trauma. Symptoms of post-concussion syndrome include headache, difficulties with sleeping, dizziness, depression, anxiety, irritability, reduced concentration, memory problems, sensitivity to noise and light, ringing in the ears, and blurred vision. These symptoms can radically affect a victim’s life. Through a personal injury lawsuit, a person suffering from post-concussion syndrome may be able to receive compensation for their medical bills, missed work, reduced employability, pain and suffering, and more.

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Lake County personal injury attorneysThe spinal cord’s main functions are to transmit nerve signals and coordinate the body’s reflexes. When the spinal cord is damaged, the results can be devastating. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates that over 17,000 individuals suffer from a spinal cord injury every year in the United States. There are nearly 300,000 Americans currently living with the negative health effects of a spinal injury. If you have suffered a spinal injury due to another party’s negligence, you may be eligible for financial compensation.

Reimbursement for Medical Expenses After a Spinal Injury

No amount of money could ever fully compensate someone for a catastrophic injury such as a severe spinal cord injury. However, financial compensation from a personal injury lawsuit can help an injured person and their family manage the enormous expenses incurred by a serious spine injury. A personal injury lawsuit may help you receive reimbursement for your current and future medical expenses including:

  • Ambulance fees
  • Surgery costs
  • Prescription medication costs
  • Expenses for x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and other diagnostic tests
  • Expenses related to physical therapy and other ongoing medical treatments

Compensation for Other Considerations

Through a personal injury claim, you may be able to get compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and more. However, when a person experiences a major spinal injury, they incur many more damages than just these. 

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