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How can parents help children heal from dog bites?

After your child is bitten by a dog, you know that the physical injuries usually take some time to heal. However, your child may also have emotional injuries which can linger long after the phyical wounds are gone. A previous blog discussed the physical injuries you should look for immediately after the bite. It is equally important for you to recognize emotional injuries so you can help your child recover.

Talking about the dog bite can help you assess how your child is doing emotionally. According to, you should usually start speaking with your child after the bite occurs. Instead of asking him how he feels, telling him how you felt when you saw a barking dog helps your child understand that his fear is normal. Sometimes your child may refuse to talk about the incident. In this situation, it is recommended that you find other ways to understand how he feels. Having him draw a picture of the incident is one way you can discern your child's emotional state.

Don't let a dog bite take a bite out of your financial well-being

You may not realize it, but a dog bite can be much more than just a painful inconvenience. When an animal attacks you or your child, you may be unaware of just how far reaching the impact can be, both emotionally and financially.

Severe animal bites require medical attention and wound care, and they carry the risk for infection and further complications. All of these things can be quite costly, and before you know it, a one-time bite from an animal could be a direct threat to the financial well-being of your Illinois family. If you suffered from a bite from a dog or another type of pet, you would be wise to be fully apprised of your legal options.

Car accidents and their impact on your life

Illinois residents who get into a car accident will experience impacts in many different areas of their life. Home life, physical health, and financial wellbeing are usually among the top areas to see negative changes. shares that financial consequences can be more destructive than people think. The initial accident will cost a lot in repairs and possibly medical bills if someone needs to be rushed to the hospital. However, it can also take a long-term toll in the form of prescription pain killers or medications, multiple surgeries, and losing wages due to missing work or even having to quit working entirely due to disabilities.

Is joint custody right for you?

As a parent in Illinois who's currently going through a divorce, there are likely many things on your mind regarding child custody. Who will be the primary custodial guardian? How will you divide the visitation schedule? Joint custody is also a potential option for you to look into, if your situation supports it.

Divorce Magazine takes a look at the benefits of joint custody, which are being proven and expanded upon every day. The primary draw for joint custody is the fact that recent studies have shown it to have a lighter psychological and emotional impact on your child. While divorce can be traumatic to a degree no matter what arrangements you go with, there's been a reported drop in psychological, emotional, and psychosomatic issues related to divorce when the child's parents share custody.

Tips for avoiding trucker “no zones”

Every time you pull onto an Illinois freeway, you are likely to encounter large trucks, and just as you have blind spots that make it tough to see certain areas outside your vehicle, truckers, too, have these struggles. Because of the sheer size of many commercial trucks, these blind spots, or “no zones,” can prove far larger than those associated with standard passenger vehicles. At the Law Office of Kerley & Associates, we understand the types of injuries that often result when cars and trucks collide, and we have assisted many clients who suffered injury after accidents involving commercial trucks.

Per The Truckers Report, commercial trucks have no-zones in the front and back of their vehicles, but they also have large ones that extend far beyond the right and left lanes on either side of the truck. As a motorist, a good way to get a sense of whether you are travelling in a dangerous area is to see if you can see the trucker’s eyes on the side mirrors. If you cannot see them, it is safe to assume that they cannot see you, either.

The most common car accident injuries

While there are several different types of injuries that can occur during an Illinois car accident, there are a few that have been shown to be the most common. Some are more serious than others, but all can interfere with your everyday activities. We at the Law Office of Kerley and Associates can help you seek the compensation you need to properly recover and get back to your life before the accident.


What parents need to know about animal bites

If your child has been bitten by an animal in Illinois, there are several things you should know. Every bite can be different, so you may need help identifying potential diseases or knowing how to treat the wound. We at the Law Office of Kerley and Associates can help you recognize dangers you may not have been aware of and ensure that you receive the compensation you need to get adequate treatment.


Your best efforts may not protect you from a motorcycle accident

Is it the thrill? The freedom? Maybe you just know how cool it looks to ride a motorcycle. Or maybe you ride because it saves you money on gas. Whatever the reason, it probably didn't take you long to discover that operating a motorcycle can be dangerous, and that you need to take every precaution because not many other drivers are looking out for your safety.

You may trust in your own skills and ditch the helmet, but safety advocates recommend not only head protection, but eyewear, protective clothing and covering for your hands and feet. Nevertheless, about 80 percent of those motorcyclists involved in accidents suffer injury or death. A motorcycle provides almost no protection. Colliding with another vehicle is only part of the story. You may suffer injuries from the impact, but the road and your own bike may also contribute to your pain.

Decreased alcohol limits for truck drivers

Sharing the road with large trucks in Illinois can be dangerous. The sheer size and weight differences between trucks and passenger vehicles can cause more significant injuries and incidents of death than other accidents. In order to prevent this from happening, government officials have created stricter laws for truck drivers that are specifically designed to protect everyone on the road.


How do I divide my artwork during divorce?

If you are an artist going through a divorce in Illinois, you may be concerned about what will happen to your artwork. Whether you are a composer, painter, sculptor or work with any other medium, assigning value and determining cost can make this one of the trickiest aspect of your case. We at the Law office of Kerley and Associates have experience helping clients divide many forms of property and can help you with the difficult task of dividing your artwork.


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