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Rabies treatment after an animal bite

When people get bitten by an animal in Illinois, they may worry about getting rabies. If an animal is rabid, people usually cannot tell if they have the virus or not. Because of this, it is important to take action.

Some people may think that any animal that bites a person has rabies. According to The Humane Society of the United States, there are several ways to tell if an animal has rabies. Animals infected with the virus might drool or bite at themselves. They may also snap and seem wobbly as they walk. Sometimes, though, people may not be able to tell if an animal has rabies. Because of this, it is a good idea for people to seek medical treatment after any animal bite.

How can I guide my child during a divorce?

When you and your spouse decide to get a divorce in Illinois, you may wonder how to help your child. It may take several months to finalize a divorce and this can be a stressful time for many families. It is a good idea to help your child cope with the new situation.

Your child may feel many emotions after you and your spouse break the news about the divorce. According to Kids Health, it is a good idea to let your child know that it is okay to have all of those feelings. You should usually listen as your child tells you how he or she feels. Sometimes your son or daughter may have difficulty expressing these emotions. In this situation, you might want to point out that your child seems sad and suggest talking about it. Once you and your child discuss all of these feelings, it is a good idea to try to help your child feel better. You may want to encourage your child to draw a picture for your spouse or arrange for your spouse to spend some one-on-one time with your son or daughter.

Common road conditions can present dangers

As you become a more experienced driver, you may become more and more aware of the many dangers on the road. When you were younger, you may not have given too much thought to driving over the speed limit, tailgating slow drivers or weaving in and out of traffic. Now, you know that those behaviors are reckless and want to avoid putting yourself and others at unnecessary risk.

In addition to keeping yourself from driving recklessly, you also want to make sure that you know how to handle dangerous conditions that may present themselves while you travel. Having this desire is the sign of a defensive driver and could help you stay safe.

How do I know if my injuries are catastrophic?

If you have been seriously injured in an accident, you may already feel overwhelmed and hopeless at how long it seems to take to recover. To you, your injuries seem severe and, at least for now, life-changing. However, you and other residents of Illinois should understand the term “catastrophic injuries” when it comes to the legal system.

Catastrophic injuries involve those that significantly impair your quality of life for the long term or are permanently disabling, as FindLaw explains. A catastrophic injury may also be one that prevents you from being able to work for several months while you recover. The following examples illustrate injuries that may be classified as catastrophic:

  • Both of your legs were broken in a car crash, requiring you to take time off work for extensive surgeries and rehabilitation.
  • You suffered a traumatic brain injury after slipping on ice outside the grocery store.
  • You were severely burned in a house fire caused by a malfunctioning toaster oven.
  • You received internal injuries after being hit by a car while you were crossing the street.

Recovering from a head injury requires time and patience

Head injuries can be scary to deal with, especially because for many victims in Illinois the outcome of their situation and whether or not they will make a full recovery is often questionable for some time. Because head injuries take significant time to heal and must be carefully monitored to identify concerning developments, people may not know just how severe their injury is or how much of an impact it will have on their life until some time has passed from their accident. 

Once a diagnosis has been made, people would benefit from taking adequate time to recover from their injury before returning to their previous routine. Pushing recovery too quickly can actually hamper a person's healing process and could even contribute to worsening problems. According to, there are several common activities or circumstances that cause head injuries to happen. These include sports-related injuries, violence, car accidents and falls.

Recognize risks to children during Back to School month

It may still feel like summer to most people, but school starts for children across Illinois at the end of August. While this can be an exciting time for students – or the day many children have dreaded all summer – it can also be a dangerous time, as drivers everywhere must become accustomed to seeing children walking, riding their bicycles or waiting at the side of the road for their buses to pick them up.

August is Back to School Month, advises the National Safety Council. This is the ideal time for drivers to brush up on their pedestrian safety knowledge, especially when it comes to following school zone speed limits, stopping when school buses have their warning lights on and being vigilant for children crossing the street. It can also help to be aware that children do not always follow traffic rules and may dart into the street without using a crosswalk or heeding traffic.

The risk of animal bite infections

In Illinois, when a person is bitten by someone else's pet, that owner will often have to take financial responsibility. However, the victim is the one who will need to tend to their injuries. Unfortunately, some bites can be more dangerous than others. They may carry the risk of infection, scarring, or other health issues.

FindLaw takes a look at dog bites and animal attacks, which can leave lasting physical damage on the victim. Because of the way a dog's teeth and jaws work, they can create puncture wounds and tears. Tears may require stitches to fix and in extreme cases can require skin grafting. Puncture wounds, however, often carry a great risk of infection. This is because the bacteria in a dog's mouth can be injected deep below the surface of the skin, where it is harder to treat with topical ointments or washing.

Chain reaction crashes involving large trucks can be devastating

Any Illinois resident who has had experience on the freeway can attest that sharing the roads with semi-trucks can be harrowing. They may have had a close call with a big rig or could have already been in an accident with one. Regardless of one’s past experiences, most people can agree that collisions involving large commercial trucks are likely to be life-changing, if not deadly.

A recent accident involving numerous vehicles, including two semis, resulted one person’s death and additional injuries. NBC Chicago reported that in July, a truck driver failed to slow when approaching construction on Interstate 55. When the semi struck a stopped pickup truck, a chain reaction collision ensued that included another large truck that hit the previous two, as well as two other vehicles. The driver of one of the large trucks was killed and the pickup driver sustained serious injuries. It was unknown whether fatigue, inattention or other factors contributed to the accident.

Keeping detailed records after a car accident is a must

In the blink of an eye, you went from driving your car on an Illinois road to taking an ambulance to the local hospital. It only took a matter of seconds for another driver to hit you and cause you to suffer injuries -- injuries that have affected you physically, emotionally and financially. While the event was quick, getting relief following it can take time, more time than you would like. You can help yourself and your quest for compensation by keeping detailed records following the car accident.

What kind of records should you keep? How long should you keep them? What if your injuries prevent you from documenting anything for a while? All are good questions with simple answers.

When should you see a doctor for a bite wound?

As a resident of Illinois who has recently suffered from a dog bite, you may be wondering what to do next. Should you go to the doctor's right away? Is it severe enough to go to an emergency room? Here are some guidelines about when your bite injury is severe enough to see a doctor.

Mayo Clinic states that if you have been bitten by a dog, there are steps you can take in your own home first. This includes washing the injury in warm water with soap, applying antibiotic ointments or creams, and wrapping it with clean, fresh bandages. Pressure may also be applied if you need to stop the flow of blood.

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