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   Buses are one of the most common forms of transportation in large cities like Chicago. The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) operates hundreds of buses daily through the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and the Pace suburban bus system. In addition to these, thousands of children ride on school buses each day.

With all of these buses traveling throughout the city daily, accidents happen. In 2007, more than 600 buses were involved in accidents in Illinois according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

At Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd., our talented and compassionate lawyers have more than 75 years of experience fighting for the rights of personal injury victims. We value our connections with our clients and know that our commitment to individualized attention will make you feel like a person, not just a number.

Why Buses Crash

Bus accidents can be caused by a number of factors, such as:

  • Driver negligence
  • Defective equipment
  • Dangerous roadways
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Improper bus maintenance

 Types of Back Injuries

There are several different categories of back injuries, including:

Bulging and ruptured disks: Your lumbar spine consists of five vertebrae (L1 – L5). Between each vertebra is a disk that might be imagined as a jelly donut with a fibrous material surrounding a gel-like center. If your lower back sustains trauma, this can cause your fibrous material to bulge. In extreme circumstances, your bulging disk may rupture, allowing the gel-like substance to leak out. The symptoms of a bulging or ruptured disk are shooting pain or numbness into the buttocks, legs, and/or feet. Treatment can include rest, physical therapy, chiropractic sessions, injections, and surgery.

Fractured vertebrae: A fractured vertebra occurs when there is a break in one or more of the five lumbar vertebrae. There are several different places and types of fractures. Your lumbar vertebrae may break in the front (anterior) or back (posterior) as a result of motor vehicle accidents or falls. Compression fractures occur in the front while the back of your lumbar remains intact. Rotational forces cause transverse process fractures, and a flexion fracture arises when your lumbar is pulled apart. 

Lumbar ligament sprains: This injury is the result of the unnatural stretching and tearing of your lumbar ligament, the band of tissue connecting two lumbar discs

Varying Degrees of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are also classified by their depth. The treatment for a serious burn injury can take years, cost thousands of dollars and require extensive, multiple surgeries. The location of your burn is also prone to infection and must be carefully taken care of. In severe cases, a burn injury can damage your nerves and affect other body parts and bodily functions.

The degrees of burns are:
First-degree burns: These burns affect the outer layer of your skin, called your epidermis. Symptoms include redness, pain and swelling. First-degree burns usually heal in a week, the most common being mild sunburn.

Second-degree burns: With this burn, the first layer of your skin has been burned through to your second layer, called your dermis. Symptoms include blisters, severe redness, and severe pain and swelling.

Third-degree burns: These severe burns destroy your first and second layer of skin, burning down to your third layer called your subcutaneous. Symptoms include skin that appears white, black or leathery. With third-degree burns, your skin’s nerve endings may have been destroyed, so you may not feel pain. But the skin surrounding your burn can be incredibly painful. These severe burns and the pain associated with them can cause a rapid pulse and difficulties breathing.