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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

If you have been told that you suffered a "mild" brain injury in the car accident, do not be misled. When the term "mild" is used it is referring to the rating on the Glasgow Coma Scale. This scale measures the initial assault on the brain and basically tells you how long you were out. It has nothing to do with the severity of the long-term damage to your brain. Even a "mild" brain injury can have devastating long-term consequences.

    If you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic brain injury, please contact the experienced Chicago brain injury lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd., serving the Chicago, Illinois area. We can help you and your family get on the road to recovery. Complimentary consultations are available.

 

 

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.