What to Do Immediately Following a Bicycle Accident

What to Do Immediately Following a Bicycle Accident

If you have ever been involved in an accident of any kind, you know the scary, apprehensive feeling that fogs your ability to concentrate on the events immediately following the accident. However, it is very important to keep it together as you deal with the ordeal. For many bicyclists who find themselves involved in an accident, it can be easy to forget, in the excitement of the moment, that there are certain things that need to be done following an accident to help establish the events that led to it, and to help preserve any legal claims of negligence against the other party involved. Below are a few pointers on what to do after being involved in a bicycle accident. You can also watch a short video on the topic, which can be found here.

Get Medical Attention Immediately

Too many bicyclists who are involved in an accident, especially when involved in accidents with a motor vehicle, fail to seek medical attention. Medical attention is supremely important after any accident, though. Many bicyclists sustain serious brain and/or spinal cord injuries that are undetectable without proper medical inspection.

Call the Police

No matter how you feel after an accident, or who might be at fault, call the police and report the accident. Witnesses of the accident can give statements as to what they saw and heard while memories are still fresh in the mind. The parties involved can give statements and the police can produce a written record of the accident. A police report containing witnesses’ statements can be useful evidence when establishing a liability claim.

Cooperate with the Police to Report the Accident

It is very important to cooperate with police officers after an accident. Police need to record the facts of the case, and gather as much information as possible. Police need to take the statements of all parties involved and any witnesses. This an important step, since many negligent parties will change their story or become suddenly mute after discussing the accident with their insurance company. Never give a statement to the negligent party’s insurance company.

After the Accident, Preserve Any and All Evidence from the Accident

One of the most important aspects of developing a lawsuit against a negligent driver who hit a bicyclist is the evidence from the accident. Bicyclists should take steps to preserve any and all evidence from the accident. This can include keeping the clothing and shoes that were worn during the accident in the same condition as the day of the incident. Do not wash the clothing; simply store it in a bag to preserve the condition of the clothes. Broken cell phones or broken helmets are useful pieces of evidence for a case against a negligent driver. Similarly, if the bicycle itself was damaged in the accident, refrain from getting it repaired.

Contact a Chicago Bicycle Accident Attorney

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, contact Willens Law Offices at 312-957-4166 to speak with an experienced bicycle injury attorney about your accident.

Construction Site Injuries

Construction Site Injuries

It takes the collaborative effort of many different people to erect a building. It all starts with building plans and blueprints created by the architect. Then construction crews get to work actually building. There are construction workers, site foremen, general contractors and various subcontractors all involved in the building process. With so many different people working together to create a new or renovated structure, construction sites are often very busy places.

Busy construction sites can pose the potential for causing personal injuries to workers on the site. There are so many people on an active construction site and so many large pieces of construction equipment and heavy machinery, in addition to large quantities of building materials and tools, which need to be transported to various locations around the building site, that it is quite possible that someone could get hurt. If you are injured while working on a construction site, there might be many more options available to you than you might think.

  1. Making a claim against your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy. If you are a construction worker, you are likely an employee of a company that has workers’ compensation insurance. You are not suing your employer when you file a workers’ compensation claim. Rather, your employer has workers’ compensation insurance for situations in which employees get hurt on the job.
  2. There might be a possible claim against the general contractor of the work site. The general contractor is tasked with overseeing the operation and management of the construction site. As such, if you are hurt while working, you likely can pursue a claim against the general contractor of your work site.
  3. There could be a claim against the company at fault for the injury. If an injury was caused by a faulty piece of equipment that was rented from a third party company, you might have a claim against the third party company. Whether you are able to pursue a claim against a third party will depend on the facts surrounding your case, but it is good to know that this might be an avenue of compensation available to you.
  4. If harm was caused as a result of the architect’s building plans, you might have a claim. Architectural drawings must comply with certain standards and must be accurate. If there is something wrong with the architect’s drawings, which ultimately causes an injury to occur, then the architect might also be liable to you, the injured party.
  5. A subcontractor might be at fault for the harm that was caused. You might also be able to pursue a subcontractor if they are at fault for causing the injury.

Contacting a Construction Injury Attorney

If you have been injured while working on a construction site, there may be a variety of sources of compensation that you could pursue to make you whole again. Which options are available to you depends upon the facts and circumstances surrounding how you were injured. It is in your best interest to contact an experienced construction site injury attorney to discuss your case, as the attorney can assist you in determining what compensation is available to you. Please do not hesitate to contact Willens Law Offices today for your free consultation. We can be reached online or by telephone at 877-958-6564.

What are Traumatic Brain Injuries?

What are Traumatic Brain Injuries?

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are injuries to the brain that occur when sudden force impacts the head. A video on this subject can be found here. TBIs are classified as either closed head injuries, or as penetrating head injuries. For example, when a blow to the head transfers force to the brain, thereby causing damage and brain dysfunction but no open wound on the head, it is considered a closed head injury TBI. However, if a foreign object or fragment of skull were to penetrate the brain, it would be considered a penetrating head injury and it too could cause a TBI. Each individual case is unique to the person suffering from the TBI, and there are various degrees of severity. The severity of the trauma determines the extent of the damage and is often categorized as “mild,” “moderate” or “severe.”

Symptoms of Mild TBIs

A mild TBI, such as a concussion, is often characterized by temporary brain dysfunction. The CDC estimates that 75% of the TBIs that occur each year are mild. When an injured person falls and strikes his or her head and remains conscious, or only loses consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes, the TBI is mild. A person with a mild TBI usually exhibits symptoms commonly expected from a sharp blow to the head. There could be a mild headache, or some dizziness, confusion or disorientation. More serious indications of a mild TBI include sudden memory problems, difficulty concentrating, vomiting and/or nausea and problems with loss of balance and difficulty walking.

Symptoms of a Moderate to Severe TBI

Severe TBIs often cause physical damage to the brain’s soft tissue and usually have a long-term impact on cognitive functionality. Severe TBIs can even be fatal. If an injured person loses consciousness for several minutes or longer, it may be a sign that the TBI is moderate or severe in degree. Moderate to severe TBIs exhibit many of the same symptoms as mild TBIs, except the severity of the symptoms is significantly more pronounced, and these TBIs are considerably more dangerous to the health of the injured person. A moderate or severe TBI can cause unusual behavior and serious confusion in the affected individual, as well as present physical manifestations of symptoms such as vomiting, slurred speech and even uncontrollable seizures or convulsions.

Complications Due to TBIs

Brain injury trauma can cause contusions and/or bleeds to occur in the brain, it can cause damage to blood vessels in the brain, and it can even cause skull fractures. Any number of these injuries can further cause blood clots to form in the brain, which can lead to the injured person having a stroke, something that can exacerbate the brain injuries even more.

Contact a Brain Injury Attorney

Regardless of the degree of the TBI, any injury to the head warrants immediate medical attention and evaluation. If you or someone you love has suffered from a traumatic brain injury, you need to contact an experienced brain injury attorney to help you determine who should be held accountable for your family’s pain and suffering. Please contact Willens Law Offices at 312-957-4166 for a free consultation.