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Joliet car crash attorneysIllinois state law requires that truck loads be secured in a safe fashion to reduce the risk of debris injuries among other road users. Federal regulations that govern the trucking industry have this same requirement - but not all loads are carried by federally regulated vehicles. Anyone can haul a load of furniture or a dishwasher across town, and if they fail to secure it properly, it can lead to devastating injuries for other road users.

Unsecured Load Accidents Extremely Common in the United States

According to statistics from the American Automobile Association (AAA), truck debris was a factor in more than 200,000 crashes over a four-year period. Two-thirds of those accidents were involving improperly secured loads. That is just for the federally registered vehicles on the road.

Pickup trucks, vans, suburbans, and cargo vehicles carry unsecured loads as well.

Statistical information may not be available for these types of accidents, but the rate is undoubtedly higher among them. Drivers of these vehicles may get a ticket for an unsecured load, but they are not at risk for losing their right to drive. They also lack the same training as federal truck drivers, so they may not even know how to properly secure a load.

Injuries Caused by Unsecured Load Accidents 

If you have ever had a rock hit your windshield, you know the force that an object can have when it hits your windshield at high speed. Now, imagine a trash can flying out of the truck in front of you. What is your first reaction? Most people will attempt to swerve. If you are lucky, there are no vehicles around you and you avoid the truck.

Sadly, this best-case scenario does not always occur. Some parties crash into the vehicles around them. Others do not manage to avoid the falling debris, so it makes impact with their vehicle. Sometimes, the force is so great, the object goes through the windshield and into the cab of the vehicle. In short, there are numerous injuries that one may sustain in an accident involving an unsecured load, such as:

  • Traumatic brain injury,
  • Lacerations and abrasions,
  • Broken bones,
  • Facial fractures or disfigurement,
  • Impalement,
  • Soft tissue injuries (including whiplash),
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder,
  • Amputation or dismemberment,
  • Spinal injuries, and
  • Death or permanent disability.

The one thing that these injuries all have in common is that they create a substantial loss for the victim. Perhaps they are injured to the point that they are no longer able to work, and as a result, their family faces a financial hardship. Maybe the party suffers a severe mental health injury and can no longer drive their own vehicle, and as a result, they have had to completely change their career. Then there are the lost days at work, the cost of medical treatment, and the burial costs when a wrongful death occurs. All these losses - as well as many others - are often compensable.

Contact Our Joliet Unsecured Load Injury Lawyers 

Unsecured load accident victims deserve an advocate that is willing to fight for the most favorable settlement possible. Seasoned and experienced, the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. are the ones to trust. Call 815-666-1285 to inquire about a free consultation with our Plainfield, IL cargo accident lawyers today.


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Joliet car accident attorneysAuto accidents can result in several different types of injuries, but some injuries are more common than others. For example, a study from the Medical College of Pennsylvania found that over half of all auto accident victims experience some sort of facial injury. Learn more about the types of facial injuries that can occur in a car crash, including their potential prognosis, and discover what an experienced personal injury lawyer can do to help with your case.

Facial Injuries in Car Crashes

In their analysis of 461 patient records, researchers determined that facial injuries occurred in just a little more than half of all motor vehicle accidents (51 percent). The types of injuries varied, depending on the patient and situation, but the most commonly experienced included:

Breaks and fractures – With 14 different bones in the face, victims are at an especially high risk for facial fractures. Such injuries have the potential to cause damage to the brain, sinus cavities, tongue, and moth. Victims may also lose or break teeth in an accident.

Facial deformity – Deformities can occur separately from or in conjunction with other facial injuries, such as broken bones. They may change the victim's appearance, or they may cause long-term pain and suffering (i.e. headaches, diminished personal image, low self-esteem, etc.).

Facial scarring – Scars are typically less severe than facial deformities, but they still serve as a permanent reminder of a traumatizing experience. They may also negatively impact the victim's self-image or overall quality of life.

Eye injuries – The eyes are one of the most sensitive and vulnerable facial structures. If injured, the victim may experience a partial or total loss of vision. In some cases, the injury may be so severe that it leads to permanent disability.

Facial burns –Facial burns may be less common than other types of facial injuries, but they are no less severe. In fact, victims may undergo years of painful and invasive procedures. They also have an increased risk of infection, may miss time at work, and are likely to incur costly medical expenses. Self-esteem may also be an issue if the face is scarred or disfigured after treatment.

Understanding Your Options

Although victims do have the right to pursue compensation on their own, those with severe facial injuries may not have the time, energy, or capacity to effectively navigate the claims process. Furthermore, they may be at risk for a denied or reduced payout. Mitigate against such issues by ensuring you have an experienced legal representative on your side, right from the start.

If you or someone you love has suffered a facial injury in an auto accident, contact Tedone & Morton, P.C. for assistance. Dedicated to your best interests, our Joliet car crash lawyers will protect your rights and fight for the most compensation possible. Schedule a personalized consultation to get started. Call our offices at 815-666-1285 today.


Joliet spinal injury lawyersDepending on the severity and location of their trauma, spinal injury victims may experience partial or total paralysis. Yet this is not the only complication they may experience. In fact, one study recently highlighted the numerous challenges that may be faced by spinal injury patients. The following explains, and provides some important information for families and loved ones of victims whose lives have been compromised by negligence.

Understanding the Potential Complications

Unsurprisingly, spinal injury victims are at a high risk for chronic pain. Yet, their lack of mobility places them at risk for many other complications, including life-threatening blood clots, pressure sores, muscle atrophy, constipation, and pressure sores. Other gastrointestinal problems are also fairly common, as are bladder issues, and sexual dysfunction.

Managing the Potential Complications

While risks for certain complications are difficult to manage (i.e. sexual dysfunction, bladder issues, etc.), there are ways to manage some of the other risks. For example, frequently turning and/or repositioning spinal injury patients can reduce the risk of pressure sores. Physical therapy to the level that the patient can handle may also help to reduce the risk of blood clots, atrophy, and constipation. Yet, it is important to remember that the preventative measures may be too difficult to implement for those who are severely debilitated by their injury.

Study Also Examines Cost Associated with Spinal Injury

Spinal injuries typically mean long-term or lifelong treatment for patients. Researchers estimated this cost to fall anywhere from $320,000 to $985,000 per patient within the first year after injury (the time when risk of mortality is highest) and as much as $5 million throughout the individual's life. The estimation of this cost is critical in helping those that have been injured by the negligence of another, such as in a car accident (the cause of nearly half of all spinal injury cases). It helps victims determine if the settlement they are being offered is truly fair.

Protecting Your Right to Pursue Fair Compensation

Sadly, even with an estimate of cost, victims and their families often struggle to obtain fair compensation from insurance companies or other negligent parties. Some experience delays, which are designed to pressure them into taking a lower settlement. Others may receive an unfair determination, or even an outright denial of their claim.

At the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C., we aggressively protect the rights and best interests of victims, including their right to pursue fair and just compensation for their losses. Skilled and dedicated, we will carefully review your case and help you navigate the process. Learn more about how our Joliet personal injury lawyers can assist you. Call 815-666-1285 and schedule a consultation with us today.


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concussion, brain injuries, Joliet personal injury attorneysIf you have ever experienced a concussion, you realize how frightening they can be. A concussion, by definition, is the least serious type of traumatic brain injury. While former athletes may jocularly remember the time they “got their bell rung,” the danger was probably more real than they can recall. A concussion occurs when the brain is jolted within the skull, often from a direct blow or impact, and the effects can be severe and long-lasting.

More Than Just Knocked Out

Many people, particularly youth sport coaches and parents, assume that a concussion is always accompanied by at least a momentary lapse of consciousness. While a concussion victim can certainly be knocked out by the blow or impact, the injury itself is often much more difficult to identify. In some cases, the onset of symptoms does not occur for hours or days following the impact. Whether occurring within the context of a sporting event, a car accident, or a trip and fall, the signs of a traumatic brain injury often include:

  • Confusion and feeling dazed;
  • Uncharacteristic clumsiness;
  • Slurred speech or difficulty speaking;
  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Headache;
  • Balance issues or dizziness;
  • Enhanced sensitivity to light or noise;
  • Sluggishness or marked drowsiness;
  • Ringing in the ears;
  • Unusual behavior or personality; and
  • Concentration and memory difficulties.

The loss of consciousness so often considered a “typical” symptom of a concussion is actually a qualifying symptom of grade 3 concussion, the most serious type.


Any time a concussion is suspected, of any severity, it is important to seek medical attention. A grade 1 or 2 injury is often treated with periods of rest and recovery until the symptoms dissipate. When a grade 3 concussion has occurred the treating doctor will generally conduct coordination and reflex tests, and may order advanced imaging, such as CT scans or MRIs, to ensure there is not internal bleeding or other serious injury.

Non-aspirin medications may be used to treat pain and discomfort, and the doctor is likely to require the concussion victim to refrain from strenuous activity. Precautions against future concussions are also necessary, as studies have shown that concussive injuries have a cumulative effect on the brain, making each one more dangerous than the last. Repeated injuries can lead to swelling of the brain, permanent brain damage and disabilities, and, in some cases, death.

Legal Help for Traumatic Brain Injuries

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, including a serious concussion, as the result of another's negligence, you may be entitled to collect damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact an experienced Will County personal injury attorney today to schedule your free consultation. We will review your case and help you explore every avenue of available recovery.


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