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Don’t Slip: Walking in Icy Conditions

Don’t Slip: Walking in Icy Conditions

January brought record temperatures, along with plenty of snow and ice around the Rockford and northern Illinois area. No matter how long you have lived here, some winters feel especially hard and trying. Winter is far from over, as it is common for us to experience ice and snow well into late March or even early April. How comfortable are you walking on icy surfaces and keeping yourself safe as you run your errands or take a walk around the block? Here are a few tips that will help keep you from slipping or hurting yourself.

Be Alert

Ice can form on sidewalks quickly and sometimes unexpectedly. During the winter months, keep your eyes peeled for any signs of ice. Even when the air temperature is warmer than 32 degrees, freezing ground temperatures can cause drizzle or rain to turn to ice immediately when it hits the ground. You are more likely to slip on ice that you aren’t expecting, so keep yourself safe by always being alert.

Be Cautious

Walking on icy conditions should be a slow-moving affair. You are more likely to slip if you are in a rush, so be sure to take it slow when trekking through parking lots, sidewalks, or other surfaces. If you anticipate being on a longer walk, perhaps taking your child to school or walking your dog, consider using traction assistance on your shoes. You can get traction devices that easily slip on and off your boots, assuring you can move easier on icy walkways.

Look for Salted Areas

Finally, when you have the option to walk on a salted area, choose it. While salt cannot guarantee a slip-free surface, it is typically much safer than a non-salted or maintained walkway.

If you do slip when out and about, take your injuries seriously. Often, our embarrassment from a slip can make us get up and moving again quickly without carefully assessing how we feel. A slip on ice can cause a litany of problems including bruising, sprains, whiplash, and even head trauma. You may not feel the extent of your injuries until the next day, so schedule a doctor appointment if you are sore, especially bruised, or hurt. You should also seek medical attention if you hit your head during your fall.

If you slipped and fell on a walkway or path, you could be entitled to assistance with your medical bills. Give the team at MacCloskey Kesler and Associates a call to talk more about your situation and options. We want to be sure you are healthy and have the compensation you deserve.

Choosing a Local Law Office Benefits You

Choosing a Local Law Office Benefits You

The phrase “buy local” is commonplace these days, and for good reason. For the past few decades, thanks to technology and major national retailers, we have all gotten away from buying what we need from our neighbors. Now, a quick keyword search and a click on a smartphone can allow you to have almost anything delivered right to your front door in a matter of days. However, when we choose to purchase from people who live in our area, we can give back to our community and the people who make it better.

Buying local goes well beyond purchasing locally grown produce or spending money at a local Main Street boutique. You can choose to buy services from people in your community as well. The team at MacCloskey Kesler and Associates has been serving people throughout the Rockford and northern Illinois area for decades. When you need legal advice and guidance, “buying local” from us will get you better service, better connections, and better results.

Better Service
National law firms, offering advice to customers from thousands of miles away, are a relatively new invention. However, we have already started to see the major downfalls of this type of model. If you work with a law firm in a different state or region, you are missing out on working with an attorney who knows your state’s laws inside and out. At MacCloskey Kesler and Associates, we pride ourselves on keeping up with law and regulation changes. We know the major changes and the small nuances, and we adapt our client strategies accordingly.

Better Connections’
When you work and live in a community for as long as we have, making connections happens easily. We have worked with judges and attorneys throughout the area for years, and they know what we are about and who we represent. We are much more likely to communicate effectively with these colleagues, which only benefits our clients in the short and long term. Also, our strong relationships in the northern Illinois community give us the ability to connect clients with other professionals, like doctors and physical therapists, (Note to Andrew: or any other medical provider you want to use instead. But surgeons and doctors are the same, so maybe use a different provider)who can help them through their injury recovery process.

Better Results
Our results speak for themselves, demonstrating our clients get what they deserve when it comes to financial outcomes. Our team of attorneys is well respected and our guidance is revered in the community.

Are you ready to buy local and choose to work with MacCloskey Kesler and Associates? Give us a call to set up your consultation today.

Potentially Serious Consequences From Animal Attacks

Potentially Serious Consequences From Animal Attacks

Your pet is part of the family. Your four-legged friend is there to greet you after a long day of work and can make your child laugh no matter what. However, some animals are not friendly and can be aggressive to humans; in fact, some animals can be friendly to their owners but aggressive to others. In any case, animal attacks, specifically dangerous encounters with a dog, can cause serious harm to you or your loved ones.

Dog Bite Statistics
Man’s best friend can also be man’s biggest enemy. Illinois residents are especially prone to being on the receiving end of a dog bite. In fact, NBC5 reportedthat Illinois was among the top three states for dog bite claims just a few years ago. While dogs attack for a variety of reasons, one thing is certain: a dog bite can cause physical injury and emotional trauma that could last well beyond the encounter.

Dangers of Dog Bites
When a dog attacks a human, the physical injuries are noticed first. Puncture wounds, skin tears, and even muscle damage are common. The injured party can deal with immediate and chronic pain that can affect range of motion, daily life, and even work responsibilities. However, the emotional trauma of being bitten by a dog can be just as devastating.

People who have been attacked by a dog can show signs of emotional distress, including symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. This emotional trauma can require counseling and medical treatment to decrease anxiety, and can even make returning to a normal life – personally and professionally – considerably more difficult.

How to Get Help
If you have been injured due to a dog bite or attack, connect with an attorney as soon as possible. The team at MacCloskey Kesler and Associatesoffers considerable experience working for clients who have been injured, and we get the results our clients need to feel their best. We will work with you to get the compensation you require, and we are not afraid of taking your case to court.

Contact us today, so that we can get started on your case. Your physical and emotional health are important, and you deserve the compensation to support your overall wellness.

When a Member of Your Family Is Injured

When a Member of Your Family Is Injured

Your family is important to you, and when someone you love isn’t feeling quite like themselves, it can make you feel anxious or helpless. If your loved one has been injured recently, or if they are still living with long-lasting effects from a past injury, you can feel anxious and helpless as well. However, injuries are especially hard as they are often unexpected and can have serious financial burden tied to them.

Keeping Your Loved One on the Road to Recovery
When your loved one has been injured, the first step is to get them the medical treatment they need to be healthy and well. Some injuries require an emergency room visit, a few days to rest, and some work restrictions. Other more serious injuries could require hospital stays, surgeries, and a significant pain management plan over the course of weeks, months, or years. It can all feel overwhelming for the injured person and for their immediate family. In order to give your loved one the best chance at recovery, be sure you are keeping track of their medical appointments and follow up appointments.

Keeping Yourself Comfortable
Becoming a caregiver for a loved one living with an injury can be a recipe for burnout and exhaustion. In order to keep yourself healthy, be sure you are enlisting the help of other family members and trusted friends. Learning to ask for help can feel difficult, but you need the reinforcements to keep yourself and your loved one healthy. Ask a friend to pick up your child after school or go on a quick grocery run for you, or ask a family member to take your loved one to his next doctor appointment so that you can squeeze in some extra work time. People are willing to assist you, but you have to tell them what you need help with.

Finally, the insurance paperwork and tasks for an injury claim can feel overwhelming. However, those medical bills keep arriving in your mailbox and giving you additional anxiety about your financial future. Keep calm and enlist the help of the team at MacCloskey Kesler and Associates. We have decades of experience working with clients who have endured an injury.

Our goal is to help the family member and client spend their time and energy focused on feeling better; we take care of assuring the compensation is there and is the best outcome possible. Give us a call today to tell us more about your situation.

What is Traumatic Brain Injury?

What is Traumatic Brain Injury?

Injuries can happen to anyone, even those who are relatively careful and prepared. A slip, trip, or fall can have devastating consequences. One major injury that can happen in an accident, collision, or even while playing a sport, is a Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI. Traumatic Brain Injuries are more common than you may think, with the Centers for Disease Controlreporting nearly 2.8 million emergency room visits due to TBIs annually. Traumatic Brain Injuries can vary in severity, which can make some injuries more difficult to treat.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic Brain Injury is a term that describes an injury due to a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries are more commonly known as concussions. Even though concussions can be mild, the injury should still be monitored and followed closely.

How Can You Get a Traumatic Brain Injury?
TBIs can happen in a variety of ways. For example, getting hit with a baseball while fielding during a game could cause a TBI, as well as hitting the steering wheel with your head during a vehicle accident. Traumatic Brain Injuries can happen at work as well as at play, and can be deadly.

How Can I Stay Safe?
While some Traumatic Brain Injuries are completely accidental, you can take proactive steps to protect your head. For example, wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, motorcycle, or scooter. Wear all safety gear required for the task you are performing at work, and don’t skip safety steps.

What if I Have a Traumatic Brain Injury?
If you, or a loved one, have had a blow to the head, early treatment is key. While more serious injuries will certainly lead you to the emergency room right away, other more mild injuries can be more sneaky, creeping on slowly which can lead to delayed treatment. It is better to be safe than sorry, especially if the injured person seems confused, extra tired, or complains of changes to vision.

If you have been injured at work, follow your workplace’s policy for paperwork and follow up treatments. However, it is still wise to consult with an experienced attorney at MacCloskey Kesler and Associatesto assure you won’t have to worry about the ins and outs of insurance compensation while trying to actively recover from your trauma.

We are committed to working with anyone who has been injured, and forming a relationship with them while advocating for their best interests. Give us a call to get started today.

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