Concussions Cause Long-Term Effects Lasting Decades – Medical News Today

Concussions which commonly occur among athletes can cause damage to the brain that lasts for decades, according to research presented at a recent AAAS Annual Meeting.

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Workplace concussions also have long term effects that covered through the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness | Mental Health By the Numbers

Learn about different mental health conditions’ stats in easy to read info-graphics.

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People with mental illness who are seeking Social Security Disability have a very hard winning their cases. Make sure that you have an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer help you.

Face Transplant Helps Firefighter See Again

A volunteer firefighter badly burned in a 2001 blaze has received what appears to be the most extensive face transplant ever, covering virtually his entire head and much of his neck. (Nov. 16)

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Injured workers can receive ongoing medical treatment related to their work accidents with the help of an experienced Illinois Workers’ Compensation attorney.

How Do You Get Future Medical Treatment in Illinois Work Comp?

It is possible to obtain future medical treatment for your Illinois work related injury; it just is not easy.

Most cases that are settled end all medical treatment. When you read the contract it is clear that it does not allow for any future treatment once your case is over.

For instance, if you injure your knee on the job, have surgery and then settle your case, the result is that any need for future injections or surgery is on you.

The reason is that insurance companies do not want to be responsible for some unknown bill that may extend far into the future.

You can ask the insurance company to leave medical open, however it is very rare for the work comp insurance company to agree.

If the company will not agree to leave medical open, then you can take your case to trial. If you win the cases it leaves open the potential for future medical. You still must prove that your future medical need is related to the original work injury. The insurance company will have potential defenses such as another unrelated injury, arthritis related to aging, or unknown causes of your problem.

The advantage of settlement is you know what you are getting and you get the money sooner. The disadvantage is that it closes out the possibility of future medical treatment.

Questions about your work injury? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

What are the common symptoms of lupus? | Lupus Foundation of America

Because lupus can affect so many different organs, a wide range of symptoms can occur.

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Severe cases of lupus may result in a finding of disability for the purposes of Social Security Disability. Make sure that you tell your doctor regarding all symptoms and how extreme they are.