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Trick-or-treat personal injury hazards in the neighborhood

Many Illinois parents enjoy Halloween as much as their children. There may be adult parties, costume contests and the Naperville Halloween Hop for all ages. Of course, trick-or-treating is the climax of the holiday. However, as spooky and fun as neighborhood properties may be, if property owners neglect to exercise precautions, those decorations may present a personal injury hazard for kids and chaperones.

A greater risk for female soccer players when heading the ball

The popularity of soccer among women and girls has grown and FIFA reports that more than 30 million females play the game worldwide. Heading the ball is a signature move in soccer and can affect players’ brains. A recent Radiology study found "female amateur soccer players who frequently head balls showed more white matter brain alterations than their male counterparts."

Appellate Court Rules in Favor of Student who Suffered Serious Brain Trauma during Gym Class

The following facts were excerpted from the Appellate Court's decision. On the day of the injury, the student's regular P.E. teacher prepared a syllabus and classroom instructions for the substitute teacher. The student's injury arose during a half-court game of pick-up basketball. Though the student does not remember how he sustained the injury, his classmates recall that he jumped up to block another player and fell, hitting his head on the floor. The substitute teacher heard the student's head hit the floor, and rushed over. With the assistance of the school principals, he was transported to the emergency room.

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