Impeding the Long Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

The causes and cases of traumatic brain injury are innumerous, with motor vehicle accidents, falls and sports injuries being the most common. Recovery may occur but other serious conditions can develop days, weeks or even years after the initial trauma. Recently the news has been replete with stories regarding a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which can develop years or even decades after sports related concussions. The after affects of TBI can be depression, personality changes including anger and rage, problems with thinking and memory, and motor skills impairment. A serious progression of neurological effects can occur following a brain injury, particularly inflammation and [...]

By | 2018-05-24T19:15:50+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Brain Injury|0 Comments

How Safe are E-Cigarettes?

Many people have turned to electronic cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking or as a way to quit, but just how safe are e-cigarettes? The use of electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes or e-cigs, has become increasingly popular in recent years. ‘Vaping,’ as it is commonly called, has become so trendy that recent statistics indicate that there are over 7000 ‘vape’ shops in the U.S. These shops cater strictly to the users of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. That number does not include the countless number of convenience stores and smoke shops that also carry e-cigarettes. Originally these cigarette look-alikes were marketed as a safe [...]

By | 2018-05-24T19:27:58+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Personal Injury|0 Comments

Brain Injury Statistics Darken the Start of Football Season

The recent awareness of traumatic brain injury, particularly chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has cast a penumbra over the start of the football season. As fans scrutinize offensive lines and passing games and players still work to master playbooks, a new threat lurks on the sidelines. The threat is not a linebacker or a kick return specialist but a statistic. The potential for brain injury to players has many in the game rethinking whether they should to continue in the sport. A report released over the summer revealed that only a single player out of the 111 National Football Players tested was free of chronic traumatic encephalopathy [...]

By | 2018-05-24T19:29:39+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Brain Injury|0 Comments

Suit Claims Exposure to Roundup Caused Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Death

The family of an Illinois woman claims exposure to Roundup herbicide caused a fatal case of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in a recently filed wrongful death lawsuit. The personal representative and heir of Stephanie Bare-Wheeler filed the complaint earlier this month, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against Monsanto Company, Bare-Wheelers death, in September 2016, was from complications associated with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The lawsuit alleges that the cancer was the result of regular exposure to Roundup beginning in 1996. Monsanto is accused in the lawsuit of providing false and misleading information for Bare-Wheeler and other consumers of the associated risks of using Roundup [...]

By | 2018-05-24T19:31:13+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Products Liability Law|0 Comments

More Pedestrian Accidents Impel California Pedestrian Safety Month

Most residents of California are aware that pedestrian accidents are an important issue regarding the states roads and highways. Statistic shows that there were 6,316 pedestrian fatalities in the period from 2005 though 2014. In the following years the numbers continued to increase. In response to the rise in fatalities and injuries, the California State Senate passed a resolution naming September as California Pedestrian Safety Month. The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department and the California Office of Traffic Safety has joined other law enforcement agencies, city and state transportation agencies, pedestrian advocates and walking clubs, in a joint effort to ensure both drivers and pedestrians are [...]

By | 2018-05-24T19:34:08+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Pedestrian Accidents|0 Comments

The Do’s and Don’ts of California Motorcycle Lane Splitting

Motorcycle lane splitting is a practice that has been common on roads and highways as long as there have been motorcycles and traffic. California has become the only state in the U.S. that has made lane splitting legal. California Vehicle Code 21658.1 defines lane splitting as “driving a motorcycle between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane including on both divided and undivided streets, roads and highways.” This section became effective Jan.1, 2017. Lane splitting has been a practice of contention long before it became legal. Since California added it to the vehicle code, the focus on safety issues has only become more [...]

By | 2018-07-31T17:40:54+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Motorcycle Accidents|0 Comments

Monsanto “Secret” Documents Augment Round Up Safety Concerns

More questions regarding Monsanto’s integrity and business ethics were raised by the release of company emails and other court documents. The Monsanto “secret” documents suggest that Monsanto executives debated the safety of its leading herbicide Roundup, while simultaneously attempting to boost its reputation in the media. In an article published by the New York Times, the emails and other Monsanto “secret” documents are part of a case in Federal Court in San Francisco. Plaintiff’s lawyers, who claim Monsanto neglected to file a motion that would have kept the records sealed, released the documents. “Now the world gets to see these documents, that would have otherwise remained [...]

By | 2018-05-24T19:37:07+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Products Liability Law|0 Comments

Sleep Apnea Rule Withdrawal Denounced by Schumer and Med Groups

Three medical groups have followed the lead of head Democrat Chuck Schumer, denouncing the transportation agencies withdrawal of the sleep apnea rule. Early in August, Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asked the U.S. DOT to “immediately reverse course” on it’s recent decision to withdraw a rule requiring sleep apnea screening for truckers and railway operators. He said that the DOT’s decision to withdraw the rule “commemorates a disaster waiting to happen.” “It’s high time to move forward with making sleep apnea testing a federal requirement; no ifs, and or buts about it,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement to the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA). [...]

By | 2018-05-24T19:38:10+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Truck Accidents|0 Comments

Football Brain Injury Expert Omalu Calls Youth Football Child Abuse

The man who first identified the football brain injury, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), in former players, has blasted the sport with what is his most captious statement to date. Forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu, San Joaquin County’s chief medical examiner, whose revelations of the degenerative brain disease helped gain a better understanding of sports-related injuries, said letting children play football, is a form of child abuse. Omalu, whose memoir “Truth Doesn’t Have a Side,” published on Aug. 6, said that no one under 18 should play football. “Someday there will be a district attorney who will prosecute for child abuse, and it will succeed,” Omalu said. “It [...]

By | 2018-05-24T19:41:25+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Brain Injury|0 Comments

Burn Injuries Bring $1.3 Million Settlement in Warehouse Blast

A New Jersey electrical contractor has agreed to a $1.3 million settlement for burn injuries received in a warehouse explosion, as reported in the New Jersey Law Journal. According to the suit, Michael Young, of Bayville who was 50 at the time, needed to be airlifted to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, suffering from third-degree burns encompassing 36 percent of his body, including his arms, legs, hands, face, neck and back. Mr. Young was working as an electrical contractor at Dealer Tire on Valley Brook Road in Lyndhurst NJ. He was replacing a component on a fire suppression system on June 16, 2012, when he [...]

By | 2018-05-24T20:30:36+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Personal Injury|0 Comments

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