Personal Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury: How Is It Sustained?

A traumatic brain injury is sustained if a person has received enough traumatic force. This force can target the head, directly inflicting damage. But it can also target different parts of the body, with the brain still sustaining damage. The best example is a car accident. The collision doesn’t necessarily send the victim’s head crashing into a hard object, but the shaking that results from it can send the victim’s brain crashing into the skull wall, inflicting damage.

There are two main ways for the head to directly receive force and damage the brain – you can either hit your head strong enough in a solid enough ground or material or get hit in the head with enough force by a durable enough object.

The website of Mazin & Associates, PC has enumerated some of the most common symptoms associated with brain injuries. Physical symptoms include blurred vision, coma, loss of consciousness, persistent headaches, and ringing in the ears. Cognitive symptoms include concentration problems, memory loss, slowness in thinking, and trouble sleeping.

It is sad that these severe effects can be sustained just because you have received tremendous force to the head. But what are the common scenarios where a person can sustain a traumatic brain injury?

·       Automobile Collisions

·       Premises Liability Cases, Particularly Slipping and Falling Accidents

·       Sports Accidents

·       Violence

It is much more tragic when another person is at fault. According to the website of the Sampson Law Firm, when someone else has been negligent or reckless, and this has led into a traumatic brain injury, the victim may have legal options, like pursuing compensation.

It is good to know that the law is on the side of the victims here. After all, the effects of a traumatic brain injury can be life-changing, especially if the injury sustained has been severe. The fact that the accident that has caused the injury has not been the fault of the victim just adds insult to injury.

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Causes and Types of Bone Fracture

A bone fracture or a broken bone refers to a crack or a break in a bone; it is usually caused by a very strong force, such as the force of impact created in a car accident, a fall or a sports-related accident.

Bone fracture or broken bone has various types , including:

  • Closed or simple fracture;
  • Open (compound) fracture – the broken bone punctures and juts out through the skin;
  • Greenstick fracture – this fracture is frequently suffered by children. It is characterized by one side of the bone being broken, while and the other side is only bent;
  • Hairline fracture – or stress fracture, is fatigue-induced. It results from repeated stress and often occurs in the lower leg or foot. Activities that result to this type of fracture include jogging or running; and,
  • Comminuted fracture – this type of fracture is most often a consequence of a motor vehicle accidents. Here, a bone breaks or is shattered into more than two fragments.

While the symptoms of a fracture depends on the severity of the injury and the specific bone that has been fractured, these usually include pain, bruising and swelling; if the fracture occurs in a leg or an arm, the limb affected would be very hard, if not impossible, to use.

While some bone fractures would need surgery and surgical traction, others simply require a a plaster cast, to immobilize the bone, or the surgical insertion of metal plates or rods to hold the bone pieces together. There are fractures, though, that are considered more dangerous due to the possible complications that these may result to. Thus, in the case of fracture of the skull, there is risk of damage to the brain; a rib fracture, meanwhile can result to injury to chest organs, such as the lungs.

Broken bones may be reset and scarred tissues, corrected. These, however, can cause long-term issues with mobility and chronic pain that will necessitate continued costly medical treatment which may eventually cause financial difficulties for the patient and his/her family.

If the accident that resulted to the bone fracture is a consequence of someone’s reckless or negligent behavior, then the victim can (and should) pursue legal action against the liable party in order to recover compensation for all the damages resulting from the injury. Along this same line of thought, the law firm Russo, Russo & Slania says, “The effects that a serious injury can have on the lives of both victims and their loved ones can be considerable. For many, the physical and emotional challenges that these types of injuries can pose are often extraordinarily difficult to overcome. What’s more, injury victims are rarely in a position to be able to comfortably afford the costs of medical treatment and lost income that may result from the harm they have suffered.

The consequences these re often substantial. Fortunately, it is often possible for people in these situations to receive financial compensation when another person or party is responsible for causing their injuries or illness. Because of this, many victims are able to not only get the financial support they need to better deal with the aftermath, but are also able to get much-needed closure and justice.”

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Impacts of Spinal Cord Injuries

The study of a type of roundworm – C. elegans – is providing researchers with a platform to investigate how to fast-track the regeneration of central nervous system brain cells that can serve as a cure for people suffering from spinal cord injuries and paralysis.

In a study which was published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on April 26, 2016, Boston University School of Medicine researcher and lead author Christopher Gabel PhD, said, “We describe a new type of neuron regeneration in C. elegans that is independent of previously discovered regeneration pathways.”

Gabel, who is the assistant professor of physiology and biophysics at BUSM added, “At the end of development, neurons in the adult human CNS, such as the brain and spinal cord, lose their ability to effectively regenerate in response to injury. But, when two lesions are made to the same neuron, remarkably, some cells in the human CNS robustly regenerate – a phenomenon known as lesion conditioning and which was strikingly similar to what we saw in our elements with C. elegans.”

The website of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP says that when a person has incurred a spinal cord injury, he should expect that every aspect of his life would be affected by this phenomenon. For instance, if one gets injured at the lowest part of the spinal cord – which is referred to as the neurological level of the spine – a person experience either complete paralysis (loss of all sensory and motor functions below the spinal cord injury) or incomplete paralysis (loss but not total loss of sensory and motor functions below the affected area in the sense that some feelings and some motor functions can still be felt and exercised, respectively).

Among the most common impacts of a spinal cord injury include loss of movement, sensation which includes the ability to feel cold and heat, and bowel or bladder control; pain or an intense stinging sensation due to the damage incurred by the spinal cord; and difficulty in breathing and in expelling secretions from one’s lungs.

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What If Someone Injures Me?

To start with, do not panic. Anxiety is often brought on by problems or concerns about things that haven’t occurred but you believe are heading to result into catastrophic, almost planet-ending situations. It really is the best strategy to attempt to keep yourself considering realistically.

The best thing if you have been injured by someone to do is to assess the situation. Is the injury one that is easily blown off and forgotten by the end of tomorrow or is it something that could totally hinder you from seeking your profession? It is most likely not worth trying to follow the lawful action for in the event the former. If it’s the latter, action at law is a potential course of action due to the expenses which are essential in order for you to recover from your trauma.

As stated by the internet site of the Hankey Law Office, you should make sure that your recovery is prioritized instead of letting worries of the future make you more nervous than you need to be; getting help that’s more experience than you with one of these issues may make procedures substantially smoother and less trying than they have to be, rather than working everything on your own.

Harm which has been triggered to the victim’s person – be it a bodily, psychological, or psychological injury (or possibly a mix or 2 or maybe more of the sorts of injuries) – due to random or deliberate carelessness is topic for examination under the rights system through the pursuit of a personal injuries situation. These kinds of cases may become complicated because of the various aspects and parameters to contemplate.

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Burns: One of the Severe Effects of Chemical Hazards

There are about 32 million workers in the US who are regularly exposed to chemical hazards, according to the US Department of Labor. And with around 650,000 chemical products already available in the market and hundreds more being introduced every year, both employees and employers have a lot to be concerned about.

While factory workers, construction workers, those in the cleaning business, and those whose work is directly involved in the extraction or manufacture of hazardous substances, face the greatest risk of injury and/or illness, office workers also get a share of the danger whenever paint, cleaning chemicals and other dangerous substances are used in their work area that is poorly ventilated.

The injury that chemicals can cause depends on their type and a person’s level of exposure to these. Besides direct skin contact, a person can also be injured through ingestion or swallowing, which happens when, after handling the toxic substance, the person eats or smokes without washing his/her hands first, or through inhalation of chemical fumes. The toxic gases and vapors released by chemicals not only irritate one’s nose and throat; often, these fumes settle into the blood stream or lungs, where these create the worst and deadliest damages.

The injurious effects of chemicals include serious health disorders, damage to internal organs, respiratory problems, birth defects, disfigurement, and severe burns. Burns are caused not only by fire or contact with a very hot object (thermal burn), but by chemicals too. And, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication standard (HCS), the worst thing about chemicals is that these not only cause physical hazards, but health hazards as well.

By physical hazard, HSC means that a chemical is not just combustible or flammable, but supports fire or burning too. Health hazard, on the other hand, means that a chemical can cause severe or lasting health effects in workers who are regularly exposed it.

The website of The Law Offices of Crowe & Mulvey, LLC, points out the consequences and the extreme pain and difficulties that burn victims can suffer from. Besides the possible permanent damage that burns can cause, there will also definitely be the costly medical bills and, possibly, life-changing disabilities.

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Trucking Accidents

Drive far enough and long enough and chances are an accident will happen. This is especially true when it comes to commercial truck drivers, who not only have the stress of constantly being behind the wheel day in and day out, but also the pressure to clock in as many miles as possible to maximize income. A major cause of truck accidents is driver fatigue, and that can mean a heap of bad news of a whole lot of people. Commercial truck drivers in the U.S. are held to a higher standard licensing-wise than an ordinary driver, primarily because they operate a much more dangerous vehicle due to its weight and size, and sometimes also because of what they carry.

A truck accident involving a big rig carrying gasoline, toxic chemicals, and other hazardous materials can mean disaster on many levels, including personal injury, property damage, and environmental pollution. An accident may not even be anyone’s fault but it is disastrous just the same. This is the reason why it is so important that truck drivers and trucking companies maintain a high standard of care when putting these large trucks on highways. Unfortunately, a lot of drivers and trucking companies fail to take this responsibility sufficiently to heart. When a truck driver violates the hours of service, with or without the knowledge of the employer, they both become liable for any personal injury or property damage that results from driver fatigue.

The same applies for a driver who is intoxicated or distracted, the owner whose equipment and vehicles are poorly maintained, or the parts manufacturer who supplies a defective product that causes an accident. Victims of truck accidents or eligible family members can sue those responsible in civil court, but filing a claim and winning it are two different things. The services of an experienced truck accident lawyer will be necessary to prove negligence and put together a convincing case to encourage a just settlement or award. If you have been injured in a truck accident, make sure to contact a personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible. An attorney will be able to help you through the legal process, making sure you understand all of the complexities of the law. This is a difficult and stressful time and you shouldn’t have to go through it alone.

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