Personal Injury Articles
What are the Long-Term Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury?
San Jose Personal Injury Lawyers
March is Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are injuries to the brain that can affect an individual on a physical, emotional, psychological, and cognitive level. Sometimes they do not have noticeable physical symptoms, leaving many injuries undiagnosed, resulting in prolonged suffering for victims. The long-term effects of a TBI can also prevent a victim from working or force him or her to perform lower-paying work than he or she could perform previously because of his or her reduced capabilities following the injury. If you are facing lost wages, high medical bills, and other expenses following an accident that caused you to suffer a TBI, consider seeking compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. Studies are continuing to uncover the long-term effects of TBIs on child and adult victims. One study in particular from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center discussed what parents can expect from their children 10 years following their injuries. Adult TBI sufferers face different long-term effects than child victims.
Long-term Effects of TBIs in Children
A TBI can delay a child’s developmental growth. For example, a toddler or young child who suffers a TBI may take longer to develop fine and gross motor skills than other children. Children can also experience delays in the following areas:
The Hidden Dangers of Cheerleading
Decades ago, cheerleaders led crowds at sporting events with pom-poms, clapping and toe kicks. Those days are gone. Today, cheerleading is a competitive, physically demanding activity that takes place year-round. Complex stunts, pyramid building and athletes tossed high in the air have taken the place of the splits, and the injuries show it.
In fact, cheerleading accounts for more than 65 percent of all catastrophic injuries suffered by female high school athletes during the past 25 years. The catastrophic injuries from the sport may cause permanent brain injuries, paralysis or death.
Paying Better Attention to Distracted Driving
The automobile industry is attempting to lead the way in dealing with the problem of distracted driving. While 34 states currently have laws on the books making it a crime to use handheld cell phones or text while driving, and 95 percent of Americans agree that it is a very dangerous practice, just knowing it is dangerous and illegal isn’t always enough to compel drivers to stop. Analysis of crash data has shown that texting and driving distracts drivers and does cause car accidents.
That’s where the automobile industry and a number of private companies come in – by offering alternatives to help curb distracted driving accidents.
Protecting Our Aging Loved Ones
Thankfully, Americans are living longer, fuller and more productive lives. As our population ages, however, there comes an increased dependence on caregivers, whether they are in an assisted living facility, residential care center or in our home. While the great majority of those providing a much-needed helping hand to the elderly are honest, trustworthy, skilled and caring, some use their position as a caregiver to take advantage of their weaker and more vulnerable charges.
Types of Abuse
Vulnerable or infirm senior citizens are subject to any number of abuses, ranging from physical assaults to mental intimidation and from theft to sexual abuse. The types of abuse, and the effect the abuse will have on the victim, vary widely. That is why it is particularly important that you, as loving family members and friends, stay on the lookout for potential warning signs. By remaining vigilant, you can prevent harm to your loved one and others who may be in the same situation.
New Hope for Those Living with Spinal Cord Injuries
Motorcycle accidents generally occur because other drivers do not see motorcycles until it is too late. Because motorcycles weigh significantly less than cars and offer much less physical protection in an accident, car-motorcycle collisions are often fatal for the motorcyclist.
Even worse is the situation when the accident involves a car and a moped. A moped is smaller, slower (usually no faster than 25 mph) and quieter than a motorcycle, and offers even less protection than a motorcycle in the event of a collision.