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A Concussion Can Change Your Life, and So Can a Verdict

A Concussion Can Change Your Life, and So Can a Verdict

While popular culture immediately associates brain injury with professional football players, minor brain trauma can also be debilitating and happen to anyone. One example of brain trauma is post-concussive syndrome (also known as post-concussion syndrome or PCS). While the body often self-heals concussions in one to six weeks, some are more serious and life-changing. In 10 to 20 percent of concussion cases, the symptoms persist for weeks, months, or years. PCS problems can be physical, cognitive, and emotional. Symptoms may include chronic headaches, dizziness, depression, and a change in personality. Sometimes the effects of post-concussive syndrome are so severe that people who suffer from PCS are no longer able to work. Because PCS is ongoing, the cost of medication and treatment are high. Most cases of post-concussion syndrome occur as the result of an accident, whether in the workplace, while driving — or even on vacation, as happened to my client, Owen. In 2006, Owen and his girlfriend traveled from Virginia to Orlando for a paintball tournament on Disney property. While browsing vendor booths, a large, tethered advertising balloon came crashing down on them. Owen was more seriously injured than his girlfriend, and after being transported to the hospital he was diagnosed with a concussion and released. Unfortunately, Owen’s symptoms did not dissipate within a few weeks. Instead, he suffered from constant headaches, depression, a change in personality, and rising health costs. He became suicidal. After 11 years of this, he finally sought legal recourse with my help. Thanks to the testimony of his former girlfriend, who described in detail the struggles and pain that Owen experienced, the jury...
Soccer and Personal Injury: Traumatic Brain Injuries From Soccer Heading

Soccer and Personal Injury: Traumatic Brain Injuries From Soccer Heading

In a world that is more and more cognizant of the long-term damage that head injuries can do to a person, it’s a wonder that soccer has made it this far without enacting better protections for players. It remains one of the only sports that actually encourages the use of the head to control or advance the ball. It’s called soccer heading and it has come under increased scrutiny as a contributing factor to progressive brain damage and dementia later in life and has been the underlying cause in many an Orlando personal injury lawsuit. No Contact? Not Really Many parents encourage their children to play soccer because it is considered a “no contact” sport, but that’s not necessarily accurate. Soccer heading, crashing into other players, bumping heads, hitting goals posts…there are many ways a child can be injured playing soccer – and players have none of the personal protective equipment that athletes in “contact” sports like football or hockey wear. The soccer and personal injury connection occurs more often than many people realize and, in the case of soccer heading, it’s “all just part of the game.” Even though they are not subject to soccer heading to the degree that pro athletes are, children are especially at risk for brain injuries from soccer heading because their brains do not fully develop until they are in their early twenties. It’s possible that the minor head injuries and brain bruising that occurs in the elementary and high school soccer-playing years could have lasting impacts on developing brains. This is especially concerning given the dramatic changes that occur in the human brain...
3 Tips To Avoid An Orlando SunRail Accident

3 Tips To Avoid An Orlando SunRail Accident

The SunRail commuter train line is still relatively new to the area having opened in spring of 2014, and it seems the line is taking a bit of getting used to. Orlando SunRail accident numbers are up to 15 since the line opened. Many of these accidents have to do with cars being on the tracks at the wrong time. In train-automobile accidents, the automobile always loses. Even though there are warning lights, sounds, and crossing arms that block access to the tracks, accidents still happen. Drivers need to take extra precautions when crossing SunRail tracks to protect themselves from deadly accidents. Avoid An Orlando SunRail Accident Common sense and basic safety tips can help keep drivers safe near SunRail lines. Follow these basic safety tips to avoid an Orlando SunRail accident: Obey railroad crossing signs. Stop when the lights are flashing and crossing arms are down. Don’t try to beat the train or drive around the crossing arms. Trains cannot stop in time to avoid hitting something on the tracks. They are simply too big, too fast, and too heavy. There’s also nowhere for them to go, they can’t swerve to avoid an accident. If something is in front of them, they’re going to hit it. Don’t sit on the tracks. It’s not unusual to see cars stop on the tracks as they wait for traffic to move forward. This is not safe under any circumstances. Even if the crossing arms have gone up and the lights have turned off, it does not mean the tracks will remain clear long enough for you to move forward. Don’t chance...
Proving Negligence In Train Accident And Personal Injury Lawsuits

Proving Negligence In Train Accident And Personal Injury Lawsuits

Train accidents remain common throughout the U.S. In addition to derailments and spills, there are impact accidents involving automobiles and pedestrians. Sometimes, the train company is at fault. Also, not all train accidents don’t happen on the rails. Take, for example, an incident that occurred in a Washington, D.C. subway recently. The victim suffered a head injury after being struck by a metal pole that was being used to close an area of a Washington Metro Transit Authority subway station. The pole became dislodged and struck him as he was walking by. The traumatic brain injury was so extensive that the victim is unable to return to work for the foreseeable future. He has sued the transit authority in a $50 million negligence lawsuit for failing to “properly inspect and maintain” the subway station and for failure to “properly train and supervise its agents.” Railroad Negligence Can Lead To Lawsuits Train companies have a responsibility to provide safe passage on their trains but they also have a responsibility to build and maintain safe stations and crossings. This is not just a responsibility, it’s a legal requirement. Train companies are bound to comply with state and federal laws to meet a certain standard of care – on and off the actual rail lines. Failure to do so is negligence and sets the stage for train accident and personal injury lawsuits to occur. If a Sunrail accident were to occur, the first thing you’d need to establish in order to bring forth an Orlando personal injury lawsuit is if the company’s negligence resulted in the accident. Negligence can occur in many...
Relationship Between Chiropractic And Stroke: Katie May Stroke Case

Relationship Between Chiropractic And Stroke: Katie May Stroke Case

In early 2016, fans were shocked to learn that Katie May, a popular Playboy model and Snapchatter, had suffered a stroke and died following a chiropractic visit. The coroner ruled that a blunt force injury sustained during neck manipulation by the chiropractor had torn a hole in an artery in her neck. This cut off blood flow to the brain, which led to a stroke that ultimately caused Katie May’s death. The formal name for such an injury is arterial dissection. What Is Arterial Dissection? Arterial Dissection occurs when an artery is twisted at high speed during a chiropractic adjustment resulting in tears inside the lining of the artery. The vertebral, carotid, and basilar arteries are all vulnerable to tears during neck manipulations. This danger is even higher for people who have risk factors for stroke such as high pressure and a history of smoking. The Connection Between Arterial Dissection And Stroke When an artery tears or dissects, blood can enter the aortic wall, which can weaken the aorta and lead to a rupture or leak or even burst the wall. This forms a clot, which can impede blood flow or break off and travel through the arteries to block blood flow to the brain, causing a stroke. This likely is what happened with Katie May. Arterial dissection symptoms can take days or weeks to develop, or there may be no symptoms at all. It can happen suddenly, even in people who have had chiropractic care for years and never suffered any ill effects, and patients are often not warned of the risks of cervical manipulation before it’s done....

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