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Brain-injured plaintiff in Pittsburgh lawsuit may settle

It is hard to fathom the challenges faced by victims of traumatic brain injuries. Compared to several traumatic injuries, such as the loss of a limb, there is no easy way to imagine how life may look after physical or chemical changes to the organ that dictates how we perceive everything within and around us.

There are several laws that protect people with brain injuries and their rights to be included as full participants in social and civic life. Occasionally, people must defend these rights if others find it more useful or expedient to protect their own interests even in defiance of the law.

Stabilization after a spinal cord accident is critical

A person with a spinal cord injury has a long road to recovery ahead of them. In almost all cases, the immediate medical care has a huge impact on the amount of recovery the person will be able to experience. In the first hours and days after the accident, a lot of things will go on.

One of the primary concerns when the person first comes into contact with medical personnel is making sure they are stabilized. This includes a variety of considerations that depend on the specific circumstances.

Workers' compensation is expensive in Pennsylvania

Workers' compensation is a vital guarantee for employees that any injury they suffer on the job. This is especially important for people with high-risk professions, such as construction workers and emergency service personnel. Thousands of Pennsylvanians require workers' compensation benefits every year, and this can be costly to employers and the state.

A recent study by an organization that researches these crucial benefits determined that the Keystone State is one of the most expensive in the nation when it comes to working through cases. The study covered the total costs of delivering benefits and identified some of the factors that make Pennsylvania so costly for employers and employees.

Sleep deprivation in commercial drivers is a dangerous issue

When you don't get enough sleep, it can affect the health of your brain and everything you do. Being tired can make it harder for you to make good decisions or react quickly when the situation requires an immediate response. If you have ever wound up behind the wheel of a car while feeling exhausted, you likely know how difficult it can be to drive safely and stay awake when you feel tired.

In fact, medical research indicates that exhaustion impacts the brain in a similar manner to alcohol. It can cause longer reaction times and make it harder to focus. People who feel tired are more likely to make poor decisions at the wheel that could result in a wreck.

Traumatic brain injuries: Causes and prevention

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be a life-changing event. TBIs are caused by head injuries that are severe enough to disrupt the way your brain normally functions. TBIs range from mild concussions to extended periods of unconsciousness that can cause memory loss or even death.

TBIs are on the rise, according to the Center for Disease Control. Between 2006 and 2014, deaths, emergency room visits and hospitalizations related to TBI increased 53 percent, and nearly 155 people in the U.S. die each day from a TBI-related injury. With TBIs being so pervasive, it’s important to learn how they’re caused and how to prevent them.

Problems following a car accident may be all in the head

Getting a driver’s license is a rite of passage for American teenagers. Though, it is one which often comes with conflicting feelings from parents. For as much as you might want to support your teen’s ability to drive, you also probably worry about their safety on the road.

As a parent, you probably cannot fathom getting a call about your teen’s involvement in a motor vehicle accident. While a teen driving incident can be both scary and financially difficult, many times, teens appear just fine following a crash. However, a significant jolt or blow to the head could cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI). And although you may not see any physical signs of this trauma, suffering such an injury could drastically change your teen’s life.

New law may make medical malpractice cases easier for veterans

If you live long enough, it is almost inevitable someone else will accidentally hurt you. In some cases, this is simply an experience that may be worth more than it costs. In others, that may have to be taken literally, as the only way to recover from injuries caused by someone else is to collect financial damages.

One of the most traumatic types of injury is medical malpractice, when a physician or health care professional causes illness, injury, permanent disability or death to someone under their care. Since doctors must take an oath to protect the safety and health of their patients, these events are almost always accidents. The point of damages often comes down to who is legally responsible for the consequences.

DOT, NHTSA offer motorcyclists summer safety tips

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and it’s the perfect time for a refresher on how to hit the road safely as you dust off your bike for the summer. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have compiled lists of motorcycle safety tips in recognition of the event.


First responders risk mind and body to help car accident victims

Most people who are involved in car accidents in Pennsylvania survive to be more careful on the roads. This is often because the Keystone State has highly modernized emergency response services to manage accidents and the injuries they cause.

The government in Harrisburg has been struggling to protect first responders for years, and finally made headway with a proposed law to recognize post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as an occupational disorder. This new law would make it possible for officers, firefighters and medics to claim workers' compensation on the road to recovery.

A helmet isn’t the only safety precaution to take

Helmets save lives. There’s no question about that. But, strapping on a helmet and calling yourself good to go isn’t necessarily the safest way to traverse the roads.

Motorcycle riders and bicyclists should remember to tack on these safety precautions to their checklist too.

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