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Common type of brain injury may require more neurosurgeons

When many of us think of brain injuries we often conjure up images of horrible car accidents or terrible war-related trauma. The truth is that brain injuries can also occur from rather mundane activities like tripping and falling. In fact, slip and falls often account for a large percentage of brain injuries caused by head trauma among much older people.

A new study conducted by researchers at NYU's Langone Medical Center suggests that subdural hematomas may become a problem by 2030 due to a lack of available neurosurgeons. Subdural hematoma is a fancy way of referring to bleeding on the brain's surface. SDH is a particular problem among older populations which is part of the reason why the NYU study predicts the doctor shortage in the future.

New technology may significantly reduce motorcycle accidents

If you ride a motorcycle, then you are probably already aware that motorists often have difficulty realizing when you are near them on the road. Perhaps that lack of visibility is due to the motorcycles' smaller size or simply it's because of inattentive motorists. Regardless of the reasons, a study conducted back in 1981 confirmed that most car vs. motorcycle accidents occurred because car drivers either didn't see the motorcycle prior to the collision or they saw the bike much too late to avoid a crash.

Fortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently looking into new technology that may provide better situational awareness on Louisiana roadways. So-called "vehicle to vehicle communications" is a technological advance that allows vehicles to rapidly share critical information with other vehicles in their proximity. V2V, as it's called, works by sending out and receiving basic safety data at a rate of 10 times per second. Typically, that data will include information regarding a vehicle' s rate of speed as well its position relative to other vehicles nearby.

National Brain Injury Awareness Month

Did you know that March has been declared National Brain Injury Awareness Month? This is to help people understand the very real impact that brain injuries can have on individuals and the struggles that they face. These things are sometimes hard for outsiders to fully understand because a brain injury is invisible, unlike an exterior bodily injury -- like a broken arm. People who have not studied these injuries may make the mistake of thinking that someone is imagining symptoms that are actually very real.

Additionally, National Brain Injury Awareness Month can be used to spread information regarding how many people are impacted by these injuries in Louisiana and across the United States. It has been said that Traumatic Brain Injuries are actually the top cause of death for people under 44 years of age. Around 52,000 people pass away each and every year from these injuries.

Can I get workers’ compensation for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the term used to refer to a condition that affects hands and arms. According to the Mayo Clinic, carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when a bundle of ligaments within your wrists becomes pinched. Symptoms of carpal tunnel include an overall numbness of the hand, tingling sensation in the hand and reduced hand strength.

The typical anatomy of a person's hand contains a small passageway between the hand and the wrist that is known as the carpal tunnel. The main function of that tunnel is to protect a crucial nerve that is connected to your hand as well as the nine tendons that allow you to bend your fingers. The actual "syndrome" or series of maladies related to your carpal tunnel occurs when that crucial nerve becomes compressed or pinched in the narrow passageway between your wrist and hand.

Oil and gas accidents may give rise to wrongful death lawsuits

Here in Louisiana, we enjoy the benefits of profitable oil and gas industries. Our state's location near the Gulf of Mexico ensures that companies that harvest energy from the sea floor provide good-paying jobs to many Louisianans.

One of the reasons that jobs in the oil and gas industry are so lucrative is because the work is often very dangerous. A recent study conducted by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights just how hazardous the work can be. The CDC compiled reported data taken between 2003 through 2010 and discovered the following trends within the national oil and gas industry:

How wearing a helmet might affect your motorcycle accident case

Riding a motorcycle has a lot to do with personal freedom. When you are on your bike, you are exposed to the elements, and unrestrained by the typical wall-to-wall paneling and other enclosures found in most vehicles. That feeling is further enhanced with the absence of a helmet while riding. Indeed, a lot of the appeal of owning a motorcycle is having the wind whipping through your hair as you tool around the back roads and byways of our great state.

It's important to know, however, that Louisiana has adopted mandatory helmet laws that require every motorcycle driver and passenger to wear helmets while riding. These helmet laws are not very popular with most riders, mainly because wearing a helmet seems contrary to the purpose of riding a motorcycle.

Proving liability in your Louisiana truck accident lawsuit

Louisiana is one of the few states that has a very simple concept of liability in personal injury lawsuits. In fact, Article 2315 of the Louisiana Civil Code says, "Every act whatever of man that causes damage to another obliges him by whose fault it happened to repair it." Although the language of that statute is rather stilted, it basically means that anyone who causes injury to another has a responsibility to compensate that victim.

Truck accidents that occur in Louisiana are no different. If a driver or a truck company is responsible for your accident then they have a responsibility to compensate you for your injuries. In order to show that a party is responsible for an accident, an injured victim will have to demonstrate that either the driver or the trucking company engaged in some form of negligent action.

What are some methods used to treat traumatic brain injuries?

Traumatic brain injuries are defined as the brain dysfunction that is caused by some external mechanical force. TBIs can occur from a variety of activities. These can come from a violent blow to the head or something actually penetrating the skull and damaging brain tissue. Car accidents, impact to the head after a slip and fall accident or being struck in the head by a criminal's bullet are all examples of events that often give rise to TBIs.

TBI victims suffer range of symptoms from extreme comas to the relatively mild bouts of changes in personality and amnesia. Fortunately, medical science has advanced sufficiently where health care professionals can now offer treatments for many victims of TBI. The overall goal is to rehabilitate a TBI patient to the point where there is some restoration of his or her ability to function at home and in his or her communities.

Can I reuse my child's car seat after a minor accident?

For most parents, our children are the most precious cargo we travel with in our vehicles. That's why we go through all the expense and hassle to use car seats that protect our little ones from violent crash forces associated with auto collisions.

However, a recent statement by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that you may not necessarily have to replace your child safety after experiencing an accident. NHTSA says that it was important for them to report on when child safety seats should be replaced for several reasons. Some parents were discarding their child seats after an accident and driving around with their child unrestrained while they were attempting to get another seat. Still, other parents were wasting money buying new seats when they weren't actually needed.

Workplace injury catagories that cost employers the most

Here in Louisiana, the Office of Workers' Compensation is the state agency that manages claims from workers who are injured or made ill while at their jobs. What is important to know is that the OWC does not actually pay out claims to injured workers. Rather, every Louisiana employer is required to either become self-insured or maintain workers' compensation insurance.

The general concept of the mandatory insurance requirement is to give employers an incentive to observe better worker safety practices and policies. Put simply, the employer's costs to obtain workers' compensation insurance generally increases as workplace accidents and illnesses increase.

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