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How to work around cognitive issues after a brain injury

After a serious brain injury, cognitive problems are common. Brain injuries are a bit tricky because they impact different people in different ways, but some common issues include:

-- Feeling restlessness.-- Often being quickly distracted.-- An inability to pay attention to long conversations.-- Issues finishing projects that have been started or doing multiple things at once.

Don't count on the right of way

If you're a motorcycle rider in Louisiana, just having the right of way doesn't mean you're going to avoid an accident. It's important to know when you have the right of way, of course, but you must remember that you're still potentially in danger if other drivers violate it.

One study found that an incredible two-thirds of motorcycle crashes, at least when multiple vehicles were involved, where caused by the other driver. That driver violated the bike's right of way, directly and quickly causing the wreck, even though the biker did nothing wrong.

Can you still get workers' comp benefits after returning to work?

In most cases, you get workers' comp benefits to cover your wages only until you return to work. When you can earn your pay again, those benefits stop. For some people, this happens after just a few days or weeks, though it can be longer for others. It all depends on the nature of the injury and the recovery period.

In rare cases, though, it is possible to still get benefits even when you've returned to work. This is done when you are not able to earn as much as you were before, even though you're technically putting in time.

2 types of wrongful death damages

A wrongful death lawsuit could start for many reasons. Maybe a loved one died in a hit-and-run accident, the driver was later caught, and you believe the person may have lived if the driver stayed and called 911. Maybe a loved one died in the workplace, and you think unsafe conditions directly caused the accident and the death. Whatever the situation, there are typically two types of damages that can be sought: Pecuniary damages and punitive damages.

Punitive

Study says marijuana reduces death rates after brain injury

Traumatic brain injuries often lead to death or bring about a greater chance of death in the years after they occur. Therefore, researchers are always looking for new ways to reduce the rate of death in their patients. One study suggests that marijuana may be be the answer.

First of all, the study did not use any patients who were under 15 years old, and it didn't use any who had a non-survivable injury. The group using tetrahydrocannabinol was then compared to the group not using THC, taking into account the severity of the injury, the injury mechanism, mortality and disposition. To look at independent associations with mortality, a logistic regression system was utilized.

Post-car accident tips

The first time you're in a car accident will be very jarring, and you may suddenly feel out of your element, with no idea what to do. It's crucial to just stay calm, take deep breaths and use the following tips to get through this as quickly and easily as possible.

-- Call an ambulance if someone is injured, even if you're not sure. When in doubt, it's best to get in touch with emergency services and have a doctor check the person out. Some injuries may not be immediately obvious, but that doesn't mean assistance isn't needed.

Blind spots cause many motorcycle accidents

Blind spots are a large contributing factor in yearly motorcycle accident statistics. In many cases, drivers who hit bikes say that they simply did not see them.

It's important to remember that this does not mean the motorcycle rider is at fault. Drivers are responsible for knowing where their blind spots are and taking steps to drive safely. Still, it's good for motorcyclists to know about blind spots so that they can also work to stay safe.

Key points from the accident study presented to Congress

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration presented a report to Congress regarding car accidents in the United States. Specifically, the report looked at accident causes to better understand why they happen and what can be done. Below are a few interesting points from the report.

1. Intersections played a huge role in accidents. A full 36 percent of the cars involved in crashes were at intersections, either going through or turning, when they crashed. As such, the report called this a critical factor.

The physical impact of chronic traumatic encephalopathy

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is often called CTE, has been in the news a lot lately as it pertains to the NFL. It's a condition originally noted most often in boxers, but it's now being found in many people who have suffered repeated blows to the head. Officially, it's a progressive degenerative disease, and having more of these head injuries -- even minor ones -- increases the chances a person will have it.

When talking about CTE, people often talk just about the symptoms. These include depression, memory loss, loss of cognitive function, and the like. Essentially, the brain is deteriorating, and many different things that were once easy become difficult. Like many brain injuries, it can impact different people in different ways.

Exceptions to the portal-to-portal rule

The portal-to-portal rule essentially says that your commute does not officially count as time at work. Therefore, if you're driving in to work or driving home, and you get in a car accident, your employer does not have to pay workers' compensation benefits. This is true even though you wouldn't have been driving had you not had to commute to your job.

There are exceptions, though, such as:

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