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Brain injury can cause depression, memory loss

Getting a traumatic brain injury is frightening. You may not know what is wrong, and you can't seem to get your bearings. Perhaps you suffered from a slip-and-fall accident or you were involved in a really terrible car accident. No matter how it happened, things are different now and you can't seem to figure out what is what. Do you feel like Alice in Wonderland? Kind of like you fell down a rabbit hole? You aren't alone.

If you are wondering what changes have occurred and feel trapped on the wrong side of the looking glass, especially if it happened recently, you know that your short-term memory has suffered. Memory is defined as the brain taking in, keeping, recalling and using information. Brain injury can affect all of these functions and these facets of memory. You may have difficulty remembering things and you may also have no way of learning anything now.

Workers' compensation in New Orleans

Louisiana workers sacrifice their time and safety to earn a living and put food on their family's tables. Some workers report to jobs that are much more dangerous than others in order to achieve this goal. The problem is, when these workers are hurt on the job and unable to continue working, they need assistance to help make financial ends meet. This is where the Louisiana workers' compensation program comes into play.

If a worker is seriously hurt while performing his or her job duties in Louisiana, the worker may be able to qualify to receive financial assistance -- not only to pay for medical care, but also to pay for lost wages and permanent or temporary disabilities. Indeed, if you are so hurt that you cannot perform your job duties, you might be able to get salary or wage replacement benefits through the Louisiana workers' compensation program.

The latest DWI campaign started this month in Louisiana

Police officers in Louisiana are starting to crack down on DWI cases, and they've been running a new campaign this month to focus more attention on drunk drivers. It started on the 15th of August, and it involves 166 agencies all across the state.

The campaign is known as "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." It is something that is being done on a national level, and not just in Louisiana, but the state has just now joined in.

DWI driver causes injurious car crash

Baton Rouge police arrested a suspected drunk driver, who allegedly ran through a busy intersection and caused an injurious car crash on a recent Monday evening. The traffic accident happened on Aug. 3, at approximately 10 p.m., and several individuals were injured.

The 23-year-old driver who allegedly caused the crash was charged with 3rd offense DWI, negligent vehicular injuring, driving with a suspended license, reckless operation and fugitive from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. The man was previously charged with DWI on July 16, 2012 and Aug. 17, 2011. His bond is currently set at $30,000, but as of last reports he was still being detained as a fugitive from justice.

What is a concussion?

A concussion is the least severe form of traumatic brain injury. The term "concussion" derives from the original Latin root, "concutere," which means "to violently shake." Indeed, this is exactly what can happen to the heads of car accident victims. Due to the extreme forces exerted on the body in a car crash and the way crash victims' heads can collide with the interior of the automobiles, traumatic brain injuries can range in severity.

The Centers for Disease Control claims that from 2001 through 2009, approximately 173,285 individuals were sent to emergency rooms for concussions caused by recreation and sport activities. Other common causes of concussions are car accidents, bicycle accidents, falls, fights and on-the-job accidents.

Rejected applications for workers' compensation benefts

Unfortunately, not all workers' compensation claims are awarded to the injured workers who apply for them. Indeed, at the Law Office of John W. Redmann, we have seen numerous workers deserving of benefits get denied following their initial applications and even denied after they submitted an appeal. It is in these situations that an experienced attorney can be very useful. A workers' comp attorney knows the ins and outs of workers' compensation law, because he or she is constantly working in the field. For an attorney, many roadblocks and challenges are nothing more than a simple procedural process to resolve.

For someone who has never filed a workers' compensation claim -- which is virtually all injured workers -- the task of applying for workers' compensation can be daunting, confusing and overwhelming. Having to sort through legal and medical documentation is difficult enough as it is, but when you add a serious or disabling injury into the mix, it renders the process to be almost impossible.

Helmets go a long way toward stopping traumatic brain injuries

Most people know, in a general sense, that having a child wear a helmet can help to prevent injuries. However, many people in Louisiana don't take this nearly as seriously as they should, according to Acadiana Helmets for Life.

The group was founded by a woman whose own child was involved in a serious accident while riding a go-cart. The young girl suffered injuries to each lobe of the brain, and her skull was fractured in the crash. Her mother now says it's impossible to be too cautious.

Motorcyclist killed in tragic Highway 82 crash

A motorcyclist from Lafayette was fatally injured in a crash along Highway 82. The incident happened in Vermilion Parish last Saturday. Unfortunately, the motorcyclist did not survive.

Louisiana State Police officers indicate that the incident involved a second vehicle that cut the 35-year-old motorcyclist off. Police allege that the car turned in front of the man and there was nothing he could do to maneuver out of his path. Authorities say that they are still investigating exactly what might have occurred in the crash.

Understanding how stop signs improve safety at intersections

Most Louisiana motorists might be surprised at the level of research that goes into placing a stop sign at intersections throughout their neighborhoods. One of the reasons behind all of the thought that goes into erecting a stop sign is because many motorists will simply choose to violate them if they are unwarranted. Rather than coming to a full stop, drivers approaching a needless stop sign may choose instead just to slow down.

That's why many municipalities often dither when deciding between erecting a stop sign or a yield sign to control traffic at intersections. The federal agency tasked with promoting safety policies at intersections is the Federal Highway Administration. That agency has created a series of guidelines to help civic planners determine whether a traffic stop is warranted at certain intersections. Here are some of the requirements of that policy as well as some other key intersection safety facts:

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