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How will a brain injury affect my life?

No two brain injuries are the same, nor are any two brain injury victims. For this reason, brain injuries will affect their victims lives in different ways. Typically, brain injuries will impact their victims emotionally, cognitively and physically.

In terms of an emotional impact, brain injury victims may be prone to suffer from depression. They might also experience violent or emotional outbursts for seemingly no apparent reason. A brain injury victim may experience a lot of different and very intense emotions but not know why.

Could this new drug help some brain injury victims?

The National Institutes of Health, the University of Texas Southwestern and their partners have announced a new drug for the treatment of brain injury victims. The drug is intended to treat cerebral bleeding. It is expected that doctors throughout the country will soon be testing the new drug.

Even though serious brain injuries happen every day -- through sports injuries, slip and fall accidents and car crashes -- there are not very many treatment options for victims. Furthermore, for the last three decades, there have not been any new medications introduced to the medical community for treating traumatic brain injury. For this reason, the new drug Tranexamic Acid is getting a lot of attention because it could be a very effective new treatment in some cases.

Types of damages claimable in a car accident case

When a Santa Monica resident is injured in a motor vehicle crash caused by another driver's negligence or unlawful behavior, it may be possible for the injured person to seek financial restitution in court. Some of the types of damages that are typically claimable in such cases include those detailed below.

Car accident victims need to pay for medical care, which is often quite costly, following an injurious crash. Medical expenses might include costs associated with helicopter or ambulance transport, emergency room services, surgery, in-home health care, rehabilitative services and more. In cases where the injuries are particularly severe, victims may also require compensation for the future costs of medical care that will be required for disabling injuries at some future point.

Follow this advice to help prevent car acciddents

Perhaps the most important ways to prevent a car accident are to use your common sense, drive defensively and be exceedingly attentive to what other drivers are doing around you. However, reading the following list of traffic safety suggestions can also help remind you of a few things you might not be doing -- just in case they have been slipping your mind recently.

When you're pulling into traffic, do it slowly. Stop, listen and look around. Be careful of any blind spots in rear view mirrors, around highway road signs, curves, buildings and behind your windshield pillars. When making a right turn, look in both directions two times, just to be sure the way is clear.

How to care for a burn injury

Proper care for a burn injury is essential for a full recovery. However, different kinds of burn injuries should be cared for in different ways. For example, the severity of the burn (whether it is a first, second or third-degree burn) will dictate the type of medical treatment that is required. First and second-degree burns can often be treated as minor burns. However, if it is a large second-degree or a third-degree burn, more involved hospital care may be required.

If the burn is minor, you can likely treat it yourself. Run cool water over the burn for 10 to 15 minutes. Put a cool, clean and dampened towel over the burned area. Make sure to take off any rings or other tight things that you might be wearing near the wound. If small blisters develop, do not break them. If the blisters do break, you can clean them with soap and water, and then put antibiotic cream and a nonstick bandage over the wound. Moisturizer and/or aloe gel could provide some relief. Pain reliever like ibuprofen or acetaminophen may also be helpful. A tetanus shot could also be appropriate in certain situations. In case of large blisters or signs of infection like pain, swelling, redness or oozing, be sure to seek medical attention.

5 injured in serious Westwood crash

A violent car accident left five people injured in Westwood last Saturday. Two of the individuals were in critical condition, police said. The accident happened just after 3 a.m., when a motorcyclist t-boned a Nissan Sentra.

According to Los Angeles police, the driver of the Nissan Sentra was attempting a left turn, when the collision took place. One witness told reporters that he saw what happened from his window and went outside to help. He said that a young person was in the passenger side of the backseat going into shock, and the motorcyclist was on the ground. The motorcyclist eventually regained consciousness and tried to get up.

Car accident claims in Santa Monica

A car accident can happen at any moment in time, and it can change the course of your life in an instant. A catastrophic collision can result in disabling injuries that never fully heal, a lifetime of pain and suffering and exorbitant medical costs that no one can afford. When an accident and injuries like this are caused by another party's negligence in Santa Monica, victims don't have to take it on the chin; they can fight for their rights to compensation in civil court.

At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, we have helped countless car accident victims seek justice and financial restitution for injuries and financial damages caused by other people's negligence. This is an area of the law that we are extremely passionate about. Not only do we find great satisfaction in helping people get justice and closure after such a calamitous event, but we also feel that our efforts help to prevent future accidents like this from occurring.

What is brain injury fatigue?

One of the worst symptoms that brain injury patients experience while recovering from their trauma is that of fatigue. Brain injury fatigue relates to the issue of tasks -- that were once very simple to complete -- being very taxing to perform due to microscopic injuries to different parts of the upper brain stem and cerebral white matter.

For example, brain injury victims may experience difficulty with concentrating, reading for meaning, keeping distractions at bay, monitoring ongoing performance, completing mental calculations, planning activities and understanding conversations with background noise. This difficulty causes fatigue and an extreme sense of tiredness. Many brain injury sufferers may be completely exhausted by midday or late afternoon. This fatigue causes actions that were formerly difficult to be come next-to-impossible to complete.

Tragic Highway 120 crash claims 5 lives

A fiery head-on collision in Northern California left five people dead earlier this week. Two others were injured in the Saturday evening crash, which happened in Tuolumne County on Highway 120 at approximately 5:30 p.m.

According to the California Highway Patrol, both cars involved in the collision caught fire, which spread to a nearby hillside, but emergency crews were able to quickly extinguish the blaze. No information regarding the identities of victims has been released at this time.

Seeking closure after the loss of a loved one

Our lives are precious and we do everything we can to preserve them. We also do everything we can to keep our loved ones safe and out of harm's way. Still, there is only so much we can do. There is no way to keep our loved ones and ourselves completely safe from getting killed in an unforeseen event.

At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, we pursue wrongful death claims on behalf of families who have lost loved ones in accidents. More specifically, we pursue claims against negligent parties who, through their lack of responsibility, caused the death of another person.

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