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What are the warning signs of a serious brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury is an extremely serious condition that can happen after a blow to the head. This can occur during a car accident or some other kind of incident. One of the biggest issues with TBIs is that they are not always discovered by the victims and their medical providers. It is important, therefore, to look for the signs of a serious brain injury so that appropriate medical care can be administered as quickly as possible following the accident.

Sometimes, if the accident victim suffered from what is commonly called a "closed head wound," it may not be immediately apparent that the individual has a brain injury. However, there are some specific things that one should look for. For example, problems remembering events and confusion are important signals that a brain injury may have occurred. An unusual amount of sluggishness or tiredness could also be a sign of a TBI condition.

Brain injury victim graduates high school with honors

When most Los Angeles residents think of a brain injury, they think of a debilitating condition that will prevent them from achieving their goals in life. However, for one particular teenager, a traumatic brain injury was not enough to prevent her from graduating high school with honors.

Last April, a car struck the girl while she was walking with her brother on a sidewalk. The severe brain damage she suffered caused her to miss her last semester of high school. Only six weeks after the accident, she was able to walk without assistance to her graduation ceremony. However, a science teacher from the high school, who knew the girl since she was a small child, walked her down the aisle since she is still struggling with her brain injuries.

3 things you should never do following a car accident

After you get into a car accident, you may be disoriented, stressed and injured. This is not a time when it is very easy to think clearly, but it is a time when you absolutely must think clearly in order to get the help and care you need. Familiarizing yourself ahead of time with potential pitfalls that accident victims can fall into can certainly help you avoid these mistakes when and if you are ever in an injurious accident.

Never move your car following a collision, unless moving it is a legal requirement and/or unless it is a requirement for safety purposes. Never stand in any area where you could get hit by a passing vehicle. This is a common mistake of accident victims and it can result in worsened injuries. Stand as far away from traffic as you can without leaving the scene of the accident. On that note, under no circumstances should you ever leave the accident scene as this is illegal and could result in legal charges.

Who is eligible to seek wrongful death damages?

Following the unexpected death of a loved one, there is no end to the trauma and emotional turmoil experienced by friends and family members. California courts do have methodologies for quantifying the pain, trauma, loss of companionship and other damages experienced by close family members, so that financial damages can be pursued. However, not everyone has the legal right to pursue a wrongful death claim when a loved one dies.

In most situations, the only people who can pursue such damages are: children, spouses and parents. Minor children will usually have viable wrongful death claims when their parent or parents are killed due to negligence. Those claims have to do with the child's relationship with the mother or father, and the loss of parental guidance and comfort the child would have received from the relationship during his or her formative years. In some cases, lost future inheritance could also be a potential damage category in these claims.

How brain injuries in accidents are diagnosed

Brain injuries are usually the result of a serious accident, but knowing that a brain injury has actually occurred can sometimes be a challenge -- both for physicians and for the people who are suffering from them. In fact, if the symptoms are not obvious and clear, doctors often overlook mild brain injuries. However, even a mild brain injury can have a significant and negative impact on an individual's life.

In severe brain injury cases, the primary way they are discovered is in the emergency room when a neurological exam is performed. A doctor or a nurse will rate the patient on the Glasgow Coma Scale, which tests eyelid movement, speaking ability and responses to physical and verbal stimulus.

Avoid fatal car accidents in California by following this advice

California residents depend on their automobiles to get them from A to B, but transportation becomes the least of their concerns if a serious car accident happens. The injuries, fatalities and property damage that happen in a car accident can be life altering for California residents and their families. For this reason, it is important that we all do our part to avoid injurious and fatal accidents whenever possible, and we can do so by following the pieces of advice below.

Do not drive while "buzzed." The general advice that says, "do not drink and drive," is accepted by everyone. The problem is that drivers are often unable to know with absolute certainty if they are too drunk to drive. Thus comes the advice to not drive while "buzzed." By buzzed, we are referring to your ability to feel any effects of the alcohol he or she has consumed. Be safe instead of sorry. If you have been drinking, do not get behind the wheel of an automobile.

What are the worst expenses after a minor car accident?

Even a minor car accident can be expensive for those who were involved in it. That is why personal injury claims are often made after just a fender-bender. If you or your loved one has been involved in a California car accident, considering the following expenses ahead of time can help you plan for upcoming bills.

Higher insurance premiums are bound to happen if you make a claim against your insurance company. In most cases, the higher premiums will represent an increase of 41 percent on average. Those who cause car accidents often lose their "good driver" standing with their insurance companies too, which means even higher premiums for these drivers.

Bruce Jenner targeted in lawsuit over fatal Malibu car accident

Famed Olympian Bruce Jenner is facing a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit relating to a chain-reaction motor vehicle accident he was involved in in Malibu last February. The tragic collision resulted in the death of an elderly woman.

The deceased victim's stepchildren are now pursuing civil claims against the Olympian. The lawsuit alleges that Jenner was speeding at the time of the accident. The lawsuit claims that Jenner's negligence, carelessness and recklessness caused the 69-year-old woman's death.

The difference between traumatic and acquired brain injuries

Your brain is the most important part of your body. It governs your intelligence, emotions, consciousness, sensations and movement. When your brain suffers a permanent injury, though, the aftereffects -- including the possibility of lifetime physical and mental disabilities -- can be devastating. The various types of brain injuries are classified in two different ways as traumatic brain injuries and acquired brain injuries.

Traumatic brain injuries are always the result of an external force and they could be open wounds or closed wounds. They usually happen as a result of a motor vehicle crash or a slip and fall incident. However, they also happen following a criminal event in the case of assault and battery, and they also happen in on-the-job injuries. Differing kinds of traumatic brain injuries include diffuse axonal injuries, penetration injuries, contusions and concussions.

Serious accidents prompt Trek to recall 1 million bicycles

Three different bicycle accidents have been attributed to bicycles manufactured by Trek. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Trek, badly installed release levers on Trek bikes with disc brakes are to blame for the accidents. A total of 900,000 bicycles have been recalled in America and another 98,000 were recalled in Canada.

Trek has issued the recall in order to prevent further accidents. It is offering to fix all affected bicycles free of charge by replacing the release levers. Trek has also offered a $20 gift voucher for merchandise to anyone affected by the recall.

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