Brain Injury Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 5

Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 7, 2013 – Researchers have released their findings after analyzing the brain tissue of deceased former NFL linebacker Junior Seau. The analysis found that Seau had a debilitating brain disease, one which was probably caused by blows to the head he suffered during the twenty years he played football. Neurosurgeons specifically studying the brains of former pro football players who had complained of dementia and depression found that, in many cases, the players had been suffering from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). The findings are just the latest in the ongoing study of concussions and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 6, 2013 – Even baseball players may succumb to the side effects of traumatic brain injury. “Former Cincinnati Reds baseball player, Ryan Freel, who was only 36-years-old, was recently found dead in his apartment. Police indicated his death was a suicide as the result of a gunshot wound,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “This was a player who had readily admitted that he had sustained at least ten concussions during the course of his career.” Freel was a noted player and one that fans and other […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2013 – The City of Chicago has reached a major personal injury law settlement. The City of Chicago has agreed to pay $6.25 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a man who suffered severe brain damage when a drunk city worker drove a pickup truck into a group of pedestrians on a sidewalk in Gold Coast last year. “This tragedy may have been prevented if the driver had undergone random alcohol testing,” said Chicago personal injury attorney Robert Briskman, who is not involved in the case. “In order to prevent a repeat […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 13, 2012 – David Goldstein, 17, a soccer player at Ransom Everglades School in Miami, has suffered three concussions and once thought he would never play the game again. Now he is responsible for helping convince the Florida legislature to pass a law to protect Miami-Dade County student-athletes from debilitating brain injuries. “Brain injuries are a real possibility for anyone engaged in contact sports,” Tampa brain injury attorney Robert Joyce commented. “It is particularly important that children be protected from permanent brain damage.” Goldstein suffered concussions in each of three separate incidents during soccer […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 31, 2012 – An estimated 2.6 million U.S. children were treated for sports-related injuries between 2002 and 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 170,000 of those injured children were diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries from concussions. A sports concussion is an injury to the brain caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head, one that usually occurs during a fall or colliding with another player. “Now that students are back in school is an ideal time to increase awareness of overall safety in student sports,” stated […]


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Charleston, SC (Law Firm Newswire) October 9, 2012 – Charleston, SC (Law Firm Newswire) October 9, 2012 – The Charleston personal injury lawyers of Yarborough Applegate Law Firm have negotiated a $9.9 million settlement for a client who was injured on a ride last summer. David B. Yarborough Jr., William E. Applegate, IV and Douglas E. Jennings of the Yarborough Applegate firm, reached the settlement through mediation on August 24th. The deal included a partial confidentiality clause that prevents disclosure of any details about the case that could identify the defendant, or its location. Yarborough Applegate’s client, a 44-year-old mother […]


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Norfolk, VA (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2012 – Summer is coming to a close, school is back in session, and you know what that means – FOOTBALL! College football season is upon us, much to the delight of the thousands of Virginia college team fans in our area. Unfortunately, celebrating a new season can also bring danger in the form of drinking and driving. Between tailgating parties, sports bars, and home viewing parties, alcohol consumption and game day are often synonymous. And one too many drinks can lead to very serious consequences. Recent studies show that the drinking and […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2012 – It’s time someone made recommendations to reduce traumatic brain injuries in sports. “It almost goes without saying that the world of sports has lagged behind in doing something about reducing the number of traumatic brain injuries that occur every year. Traumatic brain injuries, or concussions, are life-altering, brain-altering experiences, often affecting balance, judgment and memory,” explained Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “Finally, a series of suggestions were approved by Ivy League presidents in July 2012.” Consider the case of a local college rugby player […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 6, 2012 – Abuse of patients suffering from brain injuries has allegedly taken place at the Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation in Wauchula, Florida. Twenty former and current patients have said residents have frequently been abused, confined and neglected. Additionally, over 2,000 pages of various documents such as police reports, autopsies and medical records, reportedly show violence, and even death have occurred at the facility. In five resident deaths – two in the last 1.5 years – families of patients, or official agencies, have indicated there has been abuse. (The other three deaths happened […]


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Fort Mill, SC (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2012 – The South and North Carolina personal injury and criminal defense firm Reeves, Aiken & Hightower LLP employed three law student interns over the 2012 summer. Divided between the firm’s offices, the three are: Jamie White, Emory Law rising third year, in the Fort Mill office; Brice Peper, Charleston Law rising third year, in the new Charleston office; and Jessica, Charlotte Law rising second year, in the Charlotte office. Fort Mill intern White received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, and, immediately after graduation, began his law school career at Emory. […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2012 – A teenager in Florida will likely recover from a severe brain injury, caused by being impaled by a 3-foot-long spear, while spear fishing. On June 8, Yasser Lopez, age 16, was fishing with a friend near Miami. When the friend attempted to load the spear gun, he accidentally shot Lopez. The spear penetrated his skull above the right eye, went through his brain, and exited the back of his head. Lopez survived the brain injury and underwent a three-hour-long surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital, from which he will enter an intensive […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2012 – Combat veterans who have encountered large explosions may suffer from the same repeated concussions seen recently in athletes, according to a new study. Researchers at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, in partnership with Boston University, studied the brain tissue of four service members who had been exposed to large blasts. The research shows that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) can be caused by the type and force of blasts associated with improvised explosive device (IED). The report was published online in Science Translational Medicine May 16. “This study is an important […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 18, 2012 – The Toral Family Foundation is offering a scholarship program for members of the healthcare field who want to learn more about brain injuries to enhance their competence in treating them. The Florida foundation is offering three professionals paid trips to the 10th Annual North American Brain Injury Society Medical Conference on Sept. 12-15 in Miami. Each scholarship is valued at $1,500 and includes entry to the conference. Applicants to the scholarship program must be employed in the healthcare field within the state of Florida, and work in the brain injury field. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2012 – A recent wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the tragic death of an infant in a hospital has been settled. Advocate Lutheran General Hospital will pay $8.25 million to settle the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Genesis Burkett. Genesis was born premature, but was expected to do well, until he was mistakenly given an overdose of sodium chloride, 60 times the recommended dosage. “Medical errors of this kind too often end in tragedy,” said Robert Briskman, a Chicago birth injury attorney not involved in this case. “Families who suffer […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 8, 2012 – A legal battle over the alleged negligence of the NFL in the death by suicide of Dave Duerson, a former Chicago Bears safety, will play out in a Philadelphia federal court, where hundreds of other lawsuits filed by former NFL players have been consolidated. Duerson was a defensive safety known for his effectiveness and fierce hitting. He was selected for the Pro Bowl as one of the best players in the league four times consecutively. He also was on two championship teams and was once the NFL Man of the Year. […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) May 4, 2012 – A patient with migraines gets a cerebral angiogram. She was not told about the risks, or why she had to have the procedure. “In this case, a 43-year-old woman agreed to have a medical procedure done to attempt to determine the cause of her life-long migraines. She had several MRIs and other non-invasive medical tests, but the doctors decided she should have a cerebral angiogram. They thought it would tell them what was causing her headaches. She went along with that idea, because they were doctors, and they should know what […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 4, 2012 – Traumatic brain injury may play a much larger role than we realize in the troops that come back for Afghanistan. “While the name of Robert Bales has more of less faded out of the spotlight, the issue behind what caused him to snap and kill multiple civilians is a major, ongoing question. Was it traumatic brain injury? There may be a good case that it was, as he did sustain head trauma on a previous tour of duty,” commented Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2012 – A new drug may help deal with the after effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI). It may also have troubling side effects. “Drug makers know they need to test their new products before they end up on the market. Some do, and do it carefully. Others do, but don’t do it as carefully, leaving the human population to find out later about serious side effects; side effects that may include death. It’s a conundrum to find a drug to help, but without troubling side effects. Such is the worry about Clazosentan, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2012 – Joyce and Reyes Law Firm, P.A. recently launched their Tampa personal injury website to help clients with all their serious injury concerns. The website is a comprehensive resource for everyone in the Tampa Bay area to learn more about what to do after an auto accident, wrongful death concerns, and brain injury cases. The firm has helped thousands of clients since they began a law office in 1984. “Having the website is a natural extension for us,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “We want clients to have the best […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 5, 2012 – Getting blown up regularly while on patrol in Afghanistan is taking its toll. Traumatic brain injury is at an all time high for returning military personnel. “Who would have thought military personnel fighting a war would sustain traumatic brain injury (TBI) in any other way, other than a fall, being involved in collisions or being hit in the head? Turns out, explosions involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are causing soldiers untold grief. The unfortunate part is that TBI is a silent and unseen injury, which makes it hard to treat, and […]


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