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What Would You Do If…

Posted by Sean DuBois on Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Fantastic article in the New York Times about one woman living with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) her husband received on the job. As a lawyer, you’d think the legal aspects of the article would grab me, but in fact I barely noticed them, focused as I was on the emotional story she was telling. I absorbed it as a father and husband before I noticed any legal parts of it.

Do you run through disaster scenarios in your head? I know I do. I’ve done it since I was young. I can remember lying awake at night in seventh grade, thinking about what would happen if my parents died, if my brother died, if there was nuclear war. I still think about these kinds of things when my mind is idle, and now that I’m grown, I realize that I’m not alone. (more…)

Dealing with Brain Damage from Car Accidents

Posted by Sean DuBois on Friday, December 14, 2012

Would you be surprised to learn that one of the most prevalent brain injuries that occur today is brain damage from car accidents? To be precise, car accidents account for approximately 17 percent of all traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in the entire United States. This is second only to slip and fall accidents that cause brain injuries. It is a sad fact but brain damage from car accidents actually leads the nation in all traumatic brain injury fatalities. These statistics may seem very shocking at first, but as soon as you can understand just how often car accidents happen and what makes these kinds of accidents particularly devastating, it may make more sense to you.

The Events of a Car Accident

Lets do a little visual exercise. Imagine that you are in a car that is traveling on a main road at about 35 miles per hour when suddenly a car shoots out in front of you with no warning. When you are involved in a collision like this, you lose a lot of forward momentum the minute you collide with the other car. The front half of your car will crunch together, largely in part due to the momentum and weight of the rest of your car. If this is what your vehicle is going through, can you imagine now what your body is going through? The collision, if it isnt fatal, can mean severe damage for your bones in addition to your internal organs. In addition, you may experience brain trauma caused by your heat making contact with this air bag, the steering wheel, the windshield, or any other part of the car.

The Aftermath of a Car Accident

The worst impact that you can take in vehicle accident is if your head ends up hitting the windshield. The brain injury that may occur could be close, which means that the skull doesnt fracture, or open, meaning that the skull does become fractured. In addition to bruising of the brain, swelling and bleeding of the brain are two of the most common risks of closed brain damage from car accidents. If a person suffering from this kind of injury does not seek immediate medical attention, the injury could end up proving fatal.

Of course, the most common type of injury that is associated with car accidents and brain injuries is a concussion. The Mayo Clinic defines a concussion as a traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. Effects are usually temporary, but can include problems with headache, concentration, memory, judgment, balance and coordination. Concussions are risky business, because they can not only cause a temporary loss of consciousness, but perhaps even a much more permanent loss of consciousness such as a coma.

Traumatic brain injuries and brain damage from car accidents are extremely complex injuries to understand. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident and have suffered a brain injury, it will be vital for you to seek out continued treatment for that injury.

Management of Neurological Disorders

Posted by Sean DuBois on Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Management of Neurological Disorders embedded from Slideshare.

Evaluating Head Injury Settlements for Injury Cases

Posted by Sean DuBois on Tuesday, November 6, 2012

If you have been the victim of a car accident or other kind of accident, then there is a good chance that you have suffered some kind of injury, and possibly even a head injury. Head injuries are one of the most common types of injuries associated with vehicular accidents and workplace accidents, and they are one of the most difficult types of injuries to recover from and to treat.

That is why so many people find it necessary to hold the responsible, at-fault member of the accident accountable for their negligent actions, and to recover damages from this person for medical costs and treatment costs. When involved in an accident, it will be important for you to seek medical treatment for your injuries and to seek legal help for any head injury settlements.

Head injuries are very serious. A traumatic brain injury, otherwise known as acquired brain injury, refers to any acute physical injury to the brain. Traumatic brain injuries constitute a real epidemic not only in the State of Oregon, but across the country. Almost 1.5 million people suffer from traumatic brain injury each and every year, and somewhere around 52,000 people actually suffer fatal traumatic brain injuries.

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by a variety of incidents; however, most often times these injuries are caused by car accidents. This is because, more often than not, car accidents occur at high speeds as a result of reckless driving, which increases the chances of head injury. Other types of accidents that may occur can also cause traumatic brain injury, including:

  • Sports Accidents
  • Workplace Accidents
  • Violent Attacks and Crimes
  • Child Abuse
  • Basic Slips and Falls
  • Playground Accidents

Diagnosing Traumatic Brain Injury

If you find yourself with any kind of injury, you absolutely need to seek medical help for those injuries. This is important not only for your health, but also to assure that you have received the right diagnosis. In order to be diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, you will need to go to a physician who will look for specific symptoms and conduct a variety of imaging tests that will allow them to get a closer look at the brain. The tests that are run will vary widely based on patient symptoms, but will almost definitely include neck and skull x-rays which will look for breaks or fractures, as well as a CT scan which will allow your physician to get a better look at more serious brain damage if it exists.

Legal Issues When It Comes to Traumatic Brain Injury

There is no doubt that if your brain injury was caused by another persons actions or negligence, then you will have a right to seek compensation and possibly even head injury settlements. This means that you will need an attorney on your side who knows the law and is very familiar with this kind of personal injury. Make sure that when you look for an attorney, that they are not only a qualified personal injury attorney, but also one who has head injury claim experience.

 

Portland Injury Attorney: Knowledge and Experience

Posted by Sean DuBois on Thursday, November 1, 2012

For a lot of folks, finding a Portland injury attorney might start by looking at advertisements online, in the newspaper, or even on television. They may else seek word-of-mouth recommendations, asking friends, family or other legal professionals that they might know who would be the best attorney for them and their particular case or claim.

The choice of an attorney is a difficult one, especially when it comes to dealing with finding a personal injury attorney. Personal injury situations are trying. They often involve terrible injuries or damages, and individuals and families are maxed on their stress, their tolerance, and their patience. The last thing they want to think about is finding an attorney, battling it out with an insurance company, or going to court.

While the entire process of a personal injury claim may be stressful, finding a Portland injury attorney should not be. If you can find a great attorney who possesses these simple, solid characteristics, you can rest assured that your claim or your case is in good hands.

A Personal Injury Attorney Should Have Extensive Knowledge

Yes, when you hire an attorney to assist you with your case, you should make sure that they are, above all else, qualified to work on your case. Knowledge can come from a variety of places. It can come from education and mentoring, and it can also come from working in a particular field for a length of time. Many attorneys will have specialized in a particular area of law, so when you trying a personal injury case, you want to make sure that you have an attorney working by your side who has knowledge of personal injury law.

Also, you will want to make sure that this attorney has knowledge working in the State of Oregon. The laws governing personal injury cases will differ greatly state by state. This means that if you dont have an attorney who knows Oregon personal injury law, youre going into your case half blind.

A Personal Injury Attorney Should Have Practical Experience

Being book-smart and knowing the law is one thing, but knowing how these laws actually come into play during the practice of law is another story. Any personal injury attorney you work with should have practical experience. This means that theyve used what they know extensively in practice. They have used their knowledge of the law to successfully negotiate with insurance companies regarding personal injury claims. They have used their legal knowledge to try cases dealing with personal injury cases and have come out on top.

In Conclusion

Knowledge and experience are vital, but there is perhaps one other item that is even more important. This is the quality of the legal service provided by your Portland injury attorney. Of course, this is the most difficult characteristic to quantify and you will likely have your own way of quantifying it. Regardless of how you do, though, just remember that you should feel the comfort of knowing that your attorney is doing a good job for you.

Diagnosing Post-Accident Brain Damage

Posted by Sean DuBois on Monday, October 15, 2012

Car accidents are scary. Motorcycle accidents are horrendous. And workplace accidents are some of the most shocking. While any accident is particularly disturbing and especially jarring for the parties involved, the scariest thing that can happen when someone is involved in an accident is that someone suffers a traumatic brain injury and therefore suffers from post-accident brain damage. Lawyers who have consistently worked within the auto accident and personal injury realms and have seen the kinds of damage that these survivors suffer from know just how devastating that these injuries can be, and the fact is, it can be amazingly distressing for everyone involved.

For many survivors of post-accident brain damage, life may be going along smooth, and then suddenly, things begin to go downhill. They realize that they have memory loss, or they arent able to complete simple tasks like they used to. Some may suffer from pain, or have more serious symptoms. These individuals will undoubtedly seek the help of a professional, who may require them to get plenty of rest in addition to prescribing a variety of other treatments.

Regardless of how you obtained your traumatic brain injury, most rehabilitation programs have similar characteristics for those suffering from all different types of post-accident brain damage. Finding adequate medical care should always be the first consideration for suffers of traumatic brain injuries or concussions, and the second thing that these individuals must focus on is following their treatment plans to the letter.

Most brain injury rehabilitation programs will attempt to:

  • Help sufferers to halt the progression of the brain damage and restore the person to their optimum level of functionality.
  • Help sufferers improve enough so that they may leave the hospital or treatment center and return to their families at home, and to continue as they normally would with work and school.
  • Help suffers who may require it to develop the skills and techniques necessary in order to be prepared for any limitations that may be caused by the post-accident brain damage in the long term.
  • Help suffers and their families with the kinds of emotional stresses that may be involved with dealing with the affected individuals diagnosis.

Medical authorities such as the CDC and the Brain Injury Association of America state that most brain injuries and long-term brain damage are caused by things such as car crashes, falls, violence, and sports injuries. While some cases of brain injury may not have been preventable and may not be the fault of the individual who suffered the injury (and any party that this is true for should seek legal representation by a Portland train injury lawyer to hold the responsible party accountable), these organizations do provide some great tips in order to help individuals to understand how to avoid these common injury circumstances.

When in a vehicle, always wear your seat belt and make sure that are children are properly buckled into their booster seats or child safety seats. When operating a motor vehicle, never drive or ask others to drive who have been drinking or are under the influence of other substances. Where appropriate, wear a helmet and other safety gear as required. Follow all safety guidelines when working and establish safety protocols in your own home in order to reduce home injury accidents. Doing these simple but very smart things may make the difference between staying healthy and suffering from post-accident brain damage.

Experts: Portland Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer

Posted by Sean DuBois on Thursday, October 11, 2012

With traumatic brain injuries and subsequent traumatic brain injury cases on the rise in Oregon as well as in the United States as a whole, the Portland traumatic brain injury lawyer may just be one of the most in-demand specialty lawyers in the nation. The truth is that traumatic brain injury has become known as the new silent epidemic. It is known as a silent epidemic by many in the legal and scientific communities because, often times, these kinds of traumatic brain injuries go unnoticed, untreated, and undiagnosed for many years.

Take for example the extremely high-profile NFL traumatic brain injury/concussion litigation that has hit the news hard in recent years. This litigation is known specifically as the National Football League Players Concussion Injury Litigation, and is said to rival that of the litigation involving Big Tobacco that was so huge and prominent in the 1990s. What the former NFL players involved in this litigation claim is the NFL was not forthright with the health risks and dangers that came along with the repetitive concussions that so many players experience during the course of their long NFL careers.

This litigation is unprecedented in the larger sports community; however, the issue on the table is made even more serious by the deaths that many believe to be associated with these injuries. Several former NFL players have in fact committed suicide and it is a question to be answered in the lawsuit whether or not the injuries that they suffered during their football careers contributed to their weakened mental states later in life.

According to the CDC; though, traumatic brain injury is a serious public health problem in the United States, and it is not just one that is affecting specific pockets of the population, such as those individuals who are involved in professional sports but everybody. People from all walks of life are experiencing the symptoms of traumatic brain injury, including memory loss, diminished mental capacities, and personality changes. It is an even sadder fact that many of the people who have acquired these injuries at some point during their lifetime have been left with fairly disabling injuries and no recourse to hold those responsible for the injury accountable.

That is really where a Portland traumatic brain injury lawyer can be of assistance. If you feel that you or a loved one have become the victim of a traumatic brain injury, which can be defined as an injury to the brain caused by trauma, neurotoxins, anoxia, or vascular disorder, then these professionals can help you.

In more recent years, the need for the kinds of experience that a Portland traumatic brain injury lawyer can provide has become apparent, especially considering all the new available research on the topic that has become available. These lawyers can provide more effective representation because they have a basic understanding of how these injuries happen, how physicians diagnose them and how they treat them, in addition to how the injuries can have long-term effects on survivors.

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