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Education is key to coping with brain injury

An injury to the brain is one of the most serious bodily injuries. Missouri residents struggling with brain injury symptoms know that the extent of brain damage is sometimes hard to determine. Many healthcare professionals believe that people who sustain a brain injury as a result of an accident may have a hard time knowing if that injury is permanent. Fortunately, our firm is well-acquainted with the symptoms and effects of brain injuries and can provide plethora of information to an injured party.

A motorist involved in an accident may experience severe headaches after the accident and disregard this symptom, believing that a headache is not serious. However, head pain is one of the physical signs of traumatic brain injury. Ignoring any symptom may lead to extensive complications. Other physical symptoms include blurred vision, reduced or lost mobility, loss of taste and slurred speech. Our firm can advocate for a victim to undergo a battery of medical tests to identify if those symptoms are a sign of brain injury. A victim with a definitive diagnosis has a greater chance of full recovery and prevention of further complications.

What should you know about truck accidents?

Commercial trucks are a common sight on Missouri roadways and interstates. This is understandable, since trucks usually move products, materials and other goods. Unfortunately, trucks can create different road hazards and dangers for motorists in the event of a truck accident.

When it comes to a truck accident, Missouri residents should be aware of federal and state laws governing the trucking industry. These laws encompass different rules and regulations that must be followed by trucking companies and their drivers. The two primary federal agencies regulating truck accident cases are the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Most of these regulations can be found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Falls now leading cause of spinal cord injuries for all Americans

Until the last decade or so, any Missouri resident who suffered a spinal cord injury probably did so from a motor-vehicle crash. That is no longer the case. A recent study conducted by a Johns Hopkins University researcher determined that falls are now the leading cause of spinal cord damage in Americans, largely because of the growing numbers of elderly.

The study, which was reported in the Journal of Neurotrauma, evaluated a national data sample of 43,137 adults ages 18 to 64 that were treated for spinal cord injuries between 2007 and 2009. The rate of injury dropped from 52.3 persons per million in 2007 to 49.9 per million in 2009. For Americans 65 and older, however, the rate has shown a statistically significant increase: from 79.4 per million in 2007 to 87.7 per million in 2009. A previous study covering 2000 to 2005 found the average age of an injured patient to be 41, but new data shows the age has increased to 51. Falls are the leading cause of injury at 41.5 percent, with motor vehicle accidents second at 35.5 percent.

The importance of establishing a doctor's duty of care

A medical malpractice case in Kansas City, Missouri, or anywhere else in the U.S., may stem from a surgical error, misdiagnosis or general medical negligence. However, there are laws that govern medical malpractice cases. These laws vary from state to state, as well as from case to case. There are statutes that limit the ability of an individual to sue for medical malpractice, while there are provisions that also set a time limit for filing such actions. However, every state has a common requirement for medical malpractice cases, which is the doctor's duty of care.

A doctor's duty of care means that a physician owes a duty of care to patients before performing any necessary medical services or treatment. This requirement establishes the doctor-patient relationship, holding doctors legally responsible for any error or mistakes. For example, if a patient visits a physician for medical treatment, the doctor should guarantee that every treatment or examination conducted on the patient is safe and accurate. However, establishing a doctor's duty of care in incidents of medical error is not always easy.

Missouri woman sues Home Depot for family's wrongful death

Natural disasters such as storms, hurricanes and tornadoes have the ability to cause property damage issues for families in Jackson, Missouri. These occurrences can also sometimes cost a life, changing a family forever.

However, one Missouri woman believed that the tornado that hit her town in 2011 was not the primary reason why she lost her husband and children. She thought that the structure they were in was negligently constructed when the tornado approached. The woman lost half of her family from the tragedy, including her husband and two children, aged 5 and 19, respectively. Since their deaths, she filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Home Depot.

Facts about spinal cord injury

Spinal cord injury is one of the most serious injuries a Kansas City, Missouri, resident can experience. Damage to the spinal cord can negatively impact an individual in so many ways and the number of people suffering from spinal cord injury continues to grow.

According to a publication released by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the number of Americans who sustained a spinal cord injury was nearly 12,000 people in 2013. The National Spinal Cord Injury Database added that SCI usually affects young adults with half of all injuries affecting victims ages 16 to 30 years old. The average age of a spinal cord injury patient was 42. SCI typically affects males, who accounted for almost 81 percent of all spinal cord injuries.

Verizon settles brain injury lawsuit of nurse for $3 million

Many Americans, including Kansas City, Missouri, residents are familiar with the impact and trauma of brain injury. Brain injury may affect not only the physical condition of an individual, but also his or her emotional and mental well-being.

In a 2012 brain injury accident, a woman suffered a brain injury that was severe enough to prevent her from living a normal life and from performing her duties as a nurse. According to a source, the woman filed a personal injury lawsuit against Verizon, an American broadband and telecommunications company in the U.S. This company was named as the defendant after a bucket truck driver working at Verizon hit the woman's vehicle from behind. The driver of the vehicle suffered a mild brain injury as a result of the collision. Her brain damage resulted in memory loss and cognitive deficits. The victim's physician and neuropsychologists confirmed that the crash caused the brain injury and ended her 32-year career as a nurse.

Comedian slams Wal-Mart with lawsuit over truck accident

The recent truck accident that involved famous TV comedian, Tracy Morgan, and a tractor trailer owned by Wal-Mart has stunned many Americans, including residents of Kansas City, Missouri. This tragic truck accident can serve to remind people that such types of accidents can endanger anyone's life, including those of a celebrity.

Thousands of Tracy Morgan's fans have prayed for his safety and recovery, following the crash. Reportedly, Morgan was critically injured, sustaining broken ribs and a broken leg. After several weeks in the hospital, a statement from his publicist confirmed that Morgan was released from the hospital and is undergoing rehabilitation for his injuries.

Man claims 20 years lost due to alleged misdiagnosis

Correctly diagnosing patients is perhaps the biggest responsibility a physician has because no treatment can succeed if it is not addressing the underlying cause of an illness or disease. Missouri physicians who meet this responsibility greatly increase the chances that patients will recover from an illness or disease. Unfortunately, misdiagnoses not only can bring complications but also change a patient's life forever.

Negligent day care provider charged in child's brain injury death

The current economic condition continues to force many American parents, including those in Kansas City, Missouri, to work very hard in order to support their families. There are many cases where both the mother and the father of a child have to work in order to make ends meet and provide for their children. Because of these busy lifestyles, daycare centers must then look after the child while the parents are at work. Unfortunately, when a day care center fails to provide the necessary care and supervision, accidents or tragedies can occur.

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