Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when a bump, blow, jolt or other head injury causes damage to the brain. Every year, millions of people in the United States suffer brain injuries. More than half are bad enough that people must go to the hospital. The worst injuries can lead to permanent brain damage or death. Half of all TBIs are from motor vehicle accidents. Military personnel in combat zones also are at risk.

Symptoms of a TBI may not appear until days or weeks following the injury. A concussion is the mildest type of TBI. It can cause a headache or neck pain, nausea, ringing in the ears, dizziness and tiredness. People with a moderate or severe TBI may have those, plus other symptoms

Las Vegas woman awarded about $13 million in lawsuit against Lowe’s

A Las Vegas woman was awarded about $13 million in the lawsuit she filed against Lowe’s Home Centers after she fell at one of the company’s stores in July 2013.

Attorneys for both sides made closing statements Thursday and the verdict was returned Friday in favor of the plaintiff, who fractured her skull in the fall and permanently lost her senses of taste and smell because of a related brain injury.

Kelly Hendrickson, a 38-year-old mother of three, was looking at palm trees in the garden center of a Lowe’s home improvement store at 5050 S. Fort Apache Road about three years ago when she slipped on a “slimy, wet substance” draining from the bottom of several planters, she told a jury April 7.

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Takata airbag injuries kill Florida woman

A Florida woman who was injured by a Takata airbag during a slow speed crash has died from her injuries. The 2014 crash left Patricia Mincey with catastrophic injuries. She died this week and her lawyer says the lawsuit against Takata and Honda will continue.

Mincey was an active retiree turned quadriplegic following the slow speed crash. The 2001 Honda Civic she was in collided with an SUV. The family blamed the woman’s injuries on an exploding Takata air bag.

The crash happened four days before the initial recall involving Honda vehicles in Florida and California.

Her attorney, Palm Beach Gardens attorney Theodore J. Leopold of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, released the following statement:

“We are immensely saddened by the death of Patricia Mincey, who suffered grave injuries when the Takata airbag in her Honda vehicle violently deployed in a minor accident. For two years, Ms. Mincey suffered from her severe injuries caused by the aggressive airbag deployment.

Retrievable IVC Filters Left in Too Long Causing Problems

Retrievable IVC Filters meant to be a temporary solution to pulmonary embolism risks in many situation do not get removed or become impossible to remove leading to additional serious complications.

For patients who have suffered a traumatic injury or who are undergoing voluntary or emergency surgery, inferior vena cava (IVC) filters can help trap blood clots that may break free from the lower extremities, and prevent them from traveling to the heart and lungs, where they can cause serious complications.

The filters are implanted in the inferior vena cava – the largest vein in the body – and feature a cage-like construction that, while designed to capture blood clots, allows deoxygenated blood to continue to flow around the device and return to the right atrium of the heart. Blood clot filters are intended to reduce the risk of stroke, pulmonary embolism, and other serious medical conditions, but it’s also important to be aware of their risks.

4 Common Tax Questions on Structured Settlements

Tax questions are plentiful especially at this time of year. But there are some questions that come up less often than others, especially for the standard taxpayer. Some of these surround the question of structured insurance settlements. Here are some quick answers to the basics of structured settlements.

What is a structured settlement?

When a lawsuit is settled in court, especially a very large one, some courts allow the option of a structured settlement. Instead of paying one large lump sum, the courts set up a system where the payer gives out regular payments over a period of time. This is a structured settlement. This benefits both parties. The payer has a better chance of paying out over time and the recipient doesn’t have to

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