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Brain Injury in Boston

Brain Injury is a very serious kind of injury that can result from falls, sports activities, car accidents, and work-related accidents. Common brain injuries include brain bruising, tearing and swelling. If a person suffers a brain injury, he or she may end up with a lifelong impairment that keeps him or her from performing daily tasks.

If you or a family member has suffered a brain injury as a result of an accident that may have been someone else's fault, you may be entitled to a legal remedy. A Boston Personal Injury lawyer can help you understand if you have a personal injury case stemming from a brain injury.

Recently in Brain Injury in Boston:

U Mass Student's Death From Fall Ruled an Accident

A student at University of Massachusetts died after falling while walking with friends on November 16.

Her death has now been ruled an accident, after investigators looked into the cause, reports The Associated Press.

The woman, who remains unidentified out of respect for her family, suffered head injuries after falling on Fearing Street while walking with friends. According to reports, she had been drinking prior to the fall.

30 Children a Day Visit ER for Bounce House Related Injuries

Bounce houses might look fun for children, but they come at a risk. Unfortunately, many people don't stop and think about the risk before erecting one of these structures. The Associated Press reports that 30 children a day are treated in emergency rooms in the United States, after roughing it in a bounce house.

If you don't have kids, you might be unfamiliar with the concept. A bounce house is an inflatable play area. It can come in many forms, such as a princess castle, a slide, a basketball court. But the it's essentially an inflatable box in which kids play.

Sounds harmless, right?

Would a Zombie Apocalypse Affect Wrongful Death Claims?

If there's been anything you've read on the Internet, it's probably that the zombie apocalypse is upon us. There are articles about how to survive it, what foods to eat, and finally a response from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) letting us know that there is no such thing as a zombie apocalypse.

According to Time, much of the hype has been stemmed from the rash of human body eating and mutilation crimes reported in a very short time span. There was the bath-salts face eating, then there was the man that stabbed himself and threw his intestines at police, and of course, the student in Baltimore that ate his roommate's heart and brain. And those were only some of the incidents that started this whole zombie thing.

So what would a zombie apocalypse mean to the personal injury world?

Last week, former Patriots linebacker Junior Seau, died in what was an apparent suicide at his home in Oceanside, Ca.

Many commentators are now questioning whether Seau’s apparent suicide may be attributable to the head injuries he suffered during his 20 years in the NFL, the Boston Globe reports. If the speculation turns out to be true, could Seau’s family bring a wrongful death suit against the NFL?

Study: Monitoring Can Reduce Use Of CT Scans for Brain Injuries

Many brain injuries among children can leave large bruises or even head wounds big enough to require stitches, as some Boston parents may have experienced. But most minor head injuries do really not need a CT scan, which some experts might agree are used too frequently to check on head injuries that are of no risk to the brain.

According to The Boston Globe, a study by the journal Pediatrics indicates the use of CT scans could be reduced by half for kids who have suffered moderate injuries that cause a concussion or vomiting with just careful monitoring for a couple of hours in the emergency room.

MA Proposes Rules To Reduce Brain Injury Among Student Athletes

The Boston Globe reported Massachusetts health authorities will be proposing strict regulations to help reduce head injuries among young athletes and ensure that these adolescents are kept away from the field until their brains have recovered. The policies are focused on resolving the concerns for the long-term effects of concussions after years of allowing athletes to return to a game after suffering head injuries.

Nearly 200,000 students in Massachusetts are involved in extracurricular sports in high school. In a survey, the Mass. Department of Public Health found that 18 percent of middle and high school students suffer sports injuries. These injuries were severe enough to trigger nausea, blurred vision, headaches, and unconsciousness.

Tips To Help Reduce Sports and Brain Injuries

While sports participation helps children learn the importance of teamwork and exercise, Bloomberg reports children's sports also have one of the highest rates of injuries. The U.S. National Institutes of Health revealed nearly 38 million kids and teenagers are involved in organized sports. Safe Kids USA, an advocacy group, said one out of ten young sports athletes requires medical attention for a sports injury.

Most sport-related injuries in Boston may result in bruises, sprains, head injuries, and sometimes death. According to CBS News, concussions and dehydration are also common factors that may lead to serious sports injuries. Concussions can alter the way the brain normally works, and many doctors recommend that children do not return to play until they are properly treated.

Suicide Of Football Player Owen Thomas Linked To Brain Injury

A Boston personal injury attorney is aware of the terrible consequences of sports related brain injuries. However, parents of athletes may not be. More and more research indicates that even mild traumatic brain injuries sustained in sports can affect you. ABC News reports that traumatic brain injuries associated from playing basketball has increased 70 percent between 1997 and 2007. The article chronicles how young basketball player Niki Popyer has suffered from 11 concussions. As a result, she can barely attend a full day of school without a struggle.

Football players are not faring any better. Shortly after his suicide, CNN reports that an autopsy requested by researchers from Boston University of football player Owen Thomas indicates that he may have suffered from the mild stages of brain damage seen in retired or aging athletes. This type of brain damage can possibly cause neurobehavioral disorders and bizarre behavior.

Trevor Wright Recovers From Serious Bike Accident

A Lakeville teenage boy is counting his lucky stars. South Coast Today reports that Trevor Wright, a 13 year old boy from Lakeville, made a surprising recovery from a severe bike accident. Trevor was riding a bike with friends when he went over his handlebars. He was not wearing a helmet. His mother Jennifer Wright said, "You never know how badly injured someone can get without a helmet. We couldn't believe this was happening to us."

As a result of his accident, he had to undergo extensive brain surgery and was placed in a medically induced coma in order to stop possible seizures. He could not talk and was fed by a feeding tube. As his mother told South Coast Today: "We were told he wouldn't die, but it was a poor prognosis and he wouldn't be Trevor when he woke up." Luckily for Trevor's family, he is back to being a normal teenage boy.

Cape Cod Hospital Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The family of Daniel J. Ryan got some closure earlier this week when their Boston personal injury lawyer was able to settle their wrongful death lawsuit against Cape Cod Hospital. Cape Cod Online reports that Daniel J. Ryan died after being held down by hospital staff last year.

Daniel Ryan was restrained facedown on the floor by Cape Cod Hospital's staff after he was disruptive while visiting his wife. As a result of the scuffle, he fell into a coma on October 9, 2009. The Massachusetts Dept. of Health gave the hospital a citation for a federal violation of patient rights. In addition to this citation, the Massachusetts Medical Examiner's Office ruled that Daniel J. Ryan's death was a homicide.