October 2013 Archives

Lawsuit against the NFL and the helmet manufacturer

Head trauma in the NFL is a real problem as evidenced by a lawsuit that former players in Alabama and across the nation brought against the league. The NFL has now decided to set a specific course of action in order to resolve the matter. First, players will receive a notice that they must respond to if they want to file their own claim for a brain injury or head trauma. They could face a long, drawn-out process in the case.

Fish oil found to be a promising treatment for brain injuries

Many Alabama residents have suffered some form of harm to their brains. Modern medicine is examining the benefits for fish oil in helping people to recover from traumatic brain injuries. Fish oil contains many of the essential chemicals and proteins that the womb utilizes when it constructs the brain in the first place, so the idea is that those same building blocks can be helpful during the healing process.

Researchers use fruit flies to study brain injuries in humans

Birmingham residents may be interested to learn of a new study that uses fruit flies to see how the human brain responds to traumatic injury. The information can apply to victims of car and motorcycle accidents, athletes, people who fall and hit their head, or just about any situation that involves a hard impact to the head.

Sorting out liability for car sharing services

Alabama residents may be interested in an article discussing the insurance implications of car sharing services that have been becoming more popular. In this new business model, liability for accidents is not always clear.

Numerous injuries in hayride accident

A hayride driving down a county road in Alabama was hit by a man driving a truck on Oct. 11. The accident resulted in six teens being sent to the hospital, including a 13-year-old girl who was airlifted to UAB Hospital. The haunted hayride was hit around 7:15pm and was carrying 20 teens.

University of Alabama team working on new brain injury drug

Researchers at the University of Alabama are testing a new drug that they hope will greatly lessen the amount of brain damage that occurs after a head trauma. The goal is to provide medical staff and emergency responders with a way to administer first aid to a patient that has suffered a brain injuries moments after it happens. The researchers say that this will significantly reduce the long-term effects of the injury.

Firemen do it. Football players do it. Shouldn't doctors do it, too?

Studies show at least one of every 10 doctors abuse drugs or alcohol during their careers.  Pilots, bus drivers, police officers and other people in safety-sensitive jobs are drug tested. Even Disney cast members are drug tested.  Shouldn't the doctor performing your open heart surgery be drug tested, too?

Brain injuries cause hidden damage

While automobile accidents and other events very often cause obvious injuries, such as lacerations and broken bones, they can also result in less visible injuries that may be even more damaging. Traumatic brain injury, also called TBI, can cause amnesia, headaches, trouble with balance and similar symptoms. However, TBI can also lead more subtle problems, particularly changes in personality. Those who suffer these changes might not notice them until a little later on in the healing process, but they can cause great distress and make returning to pre-accident life much more difficult.

Helicopter test flight ends in fatal crash

Four Coast Guard officers were killed during a helicopter training flight in Alabama. While operating the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter over Mobile Bay, all four of the crew members aboard lost their lives. Following the helicopter crash, an investigation of the accident concluded that misconduct was not a factor. It is unclear whether any of the family members of the deceased men plan to file a wrongful death claim.

Multiple-vehicle accident leaves two dead

A 26-year-old pregnant Alabama woman and a 66-year-old man were killed in a multiple vehicle accident. According to the report, the man died at the scene of the accident and the woman was transported to a nearby hospital where she later died as a result of her injuries. The woman's unborn child also did not survive.

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