Thursday, August 28, 2014

Will a Traumatic Brain Injury affect a Person’s Behavior?


The recovery from a traumatic brain injury can be a long and arduous road. Depending on the severity of the TBI, there can many short-term and long term cognitive effects that affect the recovery process. Also, a victim’s behavioral patterns may be altered, furthering the difficult road to recovery. The location of the traumatic brain injury in the brain is the main indicator in determining what types of behavioral problems the victim will face and how they will affect their recovery.

HOW THE LOCUS OF A TBI AFFECTS BEHAVIORAL PATTERNS

·         Frontal lobe: when an injury to this part of the brain is suffered, it affects emotional control, initiation, motivation, and inhibition. This may result in frustration, aggressive behavior, promiscuity, and lethargy. It can also lead to difficulty in planning a series of complex movements needed to complete a multiple-step task. The frontal lobe is behind the forehead.
·         Temporal lobe: unproved and abrupt aggression can result from an injury sustained to the temporal lobe. It also can cause both long term and short term memory loss, including an inability to learn new things, or learn and relearn appropriate behavior. The temporal lobe is located on the side of the head, just above the ears, and if the right temporal lobe is damaged, it can cause persistent talking in the victim.
·         Limbic system: damage to this area of the brain can lead to a distortion of the victim’s emotions and physical desires. It also can affect balance, movement, organization, breathing while speaking, and perceptions of the environment. The limbic system is located deep inside the brain.
·         Cerebral Cortex: the area where diffuse axonal injuries occur, injuries to the cerebral cortex can affect the way the brain processes emotions and behavior.
·         Parietal lobe: the area of the brain that processes bodily information, damage to this area can cause the inability to identify objects by touch, increases clumsiness and neglect on the side opposite of where the injury occurred, and affects a person’s ability to follow maps and get from place to place. The parietal lobe is located near the back and the top of the head.
·         Occipital lobe: an injury to this part of the brain will affect the victim’s vision. Varying degrees of blindness, difficulty with locating objects in everyday settings, color recognition, hallucinations, inability to recognize words or the movement of an object, and problems with reading and writing. The occipital lobe is located at the posterior end of the cortex.
·         Cerebellum: an injury sustained to this area of the brain can affect a person’s important motor skills such as the ability to walk, the ability to reach out and grab objects, and the coordination of fine and subtle movements. The cerebellum is located at the base of the skull.

CONTACT CLEARWATER TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY ATTORNEYS DOLMAN LAW GROUP
Traumatic brain injuries not only can debilitate an individual physically, but they also can cause life-altering changes in a victim’s mental health and personality. Traumatic brain injuries often occur when a person slips and falls, in car accidents, and in motorcycle accidents, and those who are the victim’s of the injuries are usually not the one’s  responsible for the accident.

If you, a loved one, or someone you know has suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of another party’s negligence, contact Dolman Law Group’s proven team of experienced traumatic brain injury lawyers. Call 727-451-6900 for a free and confidential consultation today, or fill out our online contact form here.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Dangerous Product Recalls during the Week of August 18, 2014



Recent Bean Bag Chair Recall Requires attention of Pinellas County residents 


American consumers should be informed about the products they are purchasing.  Manufacturers can make mistakes and sell defective products to the public, thus endangering the entire market they targeted when advertising the launch of their product. A great source of information where Americans can visit and find information on defective products is the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. A great feature their website has is a regularly updated list of the most recent products recalled. As product liability attorneys, we feel the general public should be made aware of any unsafe products they are using. The following is a list of recalls made this week.


RECENT RECALLS FROM THE WEEK OF AUGUST 18-22 
  • Ace Bayou Corporation bean bag chairs: After a 13-year-old boy from Texas and a 3-year-old girl from Kentucky were found dead from suffocation inside of the bean bag chairs, Ace Bayou Corporation recalled over 2 million of their bean bag chairs. It was discovered that the zippers on the bean bags could be opened and allow children to crawl inside. Most bean bags have closed and permanently disabled zippers for this very reason. The beanbags were sold at Amazon.com, Walmart, and Walmart.com. They have “ACE BAYOU CORP” on the tag. Consumers should check and make sure that are no zippers able to be unzipped on their bean bags.
  • Atwood Kayak and Watersports storage hanger: Atwood Corporation has recalled about 10,000 units of their Kayak and Watersports storage hanger after it was discovered that the length adjustment buckles on the straps can become undone unexpectedly. This can result in the item being hung and stored to fall and injure anyone standing nearby. Consumers need to immediately top using this product and contact Atwood Corporation about their refund policy.
  • Bexco Franklin & Ben Mason 4-in-1 Convertible Cribs: Franklin & Ben has recalled 1,000 of its Mason 4-in-1 Convertible Cribs that were manufactured between January 2012 and August 2012. It was discovered that the front of the crib can easily separate from the side panels of the crib. This leaves a gap where the child can easily fall out of or even become entrapped. Parents of have purchased the crib are advised to find alternate sleeping situations for their child immediately and contact Bexco for a free repair kit.
  • Brita Children’s Water Bottles: Popular water bottle company Brita has recalled over 200,000 of their hard-sided water filter bottle for kids. It was found that the lids of the bottle can break and shatter easily, creating sharp fragments that can cut and lacerate the children using the bottle. The bottles include the popular children’s cartoon characters Dora the Explorer, Spongebob Square Pants, Hello Kitty, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Owners of these bottles should stop using them immediately and contact Brita for a refund on their purchase.
     
    CONTACT DOLMAN LAW GROUP
    If you, a loved one, or someone you know has suffered an injury as a result from using these recently recalled products, or any products in general, contact the Dolman Law Group as soon as possible. Our experienced product liability attorneys will fight to hold the negligent manufacturers responsible and get you the compensation you deserve.
     
    Call us today at 727-451-6900 for a free and confidential consultation on your case.
     
    800 North Belcher Road
    Clearwater, FL 33765
    727-451-6900
     

Closed Head Injuries Often go Unnoticed


Closed Head Injuries Often go Unnoticed 


As a Clearwater personal injury attorney, I am often retained to co-counsel cases with other law firms.  Further, our personal injury practice is often hired after an auto accident victim has parted ways with their former law firm.  Having personally reviewed thousands of personal injury files containing voluminous medical records, I can confidently state that head injuries taking the form of post concussion disorder or mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) are routinely missed or given little attention by both the treating physicians or the handling attorney.  

Insurance carriers perpetuate the ignorance paid to closed head injuries.  The insurance defense playbook is to retain experts who rely on bunk science to further their agenda of promoting common myths surrounding traumatic brain injury and concussions. For instance, Neurologists retained by insurance defense lawyers, will commonly assert that the injury victim did not suffer a genuine closed head injury as the individual did not strike their head or lose consciousness.  In fact, the single biggest myth in the context of brain injury is the victim must lose consciousness or strike their head.  More often than not, a victim of MTBI will not loss consciousness.  Further, acceleration deceleration events in which the head jerks rapidly forward and then backwards following a collision can result in significant injury to the brain.  When the head is thrown in a violent and rapid manner the diffuse axonal fibers can stretch, twist and even tear.  

It is well documented in peer reviewed medical literature that the brain will bounce off the skull and hit the other side during an acceleration deceleration mechanism of injury event. When the injury occurs to the opposite side, this is known as a countercoup injury.  A coup injury is at the site of the impact such as when an individual actually strikes their head.  

Please note that the human brain mimics the consistency of pudding.  The brain can continue moving within the skull after the head stops movement.  As a result, this can cause a disruption within the grey area of the brain wherein a network of nerve cells communicate with fellow nerve cells through fibers known as axons.  An injury or damage of the axonal fibers will result in impairment of the brain's 'executive functions.'  Executive function is structured thinking that involves such processes as planning, organization, analysis and problem solving.  

The myth that one must strike his/her head to suffer an injury to the brain leads many healthcare professionals to ignore possible signs of a head injury and focus on the more readily identifiable general orthopedic injuries.    

Another myth that leads to healthcare professionals overlooking a potential brain injury is a negative diagnostic test such as an MRI of the brain, PET scan or SPECT scan.  Keep in mind that the brain can be injured as manifested through clinical presentation yet the diagnostic tests may come back negative.  The treatment of traumatic brain injuries is an ever evolving fluid field of medicine.  We still have much to learn about the human brain.  However, if your client manifests with signs of a traumatic brain injury, a full workup with a Neurologist is strongly recommended.   Hallmark signs of a brain injury include inability to focus or concentrate, irritability, pronounced change in personality, loss of memory, sudden lack of organizational skills among others.  

For more information on the subject of traumatic brain injury, visit our Dolman Law Group website today.  


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Clearwater, FL 33765
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

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