Archive for the ‘Brain Injuries’ Category

Football Players Sue NFL for Concussions?…

Initiated by hundreds of former NFL players, four lawsuits have been consolidated by a federal judicial panel to sue the league and helmet makers. Apparently, professional football players were not made aware of the dangers of concussions and hits to the head before playing the sport. The cases will be tried together in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Jim McMahon and Jamal Lewis and well as wives of players have also filed suits and may be added.

Here’s my confusion: it’s FOOTBALL. Is it not a given fact that head injuries and concussions are a major risk of the game? Is it not even more relevant to those who are in the game itself? Perhaps there is more to the situation that I do not understand or isn’t mentioned in the article, but from what I can tell, this should be a very interesting case.

What do you think about this case? Do the NFL players stand a chance in court? Click here for the article.

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Infant Car Seat Recall

Do you have a Chaperone Infant Car seat by Britax?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled 23,000 of these infant car seats today. If you have one you should stop using it immediately because the harness chest clip can break and cause injury.

Here are the model numbers of the recalled seats: Chaperone infant car seats with model numbers E9L95P2 (Red Mill), E9L95P3, E9L95P5 (Cowmooflage), E9L69N9 (Moonstone) manufactured between April 2009 and May 2010. The white serial label with the seat’s serial number, model number, and manufacture date can be found on the underside of the car seat.  

Consumers should immediately contact Britax for a free repair kit, which includes a replacement chest clip.

Jury Awards $9 Million Dollars in Rear-end Auto Case

Last Thursday a California jury in Fresno County returned a verdict in the amount of $9,341,770.00 for two plaintiffs who were involved in a tragic rear-end automobile accident. Both plaintiffs suffered catastrophic injuries in the accident, one with permanent brain injuries and one who is now forced to use a wheelchair. This verdict is thought to be the largest verdict in a motor vehicle accident in Fresno County which is notorious for awarding very small amounts to injured victims.

The accident occurred when a truck driven by the defendant made an unsafe lane change and rear-ended the plaintiffs vehicle at 55 mph. Both plaintiffs were active in their churches. It is unknown if the defendant carries enough insurance to cover the amount of the verdict, how much the plaintiffs will actually receive or if the matter will be on appeal for years.

When a catastrophic injury occurs, it is recommended by the California State Bar the you find a personal injury lawyer by using a certified lawyer referral service. For additional details on this verdict please see the Fresno Bee  article.

Drunk Driver Verdict: $31.7 million

In a recently concluded civil case entitled Landeros v. Torres,  a jury awarded a verdict in the amount of $31.7 million dollars against a drunk driver who caused severe and permanent brain damage to 16 year old Rocio Landeros.  This is the second of several headline stories about  drunk driving tragedies. Last week in a criminal trial,  Andrew Gallo, age 23, was found guilty of second degree murder for driving while drunk and causing an accident that killed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, age 22 and his friends, 20 year old Courtney Stewart and 25 year old Henry Pearson. Andrew Gallo will probably spend the rest of his life in prison.

The bottom line is that despite our tough laws on drinking and driving, people are still doing it. People are still being killed.  People are still going to jail.  And a lot of innocent lives are being shattered in the process.

Don’t drink and drive. Please.