Archive for January 2012

Head Trauma Causes Railroad Foreman to Sue Employer

Traumatic brain injury can be deadly. It certainly alters a person’s life. This on-the-job injury case involved a railroad worker. John Doe (whose name has been changed to protect the victim) had worked for the Kansas City Southern Railway Company for a number of years when he was involved in an accident. The fateful event…

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Sports Injury Lawsuits: Another Lawsuit Filed Against The NFL Related To Concussions & Painkillers

A dozen former National Football League players have filed a personal injury suit against the NFL and others for allegedly overusing the painkiller Toradol.  The lawsuit alleges that teams and trainers were regularly dispensing the medication, which made it difficult to know when players had sustained serious injuries, including concussions.  The emphasis is on concussions and…

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Lesson From Cedar Park: Buy Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Insurance

Cedar Park made news earlier this week when the city declared that it’s adopting a zero tolerance policy towards uninsured motorists — every uninsured motorist stopped for a ticket or involved in an accident will now be given a citation instead of a warning.  While I applaud the efforts, I also wonder, “Why now?”  It shouldn’t be…

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Animal Attacks – Dog Bite Cases: The One Free Bite Rule?

I saw a blurb in the Austin American Statesman that officials took possession of a pit bull today after it was involved in a vicious dog attack.  I immediately thought about the “one free bite” rule.  Ask any lay person or non-personal injury lawyer, and everyone knows about the “one free bite” rule. Except there is…

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Sports Lawsuits: RB Stafon Johnson Settles Lawsuit Against USC

In 2009, USC running back Stafon Johnson was working out at USC facilities trying to get ready for the upcoming NFL draft, when a bar carrying 275 pounds fell on his neck, almost killing him.  Johnson subsequently filed suit against USC and the USC strength and conditioning coach.  And the personal injury suit settled this week.…

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Killer Headphones, Dude! Literally.

A study released today found that the number of US pedestrians killed or badly injured while wearing headphones has almost tripled in the last six years.  Not surprisingly, most of the victims are teens or young adults. More than half of the deaths involved pedestrians being run down by trains, and many involved incidents where…

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Injured? Learn About Your Condition

A constant issue I hear from personal injury clients is that doctors often do a poor job communicating with patients about the patients’ injuries and their course of care. But with the internet, there are a number of ways for clients to learn about their injuries and treatment themselves.  It is the internet, so some…

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Cyclist Loses Life in Accident with a Fuel Tanker

Some accidents happen in odd ways and end in tragedy. This reported case devastated a young man’s family. The 26-year-old man killed in this accident was out riding his bicycle on a nice day. He was an experienced rider, but that did not help him on that fateful day. The man had nowhere else to…

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Head Injury Therapy — Writing A Cookbook?

Today’s Austin American Statesman had the inspiring story of Ruby Dee Phillipa.  Ms. Phillipa was a former restaurant owner turned rockabilly musician who suffered a head injury in a 2008 scooter crash. As part of her therapy, her doctors told her that she should find tasks that helped her brain relearn how to access common words…

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