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The Impact and Concerns of Traumatic Brain and Head Injuries

Accidental falls have always been a cause for concern. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 20% of falls result in some type of injury. In the United States, accidental falls are the most common cause of nonfatal injuries in people over the age of 65. Additionally, three million older patients are treated in the ER for falls, and 800,000 patients are hospitalized for falls each year. Major efforts have been taken to prevent these accidental falls from occurring.

Wife Killed by 800 Ton Bulldozer

On April 14, 2017, Susan Coons, a 44-year-old- Elizaville resident, was identified as a victim in a work construction accident. Coons was in the process of leveling a field at 7775 Albany Post Road when she was struck by a 800 ton bulldozer. According to state police, the partner was moving the machine to make a minor adjustment to the blade and then noticed that Coons was struck by the bulldozer.

Families of Warehouse Fire Victims File Suit

The parents of 20-year-old Michela Gregory and 23-year-old Griffin Madden filed suit against the owner and operators of a converted warehouse that caught fire on December 2, 2016. Ms. Gregory and Mr. Madden died, along with several others.

Boating Incident Leaves Man Paralyzed

In 2010, Scott Vandenberg and his wife, Patricia Vandenberg, filed a lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois in the Circuit Court. The lawsuit stemmed from an incident that occurred the prior year, in 2009, when Mr. Vandenberg was catastrophically injured while attending his company's party on a yacht. Mr. Vandenberg fell from the top deck of the yacht to the bottom deck, and unfortunately, he broke his neck from the fall and was rendered quadriplegic. The yacht was owned by Brunswick Corporation and was being chartered by RQM, L.L.C.

Teen Killed After Football Head Injury

On October 22, 2015, Andre Smith, then aged 17, suffered a blunt force trauma injury to his head during a football game. He died the next day. His mother has sued the manufacturer of his football helmet and the Chicago Board of Education.

Woman Sues 24 Hour Fitness After a Treadmill Injury

In 2011, Etelvina Jimenez, then 60 years old, fainted while on a 24 Hour Fitness treadmill and fell backwards. She struck her head and fractured her skull. Based on her injuries, she underwent several surgeries to relieve pressure and remove blood clots. Ms. Jimenez, who remains with a permanent brain injury, has filed suit against 24 Hour Fitness for failure to provide an adequate safety zone behind the treadmill.

Lawsuit Filed Against Starbucks

Last week, I filed a lawsuit against Starbucks Corporation and one of its employees on behalf of Katherine Mize, who suffered extensive second degree burns when the Starbucks drive-through employee spilled hot coffee in her lap. This case has received some attention from local, national, and now even international media.

Foul Ball, Fair Suit?

On April 20, 2015, a woman attending a Cubs-Pirates baseball game suffered a traumatic brain injury after a ball was tipped behind so hard it hit her head, despite the protective net. The woman was on her way on her first-row seat, right behind home plate. With her back turned to the action, the ball was fouled, and hit her on the back of the head. She suffered from a traumatic brain injury, concussion, and continues to suffer from migraines, sleep disorders, vertigo, neck pain, and several other injuries. The woman has brought a case against Major League Baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, and a municipality organization.

Foul Assumption: Father Will Most Likely Lose Suit Against Atlanta Braves for Injuries to Daughter When She Was Struck by a Foul Ball

On August 30, 2010, Melky Cabrera of the Atlanta Braves sliced a foul ball in to the stands above the visiting team's dugout, and hit a 6-year girl. The girl fractured her skill in 30 places and sustained a traumatic brain injury. The father brought suit against the Atlanta Braves, and just last Wednesday added Major League Baseball (MLB) to the suit. The suit alleges that the Braves and MLB are liable because they were negligent when they failed to extend the protective netting far enough to protect fans sitting adjacent to the field.

Texas Family Files Lawsuit Against the City of San Antonio on Behalf of Woman Injured in Car Wreck

The family of Tomekia Baldwin filed a lawsuit against the City of San Antonio and Mayor Ivy Taylor's driver for injuries she sustained as a result of a car wreck that occurred on April 18, 2015. The plaintiffs allege that Mayor Taylor's driver failed to stop at a red light and hit a convertible in which Baldwin was a passenger. As a result of the wreck, Baldwin suffered a traumatic brain injury. Baldwin has permanent brain damage and critical cognitive insults, which have led to the loss of her bodily functions.

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