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What disabilities can be caused by brain injuries?

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in Rhode Island, you are probably concerned about what the future will hold. While this is something that only time can tell, understanding the many possible disabilities that may result can help you be aware of potential problems and seek treatment as soon as possible. 

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, you may experience a decrease in communication abilities, including physical effects like slurring as well as cognitive damage, such as forgetting facts or speaking inappropriately. Other forms of cognitive damage deficits include difficulty problem solving, paying attention, awareness of surroundings and self-monitoring.

R.I. House passes cell phone ban while driving

As reported by WPRI.com, the Rhode Island House of Representatives passed a bill in June 2017 to make it illegal for Rhode Island motorists to hold a cell phone to their ear while driving. The vote was 57-7. The Senate had passed a similar bill a few months earlier. Under Rhode Island law, the two bills will need to be reconciled so each chamber can pass the same bill. Gov. Gina Raimondo has indicated that she supports such a bill, but will need to review the exact language before signing it. Rhode Island already bans texting while driving.

Under the House proposal, any driver caught using a handheld device while driving faces a $100 fine unless he or she was using the device for an emergency call. The fine could be waived if and when the driver submits proof that he or she bought a hands-free device such as an ear piece or a Bluetooth.

Requirements to qualify for Social Security insurance

If you are a Rhode Island resident interested in applying for Social Security disability benefits, you are likely concerned about whether or not you will qualify. While the type of disorder or other disability you suffer from will play a big part in your acceptance, there are other factors that will influence your outcome. We at Karns Law Group have detailed the basic requirements to be approved for coverage and can help you complete your application or fight for your rights if your request is denied.

According to the Social Security Administration, the duration of your affliction is an important detail in your case. Short-term injuries are generally not sufficient to earn government assistance; you must be able to show that you are likely to continue suffering to the point that you are unable to work for at least one year or more.

Who is responsible when a dangerous product causes you harm?

When you purchase a product, whether it's a medication or a toy for your child, you have the expectation that it will not cause harm. However, defective products are the cause of accidents and illnesses all the time, and Rhode Island consumers often end up wondering who is responsible and what they should do next. 

If you or a loved one suffered harm because of a defective or dangerous consumer product, you have the right to take legal action. With assistance, you may be able to determine who is liable for your suffering and take the appropriate steps to secure rightful compensation.

What to do after a boating accident

The choices you make during the immediate moments following a boating accident in Rhode Island can have a big impact on how deadly the incident will prove to be. We at Karns Law Group can help you obtain the compensation you need to recover from any boat accident and have provided this guide to help you know what to do after a boating accident.

According to Markel Insurance, the first thing you should do is ensure that all passengers on your boat are safe and accounted for. You also need to ensure that everyone is out of the way of any future harm. If weather conditions are bad, you may need to get everyone away from the vessel to avoid further injury from being struck by the boat. Everyone should also group together to avoid being hit by another boat that may not see you.

How to determine fault after a car accident

If you have been involved in a car accident in Rhode Island, you were likely left wondering who was at fault. In almost any type of accident, the collision was caused by the mistakes made by one or both drivers, meaning that either you or the other driver will be given responsibility for the crash. We at Karns Law Group can help you navigate the complicated legal aspects of a car accident and represent your rights in court.


The exorbitant cost of traumatic brain injury

As reported by the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital, people in Rhode Island and other states who suffer a traumatic brain injury face lifetime costs of between $15-20 million. It is not uncommon for severe TBI patients to incur over $1 million in costs during the first month or two after their injury just to keep them alive. This is before any rehabilitation begins.

The Mayo Clinic states that traumatic brain injury usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head, but a penetrating injury such as from a bullet, flying glass or a piece of shattered skull also can cause TBI. Even a “mild” TBI is serious and requires immediate emergency assessment, diagnosis and treatment. The longer the period of time between injury and treatment, the more devastating the consequences.

How to get help for your immune system disorder

When you have an immune system disorder, the condition can make going to work in Rhode Island difficult, if not impossible. Lawmakers have attempted to alleviate the stress caused by this problem by allowing certain conditions to qualify for Social Security disability. If you think your immune system disorder may be eligible for coverage, we at Karns Law Group can work to help you be approved and gain the help that you need.


Bleeding inside the skull may intensify brain damage after a TBI

After a blow to the head in a car crash, fall or other accident, many people seek medical attention at a Rhode Island hospital, and with good reason. According to MedicineNet.com, serious brain lesions are most often caused by this type of trauma.

Damage to cells and tissue could occur from the initial injury, but it often gets worse as swelling and bleeding spreads under the skull and puts pressure on the brain. Even though a person who suffers a traumatic brain injury may not display any symptoms right after the event, the progression of the damage could lead to permanent changes in function.

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