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June 2014 Archives

Traumatic Brain Injury - Should I Attend a Support Group?

Traumatic brain injury survivors often inquire about the importance of a support group and should they attend one. Many people feel as though a support group is for people who want to talk about their problems instead of doing something about it. Nothing could be further from the truth, a support group is very important and necessary to recognize the issues and problems of traumatic brain injury and to help the survivor do something about it.

Workers' Compensation - Preexisting Injuries

If you are injured in a work incident in Rhode Island and the insurer or your employer denies your claim on the basis that you have a preexisting condition or injury, you may still be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. If a doctor deems that the incident aggravated a preexisting condition, you are entitled to compensation. This is especially important to those many people who have preexisting back pain and other ailments.

Car crash may have been unknowingly caused by driver

At one time or another, nearly every Rhode Island driver has suddenly realized that he or she needs to make a turn. The sudden deceleration and turn may cause other vehicles around it to have to stop short. Drivers may have done this numerous times without incident; but occasionally, it can lead to a car crash.

Construction Site Injuries - OSHA

The United States Department of Labor governs the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA has many regulations and rules to help prevent construction site injuries. This is a daunting task as OSHA is a small agency and with the state partners, has approximately 2,200 inspectors responsible for the health and safety of workers in approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day. The fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average for all injuries. 4,628 workers were killed on the job in construction sites in 2012. The most common construction site injuries occur involving the following:

Traumatic Brain Injury - Children A Growing Concern

Emergency room visits for children with brain injuries have doubled in the last 10 years. Studies show that an average of nearly 600,000 children are treated for brain injuries in the emergency room and well over 60,000 children with brain injuries are hospitalized. Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of disability and death in children and adolescents nationwide. The age groups most at risk for brain injury are newborns through age 4 and teens from 15 to 19.

Car torn in 2 in deadly Rhode Island car crash

Whether here in Rhode Island or anywhere in the world, the worst call any parent can receive is that his or her child is dead. One mother received that call recently when her son, who was only 21 years old, died in a recent car crash. This mother will somehow have to come to terms with the fact that she will never see or talk to her son again.

Chiari I Malformation - Cause and Effect

Chiari I malformation can be caused by a congenital condition or in some instances from an event such as infection or injury. The effect of Chiari I malformation can cause multiple physical problems depending on the degree of the malformation and may necessitate surgery. In addition, an asymptomatic Chiari I malformation can become symptomatic when aggravated or made worse by injury with effect of causing symptoms that did not exist before.

Bill aimed at car accident deaths from cell phone use moves ahead

Advertising campaigns backed by auto manufacturers, advocacy groups and law enforcement are aimed at educating drivers on the dangers of cell phone use while driving. Numerous car accident deaths nationwide -- including in Rhode Island -- involved at least one driver who was using a cell phone seconds prior to the crash. Data indicates that, in 2011, of the drivers under the age of 20 who were involved in fatal accidents, 10 percent of them were somehow distracted.

Traumatic Brain Injury - Miserable Minority

The term "mild" in a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is misleading. Mild refers to the severity of the initial trauma not the severity of the result of the injury. Survivors of Mild traumatic brain injuries that suffer continuing symptoms that don't resolve - persistent post-concussive syndrome are known as the "miserable minority".

Pedestrian accident prompts discussion about intersection issues

Anyone in Rhode Island who has been to the U.S District Courthouse or the federal building in the state capital may be familiar with Kennedy Plaza. The intersection between the buildings is characterized as a "hot spot" where the probability of a pedestrian accident is high. The recent death of a beloved federal security officer prompted the Chief Judge to request discussions to begin regarding the restructure of the plaza to prevent future accidents.

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