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October 2013 Archives

A university car accident leaves 1 dead and 4 students injured

What may have started out as a good time with friends turned deadly for one Bryant University freshman. It was in the early morning hours of Oct. 24 that a car carrying five Rhode Island students was driving around the campus when the car slammed into a tree at the road's end near the campus maintenance building. The freshman passenger later died at the hospital due to the injuries he suffered in the car accident.

The "Independent" Medical Exam

Here is the scenario: You have been out on Workers' Comp for 6 months and you have gone through physical therapy and all the other conservative measures that can be taken to rehabilitate your injury. Despite your efforts, there has been no improvement and your Doctor says the only other option is surgery. The Doctor writes to the insurance company for approval and you get a call from the insurance company suggesting that you go to another doctor for a "second opinion". A short time later you get a letter in the mail saying that you have an appointment with a doctor you have never heard of for an "Independent Medical Examination" (IME).

Traumatic Brain Injury - Initial Treatment and Care

A blow or jolt to the head or even abrupt and forceful movement of the head without striking the head can disrupt the normal function of the brain causing a concussion which is a traumatic brain injury. This can occur even without a loss of consciousness. When this occurs it is urgent to initially seek immediate medical care either at the local hospital emergency department or primary care physician. When suffering a traumatic brain injury it is urgent to receive this initial medical care immediately in order to determine the extent of the injury and whether or not imaging such as a CT scan or MRI is necessitated.

Rhode Island car accident prompts wrongful death claim

Rhode Island roadways can be a dangerous place for drivers. Drivers must use the utmost caution when navigating roads and could face drunk drivers, distracted drivers or speeding drivers. But the risks do not stop there, drivers also have to worry about the possibility of a state's failure to comply with safety regulations for road construction. One family is now suing Rhode Island for what they say resulted in a car accident that claimed their loved ones' lives.

Traumatic Brain Injury - Second Impact Syndrome (SIS)

A traumatic brain injury can cause multiple symptoms including cognitive problems, memory problems, organization and multitasking problems, confusion, headaches, visual problems, speech problems and other physical manifestations. One of the biggest problems in suffering a traumatic brain injury is the risk of second impact syndrome. Second impact syndrome is when someone suffers a repeat concussion following the first concussion which can cause major complications.

Students learn how texting can lead to a serious car accident

Distracted driving is becoming one of the leading causes of car accidents among young people. Inexperienced drivers in Rhode Island and across the nation are at risk of becoming involved in a major car accident while engaged in activities such as texting while driving. One program, sponsored by an area insurance company, seeks to educate high school students on the dangers of texting while driving.

Recreational Injuries - Leisure Activities

Recreational injuries can occur during participation of leisure activities that are being done to provide relaxation for the participants. Recreational injuries that occur during leisure activities are certainly not expected and require investigation as soon as possible in order to ascertain the cause of the injury.

Traumatic Brain Injury - Anoxia and Hypoxia

Anoxia is the total depletion of the level of oxygen in the human body. Hypoxia is a condition in which the body or a region of the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply. Both anoxia and hypoxia can cause traumatic brain injury. The brain requires a constant flow of oxygen in order to function and when that flow of oxygen is disrupted the brain is starved of oxygen and prevents it from performing its biochemical processes. Hypoxia is the partial lack of oxygen and anoxia is a total lack of oxygen. In general, the more complete the deprivation of oxygen, the more severe the harm to the brain and the greater the consequences.

Woman injured in hit and run car accident in Rhode Island

Drivers that cause an accident and then leave the scene of that accident may not be aware of how extensive the damages are. They are still responsible for the car accident they caused and can still be cited if obtained by police. Not only can they be cited by police, but if injuries are a result of the accident, they can also be held responsible for those as well. A local Rhode Island officer made sure that a recent hit and run driver was caught after the accident he allegedly caused.

Car Accidents - Knee Injury

Most People commonly associate car accidents with injuries such as neck pain, back pain, and headaches. Karns Law Group however often finds that when clients injuries are out of the realm of the, "norm", some people will ignore the pain without realizing that it is actually directly related to the car accident they were involved in.

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