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What are the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries?

There are few things more important to Pennsylvania residents than their personal health. As a result, a tragic incident that threatens one's health can drastically alter the course of a person's life. This is all too common for those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury.

A traumatic brain injury is typically caused by a bump or blow to the head, or some type of penetrating head injury that alters the functioning of the brain. In the United States, traumatic brain injuries contribute to about 30 percent of all injury deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Millions of people experience emergency room visits or hospitalization because of traumatic brain injuries.

Can a person who is partly at fault still recover damages?

When things go wrong in the lives of Pittsburgh residents, there is often a lot of finger pointing involved from the different people involved in the incident. This is certainly true in the legal system, as the different parties to a case may place the blame for the incident at the hands of the other side.

Under Pennsylvania law, this finger pointing can be resolved by a jury, who will determine which party was at fault. In many cases, however, there may not be a single answer to this question.

Motorcyclist, wife struck and killed by car in Pennsylvania

When Pittsburgh residents watch the evening news, it can often seem as though they are in danger from any number of threats. In reality, however, individuals are typically far more likely to be injured from more common causes, including a car accident that occurs during a simple drive to work, school or the grocery store.

At the same time, the risks for some motorists may be higher than others. For instance, a motorcyclist and his wife were recently killed after another driver on the road lost control of his car while rounding a curve. The car slid sideways, crossed lanes and struck the motorcycle that was coming from the opposite direction. The motorcyclist was killed because of blunt force trauma, while his wife was later pronounced dead after being first airlifted to the hospital.

What are common symptoms of brain injuries?

Serious injuries can occur from many different causes. Injuries may be self-inflicted: accident-prone Pittsburgh residents may suffer falls, bone breaks, and other harm as a result of their own carelessness. However, many injuries result from events that are outside the control of the one who was harmed. The negligence of other people often results in innocent victims being subjected to painful and often avoidable harm during traffic accidents, medical procedures, and the commission of crimes.

One potentially significant form of injury that can result from accidents is a brain injury. Brain injuries can manifest symptoms in a number of ways and can impose a range of health problems on their victims. A minor brain injury may only show symptoms such as fatigue, temporary loss of coordination, and a headache, while a very serious traumatic brain injury may result in brain damage and even death.

Multivehicle crash sends 7 to hospital

Life can change in an instant for Pittsburgh residents. Often, these sudden changes occur when they are least expected, which is the case when serious automobile accidents occur seemingly out of nowhere. In the minutes and days after the crash, those injured in the incident can be left trying to figure out what happened and what recourse they have to hold the driver who caused the crash responsible.

For instance, a multivehicle crash recently took place in downtown Pittsburgh after a woman lost control of her vehicle and struck an SUV. Another vehicle was also involved in the crash, and a nearby bus shelter and storefront window were destroyed. A total of seven people had to be taken to local hospitals as a result of the incident, with two people listed in critical condition.

Civil claims can result from aviation accidents

Not all aviation accidents involve large commercial aircrafts. In fact, many aviation accidents occur when small aircrafts experience operational or pilot errors. Pittsburgh residents can suffer significant injuries and even death when they are involved in aircraft collisions and crashes on small commuter or recreational airplanes.

Injuries and losses that result from aviation accidents are often compensable, just as damages sustained in car and vehicle accidents are also generally compensable. However, the manner in which an injured party may approach their personal injury lawsuit can greatly differ between land and air-based vehicle accidents. Individuals who are harmed in aircraft incidents can benefit from working with attorneys who include aviation accidents as part of their areas of legal practice.

Muhammad Ali's head trauma may have led to Parkinson's

Over the past few days, people all over the world have been mourning the death of iconic boxer Muhammad Ali. Ali passed away at the age of 74 after a 30-plus-year battle with Parkinson's disease.

Ali, like many other professional athletes, took many blows to the head during the course of his career. A neurologist at New York University believes that head trauma may be a risk factor in the development of Parkinson's. Dr. Douglas Smith, Director of the Center for Brain Injury and Repair at the University of Pennsylvania, finds that many brain diseases are not evident until after death. It has not been reported whether Ali's family will donate his brain to science for further research on the subject.

What should I do after a truck accident?

If you have been involved in a truck accident, you may be unsure of what to do next. You may decide that filing a lawsuit against the truck driver and trucking company responsible for the accident is in your best interest. If that is the case, an experienced legal professional may be able to help you with your suit. However, before you go further, there is certain information that you will need to gather.

First, you will need information about the trucking company and the driver such as names, license plate numbers and license numbers. Next, you will want to focus on details of the accident itself. You will need to determine how exactly the accident occurred and find out if any of the drivers involved were cited for traffic violations. You will want to get a copy of the police report if one was filed. You will want to collect pictures of the scene and of the damages that occurred. You will also want contact information of the witnesses and those involved. The more detailed you are, the better your chances of winning your lawsuit.

Lawsuit filed against Pittsburgh hospital after patient death

It is hard to put in to words the devastation a family feels after losing a loved one. Things are even worse when the family feels like the death could have easily been prevented. One woman's family is suing a Pittsburgh hospital for wrongful death after a hospital stay gone wrong.

The 76-year-old schoolteacher contracted carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, otherwise known as CRE. The suit states that she contracted the superbug when she was exposed to a contaminated duodenoscope in a local hospital in February 2015. The infection appeared when physicians used the scope to diagnose a blocked bile duct. Afterward, she became very ill and was admitted to the ICU. She returned home for a short time before passing away in April 2015.

Teen pedestrian killed by oncoming vehicle

Car accidents involving pedestrians can be some of the most devastating of all. Pedestrians lack the protection provided by a vehicle and are therefore are at risk of immediate death upon impact. Sadly, this was the case for a 16-year-old Pennsylvania boy who died early this month in a tragic hit and run car accident.

The boy was walking home from a prom after party when a driver struck him with his Jeep. The 20-year-old driver drove off the road and into a grassy area where the teen was walking. The teen died of blunt force trauma as a result of the accident. Authorities are still waiting on toxicology test results to see if the driver was intoxicated at the time of the wreck.

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