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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

TBI Following Car Accident

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI can dramatically impact your life and your family, resulting in permanent disability, personality changes, and possibly a lifetime of care. Unfortunately, TBI can be hard to prove following a car accident.

TBI is often divided into two different categories--open head injury and closed head injury. In open head injury, your skull is cracked by impact with the car, an object in the car, or after ejection from the car. In closed head injury, injury to the brain is caused without visible damage to the skull. This is the most common cause of TBI, and can happen even if your head doesn't strike anything in the car accident. 

All that is necessary for closed head injury is the dramatic acceleration and/or deceleration caused by the impact. This causes the brain to strike the skull. Once impact occurs, bleeding or swelling in the brain can increase the pressure in the skull, choking off the blood supply in the brain, depriving your brain of oxygen, which can result in serious brain damage or death in minutes.

Minor TBI is also commonly caused by car accidents. Minor TBI, also called a concussion, may not result in a loss of consciousness. There may be no visible injury on an x-ray or CT scan, and there may be few symptoms at the time of the accident. However, even minor TBI can be life-changing, especially when aggravated by another minor TBI.

If you have suffered a TBI in a car accident, you may need the help of an experienced lawyer to help you get compensation adequate to your injuries. To learn whether we can help you, please contact The Cochran Firm today for a free case evaluation.

posted by Admin at 7:28 AM

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pressure Sores: An Important Indicator of Nursing Home Negligence

If you have a relative or other loved one in a nursing home, you want to make sure they are receiving the care they deserve. There are many potential indicators that can help you determine the level of care your loved one is receiving, but one to look for is the existence of pressure sores. Pressure sores, also known as decubitus ulcers, are caused by the repetitive pressure of the bone on soft tissue. Nursing home residents with limited or no self-mobility need help to avoid developing this type of sore. The amount of aid necessary depends on your loved one, but may range from simple encouragement to physical help getting out of bed to regular turning to avoid sores. Unfortunately, when for-profit nursing homes begin cutting staff, this type of help may suffer, and your loved one may develop pressure sores that can worsen and develop into serious injuries or become the source of infections. To check your loved one for pressure sores, look for red skin that gets worse and forms a blister on the:
  • Back of the head
  • Shoulders
  • Back
  • Elbow
  • Hips
  • Ankles
  • Heels
If you notice sores developing, talk to your loved one about their care and bring it up with the staff. If you notice severe sores, it may be time to file a complaint against the nursing home or consider a nursing home negligence lawsuit. At The Cochran Firm, we help victims of nursing home negligence to get compensation for their injuries. To learn if we can help you, please contact The Cochran Firm today for a free case evaluation.

posted by Admin at 7:28 AM

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