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Family settles wrongful death lawsuit with University

You may remember the story of a young football player who passed away after a series of difficult exercises at the University of California. In many cases, incidents involving young men and women can be avoided by better monitoring their activities and physical health during sporting activities. If you've been hurt or lost a loved one because of a situation like this one, remember that you do have the right to seek a claim.

An April 14 report states that the family of a University of California football player has taken a settlement for a wrongful-death lawsuit they filed against the university. The wrongful-death lawsuit was finalized for $4.75 million after months of negotiations.

Boating accidents: The statistics from the Coast Guard

If you are a fan of boating, then you know that these vehicles can be as dangerous as cars or trucks when driven inappropriately in California. If passengers or drivers are intoxicated, drunk boating accidents can happen, and those who don't know the rules of the water can cause collisions, injuries, and deaths. If you're hurt by a dangerous driver or are dealing with the death of a loved one due to a boater's speeding or intoxicated actions, it's important to know the facts and to seek the compensation you deserve.

The United States Coast Guard reports that there were 4,064 recreational boating accidents in 2014 alone, leading to many injuries and deaths. During that time, there were 2,678 people hurt and another 610 who were killed.

Hurt at an amusement park? The park could be liable

When you go to a theme park, you probably aren't thinking about leaving with an injury. Most rides are very secure, and you're strapped in with some of the best harnesses available. Unfortunately, if the hydraulics of a ride malfunction or a seat belt is too loose, an accident could happen.

If you're hurt when you're at a theme park, it's important to know that the premises is liable for your injuries. Between 1997 and 2003, it was estimated that between 2,800 and 4,300 injuries treated at emergency rooms around the United States were directly linked to mobile amusement rides. These are rides found at carnivals, amusement parks, or those rented for an event. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission also reported that another 55 deaths took place at fixed-site and mobile amusement parks.

5 facts about motorcyclists that you need to know

If you're a motorcyclist, you know that the roads can be dangerous. Some drivers aren't as careful as they should be, and that puts you at risk. If you're hurt, you deserve to be compensated.

While compensation can be helpful, preventing accidents is key. Some of the most important things to know about motorcyclists are these top five facts.

Vision loss and the brain after a traumatic injury

When you think of a brain injury, you may consider effects like memory loss or dizziness, nausea, or other symptoms. One problem that can actually be much more serious than some others is the loss of vision that can accompany a traumatic brain injury. This loss of vision may be reversible, but in some cases the brain can no longer translate what the eyes see, blinding a person following an injury to the head.

A cortical visual impairment is a term used to describe the impairment of vision that can occur after there's an injury to the brain. Other issues that could occur include brain-damage-related visual impairment, neurological vision loss and the loss of vision due to a traumatic brain injury's trauma. This kind of trauma doesn't actually affect the eyes at all; your eyes may look the same and even move similarly to when you could see.

Deep vein thrombosis and your spinal cord injury

Deep vein thrombosis is a concern you may have if you've suffered a spinal cord injury recently. DVT is a condition in which a blood clot forms deep within your body, typically in the thigh or lower leg. If it breaks off and travels through the body, it can result in a pulmonary embolism.

If it's discovered that you have DVT, you'll typically be given drugs like anticoagulants to reduce the thickness of your blood and to prevent the clot from growing. Anticoagulants may be able to reduce the clot as well.

Knott's Berry Farm sued for boy's injuries on roller coaster

A family from Utah has filed a lawsuit against Knott's Berry Farm for an accident on a roller coaster that caused a severe injury to their 10-year-old's foot.

The accident happened in June 2014 on the Coast Rider roller coaster. The boy had started to get off the ride when he thought it was over. However, his left leg got between the platform and the cart. According to the lawsuit, the boy still suffers from pain and limited sensation in his left foot because of the accident. The skin on the top of his foot was ripped off and the tendons and bones in the foot were crushed.

What kind of brain injuries are there?

There are over 5 million people in the United States who suffer from brain injuries and the aftereffects of those injuries. Acquired brain injuries can result in emotional, physical and behavioral changes that hinder your life and abilities. After an injury, you may seek a claim with the help of your attorney, so you can cover the medical bills associated with these injuries. What kind do you have, and does its category describe your future well being?

What is a non-traumatic brain injury?

Lane-splitting legislation to be discussed in California

If you live in California, you have probably seen people trying to share lanes of traffic. This is particularly common when a motorcyclist wants to pass a car or can ride safely in a larger lane. If you've been in an accident because a driver was following too closely behind you or because someone came into a lane you weren't splitting, then you may even feel that sharing a lane can make you safer.

It's not legal in most places, but lane splitting can have some benefits. It's been researched to find out if lane splitting will actually cause more accidents or reduce the number of accidents for motorcyclists.

Paralysis and your life: The facts and figures

If you've been hurt while driving your motorcycle and suffered a traumatic brain injury or direct injury to your spinal cord, you may now be dealing with paralysis or pain from that injury. You're not alone, and you do deserve to get the compensation you need to help you with this condition. What should you know? Here are some facts.

How many people are affected by paralysis? The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation reports that around one in 50 suffer from paralysis in some form; that is around 6 million people. With so many people struggling with paralysis, the foundation focuses on methods of healing and treatments that can prolong and better the lives of those with paralysis.

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