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Antibody being used to stave of Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer's disease is typically thought of as something that impacts people more and more as they grow older. While this is true, there is also a link between the disease and traumatic brain injuries. Those who suffer a TBI may be more likely to get it as they age.

Now, though, scientists have found a new antibody that they think could be used to prevent this from happening.

Determining damages in a wrongful death action

It is impossible place a dollar amount on a human life. Furthermore, no amount of financial compensation or litigation will ever serve to right the wrong of losing a loved one at the hands of another party's negligence or unlawful behavior. However, California courts have established methodologies for determining compensation in wrongful death cases.

In most wrongful death cases, awarded damages are referred to as pecuniary damages. These include lost prospect of inheritance, loss of support, lost services, medical costs and funeral expenses. A damage award will also include interest on the above amounts calculated from the date of the individual's death.

California wrongful death actions

When a loved one is lost due to an unexpected accident, there is no way we will ever get that person back. The emotional pain and heartache associated with an incident like this is next to unbearable -- no matter how it happened to have occurred. However, what makes the matter even worse is to know that the accident was the result of another party's negligence.

In cases where a family member is lost due to negligence -- be it negligence relating to an auto accident, a dangerous property claim or some other reason -- the individual or business responsible for the death can be held liable in court for financial damages. Those damages might include end of life expenses, emotional pain and suffering, loss of familial relationship, lost family income and lost future inheritance.

Amputation injuries in motorcycle accidents

The accidents and injuries related to a motorcycle accident are often severe, physically and emotionally debilitating and they can even be fatal. One of the most difficult motorcycle accident injuries to deal with, though, is an amputation. Individuals who require an amputation will have a lot they need to contend with -- from relearning how to do basic tasks like walking or writing to dealing with the physical and psychological pain and suffering relating to the injury.

At Gibson & Hughes, we know that motorcyclists are some of the safest drivers on the road -- mainly because they cannot afford to be otherwise. Indeed, motorcycle riders are at an extreme disadvantage when it comes to getting into an accident with an automobile. Indeed, it is not uncommon for a car driver to walk away from a collision without any injuries, but a motorcyclist will likely be thrown from his or her bike, suffering a serious injury in the process.

Couple gets $5 million after their son passes away

A jury in Orange County recently decided to award a total of $5 million to a couple from Lake Forest. That couple had lost their son, who was disabled and who had been living in a care center over in Mission Viejo. He passed away while he was at the center.

The incident happened back in 2012. The young man suffered from seizures and needed to use anti-seizure medication to combat the disorder. During one episode, though, the staff did not administer the anti-seizure medication. Reports show that they also failed to attempt CPR in an effort to revive him.

Who is at fault when I slip and fall in a business?

Property owners are responsible for the safety of their visitors. They should take all necessary precautions and address hazards. When this doesn't happen, the property owners could be held responsible for injuries a visitor suffers, as well associated medical expenses, lost wages and more. However, is every person who is injured when in a business able to seek damages successfully?

The liability for slip and fall accidents must be proven to the court. It generally needs to be shown that one of the following occurred:

Report: male traffic deaths far outnumber female traffic deaths

Fatal auto accident victims can come from pretty much any demographic group. However, there are differences in auto fatality rates among different demographic groups. For example, a recent federal report indicates that there is a very big difference between men and women when it comes to likelihood of being killed in a traffic crash.

The report reviewed U.S. crash data regarding the year 2012. One of the things the report looked at was what the male traffic fatality total and the female traffic fatality total were in the country that year.  

Impact sensors are one way to reduce brain injuries for athletes

When it comes to particularly aggressive sports like football, everyone has their opinion. Some believe that if you can't stand the danger, you shouldn't play the game. Others believe football creates an atmosphere in which injuries are ever present. Some even believe that there are several people within the sports industry who discourage players from opting out of a game or practice for safety's sake. This creates an incredibly dangerous situation some believe needs to be remedied.

Few know this better than the players themselves, who may suffer countless injuries to their heads and bodies alike over their lifetime. As regular readers of our blog know, frequent blows to the head are incredibly dangerous, especially for children whose brains develop rather quickly during their early years. Trauma to the brain can have lasting effects such as learning deficiencies and problems with skill development, which is something we pointed out in a post late last year.

Hearing to be held regarding the safety recall of Takata airbags

If you follow the news like we do, then chances are you've heard about the massive recall concerning Takata airbags. The safety recall, which now covers an estimated 34 million vehicles, was issued because of numerous reports of injuries, both serious and fatal, when the airbags exploded violently in crashes. In some cases, the force of the explosion was so much, shrapnel was expelled from the bags, striking and injuring passengers in the process.

Considered to be the "largest safety recall in U.S. history" by the Detroit Free Press, the most recent recall is a culmination of more than seven years of investigation into airbag problems by Takata. According to an article by Automotive News, the airbag manufacturer has been diligently trying to determine the cause of the violent explosions. Unfortunately, it has been unable to pinpoint a cause, which means that the replacements it has already installed in reaction to the safety issue may not be any safer.

It's important to see a doctor after a head injury

Have you ever considered how many ways there are to suffer a head injury? We have and our conclusion is that there are a lot! From collisions playing sports, to slips and falls, to motor vehicle accidents, your head is always susceptible to a hard knock. Whether it leads to a brain injury though depends on the severity of the blow.

Most people mistakenly assume that a brain injury only occurs after receiving a severe blow to the head such as slipping and falling on concrete or being sacked while playing a sport. But the brain can suffer an injury even after a slight knock to the head. This happens because the force exerted on the body causes the brain to move inside the skull, sometimes colliding with it and causing damage.

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