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What is a concussion?

Concussion can occur to virtually anyone in California, and may have a lasting impact on your health and well-being. That’s why it’s so important to understand the full ramifications of this type of brain injury, as well as being aware of the signs and symptoms. In some cases, immediate medical attention may be required to prevent further complications from occurring.

According to Healthline.com, concussions can occur due to an impact injury, or as a result of a whiplash (where the brain is propelled back and forth in a violent manner). Concussions can be caused by a variety of circumstances, such as during a car accident, because of a fall, or while participating in a sport. Concussions are typically considered mild injuries, but they can be serious or even life-threatening depending on the circumstances.

Know the facts about slip and fall accidents

Each day people in people in Colorado and all over the nation suffer from significant injuries caused by slip and fall accidents. Here at Callahan & Blaine, our skilled legal team has seen firsthand the damage that can be caused by a slip and fall. To this end, we urge our clients to be aware of the facts surrounding such accidents, from how likely they are to occur to what sort of injuries can result.

According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and fall accidents result in more than one million hospital visits on a yearly basis, making up about 12 percent of the total injuries caused by falls in general. Additionally, falls are responsible for over half of the accidental deaths that occur in the home, which impacts senior citizens at a much greater rate. In fact, up to 67 percent of deaths resulting from a fall happen to people over the age of 75.

How can I avoid dangerous driving habits?

As a driver in California, you know that safe driving is crucial to prevent accidents from occurring. However, many motorists unwittingly partake in dangerous driving behaviors, which can easily lead to disaster under the right circumstances. To this end, it’s important to be aware of which driving habits are unsafe, as well as know the ways to prevent such behaviors.

According to the General Services Administration, there are a number of unsafe habits all drivers should avoid to ensure safety remains a top priority on the road. Improper passing of another vehicle is just one area where drivers must utilize the right technique to decrease the risk of collision. In this case, it’s recommended that you remain at least three seconds behind the vehicle in front of you to allow enough time for a sudden stop. Next, use your turn signal and check all blind spots before merging into the passing lane. In the passing lane speed can be increased to clear the adjacent vehicle, but should never breach the posted speed limit.

Essential swimming pool safety tips for kids

For families in Orange County, summer is the ideal time to relax poolside. However, swimming pool safety is an essential concern, especially for those families with small children who face a significant drowning risk without the proper instruction. Accordingly, the following tips can help keep everyone safe when enjoying the beautiful summer weather.

As illustrated by the American Red Cross, children of all ages should be actively observed while using the pool, whether in a public or private setting. This is especially important for young kids, who should also be outfitted with a safety-certified life jacket for further protection. Children must never be left alone in the pool, and a responsible adult should always present if a trained lifeguard is not.

Understanding chronic traumatic encephalopathy

While even a single instance of head trauma may prove damaging, repeated brain injuries can lead to a medical condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). While this degenerative disorder is best known for afflicting pro-athletes, the fact is that anyone who suffers from numerous head injuries can be affected by this devastating condition.

According to CNN, CTE is currently without a cure. The condition is linked to a protein known as tau that accumulates as a result of repeated blows to the head, and this protein eventually impacts all areas of the brain. Additionally, there is no actual method of diagnosing CTE in a living person. Instead, the condition is identified after death via autopsy.

What kind of motorcycle gear will I need to ride?

As an Orange County motorcycle rider, you know that safety is a top priority whether you’ve been riding for years or just a few days. Along with obeying traffic laws and keeping your motorcycle well-maintained, you should also be concerned with finding the right gear to protect you on the road. This includes a multitude of items, from helmets to the proper footwear.

According to RideApart.com, many riders have questions about what type of gear they need when first starting out. Helmets are perhaps the most important, as research shows that approximately 45 percent of motorcycle impact injuries occur to the face. This underscores the importance of choosing a full-face helmet, as opposed to open helmets. Additionally, it’s a good idea to replace your helmet once every 5 years to ensure it will hold up under a crash.

What are some common grocery store hazards?

For Orange County shoppers, a trip to the grocery store can quickly turn disastrous when common hazards are prevalent. These hazards can pose serious risk of injury to all shoppers, which is why it’s so important for workers to go above and beyond in their duties in an attempt to keep everyone safe. Failure to do so could lead to a number of ill-effects should a shopper be injured during a visit.

PriceGun.com lists a few of the most rampant hazards that can be found in a grocery store, including certain bacterial dangers related to the preparation of food. Most grocery stores have deli departments which must utilize the proper sanitation methods to ensure the contamination does not occur while preparing customer orders. This entails proper cleaning of all utensils and work stations, as well as holding workers accountable for their own personal hygiene.

What should I do if involved in a hit and run?

Hit and run accidents can have devastating consequences for all involved. Even if loss of life is not a factor, you might still be faced with exorbitant repair costs and medical expenses, which you could end up paying for out of pocket. That’s why it’s imperative that Orange County motorists involved in hit and runs know exactly what to do in the aftermath.

State Farm offers some common-sense tips on how to handle a hit and run when you are the victim. For example, it’s never recommended that you go in pursuit of the driver who fled. No matter who you are, leaving the scene of an accident is considered a crime. As a result, you could imperil your claim if police dispute who exactly was at fault.

When should I file a loss of consortium claim?

If your spouse died as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be considering filing a loss of consortium claim in California. Having the right information is crucial in this case, as these types of claims can be highly confusing to those lacking the pertinent legal knowledge.

Loss of consortium refers to damages sought based on the wrongful death of a family member, according to the American Bar Association. While in some courts immediate family is permitted to file such a claim, in most cases it is filed on behalf of a widow/widower who has lost a spouse. Loss of consortium claims can also be filed as a result of a significant and debilitating injury, although this is less common.

Possible link between head injury and mental illness

Much like people all over the nation, residents of Orange County are well-aware of the many damaging aspects of significant brain injuries. What may be less well-known is the effect a head injury can have on one’s mental state. In fact, recent studies have shown a link between brain injuries and mental illness. Here at Callahan & Blaine, we’ve seen firsthand the struggles faced by victims of head injuries. That’s why we go above and beyond when lending legal support to such clients, who often have much to contend with throughout their recoveries.

According to Scientific American, a study conducted at the University of Copenhagen found that test subjects who experienced head injuries were more likely to develop a range of mental disorders during their lives. For instance, of the 113,906 people tested, 59 percent had an increased rate of depression, while 65 percent were at higher risk of developing schizophrenia. Those most at risk were subjects who sustained brain injuries from age 11 to 15, and the risk of developing a mental disorder was highest in the first year after the injury occurred.

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