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Ignoring head injury can be a big mistake

Concussion-related news has been garnering substantial media attention as sports power houses such as the NFL and the NCAA are paying out hundreds of millions of dollars to settle lawsuits over player concussions, as recent examples show. It is evident that concussions are in fact serious injuries with long-term effects and should not be taken lightly.

A concussion is usually defined as a brain injury that alters the manner in which a person's brain performs its functions. Concussions are caused by a severe head trauma, which results in the brain colliding with the skull. The typical symptoms of a concussion are difficulty in concentrating, confusion or amnesia, dizziness, nausea, and severe headaches. Additionally, it is also possible that a person who has suffered a concussion undergoes psychological and personality changes or a descent into depression.

Driver strikes, injures university student in Connecticut

An auto accident not only causes physical pain and suffering to a victim injured in the crash but also gives rise to a fresh set of challenges related to work, education, and in some cases, even normal day-to-day activities. While a worker can lose wages due to absences from work, a student may miss important lectures or miss submission deadlines severely affecting grades and in the process, the future prospects of that student.

One such incident where a student was injured in an auto accident, played out in Connecticut in the nearby city of Bridgeport. According to reports, a junior at Sacred Heart University was struck by a car recently when the car accident victim was crossing a street.

How do courts determine validity of medical malpractice lawsuits?

Despite the faith that most people have in their medical caregivers, it is entirely possible that a doctor error can result in a medical procedure that injures a patient. New Haven, Connecticut, residents may know that the laws of the state provide a legal remedy for patients and their families suffering from physician's negligence.

However, to ensure that the courts only handle genuine cases of medical malpractice, certain conditions must be met. Most importantly, the person filing the lawsuit must be able to prove that there was indeed negligence on the part of the doctor. Such proof usually takes the form of another doctor's opinion, without which the lawsuit may be deemed invalid.

Can a doctor be responsible for a child born with Erb's Palsy?

As residents of New Haven, Connecticut, no doubt know, the process of childbirth can be extremely painful and highly complicated. Despite the utmost care demonstrated by doctors and nurses, both the mother and child can be at risk. Parents expect that the physicians in charge of deliveries are extremely careful and do their utmost to ensure the best of care. But there is still a chance that the doctor's actions can cause grievous damage to both the baby and the mother.

One type of birth injury is Erb's Palsy, which can paralyze an infant's arms and cause a loss of sensation in the fingers. This occurs as a result of an injury to the brachial plexus, or the nerves connecting the spinal cord and the arm. Most often the injury is caused by the application of excessive pressure when using forceps or a vacuum pump, during childbirth.

Connecticut's assistive technology program aids the disabled

Not all residents of New Haven, Connecticut, may be able to fully comprehend the trauma of a serious disability. Whether physically permanent or temporary, disabilities can have a long-term impact of the psyche of the injured person. A loss of functionality, in particular, is most difficult to cope with, as it can result in drastic changes to a person's lifestyle and livelihood. Luckily, the latest innovations in technology are useful in restoring some ability to such individuals.

Such "assistive technology" can be any gadget which can either substitute or complement a natural skill. In many cases, such devices can be "low tech," with interventions not requiring high levels of engineering. The use of walkers by people with leg fractures, or canes by the visually impaired, is one example of lower level technology. Then there are "mid-range" tools like televisions which can display closed captions for programs or hand-operated wheelchairs which, while not highly complicated, still require some degree of external support and education.

New Haven multi-car accident began with motorist hitting dog

Not all road accidents are straightforward collisions. In many cases, there is a sequence of events whose conclusion is the actual crash. Such a series can often bring to light various cases of irresponsibility on the roads, which can have extremely tragic consequences. In one recent car accident in New Haven, Connecticut, more than one person violated traffic laws, creating a scenario that led to a multi-car accident, but fortunately no fatalities.

In the incident, the driver of one car struck a dog that had entered the street, causing the owner of the dog to follow in a second vehicle. The pursuit led to the owner speeding through a stop light and colliding with a third car, which then rammed a car parked nearby. Per Connecticut law, the driver of the car which injured the dog was required to halt at the scene, but failed to do so. To date, police have yet to identify this person. The owner of the dog was later given a ticket. Another person, seated in one of the other cars, was also penalized for carrying an infant without using safety restraints.

Man sues doctors, hospital for surgical error

Most residents in New Haven, Connecticut, have probably undergone some sort of medical treatment at some point in their lives. The entire process of consulting with a doctor, understanding any procedures that need to be performed, and completing the recovery is generally filled with a sense of anxiety. This is usually overcome by the belief that the doctor or other medical expert has the necessary skills to carry out the task effectively and without complications.

However, in a recent case in another state, a patient and his doctor are disputing the results from a surgical procedure and its outcome. In the incident, the man, a resident of Jefferson County, Alabama, went in to get circumcised. However, he subsequently claims the procedure resulted in his genitals being partially amputated. The man also contends that the doctors attending to him did not elaborate why an amputation may have been required.

Federal grant offers Connecticut brain injury victims relief

As New Haven, Connecticut residents likely know, injuries suffered in an accident are always a cause for concern. Depending on the nature of the accident, some injuries may take a long time to heal, and in some cases the injuries can result in a permanent disability. If an accident victim suffers some kind of a blow to the head, there is danger of brain trauma that can negatively affect many of the victim's abilities, including the ability to talk or even move. Regardless of their nature, brain injuries can be difficult to diagnose and expensive to treat, putting a lot of people in a very precarious position.

Luckily for those impaired as a result of a brain injury, the federal government has stepped in to address the issue of adequate medical care for such a person in need. Consequently, in 2002, the Connecticut Department of Social Services became part of the Federal Traumatic Brain Injury State Grant Program. The program, which also included an Implementation Grant awarded in 2005, was given funds to develop necessary programs to facilitate servicing patients suffering from a traumatic brain injury.

Bloomfield auto accident results in bicyclist's death

Whenever someone drives a vehicle, whether in New Haven, Connecticut, or elsewhere, the person does so with the implicit understanding that not only is he or she responsible for the driver's own personal safety, but also that of others on the road. Sadly, despite the utmost precautions, a number of people are fatally injured in road accidents every year. Each such accident should serve as a reminder of the caution required of drivers, but these reminders seem to be often ignored.

A recent car accident on Route 189 in Bloomfield, Connecticut, resulted in the death of a bicyclist. Identified only as being male, the bicycle rider was hit by a pickup truck whose driver was uninjured.

Medical malpractice case adds twist to laws for same-sex couples

It is always a traumatic experience to see a loved one suffer due to the error of a medical care provider. While the emotional distress can never be recompensed, there are legal measures to make sure that such professional negligence does not go unpunished. Such laws help guarantee that when a caregiver is consulted, they take up their task as carefully as needed and do their best to provide patients adequate care. However, these legal remedies are apparently not available to everyone, as a recent case adjudicated by a Connecticut Supreme Court reveals.

The case was brought by a woman, whose same-sex spouse died as a result of medical negligence. However, she apparently did not have the legal authority to file a lawsuit against the errant doctor until the court ruled that she could do so. While the outcome of the medical malpractice lawsuit is not known, the ruling is being seen as a landmark in legislation relating to same-sex couples, as it allows them to receive retroactive benefits that were earlier restricted to partners in heterosexual marriages.

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