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Vocational rehabilitation for spinal cord injury victims-Part II

For many Connecticut spinal cord injury victims, rehabilitation is the first step on the path to freedom. It is important for the injured person to work since that is the first step toward gaining self-confidence and financial independence. This holds true for any spinal cord injury victim across the United States, including people in Connecticut.

The rehabilitation process starts with an assessment of the job market. A spinal cord injury patient may be interested in a particular job in a specific industry, but if the industry does not have openings, that person will need to consider a different sector of the job market. The patient's rehabilitation counselor may be able to help the person assess job opportunities. The rehabilitation counselor may also help with tasks, wages and other preparation that the person may have to undertake.

FDA approves mobile app created for detecting brain injury

New Haven, Connecticut, residents probably agree that of all the injuries that an individual may suffer, a brain injury may have the worst consequences. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, even ordinary tasks may suddenly become extremely challenging for an individual. Therefore, early diagnosis and effective treatment are very important. A recent development may do just that.

A Maryland-based research and development company has developed a mobile application that can help doctors identify traumatic brain injuries under almost all circumstances within a mere five minutes. The Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment, or DANA, recently received an approval from the Federal Food and Drug Administration.

Vocational rehabilitation for spinal cord injury victims

Probably every Connecticut resident would agree that life is difficult after suffering a spinal cord injury. Even basic everyday tasks can suddenly become a challenge after this kind of injury. In spite of that, many patients wish to continue working so that they are able to lead an independent life. Due to a number of physical limitations that are associated with a spinal cord injury, it may not be possible for spinal cord injury victims to return to their prior jobs.

Thankfully, there are a number of vocational rehabilitation programs available for patients, which provide the support necessary for attempting to lead a normal life again. These programs help a spinal cord injury patient identify their career interests and skills, acquire additional education and training, if required, and apply for jobs that meet their requirements. The programs also help patients to apply for work accommodations that are tailored to their requirements.

Seasoned car accident attorneys understand the right processes

Car accidents can cause immense pain and suffering to a Connecticut victim and his or her family. Although departments of transportation and police conduct road awareness safety campaigns, it seems car accidents cannot be averted. If you are in a car accident, you need to talk to a reliable and seasoned attorney who can lay out the options available to seek justice and compensation.

A seasoned New Haven car accident attorney can empathize with your situation and implement suitable strategies to protect your interests and bring the negligent driver to justice. The law offices of Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., have had considerable experience in handling cases of personal injury for more than two decades.

Who can be sued in birth injury liability cases?

Connecticut residents would agree that the occurrence of a birth injury is one of the saddest moments of any parent's life. A birth injury is normally caused by labor complications which make a parent's worst fears come true.

A birth injury claim can be made against doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, pharmacists and other healthcare specialists. Hospitals are liable for institutional negligence; they are also responsible for the negligence of employees. A hospital's medical staff normally comprises licensed physicians, physician's assistants and nurses. It is expected that a hospital would make all the necessary inquiries when recruiting trained staff because it may be held liable for any staff negligence.

Pedestrian heading to work struck, killed by car in Connecticut

Car accidents on Connecticut roads are not uncommon, just as they are common in other parts of the United States. While some of those accidents only result in injuries, there are a significant number of car crashes that result in fatalities. Whatever the result of an accident, a car accident victim, as well as the victim's family members, have to face a number of emotional and financial difficulties. In the event of a fatal accident, the problems are numerous.

Recently, one such fatal accident occurred in Connecticut where a pedestrian was struck and killed by a car. According to reports, the 51-year-old victim of the fatal accident got off a bus with her co-worker on her way to work. While crossing the road, she was struck by a Mitsubishi Eclipse, the impact of which claimed her life. The driver of the Eclipse and victim's co-worker were not injured in the accident.

Fatal accidents cost Connecticut a staggering $263 million

A recent study in Connecticut has shown that there has been a sharp rise in the cost of deaths from car accidents. Although the state police and transportation departments conduct road safety campaigns regularly, there has been no reduction in the number of accidents.

According to reports, more than 30,000 people die in car accidents every year in the country. Car accidents not only cause pain and suffering to the victim and the person's family but also cause considerable damage as well. Car accidents have cost $41 billion in medical cost and work loss costs.

Hospital fights $18 million award in birth injury suit

For most of human history, childbirth has been a very dangerous experience for mother and child. Advances in medicine over the past 100 years or so have significantly reduced the hazards associated with childbirth, at least for births in the developed world, but these advances depend upon medical personnel doing their jobs carefully and professionally. Luckily, doctors and other delivery room staff are well trained and do their jobs well in most cases. However, there are unfortunately cases when they don't. When medical care falls below professional standards, a birth injury can lead to severe, lifelong health problems for the child.

Recently, a hospital has been trying to get a court to reverse an $18 million ruling against it in a birth injury lawsuit. The case involves a child, now 7 years old, who suffers from spastic quadriplegia, a severe form of cerebral palsy. A jury in another state found that the child's condition was caused by the hospital staff's negligence, when they failed to adequately respond to problems in the delivery.

A spinal cord injury may leave a patient disabled for life

Studies of spinal cord injuries have shown that men are most susceptible to spinal injuries. Children are also very susceptible to cases of spinal injury because generally children are more active than adults. Spinal cord injury, however, can be dangerous regardless of the gender and age of the patient. While some cases can be handled with treatment, therapy and rehabilitation ensure a maximum restoration of health to the patient -- most cases are generally difficult to treat and have varying outcomes.

Spinal cord injury could result in perilous and life-threatening conditions such as permanent total disability or permanent partial disability severely affecting the quality of life of the patient. It may also result in severe psychological damage, depression, anxiety and trauma which may take several years of therapy to resolve. Traumatic spinal cord injuries also entail exorbitant medical costs.

Cruise ships, medical malpractice and the law

As the weather turns colder, many Connecticut residents enjoy taking a vacation somewhere with warmer weather. Many people enjoy taking a cruise in the Caribbean, as this kind of vacation can easily accommodate kids and older family members. However, accidents can happen anywhere. When they occur on a cruise, proper medical care may be hard to come by and the legal issues that arise may be very different from those on land. Recently, a court case may have changed the legal landscape in some of these cases.

The case involved an 82-year-old man who fell and hit his head while on a cruise with his family. A nurse aboard the cruise ship examined him but failed to notice that the man had suffered a brain injury. He died several days later.

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