Monthly Archives: February 2017

The Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury, Part 1: Physical Complications

Traumatic brain injury is an unpredictable condition. Even slight traumatic brain injuries (concussions) can have long lasting effects, and no two TBIs are the same. We’d like to use this month to discuss some of the complications related to TBI, starting with the physical complications. But first – what is a TBI, what are common causes for TBI and how can injuries to different areas of the brain affect the injured individual? TBI occurs when the brain suffers blunt or rotational injuries to tissues. There are many mechanisms of injury, including open head injuries such as gunshot wounds, closed head injuries like those from slip and falls or car accidents as well as deceleration injuries, which occur when the skull and brain move in different directions and the brain bounces against the inside of the skull. The brain is a gelatinous organ suspended in a thin layer of fluid. Because…
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Woman Sues After Unsafe Hospital Bed Leads to Fall

A Teaneck woman has filed a lawsuit against Holy Name Medical Center after suffering serious injuries. According to the lawsuit, her hospital gown was caught on her bed when she attempted to stand. She fell, sustaining injuries that left her permanently disabled, according to her claim. The lawsuit also names the manufacturer of the hospital bed, Hill-Rom Company, Inc. It claims that the hospital bed was inherently dangerous and defective as well as unsafe for its intended use. The plaintiff argues that the bed was designed with wanton and willful disregard for the safety of the user, and that the hospital is negligent because it failed to replace the defective bed. Are Falls from Beds Common? Every year, thousands of hospitalized patients and residents of nursing homes suffer injuries from falling out of beds. In certain circumstances, the hospital or nursing home can be held liable for these injuries. The…
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NJ Woman Sues Who Wants to Be a Millionaire for Injuries

The glitz and glamour of television, the chance to watch contestants win oodles of cash, the competition, the laughs, the…painful injury? A New Jersey woman filed a lawsuit in January against ABC Television and Valleycrest Productions due to serious injuries she sustained on the set of the hit game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” The lawsuit recently reached federal court. How did the woman suffer injury? According to the lawsuit, she tripped over an uneven portion of a ramp and fell to the floor while walking to her seat. She has requested $15,000 in damages due to serious injuries, including a tear in her right rotator cuff, severe damage to her left knee and the mental and physical pain and suffering associated with her injury. The ramp covered television cables in an area that the lawsuit claims was inadequately lit. The lawsuit accuses the show of failing to warn studio…
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