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With the arrival of winter, emergency room staffers are anticipating an uptick in the annual increase in the number of injuries related to snow and ice.  In some cases, these are serious or even fatal car accidents. Snow and ice may also play an integral role in injuries that occur when people slip and fall on the ice, according to a recent news article from Fox News.

1169557_snow_roadOne doctor interviewed as part of the article said extremity injuries are particularly common this type of year.  They occur when someone slips on ice or snow and then tries to catch themselves. While it is a natural reaction to try to put your hand out when you are falling, so as to brace yourself, it is actually one of the worst things you can do.  When your outreached hand makes contact with the sidewalk with all of your body weight behind it, it is easy to break your wrist or hand.  This is why snowboarders and those on roller blades are supposed to wear plastic guards on their wrists to prevent a broken wrist when falling. Continue reading

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When we talk about head injuries and concussions, we are often talking about what is known as a closed head wound.  As the name implies, this is a head injury that can result in a concussion or other traumatic brain injury (TBI) in which there is no laceration to the skin, and the patient is not externally bleeding. Internal bleeding is likely occurring, and that can result in serious damage.

skullHowever, an open head wound can obviously result in a traumatic brain injury or concussion, as well, and this is what is discussed in a recent news article from the University of Utah Health Feed.  The first question many people have, as discussed in the article, is why a head injury will bleed as much as it often does. Continue reading

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Most people are familiar with the concept of a slip-and-fall negligence case. As the name implies, it is a personal injury case involving an accident that was caused by the victim slipping and falling on a hard surface.  In some cases, we are dealing with an icy sidewalk, and in other cases we are dealing with a person slipping on a wet floor in a store.

bandageWhile these cases may seem routine, they can be very complex.  The first thing to understand is that a slip-and-fall case can result in serious personal injury.  We have seen cases with ankle fractures, broken ribs, broken hips, knee damage, and even serious head injuries, including death.  If person lands on a hard surface, such as the floor or sidewalk, with his or her head, it can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Continue reading

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According to a news report from the Waco Tribune, a young child identified as having special needs reportedly suffered a serious head injury, and local police suspect the injury may have occurred at his elementary school. The child is 8-years-old.

doctor5The police first became aware of the incident when hospital personnel called them.  When the child first got off the school bus earlier that day, he said he was nauseous. The bus driver told the parents their son had vomited several times and was not behaving typically. Continue reading

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Head injuries, including concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI), are among the most serious types of personal injuries, other than wrongful death, that we typically see.  The reasons are somewhat obvious when doctors consider a “minor” brain injury can have lifelong consequences for the victim.

motorcycle helmetOne of the things known to reduce head injuries – or at least the severity of them – is the motorcycle helmet. Motorcycle helmet laws, however, vary widely from state-to-state. There is a large sector of the motorcycle riding population that wants nothing to do with a helmet. They feel that it is not worth riding a motorcycle if you cannot feel the freedom of the wind in your hair and face. While Massachusetts has a mandatory helmet law, not every state does. Continue reading

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Despite the growing base of knowledge doctors and researchers are building on the problem of head injuries and traumatic brain injury (TBI), there is still a lot we don’t know.  For this reason, any new study that is being performed has the potential to include some major breakthroughs.  Even if they intimately fall short of reshaping the treatment paradigm, they may still yield very important results.

brainsAccording to a recent news feature from VICE, a prison brought in a brain injury expert to conduct studies and find out what research can be learned from the inmate population and see what can be done to help them during the rehabilitation process for those who will eventually be released from the prison system. Continue reading

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Winter in Boston and across the New England is notoriously hazardous – not just for those in cars, but for those on foot as well. Wet snow is trampled into building entryways and sidewalks are slick with ice.  While a slip-and-fall injury can certainly happen at any time of the year, it is in the winter when we often see an increase to the presence of ice and snow on the sidewalks and roads of the commonwealth.

icewalkSome of these slip-and-fall cases in Boston can result in serious injury, and, in some cases, it is the fault of an adjacent business owner or company responsible for keeping a parking lot maintained that should be held liable for any damages caused. Continue reading

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According to a recent report from CNN, a school bus driver deviated from his designated route and crashed the vehicle at a high rate of speed.  In this horrific crash, six children have been killed and more than a dozen were injured.  Some of these injuries were very serious, including possible traumatic brain injury (TBI).

road signsAt the time of this fatal school bus crash, there were 37 students on board. When first responders arrived at the scene, they could hardly believe what they were seeing.  Five of the young victims, ranging from ages six to ten, died that same day and the other died two days later in the hospital when doctors were unable to save the child after doing everything in their powers to help. Continue reading

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As the weather gets colder, many people will be getting their equipment ready and heading to slopes for skiing and snowboarding this winter season.  Many will go to the various ski resorts in Massachusetts and many more will head to the bigger mountains in Vermont and Maine and other parts of New England.

1408255_trees_in_foggy_winter_landscapeIn fact, skiing and snowboarding are so popular for residents of Boston that ski resorts regularly advertise in the city and even organize bus trips for people to get up to Maine or Vermont to ski and enjoy the day or weekend before being brought back to the city.  While this can certainly be a lot of fun, skiing and snowboarding pose some degree of risk and a lot of accidents will happen that are nobody’s fault. Continue reading

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Every year during the fall, people enjoy going to local pumpkin patches, and, in addition to getting pumpkins and apples, they like to watch pumpkins getting fired out of cannons.  There are various different types of pumpkin launchers, but they are generally powered pneumatically (compressed air) or with some type of slingshot mechanism.  This activity is officially known as “Punkin Chunkin.”

pumpkinThis activity has become so popular that Discovery Channel holds an annual competition and makes that competition into a reality show bearing the same name as the activity of launching the pumpkins.  They are judged on various factors, including distance and maximum height. However, it is apparently not without risk of injury.

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