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Anyone who been to Boston and spent time seeing the city has probably seen the Duck Boats giving tours around the streets and in the Charles River. The Duck Boats are salvaged United States Army amphibious assault craft developed for use in World War II.  The boats were official called DUKWs, but were commonly referred to as “Ducks” or “Duck Boats.”

boston-8-1564748These boats are designed so they can drive on the street like a troop transport truck, and then the driver can get out and lock the hubs, similar to how an old Jeep would get into four wheel drive.  Once the hubs are locked, the vehicle could drive into the water and a propeller would drive the boat forward.  The United States military ordered thousands of them for service during the war.  Continue reading

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According to a recent news feature from WOWT, an 11-year-old girl was on a ride in a carnival in Nebraska and suffered a severe personal injury.  Authorities say the young victim was on a ride known as the “King’s Clown.”  This was a spinning ride, and the trouble started when her long hair managed to get caught in the ride machinery as they were spinning around.  This carnival was being held as a Cinco de Mayo event.

carnival-1468202One witness, a friend of the victim, said her hair was very long and got tangled as they started spinning.  She said she saw what was happening but there was nothing she could do to help the girl, so she stood up and started yelling to “Stop the freaking ride!”  While the ride operator allegedly did not stop the spinning ride, a witness said that another child’s mom saw what was happening and ran up to the control panel and the emergency stop button, which brought the King’s Clown to a quick halt.  Continue reading

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According to a recent news article from KIVA, a 16-year-old victim was killed at a local fair when she was thrown from a carnival ride.  Authorities have said the victim was at a Church Carnival with two of her friends riding a ride know as the “Sizzler,” which is ride that spins the occupants around at relatively high speeds.carnival

While they were on the ride, there was a malfunction of some kind, and the victim and one of the girls she was with were thrown from the ride. When she was ejected from the ride, she slammed her head into a metal support beam and died as a result of her injury. Continue reading

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In the past 10 to 15 years, doctors and researchers have made a lot of progress in treating traumatic brain injury.  One of the main reasons for this was because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Unlike in previous wars in which the United States has been engaged, our military had the technology to get wounded soldiers, sailors, and civilians off the battlefield and to a medical treatment facility, despite grievous injuries.

457973__1Much of these medical evacuations from the battlefield were due to the brave and amazing work of United States Air Force Pararescue Jumpers (PJs) and their counterparts in other branches of the military.  In the past, a soldier who suffered a massive head injury was likely given morphine by a medic or hospital corpsman and died on the battlefield. Today, the military is able to get them to a combat support hospital, and then via airlift to a level one trauma center in Germany within a matter of hours.  Continue reading

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There is nothing more tragic than a death of a small child.  The effects on the parents can be so devastating it’s hard to even comprehend what they must be going through following such a tragedy. When the death of a child is alleged to be the result of what is essentially the reckless or intentional actions of another, it would be hard to even express the pain and suffering of the child’s family in words.

1172422_police_on_the_sceneAccording to a recent news feature from the Boston Herald, the defendant who is accused of killing a child at a daycare facility she was operating has decided to speak out in her defense. She is trying to get the charges against her dismissed and said she is still hurting and grieving over the tragic death of a child in her care.  She said she did not do anything that resulted in the death of the infant.  Continue reading

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When we typically think of a daycare accident Boston, or the greater Boston area such as the town of Billerica, we tend to think of a child somehow getting hurt by falling, being attacked by another student, eating something he or she wasn’t supposed to, or even walking into the edge of a table.

868517_a_driverHowever, according to a recent news article from CBS Local Boston, a young child was injured when a sport utility vehicle (SUV) crashed into a daycare facility in Billerica, Massachusetts.  Authorities have said that local woman, who was 38 years old, was driving her SUV when she had what is believed to be a medical incident that caused her to lose control.  Continue reading

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Every day, tens of thousands of people ride public transportation in the greater Boston area.  While it is generally safe to ride on the T, accidents do happen, and sometimes they are the fault of the driver or Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). If an accident occurs and results in a personal injury, and that accident was the fault of a bus operator, you may have valid case for a full an appropriate financial recovery.

903140_road_signsOf course the MBTA is not the only major transit system in the country.  In New York City, there is the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), and according to a recent news feature from the New York Post, a man was just awarded $12.5 million in connection with a bus accident lawsuit. Continue reading

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According to a recent article from the National Law Review, there are various new techniques to treat serious burn injuries.  This is very good news as burn injuries are among the most painful type of personal injury a victim can suffer. Further, they can also result in death due to secondary infections.

fuego-1178889-300x225The reason there is such a high risk of secondary infections is because your skin is the best way to prevent infection, as it serves a barrier to harmful microbes. After a serious burn injury, there is no skin to protect the body from this harmful bacteria. In addition to the risk of serious infections, there is a lot of pain and suffering associated with burn injuries because of the nerve damage which often occurs when the skin is destroyed.  Continue reading

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A recent news feature from ABC News reports that a five-year-old boy was allegedly injured by bullies at a daycare in Tampa, Florida.  Authorities are saying that the boy suffered serious wounds to his face and abdominal region as result of that they are calling severe physical bullying or abuse. The family has released pictures showing the child with bruises all over the side of his face from his jaw to his forehead.

1350860_hand-in-handWhen the incident occurred, his parents immediately called the local police and the Department of Children and Families, which is the agency responsible for investigation of any incidents of child abuse and also with the oversight of daycare facilities within the state, including the one which this child was attending. Continue reading

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Mixed martial arts of “MMA” as it it often called includes the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) as well as many other leagues and competitions. There is no question that these MMA fighters and events are becoming more popular after being watched by only a small group of fans for such a long time.  Rhonda Rousey has become a household name and is currently starring in major Hollywood motion pictures, and everyone was waiting to see what happened during her much publicized match with Holly Holm.  Unfortunately, that did not go so well for Rousey as everyone now knows, but that may be the least of these fighters’ problems, according to a recent news feature in the Irish Times.

457973__1As discussed in this article, around one third of all matches will result in one or both fighters suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI).   There have been a lot of studies on this after the recent releases about the injuries to NFL players, as well as the death of Joao Carvalho, who was a mixed martial arts fighter.  He dies as a result of complications stemming from a traumatic brain injury. Continue reading