May 04

Brain Damage and Hand Eye Coordination

You can see that the frontal lobe of the brain plays a very important role in determining the quality of our lives. Now, what happens when the frontal lobe of the brain is injured? The changes that occur when there is damage to the frontal lobe include problems with sequencing, severation (where there is difficulty making decisions), decreased attention, personality alterations, problem solving difficulties, a decrease in the ability to communicate verbally, a lack of spontaneity, rigidity or inflexible thinking.

Next we come to the temporal lobe. The temporal lobe has several very important functions. It controls short-term memory, receptive language, language comprehension, musical awareness, selective attention, our object categorization (the ability to locate objects), and, importantly, face recognition. The temporal lobe also controls behavior, in particular aggressive behavior and our ability to keep aggression in check. If you think about your own life, the things that you do and the way that you interact with people, you can see how the temporal lobe serves all of us a very important purpose. So what happens when our temporal lobe is damaged?

When the temporal lobe is injured, it creates problems understanding the spoken word. There are also problems with selective attention, and even sexuality changes. A person with a temporal lobe injury may be found to persistently talk, and often with a temporal lobe injury we see an increase in aggressive behavior. There may also be problems finding, identifying and categorizing objects and faces.

So now let’s talk a little bit about the parietal lobe with some injury attorneys. This area of the brain takes us into a higher level of functioning. As we use our brains for thought processing, different aspects of knowing where our bodies are in space and things of that nature, the parietal lobe steps in to provide the functionality to successfully execute those actions. In the parietal lobe, we have the control of what’s called “spatial orientation,” or being able to identify where our bodies are in space. We have control of the awareness of our bodies, and our various body parts (where our arms and legs are, and what they are doing). We have our tactile perception (what we feel in our fingertips). Our academic skills, how we achieve in school and in the workplace. Object naming – how we file and apply names to faces and objects. Visual attention – the way that we are able to focus visually. The distinction between right and left. And, very importantly, our hand-eye coordination.

May 04

Angry Betty Asks For Parole

In a brutal slaying that many San Diego residents still remember, former San Diego socialite Betty Broderick murdered her ex-husband, a San Diego attorney, and his new wife in 1989.

Now, after two decades, Angry Betty is finally up for parole.

For the uninitiated, parole is an early release from prison. Whether parole is granted is determined by a parole board and if granted, carries several conditions imposed by the parole board. For example, a parolee may be required to check in with a parole officer at regular intervals or attend certain meetings or classes. If the parolee violates any of those conditions, she could potentially be sent back to prison.

Married in 1969 after meeting at a football game, Dan and Betty Broderick moved their way up the social ladder in San Diego, as Dan Broderick became a successful west palm defense attorney. But in 1989, after Dan left her for his legal assistant, Betty Broderick walked into the bedroom of the victims and shot them both in their sleep.  Armed with a .38 caliber pistol, Betty shot both of her victims as they lay in their beds. Linda Broderick died instantly. Betty’s ex-husband, however, died slowly, with blood filling up his lungs.

The Broderick murder was a crime of passion, invoking emotions in the jury and effectively dividing them. There were those who felt that she deserved to be penalized. Then, there were the others, who sympathized with the story of the scorned and berated housewife.

At the end of the trial, Betty Broderick was convicted of second-degree murder. This was a lighter conviction than the prosecution sought, since the jury felt that Broderick’s crime was a crime of passion and not pre-meditated.

Her case was one of the first cases televised by Court TV and has been the subject of several books and a made-for-tv movie starring Meredith Baxter of Family Ties fame.

It remains to be seen whether the parole board will feel sympathy for Betty and release her early, or whether her late ex-husband’s prominence in the San Diego legal community will play a role in invoking contempt against her.

Either way, the fate of Betty Broderick remains to be determined.

Mar 21

NFL taking efforts to better educate game officials on concussions

It has recently been reported that the National Football League (NFL) is taking efforts to better educate its game officials on the symptoms of concussions.

Reportedly, while game officials will not be expected to wield the same knowledge on concussions and brain injuries as doctors, the NFL wants its game officials equipped with the know-how to identify signs of a potential concussion to better ensure that players receive proper medical attention when they suffer potential head injuries.

As part of these new efforts, the NFL reportedly included information on concussions in its game officials’ weekly training tapes.

The NFL’s decision to take new efforts to educate game officials on concussions came after a scary incident occurred involving an NFL player and head trauma.

The player reportedly experienced a hit early in the fourth quarter of a game. Reportedly, the player stumbled backwards after this hit. Reportedly, a game official went to the player after this stumbling occurred and the player waved him off.

According to the ESPN article which reported this story, the player remained in the game and did not receive any special medical attention. Reportedly, team doctors were tending to another injured player at the time and did not get a clear view of the above-mentioned hit.

After the game, the player took a flight back home. When the plane landed, he suffered a seizure, presumably from head trauma he sustained from the above-mentioned hit. Reportedly, doctors do not know when the player will return to play.

It will be interesting to see how effective the NFL’s new efforts at educating its game officials about concussion symptoms will be at better ensuring that players receive proper medical care after suffering a potential head injury.

Mar 10

Police blame truck driver for New York crash that killed six

A fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh 80,000 pounds. When it’s going at highway speed, it’s impossible to stop a big rig quickly. That’s why truck drivers need to be alert at all times and aware of traffic signs warning of upcoming construction, delays and so on.
Law enforcement officials are saying the driver of an 18-wheeler was not paying attention before he caused a fiery crash that left six people dead in upstate New York last month.
Investigators are apparently unsure of what the trucker was paying attention to in the moments before the crash, but they are convinced that it wasn’t the road or traffic.
They say the Pennsylvania trucker drove right past highway signs warning of upcoming construction and delays, but did not see them or did not pay attention to them.
Investigators and others are currently weighing whether or not to bring criminal charges against the man, requiring a bellingham criminal defense lawyer.
His 18-wheeler was carrying a full load when it slammed into the back of an SUV on a rural highway in Antwerp, New York, about 270 miles north of Newburgh.
A police spokesperson said investigators found that the trucker had not made phone calls or sent or received texts in the minutes prior to the crash.
He also didn’t appear to be intoxicated or impaired by drugs, they said.
He apparently hit the brakes on his truck right before impact, but it was too late.
Killed in the SUV the truck smashed into were an elementary school speech therapist, 42 years old, her two daughters, ages 14 and 11, and her mother-in-law, 69.
The SUV reportedly exploded in flames upon impact.
Two other people were killed in separate vehicles.

Mar 03

Pennsylvania attorney faces up to 25 years in hunting death

A 49-year-old Philadelphia area lawyer has pleaded no contest to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the wrongful death of a 52-year-old hunter from Quakertown, Pennsylvania.

In addition, the lawyer has also pled guilty to being in possession of a rifle and a shotgun. He is facing sentences of up to ten years each on the weapons possession charges and up to five years for manslaughter, for a possible total of 25 years.

The accident happened while the lawyer, his uncle and a friend were hunting on the attorney’s land in Bucks County. The victim was apparently shot while bending over to dress a deer he had killed near the attorney’s property. He was wearing a blaze orange hunting hat at the time of the shooting.

Paramedics were summoned to the scene but were not told that the man had been the victim of a gunshot. The man died of a bullet wound to the heart and lungs.

During their investigation, police collected 96 weapons they believed to belong to the lawyer. Previously, he had agreed not to possess any weapons as part of a felony conviction on an assault charge in 1985.

The attorney ultimately admitted to other hunting violations, including the use of a rifle to hunt in a shotgun-only area, baiting deer with corn and transporting loaded weapons while riding in an all-terrain vehicle.

In addition to the current charges, the lawyer was also charged in 1994 in the shooting of a pheasant hunter. Early in 2011, he was charged with shoplifting over $200 in merchandise from an area sporting goods store.

He is free on a $2 million dollar bail pending sentencing in July.

Mar 03

Famous boxing brothers hospitalized with injuries after crash

It only takes one little mishap to cause a serious car accident. It’s scary, but life can change in a split second.

Two well-known sports figures are fighting serious injuries after a car crash late last week. The car accident sent 29-year-old twin brothers Rock and Tiger Allen, famous for their boxing skills, to the hospital for injuries they received during the one-car crash.

According to reports, the brothers were traveling in a Ford Explorer on Bethlehem Pike in Montgomery Township. The car reportedly left the road and hit a tree. Tiger Allen was the driver. Both men were airlifted from the scene by rescue helicopter to different hospitals.

The twins were considered up-and-coming in the world of boxing. Rock Allen boxed at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. His brother, Tiger, tried but failed to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team in the 2000 Olympics. Neither has fought in the last couple of years.

According to Philly.com, Rock remains in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he is listed in serious condition. Tiger is in intensive care at Hahnemann University Hospital. There is no word on his condition. There were no further updates on the state of the twins’ health.

Police in Montgomery County have yet to establish a cause for the accident. It was not clear whether alcohol could have been a factor. An investigation is ongoing. It was not reported when or if police would release more details.

Feb 16

Inflatable amusement rides have some worried about injuries

On a breezy weekend afternoon recently, an inflatable slide on Long Island went flying at a youth soccer tournament. Similar incidents the same afternoon left several people injured, one woman seriously.

It’s a growing problem, experts say: inflatable rides are apparently causing increased injuries in emergency rooms over the last decade. There were apparently almost 5,000 such injuries back in 2004. In the last two months alone, at least 10 such rides have collapsed, injuring 40 people, according to the Daily Item.

According to a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, which monitors the safety of such rides, they are aware of the problem. She says every new ride is inspected by a safety board. They also have approximately 1,000 inspectors across the state.

Sometimes, rental companies that provide inflatable rides for parties or other events have in-house inspectors who assure that safety requirements are met. Still, that doesn’t mean accidents won’t happen. Most customers choose not to hire employees to oversee the operation of such rides. Sometimes, accidents occur when weight limits on the rides are ignored.

The spokesman for the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials says accidents involving inflatable rides happen all the time. He says they should be treated almost like carnival rides and should be closely monitored. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen.

What it all comes down to is whether the rides are being operated safely. As the spokesman tells the Daily Item, “It’s all about the operator. Just like anything, you need somebody competent doing it.”

Still, high winds and other factors can still cause accidents. When in doubt, it’s always best to choose safety first.

Feb 16

Family of girl killed in Ferris wheel accident consider lawsuit

It’s every parent’s nightmare: getting a call that your child has been severely injured. The parents of an 11-year-old girl who died after falling off a Ferris wheel lived that nightmare. And now, the park that operates the ride may be held accountable for her wrongful death.

Reports suggest that the girl may have been standing on or leaning out of her seat when she fell from the Ferris wheel 160 feet to a steel platform at the base of the ride. The girl died at the scene. She had been riding on the Ferris wheel alone.

According to reports, attorneys for the family have begun an investigation into the accident that may lead to the filing of a civil lawsuit in the girl’s death. They have asked for a surveillance video that shows at least part of the accident and are also seeking to question anyone who may have witnessed the actual fall. However, an official report suggests that no one may have witnessed the moment the girl fell out of her seat.

Attorneys are also investigating the presence and condition of safety equipment on the ride. They are also reportedly considering the ride’s overall safety record in addition to the safety records of Ferris wheels in other amusement parks.

The Ferris wheel at the park was inspected and found to be free of mechanical defects. The ride remains closed until a later date that is to be determined. As a result of the tragic accident, the state of New Jersey, where the accident occurred, has recommended that rides that reach high elevations should require two riders per vehicle.

For his part, the girl’s father questions the lack of restraint devices on the ride, according to Philly.com. “If you’re 150 feet in the air, there should be some sort of safety harness,” he says.

Feb 02

Pennsylvania school bus crash sends 23 to hospitals

An overeager driver attempting to pass a school bus apparently overcorrected, causing a massive crash that left nearly two dozen people hurt. Luckily, none of the injuries was life-threatening.

The bus was traveling on Interstate 81 in rural Pennsylvania over the weekend when the accident occurred. Many adults and children were on their way to a church camp from Cumberland Valley Christian School.

As the bus traveled on the interstate, a 79-year-old man passed the bus on the left side in his Cadillac, but, he had to take evasive action to avoid hitting another vehicle. He apparently overcorrected and spun out in front of the bus, causing the crash.

The man’s car ended up in a ditch, and the bus partially ended up in the ditch as well, hit a guard rail and rolled over onto its roof. According to a USA Today article, 17 passengers, a mix of children and adults, were taken to Chambersburg Hospital, with several others going to Waynesboro Hospital.

According to hospital spokespeople, all of those injured did not have life-threatening injuries. Their injuries were described as minor to moderate, according to reports.

The 79-year-old driver was injured and hospitalized as well. Police believe he was the contributing factor in the crash, although it was not clear if charges will be filed.

The accident apparently caused the closure of the northbound highway lanes as rescue crews had to remove passengers from the bus and car. Three children passengers, as well as the Cadillac driver, had to be extricated from the vehicles.

Sep 16

Bay Area Train Accidents

 

Recently, the San Jose Mercury News reported that four Bay Region practice accidents occurred in the same night. While a pedestrian was killed on the BART songs a VTA light rail train, along with Caltrain, Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor practice were all involved in crashes within minutes of every different.

 

The first accident occurred in San Jose, each time a VTA train murdered a people and struck. The second occurred in Santa Clara, where an Amtrak train hit on a vehicle. Thankfully, only minor accidents were experienced by the driver.

 

The next incident required a Caltrain that arranged a person at the San Mateo stop. The man was hospitalized but lasted. No explanation was provided for your man’s profile around the monitors.

 

A pedestrian was also the victim of the ultimate crash on October 13. He was standing on the trails in the San Bruno BART stop when a train struck and killed him.

 

Another bunch of train accidents occurred in March, regarding a man who was killed in a canal in San Francisco, a female who died when a train struck her automobile in Menlo Park, as well as a people while in the Palo Alto stop. More recently another pedestrian died after a practice at the Santa Clara station struck her. Caltrain was required by all those incidents.

 

Responsibility for train crashes

 

The measurement and weight of trains makes them a dangerous power when they come with cars or persons into agreement. Their mass also makes it burdensome for a train to prevent rapidly.

 

Some train incidents are clearly the one who is struck from the train’s problem. Injuries that happen because there is a walking strolling on train tracks sometimes fall under that group. In circumstances, nevertheless, the train operator stocks responsibly for that pedestrian’s damage or death.

 

For instance, whenever a practice firm doesn’t take sensible safeguards from wandering onto train paths to avoid people, the train may be held responsible. Where a-train business knows that people repeatedly cross monitors at a distinct location and takes no action of oncoming trains to alert them, surfaces have approved court verdicts keeping the practice organization accountable. In addition, if the train sped or broke other protection restrictions, the train organization could be responsible for the incident.

 

Incidents at railroad crossings are often the mistake of the train user under certain instances. Like, if no warning signals were present at the crossing, in the event the warnings were inadequate, in the event the practice did not hit its horn as needed legally, or if impulses or obstacles malfunctioned, the practice organization maybe deemed to be in charge of accidents with automobiles and pedestrians in the crossing.

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