August 20, 2013

Checklist to Keep Teens Safe This Sports Season


Teen athletes face a number of dangers every time they go to practice or have a game. In addition to regular injuries that could be caused by impact or repetitive stress, traumatic injuries could also cause serious or permanent damage. Despite the benefits of getting good exercise and learning teamwork, parents, educators, and teens should be aware of the risks and be prepared before starting a new school and sports season.

While there are some accidents that aren't preventable, taking a proactive and knowledgeable approach to this year's sports season could prevent serious injuries, and death. Our Asheville personal injury lawyers are experienced with the investigation and representation of teen sports accidents. We are dedicated to sports and team safety and helping to prevent injuries, including traumatic brain injury.

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Teen athletes are vulnerable to joint injury, head and neck injury, heart trouble, and heat stroke. In a recent report by NPR, sports medicine doctors and other professionals offer the following checklist to keep your teen athletes healthy and safe.

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August 18, 2013

Hilton Head Death Highlights Golf Cart Risks


In areas with warmer climates, golf carts are an enjoyable, easy way to get around the neighborhood or the resort, along the beach or in small communities. While golf carts can be fun on and off the course, it is important to remember golf cart safety. After a recent golf cart accident and death in South Carolina, drivers and passengers should be reminded of the importance of driving and riding safely.

Golf carts are not as fast as cars, but they are definitely not toys. Every year, tragic accidents cause serious injuries and take the lives of drivers, passengers and bystanders. Our Asheville personal injury attorneys are experienced in golf car accidents and will help victims and their families protect their rights. As experienced attorneys, we are committed to public wellness and to keeping North and South Carolina residents safe for tourists and residents.

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According to reports, authorities are still investigating the death of a man following a fatal golf cart accident. The 77-year-old victim was driving his golf cart on a road in Sun City Hilton Head. Police indicated that the golf cart veered off the road, struck a car and then a small tree. The Highway Patrol found the victim next to the golf cart following the accident. The golf cart driver and victim was taken to a nearby hospital where he died the next day. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death.

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August 16, 2013

Nursing Home Falls Are Common Cause of Preventable Death


Making the important family decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is always difficult. For many families, providing daily care and trying to meet the needs of an ailing parent or grandparent is too overwhelming. Seeking out nursing home care and professional assistance is one solution to meet the growing demands of an aging population. While nursing home care has been under scrutiny for years, new evidence suggests that patents are dying from a preventable cause: negligence and falls.

While a child who falls and breaks a limb can recover quickly, an elderly person could have a more difficult time healing. In some cases, a broken limb or brain injury could eventually lead to death. Our Rock Hill nursing home injury attorneys are experienced in complex cases involving nursing home negligence. We are dedicated to helping our clients protect their rights and recover compensation in the event of an accident or wrongful death.

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Every year, thousands of nursing home patients suffer from preventable falls. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are approximately 1,800 deaths every year related to fall injuries. Victims can suffer any number of traumas, including broken bones or head injuries. In many of these cases, victims are left with a permanent disability that can further impact the quality of life in their final years.

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August 14, 2013

A Matter of Degrees: Treating Burn Injuries


Burns can be among the most excruciating injuries accident victims endure and can cause permanent injury, including loss of limb, nerve damage, scarring, loss of mobility, and host of other issues. For the victims and families of burn injuries, recovery can take a significant amount of time. Burns can range from first-degree minor blisters to more severe cases. Knowing what kind of burn you have suffered is important to obtaining treatment and in getting the care you need.

Victims may have sustained an injury in a fire, car accident at home using the grill or stove top or in a work-related accident. Our Spartanburg personal injury attorneys are experienced in the investigation of accidents and in helping victims recover the full compensation they deserve. If you have suffered a burn injury, we can help you recover financial support for medical treatment, pain and suffering, treatment, long-term care, lost wages, and any additional losses you have sustained.

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A first-degree burn is a simple injury that may occur when touching a stove top, brief exposure to a flame or even sunburn. If you or someone you love has suffered a first-degree burn, you should soak the affected area in water for 15 minutes. No matter how severe the burn is, doctors assert that this period of time with water is crucial to protecting the skin. Even if you will be making your way to the emergency room, you should keep the injury covered with a wet cloth.

In addition to reducing swelling and pain, the use of water on a burn can release the pain and stop the worsening of a burn wound. In the long-term covering wound with water during the first 15 minutes will also help the area recover faster. For most first-degree burns, this should be enough. A patient may want to go to a general practitioner who can clean and dress the wound.

Second- and third-degree burns often require a hospital visit. If a burn is critical, then the patient may require a burn specialist and plastic surgery. The severity of a burn is based on the depth of the burn. Usually a third-degree burn is the deepest and will show discoloration. A victim can lose sensation and the burn could penetrate the skin and muscle. A second-degree burn usually appears with blisters.

The severity of a burn also depends on where it occurs on the body and how much of the body is affected. When a burn covers more than 15 percent and affects a victim's face, neck, chest, hands, genitals or feet a patient should be admitted to the hospital. After initial treatment of a wound, a burn victim may have to go through skin grafts and other surgery, including reconstructive surgery.

Victims of burns may also suffer from smoke inhalation, which can be very dangerous and permanently damage the lungs. Older patients may be at a greater risk of deep burns and smoke inhalation, while a younger patient may have less risks. Though burns are very common, only the most severe burns threaten the life of the patient. Taking immediate steps to reduce pain, swelling and additional damage caused by a burn can improve opportunities for long-term recovery.

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August 9, 2013

Hidden Summer Dangers and Injury Risks


In previous posts, we have discussed the dangers of swimming and boating as common summer activities that can cause serious injury. While you may already have a grasp of summer boating and swimming safety, remember that there are other summer activities that can result in accidents or serious injury you may not expect. Bracing the outdoors and enjoying the summer sun are important for every family this season, but remember that there are some hidden risks that could be harmful.

Drinking, the outdoors, and over-exposure to the sun are all potential risks that land millions of Americans in the emergency room every summer. Our Greensboro personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping members of the local community prevent serious accidents and injury and to seek appropriate care and compensation in the event of an accident.

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Here are other injuries to watch out for this summer:

Lawnmower injuries. Every year there are 80,000 hospitalizations involving lawnmower accidents. Most of these cases occur when rocks, sticks, and other debris are picked up and thrown by the blades. When cutting the grass this summer, be sure that you know how to properly use your equipment and that it is maintained. You should also wear protective eye gear and clothing to prevent injury.

BBQ accidents. Firing up the grill is a common past time throughout the summer, but is important to take necessary precaution to prevent explosions and burns. According to reports, the U.S. fire department responds to over 8,000 fires every year involving grills and barbeques. Always be cautious when lighting a grill and opening the cover. Make sure your grill is in a safe spot and keep small children away from the BBQ.

Dangerous sunburns. While a minor sunburn impacts all of us, a dangerous sunburn can be deadly. Repeat sunburns can permanently damage DNA and increase your risk of skin cancer. To prevent sunburn, wear appropriate sunscreen and continue to apply it throughout the day, especially if you are in the water.

Heat rash. In addition to sunburn, exposure to sun can also result in heat rash causing blisters or deep red bumps. Victims may experience itchiness and sensitivity. Heat rash can occur anywhere on the body. Dehydration is another risk of being in the sun too long and can be extremely dangerous if left untreated.

Slips, falls, and flip-flops. Though summer means sandals, remember that footwear can also be dangerous and result in achy feet or injury from a fall. Most flip flops have no cushion or support. Exposure could also result in cuts to feet or ankles. Unless you are on the beach or at the pool, you should wear shoes with support to prevent injury.

Hangovers and alcohol-related accidents. For many of us, being out in the summer sun also involves beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages. Remember that alcohol can impair judgment, reduce motor skills, and leave you vulnerable to any number of accidents or injuries. In addition to being a danger to yourself, you could be a danger to others.

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August 8, 2013

New Technology Helps Accident Victims Communicate


One of the most severe and life-altering injuries is brain and spinal cord damage. Victims of paralysis are often unable to walk, confined to a wheelchair and suffer from an overwhelming loss of life enjoyment. While researchers are constantly looking for improvements to treat paralysis, there is no cure. In a recent breakthrough, those who are unable to speak because of brain injury and paralysis may benefit from new technology that allows victims of paralysis to communicate through their pupils.

Any injury that leaves a victim unable to communicate or speak is devastating to victims and their families. Motor vehicle accidents, falls, swimming and boating accidents and other preventable tragedies are often the cause of paralysis and the loss of communication between victims and families. Our Greensboro personal injury attorneys are experienced in complex cases involving paralysis and are dedicated to helping victims get compensation and treatment that they deserve. We are also abreast of new technologies that can aid victims who suffer from serious and life-altering injuries.

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A new kind of communication may be on the market allowing victims of brain injury and paralysis to answer questions through "smart goggles" that can read the response of a patient through the pupil. The technology also allows individuals in a reduced state of consciousness to respond to requests and commands. This also gives doctors the opportunity to diagnose patients who have a loss of brain function.

The technology uses pupils which expand and contract in response to light and dark. The pupil also dilates when we are thinking or contemplating a decision. German researchers are using the physiological system of the pupil to help victims of accidents communicate through neurological responses. They initiated the technology by asking simple questions with responses "yes" or "no" on a computer screen. Wearing the glasses of special technology, the researchers read the pupils response to the questions, finding that the more contemplation and the larger increase in pupil size, the more likely the responder found the correct answer.

When a victim is unable to speak after an accident, it can be difficult for doctors to identify areas of pain, apply proper treatment, and restrictive for patients and their families. This new technology could alleviate some of the stresses, by allowing victims to communicate their needs while in recovery. While using the new technology, doctors found that accuracy of the smart goggle technology was between 67 and 87 percent--not 100 percent, but better than guessing a victim's condition or needs.

The technology could help to allow patients to communicate their needs including hunger or pain. It can also help in the event of trying to put together the pieces after an accident or criminal matter. Officers could apply the technology when interviewing witnesses. Though the opportunities are endless, it is not known when the smart goggles will be made available to doctors or for consumer use.

Researchers believe that continuing to work and develop the technology could improve the accuracy to have a greater success rate. The initial trial run is a positive step forward for victims of accidents who have been left in a semi-conscious state or unable to communicate after an injury.

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August 5, 2013

Ocean Isle Beach House Deck Collapse Injures 21


Building inspectors in North Carolina are looking into what exactly caused an Ocean Isle Beach house deck to collapse in a recent accident. According to the Gant Daily, more than 20 people were injured in this collapse.
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Inspectors are looking at potential structure failures at the home, which is privately rented. it's located at 83 Ocean Isle West Boulevard. The emergency services director for Brunswick County, Anthony Marzanom, says that there were 25 people outside on the deck when it dropped down onto a concrete patio on the ground below. Luckily, none of the injuries are life-threatening, but there were 21 lacerations, a bone and hip fracture and a spinal injury. All of the victims were transported to various local hospitals for treatment.

Our Ocean Isle Beach premise liability attorneys understand that the home was constructed back in 2003 and was last inspected in 2012. Unfortunately, that inspection wasn't enough to prevent this tragedy. And what's even more unfortunate is that this is the second accident of this kind to happen in the state within the last month. The other one happened at a home in Cherryville. In that accident, the deck also collapsed when there were 25 people on it. According to inspectors, that deck was more than 25-years-old and was no longer able to carry such weight.

Although these types of accidents are most commonly associated with older, multi-story apartment buildings with wooden porches, they can happen just about anywhere at any time. These accidents are also more common during the warm, summer months. Sadly , these structures are often improperly constructed, poorly designed and sometimes even over-crowded. These factors are common causes that lead to falls and collapses. And it's these kinds of accidents can result in broken bones, closed head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and even fatalities.

The conditions of the property and its facilities are the responsibility of the owner. They have the responsibility to maintain safe premises and they can be held liable when accidents result in serious injuries or death.

According to recent studies, there are more than 50,000 million wooden decks in the United States that are over 25-years-old.

Deck, Porch and Balcony Collapse Prevention:

-Make sure that the maximum capacity for these areas are posted and obeyed.

-Frequently inspect for rusted or missing fasteners and/or nails. Replace when needed.

-Keep an eye out for buckled or loose boards and/or splinters. Uneven stair treads and discolored areas are also a sign of deterioration.

-Make sure the porch does not sway or move in any direction.

-If your porch is older that 15-years, it's important that you have it inspected by a professional.

-Keep the area clear of sitting materials. Debris and other objects can speed the process of decay.

-Consider the weight of your porch or deck's furniture. Move it when it's not being used to help eliminate wear or stress.

-Make sure none of the wood is rotted or cracked. When noticed, you want to replace immediately.

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August 2, 2013

New Film Captures Reality of Brain Injuries


The impact of a brain injury can be long-term. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have been gaining more attention by medical practitioners and researchers as well as by the media. In a new film produced by HBO, documentary filmmakers take a close look at the impact of brain injuries and the real ways that a brain injury can impact the life of a victim. The film, "The Crash Reel" discusses the very insidious nature of a brain injury and the extent to which victims lives are affected long after impact.

Brain injury survivors know that the injury has physical, mental and social components. It can physically leave someone debilitated as well as affect them emotionally and socially. Many victims are unable to work after an accident. Our Charleston brain injury attorneys are experienced with the complicated nature of brain injury cases and will pursue every avenue of recovery for victims.

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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be the result of sports injuries, a car accident, fall, swimming pool or boating accident, or any other incident which causes severe impact. In the film, "The Crash Reel," the documentary creators follow the life of snowboarder Kevin Pearce, whose life was changed after an accident. The film details the life of the rising snowboarding star before his stardom was eclipsed by a severe accident.

The film captures a moment when Pearce attempts a highly technical and dangerous snowboarding move known as a "cab double cork" which leaves him in a coma. Suffering from a traumatic brain injury, Pearce is also in a rehab hospital for months. The film takes a close look at Pearce's family, his doctors, his friends, and others who can testify to the difficult road of recovery faced by the snowboarder.

Coming to know his injuries more intimately, viewers can understand the permanent brain damage that impacts his memory and vision. He is also at a greater risk of injury if he suffers an additional blow to the head. While the film focuses on recovery, it also sheds light on the very tragic aspects of traumatic brain injury--many victims will never be back to "normal." Some will never walk or talk again.

For victims of brain injury, the recovery process can take months or years. In some cases, a full recovery is not possible. Any victim of a brain injury may require extensive medical treatment and care. It is important to have financial support in the event of an accident or injury. An experienced attorney can investigate any case involving TBI and pursue just recovery for victims to compensate for medical expenses, long-term care, lost wages, and other personal losses related to the accident.

Other victims in the film suffered tennis injuries, bicycle injuries, and other sports-related accidents. The filmmakers hope to raise awareness about brain injury and to encourage health, safety and concussion awareness. Though some sports are inherently dangerous, athletes should be wary that complicated and difficult tricks could result in dramatic consequences, including TBI. Parents, teachers, and other authorities should also raise awareness among young athletes to prevent future accidents and injuries.

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July 29, 2013

Appalachian Hikers Use Tech For Safety


Every summer, thousands of hikers will use the Appalachia Trail to reach the highest mountain peaks, swim in the rivers and enjoy the scenery that the region has to offer. Hikers and their loved ones now have an easier way to stay safe while out hiking. Now, new apps and other cell phone features aid hikers who are on the Appalachian Trail.

Though many hikers enjoy the solitude and quiet of the wilderness, cell phone technology can be an asset in the event of an emergency. In many cases, cell phones have been critical in alerting authorities when a hiker is in need of rescue. Our Greenville personal injury attorneys are dedicated to preventing personal injury and helping victims get the medical care they need after an accident.

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Cutting through 14-states, the Appalachian Trail is 2,178 miles long and can pose many risks for the unwary. Certain trails are known to be dangerous grounds for hikers and campers, including high peaks and the threat of animals, particularly bears. Many hikers believe that given the many narrow, winding and difficult paths, the technology of an app makes the hike less lonely and safer for travel.

There are an estimated 2,250 hikers who will start at the trail head in southern Georgian and complete the entire hike that would end in Maine. Other hikers will do the entire hike in reverse. The path can be long and grueling for hikers and any injury could pose a serious risk. Hikers must be able to depend on their equipment as well as ensure that they take proper safety precautions throughout the trip.

Hikers should make sure that they have enough water, that they have proper food and clothing and that they know how to respond in the event of a fall or accident. In the past, hikers who fell or needed emergency assistance would have to wait for another hiker to pass-by and then wait for help. Now they can simply dial 911 from the trail. Other emergency devices can transmit GPS coordinates to responders.

It is estimated that 80 percent of hikers will use cell phones while hiking the trail. The primary reason for carrying cellphones and using hiking apps is for the purpose of seeking emergency assistance. In addition to safety features, the phone app also allows hikers to track their distance and post photographs along the way. Hikers will also use their cell phones to play audio books, check weather, and play music.

Despite the number of hikers who see an advantage to using technology in the wilderness, others feel that use of cell phones can be disturbing and distracting. Safety advocates also want to remind hikers that cell phones are not a sure thing and can pose their own hazards. The Appalachian Trail Conservatory guide advises against posting plans or locations online to avoid unwanted encounters.

This summer, if you are participating in outdoor recreational activities, be sure to have the proper safety equipment, training, and know how to respond in the event of an emergency. For you and your loved ones, a cell phone and other digital location devices are one option to reduce response time and increase your opportunities for recovery in the event of an accident.

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July 26, 2013

Advanced Procedure "Welds" Wounds to Prevent Scarring After Accidents


Traumatic car accidents, bike accidents, and other collisions can cause severe lacerations. Dog bites and animal attacks can leave victims with deep cuts requiring stitches and reconstructive surgery. For many patients, scarring is not only a physical injury, but an emotional one as well. New technology which aims to "weld" wounds together is a medical advancement for injury victims that can reduce scarring and help patients make a full recovery.

For victims of deep cuts and wounds, scarring of the body and facial tissue can be damaging. In addition to aesthetic issues, victims may suffer nerve damage and reduced mobility. Our Charleston catastrophic injury attorneys are experienced in helping victims of injury protect their rights after an accident. We will take a comprehensive approach to collect the full compensation you and your family deserve for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, reconstructive surgery and additional costs stemming from the accident. We are also dedicated to staying abreast of medical trends that can create new opportunities for our patients' recoveries.

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An international medical device company has developed a "cold plasma" technology which "welds" or closes medical incisions with a unique procedure. Unlike traditional methods which use stitches to sew skin together, the new technique is also less painful and reduces scarring compared to using a needle and thread. Advocates of the new technique state that it only takes a few minutes to seal the area completely.

Doctors performing the procedure use plasma at a low temperature to seal the skin cells back together. Reducing the temperature of the cells is safe for the skin and has a "welding" effect. According to researchers, plasma is one of the fundamental states of matter--equivalent to solids, liquids, and gas. It has many beneficial medical properties, including the ability to disinfect, reduce bleeding, treat burns, and now, with the new procedure, weld tissues back together either after an accident or after surgery.

Despite the myriad of medical benefits of plasma, it is not commonly used because it normally requires high temperatures that can be dangerous for bodily tissues. Researchers have performed the experimental "welding" techniques at low temperatures to test the ability of plasma as a mechanism for sealing the skin after surgery. In a recent trial incisions were closed on women who underwent Caesarean sections. For the women who had plasma rather than suture or staples, incisions healed faster and the women had a lower rate of complications.

The new technology could prove to be a medical advancement, not only in the surgery setting, but for victims of accidents who have suffered deep cuts or lacerations. Medical professionals aim to use the plasma technique in tissue welding, intestinal anastomosis and in the treatment of burns or other wounds. Currently tests have only been performed in Israel, however, the company is hoping to test the product in Europe and the United States for approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Victims of accidents may see this new technology in years to come.

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July 22, 2013

Keeping Pool Grounds Safe: Tips for Owners


Pools are part of daily life in North and South Carolina. Despite a general knowledge of pool safety, pool owners as well as visitors should be aware of the potential dangers on pool grounds. Public and private pool operators must take appropriate steps to keep grounds safe and to prevent accidents and injuries that could be deadly.

Pool owners can be held liable in the event of an injury or accidental death if they are found to be negligent. Our Charleston personal injury attorneys are experienced with the investigation of pool accidents and will bring all relevant claims against responsible individuals and entities. We are also dedicated to accident prevention and want to keep South Carolina residents and their families safe when using pools this summer season.

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If you are a pool owner, you should keep your pool gated and locked. While new technology has created high-tech pool alarms in the event of trespass, you should continue to supervise your children in the pool area. All residential pool owners must have proper fencing around swimming areas.

Another danger on pool grounds involves the pool's filtration systems. Numerous fatalities have occurred on public and private pool grounds when small children have gotten caught or "suctioned" to a pool's filter drain. There are city and state requirements regarding filtration systems and safety requirements.

Meeting code requirements is important not only for pool safety, but for insurance purposes. While pools are usually installed by professionals who have training and know insurance requirements, homeowners who try to install a pool themselves should also have a clear understanding of their obligations under the law. Not only could a violation create a safety hazard, it could open up a pool owner to liability in the event of an accident. City inspectors who find violations can fine both public and private pool owners and operators until the pool meets state and local requirements.

Pool regulation offenses may be uncommon because owners must first obtain a permit before building a pool. Usually this involves an involved inspection process. Overtime, a gate, guardrail or other safety measure may fail. Property owners are responsible for fixing or replacing any issues in a reasonable amount of time. Negligent maintenance of a pool area could also give rise to liability.

One primary key to safety is supervision. If you have young children, you should always be supervising them when at a pool. While a lifeguard at a public or private pool can be helpful, they should not be your only source of supervision when at a pool. Where there is no lifeguard, parents should be extra careful to supervise swimming and playing children when in a pool area.

Another issue for pool owners is whether a pool has the depth to be safe for diving. Water slides must also meet requirements to avoid injuries and liability. Pool owners should warn swimmers if the depth cannot accommodate diving or if diving poses a safety hazard.

Pool accidents can be severe resulting in head injuries, neck injuries, spinal cord injuries and paralysis. In the most severe cases, a pool incident can result in drowning and fatality. To prevent injury, pool owners should be aware of all safety requirements and know what action to take in the event of an emergency. There should also be emergency equipment on-hand to best respond to an accident.

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July 20, 2013

New Technology Helps Heal Broken Bones


Broken bones are a serious injury that can cause lasting and permanent damage. While broken bones can vary in severity, treatment options also vary depending on the injury. A victim of a fall, car crash or other accident may suffer a broken bone and it is important to see medical treatment and care as soon as possible. Fortunately, for victims of bone injuries, there are new medical advancements that can assist with diagnosis and treatment.

A broken bone can impact mobility and can require months of years of physical therapy to restore use. Our Charleston personal injury attorneys are experienced in helping victims of broken bones pursue treatment options and recover compensation for their injuries. We are experienced in helping victims of broken bones, ranging from stress fracture to severe open fractures.

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A broken bone or fracture occurs when the physical force of impact or exertion is greater than the bone. The risk of a bone fracture can depend on age and other genetic variables. For example, women with osteoporosis may have a greater risk of bone injuries. Children are common victims of bone fractures and injuries because of sports and other accidents resulting from play. Older adults are also at a greater risk of bone fractures because bones become more brittle as we age.

Recent advancements in health technology allow for the redesign of a bone. New research combines 3D bone imagery with 3D models to develop an exoskeleton that would protect the bone against fractures. A researcher who had suffered a broken hand was looking for ways to protect and heal a fractured bone. His invention, known as "Cortex" provides support for a fracture or bone.

For many victims of bone injuries, recovery can be daunting. Most casts will be in place for at least 6 weeks, some longer for more severe bone injuries. This new technology could provide victims with additional support that will minimize recovery time and provide support long after a cast is removed. Primary researchers indicate that the Cortex shifts the pressure of the cast to where the bone is broken. Focusing on supporting the bone where it is actually broken eliminates the need for wrapping the entire limb in a heavy plaster or fiber glass cast.

Critics of heavy casts also find them wasteful and damaging to the environment. According to researchers who are developing Cortex for widespread use, the product is recyclable which will reduce the impact of medical waste. Developing Cortex uses high-tech 3D scans and prints to create a model for the cast. The combination of these scans produces a digital file which produces an "anatomically accurate cast" made from nylon straps.

The inventors assert that the Cortex cast will apply appropriate pressure to the point of fracture or injury. Using mechanisms of both medical technology and design, the researchers hope that new cast designs will be more appropriate for modern life. In addition to allowing for mobility, the nylon casts are strong, durable, and washable. They can also be worn under clothes, a convenience that is missed when forced to wear a large, bulky cast.

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July 19, 2013

Coast Guard Offering Boating Safety Classes in Charleston


Every year thousands of boat accidents cause injuries to passengers, jet skiers, swimmers and others out on the water. Preventing injury and accidents means being prepared and having a good knowledge of water and boat safety. This month, the U.S. Coast Guard will be offering boating safety classes in Charleston, South Carolina to prevent accidents and injuries.

On July 20, the U.S. Coast Guard will be hosting a boating class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Daniel Island Library in Charleston. Our Charleston boating accident attorneys are dedicated to raising awareness about boater safety and helping drivers and passengers get the information they need to stay safe on the water this summer.

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According to reports, the course is called About Boating Safety and is certified by the South Carolina DNR. Graduates who pursue the full training session will be granted a South Carolina Boater Education Card. Boating education can be useful to ensure that boaters know the law and that they follow regulations to prevent accidents and injuries.

Boating safety encompasses all aspects of being on the water. From preparation to boater operation and action to take in the event of emergency, boaters will be trained to prevent and react in the event of an emergency. If you are a boater, you should remember to follow speeds and other regulations while on the water. Make sure that you have size appropriate life vests for all of your passengers. Follow signs and signals and make sure that you use waterways fitting for your boat. If you are a fisherman in a smaller boat, be wary of larger boats and wakes. Similarly, large boats and speed boats should be concerned with less visible boats on the water. Drinking and boating is an obvious deadly combination that can lead to devastating accidents, injuries, and fatalities.

In the event of an accident, you should know appropriate emergency measures. Rescue efforts and contacting authorities can make a significant difference in the recovery of the victims. Boating accident injuries can be severe, including head injuries, neck injuries, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, neck injuries and drowning. Victims of boating accidents could be stuck with life-long injuries, including loss of mobility, paralysis, and permanent brain damage.

In the state of South Carolina, boaters under the age of 16 are required to pass an approved boater education course before operating a vehicle without supervision. This law applies to the operation of a personal watercraft (a.k.a. PWC) or motor powered boat with 5 horsepower or more. South Carolina residents or tourists who are interested in the course may sign up individually or as a family. The course costs $30 per person or $35 for up to six family members.

In the event of an accident, victims may be entitled to significant compensation. An experienced advocate can help to investigate a boating accident, identify responsible parties and protect your rights. The best way to prevent boating accidents and injuries is to know the law, and to stay safe on the water.

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July 18, 2013

Brain Injury Increases Risk of Stroke


A brain injury can happen on the playground, playing sports, in a car accident, or in a swimming pool. Even random accidents, such as a ladder fall, can create a serious risk of head or brain injury. For victims, the damage can be severe and permanent. New studies indicate that victims may face the additional risk of stroke after a brain injury.

According to research, victims of traumatic brain injury may also be at risk of a stroke in the future. In a new report published in the America Academy of Neurology, both victims of stroke and brain injury can face a long road to recovery and extensive costs for treatment. Brain injury litigation is complex and expensive, and always requires a Carolina law firm with the experiences and resources to prevail. We are dedicated to helping those with brain injuries recover sufficient compensation to cover medical costs, treatment, as well as financial support for any additional losses they have endured.

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Analysis found that TBI and stroke are the leading cause of severe disability in adults. Though 80% of stroke victims are over the age of 65, there are still a large number of younger people who are at risk. Doctors are seeking to identify high risk factors and take preventative measures to prevent future stroke and brain damage. Advanced treatment and preventative care can also improve the chances for recovery.

Researchers have assessed the records of adults who were treated in the ER for a TBI or other brain injury. Over the course of 5 years, the study looked at over 400,000 patients with TBI and over 700,000 patients who did not suffer a brain injury. The results indicated that individuals who suffered from a brain injury were slightly more likely to suffer from a stroke in the future.

Doctors suggest that the relationship may have something to do with blood flow to the brain, since the majority of strokes are ischemic and caused by a block in blood flow. Adjusting for other factors including age, blood pressure, and cholesterol, the researchers found that patients who suffered from a TBI were more likely to suffer from a stroke later in life compared to those who did not suffer a brain injury.

Following additional research and analysis, medical health professionals are hoping to find the link between TBI and stroke and to find what causes the stroke. Eventually doctors hope to prevent future strokes with proper diagnosis and treatment.

In the event of a brain injury, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. A brain injury may not be easily identifiable and could take months for a proper diagnosis. In many cases, a victim's loved one will notice memory lapses, change in personality, or mood swings that could be an indication of a TBI. It is important to consult with an experienced medical practitioner who can identify a brain injury and pursue appropriate treatment options. Victims of brain injury who suffered because of an accident may also be able to recover compensation for medical care, pain and suffering, lost wages and other financial losses.

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July 16, 2013

Victims of Asiana Plane Crash Suffer TBI, Spinal Cord Injuries


Throughout the week, headlines have been dominated by the Asiana crash in San Francisco. In addition to the two fatalities, there were hundreds of other injuries to surviving passengers. Reports indicate that many of these passengers in the Asiana plane crash suffered from spinal injuries.

Spinal cord injuries can have long-term consequences for victims. In the most severe cases, victims may suffer from lost mobility or paralysis. Our Chareleston spinal cord injury attorneys are experienced in complex claims involving spinal cord injuries. We are dedicated to helping victims find the medical treatment and financial compensation they need after a serious injury.

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According to doctors who treated victims of the Asiana plane crash, the victims suffered serious spinal cord injuries and many of them will need long-term treatment and care. The serious injuries included fractures, stretched ligaments, and head injuries. Reports suggest that the spinal cord injuries were caused by the severe impact when the plane bounced off the runway.

For victims of spinal cord injuries, doctors had to act quickly and take remedial precautions to prevent future injury. Doctors indicated that the spine trauma, including fractures and hyper-extension, required that patients be stabilized to prevent additional spinal cord damage. There are some patients who remain in the hospital in critical condition.

In addition to spinal cord injuries, many of the victims suffered from blunt force trauma caused by seatbelts or head injuries involving seats and armrests. Other injuries included abdominal injuries, head traumas, and orthopedic injures. Many patients required surgery after the plane crash. Doctors said that some of the most severe injuries are traumatic brain injuries that could impact a patient's well-being for months, or for life.

Doctors responsible for treating the victims stated that many of the victims suffered from the same injuries. The plane crash made international headlines and threatened the lives of 291 passengers and 16 crew members. Before landing in San Francisco, the plane had traveled from Shanghai and made a stop in Seoul. Immediately after the crash, there were over 180 passengers transferred to the hospital and treated for injuries.

Injuries and accidents involving mass transport can result in complicated claims. In this case, injury claims may be even more complicated if the passengers are not allowed to file lawsuits against the negligent airline carrier in the United States. In the event of an accident involving public transportation, including a train, bus, or aircraft, victims should consult with an independent advocate as soon as possible to preserve their rights and interests.

Officials believed that the injuries could have been more substantial and widespread. Of the total flight crew and passengers, 49 suffered serious injuries. For those who suffered spinal cord injuries, recovery could take intensive care and therapy which is always costly. Victims of serious injury should be entitled to make claims against all responsible individuals and entities to help with the cost of treatment, long-term care, and other losses related to the crash.

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