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Traumatic Brain Injury Checklist

Robert J. Mandell

In the United States, someone suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every 15 seconds. A TBI is the most frequent cause of disability or death among children and adolescents, according to the Brain Injury Association. Approximately five million head injuries occur every year, and most result from what appear to be only a bump or bruise to the head, but is actually quite a bit more serious. Use this traumatic brain injury checklist to determine what you should do after a suspected TBI.

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Pedestrian Accidents

Laurence Mandell

State law designates a pedestrian as anyone who travels by foot, wheelchair, walker, or stroller and all pedestrian rules apply equally to these groups of travelers. While pedestrians are generally considered to have the ‘right of way’ there are specific rules and laws governing exactly where that applies, but it clearly does not mean that a pedestrian is free to interfere with autos in areas not designated for foot traffic. This would create an environment ripe for pedestrian accidents.

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Medical Malpractice in California

Mara Burnett

Medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider fails to deliver an acceptable level of care for a patient. This negligence can result in injury or even death for the patient. In a majority of cases this involves some form of medical error on the part of an individual, but can result from a systematic failure on the part of a facility or institution.

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Avoiding Swimming Pool Accidents

Aslin Tutuyan

Each year thousands are injured or killed in and around swimming pool. If you own a swimming pool and have children or entertain friends, avoiding swimming pool accidents is your responsibility, and you should take every precaution to make sure everyone is safe and protected while on your property. Among many concerns, this means having the right insurance coverage at a sufficient level in the event that someone outside of your immediate family is injured.

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Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury

Robert J. Mandell

Despite the tremendous strides being made in medicine, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) continue to be an area where there has been minimal progress in recovery for victims. Since the spinal cord is the “highway” for nerves connecting the brain to the entire body, damage to this area can have a devastating impact on the victim’s qualify of life. That’s why it’s important for the families of victims to understand what they can do to improve circumstances following one of these injuries.

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Bicycle Accidents

Laurence Mandell

As the weather begins to get nicer, we start dusting off some of our Spring and Summer recreational equipment and thinking about getting more active outdoors. One of the most common of these activities is bike riding. Riding a bicycle is something that can be enjoyed by almost anyone at any age. If you’re healthy enough for the physical exertion, there is a whole other world available to you. More and more Californians are turning to bikes for pleasure riding, as well as an excellent form of exercise that most people find more enjoyable than a monotonous walk on a treadmill. While safe, easily accessible cycling lanes, paths, and trails are becoming more common each year, they are still often in short supply in some areas, particularly in urban locales. The result, of course, is that this frequently puts cyclists in direct competition with auto traffic for the same roadways and avoiding bicycle accidents becomes more of a challenge.

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Prescription Drug Abuse

Mara Burnett

Prescription drug abuse is rising rapidly in the U.S. Prescription drugs are vital to curing and controlling disease and other medical conditions when used properly by those for whom they have been prescribed. When a doctor prescribes a drug, he or she is giving it to a specific person for a particular condition and with the knowledge of other medications being taken by that person. Instructions are given as to how much to take, what to avoid while taking the medication and with warnings about potential side-effects.

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Caffeinated Energy Drinks

Aslin Tutuyan

The US Drug Abuse Warning Network reported a tenfold spike in emergency room visits involving caffeinated energy drinks between 2007 and 2011. Approximately 70% of cases involved teens between the ages of 12 to 17 visiting the ER for dehydration, heat exhaustion and heart problems related to energy drinks, absent any presence of drugs or alcohol. The Food and Drug Administration has also investigated five deaths and one nonfatal heart attack that occurred after the consumption of Monster Energy drinks.

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Dental Malpractice

Robert J. Mandell

Does every bad experience at the dentist amount to dental malpractice? Of course not. And even though dentistry has greatly improved the patient experience in recent decades, most people just don’t look forward to seeing their dentist. Perhaps it’s due to the nature of the practice, or maybe it’s all the jokes we’ve heard about the pain of root canal and other procedures. Whatever the reasons, there just seems to be something inherently off-putting to most of us about opening up to allow someone else to fiddle around inside our mouths. Even with that, we still trust our dentists because they are, by law and by training, expected to know their stuff and to treat us with care and compassion.

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Plastic Surgery

Laurence Mandell

There are many reasons an individual may elect to undergo cosmetic surgery, also commonly known as plastic surgery. An individual with an appearance that has been disfigured in some way, for example due to an illness or accident, may opt for reconstructive plastic surgery. Others may undergo cosmetic surgery for personal reasons, having considered the procedure carefully and making themselves aware of the consequences and risks involved.

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