According to research conducted by A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona, approximately 7,000 high school athletes suffer concussions annually. While most attention is focused on brain injuries from football, any high-school sport puts players at risk.
Traumatic brain injuries can be devastating to those who suffer from them as well as to family members of the victim. Whether a brain injury is the result of a car accident, blunt trauma to the head or medical malpractice, it can still mean a lifetime of rehabilitation and therapy.
The brain controls almost everything that happens in the body, including important life functions like breathing. Even minor brain trauma in the right place can lead to serious health problems and permanent disabilities. The state of Arizona recognizes how important it is for someone who suffers a traumatic brain injury to receive proper care and has implemented a program to address the issue.
The ramifications of medical errors can be tremendous, and surgical errors are particularly likely to have severe effects such as brain injury or paralysis. A patient may need long-term care after a surgical mistake -- sometimes for the rest of the patient's life. When Arizona residents are injured because of a surgical error, it may be necessary to sue for the funds to pay for the patient's ongoing medical care.
A jury has awarded an East Coast woman a verdict that reaches into nine figures in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Doctors at three separate city hospitals reportedly failed to diagnose the woman's skin disorder when she sought treatment in 2004. The lawsuit alleged that doctors failed to properly treat the woman's illness or that the doctors failed to act promptly to treat the underlying condition that the woman was suffering from.
When a child suffers a traumatic brain injury, it may already be devastating enough for an Arizona parent. Many major brain injuries are the result of a car or truck accident, which can be very upsetting. They may also happen when a child is playing sports or as a result of a person's negligence. Whatever the reason, new research suggests that major damage to a child's brain may have longer-lasting effects than previously thought.
After two rulings confirmed that current truck driving regulations violate federal law, a revision of the number of hours a trucker can be forced to drive in a day may be lowered from 11 to 10 hours. According to reports, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will announce the proposed revision on Dec. 22, 2011.