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Illinois brain injury lawyers are pleased with the recent 2.25 million dollar brain injury jury verdict reported on Outpatients Surgery Magazine. In the California case, the plaintiff went to the ambulatory surgery center for a routine 10 to 15 minute ophthalmic procedure. As part of the procedure, the plaintiff underwent anesthesia. The anesthesiologist allegedly exited the procedure room and left the patient under the care of nurses. The nurses were not trained in anesthesia administration or how to treat sedated patients.

Unfortunately for the plaintiff, his body had a reaction to the anesthesia that caused him to go into a deeper state of sedation, to the point that he stopped breathing. Nothing had been used to monitor the patient’s breathing, such as an end-tidal CO2 machine. As a result, the plaintiff suffered cerebral hypoxia, an injury where the brain goes without enough oxygen for a certain period of time causing brain cells to die. According to PubMed Health, brain cells are extremely sensitive and start to die within less than five minutes after oxygen to the brain has been cut off. As a result of this severe brain injury, the plaintiff must reside at a nursing home where he can receive constant care. He is only in his mid-50’s.

The plaintiff brought a brain injury lawsuit against the ambulatory surgery center and anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist settled the case, while the defendant ambulatory surgery center went to trial. Thus, the 2.25 million dollar verdict only reflected damages to be paid by the defendant ambulatory surgery center because the defendant anesthesiologist had previously settled with the plaintiff.
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Our Chicago injury attorneys are puzzled over the cause of a woman’s brain injury that we recently read about. According to Times Union, a 42-year-old single mother of three children was knocked unconscious by her ex-boyfriend. Her unconscious state turned into a six-week coma. The woman suffered from multiple brain contusions and skull fractures. When she awoke from the traumatic brain injury, she had to relearn simple things like how to walk or talk.

Parents of the woman filed a brain injury lawsuit. The suit claims that the woman slipped on the ex-boyfriend’s driveway. The condition of the driveway was icy and, according to the lawsuit, not in a reasonably safe condition. The ex-boyfriend, who was inebriated at the time, tried to pick her up but he dropped her several times. This caused her head to violently strike the ground several times. The ex-boyfriend then called his parents who came and drove them to the hospital. 911 was never called.

The parents of the woman claim that the ex-boyfriend and his family never explained significant details to medical personal regarding the injury. According to the police, the ex-boyfriend told the emergency medical personnel that she merely slipped on the driveway. This resulted in a delayed treatment and complicated the medical care. The woman had to be transferred to a medical center that had the facilities to treat a severe brain trauma. The doctors concluded that it was not possible for the woman to sustain such severe brain injury from a fall.

Police and investigators are still trying to find the cause of the injury. After the incident, the ex-boyfriend immediately hired a lawyer and refused to answer any questions by investigators regarding the incident. 60 people have been interviewed regarding the incident so far. The parents are seeking a $30 million dollar recovery.
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According to the Hartford Courant, a new record jury verdict for medical malpractice was set at $58.5 million. The brain injury lawsuit involved an obstetrician who was alleged to have waited too long to perform a cesarean section. Failure to perform a timely c-section resulted in a loss of oxygen to the baby’s brain, which caused the baby to be permanently brain damaged.

After six years of trying to have children, the parents had finally resorted to the costly use of in-vitro fertilization just to become pregnant. Unfortunately, after waiting so long for their child’s arrival, “when my son was born, he was born not breathing, blue, limp,” said the mother about her only child to the Hartford Courant. “He had seizures; he was on a ventilator. So, we knew something terrible had happened to [him].” The child was born in February of 2003, but only now the parents are finally receiving the money to help with his medical care from those who caused the injury. The medical malpractice jury award was $8.6 million in economic damages for past and future care of the child and $50 million in non-economic damages. Non-economic damages are at the jury’s discretion. The possibility of interest would increase this number by millions.

Medical care for the child is expensive and a full-time job for his mother. The child must be fed through a tube and is wheelchair-bound. He is also unable to speak and is incontinent. “Pretty much everything is dedicated and surrounded around Danny and his needs, and we do them with pleasure because he’s out son. We love him,” the mother told the Hartford Courant.
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According to the Seattle Times, the county paid a $4.5 million brain injury settlement to a woman who suffered brain injuries after a city bus struck her. This settlement came only two weeks before the scheduled trial.

The victim was crossing the street when a Metro bus mirror hit her. The county admitted its negligence in the matter. According to the woman’s personal injury attorney, the woman was crossing in a crosswalk and the bus driver did not adequately watch for pedestrians.

As a result of the accident, the woman suffered personal injuries, including a brain injury and a shattered arm. It is unlikely that the woman will regain her prior mental capabilities, and therefore, she lost her job as a staff attorney. The settlement will go towards paying for her medical care expenses and lost wages.

In 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), 4,092 pedestrians were killed in United States in traffic crashes. Additionally, roughly, 59,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes. On average, a pedestrian was fatally injured every two hours and injured every nine minutes in these accidents.

Pedestrian accidents, such as the one described above, are often the result of another’s reckless or negligent actions. An attorney can help a victim assess whether a party’s negligence caused the accident and subsequent injuries. For example, according to the NHTSA, drivers are required to yield to pedestrians in marked crossing areas, and even unmarked crosswalks in most circumstances.

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Fish oil has long been associated with various cardiovascular benefits, but a recent U.S. study suggests that omega-3 may also help protect against traumatic brain injury.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in foods such as salmon, walnuts and kiwi fruit. They have been known to provide many benefits to the brain, such as improving memory and learning skills. Previous studies have also suggested that Omega-3 can help fight against mental disorders like dementia and schizophrenia.

This recent study was conducted at West Virginia University. In the study rats were given varying doses of DHA. DHA is also known as omega-3 fatty acid docosahexanoic acid and is found in fish body oils. The dosages given to the rats were equivalent to dosages humans might consume when taking DHA supplements.

The study concluded that tissue damage caused by traumatic brain injury was significantly reduced in rats taking high dosages of DHA. The study also revealed that the rats consuming high dosages of DHA had a significant reduction in the production of a protein commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Although more research will be needed to determine the true benefits of DHA, this study suggests a future for various types of preventive treatment with DHA.

This study is currently scheduled to be published in the February 2011 issue of Neurosurgery, the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. You can read more about this study online by visiting the United Press.
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According to the Chicago Tribune, a junior featherweight boxer from Chicago died two days after sustaining a severe brain injury during a boxing match. The fighter, who was just 25 years old, was rushed to the hospital after collapsing in the ring after a fight. According to reports, the boxer complained of being sleepy and then went limp. Although he was rushed to a hospital for emergency brain surgery, he never regained consciousness and later died. His family made the decision to donate his organs, and his uncle received one of the fallen fighter’s kidneys. Follow the link to learn more about this sports-related brain injury.

An exciting new study from the University of Buffalo shows that those suffering from even a mild traumatic brain injury may be able to relearn emotional recognitions. Patients in the study are shown pictures of human reactions and then asked to explain the emotions that go along with the reaction. Studies have found those suffering from a brain injury have a hard time recognizing sadness, depression, or fear. The study is aimed at testing the recognition abilities of those suffering from a brain injury and developing mechanisms by which to improve this ability. To read more above this study, please click here.

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