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Brain Injury in New York

Brain Injry is a very serious kind of injury that can result from falls, sports activities, car accidents, and work-related accidents. Common brain injuries include brain bruising, tearing and swelling. If a person suffers a brain injury, he or she may end up with a lifelong impairment that keeps him or her from performing daily tasks. If you or a family member have suffered a brain injury as a result of an accident that may have been someone else's fault, you may be entitled to a legal remedy. A New York injury lawyer can help you understand if you have a personal injury case.

If you need legal advice on any personal injury issue in New York, including brain injury, you should speak to a New York personal injury attorney. Personal injury attorneys often offer free consultations and generally take cases on contingency, which means that you will not be expected to pay attorney fees unless you receive a favorable verdict.

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Little League Tragedy Leads to $14.5 Mill Settlement, Safer Games

To some, it would seem to be a freak accident, unlikely to be repeated. Steven Domalewski released the pitch. The batter made contact. The ball struck Domalewski in his chest, right above his heart, at a millisecond between heartbeats. He went into cardiac arrest and his brain was deprived of oxygen for 15 to 20 minutes. More than six years later, he's still unable to perform any of the functions of daily life on his own, reports The Associated Press.

What were the odds of the ball hitting him at that precise millisecond, right near his heart? Probably pretty slim. Nonetheless, it has been the catalyst of change throughout youth baseball leagues, especially in New Jersey.

Congress Addresses Concussion Protection Bill

Congress recently addressed the issue of youth sports concussions and whether legislation to protect young athletes from the effects of concussions could become federal law. The New York Times reports that the House Energy and Commerce Bill, which is also known as the Concussion Treatment and Care Tools Act or the Contact Act, was officially refined and ready for a vote on the House floor.

The Contact Act requires Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to assemble experts who would propose general guidelines for managing concussions in athletes between the ages of 5 and 18 and who are involved in all sports. The bill also sets aside federal grants to states that put policies and safeguards in place.

Kids' Brain Injuries From Basketball On The Rise

Though sports injuries are common among child athletes, the number of basketball associated concussions and other brain injuries have increased during the last few years. Researchers calculated that roughly 4.1 million kids between 5 to 19 years of age have gone to an emergency room between 1997 and 2007.

According to Reuters Health, almost 400,000 children and teens from the United States are admitted into an ER each year because of basketball related injuries. The Pediatrics Journal reported traumatic brain injuries (TBI), such as concussions and skull fractures, make up about 109,000 ER visits nationally each year. The number of brain injuries rose 70 percent over time, from more than 7,000 in 1997 to nearly 12,000 in 2007.

Same Incident, Two Personal Injury Cases: Case One

There are two sides in every case, and in this case, there are two cases. Do you follow me? Well, both sides of an incident, the victim and the policeman, are both suing the state of New York in personal injury cases.

First I will discuss the victim's case. Iman Morales, a mentally ill man, fell to his death after receiving a Taser shock when he was ten feet off of the ground. He was standing naked outside of his mother's apartment building swinging an 8-foot-long florescent bulb. When the officers tried to subdue him with the Taser, he fell off of the side of the building and died.