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Posts made in January, 2014

Mental Rest Is Key To Kids’ Recovery From Brain Injury

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Recent News, Types of Accidents, Uncategorized

Mental Rest Is Key To Kids’ Recovery From Brain Injury

New medical research confirms the efficacy of ordering kids to limit strenuous mental activity after suffering a concussion. Researcher at the Boston Sports Concussion Clinic just finished a study of 15 year olds who had been diagnosed with concussions.  They found that kids who significantly limited their mental activities:  homework, tests, reading, texting, video games, etc., recovered significantly faster than those kids who didn’t limit their activities. Many brain injury specialists have been recommending this kind of treatment regime for some time.  Locally, I can tell you that the Florida Hospital Brain Injury unit has recommended this exact protocol for several girls in my daughter’s Club and school soccer programs who have been diagnosed with concussions. Of course, this advice is sound not only for people injured in sports, but also for people who have received concussions or coup contrecoup injuries from car crashes and other accidents. The key, above anything else, appears to be rest. If you’ve been involved in a Florida accident and have suffered a head or brain injury, get some rest.  After that, if you have any questions, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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Doctors, Businessmen Battle For Holy Grail Of Brain Injury Diagnosis, Treatment

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Motor vehicle accidents, Recent News

Doctors, Businessmen Battle For Holy Grail Of Brain Injury Diagnosis, Treatment

I saw an article in a recent edition of the New York Times that I thought was worth sharing. The article described the acceleration in research and development that is going on in the field of brain injury detection and treatment as a result of the headlines associated with aging NFL players and their medical problems.  As most of us now know, many NFL veterans are beginning to suffer the ravages of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, likely as a result of repeated trauma to the head playing the game of football. According to the piece, there are several physician/business groups who are hard at work to develop the go-to, or Holy Grail, test and treatment protocol to deal with these kinds of traumatic brain injuries.  Some doctors are even claiming that they are close to developing ways to heal or reverse the damages cause by closed head injuries.  Other doctors say that this kind of breakthrough is still years away, and that medical consumers should be skeptical of claims that seem to be too good to be true. Regardless, and as an attorney who has represented many clients who have suffered mild and moderate traumatic brain injuries (TBI) from accidents, there are many, many people who would pay practically anything they had just for a chance to get their pre-injury lifestyle back.  Traumatic brain injury can be debilitating – even though there are no broken bones and no obvious injury on an X-ray or MRI.  There is obviously a huge potential market for a diagnosis or treatment method that will help these people. The New York Times article is definitely worth the read. If you have any questions regarding a Florida car accident or slip and fall that resulted in a traumatic brain injury, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901, or visit cullen-hemphill.com....

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Were Gates In Use At Orlando Apartment Where Drive-By Murder Occurred?

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Negligent Security

Were Gates In Use At Orlando Apartment Where Drive-By Murder Occurred?

Family members are left to wonder what kind of security measures were in place at the Alta Apartments in Orlando after a young man was killed, and two others were injured in a drive-by shooting on Sunday. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Earl Alonzo Allen, 22, was tragically found dead from a gunshot wound after a car carrying several young men drove by a group of people who were gathered near the rear of the complex and started shooting.  At the time of this writing it was unclear whether law enforcement authorities had information regarding the identity of the shooter(s) or even the make and model of the car. As Florida wrongful death attorneys who have seen more than our fair share of tragedies like this one, our hearts go out to the family of Mr. Allen.  Twenty-two years old is too young for a life to expire — especially like this.  Our thoughts and prayers also go out to the surviving victims of the shooting in hopes for a speedy recovery. If I was a member of Mr. Allen’s family, I think I would want to know what kind of security was in place at the Alta Apartments.  The news article mentioned that the apartment complex was gated.  However, what kind of gated control was in place if a group of young men could freely enter, do their shooting, and safely exit the complex?  Where was the security guard to take down the shooter’s tag number or identify the vehicle?  Was the surveillance video or still camera capturing images of the shooting or the shooters’ vehicle? If an apartment complex has security measures in place, but fails to put them to good use to protect its residents or guests, the complex can be held liable in damages for negligent security. If you have a question about a potential negligent security or shooting claim, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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