Major Head Injury: Serious Damage to Brain Cells Begins Shortly After Trauma

If you have experienced a minor knock on the head at any point, then you probably remember how painful that was. You may have worried about bruising, bleeding, or even a concussion. Most likely, the result was a headache that resolved itself in a reasonable amount of time—and if not, then you probably had to seek medical attention. The skull can withstand an enormous amount of force, but the inner portion of the cranium is more vulnerable to pressure and damage from head injuries. If you or a loved one have sustained a major concussion or traumatic brain injury, the symptoms can range from mild amnesia and vomiting to extreme confusion, lack of coordination, depression, mood swings, and even coma.

Other Complications May Accompany Head Injuries

Medical treatment should be sought immediately in the case of a serious head trauma. Not only should the head injury be assessed, but there may be accompanying complications or injuries to other parts of the body also. Recently, a study performed by researchers at the Brown University School of Engineering focused on what happens to brain cells upon impact. The team was in the news regarding their findings as they followed damaged cells through the first 24 hours following trauma. They believe that their research may help medical professionals find better ways to treat concussions and traumatic brain injuries in the future.

Damage is Caused to Cells Within Six Hours After Trauma

One of the most stunning realizations from the study, ‘Strain and rate-dependent neuronal injury in a 3D in vitro compression model of traumatic brain injury,’ is that serious damage can be done in the first six hours after injury to the brain.

“I think what was striking to us was within the first four to five hours, you see no difference at all. The cells look healthy, and you think everything is OK,” Christian Franck, Brown University researcher and co-author of the paper, told CNN.

“Then, about by five to six hours, you see that the structure is changing, and then it starts to change rapidly and degenerate, and it’s dead within a few hours. That was certainly surprising to us,” he added. “It gives us a starting point to understand how much time we have to therapeutically intervene.”

Immediate Medical Help Can Make a Great Difference

Futuristic new treatments may become available soon, such as a specialized inhaler for cooling down brain tissue, but this study shows just how important it is to seek medical attention quickly if you have sustained a head injury. Slip and fall accidents, car and motorcycle wrecks, injuries during playing sports, and violent assault are the most common reasons for serious head injuries.

Call Us for Help If You Have Been Injured!

If you have been affected by a head injury due to the negligence of others and are seeking a skilled traumatic brain injury lawyer, contact Heintz & Becker today. Our attorneys have helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help, and if you cannot come to us, we will come to you.

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Texting Mania: Why So Many Drivers Can’t Put the Phone Down

We all have that friend (who at times might even look suspiciously like ourselves) who is stricken with texting mania and just can’t put the phone down. As the smartphone has become increasingly ubiquitous over the past ten years, addictions to the small yet powerful electronic devices have grown exponentially—and especially in the US. A recent news article points out that users swipe their phones over 2,600 times a day, and many would even be willing to give up food and sleep rather than lose their online connections. Sadly, we are ‘universally addicted,’ getting a dopamine high from messages and notifications.

You may have noticed a strange, and increasing, difficulty in socializing with users who can barely put their phones down long enough to enjoy a nice dinner out or even take time to communicate face to face; in fact, you may feel like you have completely lost friends or family members as they disappeared into their phones. While children’s use of devices should be monitored, obviously there isn’t much we can do if other adults have decided to spend nearly every waking moment texting or interacting on social media. This does though become a major concern when drivers cannot put their phones down. Even pedestrians are at risk today as so many are walking and navigating traffic (somehow!) while gazing down at handheld screens.

As with any addiction, it can be hard to move away from the source of pleasure, and checking and responding to messages becomes a compulsive behavior. Consider the number of drivers wreaking havoc on the roads as they get behind the wheel after drinking or taking pills—often because they are too addicted to make the right judgment. While such drivers are still responsible for far too many deaths and injuries, sadly, distracted driving has now taken the number one spot as the leading cause for car crashes. Campaigns against texting and driving continue, but despite stricter laws in Florida, the risk of fines, license points, and more, many still cannot resist the magnetizing pull of their phones, dinging and ringing with messages, calls, and more.

If users would rather give up essential life needs for the use of their phones, ridding the roads of texting and otherwise distracted drivers may be a serious uphill battle. Thousands of lives are lost each year due to distracted drivers. Just think how many lives could be saved, and how many injuries could be prevented, if all or most phones could just be tucked away while their users are driving.

If you have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of others and are seeking a skilled injury lawyer, contact Heintz & Becker today. We have offices in Bradenton and Sarasota. If you can’t come to us, we will come to you. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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Dangerous Falls May Not Be Reported in Nursing Homes

Patients take dangerous falls in nursing homes around the US every year. While these facilities have sometimes received a bad rap over the years, there are many offering the best in care to their residents and patients, and we all know that accidents happen–especially for older patients not feeling well. Some patients may be in nursing homes for rehabilitation after an injury, surgery, or an illness and will stay for a short time—often less than a month. Others in nursing homes may become full-time residents. They may need intensive care, and most likely will not be able to go back home.

If you have ever cared for or spent extended time with a parent or grandparent who is elderly or has been dealing with health issues, you are probably aware that falling is always a concern; in fact, thousands of senior citizens die each year due to injuries and further complications from falls. The National Council on Aging reports that falls are the leading cause of injury overall. If someone over 65 falls once and is injured, it’s likely that family members and caretakers will worry about their safety from that point on. That is often the point where independence becomes hampered, and eventually in-home care or a nursing home may become a necessity—as well as a big expense.

As a family member or caretaker, you know how hard it is to be there every second. So, imagining what might happen in a nursing home is stressful. And the reality is that patients and residents will still experience falls once in nursing homes; in fact, they tend to fall more often due to failing health, weakness due to medication, and more. Most nursing homes have specific protocol in place to document falls, but unfortunately that is not always followed for reasons such as a reluctance to do paperwork, carelessness in job performance, and fear of personal blame for the accident or liability for the facility.

If you suspect an injury has occurred to a loved one in a nursing home, but it was not reported, consult with an experienced personal injury law firm like Heintz & Becker immediately. Any fall should be reported and investigated. While negligence in nursing homes can take many forms, even if a fall is reported, it may not include certain details about issues like poor lighting, slippery areas, as well as problems with wheelchairs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hundreds of thousands of individuals over 65 are seen in emergency rooms each year after falling, often with broken bones, serious hip fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and more. Even if they do not have a major injury, they may become so traumatized and worried about falling again that they do not want to engage in activities, reducing the quality of their lives significantly.

“Older adult falls are increasing and, sadly, often herald the end of independence,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Healthcare providers can make fall prevention a routine part of care in their practice, and older adults can take steps to protect themselves.”

If you suspect a report has not been filed regarding a nursing home injury or a loved one has fallen due to negligence in such a facility, please contact Heintz & Becker now so one of our experienced attorneys can review your case. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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Renting Bicycles on Vacation? Be Aware of Hazards on the Road

Some people like to take it easy on vacation, lounging on the beach with an umbrella drink in one hand, and some pleasant reading in the other–others look forward to lots of activities though—and especially ones that allow you to get to know the area better, like renting bicycles. While bicycling is popular everywhere, to include busy metropolitan areas like New York City, you may be looking forward to traversing a smaller area on vacation.

Following are helpful tips:

  • Wear that helmet! While falling off the bicycle may be your biggest fear, if you have an accident which could be caused by the negligence of others in traffic—and you are not wearing your helmet—you may run the risk of a concussion or even worse—a traumatic brain injury.
  • Know the proper hand signals. Consider how annoying (and dangerous) it can be when a motorist neglects to turn on their blinker. Always follow traffic rules, and use your signals.
  • Stand out. Take this opportunity to dress out in full tourist regalia. The brighter, the better! One of the biggest reasons cars or trucks may run into bicycles is that they simply do not see them. If you are cycling at night, wear reflective gear and put it on your bicycle as well.
  • Use designated bike lanes. While it is true that everyone should share the road, you may be much safer in the bike lane or on the bike path. Your ride should be much more relaxed that way too.
  • Always follow the flow of traffic. Make sure you are alert and cautious while in traffic, taking care to make sure you have plenty of space. If cars or trucks are crowding you, pull over and let them pass. You may also find it more relaxing to cycle during times when traffic is quieter.
  • Watch out for parked cars, and car doors opening. Always know what is happening in front of you. While distracted driving is dangerous behavior for those driving cars, the same goes for anyone riding a bike. Being knocked out by a car door could cause serious injury.

While smaller areas may seem less intimidating for riding a bike, they can also get very congested with traffic. There may be many other distracted tourists, visitors who have been drinking, and complicated areas to navigate—including one-way streets and the constant need to brake for pedestrians crossing. If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, please call Heintz & Becker for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys.

We handle all types of Florida personal injury cases, and our law firm has established an impressive record of verdicts and settlements. If you have been seriously injured, call us now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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Traumatic Brain Injuries May Not Be Apparent Right Away After Slipping or Falling

Slip and fall injuries can be frightening due to the complete lack of control experienced in losing one’s footing—even if just momentarily—as well as the potential for severe injury.

While a fall can cause major injuries to the back, neck, and hips, as well as causing broken bones and cuts, the traumatic brain injury is a common consequence and may cause serious long-term problems.

If you or a loved one slipped and fell due to the negligence of others, you may not have realized you had a TBI—or even a concussion—at first. Such injuries commonly occur in stairwells, areas where water collects or the lighting is too dim, as well as large retail areas, parking lots and garages, and more.

Even with such a severe jolt to the head, you could have a TBI that goes undetected for weeks or months simply because you don’t recognize the symptoms. Chances are though, you will not be feeling quite right and may be experiencing confusion as well as other problems. If you suspect a head injury because of a fall caused by the negligence of others, see a doctor immediately, and then consult with an experienced personal injury law firm like Heintz & Becker.

The TBI is usually classified as mild, moderate, or severe. While you may have fallen and don’t realize you have a head injury, family members or friends will probably notice that your behavior is unusual. Signs may include:

  • Disorientation
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurred vision and dizziness
  • Abrupt mood swings
  • Loss of appetite

Even in the case of a mild TBI, you may have been unconscious for a short period of time. In a more serious case, you may have lost consciousness for a long period of time. Some may even go into a coma. Further symptoms of more serious TBIs include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Convulsions
  • Trouble waking or being roused from sleep
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Lack of consciousness, either off and on or prolonged
  • Combative behavior

Some of these symptoms could be the sign of a serious concussion too. Seeking the best medical care possible is priority. If you suspect your child may have sustained a brain injury due to the negligence of others in a slip and fall accident, make sure you contact an attorney experienced in handling child injury cases. Watch for some of the same symptoms listed above, but also any changes in eating habits, nursing, or increased periods of crying and irritability.

If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of others, the attorneys at Heintz & Becker can help. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after slip and fall accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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Playground Safety: Five Things to Watch For

After hours spent in the classroom hard at work on lessons, most kids look forward to two things: lunch and recess. No matter the order of those activities, they are a great reward—and respite—from studying reading, writing, arithmetic, and all the other topics meant to turn our children into well-rounded adults. Along with that though, we expect playground equipment and surrounding areas to be much safer today.

If you are a concerned parent and want to make sure all precautions are taken while your kids are out playing, watch for these five issues regarding safety on the playground:

  • Sharp or rusting edges – while the towering steel structures and treacherous monkey bars we saw decades ago have been removed in most areas, nature still takes a toll on even more modern playground equipment. Report any sharp edges or pieces of hardware that are starting to rust.
  • Areas where a child’s head could become trapped – this could cause severe injury, and especially to a younger child who may not have the problem solving or motor skills to pull themselves free right away.
  • Issues in landscaping – children should be able to run freely without running into obstacles like sprinklers, stumps, or other unexpected protrusions that could trip them up and cause serious injury due to a fall.
  • Ground cover – while some playgrounds may still boast a more natural setting, many today offer a spongy surface, sand, wood chips, or more. Children should not be in danger of injury when contacting the surface, and according to the National Safety Council, any ground covering on the playground should be at least a foot deep so that kids aren’t falling onto hard pavement in some areas.
  • Toxic materials – Playgrounds and surrounding areas such as grass and shrubs should not be treated with poisonous chemicals. Wooden equipment should no longer be treated with Chromated Copper Arsenate either. If you suspect that children may be exposed to any sort of toxins or poisonous landscaping chemicals, report your concerns immediately.

If your child is in a school setting, there should be an appropriate number of teachers assigned to playground duty. Many accidents could be prevented with better monitoring, as well as maintenance. Falls are the leading cause of injury, however, causing broken bones, lacerations, concussions, and traumatic brain injuries. If the playground is at a more private setting outside of school, make sure children are always being supervised.

Has your child been hurt on the playground due to negligence? At Heintz & Becker, our board-certified civil trial lawyers have decades of experience handling child injury cases. We know the steps that need to be taken to get all the compensation your child needs. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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New Driver Requirements: Coming of Age

If you have a teenager in the house who is on the verge of turning 15 or 16 years old and itching to get either their restricted or full-fledged driver’s license, you probably have a lot of questions about new driver requirements. Not all of your questions as a parent can be answered by the Florida Division of Motor Vehicles as you wonder about the increases in your car insurance, how to cope with the stress of worrying about young drivers, when to let them start driving alone, and how to motivate them to get jobs to help out with all the additional expenses; however, the DMV can answer your inquiries about age limits, restrictions on different licenses, how to go about studying for and taking the driver’s test, and more.

You probably remember taking a driver’s education course, precariously weaving around those orange cones—delighted to finally get behind the wheel. A family member may have taken you to practice on weekends too, helping you to practice parallel parking and more. Today, while driving a car is pretty much the same and most of the traffic rules have not changed too much, there may be some differences for your teenagers when they apply. For instance, a 15-year-old applying for a restricted license must do more than just taking a written test and heading out to practice with an adult in the passenger seat.

The DATA (for drugs, alcohol, traffic, awareness) or DATE (drugs, alcohol, traffic education) course is four hours long and is required for would-be drivers who have never had a license in the US or another country. Either course is completed online and costs $29.95. Students learn about how drugs and alcohol affect drivers, along with other distractions. Once that is completed, the student has another hurdle to jump in studying for and passing the written exam. Afterward, they receive their restricted driver’s license from the DMV (whether online or in the office), and can begin driving with another licensed driver over the age of 21. It’s a well-known fact that many students fail the written test on the first try. And although there is a charge, you can take it as many times as needed. It consists of 45 questions about traffic rules, and 5 regarding traffic/road signs. An 80% is required to pass.

If you are 16 or over and getting your license for the first time, you will need to complete the DATA course, as well as passing both the written test and road test. Although the DMV states that there are 14 million licensed individuals in Florida currently, with 800,000 new licensees each year, both the written and driver’s test can be challenging—for students of any age.

While driver’s courses and the written test will prepare new drivers for understanding the rules of the road, they must be extremely cautious with a strong focus on defensive driving. It shouldn’t take long to understand why, as so many drivers today are obviously distracted on the road—causing thousands of accidents—and fatalities—each year.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car or motorcycle accident, please call Heintz & Becker for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. We handle all types of Florida personal injury cases, and our law firm has established an impressive record of verdicts and settlements. If you have been seriously injured, call us now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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Motorcycle Accidents: The Five Leading Causes

Motorcyclists are often extremely passionate about their bikes and the accompanying lifestyle. And while there are certainly many avid car lovers in the US too, the motorcycle enthusiast is undeniably a different breed. They may even enjoy building their own bikes, as well as modifying and repairing them. Once out on the road, the benefits are many, to include enjoying a sense of brotherhood with other enthusiasts, fresh air and a sense of freedom, greater ease in parking and maneuvering, affordability—and of course, adventure.

The downside of owning a motorcycle may not be apparent though until you have an accident. Even if you are an extremely cautious driver, there are still many hazards on the road. Here are five main reasons accidents occur:

  1. Lack of visibility – while this may sometimes be due to a bike that is dark in color or the motorcyclist’s affinity for dark leather jackets and jeans, visibility is a common issue. Bikes are smaller in size and not quite as common on the road, so other motorists may not be accustomed to watching out for them either. Bikes may also be in the blind spot of a motorist when they are forced to hit the brakes or are switching lanes. To prevent accidents due to lack of visibility, choose bright colors for your motorcycle if possible, wear reflective clothing, and additional lights are recommended. Practice defensive driving regarding other motorists, placing yourself as conspicuously as possible in traffic, and with the headlights always on.
  2. Lane Splitting: Many motorcyclists are fond of passing other vehicles in the same lane or cutting through the middle of two lanes to speed forward. While lane splitting is legal in some states, that is not true in Florida. Some argue that lane splitting can significantly help traffic issues, and ease congestion. That may be the case, but motorcyclists traveling at high speeds while lane splitting could easily be hit when a car unexpectedly makes a turn or lane change.
  3. Speed: Other motorists traveling at accelerated speeds can be of great danger to the motorcyclist—and especially if those driving in a car or truck are distracted and may not notice a bike turning, or traveling in front of or behind them. Exceeding the speed limit is one of the most common reasons motorists and motorcyclists have accidents, with the motorcyclist being much more vulnerable on the road. It is no secret that many motorcyclists enjoy the thrill of the ride—and along with that often comes the ‘need for speed.’ Unfortunately, this is often the precursor to a crash. Always follow the speed limit and give a wide berth to motorists who are obviously driving too fast and breaking traffic rules.
  4. Aggressive driving: Some drivers own both cars and motorcycles and can understand the frustrations in sharing the highway; however, road rage can lead to terror on the road for everyone involved, acts of violence, and even bad accidents including fatalities. Avoid other drivers who seem to be driving aggressively or may have an issue with motorcyclists in general, demonstrated through tailgating, flashing headlights, abrupt braking or cutting you off, gesturing obscenely, and more. The goal is to get home safely, so do not engage with other drivers on the road who seem to be agitated.
  5. Bad weather: While more experienced drivers and motorcyclists may handle weather conditions skillfully, always slow your speed and use extra caution in stormy conditions. Motorcycles may handle unpredictably on slippery or flooding roads, and wind can make driving both challenging and dangerous. Give other drivers plenty of room on the road and make sure your headlights are on. Try to take shelter if lightning becomes part of the equation, or if visibility is low due to pelting rain.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of others, please call Heintz & Becker for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. We handle all types of Florida personal injury cases, and our law firm has established an impressive record of verdicts and settlements. If you have been seriously injured, call us now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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Depositions in My Injury Case: Will I Have to Give One?

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party, your attorney—as well as the defendant’s side–will be gathering all pertinent evidence for the case, to include calling certain individuals for depositions, which serve as evidence in the form of out-of-court testimony. The taking of depositions is a normal part of the discovery process, summoning parties and witnesses in the case by sending out subpoenas to be served upon them.

Depositions may help your case in several ways:

  • They offer helpful information about the other parties and witnesses involved.
  • They usually eliminate surprises in court.
  • They may shed light on the case that motivates the defendant or insurance company to settle.
  • They can be used against testimony offered in court.

If you are being deposed, you will be served a subpoena notifying you of the date, time, and place where your presence will be required. Your injury attorney will be able to prepare you for the deposition, and be present when opposing counsel deposes you. It is important to be well-rested and calm at the time of the deposition, and to answer each question honestly and with as little emotion as possible. Keep in mind that although the defendant’s attorney may ask you questions about the accident and your injuries, they will have already studied detailed reports regarding the scene, as well as your medical records. The defendant’s attorney may also want to review any information about lost wages if you have been unable to work since the accident.

While the process—and some questions—may be trying, the deposition is a time to give direct answers. Be clear when the answer is that you simply do not know or remember. The deposition may be the last step an insurance company is waiting for before they offer a settlement figure. They may first want to hear what details you offer and assess what kind of a witness you will be in court—especially if there is the possibility of a jury trial.

Undoubtedly, you have already been through a lot and are probably still in pain, recuperating, as well as adjusting to any long-term health problems from the accident. While you may feel worried or nervous about the deposition, remember it is a routine part of the process and if you are completely honest—as well as organized about the facts and any data that may be required of you—you will have offered all you can. The deposition could be as short as 15-30 minutes.

If you have been injured due to the negligence of others and are seeking a skilled injury lawyer, contact Heintz & Becker today. We have offices in Bradenton and Sarasota. If you can’t come to us, we will come to you. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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Scooter Commuters: Tips to Stay Safe in Traffic

Although there are thousands of scooter commuters and enthusiasts in the US today, traditional motorists are often challenged to see them on the road, and may even be persnickety about giving them their rightful space. In most cases though, the road must be shared, and safely.

No matter how experienced you are on a scooter, you should still practice alert, defensive driving and remember that other motorists may not be accustomed to seeing them, or looking for them, in traffic; however, if you are navigating through a resort town like Key West, you will probably encounter plenty of your brethren—as well as seriously congested traffic in a small space, and far too many unfortunate opportunities for accidents. This is even more dangerous if you are in smaller traffic areas where large trucks, RVs and more, are traveling through. To top it off—in some areas of Florida you may be dealing with tourists who are unfamiliar with the area and twice as distracted as they attempt to get their bearings.

Here are just a few tips to help you stay safe while riding your scooter in traffic:

  • Wear your helmet. Although you may not think it looks cool, and it is not required (for those over 21), your helmet could make the difference between heading out for more fun tomorrow or lying in a hospital bed recuperating from a traumatic brain injury.
  • Remember that other motorists may have trouble seeing you – Dressing in all black is not the best idea—and especially if you are riding your scooter at night. It helps if your scooter is brightly colored – and you should dress to match, in any sort of bright and/or reflective clothing. While it may be too hot to wear a reflective jacket or pants, go for the visibility factor when getting ready to head into traffic. You may want to add extra lights to your scooter, and use the brights routinely.
  • Make Yourself Heard – Just as motorcycles often rev their engine to be noticed in traffic, don’t be afraid to use your horn, even if just offering a quick double tap to make sure others know you are there.
  • Be Cautious When Braking – Slamming on the brakes in traffic while riding a scooter is asking for trouble. Make sure you are keeping a close eye on the traffic ahead of you so you can hit the brakes lightly at least once before stopping.
  • Wear protective gear – Heat may be a factor in your decision to wear a tank top and shorts when heading down the road on your scooter, but it is a good idea to cover as much of your skin as possible for protection in the case of an accident.

Be sure to watch your speed—and always try to be one step ahead of those driving in front of and behind you for extra defensive driving. If you are injured on your scooter due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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