Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Mother of Brain Injured Son Wins Wrongful Death Settlement from Largest Youth Football League

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, May 02, 2016

By Francis M. Smith

Perhaps more so than any other sport, even the one nicknamed America's “national pastime,” football has captured the imagination of millions across the United States. But only in recent years has attention become focused on the deadly dangers that the sport can pose to its players, even years after they step off the field. Experts have begun to study the deleterious effects of football-related brain injuries on professional players, most of whom are healthy and strong young men – but children in high school and junior leagues are just as vulnerable, if not more.

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Topics: Injuries to Children, Sports Injuries, concussion, traumatic brain injury

When Fall Sports Injuries Occur

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Oct 23, 2015

 By Francis M. Smith

With schools back in session for the fall, students are returning to their sports teams or making the cut for the first time, full of competitive spirit. Sports are widely considered to be an excellent avenue for young people to learn teamwork, fair play, and social skills, as well as an opportunity to get valuable exercise. For some, sports participation represents the potential for college scholarships. There are many reasons for young people to participate in athletic extracurricular activities, including simply for enjoyment. But some parents quite reasonably worry about their children's risk of injury on the sports field. If a child plays for a sports team or expresses an interest in taking up a sport, it's wise for their parents to learn about the risks of sports injuries and what they should do if their child is hurt.

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Topics: Injuries, Sports Injuries, traumatic brain injury

Accidents Cause Injuries: ORIF Treatment for Fractures

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jun 25, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

One of the more common and immediately apparent injuries a person might suffer when they become the victim of an accident is a broken bone. Some fracture injuries can be treated relatively simply – the doctor aligns the broken surfaces of the bone properly and uses a splint or a cast to immobilize the injured area until it heals. However, many accidents can inflict serious physical trauma to a victim's bones, resulting in more difficult injuries.

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Topics: Permanent Injury, Knee Injury, Spinal Injuries, Injuries to Children, Workplace Injury, Sports Injuries

NJ Personal Injury Attorney Explains Life Care Plans

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jun 23, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

After suffering a serious injury as a result of the negligent or reckless actions of others, many accident victims understandably focus on the present: the pain and limitations caused by their injuries, the demands of their medical treatment, and the immediate financial concerns stemming from lost wages and medical bills. These pressing issues must be addressed in your personal injury claim. It is also important not to lose sight of the long-term repercussions of your injury.

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Topics: Injuries, Permanent Injury, Knee Injury, Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Spinal Injuries, Injuries to Children, Herniated Disc, Sports Injuries

Use of Life Expectancy Tables in Personal Injury Cases

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jun 11, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Some personal injury cases are straightforward: another car crashes into yours and your leg is broken, requiring immediate treatment and several months of physical therapy in order to enable you to recover fully and resume your customary activities. But sometimes the injuries suffered by an accident victim are of a severity or a nature that he or she is left with a permanent disability, a lifelong condition, or an increased risk of future health problems. Joint damage may render a patient more likely to develop arthritis later in life and at an earlier age, and head trauma can leave a victim more vulnerable to sustaining serious damage from subsequent head injuries. So how are these permanent injuries and increased risks adjudicated when it's time to work out how much you deserve in fair compensation for your injuries?

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, Trip and Fall, Motorcycle Accident, Permanent Injury, Dangerous Premises, Automobile Litigation, Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Construction Accidents, Herniated Disc, Bulging Disc, Evidence, Workplace Injury, Workplace Accidents, Sports Injuries, Truck Accidents

Traumatic Brain Injury May Cause Problems in Adolescent Development

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Apr 04, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Parents often joke that their teenage kids "have a hard head" when it comes to arguments and differences of opinion. Many people consider this to be literally the case, in addition to being a metaphor for stubbornness – it's a common belief that adolescents are particularly durable and resilient, healing quickly and completely from injuries that would more seriously damage an older adult. However, medical experts have discovered that adolescent children are not nearly as "hard-headed" as was once widely believed, and may be even more susceptible to serious injury resulting from head trauma than adults, rather than less. Emergency responders and emergency room medical professionals are becoming more attuned to brain injury caused by accidental trauma- whether it's a motor vehicle accident, a slip and fall accident, or any other trauma, and this applies to younger accident victims as well as older.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Brain Injury, Slip and Fall, Injuries to Children, Sports Injuries, Bicycle Safety

More Traumatic Brain Injuries Reported from Winter Sports

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Feb 26, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

For many individuals and families, winter sports are one of the most enjoyable experiences that can be shared.  Skiing, hockey and snowboarding are great ways to be outdoors and gain lots of excellent vigorous exercise.  Yet, in far too many cases there are those who do not take the necessary precautions required in order to prevent injury - specifically, traumatic brain injury (TBI). 

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Topics: Brain Injury, Injuries to Children, New Jersey Personal Injury, Sports Injuries

Do Bike and Sports Helmets Really Protect Against Head Injuries?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Feb 17, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

You can’t replace your brain.

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Topics: Injuries, Permanent Injury, Brain Injury, Sports Injuries, Bicycle Safety

Detection and Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Feb 03, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

With so many veterans coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) there has been a lot of focus on this type of injury. If anything good has come from the pain these veterans face every day, it is the increased awareness of how common brain injuries actually are and how dangerous they are if not correctly diagnosed and properly treated.

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Attorney, Injuries, Brain Injury, Slip and Fall, Injuries to Children, Sports Injuries

1.3 Million Yearly Children’s Sports Injuries End in Emergency Rooms

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Sep 25, 2013

By Francis M. Smith

Participating in sports offers numerous benefits for children and young adults: they're an excellent opportunity for exercise and for learning to work with others as part of a team. They give young people a way to socialize and build self-confidence, and participation in a sport can enhance a student's college application or may even lead to scholarship opportunities. However, playing a sport carries risk – every year in the United States, there are 1.35 million sports injuries severe enough that the child is brought to an emergency room, an average of one sports-related ER visit every 25 seconds.

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Topics: Injuries, Brain Injury, Sports Injuries

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