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How Common is Personality Change After a Brain Injury?

Posted on April 23rd, 2018 by 1point21

Changes to personality can occur after a brain injury. Personality changes can affect relationships and professional life, and can have many other detrimental impacts on quality of life. One of the central parts of a person’s personality is how he or she feels emotion. Damage to particular areas of the brain, including the amygdala, temporal and frontal lobes, and hippocampus, can cause volatile emotions, memory loss, aggression, and impaired self-control. Damage to the aforementioned areas also affects a person’s executive functions, which are the skills a person uses to make decisions, solve problems, use judgment, and employ social skills. When people are struggling with all these skills, they are more prone to behavioral outbursts. Brain injuries can also damage connections between the cerebral cortex and the limbic system, which give us the ability to regulate emotions, determine how important things are, and decide how to respond to any given situation. Difficulties with any of these abilities can have a serious affect on emotional response and overall personality. Psychiatric Issues from Brain Injuries Psychiatric issues also often accompany brain injuries. Some of the potential issues include depression, substance abuse, panic attacks, and OCD. Certain brain injuries also inhibit neurotransmitter function, affecting…

How Serious Is Fluid Loss with Burn Injuries?

Posted on April 20th, 2018 by 1point21

Many people believe that damage to skin is the most serious part of a burn injury. While the damage itself is serious, the effects of the skin damage are also severe. Skin keeps fluids, like water, inside the body. If a burn injury destroys the thickness of the skin, fluid can leak out freely, and fluid loss is a very serious side effect of a burn injury. The Issue of Burn Dehydration Third-degree burns can sometimes lead to dehydration because they damage the entire thickness of the skin and affect nerve-endings. They leave the body more open to lose fluids. The layers of skin keep fluids inside the body. Fluid will often seep from the burned area, causing dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. If the fluids are not replaced immediately after the burn, you can experience renal shut down and hypovolemic shock, which is an extremely serious condition where the heart is no longer able to pump rich, nutrient-filled blood to organs, causing some organs to shut down and stop working. It is a condition that can be fatal if it is not treated soon enough. How is the dehydration treated? It is vital for burn victims to have their fluid…

What Is the Healing Process for an Occipital Bone Skull Fracture?

Posted on April 20th, 2018 by 1point21

Any head injury is serious. Damage to the skull or brain can change your life forever and have debilitating effects. Occipital bone skull fractures are severe head injuries. If you suffered an occipital bone skull fracture, it is important to understand some facts about them, including the healing process. Types of Occipital Bone Skull Fractures There are four main types of skull fractures: 1. Closed 2. Open 3. Depressed 4. Basal A closed fracture occurs when the damage is beneath the skin and there is no visible injury. An open fracture, also known as a compound fracture, describes a fracture causing the skin to break and there is bone visible. A depressed fracture is when the impact is severe enough to make the skull indent, pushing into the brain. A basal fracture occurs in the base of the skull, often affecting the eyes, ears, and nose. What are the Symptoms from an Occipital Bone Skull Fracture? The symptoms of skull fractures can vary depending on the severity of your wound and the type of fracture that you sustained. Some of the more serious symptoms include: Bleeding from the wound, near the wound, or around the eyes, ears, and nose Bruising…

What to Do if You’re Injured at a Sporting Event in San Diego?

Posted on January 24th, 2018 by 1point21

While you cheer on the Padres or Gulls, the last thing on your mind is a serious injury. However, dozens of sports fans in San Diego end up in the hospital for spectator-related injuries every year. Balls, bats, pucks, and other types of equipment can fly into the audience and cause serious injuries – not to mention potential injuries from slippery bleachers, busy stadium parking lots, spoiled food, and intoxicated individuals picking fights. If you suffer an injury at a baseball, football, hockey, soccer, or other sports game in San Diego, here’s what to do. #1. Gather Information First, know that there is a chance someone else is liable for causing your injury. Lax establishment rules, poor stadium maintenance, reckless fans, and many other parties might have contributed to your accident. With this in mind, make it your job to collect as much information about the incident as possible. If you need immediate medical attention, ask a friend to gather information at the scene for you. Try to get the following: Names and contact information of any witnesses. Witness statements. Photographs of the injury, property hazards, or other important elements. Description of what happened while it’s still fresh in your…

What are the Main Types of Brain Injuries?

Posted on January 24th, 2018 by 1point21

Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are some of the most serious personal injuries possible. TBIs are most common in falls, car accidents, sports collisions, and acts of violence. There are many ways injuries to your brain can happen, from external impacts such as hitting your head on the ground to lack of oxygen to the brain during surgery. The type of injury and subsequent symptoms depend on the incident, impact, and individual. No two TBIs are exactly the same, but they do tend to fall into certain categories. #1. Concussion A concussion is the most common type of TBI. It happens when an impact or sudden momentum change causes trauma to the brain. The brain can sustain bruises, or hematomas, as well as suffer blood vessel and cranial nerve damage. Concussions can range from mild to severe. Symptoms can vary significantly from person to person but may include: Headache Dizziness Nausea or vomiting Drowsiness Confusion Memory loss Loss of consciousness Behavior changes It’s important to go to the hospital after any incident that involved your head. Even a minor blow to the head could result in harm to the brain. The only cure for a concussion is time. Patients with…

How Will Police Enforce High Driving with the Legalization of Marijuana?

Posted on January 24th, 2018 by 1point21

January 1, 2018 marked the first day that recreational marijuana was legal in California. Legalization, however, is not synonymous with zero consequences for using the drug. There is a web of laws that state and federal authorities are working hard to enforce. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is cracking down on drugged driving – including driving under the influence of cannabis – in response to the new law. They are enforcing “high driving” laws using brand-new methods and protocols for traffic stops in the attempt to reduce the frequency of motor vehicle accidents. What are Marijuana DUI’s? Currently, the CHP and other law enforcement authorities are treating high driving exactly like drunk driving. The new law that legalized marijuana also made it illegal to eat or smoke any marijuana product while driving. It’s also illegal to do as vehicle passenger. If someone does drive under the influence of marijuana, a DUI conviction is an infraction punishable with a $70 fine. This is a much lesser consequence than those that come with driving under the influence of alcohol, but it’s still enough of a reason to obey the law. A marijuana DUI will appear on your record, just like an alcohol…

Uber Driver Charged for Rapes in San Luis Obispo

Posted on January 23rd, 2018 by Mona Zemsky

Uber driver Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez is a 39 year old recently arrested in his Santa Maria home for multiple charges sexual assault of at least four women in San Luis Obispo. The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office says that there may be additional victims of this rapist in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. We, due to our long-term legal experience in this area, agree. Sexual abuse is learned behavior; in addition to these four known victims, it is most likely that there are more victims over the course of Alarcon-Nunez’ molestation ‘career’. If you were sexually assaulted or raped by Alarcon-Nunez or another Uber driver, please contact our sex abuse law team ASAP, by using the form that follows, after contacting authorities. Our law office’s two closest locations are 445 Figueroa in Los Angeles (213) 596-4855 or 524 Union in San Francisco (951) 543-9020. We offer confidential — and free — initial consultations. If you select our law firm there is no upfront fee — we pay all costs associated with your case on your behalf, including medical and psychological. Once we recover money on your behalf, we get a portion of the recovery. Our firm, Estey…

Is There a Link Between Traumatic Brain Injuries and Violence?

Posted on December 19th, 2017 by 1point21

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are startlingly common in the United States. Every day, 153 people die from TBI-related injuries. When the brain sustains a serious injury, it can disrupt the brain’s normal functioning. Blows, jolts, puncture wounds, or other injury to the brain can alter memory, cognitive function, behavior, and mood. Now, studies are showing a possible link between traumatic brain injury and an increase in violence, aggression, and impulsivity. Evidence of a Link Between Brain Damage and Violence The brain is a complex organ. It is the central organ of the nervous system and in charge of controlling almost all the activities of the body. When the brain sustains damage, it can interrupt any number of physical and cognitive processes. Many doctors and scientists are still learning about brain injuries. The symptoms of TBIs can be unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. Recently, studies have shown ties between concussions and violence. One example is the brain scans of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez went to prison in 2013, serving life for murder. He committed suicide in his cell in 2017. Recently, his attorneys revealed that Hernandez suffered from advanced chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is a…

motorcyclist Mike Wilson dies in crash with minivan in Pacific Beach

Posted on November 27th, 2017 by Mona Zemsky

A motorcyclist, Mike Wilson, died in a crash when a minivan turned left in front of him into a parking lot. The motorcycle rider had been heading north on Ingraham Street near Moorland Drive in Pacific Beach; the minivan had been heading south. The motorcyclist collided with the side of the van. Though he was taken to the hospital immediately, he died there. Sergeant Jordan Wells of the San Diego Police Department reported that they do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash at 9:20 pm on Sunday night November 26, 2017. Wells added that the driver of the minivan was not injured. The San Diego Police Department’s Traffic Division is investigating. The name of the motorcyclist has not yet been released. Our most sincere condolences go out to the family of the motorcycle rider. If your family member was killed or hurt in a motorcycle vs. truck or van accident of any type — Estey & Bomberger will be pleased to discuss legal options for the family and the victim. As personal injury attorneys, we can alert you if there is a claim for injuries or wrongful death. One of Estey & Bomberger’s specialties is motorcycle crashes,…

Omar Moreno, murió en un accidente de motocicleta

Posted on November 22nd, 2017 by Mona Zemsky

Omar Moreno, un hombre de 37 años, padre de seis y empleado veterano de 15 años de NASSCO, National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (una división de General Dynamics), murió en un accidente de motocicleta el lunes 20 de noviembre de 2017. La policía de San Diego ha indicado que el residente de National City, Moreno, conocido como “El Nene”, estaba en su motocicleta, viajando hacia el oeste en Harbor Drive camino a su trabajo cerca de la Base Naval de San Diego, justo antes de las 6 en la mañana. Un gran camión se dirigía hacia el este en Harbor Drive, y giró a la izquierda en frente de Moreno. Moreno, que tenía el derecho de paso, se deslizó dentro del camión comercial. El oficial de policía de San Diego, Robert Heims, informó que Moreno murió en el lugar antes de que pudiera ser transportado a un hospital, y que no hubo otras lesiones. El lugar de trabajo de Moreno era el astillero naval de NASSCO, cerca del sitio del accidente. Nos unimos a los amigos, familia y familia de trabajo para ofrecer nuestras más sinceras condolencias a María Moreno y a los cuatro hijos y dos hijas de la…

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