It is unfortunate that Florida motorcycle accidents often leave people with brain injuries. Sadly, there are approximately 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that occur annually across this nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because of the serious problem, researchers across the world are dedicating their time and effort in hopes of discovering effective TBI treatments.
While many victims who have suffered a mild TBI end up recovering, it can still be a long recovery road and an even longer one for those who have suffered severe brain injuries. Unfortunately, there is still no cure for serious brain injuries. However, researchers are doing their part to find ways to treat brain damage.
New Study Shows Promise
New information from Israeli researchers found that high levels of oxygen in a pressurized atmosphere can improve brain damage. This study was published in the journal PLOS One, and was conducted by the Tel Aviv University researchers and staff at the Asaf HaRofeh Medical Center in Tzrifin. Fifty people with mild traumatic brain injuries were studied to see if hyperbaric oxygen therapy had any effect on them.
What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen?
When people receive high levels of oxygen in high-pressure chambers, they are breathing in 100 percent pure oxygen in a pressurized room. Because the air pressure is raised higher, a person’s lungs can breathe in more oxygen—ultimately increasing the amount of oxygen in the blood which promotes healing.
What the Study Revealed
Half of the participants in the study received one-hour hyperbaric oxygen treatment sessions five times a week for two months, and the others didn’t receive any treatment. The researchers then evaluated and compared the participants’ brain functions and quality of life. According to the researchers’ findings, oxygen therapy helped revive dormant nerve cells and reactivated blood vessels. In fact, the results indicated that hyperbaric oxygen treatment led to substantial improvements in quality of life and cognitive function for those living with mild TBIs.
As a result of this study, oxygen therapy may be the new way to start treating brain damage and help those living with a mild traumatic brain injury in Florida. However, this type of therapy is expensive and victims of South Florida motorcycle accidents who suffer traumatic brain injuries will need all the compensation they can get in order to get the therapy they need. This is why it is critical to get an experienced attorney involved.
For help getting the compensation you deserve after a brain injury, contact Broward County motorcycle accident attorney David Benenfeld for a free consultation. CALL: 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766 today.
Bicycle accidents often occur at low speeds; however, any accident cyclists are in can be serious because cyclists do not have much of anything protecting them in the event of a crash. Unfortunately, cyclists often land on their handlebars or flip over their handlebars, which can cause severe injuries.
When handlebar injuries occur, cyclists can suffer from chest trauma, internal organ injuries, and serious abdominal trauma. Even in a low speed bicycle accident in South Florida, a cyclist can suffer severe abdominal injuries just by landing on his or her handlebars. The abdomen is relatively unprotected, which is why it is more susceptible to injuries. Some abdominal injuries include:
Although a cyclist may feel immense pain when landing on his or her handlebars, a bicyclist may not realize that internal organ damage has occurred. For this reason, all cyclists need to know some of the signs and symptoms of abdominal injuries, including:
The reason handlebars cause such serious injuries is that the end of the handlebar can transfer the energy of the crash into a cyclist’s abdomen or chest. Typically, a bicyclist will hit his or her abdomen on the handlebars in a crash; however, sometimes the chest is impacted. When a cyclist’s chest is impacted by the end of the handlebar, a bicyclist may have some of the following chest injury symptoms, such as:
If you have been in a bicycle accident in Fort Lauderdale and have experienced any of the above symptoms, it is critical that you seek medical care immediately. Additionally, you should speak with a skilled Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer at the Law office of David Benenfeld. CALL: 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766 for a free consultation today.
Aggressive driving has been linked to a number of fatal car crashes, which is why it is critical that you know what to do to prevent a South Florida auto accident with an aggressive driver. Protecting yourself and your loved ones or other passengers in your car is your top priority as a driver. This is why it is important to not allow yourself to get worked up over another driver’s rude behavior or dangerous driving actions.
While you may not be the aggressive driver, here are some ways you can minimize your own aggressive driving behaviors that can manifest during the morning or evening commute time.
By keeping these tips in mind, it will help you remain a calm, sensible driver who will hopefully not provoke others. But, to make sure you really do not anger other motorists, follow these tips while on Florida roads:
Do your part to avoid angering another driver or triggering another driver to get road rage. Although it may be difficult to do sometimes, do your best to never react to aggressive drivers in order to avoid a South Florida car accident with an aggressive driver.
Even if you have done your part and drove safely and calmly, you may still be a victim of a collision due to someone else’s aggression, recklessness and carelessness. If you have found yourself in this situation, contact a Broward County accident attorney at the Law office of David Benenfeld. CALL: 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766.
Are you aware that many nursing homes in South Florida are understaffed? This means that there may not be enough staff available to assist your elderly family member. Since a nursing home is responsible for their residents’ health, it is absolutely critical that nursing homes have enough staff to properly take care of their patients.
Unfortunately, many nursing homes choose to run lean so they can save money, even at their residents’ expense. Sadly, running a nursing home with inadequate employees puts elderly residents at risk of not being properly cared for, medicated and kept safe.
When a nursing home is understaffed, it is more likely that nursing home abuse could be occurring. Sadly, nursing home abuse in Florida often occurs at facilities with fewer employees. When nursing homes do not have enough staff, their workers are often stressed, tired, and overworked, which often leads to workers taking their frustrations out on the residents or neglecting them altogether.
Dangers of Understaffed Nursing Homes
When a nursing home runs lean and does not have enough staff to properly care for their residents, five different types of nursing home abuse could be possible, including:
If you have noticed any signs of elder abuse in a Florida nursing home, the nursing home may be understaffed—putting all their residents at risk. Make sure you get your loved one the help he or she needs, and call a Fort Lauderdale nursing home abuse attorney if you believe abuse is occurring. You can reach the Law Office of David Benenfeld for a FREE consultation. Call: 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766.
Workers know that if they get hurt at work that they are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in Florida. However, many employees aren’t sure if they are eligible for workers’ comp benefits if they are hurt in a car accident while driving a company car or driving on company time. For this reason, some workers who get injured in car accidents on the job don’t report their accident and injury to their employer. Instead, they turn their crash claim into their own personal insurance carrier. Unfortunately, this could be a huge mistake—causing workers to miss out on their full benefits.
Workers who have been involved and injured in a Florida car accident on the job may be surprised to know that they could qualify for workers’ compensation benefits and personal injury benefits under Florida’s workers’ comp law and No Fault insurance law. However, it can be complicated knowing if a crash and injury is solely a workers’ comp claim or if an injured worker can qualify for multiple benefits.
Collecting Benefits After Your Florida Work Injury
When a car accident occurs when a worker is driving a company owned vehicle, is on company time, or driving for their job, that employee may be entitled to file multiple claims. For this reason, a qualified Broward County lawyer who handles both Florida workers’ compensation and personal injury claims should be contacted.
Both the employer’s insurance carrier and the worker’s personal insurance carriers need to be notified. A worker would be able to collect for the following:
Because these cases involving more than one insurance carrier can be complex, injured workers need to seek the legal advice of a skilled South Florida workers’ comp attorney to make sure they receive all the benefits they are entitled to collect. To find out what type of benefits you may be entitled to after a Florida car accident on the job, call the Law Office of David Benenfeld for a FREE consultation. Call: 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766.
After you find yourself face down on the floor and injured as a result of a hazardous condition, it is important that you have an experienced Fort Lauderdale premises liability lawyer on your side to help you seek financial compensation for your medical bills, pain, inconvenience, lost income, and mental anguish.
While it may seem to you like the store you slipped at should pay for your medical bills and compensate you in some way, their insurance company will likely fight your claim for damages and deny the store’s negligence—placing blame back on you. This is why it is critical that you have an attorney involved in your case from the very beginning. A skilled Broward County slip and fall accident attorney will do the following things for your case, including:
Because experienced slip and fall lawyers know how to handle premises liability cases, they know exactly what steps they should take in order to establish negligence and strengthen your claim. This is why it is critical that you pick the right lawyer to fight for your financial recovery—a lawyer who is experienced in Florida slip and fall cases. To find such a lawyer, call the Law Office of David Benenfeld for a FREE consultation to discuss your case. Call: 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766.
When someone you love has been killed prematurely as a result of someone else’s negligence, there is no denying that you want to hold the responsible person, company, or manufacturer liable for your loved one’s fatal injuries. If you believe the cause of death is a faulty product, you need to learn what needs to be proven in order to hold the manufacturer of the dangerous product liable.
After the death of your loved one, there are four things that need to be established in order for you to have a valid product defect case, including:
Because some of these elements can be difficult to prove, you need to turn to a skilled South Florida wrongful death attorney. A lawyer who has handled cases of this nature knows how critical it is to conduct a thorough investigation and do everything possible to establish proof and strengthen your case.
In order for a lawyer to establish proof, engineers and experts may need to be hired to evaluate the product in question. And they, along with your attorney, will have to look at every possible aspect to determine who is at fault. Things that need to be considered include:
For help proving your loved one’s fatal Florida product defect case, call an experienced Broward County wrongful death attorney at the Law Office of David Benenfeld for a FREE consultation. Call: 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766.
Every day around this nation people are texting and driving, never considering that their negligent actions could cause injuries to others sharing the road with them. For this reason, many states have adopted texting bans. And the state of Florida has finally followed suit. After years of texting bills being rejected in the Senate, Florida finally passed a texting ban—a bill that has been long overdue.
Because many in the House and Senate couldn’t agree on a texting bill, Florida became one of the last states in the nation to adopt a texting ban. In effect since October 1, 2013, the new texting ban isn’t as strict as similar laws in other states. For example, the fee is only $30 for the first offense, but in some other states the fee is closer to $600 or more. Additionally, drivers cannot be pulled over by police solely for a texting offense.
Will the New Texting Ban Reduce Florida Auto Accidents?
Because the texting law is not a primary offense and because the fees are not very steep if a driver is cited for breaking the law, many are concerned that drivers will continue to text and drive. However, with enough attention that has been placed on the dangers of texting and driving in Florida, others are hoping that drivers will stop texting at the wheel in order to reduce car accidents in Broward County and throughout Florida.
With the implementation of this new law, people now know that it is against the law to participate in texting while driving. Hopefully this new knowledge will have an impact on drivers to help minimize the amount of South Florida car crashes.
If you were injured as a result of a driver who was distracted, there is a good chance that he or she was texting. For help making a financial recovery for your injuries and damages, contact the Law Office of David Benenfeld for a FREE consultation to discuss your case with a knowledgeable Broward County accident attorney. Call: 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766.
Under Florida law, anyone who is found to be responsible for a trucking accident is liable for damages caused to the innocent party or to the family who has lost a loved one from the accident. When a trucking accident involves hazardous materials (referred to as HAZMAT), then victims incur more devastating consequences due to the sheer nature of the speed and weight of the truck. For anyone who has survived a Florida HAZMAT truck accident, it is vital to seek expert advice as to how to collect proper compensation for various losses that have occurred, or may develop over time as a result of the hazardous materials.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a brief explaining that at least 800,000 trucks transport hazardous materials every day. Furthermore, over 5,000 fatal truck accidents occur yearly, and 200 of those contain hazardous materials. While the number may appear smaller than expected at first, it’s crucial to acknowledge the ripple effect which occurs in HAZMAT truck accidents. Trucks which carry hazardous materials such as flammable gases, fuels, and radioactive content are essentially putting the public at risk when they refuse to adhere to safety regulations.
Highly strict regulations are set by the FMCSA which are intended to prevent the fatal consequences of a trucking accident which contains hazardous materials. Thorough investigation of these cases often reveals that trucking companies, freight managers and truck drivers regularly ignore these regulations in order to make deadlines and increased profit.
Victims of South Florida HAZMAT trucking accidents are entitled to compensation for various needs including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Frequently, Broward County trucking companies and drivers are in violation of federal and state regulations which govern safe transportation of hazardous materials. Sadly, the majority of injuries and fatalities could be prevented had proper precautions been observed by members belonging to the trucking industry.
There may be multiple liable parties involved in your South Florida trucking accident. Call the Law Offices of David Benenfeld to speak with a skilled South Florida trucking accident attorney to find out about which party may be liable for your crash at 866-9-HELP NOW or 866-943-5766.
Multi car pile-ups come in different shapes and sizes. Sadly, a five car pile-up made Florida headlines recently when a father and his sons found themselves trapped within their SUV in a water filled canal. Most of us hold the picture of a multiple car pile-up occurring on a freeway during the evening rush hour. This time, even worse, it was near a school, just minutes after the students were released. Multiple car crashes often occur when drivers are in a rush, distracted, or tailgating.
While kids were still hopping into mini vans at 2:30pm, traffic congestion quickly crammed the streets as it does every day near Sawgrass Elementary School. One SUV parent carrying four kids grew more impatient, sped up, and rear-ended the car in front, causing the other driver and his two young sons to land into a nearby canal. The crash triggered a chain reaction in the cars behind, as well. The report states that the third car hit a pick-up, which hit a bus filled with children on their way to an after school karate class. The father and two sons were trapped in their water flooded vehicle and received treatment at a nearby hospital.
Reportedly, the driver of the SUV is found to be at sole fault for the St. Petersburg five car pile-up. This multiple car crash is receiving so much attention, no doubt, because the severity which involved children being trapped within a canal. While drivers should show special caution to speed, tailgating, and attention during and around school hours, often times this just isn’t the case—even when the driver is a parent of children at the nearby school.
If you have been in a multi car accident in Florida, contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld for a free legal consultation with a skilled South Florida auto accident attorney to receive the support you need. Call 866-9-HELP NOW or 866-943-5766.