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After the accident: What is PTSD and how to handle it

It was only a quick ride to the grocery store. You headed home and sailed through a green light. Unfortunately, another driver sped through a red light and t-boned your car. You saw the lights blaring, remember the ambulance ride and now find yourself in the hospital. What just happened?

Damages for emotional losses in wrongful death lawsuits

The emotional weight of a wrongful death is immense. There's the cold shock of reality, the numbness of depression and the constant worry about the future. No matter what role that person played in your life, having them leave this world so suddenly can create an unfillable hole in your heart and life. Many people in these situations seek help and guidance through wrongful death claims.

$70 Million Award in Baby Powder Case

A St. Louis jury awarded Deborah Giannecchini of California $70 million in her lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, finding negligent conduct in the development and advertising of the company's baby powder. Ms. Giannecchini claimed that her prolonged use of the product was the cause of her ovarian cancer.

Unpredictable Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injuries

By now, most of America has either seen footage of or heard something about Keith Scott, the 43-year-old African American who was shot by police in Charlotte, North Carolina last month. Who was at fault remains a hotly contested topic, and will likely continue to be for the unforeseen future. But one aspect of this tragedy should serve to highlight the unpredictable nature of some traumatic brain injuries.

Hoboken Train Crash. What's Next Legally?

The investigation of the New Jersey Transit train accident on September 29, which killed one person and injured more than 100 others, is now underway. The question as to how the investigation will be performed can be answered by looking at the Federal Laws of the United States. Initially implemented in 1966, the Department of Transportation created the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to regulate the safety of the railroad industry. While creating the FRA, the Department of Transportation set the Federal Regulations that the FRA would work under. Furthermore, in 2008, the Rail Safety Improvement Act was implemented, promulgating new safety regulations due to the increase in fatal rail accidents between 2002 through 2008. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an independent Federal agency, works alongside the Federal Railroad Administration to investigate in to, and recommend changes to improve rail safety.

Five For Fighting: When Fans are Physically Assaulted at Hockey Games

Hockey season will soon be underway and many rivalries will be reignited. Here in the New York metropolitan area, three National Hockey League teams -- the New York Rangers, the New York Islanders and The New Jersey Devils -- fight it out with each other each year in the hopes of reaching -- and winning -- the Stanley Cup Finals. However, the fighting during a hockey game is no longer restricted to the ice.

Traumatic brain injury is not necessarily permanent

The human brain can heal and reconfigure itself.
Traditional assumptions about brain damage are proving not to be true. Current lines of research show that an injured brain can rewire, relearn and even regenerate. This is hopeful for victims and families dealing with a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

New York State Passes Stricter Drunk Driving and Boating Legislation

For many, the ideal means of relaxation and recreation is spending a summer day on the high seas. However, some neglect the risks that come with driving a boat under the influence of alcohol and drugs. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol use was a contributing factor in 306 boating accidents last year, 122 of which resulted in fatalities. Recently, New York passed a bill that will take prior drinking and driving convictions into consideration while imposing penalties for boating while intoxicated, regardless of what kind of vehicle was involved — boat, car or snowmobile.

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