Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Signs of a Concussion After a Car Accident

Car accidents can be emotionally stimulating events. In fact, they have a tendency to kick the “fight or flight” response into high gear, sending a rush of adrenaline throughout the body. What does adrenaline do? It blocks pain, sometimes for hours or even days. While this can be vital when you’re running from an armed robber in a dark parking lot, or when you’re rescuing a heavy child from a burning building, it can act against you at the car accident scene.

Car accidents can be frightening events, but the body doesn’t differentiate between a car accident at 12:00 noon on a beautiful summer day and a real-life threatening situation, like a shark swimming 6-feet away from you on a Florida beach. In effect, you can sustain a head injury or a concussion in a car accident and be completely oblivious of what just happened.

In fact, it’s not uncommon for people to be in a crash and to climb out of their car and claim, “I’m okay, I’m not injured!” However, once the adrenaline wears off, the pain starts to set in. While soft tissue injuries are common in most car accidents, even low-speed crashes, perhaps a bigger concern is a concussion, which can be caused by a blow to the head or by a sudden jolt that shakes the brain, banging it against the skull.

Signs & Symptoms of a Concussion

Some of the signs of a concussion are obvious from the start, such as nausea and vomiting. Other signs, are less noticeable and can take days to manifest. Signs and symptoms of a concussion, include but are not limited to:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Seizures
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sleep problems
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Slurred speech
  • Sensitivity to noise and light
  • Personality changes

If you were recently in an auto accident and you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you could be suffering from a concussion. You should seek medical attention without delay, and contact our firm to meet with a Marietta car accident lawyer. Let us help you seek the compensation you deserve! Call today to get started.


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Monday, August 21, 2017

Press Release | Lawsuit Filed in Wrongful Death of H.V. Newman Against TxDOT, Helena Chemical Company, and Wesley Wright

PRESS RELEASE LAWSUIT FILED AFTER A FATAL WRECK AT AN INTERSECTION WHERE THE DEFENDANT IGNORED ALL INDICATIONS OF THE UPCOMING INTERSECTION AND WHERE TXDOT HAD REMOVED A STOP SIGN AND FAILED TO PUT UP A TEMPORARY STOP SIGN  LUBBOCK, Texas – The law firm of Glasheen, Valles & Inderman filed a lawsuit Monday morning in... Read More

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Eclipse Sunglass Recalls

You’ve likely heard of the historic solar eclipse happening tomorrow, whether from acquaintances or local news channels. Many eclipse discussions happening in the last few weeks centered on safety during the event itself. Not only will roadways be dangerous through this time due to darker environments and distracted drivers, but viewing the event itself can be dangerous if proper precautions aren’t taken. Special “eclipse sunglasses” should be worn by all onlookers, as staring directly into the sun can cause severe damage to optic nerves. A 70-year old Oregon was featured in the news recently urging viewers to use proper glasses when viewing. In 1962, he stared directly into a partial eclipse, which caused him to go partially blind in his right eye. So while the spectacle should be enjoyable, it should also be approached with caution and safety protocols followed.

Fortunately, many people have listened to these warnings and purchased eclipse glasses from retailers online and physical locations. Unfortunately, the online retail manufacturing giant Amazon has issued a recall for many eclipse sunglasses sold on their digital marketplace. The reason is that the company could not confirm whether the glasses were made by the recommended manufacturer. In response to the recall, Amazon has been emailing customers to caution them.

Due to the high demand of eclipse glasses in preparation for Monday’s viewing, some companies manufactured glasses that don’t provide proper safety from the eclipse and sun in an effort to make extra profit. Because Amazon has not received the official confirmation from their supplier that the glasses were from the recommended manufacturer, they are urging anyone who has purchased the glasses to not use them. However, Amazon isn’t able to list specific brands included in the recall.

The Coweta County School System in metro-Atlanta purchased 24,000 pairs of sunglasses from Amazon and was among the customers to be contacted by Amazon because the glasses could not be verified. The order was cancelled and a refund provided, but they weren’t able to find substitutes because the event is so soon.

We strongly encourage anyone planning to watch the eclipse to take proper safety precautions and wear appropriate safety sunglasses.


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Monday, August 14, 2017

Concussion Risks and Prevention

Football season is officially underway. Our own Atlanta Falcons had their first pre-season game against the Miami Dolphins last week and Georgia high school teams officially start week one of their schedules next week. Players have worked hard through spring and summer, so both they and fans of the game are excited that the season is officially underway.

Along with the excitement of the sport, it is also necessary to keep football safety concerns in mind - one of the most prevalent being that of concussions, which has been popular in the news recently. Concussions are most commonly associated with the NFL, but in fact occur at all levels of play. From little league to professional football, concussions are a serious issue. Some statistics show that high school players are twice as likely to sustain a concussion as college players.

One of the issues surrounding concussions is the lack of obvious symptoms often times present. A player doesn’t necessarily have to be knocked out to receive a concussion. A single hit can lead to a concussion without anyone realizing it. Over time, the continuous head impacts that football players experience can lead to serious consequences, such as concussions. Ultimately, they can lead to short- and long-term changes in brain function, as well as in serious circumstances, death.

An athlete’s well-being should be the most important aspect of sports, especially at younger ages where adults should look out for them. Not only should players be educated about the signs of concussions, but coaches, officials, and the training staff should be well-educated as well. Players that shows signs of dizziness, confusion, headaches, or issues with balancing should immediately be removed from participation. Until they are medically cleared by a health-care professional, they shouldn’t be allowed to return to the game. Ensuring compliance with regulations and guidelines such as these is the responsibility of the head coach and school administration. Not only are they responsible for being aware of concussion-like symptoms, but they should also equip players with proper functioning equipment to minimize the chances of concussions. If a player shows concussion-like symptoms and continues to play, they are at risk of further injury. The state of Georgia requires all coaches to participate in an online course on concussion management that is organized by the NFHS (National Federation of High Schools).

While sports can serve as an important recreation to adolescents, it is imperative that their safety remains the top priority. Concussions are serious, and science has continued to prove their significance in sports. As football is now underway, be mindful of potential injuries and help keep athletes safe. For more information on concussions and the responsibilities of the school, please visit the Georgia High School Association website.


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Monday, August 7, 2017

Abilene Detective Elise Ybarra Killed in Rear End Crash Sunday

Detective Elise Ybarra, 33, of Abilene TX, was killed Sunday when the vehicle she was in was rear ended by a pickup truck on Interstate 20. Detectives Ybarra, Chris Milliorn, and Robert Collins—all with the Abilene Police Department—were headed to Dallas to attend a Crimes Against Children Conference. Ybarra slowed the vehicle she was driving as it... Read More

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Driving During the Upcoming Solar Eclipse

On August 21, for the first time in nearly 100 years, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse. This only occurs when the moon passes in between the Earth and the Sun, temporarily blocking view of the sun. This causes untimely darkness and a noticeable drop in temperature in the direct path of the eclipse, which stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. The amount of time an area experiences the eclipse depends on exactly where they are in that path. NASA predicts that over 300 million could have a direct view of the total solar eclipse. The metro Atlanta area is expected to experience only a partial solar eclipse, but an exciting event nonetheless.

More than 12 million Americans live directly inside the 70-mile-wide path of direct totality, and over half the nation live within only 400 miles of it. Millions are expected to travel to be able to witness it, as it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event. In many areas, including our local Cobb County community, schools are letting students out early or taking a full day off to ensure safe travel on roadways.

The event will only last a couple of minutes in our area, but has the potential to cause dangerous situations. Traffic has the potential to be heavy during this time, both due to normal commutes and those traveling to witness the eclipse. Not only will traffic levels possibly be unnaturally high, but distracted driving will also be common during the eclipse as drivers attempt to catch a glance while behind the wheel. We encourage you to enjoy the eclipse, but to be aware of your surroundings and use extra caution if you’re on Georgia roads while it is happening. Use your headlights and leave extra distance between your vehicle and those around you.

From 1 – 4 pm, both Georgia Tech and Georgia State University will be offering eclipse glasses and a viewing area for people to enjoy the experience. You can also visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website to view available locations and times for viewing. Safe travels!


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