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Doctors debate the connection between brain injury and aggression

The media has been full of stories in recent weeks about incidents of domestic violence involving professional athletes in the National Football League, especially concerning some high-profile players. One doctor suggested that a traumatic brain injury may have contributed to some of the purported aggression problems. Fans in Minnesota and elsewhere may be curious as to whether there is a connection between repeated concussions and violent behavior.

According to some studies, there may be a correlation between multiple head injuries and a propensity to violent or aggressive actions. The area of the brain that is damaged during concussions is believed to be responsible for regulating behavior, including the ability to discern appropriate actions. Repeated injury has already been linked to depression and anger.

Minnesota residents injured by an unsafe product are not alone

New products are being released for consumer use just about every day. Between visiting stores, either in person or online, the amount of merchandise at our fingertips is incredible. Any consumer's hope is that the products they purchase are not only of good quality, but that they are also safe. Unfortunately, an unsafe product can make its way to store shelves in Minnesota and across the country, and the consequences can be quite severe.

Products are deemed unsafe if their use results in injury or death to consumers. While you'd think adequate testing would be performed to weed out these problem products, sometimes they still make it to market. A variety of products are often associated with injury or death, including defective auto parts, medications, medical devices toys and several other items intended for daily use.

Construction worker dies in on-the-job accident

Construction workers need to be more careful than the typical office worker. Construction sites in Minnesota and other states regularly involve heavy machinery and dangerous materials. This increases the chances of an on-the-job accident compared to other work environments. Unfortunately, one worker recently fell victim to one of these incidences in a construction site accident.

The worker was killed while working at a paper mill at approximately 2:30 p.m. on a day in late August. The local police department arrived on the scene and remained until approximately 4:30 p.m. Reportedly, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration had been contacted regarding the incident. The identity of the decedent has yet to be released to the public.

You were hurt in a slip and fall accident, now what?

You may have recently been a guest at someone's home, or been visiting a local shopping center, when you suffered an injury while simply walking along or utilizing the stairs. Many hazardous conditions can lead to a slip and fall accident, including spilled liquids and broken sidewalks. The first thing for a Minnesota victim to do is seek medical care. Then, the victim may wish to assess their right to pursue a premises liability claim regarding their injuries.

In the event one is hurt in a slip or a tripping incident, it will be up to the victim to prove the liability of the property owner or manager. This can be done by filing for access to documents that may contain records that reveal lax maintenance and/or other issues that may have contributed to the potentially hazardous conditions. In many situations, an individual employee or a tenant may be held responsible for the accident; however, the burden of proper upkeep rests with the owner of the property or business in most situations.

Minnesota boy injured in a car accident in critical condition

Some of the most treasured childhood memories spring from the most seemingly insignificant activities. Many of the moments that are recalled so fondly involve time shared with a parent. Recently, one Minnesota father was enjoying a stroll with his son which tragically ended with the boy in critical condition after being injured in a car accident.

The father and son started the evening with a leisurely walk in their quiet neighborhood. As they were walking near the driveway to their home, a vehicle approached. The car, which was operated by a 46-year-old woman, inexplicably left its lane of travel and came across the roadway, hitting the 11-year-old child.

Paralyzed woman files defective product claim after burn injury

A woman who is confined to a wheelchair has recently filed a lawsuit against General Motors in response to a burn injury she suffered. The woman claims that the rear heated seats were a defective product and she suffered a serious injury. The woman does not reside in Minnesota, but the case could possibly interest other owners of the model in question.

The woman who has filed this claim stated that she was a passenger in a friend's 2008 General Motors Suburban. She was purportedly riding in the rear passenger compartment. Because she is a paralytic, she has no sensation or feeling below her waist. As a result of her medical condition, she was unaware of how hot the built-in seat-warming feature had become.

Minnesota man allegedly makes light of fatal car accident

In mid-July, a Minnesota man allegedly was involved in two accidents, one after the other. His vehicle apparently collided with one vehicle along its side. It then rear-ended a car driven by a 16-year-old boy. The victim in the second car accident was on life-support when the accused driver reportedly posted light-hearted comments on his social media page.

A Minnesota officer who responded to the accident claimed that the 24-year-old driver smelled of alcohol and was said to have acknowledged that he was intoxicated. Allegedly, a few days after the second accident (which ultimately cost the teenager his life), the man posted photographs of his damaged vehicle along with a light-hearted comment and a smiley face icon. A second comment alludes to the fact that he was physically fine and able to accomplish yard chores.

Woman files medical malpractice suit for alleged brain injury

Patients who receive a diagnosis from their doctor usually have faith and trust that the remedy applied will help to ease their discomfort and speed their recovery. One woman, however, has claimed that the prescribed remedy caused her to suffer brain injury and damage. The woman was not treated in Minnesota; however, patients everywhere may be interested in learning more.

According to the suit that the woman filed, she says that she went to the hospital where a physician diagnosed her as having a blood clot deep within the vein, commonly called deep vein thrombosis. The doctor ordered her to be treated with a medication that is used to help break down the clot. However, this medication can carry risks of serious side effects. This woman has alleged that none of the medical staff recognized that she was suffering from the increasing severity of these side effects.

Fatal Minnesota car accident also injures 2 other occupants

While every mode of transportation has its inherent dangers, motor vehicle wrecks may lead to their fair share of deaths and serious injures. Another recent car accident has claimed the life of a 21-year-old man and injured two other people who were in the vehicle. The Minnesota fatal accident also involved a commercial truck.

The wreck occurred on a recent Saturday afternoon. The driver and two passengers were traveling west on a local road that displays only signs at crossroads instead of traffic signals. A heavier commercial vehicle was traveling south along another roadway. The two vehicles were caught up in a serious wreck when they collided in the intersection of the two roads.

Can injured Minnesota employees be treated by their own doctors?

Generally speaking, Minnesota laws provide protection to workers who are injured at work. Workers' compensation, as outline by state statute, can provide partial wage reimbursement and medical coverage for those who suffer a workplace injury or illness.

When dealing with something as sensitive as an injury that is preventing someone from working regularly, it's understandable why workers would want to receive care from a trusted provider. Unfortunately, physician choice after a workplace injury isn't necessarily a straightforward issue. So, can injured workers see their own doctors? In a single word: maybe.


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