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1 dead, 2 under arrest following New York car accident

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Traumatic Brain Injury on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

A deadly crash in Brooklyn has led to two people being taken into custody, according to police reports. New York police have confirmed that one person was killed and a second was injured in a car accident that occurred in East New York on the night of June 11. Both the driver and passenger in the offending car are now facing criminal charges. 

The accident report states that an SUV was allegedly speeding on Georgia Avenue around 10 p.m. when the vehicle struck a sedan. The 29-year-old driver of the SUV attempted to flee the scene of the accident, but he was quickly apprehended by police. The passenger in the SUV remained at the site of the accident. 

Both the driver and passenger of the sedan were rushed to a local hospital. The 32-year-old driver is reported as being in stable condition at this time, while the passenger, a 20-year-old man, suffered critical body trauma as a result of the accident. He was pronounced dead a short time later. The driver of the SUV now faces manslaughter charges, and the passenger faces criminal possession of marijuana charges. 

Given speed appears to have been a factor in the car accident, and the fact that the driver attempted to leave the scene, it seems likely he will be prosecuted by New York authorities. In addition, the family of the deceased passenger as well as the injured driver will be entitled under state law to file civil suits in tandem with the criminal charges. Even if the man is found not guilty of the criminal charges, the evidence accrued by police could still be used to sue him for personal injury and/or wrongful death in a civil court. 

Source: pix11.com, “2 arrested after car crash kills passenger in East New York“, Katherine Lam, June 11, 2016


1 woman dead following car accident in New York

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Traumatic Brain Injury on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

A woman was tragically killed after suspected car thieves kicked off a wrong-way crash on Henry Hudson Parkway, according to police. New York authorities say the men were driving a stolen vehicle and attempting to evade police at the time of the car accident, which claimed the life of a passenger in another vehicle. The accident took pace sometime the night of June 7. 

According to the accident report, two men were attempting to escape police pursuit in a stolen minivan when they went the wrong way on the Parkway. This took them into the path of another vehicle, causing a head-on collision around 11:30 p.m. A 54-year-old woman who was in the passenger seat at the time of the crash was rushed to a local hospital with critical injuries. She was later pronounced dead.

The driver of the second vehicle was also seriously hurt, but he is expected to pull through. The alleged car thieves were both taken into custody by police before being hospitalized for unknown injuries. They have not yet been formally charged, pending the completion of the police investigation into the accident and any theft that may have occurred prior.

Should police determine the men indeed stole the vehicle, precipitating the police chase that led to the fatal car accident, one or both men could face serious criminal charges. In addition to the criminal charges, the family of the deceased woman as well as the injured driver could file civil suits against the driver of the stolen vehicle. These suits could make use of all pertinent New York police evidence pertaining to the case. 

Source: New York Post, “Woman killed after car thieves cause wrong-way crash“, Daniel Prendergast, June 8, 2016


Brain injury fundraiser initiated by girl with the condition

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Traumatic Brain Injury on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

March is brain injury awareness month. In New York, dozens of people struggle with the effects that a traumatic brain injury can cause. These effects may include personality changes, paralysis, memory loss, emotional problems, brain damage and even loss of hearing. These symptoms may clear up after a while or they may remain permanent. Children, especially, can suffer additional problems which can put them at risk of being the subject of ridicule or isolation by their peers.

A young girl in Alabama is attempting to turn her brain injury into an opportunity to help others. She is raising money for an organization called the Kevin Pearce Fund by selling key chains, bracelets and ribbons – all green to reflect brain injury awareness. In addition, she is trying to help others around her understand the challenges faced by people with a brain injury. She knows first-hand how difficult living with a brain injury is because she still suffers short-term memory loss.

Her brain injury occurred in a car accident when she was four years old. While she has come a long way, many of the children in her school do not understand why she can act normal but struggle with some things. Her efforts have netted $100 towards the fund and a fundraiser organized by her school.

Living with a traumatic brain injury is not always easy and often requires additional medical care, therapy and treatment. When someone is injured because of the negligence of another person, they may have the right to seek appropriate compensation from that person. In such cases, it may be a wise idea to speak with an experienced attorney.

Source: WHNT, “Young Girl Raises Money & Awareness For The “Silent Epidemic,” Traumatic Brain Injury,” Daniela Perallon, March 25, 2014

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Premises liability case questions safety of trampoline park

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Traumatic Brain Injury on Friday, March 7th, 2014

There are countless recreation and amusement parks throughout New York County and the entire state designed specifically with kids and young adults in mind. In fact, many New York families rely on places like water parks and indoor recreation facilities to provide their kids with the exercise and socialization they need to thrive. Serious issues may arise, however, when establishments catering to young customers fail to uphold important safety and maintenance standards. One young man sustained a traumatic brain injury at an indoor trampoline facility, raising concerns over what, if anything could have been done to prevent the incident.

The 17-year-old boy that was seriously injured in the incident was visiting a Texas indoor trampoline park last year when he allegedly fell through a tear in the structure of a slide. According to an attorney representing the boy and his family, he struck his head on the concrete floor after falling approximately five feet. The boy was found to have suffered bleeding on his brain and received emergency medical treatment for a traumatic brain injury.

While he reportedly continues to contend with the physical and emotional aftermath of the incident, the young fall victim is also still receiving speech and physical therapy for his injuries. His family recently filed a personal injury lawsuit against the owners of the trampoline business and claim that the plaintiff’s life will never be the same as a result of the injuries he sustained.

Describing the experience, one of the plaintiff’s family members expressed how she never understand that a trampoline ride could be so dangerous. The defendant in the case had yet to comment.

Source: khou.com, “Family sues indoor trampoline park after 17-year-old suffers serious head injury,” Rekha Muddaraj, Feb. 17, 2014


The link between memory loss and brain trauma

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Traumatic Brain Injury on Friday, January 17th, 2014

As many New York County, New York, residents know all too well, the full effects of an injury like a concussion can take weeks to manifest. In fact, many traumatic brain injury symptoms are so subtle and/or delayed that they are never associated with the initial injury. That is why it is in the best interest of personal injury victims to seek professional legal counsel to ensure that the severity and nature of their injuries are fully accounted for. And given that a new medical study highlights the potential correlation between traumatic brain injuries and Alzheimer’s disease, victims are encouraged to learn their rights and legal options.

Subjects over the age of 69 were chosen to participate in a research study conducted by the Mayo Clinic where they were divided into two groups: 141 subjects were identified as experiencing minor cognitive issues and 448 subjects were reported to be in good cognitive health. At the time of participating in the study, all subjects were asked to note any incident of memory loss or unconsciousness they experienced in their lives as a result of sustaining a brain injury.

Researchers concluded that brain scans conducted on subjects with cognitive difficulties and past brain trauma showed an almost 20 percent higher rate of plaque deposits commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Subjects that did not report experiencing any cognitive delays did not present any increased rate of plaque deposits. Subjects with no signs of cognitive decline also reported fewer incidents of brain injuries.

The possible link between the manifestation of conditions like Alzheimer’s disease later in life and an injury like a concussion is one that must be taken seriously, as countless personal injury victims sustain head injuries every year.

Source: Voice of America, “Head Trauma Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease Plaques,” Jessica Berman, Dec. 27, 2013

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Never underestimate a traumatic brain injury

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Traumatic Brain Injury on Monday, December 30th, 2013

In New York, countless people are involved in minor accidents every day. And many times, individuals are quick to survey any damage to their vehicles and move on. After all, everyone has places to be. What a lot of people may not know, however, is that the effects of a minor automobile collision can have serious medical consequences on accident victims that can take years to manifest. Medical researchers are now suggesting that traumatic brain injuries resulting from low-speed accidents may be more common than most would believe.

The cause

Researchers are increasingly beginning to understand that some medical conditions commonly associated with issues like advanced age may actually be the manifestation of brain injuries sustained earlier in life. Similarly, more attention is being paid to the type and severity of injuries that can occur in low-speed automobile collisions, since findings suggest that the human body actually sustains more of the accident impact under such conditions. That’s why more emphasis is being placed on the possible correlation between low-speed accident injuries and their long-term impact on victims.

The effect

While the physical symptoms of some traumatic brain injuries are easier to diagnose, many can be more subtle and take longer to manifest in accident victims. Even though they may feel fine immediately after being involved in a seemingly minor collision, accident victims should be aware of brain injury symptoms like headaches, nausea, sensory-related sensitivity and unusual mood changes.

Everyone should also remember that serious injuries can be sustained at speeds as low as five miles per hour.

Source: legalexaminer.com, “Low Speed Collisions and Traumatic Brain Injuries: Part I,” David Mittleman, December 10, 2013


New research project dedicated to traumatic brain injury cases

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Traumatic Brain Injury on Saturday, December 7th, 2013

As the issue continues to gain national attention, more people throughout New York and around the country are beginning to understand how brain injuries can have long-lasting effects on victims. Concerns over traumatic brain injury incidents are being raised by members of the NFL, since professional football players often sustain multiple concussions throughout their careers. However, millions of other people across the nation and globe are also impacted by head injuries and can benefit from studies on the topic. That’s why new research backed by one of the country’s wealthiest entrepreneurs is so promising.

During the next two years, the molecular, cellular, and structural components of human brains will be analyzed for the effects of traumatic brain injury by researchers with the University of Washington and the Paul G. Allen Institute for Brain Science. The steady will cost over $2 million and involves the collaboration of the team neurosurgeon with the University of Washington Seahawks.

Paul Allen, the cofounder of Microsoft and owner of the Seahawks, already owns his own brain research lab and has the interest and resources to investigate brain injuries and their long-term effects on victims. The NFL is also interested in the progress of the study and may invest in such research.

A key component in the brain injury study is having access to over 500 brains collected by Group Health. Approximately 20 percent of the brains donated endured some kind of trauma and are expected to help researchers understand the long-term effects of brain injuries.

While the NFL and other groups may be specifically interested in how concussions impact players, the findings of this study will be accessible to other researchers at the international level. The ultimate goal is that such research will help treat brain injury accident victims in all kinds.

Source: Seattle Times, “Hawks owner Paul Allen funds research into brain injuries,” Sandi Doughton, Nov. 20, 2013


Man charged for causing major accident resulting in traumatic brain injury

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Traumatic Brain Injury on Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Serious car accidents occur throughout the state of New York and around the country every day. Sometimes unavoidable factors contribute to an automobile collision and it is obvious that no one is at fault. Other times, though, human error or sheer recklessness is to blame for affecting innocent lives forever. One year after the incident, a man is now facing serious charges in connection to allegedly causing an accident that left two sisters with traumatic brain injuries and other wounds.

In August of last year, two sisters were driving home one evening when their Honda Civic was struck head on by an oncoming vehicle. The sisters were trapped in the car by the force of the accident, and both sustained major injuries. In addition to traumatic brain injury, the girls suffered internal bleeding and broken bones. The younger of the two sisters is 15 years old and her older sister is 20.

The man identified as the defendant in the incident was rendered unconscious by the accident and he is accused of having a methadone card at the time. He’s also accused of driving on a revoked license when he allegedly veered into oncoming traffic.

Because authorities claim the defendant was under the influence of alcohol and methadone at the time the incident occurred, he now faces multiple criminal charges, including gross misdemeanor DWI and six felony counts of criminal vehicular operation. And while the charges against him are fresh, the defendant was already in jail for other alleged offenses.

Anyone who has endured a serious collision has the right to seek sound legal advice and learn about their options.

Source: twincities.com, “Driver charged in crash that injured Stillwater sisters,” Elizabeth Mohr, August 23, 2013


Tainted melons allegedly responsible for permanent brain injury

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Traumatic Brain Injury on Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Brain injuries can have various causes. Bicycle accidents, with or without a helmet, car accidents, falls or other experiences that result in a blow to the head can all cause any number of brain injuries. Additionally, illnesses or infections can lead to a traumatic brain injury. The symptoms of a brain injury are not always evident immediately and can include anything from numbness in the extremities to memory loss or even sensory deficits.

A new lawsuit claims that a New Mexico man contracted a bacterial infection from a contaminated melon which led to his permanent brain injury. The suit states that an audit at the farm one week prior to an announced investigation of a listeriosis outbreak showed no sign of the bacteria yet one week after the announcement, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Colorado Department of Health found listeria present in one-third of all cantaloupes tested at the farm. The melons were recalled but records show that 147 people across more than half of the country became ill after consuming the tainted product.

Approximately one month after eating the melon, the man displayed listeria symptoms. A few days later his partner reported actions that made him believe the man had a stroke. Nine days later, tests at a hospital identified lesions on his brain. The lesions were from the listeriosis infection. An attorney has been named guardian ad litem for the plaintiff in the lawsuit.

Sudden and unusual illness or behavior can be a sign of a brain injury. Any such injury caused by an accident, illness or other even can be serious and may warrant speaking to an attorney about.

Source: Santa Fe New Mexican, “Lawsuit says tainted cantaloupe caused man’s brain injury,” Tom Sharpe, August 1, 2013

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Brain injuries can be deadly, even after single incidents

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Traumatic Brain Injury on Friday, May 17th, 2013

When people hear about brain injuries or think about someone who has suffered from a brain injury, they usually associate it with a very serious car accident or an injury sustained in a hostile war environment. These can be common ways a person might sustain an injury, but there are also seemingly small incidents that can lead to traumatic brain injuries.

A recent case involving a referee of a soccer game who died after being punched in the face by a player caught some by surprise. The man was officiating a high school soccer game, when he was punched. He seemed fine initially after the incident, but soon became ustable and started vomiting blood.

An ambulance arrived to take the man to a local hospital. Within a week the man’s health deteriorated, despite being considered in fair condition when he arrived to the hospital. The man’s brain had swollen, pushing him into a coma before he passed away.

This tragic incident shows just how serious even one hit to the head can be. The brain reacts differently depending on where a person is hit and how hard they are hit. The brain can swell, causing a lack of oxygen to get to certain parts of the brian.

If a person does survive a traumatic brain injury, they might suffer from long-term debilitating side effects from their injury. New research has also found that some of injuries can lead to degenerative brain function. If someone is injured because of another person’s negligent actions, they might be wise to speak with a New York City personal injury attorney who can help them understand their rights.

Source: CBS News, “Soccer referee’s death shows how dangerous head blows can be,” Ryan Jaslow, May 6, 2013