March is Brain Injury Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 March 2014 16:23

The Brain Injury Layers at Perantinides & Nolan are advocates of good care and good health.  March is National Brain Injury Awareness month so we would like to share some info and make you aware of brain injuries so that you can avoid such injury at all costs.  According to the Brain Injury Association of America, each year an estimated 1.7 million children and adults in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and another 795,000 individuals sustain an acquired brain injury (ABI) from nontraumatic causes.


Other Facts from the Brain Injury Association

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a blow, jolt or bump to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.
• 2.4 million people, including 475,000 children, sustain a TBI in the U.S. each year. 5.3 million individuals live with life-long disability as a result ofTBI.
• 52,000 people will die. 275,000 people will be hospitalized. 1.365 million people will be treated and released from an emergency department.
• TBIs are caused by falls (35%), car crashes (17%), workplace accidents (16%), assaults (10%), and other causes (21%).
• TBI is a contributing factor to a third (30.5%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States.
• About 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).
• Just as no two people are exactly alike, no two brain injuries are exactly alike. For some, brain injury is the start of a lifelong disease process. The injury requires access to a full continuum of medically necessary treatment and community-based supports furnished by interdisciplinary teams of qualified and specialized clinicians working in accredited programs and appropriate settings.


The costs to treat brain injuries are staggering:

• Average hospital-based acute rehab is about $8,000 per day
• Range for post-acute residential is about $850 to $2,500 per day
• Day treatment programs (e.g., 4 hours of therapy) are about $600 to $1,000 with no room/board
• According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the U.S., direct medical costs and indirect costs of TBI, such as lost productivity, totaled an estimated $76.3 billion each year.


 Brain Injury Awareness


More Resources describes what a brain injury is and some causes

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network discusses National Brain Awareness month and has even more great links and information

More about Brain Injury from Perantinides & Nolan or contact us if you think you may have a case

More info on why the Leatt Brace is Dangerous PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 December 2012 19:48

Why the Leatt-Brace is dangerous

 See our other articles about the Leatt Brace and Personal Injury:

The Leatt-Brace is promoted to protect the motorcyclist’s cervical vertebral column. However, this device may produce “dangers” of its own. Of course, a device cannot be considered “dangerous”: it is motorcycling which is dangerous. However this device could convert relatively innocuous or survivable injuries into injuries with greater morbidity and death.

Although claims are made that injuries to the vertebral column will be reduced if the Leatt-Brace is used, there is no possible way of substantiating this claim. Controlled trials are simply not possible. The tumult of a motorcycle accident and the multiple variables cannot be replicated.  It is certainly not possible to re- visit those injuries and introduce categories as controlled trials.

Motorcycle accidents on the road are difficult to reconstruct.  Race-track injuries are well documented, but these are usually slither-tumble injuries. On the modern race tracks the impact against stationary objects is relatively infrequent. Rarely do these become projection or impact injuries and occasionally “ride-over” injuries.

Motorcycle accidents on the road, however, are more likely to be collisions resulting in impact and projection injuries. Even in a slither event, the rider on the road often hits stationary or moving objects.

Therefore this claim remains a supposition, which is based on rather primitive, linear reasoning which is:

The neck is potentially vulnerable in that it is not protected by a strongl mechanical sheath, the way that the lumbar, thoracic, and intra-cerebral spinal cord is protected. Let us then put a mimicing brace about it, and so “protect” it.

LIVE Seminar: Monday 10/8/2012: Damages in Personal Injury PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 September 2012 20:06

Program Description: Effectively Quantify and Negotiate Damages in a Personal Injury Case

Are you getting everything you can out of each injury case that comes your way? Don't miss any general or special damages that may apply to a personal injury suit. Learn to analyze and quantify the effect of an injury on the plaintiff's current and future life to maximize or contest the recovery. Register today!
    •    Identify the key elements that shape the value of a personal injury case.
    •    Distinguish current injury from pre-existing and recurring conditions.
    •    Find out where to look for the most reliable medical information to support your injury determination.
    •    Effectively use vocational expert reports and labor statistics to assess loss of earning capacity.
    •    Understand what special remedies exist for wrongful death cases.
    •    Define reasonable and necessary medical treatment to limit medical expense recovery to services directly related to the injury.
    •    Get practical tips for direct negotiations with a claims representative.
    •    Fulfill your ethics credit and get actionable tactics for preventing legal malpractice.

Who Should Attend
This basic-to-intermediate level seminar offers a comprehensive view of damages in personal injury and will benefit:
    •    Attorneys
    •    Corporate Counsel
    •    Claims Representatives
    •    Paralegals

Course Content
    I.    Types of Damages in an Injury Suit
    II.    Documenting the Extent of the Injury
    III.    Quantifying Damages
    IV.    Sources of Recovery and Liens
    V.    Legal Ethics
    VI.    Negotiating and Litigating the Damages: Plaintiffs' Tactics
    VII.    Negotiating and Litigating the Damages: Defense Perspective

Continuing Education Credits:
Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00
Insurance – Insurance: 7.00*
* denotes specialty credits


What is Employer Intentional Tort? PDF Print E-mail
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safety helmetEmployer Intentional Tort can be many things.  In a nutshell, it is when you suffer because your employer did not their job to keep you informed and safe.  Some things include:
- Failure to train adequately
- Lack of safety equipment
- Hazardous conditions
- Defective machinery or equipment
- Safety and OSHA violations
- Removal of safety guards, equipment, or accessories

If you feel that you have suffered due to Employer Intentional Tort, give our Akron / Canton / Cleveland, Ohio Lawyers a call today 330-253-5454. 

College graduate overcomes doubts, pain PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 June 2011 00:06

Ann Weber was one of our recent clients who we helped in 2008 in a terrible burn case.  She is now overcoming the accident.  Read her full story as published in the Akron Beacon Journal.

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After being burned in high school lab, woman faces fears, becomes student leader at Wellesley


By Jewell Cardwell, Beacon Journal staff writer


I can think of only one other time that I felt so passionate about an event that I actually turned my column space over to someone else.

Today I'm doing just that, because of harrowing circumstances and for reasons close to my heart.

Calais Ann D. Weber daughter of Larry and Valarie Weber of Green and my goddaughter — graduated last weekend from Wellesley College in Boston at age 20. 

From the Akron Beacon Journal,

MX Rider Injured by Leatt Brace? PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 30 September 2011 11:42
leatt brace
As a motocross or BMX rider, the first thing you are looking for in protective gear is safety, quality and protection for your body.  What if the gear you chose actually did the opposite?  This has been the case for many professional and amateur motocross riders who have put their trust in the Leatt Brace by the Leatt Corp.  
There has been litigation involving serious and catastrophic injuries related to the use of the Leatt Brace, to include serious spine and spinal cord injuries,  leaving riders paraplegic and/or quadraplegic.  Our firm is currently investigating  such cases involving the use of the  Leatt Brace. 
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