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New study shows brain injuries might increase risk of dementia

Injuries of all kinds can happen to anyone in Providence at any time. However, some people are more susceptible to being injured in accidents, including the elderly. What’s more, many elderly people are actually more susceptible to certain kinds of injuries, as well, including traumatic brain injuries. Brain injuries are terrible at any age, but they can have an even greater impact on the future health of many elderly people.

According to a new study, simply suffering a mild concussion after the age of 65 could increase a person’s risk of having dementia. While head injuries can happen to anyone, seniors seem to be much more at risk of suffering this type of injury. According to the lead researcher of the study, Dr. Raquel Gardner, of San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the results suggest that older brains are more at risk to traumatic brain injury no matter the level of injury.

Brain injury awareness leads to more research, prevention

Over the past several years it seems that public awareness regarding traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) has greatly increased. That increase in awareness has also led to an increase in research and prevention efforts of these serious injuries.

Aside from the battlefield and the sporting world, people from all walks of life are susceptible to TBIs. That factor has helped universities and other institutions increase their understanding of these injuries. In fact, according to an article in the Huffington Post, research into TBIs and brain damage has jumped noticeably in just the last decade. For example, in 2001, slightly more than 1,000 papers were published on this topic. However, in 2013, there were 4,000 such papers published.

Are designated drivers really sober?

One of the most common ways that people suffer devastating personal injuries is by being involved in a car accident. People in Providence suffer many different kinds of injuries in these accidents and statistics show that some of the worst casualties, including many deaths, occur in accidents that involve a drunk driver. Many programs have put into place to help deter people from drinking and driving, including the designated driver program. However, does that program really work?

Although in many cases a designated driver can prevent someone who is over the legal limit from getting behind the wheel, it appears that many designated drivers have actually had too much to drink as well. According to a study by researchers at the University of Florida, which is reported in an article on, about 40 percent of all designated drivers drink when they are on duty. Car accidents and personal injuries are much more likely to occur when people drive under these circumstances.

Young man fighting for his life after serious car crash

Not all car accidents have serious consequences and some accidents are just unfortunate events. However, sometimes people in Providence make careless or negligent decisions, which lead to terrible crashes and injuries. If you have been hurt in a motor vehicle accident then you might be eligible to receive compensation for your pain, suffering and loss.

A 19-year-old man was in critical condition battling for his life at last report after being involved in a serious car accident, recently. According to reports, the young man suffered several serious injuries, including a collapsed lung and a ruptured spleen. According to his grandmother, medical officials had put the man into a medically induced coma.

Common signs of nursing home abuse or neglect

There are thousands of people in nursing homes in the Providence area, as well as all over the country. Many of these people receive quality care as they live out their lives with as much dignity as possible given their unfortunate circumstances. However, there are many other elderly patients who are mistreated, neglected or abused at these elderly care facilities.

According to, there are different types of elderly abuse or nursing home neglect that take place in these facilities. Physical abuse is usually the easiest kind of abuse or neglect to detect. However, emotional abuse can be just as common but harder to notice. Emotional abuse can include yelling at patients or threatening them with abuse, as well as ridiculing or belittle them. Another form of emotional abuse is simply ignoring the patient or isolating him or her from others.

How long will your personal injury lawsuit take?

People are hurt in accidents everyday in the Providence area. Sometimes those accidents are caused because someone else was negligent or careless. In those situations some people who are hurt decide to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the person or persons who caused the accident. If you are considering a personal injury suit or you have already filed one, then you might wonder how long that lawsuit will take to be settled.

Whether or not your case goes to trial will play a big factor in how long it takes your case to be settled. According to the Legal Finance Journal, only about 4 percent of all personal injury suits go to trial. Meantime, according to statistics, those lawsuits that went to trial typically took much longer to settle. In fact, the average length of time it takes to settle a court trial in a personal injury suit is 23 months.

Two children hurt after drunk driver causes accident

No car accident is good. However, when a drunk driver is involved, those types of car accidents end up much worse. If you have been hurt in a car accident in the Providence area because of a drunk driver then you might be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering.

Two young children were sent to the hospital with injuries after a man who was arrested for drunk driving four separate times in two days caused a collision with the car in which they were riding. According to reports, the children, a 6-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy, were both in an SUV when the accused man was behind the wheel of his pickup when it struck the SUV. The children were treated at the hospital and released but their condition was not reported.

Common injuries from stairwell accidents

At Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum Attorney’s at Law, Inc. we deal with people who are the victims of accidents and injuries on a daily basis. Many people in the Providence area get hurt because of honest mistakes, but others are hurt due to careless and negligent behavior. We see many types of accidents that occur due to negligence, and one of the most common types we deal with is stairwell falls.

When you fall in a stairwell there are many possible injuries you can suffer, several of which can be very serious. Some of the most common injuries caused by stairwell accidents include:

The many aspects of traumatic brain injuries

People throughout Providence are hurt in many different situations and in all kinds of accidents. One of the worst types of injuries people can suffer is a traumatic brain injury. There are many aspects of traumatic brain injuries, including:

  • The types of brain injuries
  • The problems of having a brain injury
  • The causes of brain injuries
  • How to diagnose a brain injury

According to the American Speech Language Hearing Association, there are two types of brain injuries. Penetrating brain injuries occur when some kind of object enters the head and causes damage to a person’s brain, usually in a specific location. The other type of brain injury is a closed head injury, wherein a person suffers damage to his or her brain after being struck with some kind of blunt force to the head, such as in a car accident or a fall.

Two workers hurt after armored car rolls over

Although most companies and business in the Providence area work hard to provide a safe and secure working environment for their employees, accidents can still happen. In fact, workplace accidents happen all the time. When people are injured on the job, they are usually entitled to receive workers' compensation.

Two men from Rhode Island are still recovering from the injuries they suffered after the armored truck they were traveling in turned over on the highway. According to reports, the two men reportedly suffered back and neck injuries, along with several cuts and bruises. However, their current conditions were not reported.