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Comedian Tracy Morgan Battling Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

By Brian Chase on November 28, 2014 - No comments

Tracy Morgan Bus AccidentComedian Tracy Morgan is still fighting to recover from a severe traumatic brain injury he suffered in a highway crash more than five months ago on the New Jersey Turnpike.

According to an Associated Press news report, the former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star suffered a traumatic brain injury in the June 7 crash when he and several other comedians were riding a private limo van. Morgan also suffered a broken leg, nose and ribs.

His attorney told AP that it is not certain if the comedian would ever …Read the rest »


NFL Says 1 In 4 Players Will End Up With Brain Damage

By Brian Chase on September 18, 2014 - No comments

NFL Brain DamageNearly a quarter of National Football League players are likely to suffer brain damage and disorders during their lifetime such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s, according to a report filed in court by the league’s lawyers.

According to a news report in the Daily Mail, the NFL filed the findings in court as part of ongoing litigation between the league and former players suffering from a variety of brain injuries.

This is the most definitive statement the NFL has made with regard to the sport’s dangers.

In 2013, the league agreed to pay more than …Read the rest »


Federal Judge Rejects $765 Million Settlement in NFL Concussion Cases Saying Offer is Inadequate

By Brian Chase on April 19, 2014 - No comments

brain-injuryA federal judge in Philadelphia has declined to approve a settlement for another batch of retired players suing the National Football League over concussion-linked claims. According to an Associated Press news report, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody’s preliminary ruling follows a similar ruling in January on the proposed $765 million umbrella settlement. The judge said she is skeptical that the fund is large enough to cover up to 20,000 players for 65 years as intended.

Brody’s latest ruling involves a group of plaintiffs led by Kevin Turner, a former Philadelphia Eagle who is now battling Lou Gehrig’s disease. The judge also denied the Turner group, class-action status. However, an attorney for the players insists the deal is fair and sufficient to cover their needs. The attorney also told the judge that most players would sign the settlement rather than spend many years fighting the NFL in court. …Read the rest »


Study Shows Brain Injury Survivors More Likely to Die Younger

By Brian Chase on January 21, 2014 - No comments

People who suffer from traumatic brain injuries face an increased risk of death from suicide or accidents, a new study based on four decades of data reports. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, those who survived traumatic brain injuries are three times more likely than people without such injuries to die prematurely or before the age of 56. Researchers gathered data for this study over 40 years from hundreds of thousands of patients in Sweden. …Read the rest »


Bisnar Chase Secures $30-Million Judgment for Brain-Injured Motorcycle Accident Victim

By Brian Chase on October 7, 2013 - No comments

On September 27, 2013, Bisnar | Chase personal injury lawyers obtained a $30-million judgment in a case involving 25-year-old Lucas Vogt who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a 2011 motorcycle accident. The lawsuit was filed in Orange County Superior Court in February 2012.

 Catastrophic Injuries

The motorcycle accident occurred the evening of July 25, 2011, during rush hour traffic. Vogt was riding his motorcycle between the number one and two lanes on the 91 Freeway near Gypsum Canyon Road in Anaheim when the defendant, Andrew Saldate, attempted to make a lane change and collided with Vogt’s motorcycle, the complaint states. The impact of the collision knocked Vogt from his motorcycle and into the Fastrak traffic lanes where he was struck by two other vehicles – a 2005 Jeep Liberty driven by Shana Johnson and a 2000 BMW 328i driven by Lori Dunbar, court documents state.

Vogt suffered major injuries including a traumatic brain injury, broken bones and road rash. He had to undergo surgery and required a lengthy hospital stay. Once he was discharged from the hospital, he had to undergo rehabilitation for his brain injury. When the insurance coverage for his rehabilitation stopped, he continued to receive care at home.

 U.S. Brain Injury Statistics

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur in the United States each year as an isolated injury or along with other injuries. Brain injuries are a contributing factor in a third of all injury-related deaths in the United States. About 35 percent of traumatic brain injuries in the United States are caused by car accidents.

 How Compensation Can Help

Bisnar | Chase personal injury lawyer Scott Ritsema who represented Vogt says he has made a significant recovery considering the critical nature of his injuries. Ritsema said this case is an example of the emotional and financial burdens families of catastrophically injured victims must bear. Vogt’s family made the difficult decision of deciding to keep him on life support. Ritsema says, today, Vogt has made significant progress. Although he is still unable to walk or communicate verbally, Vogt is slowly proceeding on what can be a very long road to recovery. Ritsema says that the compensation Vogt will receive could give him a chance at a recovery and help him enhance his quality of life.


Pedestrian Suffers Head Injuries in Fountain Valley Crash

By Brian Chase on May 31, 2013 - 2 comments

A woman suffered head injuries in a Fountain Valley car accident after she was struck while crossing the street. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury crash occurred the night of May 30, 2013 on Brookhurst Street south of Ellis Avenue. Police say the woman was crossing a dimly lighted part of Brookhurst outside a crosswalk when a vehicle being driven by a 28-year-old Yorba Linda woman, struck her. The driver stopped and remained at the scene. The victim was transported to a local trauma center with head injuries. The severity of her injuries is unknown at this point. The driver has not been cited or arrested pending an official investigation.


Pedestrian Collisions

One fatality and 12 injuries were reported in Fountain Valley as a result of pedestrian accidents in 2010, according to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Orange County as a whole, 32 people died and 770 were injured due to pedestrian accidents during the same year.

Crosswalk Laws

Based on this news report, officials say that the woman was walking outside a crosswalk when she was hit. California Vehicle Code Section 21954 states: “Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard.” The same section also states: “The provisions of this section shall not relieve the driver of a vehicle from the duty to exercise due care for the safety of any pedestrian upon a roadway.” …Read the rest »


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