Holiday Safety Tips from Indiana Serious Injury Attorneys

The holidays are a busy time of the season and many people are out and about, shopping, and going to parties. A few moments reflection can prevent a damper on your holiday spirit. 

holiday-safety-tips-headerAlways be aware of your surroundings. Whether walking in a parking lot or using an ATM, pay attention to what is happening around you so you do not become a victim of crime. Shopping with friends is a good idea and a deterrent.  When going to and from your vehicle keep your keys in your hands in case you need to use the car panic alarm.  Be watchful and leery if someone is loitering or acting suspicious.  Leave such areas and contact authorities. These few reminders can help keep you safe and happy during your holiday activities.

Indiana Severe Injury Lawyers

The Lawyers of Young and Young are your Indiana Severe Injury Attorneys.  We represent severely injured Hoosiers all over the state from our Indianapolis Offices.  Today, we want to discuss the subtle signs and symptoms of brain injury.  As you know from our past discussions, brain injury affects thousands of Hoosiers.  The effects of the brain injury range from causing the victim to be in a coma for the rest of their lives to signs and symptoms that people do not even know are caused by the injury. (Remember, we are not doctors, the following is general information and is not intended to be used to diagnose any particular problem, if you are concerned about your medical condition, please seek the advice of a competent licensed medical professional).

PD*27421577 Stepping back, brain injury is caused when the brain itself is injured.  The injuries can be from car accidents, drunk driving accidents, falls, being hit by an object, illness (such as a stroke), bicycle accidents, falls down stairs, and other incidents. Usually the head is struck by something, or the head is forced forward and then back very rapidly.  When the head is forced back and forth very rapidly, the brain hits first the front of the skull and then the back of the skull.  This can cause bruising and bleeding in the brain.  The injured person may lose consciousness, but not losing consciousness does not mean there is no brain injury.  Sometimes the person has altered awareness.  This altered awareness has been described as having the bell rung or knocked goofy.

The patient may seek medical treatment, and they may not, depending on the severity of the injury.  Fortunately, awareness is increasing about the problem associated with brain injury and people are more likely to seek treatment these days.  The medical treatment will include being asked questions about your medical history, how you were hurt, and examination of your body and tests.   These tests may include x-rays and CT scans or MRIs.  These tests may be negative as they are not capable of fully “seeing” all of the potential injury, in other words they are good tests, just not perfect tests.  The patient may be sent home and told to be on the lookout for unusual symptoms.  It is essential that the injured person be watched by another person for these symptoms because they may not be obvious to the injured person.

These symptoms may include changes in personality (Like crying easily when the person never was a crier in the past), easily angered, changes in sleep patterns, memory issues, speech issues (such as not being able to identify and use certain words, changes in energy level, changes in former hobbies or interests, changes in friends (such as not being interested in seeing friends), being a little off, not completing tasks that ordinarily would always be completed, headaches, changes in senses such a vision, hearing and smell. 

If you have had a brain injury (or a loved one has had a brain injury) be on the lookout for these signs and symptoms.  They may be subtle, and may not appear for days or weeks.   If they do appear, and or do not go away, seek medical attention as soon as possible from your primary care physician or neurologist.  You may need further medical care and treatment to help you deal with these medical issues.

Indiana Social Security Disability Lawyer

John P. Young is your Indiana Social Security Disability Lawyer.  John P. Young, practicing out of the Indianapolis offices of Young and Young, travels all over the state representing Hoosiers making claims for Social Security Disability Benefits.  Mr. Young started representing Hoosiers before the Social Security Administration 23 years ago as a natural extension of his personal injury practice.  Mr. Young was learning the medicine about his client’s serious personal injuries from the finest doctors in the state and country.  In addition, a number of Mr. Young’s clients injuries were so severe that they were forced to file for Social Security Disability benefits.  Mr. Young purchased  a copy of the rules and regulations governing Claims for Social Security Disability Benefits.  He read the book and combining his new knowledge about these claims were proven with his medical knowledge, Mr. Young started representing his clients in their claims for benefits.  Over the last 23 years, John P. Young has represented hundreds of Hoosiers in their claims for Social Security Disability benefits.

Mr. Young meets with each of his clients personally.  He personally handles each aspect of the claim.  When his clients call the office for information or advice, they talk with Mr. Young.  Mr. Young personally prepares his clients for their hearing.  Mr. Young personally appears at every hearing with his clients.  Your case will not be handled by a paralegal.  You will not meet your lawyer for the first time at the hearing.

Mr. Young’s clients have covered the full range of listed disabilities.  The listings range from spinal cord injuries and bony injuries resulting in paralysis, to amputations, blindness, back injuries, neurological injuries, epilepsy, mental disabilities and many more.  Mr. Young is ready to work for you to get your benefits.  

Indiana Serious Injury Lawyers

Alcohol use in college is a serious topic.  Alcohol is a poison.  It works by affecting the central nervous system.  Alcohol interferes with the brains ability to receive, interpret and respond to messages sent to it by the other sensory organs of the body.  Too much alcohol can kill a person.  As Indianapolis serious injury attorneys, we are concerned about the unabated use of alcohol by young people. We note specifically the Purdue University fraternity of Phi Kappa Theta. Apparently as part of pledgeship, the members of this fraternity taped bottles of alcohol to their hands.  The bottle may not be removed until they drink all of both bottles (40 ounces each).  Purdue University warned this fraternity for drinking violations and is now taking steps to remove the fraternity from campus.

Wabash College lost a student earlier this year to binge drinking and leaving the student to die from alcohol poisoning. 

We need to protect our youth from the dangers of alcohol.  We believe that history shows that children will find a way to get alcohol if they want it.   We therefore believe that parents and teachers must have frank and open discussions with children about alcohol, its affect on the body, its affect on social function and the dangers of alcoholism and abuse.  Let your children know if you have a history of alcoholism in the family.  Statistical evidence supports that alcohol problems do run in families.  Let your children know that the use of alcohol requires forethought, it requires help.  Talk to your children about the dangers of drunk driving accidents.  Talk to your children about always being able to come to you when they have questions or need help.

Knowledge is power people, your children want you to guide them.

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