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September 2015 Archives

Recall leads to overturning of driver guilty pleas

Many Louisiana motorists were likely affected by a General Motors recall of 2.6 million vehicles that occurred in February 2014 in connection with a faulty ignition switch. Some drivers have had guilty pleas in fatal accidents overturned and have received compensation from the auto manufacturer. However, one man who was charged after the recall was issued has turned down an offer of $70,000 in compensation and sued the company instead. The amount offered was just enough to cover the cost of the man's criminal defense lawyer and the private detective who linked his accident with the recall.

Drug may reduce inflammation following a TBI

Louisiana residents may be interested in a recent study showing that the liver produces a protein that results in inflammation of the brain following a traumatic brain injury. The researchers also found that a drug that is used to treat those who have high blood pressure can block the production of these proteins.

Injuries from accidents may not be immediately apparent

Louisiana residents should be aware that the harm done by involvement in a car accident does not necessarily manifest instantly, nor is it always confined to the purely physical. In the days after an accident has occurred it is necessary for those involved to carefully observe their physical and psychological state for evidence of latent injuries.

Avoiding serious motorcycle accidents

Riding a motorcycle in Louisiana is considerably more dangerous than driving a car. The rider has considerably less protection, and many drivers of cars are not accustomed to watching out for motorcycles. This can lead to many serious accidents between cars and motorcyclists. By being aware of some of the most common types of motorcycle accidents, a rider can be better prepared to avoid them.

Researchers find connection between TBI and ADHD

People in Louisiana may be more likely to display symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder if they have a history of traumatic brain injuries. A study that was recently published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research found that adults with TBI are twice as likely to have ADHD symptoms. Researchers conducted the study between 2011 and 2012 by surveying 3,993 adult Ontario residents over the phone.