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Even mild brain injury can cause brain cells to swell

When a motor vehicle crash occurs in West Virginia, an accidental bump of the head can naturally occur. If it is severe, such an injury may lead to a concussion. However, new brain injury research found that even a mild injury in the head area can actually produce a temporary, round swelling area within brain cells.

The new research offers essential insights into brain injury, which is still poorly understood in general. In the study, researchers specifically worked with neurons, a type of brain cell. They injured these cells on purpose by using a method called puffing, which involves applying pressure to cells.

iPhone and building sets for children among dangerous products

Several product recalls that were recently issued may have an impact on West Virginia consumers. One of these product recalls involves iPhone cases. Meanwhile, another set of dangerous products that have been recalled include children's building sets.

Regarding the first recall, over 250,000 iPhone cases featuring glitter have been recalled because the glitter may leak, thus leading to burns and skin irritation. The cases essentially feature glitter and liquid that float inside the plastic case. The cases being recalled include those for the iPhone 7, 6 and 6s, and they were marketed at Amazon and at stores such as Victoria's Secret, Nordstrom Rack and MixBin from October of 2015 to June of 2017. So far, there have been 24 reports from around the globe regarding chemical burns or skin irritation, with 19 of them being from the United States.

Theather's alleged dangerous property conditions lead to suit

A woman in another state claimed that she suffered an injury in a slip-and-fall accident at a movie theater due to the establishment's carelessness. As a result, she recently filed a lawsuit against the theater. When a business' dangerous property conditions in West Virginia cause a guest to be hurt, this guest has the right to take legal action.

In the out-of-state case, the woman was reportedly at the movie theater one day and was trying to go to the bathroom. However, all of a sudden, she allegedly slipped on the establishment's slick tile. The woman claimed she ended up landing on her back and elbow.

Defective products from Polaris recalled

Owners of Polaris off-highway vehicles in West Virginia may be affected by a recent recall of these vehicles. The company has decided to recall all youth RZR 170 ROVs from the model years of 2015 to 2017. These defective products are being recalled due to fuel tank issues and fire hazards.

The vehicles being recalled each have two seats and feature the colors of red, white and blue. The company so far has received over 100 reports regarding fuel tank necks that were cracked. They also received reports related to burning, shorted or melted wires. Four reports were with regard to fires.

Falls, abandonment significant nursing home concerns

An elderly woman in another state died last year after reportedly being left alone in a nursing home bathtub for hours. As a result, her son recently filed a lawsuit against the facility. When a loved one in West Virginia passes away due to nursing home negligence, including situations such as falls or infections, for example, it is within the rights of the loved one's surviving family members to seek justice.

In the reported case, the son claims that his mother suffered from a range of medical issues, such as difficulty walking, muscle weakness, hypertension and heart disease. Her other medical problems included depression, dementia and Alzheimer's. He alleges that in spite of her health, she would not have passed away had she not been deserted in her whirlpool.

Five Rules for Dealing with Doctors After a Car Accident

Rule #1: Don't Delay in Seeking Medical Treatment

It may seem obvious, but it's best to go to a doctor right away to get checked out, even if you don't feel that you've been injured. The insurance companies will look at the time from the accident to when you sought treatment.

Rule #2: Your Doctor Is Not Your Lawyer

Many doctors -- like orthopedists, physical therapists and neurologist who see a lot of people in accidents -- may want to give you legal help. They may steer you to a lawyer and tell you how to deal with the insurance company. The last thing you want is advice that is not in your best interests concerning the insurance company. Insurance companies will track if the doctor sends all of his patients to a particular lawyer, and use this information against you.

Defective products from TNT, maker of fireworks, recalled

Consumers nationwide, including those in West Virginia, may have enjoyed fireworks around the July 4 holiday, and they may look forward to continuing to use fireworks with family and friends this summer. The problem with one particular company's fireworks, however, is that they may do more than just emit some colorful smoke after being lit. These defective products can actually explode.

TNT recently recalled its Red, White & Blue Smoke fireworks after receiving many reports about some of their devices exploding. More than 36,000 units of these fireworks have been recalled voluntarily. So far, three consumers have suffered minor burns as a result of the unexpected explosions.

Research shows brain injury linked with dementia

A recent study indicated that traumatic brain injuries are linked to a higher risk for dementia in adults who are working age. However, no link was found between brain injury and the later onset of ALS or Parkinson's disease. The results of the research might play an important role in monitoring and rehabilitating patients with brain injuries in the long term in West Virginia and elsewhere.

The study involved combining multiple registers in another nation to monitor over 40,000 adults who were working age. These adults were monitored for 10 years. Researchers accounted for both socioeconomic status and level of education, in addition to considering that some patients with traumatic brain injuries may have been incorrectly diagnosed as having dementia as a result of the brain injuries themselves.

Slip-and-fall accidents may occur in retail settings

A woman in another state recently asserted that she was injured while shopping at a Walmart store. She therefore decided to sue the giant retailer. Consumers in West Virginia who suffer injuries in slip-and-fall accidents at businesses have the right to seek to hold these companies accountable for their injuries.

In the recent case in another state, the woman claimed that, while she was at Walmart back in June of 2015, she stepped in a puddle of water on the floor. She reportedly ended up slipping and falling due to the water. The woman claimed that Walmart did not maintain the store in such a way as to prevent customers from being injured.

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