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Calvin Johnson’s Experience with the NFL and Traumatic Brain Injury

Calvin Johnson NFL Traumatic Brain Injury

In March of 2016 former Lions receiver, Calvin Johnson chose to retire after a nine-season career with the NFL, despite having what seemed to be at least several years left. While some people assumed Johnson left due to the Lions’ repeated struggles, in his interview with E:60 he revealed that his physical health was the primary motivating factor. After suffering multiple concussions, Johnson ran the risk of falling victim to a traumatic brain injury (TBI) if he continued participation in the NFL. (more…)

5 Causes of Distracted Driving

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Even the most attentive drivers are capable of falling victim to distractions, but only recently has Maine become aware of this phenomenon when it comes to operating a motor vehicle. Law enforcement agencies and safety advocates are taking steps to reduce distracted driving accidents, which is a major cause of auto accidents across the Pine Tree State.

So what is it that is distracting Maine drivers? You might be surprised which activities tops the list.

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Sumner Redstone Sues for Elder Abuse

Sumner Redstone sues for Elder Abuse

The abuse of the elderly has become a significant public health problem, the extent of which can be hard to truly know. Seniors are particularly vulnerable when it comes to abuse, especially when their cognitive faculties are declining and they are unable to advocate for themselves. We would all like to think that our elders would be afforded the respect they deserve, especially from the people who should be dedicated to their well-being. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. (more…)

Supreme Judicial Court Recognizes Maine Attorneys for 2016 Free Legal Aid

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katahdin-counsel-logo-pdf-33In honor of National Pro Bono Week, October 23-29, 2016, Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley today announced that the Maine Supreme Judicial Court will honor Maine lawyers who have reported their contributions of at least 50 hours of legal assistance to low income and elderly Maine people. This recognition will take place in ceremonies across the state in the coming weeks. This year, the Court will recognize 107 lawyers and 4 law students for donating 11,283 hours of legal work to Mainers in need of civil legal assistance. These legal services have an estimated market value of more than $1,600,000.
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Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Turn Your Family’s Life Upside Down

Traumatic Brain injury

Traumatic Brain injuryOf all the potential injuries a person can sustain in an accident, traumatic brain injuries are some of the most frightening. There are several aspects of traumatic brain injuries that make them especially diabolical in nature:

 

  • Brain injuries aren’t always apparent at the time of the accident and can manifest later
  • These injuries can occur deep in the brain, making them hard to detect even for health care professionals

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I Was In An Auto Accident, What Do I Do Now?

Auto accident

When you get into a car accident, it is often disorienting, confusing, and even scary. Knowing what to do before an accident happens is the best way to prepare yourself if you do get into a collision. This infographic provides a helpful step by step process.

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Record-Setting Personal Injury Settlement in Philadelphia County

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Life’s major events aren’t always predictable, and the changes they bring aren’t always positive. David Williams, a Pennsylvania landscaper formerly employed by TruGreen, likely understands that sentiment better than most.

David was minding his own business, driving a company truck down a highway in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, when due to no fault of his own the vehicle rolled. The catastrophic accident resulted in irreversible spinal injuries, leaving him a quadriplegic with little hope for further recovery, even after several surgeries. (more…)

2016 Hardy Wolf & Downing Scholarship Winner

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Scholarship cap and booksHardy Wolf & Downing is pleased to announce the 2016 winner of our scholarship award. We were deeply moved by the number of applications received and as loyal supporters of military veterans and law enforcement personnel, we are proud to offer this year’s scholarship award to Marshall Magincalda, a former Marine who served in the U.S. infantry from 2003 to 2008.

We want to express our gratitude to all applicants for their past and continued service and wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavors. (more…)

Study Reveals Abuse Among Residents of Nursing Facilities

Adult son out for a walk with his father, who has alzheimers disease.

elderly patientA recent report published in renowned journal Annals of Internal Medicine reveals a growing problem of elder abuse within nursing facilities being committed by fellow residents of such communities. According to researchers, roughly 20 percent of those residing in these types of care facilities suffer some sort of abuse from another resident. (more…)

Officials Report a Projected Increase in Traffic Fatalities

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car accident front end collisionIn 2015 alone, 35,200 people in the U.S. lost their lives after becoming involved in car accidents. This statistical projection, recently publicized by the U.S. Department of Transportation, demonstrates an increase of 7.7 percent compared to the total traffic fatalities that occurred in 2014.

That year, the figure stood at 32,675 deaths. It’s important to keep in mind that the 2015 figures are projected statistics, but if they are realized, it will be the most number of traffic fatalities in one year since 2008. That year, more than 37,000 people lost their lives on the nation’s roadways. (more…)