New Law Supposedly Keeps People Safe From Pot Smokers

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Stoner alert. California recently undertook a major overhaul of its medical marijuana laws. The state legislature passed the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, or MMRSA, recently signed into law. The MMRSA intends to build a degree of standardization to what has often been a haphazard process of providing cannabis for patients.


Big Changes Coming for Stoners and Pot Users

As reported by the San Francisco Gate, the changes are likely to result in large changes. With the bill signed into law by Governor Brown, the move was praised by union leaders and marijuana legalization advocates. Some see it as a step towards total legalization in the impending referendum next year.

  • State to License Marijuana Growers

Within three years the state will begin issuing licensing to legal marijuana growers, supposedly leading to a clear trace for most of the drug introduced in the state. Of course civil libertarians would argue that the state is merely creating a new underground economy for forcing people to get permission for something that is their right of birth.

Statists and those who believe in unfettered Orwellian government would argue that with the marijuana now under the same standard, and growers inspected by the state, the quality of it should increase and chances of weaker or accidentally poisoned cannabis should decrease. When is the last time you smoked “poisoned cannabis?” Anyways, we can see where this is headed. The state is getting into the pot business.


Politicians Claim New Marijuana Law Makes Roads Safer

These changes should also lead to a safer drive on California’s motorways. Having a common level of THC in the drug and knowing where it came from should make it generally safer. In addition, it will provide a boost for law enforcement to be able to track down drivers under the influence.

California’s already trailblazed with new techniques to discover if a driver has taken drugs before getting behind the wheel. If this aspect was expanded with better checks and a readily accessible database of who should– and should not have access, drivers operating under the influence should fall.

  • Utopian Goals Bolstered by Force of Government Rarely Are Worth-wile

Any actions that take unsafe drivers off the road and save lives is a worthwhile goal. However, taking away civil liberties and justifying unconstitutional stops and checks of drivers is where laws like this usually lead. There is ample debate about whether or not the full recreational legalization of marijuana will also make roads safer.

The argument should really be about why government even has the power to regulate anything that is already a right of birth. Examples of the government interfering in a right that they have no power under the law to interfere with, is the banning and restrictions upon small arms used for common defense of self and nation.  Such small arms have been used by individuals for self defense and for use as ordinary militia since forever.

This all changed when American courts became packed with increasingly activist left wing judges of the 1940’s up to now, who feel the Constitution and things like “unalienable rights” are ideas of an antiquated past. The jury is still out about that, but recent experiences in Colorado and Washington should help build a case study that courts are willing accomplices in restricting rights that the Bil of Rights specifically forbade government from infringing upon to begin with, which should give us all pause for thought.

California, in particular is known for its zealous over-regulation, mob rules voter initiates, and for scaring away businesses and gun owners. The Golden State may have gotten it just right in this case, but it is hard to see how more laws in an already over-regulated state equals better conditions for the non political class. Either way, if you smoke weed, be careful about driving.

An overzealous cop may come up with a reason to pull you over and test you. If the test shows THC, you may have some serious issues and big expenses ahead. And if you keep voting for politicians who say they will legalize or restrict that which they were never granted power to do ab-initio, consider that you may be electing a tyrant and not a legislator.

The Delicate Brain Stem

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Schematic of brain stem

Damage to any part of brain can have severe effects on the future of the injured. This is especially the case when the fragile brain stem is hurt. This vital piece of the brain is located where the spinal cord meets the rest of the brain. Importantly, it controls voluntary functions, such as fine motor control and facial muscles. The brain stem also controls needed involuntary functions, including a person’s heartbeat, digestion, and breathing. Due to the stem’s role as the main passage between the cerebral cortex and the body, these injuries are often debilitating and life threatening.


Composition of the Human Brain Stem and Damage Outcomes

The brain stem is made up of several parts. These include the pons, medulla oblongata, and the midbrain. Injuries to any of these areas can affect the rest of the body. Damage due to swelling or similar injury could lead to severe blood issues, including stroke or hemorrhaging. This could then lad to long term issues, including issues with motor control, breathing, or even speaking.

In other cases, such damage can cause severe shifts in personality or even loss of memory. Furthermore, brain stem damage can lead to fainting, coma, and in some cases paralysis. Some brain stem injury victims have been bedridden or in comas for the remainder of their lives. There are also long term issues caused by such damage that can lead to sudden death.

  • Trends in Treating Brain Stem Injuries

Modern science has made strides to treat such injuries, but is still decades away from effective treatment. Common causes of such an injury include car and motorcycle accidents. There can also be similar injuries due to high falls and work accidents. These injuries can be especially severe and more likely for children. Brain stem injuries have also been the results of contact sports such as football, skateboarding, and horseback riding.

  • All Brain Injuries Carry Risk

No matter what the cause, the effects are almost always severe. Most that suffer from brain stem injuries have long periods of therapy and hospital care. Such care is specialized and expensive and can bankrupt a family. Such injuries can also lead to unexpected deaths and add an additional burden to the family. Those that suffer these accidents are often left out of work and their family is unable to make up for their income.

When faced with such an accident, it is important to have the finest in medical and legal help. Ehline Law has handled hundreds of similar cases, assisting victims of brain injury and their families get through this trying time. We can negotiate or challenge insurance companies that refuse to honor their policies. We can face off with reckless drivers or employers that caused the accident in question.

We can work with medical professionals to seek the best care. We work with professionals to recreate the scene of the event to determine who is responsible. We can help sign up the victim or their families for death benefits, unemployment insurance, disability, worker’s comp, or other programs needed to help through this difficulty.

Ehline Law’s offices up and down Southern California are always ready to hear from you. We accept calls and emails 24/7 and are looking forward to determining how we can help you. We are available for a free, no-pressure consultation and to discuss your options. We are happy to come visit anywhere in California to discuss the case. We work on contingency, and don’t ask for a penny unless we recover for you. Contact us for more information.

Children Can Rarely Be “Too Safe”

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Sliver shot of California Map

We can never take our children’s safety too seriously. Many schools have undertaken important steps to ensure safety in and out of the school building. However, certain steps can be taken in order to further improve the safety condition for our young ones. Parents and those involved in school districts are able to take part in such an effort.


Easy Steps Schools Can Take to Make Street Crossing Safer

For example, there are several steps that can be taken in and around school crossing zones. Sometimes the reduced speed limit near the zones are not enough. Proper police enforcement is a valuable component that will ensure that speeding problems are reduced. The school can also help reduce this through the use of radar control signs. These visible signs are quickly noticed by drivers and often heeded. These signed, when equipped with cameras, can further reduce instances of speeding in these zones.

  • Lobbying Caltrans?

Furthermore, the school can work with parents in lobbying Caltrans to improve signage and lighting near the zones. By placing reduced speed signs in proper and visible spaces coming up to either side of the crosswalk, safety will increase significantly. In addition, bright lighting on the crosswalk can further improve the situation, especially during sunset. When equipped with a solar panel and battery, these lights can be used during all times, including during blackouts. Flashing lights can also alert drivers of the school crossing zone and give them a greater area in which to slow down.

  • Direct Parental Action

Parents can also work with the school in order to volunteer to help students cross the street. Presentations can help teach students proper crossing etiquette and make them more mindful of their surroundings. These life lessons will stick with these young people for a long time and make them safer in many situations. Furthermore, volunteers can become walking school bus volunteers, to make sure that students are able to get back and forth from school properly.

Far too many fatal accidents including pedestrians and cars are those involving children. Due to the fragile nature of kids’ bodies, the best way to avoid serious injury or death is by avoiding collisions altogether. Help take these important steps in order to help the next generation become the one that we all hope they will be.

Can I Get Paid for Re-Injury Claims in California?

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Pain in back. Young man holding hand on his back and expressing negativity while leaning at the cardboard box

There are situations where clients have suffered a back or neck injury in a collision and have valid concerns about filing a claim, since they have had a prior injury in that area of the body. They are concerned how the prior injury will affect their current claim and the ability to recover financial compensation for the injury they recently sustained.  In law school we are taught about the eggshell skull theory of recovery, where you take your victim as you find him. Yet, defense attorneys will always argue the injury was pre-existing to escape paying. So how do states deal with this?

California law is written in a manner that recognizes aggravation of preexisting conditions and the ability to recover damages for the new harm suffered. Ehline Law Firm PC when quarried by potential clients with their concerns about prior injury to the same area of the body that was recently reinjured our legal professionals explain that California law does indeed address this issue and the person causing harm can be held responsible for the damages.

The damages that may be recovered include those resulting from a preexisting physical condition that has been aggravated by the current harm done. Cited cases of recovering with preexisting conditions includes Hastie v. Handeland (1969) 274 Cal.App.2d 599, 604 [79 Cal.Rptr. 268]. Under current California law, the plaintiff may recover compensation to the full extent that the individual’s condition has worsened:

“as a result of defendant’s tortious act.”


Proving the Collision Resulted in Making Prior Injuries Worse

After a collision happens and a prior injury become worse due to the harm suffered in the current accident, once the claim has been filed it is essential to collect evidence to support the claim of re-injury or worsening of a preexisting condition.


First Hand Information

First hand information comes from the person who was harmed by documenting pain complaints on a pain scale of 1 through 10. It is possible with the preexisting condition the condition was monitored by a treating physician and or therapy. This can be documented proof for the pain and condition associated with the prior injury and healing.

The first injury may have been considered a 2 on the pain scale, but the aggravating injury could now be considered an 8 on the pain scale. This documentation can be used to show the increase in pain due to the current crash and the aggravation of the preexisting condition. Another form of evidence that can be used is the client keeping a journal of their condition before the accident and after including the activities they were able to perform and now have difficulty.

This could include work and home upkeep activities that could be preformed even with the first injury, but now with a second injury to the same location it is difficult or impossible to continue with these activities. To be successful it is crucial to have evidence of the condition before and after the crash.


  • Statements

Statements from family, friends and co-workers can be used, since these are people that are involved in the individual’s daily routine and activities who can state how the crash has negatively affected the victim’s life. Co-workers in this situation are considered unbiased and have no interest in the successes of the case, which makes them important in proving the current damages. These are people that know what limitations you had prior to the accident and how the crash has limited your functioning in the workplace, such as being able to stand during working hours, but now the individual can only stand for 30 minutes before requiring sitting.

  • Experts

Expert testimony can help to bolster the case with testimony from the treating physician and the doctor providing all records from the prior injury and the new crash. This professional even if they did not treat the first injury can review the medical records and can testify how the current harm has affected your condition for the worse. Testimony by a radiologist can testify how tests such as MRI’s have changed from before the accident and after the new harm was sustained.

Legal Help

Ehline Law Firm PC attorneys know that a large percentage of people have suffered some type of injury in the past. Then when involved in a car accident, slip and fall or other mishap due to someone else’s negligence it is possible to aggravate the old injury. This is when you need a lawyer who is well-known for their expertise in litigating claims with preexisting conditions.

Ehline Law Firm PC has the litigation experience, the resources and knowledge required to gather essential evidence and provide quality legal representation to have the best possible outcome with your case. Contact the law firm toll-free at 1888-400-9721 for a free consultation to discuss your accident case with a preexisting condition.

Attorney Marty Singer and Bill Cosby Part Ways in Sex Abuse Case

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3d render of a collection of law books

Growing up as a Gen Xer, there were few times while watching Saturday morning cartoons that I did not see a Jello pudding TV commercial, or hear a Bill Cosby record while flying on airplanes to visit my separated father as he was building Denny’s Restaurants nationwide. This guy, Bill Cosby, was the “black” man. He went into TV and acting and really was a superstar even though supposedly American’s were all “racists.”

Now it seems his star has fallen as the result of allegations of a history of drugging and raping girl actresses and extras. As a lawyer, I know a bit about attorney-client conflicts, and since Cosby is still near and dear to me as a hero of my youth, I wanted to make some sense of this recent revelation that he tossed his legal counsel helping him in this onslaught of allegations, many coming over 20 years after the alleged rapes and assaults of Gloria Alred and company.

Cosby and Singer Part Ways

Tuesday attorney Marty Singer said he could not discuss that he will no longer be representing actor comedian Bill Cosby in the sexual abuse lawsuit. Singer said it was a matter of lawyer/ client privilege and he agreed to a substitute of attorney and signed the court papers. Singer stated he is happy to assist in the transition to the lawyers who will represent Cosby. Singer was representing Cosby in his defense in a lawsuit brought by Judy Huth, who alleges the actor molested her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was 15 years old.

My experience has been that when there is strong evidence and the client still won’t settle, often times the lawyer will beg leave of court if the client will not consent. I cannot say without a doubt that took place here, but it does not look good either way to a potential jury, even if they say they know nothing about it in voire dire.

Huth is being represented by attorney Gloria Allred, who deposed Cosby and said she would seek a second deposition. After the deposition by Allred about the molestation allegations at the Playboy Mansion, Cosby parted ways with the highly esteemed Los Angeles law firm Quinn Emanual Urquhart & Sullivan known for aggressively defending clients and employing former federal prosecutors including Christopher Tayback. Tayback the son of late actor Vic Tayback is a former federal prosecutor Los Angeles County prosecutor.

Court papers state Cosby has replaced Martin D. Singer and Washington D.C. attorney Monique Pressely has confirmed Singer will no longer be representing Cosby in cases in California. Singer has defended Cosby both legally and with the media including accusing some of the approximately 50 women accusing the comedian of sexually molestation or abuse. Allred is a pit-bull so to me, it really looks like she has something that is damning and yet, Cosby still wants to fight it against the wishes of experienced counsel. I can only hypothesize.

Attorney Singer is a Superstar Lawyer in His Own Right

Singers clients have included clients like former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Allred said on Tuesday “Mr. Cosby has decided to hire 700 lawyers to fight one woman” and while attorney Singer has represented Mr. Cosby from the beginning of the Judy Huth case until now Allred said she looks forward to continuing the legal battle on behalf of her client Ms. Huth and this will not change the “vigorous advocacy on her behalf.”

Allred said Huth’s deposition had been delayed and the contents of Cosby’s deposition lasted seven hours and will not be made public until at least December 22 after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Craig D. Karlen overseeing the Huth lawsuit reviews the transcript. Each side will be permitted to argue then about whether anything or how much of the deposition will be made public.

Cosby accused of sexually molesting or abusing approximately 50 women over four decades is facing at least six lawsuits claiming sexual abuse or defamation that are currently being litigated. Los Angeles prosecutors are reviewing at least one of the allegations against Crosby. Singer attempted to have the Huth lawsuit thrown out on the basis the lawsuit incorrectly named Crosby, using California rules governing older cases that prohibit the action. Judge Karlen was not convinced and did not throw the lawsuit out.

Huth alleges in her lawsuit that in 1974 her and a friend were in San Marino’s Lacy Park where Crosby was working on a movie set. Huth alleges Crosby approached the teenagers and invited them to sit in the director’s chair and asked their age. Crosby invited the girls for the following Saturday to his tennis club. The girls met him at the club and then followed him to his house where he gave them alcohol and played billiards with Huth.

Huth claims she was required to drink a beer every time Crosby won a game. The girls then followed Crosby to the Playboy Mansion where Cosby told the girls if asked to say they were 19. Huth states in the lawsuit that at one point she used a bathroom at the Playboy Mansion and emerged to find Crosby sitting on a bed and asked her to sit beside him. He then allegedly attempted to put his hand down her pants and then took her hand to perform a sexual act on himself without her consent.

Attorneys for Cosby stated Huth attempted at one point to sell her story to the National Enquirer and that the story is “absolutely false.” His legal counsel also said Huth attempted to get up to $250,000 in a settlement from Cosby with another attorney. I bet Allred wants a lot more now! Huth’s lawsuit was filed in December and is the first major lawsuit against the actor since being sued by Andrea Constand, a Temple University employee in 2005. Cosby after being deposed there was an out of court settlement for an undisclosed amount. Cosby has denied the allegations in the Huth lawsuit.

Attorneys for Cosby have argued Allred who represents 26 of the women alleging they were sexually abused by Cosby over decades as using the case for public attention. In many of the alleged victims claim Cosby drugged them prior to the nonconsensual sex acts. I know that as a lawyer sometimes clients have a different view of how to tactically handle a matter, and that oftentimes lawyers disagree with the overall strategy the client wants.

Ethics and confidentiality require the attorney to remain tight lipped about any reasons for the termination of representation. One thing is certain, the public never looks at it as a good thing when there is a severance of relationship in the middle of a hotly contested public controversy.  I will continue following this media circus and try and help people understand the legal and ethical ramifications of issues like this in the news.

TBI Means Only the Good Die Young?

Human Brain Handcuffed

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The consequences of traumatic brain injuries, specifically the severe ones, can be long lasting. People can lose their cognitive abilities, start facing challenges with emotions and develop many physical damages after having a severe traumatic brain injury. However, not even the professionals from the medical field were aware of the fact until recently that slight concussions could also cause long term effects on the lives of the people. It has now been known that these little blows to the head can cause long term damages that can remain invisible for the life of the person who incurred brain injury.

The damages caused by traumatic brain injury are not just related to emotions, physical challenges and cognitive abilities of a person. A severe TBI will always come as a huge financial blow to the receiver. However, when there is another party involved in the incident that caused TBI, the injured person has full entitlement to receive compensation from the negligent party.

Of course, physical and emotional loss can’t be repaired but financial loss can be compensated for. If you have taken the pain of a traumatic brain injury or someone you love has, get in touch with Ehline Law Firm PC right now to receive full compensation of your loss.

There have been several studies conducted for the objective of knowing the consequences of traumatic brain injuries. Two of the most mentionable ones are as under:

  • Brain Makes You Age Faster After TBI

Neurological imaging is often used by professionals from the medical field to find out the age of their patients. They examine the state of the brain and this tells them the age of the person. However, a recent study that involved people who had received brain injury at some point in their lives and those who had never received one tricked the medical professionals. The individuals with brain injuries taking part in the study had received injuries in automobile accidents, sports etc.

Images of the brains of all participants were presented to the medical professionals who then had to estimate their age based on their scans. When the professionals were presented with scans of people with intact brains, they predicted their ages easily as they do normally. However, they were not able to do so when they were given the scans of people with TBIs. When white and gray matter of the brain was examined it was found out that the ages of these injured individuals were predicted to be more than their actual ages.

In most cases, the medical professionals were predicting the age of the injured individuals to be nearly 4 years more than the actual ages. When brain atrophy was measured it was found out that their brains deteriorated more when the injuries were severe. Brains of the people with severe injuries looked much older than the brains of the people with less severe TBIs. In a nutshell, this damage to the brain remains mostly unseen in most traumatic brain injury cases.

  • Life Span Can Become Smaller

Journal of Neurology hosted another recent study conducted for the same purposes in which there were a total of 2428 individuals with less severe traumatic brain injuries. Another group consisted of people whose brains were intact.

After the study was conducted it was found out that:

  • Multiple traumatic brain injuries could shorten the life of a person.
  • A 1.4 times higher likelihood of dying was noticed in people with head injuries compared to those with no injuries at all.
  • People who received traumatic brain injuries were prone to dying within 15 years of their injury as opposed to people with intact brains.
  • People who had traumatic brain injuries and are between 15 and 54 years of age are likely to die with a 4.2 times higher likelihood as compared to individuals who don’t have any TBIs.

From this study we can conclude that people who have received traumatic brain injuries have higher chances of dying early than their healthy fellow beings. Furthermore, it is quite alarming that people who are younger i.e. between the age of 15 and 54, have higher chances of dying early when they have received traumatic brain injuries. The case remains the same for severe and mild traumatic brain injuries. What this means is that if you are a sportsman who plays any sport like football, hockey or boxing, you are putting your life in danger even with minor blows to the head.

The doctors have to make sure that they don’t merely rely on regular brain tests and proclaim a patient of traumatic brain injury safe. They must go for deeper scans of the brains of individuals who have received even minor head injuries. This can prove to be greatly helpful for those who are fighting personal injury cases to receive compensation.

Get In Touch With Ehline Law Firm

At Ehline Law Firm PC we retain the most professional lawyers of the field. We are lawyers with decades of experience at handling personal injury cases. We continue to help people with their personal injury cases on a daily basis and have already won millions of dollars for our clients.

We are bound by our duty to humans to collect every major and minor piece of information that can help you with your traumatic brain injury case. In addition to the most visible damages, our Ehline lawyers will make sure they get you compensation for the unseen brain injury damages too.

Doctors Were Stumped Till Now on Treatment of TBI?

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Doctors finally have a chance to treat brain injury.

It is quite a satisfying thought when you imagine that your doctors know everything. In most cases, yes, our doctors know everything. But there are a few things that they don’t have the best information for and in this case had been somewhat stumped. Brain injuries are one of those many things that doctors are not able to say much about when they are posed with deep questions.

The Black Box?

David Ryser, who takes care of Intermountain Medical Center Neuro-Specialty Rehabilitation Unit in Murry as a medical director, has used the term “black box” when defining the practice of various clinicians when it comes to rehabilitation for patients with brain injuries.

He says that you will hear the clinicians say that rehabilitation has worked for a patient, but according to him this information is not enough. There is a lot of stuff hiding underneath that term that cannot be answered specifically. The biggest problem for researchers has been to find out that exact process amongst hundreds of processes going on as part of the rehabilitation and say that this process has worked.

Enter Practice Based Evidence

A big research project was started seven years back by professor of biomedical informatics at the University of Utah, namely Susan Horn, and David Ryser. Susan Horn is also known for giving rise to “practice based evidence.” The study was published two months ago from now and 2000 subjects were part of the research. These subjects were scattered around 10 rehab centers in various regions.

The rehab centers that were included in the study were not only in the US but Canada too. One of those patients was Greg Nordfelt who had been a great motorcyclist in Salt Lake. He is a banker and is 53 years of age right now. Having a bad stomach one day, Greg fell off his Harley Davidson in Idaho and because of injuries to his skull and left brain, his life stopped right there.

Intermountain Medical Center was the place where he was brought after his accident and in addition to the brain injury, he had also received serious injuries to his legs. Greg tells by recalling that the first thing he did when he was brought to his senses after two weeks of being on the bed unconscious was follow the instructions of the staff at the center for therapy. He received immediate physical therapy in addition to occupational and speech therapy. He went through several processes just like any other patient like him does.

  • The Butterfly Puzzle Example of Success

He recalls being given a puzzle of just 4 pieces. When you joined all the pieces of the puzzle together it was a butterfly. He recalls this incident and cries with tears when he explains that he could not put such a simple piece of puzzle together for so long. Finally, when he was able to put the pieces together, he had found out that it was a butterfly. However, it was even more shocking for him when he could not tell the doctors what he was seeing on the completed puzzle – a butterfly.

  • 50,000 TBI Deaths Per Year

Traumatic brain injuries are a huge problem for the country because 50,000 deaths in just one year in 2010 is not something to be taken for granted. (Read more.) According to several experts from CDC, it was suggested that more studies be conducted so all the things that had been missing in the previous studies or were not answered could be answered. The health effects of traumatic brain injuries are many including physical, cognitive and mental. These effects may change completely from one patient to another.

The Many Factors Involved in TBI Treatment

Why it is nearly impossible to pinpoint the working factors in a rehab is because of hundreds of factors involved in it. Think about the factors that make one patient different from another patient: his age when he received brain injury, the intensity of the impact, the damages of the brain injury, the treatments he is receiving etc. Horn explains the question about rehabilitation by saying that when you ask this question the person who is supposed to answer is clueless.

The answerer just thinks that it is impossible to pinpoint one thing out of hundreds and thousands. He said that practice based evidence might be the only thing that could allow clinicians to answer such questions. He said that using practice based evidence is more about collecting loads of data about the rehabilitation of patients while working on all of them together.

After collecting the data the modern statistical techniques are used in order to find out the most effective processes. Nordfelt was one of the many patients who went through therapy and rehabilitation after brain injury and every dot of the information about their rehabilitation was jotted down.

They were keeping records of everything that he was going through from his speech therapy hours to the type of food he was being given through tubes. 1000 clinicians produced notes and records about sessions that amounted to a total of 350,000. This was huge data and such large amount of data was never produced in the past for rehabilitation of brain injury patients.

The study was summarized on 14 papers and according to the main points mentioned in its published version

  • The time interval between the injury and rehabilitation should be as small as possible for the best results. According to Ryser, his team is always in touch with the ICU to get the patients admitted to rehabilitation as soon as possible.
  • Intensity of the therapy was given higher priority and preference than its length and amount. Most of the patients are taught to sit up and move around on the bed only. Such practices help the patients recover faster from their cognitive and motor related troubles.
  • It was also deduced that feeding tubes play a huge role in the fast recovery of the patient. According to Ryser, taking care of feeding tubes is often a troubling task for the staff but it was proved that it mattered a lot. It was mentioned in the report that providing diet that was high on proteins really helped the patient a lot and at least 25% of the total diet during their entire stay should be composed of such high protein diet.

While such studies can really change how the patients with severe brain injuries are treated, they are not easy to conduct due to several limitations. The biggest limitation to such researches and studies is of the finances. Just for this particular study it cost nearly $7 million that was raised through grants. Another limitation to the study is how hard it is.

The study is not easy and so only serious professionals could conduct such a thorough study again. Nordfelt is very thankful to the staff of Intermountain and from the fact that he was dealt by Intermountain in just the right way that worked for him. He said that Intermountain and similar rehabilitation centers should be appreciated to work with more aggression on their patients because he feels that he was given his life back only because of Intermountain’s aggressive and quick efforts.

Nordfelt has now volunteered at Intermountain with his wife and he says he will not leave any opportunity of giving back to the institution that did so much for him. Ryser says that after such a study and its results, practice based evidence has finally received some recognition that it deserved.

He said that brain injury and psychiatry related rehabilitations are the places where practice based evidence is the only way to analyze data and reach a result whereas randomized controlled trials have not helped much in these cases. Horn said that NIH has always been reluctant in accepting practice based evidence but things might change in future.

According to Horn, they will be compelled to accept practice based evidence because randomized controlled trials have produced the same information over and over and they might not be left with any other option than accepting practice based evidence as the effective way of researching.

Orwell Was Right About Mind Control?

Human Mind Control

Electro magnetic brain control?

New research released this month could have large effects on how the future is written. For a long time, non-fiction and fiction writers like George Orwell have warned against subliminal and unconscious efforts to manipulate people’s opinions. Now, according to one study, the use of magnetic waves could create artificial thoughts and decisions.


The Government Can Use Magnetic Waves to Control Your Brain?

The UK Express reported on the amazing developments. The experiment included the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, in order to change the subjects’ though processes. In the results released, the patients changed their beliefs in God and how to treat migrants flowing into Europe. The experiments centered around the posterior medial frontal cortex.

The results were simply stunning. Even after being reminded of the effects of death, which often result in people turning to religion, the respondents still reported lower faith after undergoing the experimental treatment.

The results were published in the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, and this appears to be one of the first major successful attempts to sway people’s thinking.


Israelis Can Even Control Maternal Instincts?

This followed a similar study conducted by Israeli scientists, covered by the UK Daily Mail. In this study, researchers pinpointed a part of the brain that helped control maternal instincts. They also believed that the same region could control aggression and other hard wired parts of the brain. Science Daily reported on an effort that resulted in the part of the brain that controls dreams to be shut off. No matter how you look at it, these technologies are growing very rapidly.

  • Can this Technology Be Misused?

There are safeguards in place in labs, universities, and among governments to avoid the misuse of such technology. However, the imperfect nature of these systems and human nature make it clear that eventually this type of treatment could fall into the wrong hands and expanded. Scientists have just one shot at opening Pandora’s box. They’d better be sure they want to find out what’s inside.

Civil Libertarians like attorney Michael Ehline have been warning parents about state run mind control programs like Common Core, and the forced unionization of public school teachers for years. “The similarities between post Weimar Germany and the modern U.S. education system are strikingly similar,” says Ehline.

Ehline went on to state that “scientific mind control was probably unnecessary, as the march towards socialism and total state control over our lives is already moving at light speed” since the election of president Obama. It appears that the only thing standing in the way of the total Nazification of America and other countries are those voices in the desert calling for a return to a Constitutional Republic. However, many Progressives and Statists would argue that people need to be controlled by government for the greater good. What is your opinion? Sound off.

Is Liability over Shootings for Gun Stores a Future Trend?

Woman With Shotgun

Woman fighting for your right of self defense.

This week’s groundbreaking case regarding gun purchases and liability could create large changes in the practice and litigation of selling firearms. Considering the six million dollar price tag a court found against Milwaukee’s Badger Guns, other stores may find themselves on the wrong side of civil penalties. This case came about after the store sold a handgun that was used as a straw purchase. The gun was later used to shoot two police officers.

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, or PLCAA, was signed in 2005. So far, there have been just two similar suits filed: this one and an unsuccessful one in Alaska earlier this year. This act was intended to shield gun store owners from liability in case of accidental or intentional misuse of the weapons.


What Experts Say About the New Anti Gun Lawsuit Victory

The Christian Science Monitor recently reviewed the chances that the Milwaukee case was going to spark a larger wave of similar liability suits against other gun dealerships. Some experts believe that the effect will be minimal, but others see it as part of a growing trend to target firearms dealers.

  • Regulations Already Shut Down the Guns Shops in San Francisco

ABC News reported on the last firearms store in San Francisco closing its doors after rampant regulation. Its closure ended what had been part of California’s previously lax gun restrictions of the middle Twentieth Century. The straw that broke the camel’s back was a proposed Orwellian bill that called for the store to “video record every gun sale and submit a weekly report of ammunition sales to the police.” (Sieg Heil) For the owners, enough was enough. Seeing similar restrictions across the Golden State, one less available source of firearms and ammunition is now standing.


Is Your Local Gun Store a Target for Injury Attorneys?

In the post-Badger Guns suit era, it appears that gun owners should be on notice that their neighborhood stores could be targeted for lawsuits intending to close them down. Furthermore, store owners could be held liable in ways that would not have been conceivable just several years ago. These factors tend to support diligence among the Second Amendment community and will hopefully lead to responsible use drowning out the potential for more suits filed.

Not Wearing a Helmet Can Mean Disaster in Court

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California is one of the few states that have universal helmet law implemented in them. What this means is that you have to wear a helmet whether you are the one in control of your motorcycle or a passenger sitting behind the driver. Failure to do so could mean the loss of value compensatory damages, not just the loss of a life or the health of the accident victim.

In addition to that, in some states you have to wear a helmet on a motorcycle and a bicycle, especially if the cyclist is a child. In other states, you might be required to wear a helmet only when the vehicle is motorized, but that’s not the case with California where you have to wear helmet regardless. It is still quite surprising that many states have chosen not to make helmets necessary in all cases despite their many benefits.


What Protections Do Motorcycle Helmets Offer?

Before we get into the explanation of whether helmets offer any protection or not, we must not forget the fact that California implemented the universal helmet law in 1992 and just a year later the state saw 37% drop in the number deaths caused by motorcycle accidents. It is also known that riders of motorcycles, whether passengers or drivers, receive 69% fewer head injuries when they are wearing helmets. If you are riding a motorcycle and not wearing a helmet, you could end up with a fine.


You Must Wear The Helmets That Meet The Standards

The standards that your helmets must meet are called DOT standards. DOT stands for Department of Transportation. When buying a helmet, you must look for the sticker that stays that your helmet meets the DOT standards. Here is what’s included in these standards:

  • At minimum you must have a helmet that has a 1-inch liner on its inside. Polystyrene is the primary material that the inner liner should be made of.
  • There should be a chin strap on your helmet. Rivets should be used to attach the straps with the helmet to provide maximum protection. Rivets should be solid.
  • The weight of your helmet should be close to 3lbs.
  • The shell of the helmet must keep your entire head area inside it in such a way that no part of your head under the helmet should be out of it by more than two-tenths of an inch.

Only helmets that meet these standards should be worn by motorcycle riders in California in order to avoid fine from traffic police. These guidelines have been issued because helmets that meet these standards are proven to offer maximum protection to the motorcycle and bicycle riders.


What If You Are Not Wearing A Helmet And Have An Accident?

There can be a scenario when you get involved in an accident and are not wearing a helmet. Of course, if you are not wearing a helmet it will be assumed that you chose to not wear. However, the important thing to know here is that your lawyers can always prove that you wearing or not wearing the helmet have no effect on the damages that the accident has caused. In short, you should still get compensated in the same way as a person with a helmet would be compensated in a similar case.

If you have received a head injury, the first thing that will be examined is the severity of the head injury. A severe head injury could disable you or cause many other emotional, physical or mental damages that will remain you permanently. After examining the severity of the injuries it is estimated how much compensation you will receive for the negligence of the party.

Why you will receive the compensation is because the fact that you were not wearing helmet does not make the negligent party innocent i.e. they were still at fault and it was their negligence that caused the accident.

Whether you are wearing a helmet or not, you will still receive compensation for the following damages done to you if the other party is at fault in an accident:

  • You will receive compensation for all the medical costs. You will be hospitalized right after the accident, you might need permanent care at home, you will have to buy medicines, and a therapist might be needed for you for some time too. All these expenses will be compensated including the cost of your stay at the hospital.
  • When you receive a head injury and other physical damages, you will not be able to join your duty straight away. In fact, severe head injuries might cost you your job. This is loss of income and has to be compensated by the negligent party. You will be compensated based on how much you were earning before the accident and how much you are capable of earning after the accident.
  • Panic attacks, stress, anger and other forms of mental persecutions are also to be compensated in an automobile accident.
  • Of course, when you are physically injured you will have to go through severe pain and agony. You can get compensated. But when your state has helmet laws, like California, you will be liable for your own negligence and have your recovery offset by your degree of fault for your head injury, for example. This can kill a pain and suffering claim as well in some cases with an unsympathetic jury. You must make sure that you received all you are owed due to the accident, and that your lawyer is the one to prove it.
  • Loss of consortium is another thing that could be brought into the equation. When you are injured your spouse suffers the loss of love. Your sexual relation with your spouse could also get affected badly.

The case can get only slightly difficult in the case that you were not wearing a helmet. But, as mentioned above, it does not free the negligent party from its fault.

Contact With The Right Lawyers

In order to receive compensation for all the losses and damages that result from an accident, you need to have a seasoned lawyer on your side. Such a lawyer will get you the compensation before even letting the case go in the court. Ehline Law Firm PC is always there to help you with any vehicle related accident cases. It is not your job to think whether you will receive any compensation or not because you were not wearing helmet. Get the first free consultation with Ehline Lawyers and you will be guided with care so you can be solaced for your pain and suffering.