When a loved one is dealing with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and a resulting coma, it can be challenging for everyone involved. Family members will need to consider which medical options to explore and what a recovery will look like. A deep coma patient may require lifetime hospital care, while a patient in a vegetative state may be released to the family for home care. In circumstances where negligence contributed to the injury, the decision to file a lawsuit may further increase questions. Learning about brain function and understanding brain activity can help you advocate for both a patient’s health and legal rights. (more…)
After years of delay due to the criminal case being pushed back several times, attorney Stephen Smith obtained a settlement for the victim of a brutal domestic violence case that put a local doctor out of her career.
Violent Attack Compounds Victim’s TBI
It started when our client, retired orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jaime Dale, had an argument in the early morning hours of New Year’s day, 2015. Dale’s boyfriend, former NFL safety Curtis Jordan, accused her of flirting with another man earlier that evening and proceeded to berate her. Dale reacted in fear, slapping Mr. Jordan in the face.
The next few moments involved a “horrific” beating suffered by the local surgeon. The 6’2”, nearly 200-pound Jordan tackled Dale, slamming her head to the ground and beating her skull into the floor. When she attempted to flee, he tripped her and she fell to the ground, again hitting her head. (more…)
Brain Injury Awareness Month
Did you know that March is Brain Injury Awareness Month? The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has been promoting public awareness of this issue for over 30 years. The goals of their yearly campaign are to empower brain injury survivors and their caregivers, provide outreach within the brain injury community to destigmatize traumatic brain injuries, and promote the support types available to people living with this condition. Imagine trying to function without your body’s central processing unit. How would you get through your day without access to your memories, speech, emotions, or physical motor and basic body functions? (more…)
Attorneys Stephen M. Smith and David B. Holt of The Brain Injury Law Center partnered with The Mottley Law Firm to settle a case for a woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a head-on collision. The case was especially challenging due to the woman’s complicated psychiatric medical history. (more…)
In any contact sport, head injury is an inevitable risk. Rugby is no exception, and concussions are a serious concern when it comes to player welfare.
Rugby players sometimes wear protective headgear believing it protects against head injuries. However, such protective gear in rugby has serious limitations, and research has found that it might do more harm than good.
This month, our Teach Believe Inspire award goes to Nicole Wight, a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) caregiver. She is a mother to two children, MacKenzie and Michael, who have special needs due to TBIs. Wight inspires our team with her selfless endurance and advocacy on behalf of her children.
Since a tragic car accident altered the course of her life, Nicole Wight used inner strength and courage to learn a new way of life. She had to for the sake of her children. Incredibly, Nicole Wight also paved the way for other parents and caregivers by sharing intimate details of her journey in raising her children.
Her advocacy work on behalf of not only her children but also other families with TBI children makes her our firm’s choice for this month’s award. We believe being a part of a supportive community is a crucial step towards healing after a traumatic event. (more…)
Falling is something most of us don’t have to think about—until it happens. Yet the injuries that accompany a fall can be serious, even life-altering; falling accounts for one-third of all traumatic brain injuries.
Although falls are often unavoidable, many injuries that come with this type of accident can be prevented. Learning how to fall correctly could help save you from debilitating injuries, lost wages, mounting medical bills and lengthy recoveries.
Read on to learn 5 tips taken from professionals for how you can potentially avoid serious injury during a fall. (more…)
American football—for athletes and fans–is not just a game but a way of life. However, many aren’t aware that it’s not all fame and glory. The NLF in particular has long been blamed for glossing over serious injuries, especially brain injuries.
A recent study linked football to dangerous head injuries. When scientists conducted autopsies on 202 deceased football players, 99% of NFL players were found to have suffered a type of brain damage called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). (more…)
A civil trial is set to begin this May for a former Washington Redskins player accused of brutally beating and choking his girlfriend during a heated argument in the early morning hours of January 2, 2015. Curtis Jordan was charged with maliciously wounding Alexandra Dale a few weeks after the incident. Although Jordan was arrested, he was quickly released on bond.
Defense Claims Girlfriend Provoked Beating
Criminal trial defense attorneys contend that it was Jordan’s ex-girlfriend who first attacked Jordan and posed a threat to their client. The criminal case has remained on hold as the trial has been repeatedly postponed. After over three years, it is finally moving forward.
Jordan and Dale had dated for about two years. According to the civil lawsuit, the couple spent New Year’s Day together before returning to Dale’s house after midnight where they got into an argument. (more…)
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) impact a substantial number of individuals, contributing to about 30% of all deaths in the United States. For Traumatic Brain Injury survivors, day-to-day life can feel isolated. TBI survivors often face challenges with communication, which can lead to confusion and misunderstandings.
Because the injury is highly misunderstood by the public, TBI survivors sometimes feel detached from the rest of society. However, one art initiative plans to bridge the gap between TBI survivors and their communities. (more…)