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Hoverboard Craze Sent Nearly 27,000 Kids to ER

Hoverboard injuries sent nearly 27,000 children and teens to emergency rooms in 2015 and 2016 amid a craze that saw millions of the self-balancing scooters flooding into the country, according to a new study. Researchers for the study, published in the April edition of the journal Pediatrics, pulled data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System for both the years. Data included demographic information, body regions injured, and admission status. Of the 26,854 kids treated in emergency rooms in 2015 and 2016, all but three patients suffered injuries related to falls, with wrists being the most commonly injured body part, ... Read More

Did Panthers Return Cam Newton To Saints Game With a Concussion?

More NFL concussion controversy has erupted after Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took a hit in Sunday’s wild-card game against the New Orleans Saints and appeared to suffer the symptoms of a concussion. But instead of going to the locker room as the League’s brand-new concussion rules require, Newton was evaluated on the sideline and returned to the game in four minutes. Just after Saints defensive tackle Tyeler Davison tackled Newton with 9:12 left in the fourth quarter, defensive tackle David Onyemata pummeled Newton hard in the head. Newton was slow to stand back up and then, as he was ... Read More

Texans’ Tom Savage Returned To Game With Concussion

Concussion experts, professional athletes, NFL fans, and others expressed their shock and disgust that Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage was returned to play in Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers immediately after being hit and clearly showing signs of concussion. Mr. Savage remained on the ground after being hit on a third-down play, his arms outstretched and twitching in a seizure-like manner known to concussion experts as a “fencing response.” Team doctors evaluated Mr. Savage on the field, but instead of docking him and getting him the treatment he needed, they returned him to the game. It wasn’t until he ... Read More

Woman Injured By Wells Fargo Door Awarded $4.5 Million

An Illinois county court jury awarded $4.5 million to a woman who sued Wells Fargo after a metal door at the bank’s location in Aurora detached and fell onto her head. Amy Skinger, 42, had to undergo surgeries on her neck and spine after being struck in the head by the metal door as she walked into the Wells Fargo mortgage retail office in May 2012. The blow knocked her to her knees and exacerbated her cervical spondylosis, a degenerative condition of the neck and spine, her lawsuit claimed. Ms. Skinger had been previously diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an unrelated ... Read More

Bo Jackson Says He Would Never Have Played Football Had He Known of Concussion Risks

Sports legend Bo Jackson told USA Today Sports that if he had known about the head-injury risks football poses to players back in the ’80s and ’90s he would never have played football. “If I knew back then what I know now,” Mr. Jackson told USA Today Sports, “I would have never played football. Never. I wish I had known about all of those head injuries, but no one knew that. And the people that did know that, they wouldn’t tell anybody,” he said, alluding to the NFL’s leadership. In 2011, a group of former NFL players filed a lawsuit ... Read More

Top-Ten “Worst Toys” List Released by Child Safety Group

With the holiday shopping season underway, safety watchdog group World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) has compiled its list of 10 toys consumers should consider avoiding due to various hazards they say are associated with the product, which they say could harm children. “Although parents have a right to expect that toys they give to their children are safe, unsafe toys remain an ongoing problem. Due to poor design, manufacturing and marketing practices, there are toys available for purchase today with the potential to lead to serious injury and even death,” the non-profit organization says on its website. W.A.T.C.H. has ... Read More

California Man Suffers Fatal Head Injury at Sacramento Goodwill

An employee of a Sacramento, Calif., Goodwill store died from a massive head injury he suffered Friday, Sept. 30, prompting the store’s closure, an accident investigation, and safety inspections. The worker, identified by Sacramento authorities as 26-year-old Abraham Garza, was working as a “spotter” inside the store, making sure bins were properly aligned with a trash compactor. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) said it received a report about 2 p.m. Friday that an employee had been seriously injured at a Goodwill store in south Sacramento. The agency dispatched two investigators to the store and learned that ... Read More

Concussions Create Long-Term Structural Changes In Brain, Study Finds

Concussions can alter the structure of the brain over the long-term, even after clinical symptoms associated with head trauma have disappeared, a new study conducted by researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin has found. While the effects a concussion makes on the brain’s microstructure are known and documented, the Wisconsin study, presented earlier this month in the American Academy of Neurology’s Sports Concussion Conference, focused on the duration of those effects. The study analyzed the brains of 35 high school and college athletes using advanced neuroimaging technologies. Seventeen of the study subjects were examined after suffering a concussion. The ... Read More

Jury Awards Student $10.5 Million In Chicken Suit Case

A California county school district and its insurer reached a $10.5-million settlement with a former student who was mobbed and assaulted for wearing a chicken suit at a rowdy football rally. The Kern County School District reached the settlement Wednesday shortly after the liability phase of a two-part trial came to a close, with jurors finding the school district 100 percent liable for the injuries plaintiff Mitch Carter sustained in the attack. Mr. Carter, a former Bakersfield High School Student, had to don a chicken suit at the 2010 rally to mock the Golden Eagle mascot of the opposing team. ... Read More

High School Lacrosse Player Sues Over Alleged Mismanaged Head Injury

A high school Lacrosse player has filed a personal-injury lawsuit against the Orange County, Fla., School Board and the Florida High School Athletic Association, alleging they were negligent in responding to a traumatic brain injury (TBI) she sustained during a match last year. According to an amended lawsuit filed in Orange County Circuit Court May 17, a player identified as Leighton Yenor, also named as a defendant, struck plaintiff Kendall Holley on the head with a lacrosse stick. The impact caused Ms. Holley to sustain a concussion. Instead of properly responding to the injury, however, “none of the referees, coaches ... Read More