Category Archives: Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can completely change a person’s life and require rehabilitation and long-term care.

Have You Been Injured in a Nashville Pedestrian Accident? Metro Area is 15th Most Dangerous in Country

Have you had a loved one injured or killed in a pedestrian accident? According to a national safety coalition, Nashville is among the most dangerous metro areas in the country for pedestrian fatalities. A study, performed by Smart Growth America, an advocacy group on pedestrian and urban design issues, looked at the number of pedestrian deaths and how often people walk in those cities. According to The Tennessean, the Nashville metro area had 210 deaths between 2003 and 2012, ranking it the 15th most dangerous area in the country for pedestrians. In addition, Memphis was ranked the fifth worst area in the country, behind four metro areas in Florida. “We are allowing an epidemic of pedestrian fatalities, brought on by streets designed for speed and not safety, to take nearly 5,000 lives a year — a number that increased six percent between 2011 and 2012,” Roger Millar, an official with…
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Department of Health Urges Helmet Use to Lessen Risk of Brain Injuries

With last month being Brain Injury Awareness Month, as celebrated by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), the Tennessee Department of Health put out a press release touting the importance of wearing helmets while operating a motorcycle or bicycle. According to the Department of Health (TDH), Tennessee ranks number six in the nation for lives and economic costs saved due to helmet use among cyclists and motorcyclists. “No one expects to suffer a brain injury, but it can happen to any one of us anywhere at any time,” TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, said in a press release. “Many brain injuries are preventable, from following guidelines after a sports concussion to a decision to wear a helmet when riding a bike or motorcycle. We urge Tennesseans to learn more about this issue and how they can prevent traumatic brain injuries and the significant personal, medical and disability costs…
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Nashville Could Settle With Cyclist Injured By Storm Drain

According to the Tennessean, a cyclist in Nashville may receive a $196,000 settlement after she injured herself on an unsafe storm drain. The newspaper reported that in 2009, Margaret Yoste was leading a group of cyclists from White Bridge Road to Shelby Bottoms in East Nashville, when she made a right turn on Charlotte Avenue onto Third Avenue downtown. Yoste’s tire hit the front of a storm water drain, with a grate that ran parallel to the street, rather than the widely used perpendicular models. Yoste flipped over her bike and suffered a lacerated chin, broken tooth and a fractured jaw that required surgery. The newspaper reported that a similar accident took place in 2006 on downtown Church Street, and the Nashville City Council agreed to settle the cyclist’s injury lawsuit for $130,000. City officials said that they plan to launch a five-year, $1.7 million campaign to replace the parallel…
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