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5306_chris_races sxchu username Paul.jpgA 37-year-old Sidney woman was recently charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident after she allegedly struck two bicyclists with her automobile. According to Captain Daniel Davies of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office, two men were riding their bicycles north on Middle Road around 12:30 pm in Sidney when the motorist hit them from behind with a Nissan Maxima. After striking the men, the woman allegedly continued driving north without stopping. The force of the impact knocked the 27-year-old and 71-year-old bicyclists to the ground. It also caused a bumper cover and passenger side mirror to come off of the vehicle.

Following the crash, emergency responders treated both men for a number of minor injuries they sustained in the wreck. Later, investigators from the Sheriff’s Office purportedly found the Nissan parked in an apartment parking lot. When Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Day asked the owner of the vehicle about the damage to her car, she allegedly told him it was struck in a Wal-Mart parking lot in another town. The driver also reportedly claimed that she had no knowledge of the bicycle accident.

Thankfully, the men involved in this particular bicycle accident were not severely hurt. Unfortunately, a bicycle wreck in Maine and elsewhere can cause a number of devastating injuries. For example, many victims of bike crashes sustain a traumatic brain injury. Although a head injury may result in a mild concussion, it can also be life threatening. In Maine, car accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries. The costs associated with treating and caring for someone with a traumatic brain injury can be exceedingly high. If you or a loved sustained a traumatic brain injury in a bicycle or other accident, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, any resulting temporary or permanent disability, and other damages. In the State of Maine, certain relatives of a person who was killed as a result of someone else’s negligent act may also be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If you were hurt in a bicycle crash, you are advised to contact a quality Maine personal injury lawyer to discuss your options for recovery.
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1392148_basketball sxchu username ColinBroug.jpgFormer University of Maine women’s basketball player Samantha Wheeler was reportedly forced to stop playing after two concussions left her on the sidelines. The 23-year-old woman said she suffered a season-ending concussion during her junior year when she hit her head on a wall during practice. The following year, the star player purportedly suffered yet another head injury during a game early on in the season. Wheeler, who now serves as Director of Basketball Operations at the school, also allegedly suffered two additional concussions since she stopped playing. One was reportedly happened when a basketball unexpectedly struck her during a team practice. The other purportedly occurred when the University of Maine women’s basketball team was involved in a bus crash in early March.

According to Wheeler, she is now physically limited as a result of the concussions she suffered. She claims most physical activity leaves her with severe and debilitating headaches. Coach Richard Barron stated Wheeler’s decision to stop playing basketball was necessary in order to avoid a more severe brain injury.

A brain may be injured while playing sports or in an unexpected accident. Although such an injury can result in a mild concussion, many brain injuries cause serious and life-threatening trauma. A concussion or other head injury may limit a victim’s daily activities, cause permanent disability, or even result in death. A concussion occurs when a trauma to the head causes the brain to move inside of the skull. Any head trauma has the potential to result in a concussion. Although it is unclear whether or not Wheeler plans to pursue any legal action, if you sustained a concussion as a result of negligence, filing a claim for compensation may be an appropriate measure to take to obtain compensation for your injury.

Unfortunately, the symptoms of a concussion are not always readily apparent. In many cases, the victim of a concussion or other head trauma may suffer from a lifelong and debilitating injury even if he or she does not lose consciousness. A brain injury victim may suffer headaches, mood swings, memory difficulties, vision problems, and a number of other symptoms. If you suffered a concussion or other traumatic brain injury through no fault of your own, you should contact a qualified Maine personal injury lawyer as soon as you are able.
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1110334_car_and_bike sxchu username ba1969.jpgA Sanford teenager recently died following a bicycle accident that occurred near Main Street. According to the Sanford Police Department, 13-year-old Stephanie Grispi was riding her bicycle on a sidewalk parallel to the street on September 26th when she was struck by an automobile that was exiting the parking lot in front of the Green Tea Restaurant. Grispi, who was reportedly not wearing a safety helmet, sustained a severe head injury in the collision. Following the accident, rescue crews transported the teenager to Goodall Hospital. Soon after, Grispi was taken by emergency helicopter to Portland’s Maine Medical Center where she passed away two days later.

Deputy Police Chief Tim Strout said the cause of the collision is currently under investigation. Strout stated the Sanford Police Department has plans to reconstruct the fatal accident. Tragically, this was the second recent crash during which a Sanford teen was killed in an accident with a motor vehicle. 15-year-old Corey David Cabana died shortly after he was hit by a truck while crossing Lebanon Street in July. Although Cabana was immediately taken by Life Flight helicopter to the Maine Medical Center following the crash, the teenager reportedly died as a result of his injuries not long after he arrived at the hospital.

Unfortunately, a brain injury may result following any accident. An injury to someone’s head may result in only a mild concussion, or it may be life threatening as was sadly the case here. Automobile accidents are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries in Maine and throughout the nation. The costs of treating and caring for someone with a head injury can be astronomical. If you suffered a concussion or other brain injury due to another person’s negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, any resulting disability, and other damages. In Maine, certain relatives of a person who was killed through an act of negligence may also be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact a capable Maine personal injury lawyer to discuss your options for recovery.
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soccer sxchu.jpgAfter several student athletes suffered concussions at Mattanawcook Academy, the high school, in cooperation with Penobscot Valley Hospital of Lincoln, enrolled in the Maine Concussion Management Initiative. The initiative uses a computerized program to test the neurocognitive functioning of student athletes in order to create a baseline. The Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) measures an individual’s memory and reaction time. If a student later sustains a possible concussion, the ImPACT test is administered again and compared with the baseline exam. The ImPACT test allows doctors to measure any loss of brain function after a head injury. The test also allows physicians to measure the level and speed at which brain function is recovered following a concussion.

The Maine Concussion Management Initiative was created about five years ago by a Portland orthopedist, Dr. William Heinz, and the Director of Health Services at Colby College, Dr. Paul Berkner. The Initiative was created in response to the high rate of long-term head injuries sustained by many National Football League players as well as the fact that the effect of many of the players’ brain injuries did not surface until decades later. A recent study found that former professional football players were three times more likely to suffer from a neurodegenerative condition than the general population. Additionally, retired players are four times more likely to be diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Dr. Carl Alessi, a family physician at Penobscot Valley Hospital oversees the initiative and said an athlete in any sporting event can potentially suffer a concussion. Dr. Alessi stated student athletes at Mattanawcook Academy who receive a concussion will not be allowed to continue to participate in any sporting events or practices until their post-head injury ImPACT results match their baseline test results. According to Dr. Alessi, this is a dramatic change from past practices that normally allowed a student athlete to resume play so long as the athlete knew their own name and where they were despite oftentimes sustaining an invisible brain injury.

Mattanawcook Academy’s Athletic Director and Assistant Principal, Rick Meyers, reportedly advocated for the school to become involved in the the Maine Concussion Management Initiative this year. This was partly in response to a new law signed by Governor Paul LePage in May. The law requires all Maine high schools to create and implement a head injury policy and management plan within one year. Under the new law, students who suffer a brain trauma cannot resume sporting activities without a signed consent from a doctor. Maine is now one of 30 states with such a law on the books.

Unfortunately, the brain may be injured in any accident. A head injury can vary from a mild concussion to a severe and life-threatening trauma. A concussion or other brain injury may limit a victim’s daily activities, cause disability, or even result in death. A concussion occurs when a trauma to the head causes the brain to move inside the skull and any incident of head trauma can potentially result in a concussion. The symptoms of a concussion are not always readily apparent. Even if the victim of a concussion or other head trauma does not lose consciousness, he or she may still suffer from a lifelong and debilitating injury. If you suffered a concussion or other traumatic brain injury, you should contact a skilled Maine personal injury attorney as soon as you are able.
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