Study analyzes causes of brain injuries in children

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that typical causes of brain injuries in children are different for particular age groups.

Traumatic brain injury has long been a significant cause of disability and death in children age one year and older, but the new study, which analyzed head trauma in more then 40,000 child patients, found that the causes varied by age.

For younger children, the most common cause of brain injuries was found to be falls, while for teenagers, auto accidents, assaults and sports injuries were the most frequent causes.

The study analyzed emergency room visits in 25 hospitals from 2004-2006.

Falls were the cause of 77 percent of the injuries in children younger than age two, but only 38 percent of the injuries in children from age two to age 12.

For children age 13 to 17, assaults were the cause of 24 percent of head injuries. Sports incidents accounted for 19 percent of the injuries, and auto accidents accounted for 18 percent.

When a child or adult suffers a traumatic brain injury, the results can seriously impact the person’s health. If the injury was caused by another person’s carelessness, then the victim may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.

In fee petition hearing, court acknowledges high value of attorney Robert Joyce’s skill

In a recent fee petition hearing, a judge of the Hillsborough County Circuit Court acknowledged the high value of attorney Robert Joyce’s skill, stating that there are “only a few lawyers in town that I think are worth $600 an hour,” and that Mr. Joyce is one of them, due to his “astonishing” workmanship.

The following is an excerpted transcript of the proceedings:

THE COURT: Okay. Well, let me tell you this. As you know – I don’t know how much I make, 75, 80 dollars an hour. I’ve been a lawyer since 1970. I did award Mr. Joyce $600 an hour in the past. And his, I want to say, workmanship, his cross-examination is astonishing, the way he handles witnesses, witnesses for the defense, experts. I mean, he’s very good. Six hundred dollars an hour I know is high end. There’s only a few lawyers in town that I think are worth $600 an hour. I think $600 an hour is a reasonable rate for him. It kind of hurts me because I only make like 75, 80 bucks an hour and I’m – you know, I’ve got probably the same number of years that he has and I’ve got – but he’s probably, on his cross-examination, top, top in town. I mean, can’t be too many more better than him. So I have to give him that rate of $600 an hour. All right?

Mr. Joyce won this fee petition matter, meaning that defense counsel had to pay his attorney’s fees. When you hire Joyce & Reyes to represent you in a personal injury lawsuit, you pay no fee unless we win your case. The court’s statements above are an indication of the value you receive.

Florida wrongful death lawsuit filed over prescription drug death

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in federal court by a Florida woman whose husband died of a brain hemorrhage after taking a prescribed anticoagulant drug.

William Packard was prescribed Xarelto in January 2012 to treat a nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. In June 2012, Packard suffered a subdural hemorrhage, or hematoma. Excess blood collected between the layers of tissue around the brain, causing pressure on the brain. Packard was admitted to the hospital, where doctors attempted to alleviate the pressure by drilling a burr hole through the scalp. However, the procedure was not enough to save Packard’s life.

In her lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Bayer AG, the manufacturers of Xarelto, Nancy Packard alleges that the defendants did not provide proper warnings about the risks of taking the drug — particularly about the fact that excessive bleeding could be irreversible. When other anticoagulants, such as warfarin, are used, vitamin K injections can be used to stimulate blood clotting in case of excessive bleeding. However, there is no such antidote for Xarelto.

Packard also alleges that the defendants’ marketing of the drug failed to acknowledge the danger of irreversible bleeding.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, seeking compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $75,000.