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February 2012 Archives

Veterans with brain injuries may be more susceptible to PTSD

Last fall, we wrote a blog post about a government study on brain injuries in military veterans. Essentially, that study was inconclusive: researchers recognized that many veterans who suffer head traumas later experience negative consequences, but they ultimately determined that more research was needed to understand the true effect of brain injuries during military service. You can read more about that study in our earlier personal injury blog post.

Accident leads to greater oversight of car rental industry

In 2004, two sisters were killed in California when their rental car crashed into a semi-truck. A later investigation revealed that the car that the women had rented was under a safety recall for a power steering fluid, but that the rental car company had not complied with the required repairs. That failure to repair the vehicle set off the chain of events that would result in the fatal auto accident, which began when the car's leaking power steering fluid caught fire and caused the women to lose control of the vehicle.

Drunk driver sentenced for San Diego accident

Last week, a San Diego man received a criminal sentence of one year in a work furlough program in connection with a drunk driving accident that left a young woman with severe injuries. The man, who reportedly pleaded guilty to driving drunk last fall, was also sentenced to five years of probation and a five-year suspended jail sentence that will be imposed if he violates the terms of his probation.

Accident lawsuits could increase safety in cruise industry

Earlier this month, we discussed the fatal cruise ship accident that took place off the coast of Italy last month, and wondered if, because of the large number of cruises that depart from San Diego, such a traumatic boating accident could conceivably take place here. However, we concluded in that blog post that such a fatal accident would be unlikely to take place off the coast of California.

Series of hits may cause brain greater injury than one incident

A new study has found that a series of smaller, less notable hits on the football field may cause more serious, lasting brain injury than a single, more severe incident. Researchers hope that this breakthrough will lead to additional knowledge on the prevention and treatment of concussions and other brain injuries in high school athletes.

Car accident lawsuit filed against Lindsay Lohan in California

Late last month, Lindsay Lohan again made headlines a California woman filed a personal injury lawsuit against the actress. In the suit, the plaintiff alleged that she had been hit by Lohan's car while she walked through an intersection. The auto accident suit was the second of its kind to be filed against Lohan last month. In sum, Lohan has defended against four personal injury lawsuits in the past few years, as well as multiple criminal charges for driving under the influence.

California woman dies in head-on collision

A head-on collision resulting from high winds killed a California woman on Highway 18 in Waterman Canyon on January 28, 2012. California Highway Patrol officers and the San Bernadino police closed the stretch of Highway 18 where the auto accident occurred for several hours in order to investigate.

Could a cruise ship accident happen in San Diego?

As residents likely know, San Diego is one of the most popular cities in the U.S. for cruise ship departure and arrival. So following the fatal boating accident off the coast of Italy last month, it is only natural that San Diego residents and travelers from across the country are wondering: could an accident like that happen here?

California car-train collision leaves three dead

A weekend collision between a sport-utility vehicle and a California light rail train has resulted in three fatalities and multiple injuries, according to law enforcement authorities. Although police and local transit officials continue to investigate the fatal accident, they believe that the SUV drove around the crossing arms and onto the track just before it was struck by the train.

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