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The Use of Technology by People with Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted on February 1, 2016, Traumatic Brain Injury

    Traumatic brain injuries are heterogeneous. That means that symptom burden and outcomes depend upon multiple variables relating to the cause of the injury, the amount of force that caused the injury, the extent of rotational forces causing the injury, the areas of the brain suffering acute and secondary injury, the scope of physical, […]

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RETURNING TO SCHOOL AFTER A MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY?

Posted on December 30, 2015, Traumatic Brain Injury

  A “concussion” is a brain injury, and even a mild concussion can have serious ramifications for individual long-term well being. At the acute injury stage, which is often in the Emergency Room, health care professionals try to balance the discussion, avoiding a diagnosis of “brain injury,” but the reality is that no one knows […]

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DRIVING AFTER TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Posted on November 11, 2015, Traumatic Brain Injury

Following head trauma, there is often good reason to counsel patients about driving. Not surprisingly, the array of cognitive deficits that may be present can increase the risk of injury to the brain injury survivor as well as passengers, pedestrians and other drivers. In our very mobile society, following injury there will inevitably be both […]

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Can the Mystery of Persistent Symptoms of Post-Concussion Disorder be Solved?

Posted on October 7, 2015, Traumatic Brain Injury

 Persistent post-concussion symptoms are often posited as a mystery by some healthcare providers. And in the context of litigation, the familiar refrain from defense “so-called” experts is that the typical period of spontaneous recovery for mild traumatic brain is three months, and that to the extent that symptoms linger beyond that, it is often attributable […]

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When Is a Head Injury a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Posted on August 26, 2015, Traumatic Brain Injury

Head injury exists on a continuum that ranges from a bump on the head to death. At the most trivial end of the spectrum, we’ve all smacked our heads on something and wound up with a lump that disappears gradually without any lasting consequence. (See #1 & 2 below.) At the other end of the […]

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SEQUELAE OF PEDIATRIC TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Posted on August 5, 2015, Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”) is a major health concern for children. Research on the short-term neurological effects of brain injuries has been substantial. Unfortunately, the studies regarding the consequences of pediatric TBI is limited, and thus data on longstanding benefits from interventions is as well. Erroneously, parents, educators and many health care providers measure recovery based upon […]

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Safety in the E.R.

Posted on May 22, 2015, Medical Malpractice

Safety in the E.R.A study conducted by The Doctors Company, the United States’ largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, found that there are several causes for patient allegations in emergency medicine lawsuits. The majority of lawsuits based upon negligence in the Emergency Room are prompted by an erroneous diagnosis. The majority of the 332 claims assessed […]

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Stamford Lawyer Recognized in the Personal Injury Hall of Fame

Posted on April 6, 2015

  Stewart M. Casper, of Casper & de Toledo LLC, has been named to the Connecticut Law Tribune’s “Personal Injury Hall of Fame,” the leading legal publication in the Connecticut. The Connecticut Law Tribune awarded Attorney Casper this honor as a result of two very large verdicts he obtained in 2014. In one case, he […]

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Perceived Disability

Posted on February 23, 2015, Employment Law

  I recently put together a presentation explaining the discrimination and firings of employees diagnosed with Lyme disease and emphasized methods to combat the bias and intolerance of diseases in general. More applicably to this blog however are my inclusions of the rights of both disabled and perceived-to-be disabled employees. Up until recently, people with […]

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Fiancé Termination and Retaliation

Posted on February 23, 2015, Employment Law

  A few years ago, a plaintiff and his fiancé both worked for the same company. The fiancé filed a sex discrimination claim against the company with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC).   Within a month, the company fired the plaintiff, who subsequently brought a lawsuit against the company, alleging that his termination was in […]

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