Brainstem Infarct Following a Car Accident

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published statistics regarding strokes, such as a brainstem infarct. A stroke is a term used to describe the loss of blood flow to the brain. An infarct is a medical term for a blood clot. This occlusion of blood flow can lead to permanent neurological damage. Strokes can develop in a variety of ways. Some strokes develop gradually over time while others can be acute in nature, caused by a traumatic accident like car collisions. Some of the statistics that were published by the CDC include:

Winter Storm Causes Vacaville Freeway Fatality

Local California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers reported that a man lost his life in a vehicle accident during a winter storm on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. The collision took place shortly after sunrise and involved a big-rig and pedestrian. Officers have said that the crash was one incident of several that occurred on local freeways Wednesday morning. The fatally injured pedestrian has not yet been identified by authorities. Additionally, CHP says that they are still working to determine all of the factors involved in this crash. My sympathies are with the mourning loved ones of the person who passed away because of this tragic incident.

Battle Heats Up As Roundup™ Trial Nears

The first federal Roundup™ trial is rapidly approaching. It is slated to begin on February 25 in San Francisco. The case, Edwin Hardeman v. Monsanto, is the first out of 620 that are pending federal litigation. In pretrial motions, attorneys for Bayer and the plaintiff have laid out a list of issues, and evidence that they feel should be excluded. Also, a joint exhibit list was filed on February 6 that detailed all evidence that would be presented during the trial.

Morada Head-On Crash Fatality

A Morada head-on crash fatality occurred on the afternoon of February 10 along East Highway 99 Frontage Road in the vicinity of Morada Lane. A driver of an older model Honda Accord was traveling northbound along the highway when they approached a right curve in the road. The driver reportedly entered the oncoming traffic lane and collided head-on with a southbound Subaru Forester. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), both vehicles were traveling at an estimated speed of 35 to 40 miles per hour at the time of the collision. Two adults and a child riding in the Subaru were uninjured in the auto accident. Three of the four occupants in the Honda, including the motorist, suffered injuries described as minor to severe. They were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Sadly, the other passenger of the Honda passed away at the scene. Officials have identified the decedent as 67-year-old Yean Im of Stockton. We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Im during this difficult time.

Chronic Pain After a Pedestrian Accident

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) recently published statistics showing that chronic pain is one of the most debilitating conditions in the medical field. Chronic pain can impact many different areas of life. These include family, friends, school, work, and more. According to some of the statistics:

Mesothelioma Improved Blood Test Promises Earlier Detection

A new, more reliable blood test has been developed by German scientists for earlier detection and better prognosis of Mesothelioma. Unlike the other blood tests that are invasive as well as lengthy, this simple blood test can determine cancer in early stages – at least a year before the symptoms start to appear – making malignant mesothelioma more treatable. This progress is a result of an advanced research study that analyzed a combination of mesothelin and calretinin, two proteins that are blood-based and tend to proliferate when the malignant mesothelioma tumor begins to grow.

Sacramento Traffic Crash on Bradshaw Road

A Sacramento traffic crash occurred on February 12 along northbound Bradshaw Road in the Vineyard area, causing injuries. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the accident happened just north of Gerber Road shortly after 8:00 in the morning. It involved three vehicles, two of which sustained major damage. Personnel with the Sacramento Fire Department quickly arrived at the scene to assess injuries. It was determined that, among the injured, at least one individual required transport to a hospital for further evaluation.

Vacaville Highway Hit-and-Run Kills Pedestrian

Officers from the Solano area California Highway Patrol (CHP) have stated that one person lost their life in a recent Vacaville accident. The accident took place on Sunday, February 10, 2019, and involved a vehicle and a pedestrian on a local highway. Police say the vehicle left the scene of the crash. The Solano County Sheriff’s Department has not yet released the identity of the fatally injured man. Officials say his identity will be released after his next-of-kin is notified about the incident. I would like to offer my sympathies to the family and friends of the man who tragically lost his life because of this crash.

Modesto Accident Fatally Injures Elderly Woman

An elderly woman passed away on the morning of February 11 after being struck by an oncoming vehicle in north Modesto. The incident occurred along Standiford Avenue in the vicinity of Polaris Street at around 9:00 in the morning. An elderly woman driving a Chevrolet Malibu pulled her vehicle over to the right side of the road. For unknown reasons, the woman exited her car and was standing next to her open driver’s side door. One vehicle approaching the Chevrolet was able to move over in time to avoid a collision. A second car, identified as a Nissan Rogue, was unable to stop and collided with the elderly pedestrian. Sadly, the woman succumbed to her injuries at the scene. Officials have identified the decedent as 76-year-old Paula Matos of Modesto. I would like to send my thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Ms. Matos while they are grieving their tragic loss.

Outcomes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are some of the most devastating injuries that someone can sustain. Unlike other parts of the body, the neurons in the central nervous system often do not regenerate once they are damaged. This can lead to lifelong complications that impact not only the person sustaining the injury but also his or her family and friends as well. Some of the statistics regarding traumatic brain injuries that were published by the Brain Trauma Foundation include: