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Could child head injuries harm relationships with parents?

Child head injuries can have a significant effect on a child's mood and behavior, according to a study completed in Canada. It was published in the Journal of Neuropsychology. According to the results, children who had a minor traumatic head injury still had a risk of suffering psychological effects.

The study analyzed 47 children who were all under the age of five and who had suffered a mild head injury. That group was then compared to children who suffered a fractured bone or had no injury at all.

What is the difference between a class action and a mass tort?

Many of our readers have likely heard of a class action lawsuit, A class action lawsuit is when several people who have the same or similar type of injuries, losses or damages sue a defendant as a group.

Mass torts are similar, except these lawsuits are filed separately when there is enough difference in the type of injuries, losses or damages to keep the plaintiffs from filing as a group. These are also often referred to as multi-district litigation. Mass torts are based upon a massive accident, such as when an airplane crashes. A mass tort could also be brought when there are widespread personal injuries due to a medical device.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Each year, thousands of people are killed due to distracted driving. Many drivers feel that if they are using hands-free technology or the infotainment technology that manufacturers installed in their vehicles, then they are safe. Recent studies, though, have shown that technologies such as these continue to distract your brain -- even after you are no longer using them.

The top distraction for drivers are cellphones. Each day, these devices are used for long periods of time and while you may see several drivers each day that are on their phones while driving, when it's you, you may not realize that you are being unsafe.

What are some past famous product recalls?

A product recall is done to protect consumers from illness, injury or death that can occur if the product is used. Some famous products that are in many homes today have been the subject of recalls in the past. Here are seven past recalls that put our entire nation on alert.

-- Tylenol, 1982, Johnson & Johnson. Thirteen people died after taking Tylenol purchased from stores in the Chicago area. It was determined that the bottles of Tylenol were tampered with. Someone had put potassium cyanide in the product. This recall eventually led to packaging reform for over-the-counter medications.

Grand jury indicts 25-year-old man for manslaughter in crash

Last October, a horrific accident on Interstate 35 in McLennan County, Texas, took the lives of two women and injured three others. The man police say was responsible for the car accident has now been indicted by a McLennan County grand jury and charged with two counts of second-degree felony manslaughter.

The accident reports state that the 25-year-old man from Robinson, Texas, was driving recklessly and speeding around 10:15 p.m. His vehicle struck the back of a van that was towing a trailer. The impact caused the van to leave the road and roll. Two women from North Texas were killed and three more were injured in the accident

Study: Simple skull fracture may not need overnight stay for kids

Does a simple head injury in a child mean that an overnight stay in the hospital is warranted? Not always, according to the lead investigator of a new study in a recent issue of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery. The researchers were from Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital and the study took place over the course of 10 years.

Researchers analyzed the medical records for 71 children were treated during that period for simple head injuries. Of those 71 children, 78 percent were kept overnight in the hospital. None of them required more treatment and were sent home the following day. That night in the hospital cost another $4,291.

Motorcycle accdient leaves Ravens' Walker in critical condition

When a professional football player is injured in a motorcycle accident, it often brings up the topic of safety. Safety should be a topic that everyone who rides should consider before even climbing on their motorcycles. With the prime riding season beginning, it's also important for other motorists to be on the lookout for motorcycles.

Tray Walker, a cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens, is in Jackson Memorial Hospital after suffering critical injuries in a motorcycle accident. Walker, who attended Texas Southern University, is in the hospital's trauma unit. The accident happened on March 18 in Liberty City, Florida.

Fatal motorcycle accident statistics in Texas

Motorcycle accidents often involve serious or fatal injuries because of the lack of protection the motorcyclists and his or her passenger have. In Texas in 2014, there were 463 fatalities in motorcycle accidents. Of those fatalities, 231 people were not wearing a helmet. In Texas, only those 20 years old and younger are required by law to wear a helmet.

The age with the most fatalities was 27. Twenty-one motorcyclists who were 27 years old were killed in 2014 in motorcycle accidents. Ten of those fatalities were not wearing a helmet. Three passengers were killed who were age 27 and one was not wearing a helmet.

Evenflo recalls over 56,000 car seats for increased injury risk

When you use a car seat for your child, you expect that it will keep your child safe in the event of an accident. One car seat manufacturer, Evenflo, has found a problem with its Transitions car seat that could increase a child's risk of injury when it is used in the forward facing harnessed booster mode.

The voluntary recall by Evenflo affects 56,000 of the Transitions 3-in-1 car seats. The company received feedback from customers that the piece that loosened the harness or the Central Front Adjuster can be reached by a child who is in the seat. This means that the child could conceivably loosen the straps when the car is moving. While no injuries have been reported, Evenflo is offering a replacement part and instructions on installing it to car seat owners. This repair kit is offered at no charge to those who own the seat. Evenflo said the kit will "virtually eliminate a child's access and activation of the CFA."

Prison bus crash results in 33 injuries, 1 death

A woman driving a pickup truck slammed into a bus full of inmates from Abilene, Texas, on Friday, Feb. 19. The early morning crash happened in Comanche County east of Gustine at a rural intersection.

The woman driving the pickup died at the accident scene. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the woman pulled out in front of the bus after failing to stop at a stop sign. The bus and the pickup crashed, with the bus spinning several times and then overturning. The woman's truck left the roadway and came to a stop in the field.

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