More than a million brain injuries occur every year, some resulting in permanent disability or death. The costs associated with a serious brain injury can be excessive, ranging from high hospital bills, lost wages due to the victim's inability to work, as well as the emotional anguish and stress endured by victims and their loved ones as they learn to deal with the aftermath of the accident. The victims of brain injury and their loved ones can file a personal injury lawsuit to seek financial damages associated with the brain injury. Our experienced brain injury attorney in Columbus, Ohio may be able to help you obtain compensation for your case. Contact our firm today for an evaluation of your brain injury claim.
Boating accidents can occur on private boats, watercraft (jet skis), or commercial cruise lines. Accidents are usually due to collisions with other boats, sinking, disappearance, or slip and fall accidents on the boat. These accidents are typically due to an inexperienced or negligent boat operator, or a boat malfunction. If you have suffered an injury as the result of a boat accident, contact The Thompson Law Firm for legal representation today.
Accidents occur at construction sites every day due to dangerous working conditions. While there are safety guidelines in place to prevent injuries, failure to abide by the safety procedures, negligence, or faulty tools or machinery may lead to a serious injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, you may have a legal case.
If you have been injured in an accident at work, personal injury and brain injury attorney H. Lee Thompson and his staff in Columbus, Ohio can work to provide you with the best possible compensation for your injuries and suffering. We work closely with top-notch workers' compensation law firms to ensure that you receive the best representation available.
Please visit Ohio Benzene. Benzene, a chemical made from coal and oil, is a clear, colorless, sweet smelling liquid that can cause harm to those exposed to it, especially at high levels or over a long period of time. While benzene can be harmful in its liquid state by contaminating water sources or coming into direct contact with an individual's skin, it is known to evaporate quickly and is typically inhaled.
Benzene is used to make products such as certain plastics, pesticides, detergents, and gasoline. Therefore, the average person is likely to inhale minimal amounts of the chemical through tobacco smoke, vehicle exhaust, or by pumping gasoline. However, high-level benzene exposure typically occurs in the workplace. Gas station attendants, industrial plant workers, and other individuals who work with products made with benzene on a daily basis are especially at risk for developing a serious benzene-related illness from consistent exposure or a chemical spill.
Exposure to a moderate amount of benzene for a minimal length of time can cause headaches, disorientation, shakiness, vomiting, elevated heart rate, or loss of consciousness. More serious health conditions, including, leukemia, Hodgkin's disease, aplastic anemia, mylodysplastic syndrome, and even death, may result from long-term exposure or exposure to high levels of the chemical.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by exposure to benzene, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact The Law Offices of H. Lee Thompson in Columbus, Ohio today for a free consultation.
TOXIC TORTS AND LEAD POISONING
Childhood lead poisoning is one of the most common pediatric problems in the United States today, and it is entirely preventable. Lead poisoning most often occurs when young children start crawling around the home and get lead dust on their hands. These children then engage in the normal hand-to-mouth activity and it is this activity during which the child actually becomes lead poisoned. More severe cases may involve pica where children actually eat lead based paint chips. By far the most common source of lead poisoning in children is deteriorating lead based paint in older homes.
INJURIES CAUSED BY LEAD BASED POISONING
Lead is a neurotoxin that is able to pass through the blood brain barrier because of its ability to substitute for calcium (Ca). Once in the brain it causes injury by a number of different mechanisms.
The developing nervous system of children is far more vulnerable to lead's toxic effects than the mature brain. Long term follow-up studies of children who had been exposed to lead indicate neuropsychological deficits and changes in IQ persistent to adulthood. Some problems that can develop as a result of lead poisoning are Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder (ADHD), Autism, and Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD).
The greatest risk of injury from lead poisoning is to children under the age of seven, whose developing bodies and brains are sensitive to even small amounts of lead, which can leave children with irreversible neurological injury that does not appear until many years after the exposure to lead. The kinds of injuries lead can cause in children include:
Brain Damage (sometimes subtle)
Loss of IQ points and Intellect
Attention Deficit Disorder
Antisocial (criminal) Behavior
Encephalopathy (brain swelling)
Major Organ Failure
In some cases lead exposure can cause neuronal death. Once in the body, lead stays for a long time. The half-life (assuming there is no more exposure to lead) for lead in the blood is approximately 35 days. This means that it would take approximately 35 days for the lead level to be reduced by one half. However, once lead gets into the brain it will remain stored for about two years after exposure had ended. Lead is also stored in bone where it can remain for decades.
These injuries caused by lead poisoning can prevent a child from reaching his or her scholastic, vocational, and financial potential, or from becoming a self-sufficient adult, and they can even be life-threatening. If you think your child has been exposed to lead and has suffered injuries as a result, contact our personal injury Attorney H. Lee Thompson.