Harry Stump, Attorney At Law

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Pittsburgh, PA 15238

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Author: Harry Stump

One client was riding her motorcycle on a Nevada road when she ran over an object that had been previously dropped from an unsecured load from an unidentified vehicle. She was seriously injured and life-flighted to a trauma center hospital. Another client was injured when forced off of the roadway and into a tree by a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road. The negligent driver never stopped and could not be identified. A third client was injured by a person who failed to pay their automobile insurance premium and was driving without any automobile insurance. It was fortunate that each

  “Smile, you’re on Candid Camera” was the gotcha phrase on the long running popular “Candid Camera” television show. This show involved the use of concealed cameras filming ordinary people doing strange things. Today, most cell phones have video cameras that are readily available to the public.  This makes it easy to film the injured person and extremely cost effective. Injured persons with accident claims of inability to work, lift, carry or pursue hobbies should be aware of the possibility that insurers will hire investigators to film them without their knowledge. If the film indicates that the injured person has lied or

Vertigo may occur after an accident involving Mild TBI.  Vertigo is a sensation that makes you feel like the world is moving around and that you might lose your balance. The vestibulocochlear nerve is the eighth cranial nerve.  It is composed of vestibular fibers and cochlear fibers.  The vestibular portion senses changes in the position of the head while managing body balance and eye movement.  When this nerve is damaged, it often is unable to heal. Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy is offered at concussion treatment centers to treat symptoms of vertigo, dizziness, vision difficulties and imbalance.  This is a specialized exercise program designed

An accident victim leaves the emergency room with negative findings on x-rays, CT scans and MRI scans of the brain.  The victim continues to suffer from headache, confusion, lack of coordination, memory loss, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, ringing in the ears, sleepiness, and/or excessive fatigue. This person has many subjective symptoms but has no objective evidence of any cognitive defect.  A subjective symptom is a symptom that a person says they have.  An objective symptom is a symptom that can be measured or verified. An example of the value of objective evidence of mild TBI can be found in the Veterans Administration claims

A 2015 article in the Journal of Psychology and Clinical Psychiatry states that Mild TBI may represent 70-90% of all brain injury cases that require medical attention.  After an accident, the injured party visits a hospital emergency room where x-rays, CT-scans and/or MRIs are reported as negative.  The literature states that the symptoms usually resolve within 3 months, but that 20-30% of injured persons have symptoms up to 6 months and 10-15% have chronic symptoms. These concussion symptoms may include difficulties: with balance and stabilizing vision; with coordinating eye movements; ability to concentrate or remember; migraine headaches or anxiety. Some of the

 The following are some of the personal documents that you should consider having in the event of the unexpected happening:   WHY YOU NEED A WILL If you do not have a will and something unexpected happens, your home, money, and other property will be distributed according to a formula fixed by the law of the State in which you are domiciled.  Your estate will be managed by someone who might not be the person you trusted to handle your affairs.  Your minor children may be placed in the custody of someone you would not have chosen if asked. This law is the same

Not all brain injuries are the same.  They can range from total and complete disability to a spectrum of unpleasant changes.  The severity of a brain injury can be assessed by either the Rancho Los Amigos or Glasgow Coma Scale. The Rancho Los Amigos scale ranges from Level 1 (No response to ALL stimuli) to Level 10 (Purposeful Appropriate-responds to all stimulus).  The Glasgow Coma Scale ranges from one (does not open eyes, makes no sounds, makes no movement) to fifteen (opens eyes spontaneously, oriented and converses normally, and obeys commands.  The Glasgow Coma Scale focuses on eye, verbal and motor. It

  There are many types of TBI. A skull fracture is a fracture of the hard, bony covering of the head.  A closed skull fracture is occurs when there is a break in the bony covering of the skull without a break in the skin.  An open skull fracture occurs when there is also a break in the skin or scalp. A contusion occurs when the force of an impact forces the brain to hit the skull.  A coup contusion occurs at the point of impact with the skull.  A contrecoup contusion occurs opposite the point of impact with the skull. A concussion is

Will car accidents increase in the week beginning March 8, 2020? According to a recent University of Colorado Boulder study published in the Current Biology journal, the change to Daylight Savings Time in the spring results in a 6% to 8% increase in fatal car accidents during the following week. The relevant factors are the decrease in sleep, circadian misalignment and driving to work in the darkness are important factors. This effect is more pronounced in the western part of the time zones. Several states are considering abandoning the switch between Daylight Savings Time and Standard Time.

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month.  The Brain Injury Association of America has sponsored this campaign for over 30 years.  The Association estimates that 153 persons die in the United States every day from this injury and that more than 280,000 persons are hospitalized per year. There are different categories of brain injury.  Some occur at birth, either by genetics, congenital or birth injury.  Others are acquired, or occur after birth.  An acquired brain injury can be either traumatic or non-traumatic. There are many types of non-traumatic brain injuries, some of which are caused by:  stroke, lack of oxygen, drug overdose