The World Cup, Concussions and the Media

Concussions and sports have been juxtaposed in the media for the past few years, with the revelation that repeated concussions and head injures in sports can lead to what is known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease whose symptoms mirror dementia. 

With the start of the World Cup, it is another opportunity to spread brain injury awareness, and of course, in Canada, June is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. 

An article posted on The Telegraph last week expressed concerns a British MP had about the media reporting concussions and how soccer players return to play too quickly after concussions. Specifically, the MP is requesting that broadcasters speak to World Cup commentators about “praising players” who return to the field after sustaining what could be a serious concussion. 

The concern is that commenters, by encouraging players to return to the field, are undermining brain injury awareness and education efforts. 

Our firm agrees that sports commentators in general should be aware about the potential dangers and risks associated with concussions and their long term effects. Athletes should understand that they do not need to be ashamed of “sitting one out”, because they are not sure of how serious that bump to the head was. Sports commentators and the media can help the public to become more aware about what concussions are, how they occur and the symptoms. 

Traumatic brain injuries have long lasting effects and need to be taken seriously by athletes, the media, the public and those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. A concussion is considered to be a form of a traumatic brain injury and there are long term dangers associated with ignoring concussions. There is also a condition known as post-concussion syndrome which can occur in some individuals who sustain a concussion and experience prolonged symptoms of headaches and dizziness for example. 

People may not be aware of their rights or obligations after sustaining a personal injury and may feel overwhelmed about the legal process. Personal injury litigation is complex and Paciocco & Mellow represents many persons who have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of automobile accidents, slip and fall injuries and other types of personal injuries. 

The Windsor personal injury lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow offer a free, no obligation initial consultation.  Contact our lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow (519) 915-SORE (7673). 

The Windsor personal injury lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow are here to help provide you with Peace of Mind at a Difficult Time.

Driverless Cars are Coming in the Not So Distant Future

Automotive technology has certainly come a long way in the last decade with fuel-efficiency, Bluetooth capability, rearview cameras, blind-spot sensors, and now, driverless cars. 

Yes, driverless cars exist and are being programmed to master and navigate city streets. Google has programmed the car to recognize stop signs, cyclists and pedestrians. Google recently revealed its prototype to the public. 

Of course, the cars do not have the capability to recognize human gestures, or know how to drive in inclement weather- yet. Google has programs the cars to drive defensively and safely. 

What are the benefits of a driverless car? If the technology is perfected and regulated, driverless cars could benefit seniors and people with disabilities. 

On the passenger side of the prototype there is a button that the passenger would press to start and stop the ride.  The passenger can program the route or use voice controls. 

These driverless vehicles are created with sensors and rooftop cameras to allow the car to react accordingly and analyze other drivers’ behaviour. 

Those who back driverless cars, are in favour of the technology because it is meant to counter distracted driving, impaired driving and careless driving. Of course there are many legal concerns, and concerns about software and technology malfunctions. 

It is well known that despite Ontario’s ban on distracted driving, many drivers continue to use handheld devices and to text and drive. A great deal of traffic collisions and traffic fatalities can be attributed to distracted driving. 

Google hopes to have the technology made publically available in 2017. 

Something to consider is how driverless cars will affect insurance rates, insurability and affect legal claims with respect to personal injury cases. 

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident, you may want to consider contacting a personal injury lawyer. 

People may not be aware of their rights or obligations and may feel overwhelmed about the legal process. Personal injury litigation is complex and Paciocco & Mellow is a Windsor Personal Injury Firm that represents many persons who have been injured as a result of automobile accidents, slip and fall injuries and other types of personal injuries. 

We understand that you may feel overwhelmed as a result of your accident and during the legal process and we strive to provide the best service possible and to help our clients in any way that we can, be it a referral to a specialist, rehabilitation provider, help securing a litigation loan or providing reassurance. 

The law firm of Paciocco & Mellow aims to help provide you with Peace of Mind at a Difficult Time. Contact the Windsor personal injury lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow at (519) 915-SORE (7673). We can provide you with a free, no obligation initial consultation. 

Slip & Fall Accidents

Windsor Personal Injury Firm Discusses Slip & Fall Accidents (via PRWeb)

Paciocco & Mellow provides advice on what to do after a slip & fall accident. Windsor, ON (PRWEB) June 12, 2014 Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries. Pedestrians, shoppers, users of public transportation and workers should all be aware…

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Brain Injury Awareness

Windsor Personal Injury Firm Paciocco and Mellow Discuss Brain Injury Awareness (via PRWeb)

June is National Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada According to the VA Tech Institute, the effect of texting while driving is the same as driving blind for 5 seconds. Windsor, ON (PRWEB) June 12, 2014 Across Ontario and across Canada, brain injury…

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Summer Safety Tips

Windsor Personal Injury Firm Offers Summer Safety Tips (via PRWeb)

Nicer weather means many things–pool openings, cottage season, more pedestrians, more cyclists… essentially, more to look out for. As we move into summer, more people may be deciding to commute by bicycle and drivers need to be aware about the increased…

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Advice On Spring Safety

Windsor Personal Injury Firm provides advice on Spring Safety (via PRWeb)

Spring has arrived and Windsor Law Firm encourages everyone to stay safe We associate the Spring with rain, and driving in the rain requires special care. Windsor, ON (PRWEB) April 25, 2014 Winter has (hopefully) retired for the year and Spring is upon…

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Newer Form of Depression Treatment Gaining Acceptance

Mental illness affects a significant number of Canadians. There are different forms of depression such as clinical depression, post-partum depression, seasonal affective disorder and bipolar depression. Depression can be treated with psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and various types of anti-depressants such as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) or SNRIs (serotonin- norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor), tricyclic antidepressants or antipsychotics. 

There are some people who have severe or persistent depression that does not respond well to conventional treatments. This type of depression can be referred to as “treatment resistant depression”. 

A newer type of treatment, called Transcranial Magnet Stimulation (TMS) is gaining acceptance as a viable treatment. It is seen as less severe an option than Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). 

TMS works by having magnetic pulses target nerve cells in the brain. A magnetic coil is placed on the head to stimulate areas of the brain associated with mood. 

Depression is a serious condition. People can develop depression for a variety of reasons, including from a traumatic event or stressful situation, like a car accident or personal injury such as a slip and fall/trip and fall accident. 

If someone is suffering from depression, and has been involved in a car accident or other personal injury and is unable to work as a result, it is important to contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. 

People may not be aware of their rights or obligations and may feel overwhelmed about the legal process. Personal injury litigation is complex and Paciocco & Mellow is a Windsor Personal Injury Firm that represents many persons who have been injured as a result of automobile accidents, slip and fall injuries and other types of personal injuries. 

We understand that you may feel overwhelmed as a result of your accident and during the legal process and we strive to provide the best service possible and to help our clients in any way that we can, be it a referral to a specialist, rehabilitation provider, help securing a litigation loan or providing reassurance. 

The law firm of Paciocco & Mellow aims to help provide you with Peace of Mind at a Difficult Time. Contact the Windsor personal injury lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow at (519) 915-SORE (7673). We can provide you with a free, no obligation initial consultation.