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Brain Injuries

Brain Injuries can be the result of car crashes, amusement park rides, sports activities, falls, or work-related accidents. Quite often, these injuries result in bruising of the brain, tearing or swelling. They can lead to permanent disability or other problems. Brain injury lawsuits are considered personal injury lawsuits and are usually argued under negligence theories or under theories of products liability. In some cases, they may even be the result of intentional torts and be argued under assault or battery theories.

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Lime Sued for Scooter Accident, Leaving Woman in Vegetative State

While motorized scooters have provided a quick and easy way to get around, they have also resulted in new ways for people to get injured. One person who was injured while using a Lime scooter is Ashanti Jordan of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ashanti wasn't wearing a helmet when she collided with a car and was thrown about 100 feet. According to her family members, the accident has left her in a persistent vegetative state. Now, Ashanti's mother is suing Lime for her daughter's injuries.

Costco Shopper Hit by Falling Steel, Sues for Brain Damage

A Costco customer was hit by a steel rod while reaching for a package of paper towels, prompting a host of medical interventions. The 62-year-old North Salem, New York resident suffered irreversible brain damage at a Brookfield Costco in 2016, and has filed a federal lawsuit against the wholesale chain for monetary damages claiming unsafe, dangerous, or defective conditions.

During Florida State University's Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter meetings, members select a "brother of the week" and a "scumbag of the week." Members would then spin a game-show style wheel to determine the latter's punishment, ranging from cleaning the frat's house alone, licking the chapter room floor, a free pass, or being slapped. Unfortunately for Nicholas Mauricio, he spun the last option.

Another AEPi member, Oliver Walker, stood in front of Mauricio, shook his hand, and then hit him "as hard as he could," according to witnesses, possibly with a closed fist. Mauricio was knocked unconscious, hit the floor, and was rushed to the hospital. Now he's suing his attacker and other frat leadership.

Football season kicked off nationwide this month, but the focus hasn't solely been between the lines. Off-the-field controversies -- from political protests to paying college players -- have garnered just as much attention as teams' on-field clashes. And one issue that's been in football fans' and players' minds recently have been concussions, and the role leagues, athletic associations, and even doctors play in handling head injuries.

But those aren't even the only injuries football players and fans need to worry about. Here are five football-related injuries and what you need to know, legally.

When Should Parents Sue for Birth Asphyxia?

It sounds odd, but most of us parents love our kids so much, we've imagined all sorts of terrible and tragic ways they could get hurt. It's actually a sort of built-in function that allows us to anticipate danger and find ways to prevent it. Unfortunately, some danger and injuries are out of our hands.

One very early and potentially devastating injury a child can experience is birth asphyxia. However, there are a number of factors which can cause the condition, and not all of them are the result of someone's negligence. Therefore, it's not always clear when parents should sue for birth asphyxia.

Pastor's 'Blessing' Caused Brain Injury, Lawsuit Claims

Most church-goers expect their place of worship to be a source of healing and spiritual renewal. But one Georgia woman claims her pastor's blessing did far more harm than good when it caused her traumatic brain injury. Now, the woman is suing the church and the pastor as she continues to suffer from the effects of the incident.

There are normal injuries sustained from everyday activities like fender benders or slip-and-falls. And there are catastrophic injuries from asphalt melters that fall on your head. Brian Goodrich of Oxford, Massachusetts sustained the latter, suffering permanent disfigurement to his face and skull, permanent blindness in one eye, and loss of "even remedial cognitive function."

And last week a jury awarded Goodrich and his family $8.25 million, determining that the melter's designers were more than 50 percent at fault for the accident.

Most people have a healthy fear of the airline beverage cart for a good reason. Those things always seem to be just barely small enough to fit down the aisle, but not usually without knocking some knees, toes and elbows hanging out into the aisle.

Unfortunately for one American Airlines passenger, Charles Johnson, a runaway beverage cart caused much more than just a bumped elbow. Johnson was on a flight from Hartford, Connecticut to Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, when a fully stocked, 300 lbs, beverage cart broke loose. In the recently filed lawsuit against American Airlines, Johnson alleges that the runaway cart struck him in the head, causing a serious traumatic brain injury.

This week, in a Chicago courtroom, a judge handed down a massive, record setting, $23.1 million malpractice verdict against a neonatologist. The verdict, according to the plaintiff's attorney, is believed to be the largest birth injury verdict handed down by a judge (as compared to a jury verdict).

The verdict was awarded to the parents of a five year old girl that will suffer from a lifetime of health issues as a result of the medical malpractice. Although the hospital was not found to be negligent, it will be footing the bill for $21 million, while the doctor, who was found negligent, pays the remaining $2 million himself.

A Las Vegas jury had already decided that the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino's Marquee nightclub owed David Moradi $160.5 million after security staff attacked him and left him with a traumatic brain injury in 2012. But that was just for compensatory damages -- the amount needed to make Moradi whole after medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. Moradi was also seeking punitive damages (designed to punish and deter bad behavior), to the tune of another $483 million.

How much of either kind of damages he'll get will remain unknown, however, since Moradi has since settled with the Marquee for an undisclosed sum.