Monthly Archives: April 2010

New CDC guidelines for treatment of “mild” traumatic brain injuries

Mild traumatic brain injury sometimes seems like an oxymoron. It’s only mild if it happens to someone you don’t know.
The Centers for Disease Control here in Atlanta, together with the American College of Emergency Physicians, recently released updated guidelines for physicians in assessing patients with suspected mild traumatic brain injury.  The release includes:

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Airbag deploys spontaneously, cuts driver’s carotid artery

An Atlanta area woman was just sitting at a traffic light on Good Friday in her Honda Civic when the air bag deployed spontaneously and a shard of metal from it sliced her carotid artery. Fortunately, she survived.
Honda issued a recall last February on some models of its car because of a defect with the … Continue Reading

Henry County police officer killed on way to work

On April 22nd, a Henry County police officer was killed in a traffic accident in Butts County on his way to work.   Officer  James "Jimmy’ Franklin Carter Jr., was an 11-year veteran of the Henry County Police Department, worked in Uniform Patrol, as a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division, as a K-9 officer, and … Continue Reading

Carpet mill worker injured falling into tufting machine

This week a carpet mill worker at the Beaulieu plant in Murray County, Georgia, was injured falling into a tufting machine. He was airlifted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.
Workers compensation provides the exclusive remedy of an injured worker against the employer in work accidents.
However, sometimes an injured worker can recover additional compensation for an injury … Continue Reading

Proposal for $10 tag fee to fund trauma centers

Here’s a proposal on which the legal, medical and business communities in Georgia should be able to agree.
SR 277, now pending in the Georgia House of Representatives, would initiate a $10 surcharge on car tags to fund a network of trauma centers across Georgia.
Today, Georgia has just 15 trauma centers — hospitals with the surgeons, … Continue Reading