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September 24, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A nursing assistant at a Santa Barbara rehabilitation hospital sexually assaulted two partially paralyzed patients and, despite a report to the hospital by one of the victims, stayed on the job, a lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges. Jose Carrillo, 55, of Summerland was arrested in October 2012 on suspicion of sexually assaulting the two female patients, who were recovering from brain injuries at Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital. In each case, the nursing assistant sexually assaulted the women in the shower as he helped them wash, according to police reports.
August 1, 2011 | By Jack Leonard and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow tried to escape a violent man attacking him and his friends outside Dodger Stadium, but his assailant pursued and assaulted him again, according to a court document filed Monday that provides new details about the beating that left Stow with serious brain injuries. Prosecutors allege that Louie Sanchez shoved Stow and punched one of Stow's friends after the Dodgers' opening day game against the Giants. After the assault, Stow, who was dressed in a Giants shirt, continued to walk with his friends toward the edge of the stadium parking lot, with Sanchez and his friend, Marvin Norwood, in pursuit, prosecutors wrote.
November 25, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
VANCOUVER, Canada - Ten former NHL players have claimed in a class-action lawsuit the league was negligent in withholding and misrepresenting information about the consequences of repeated blows to the head, contributing to players' brain injuries and neurological disorders. The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, seeks compensatory and punitive damages in addition to a court-supervised, league-funded medical monitoring program to diagnose and treat head injuries.
January 10, 2013 | By Sam Farmer and Rosie Mestel
Junior Seau, among the greatest linebackers in NFL history, suffered from degenerative brain disease when he fatally shot himself in May, the National Institutes of Health said in a study released Thursday, another blow to a league whose former players say they were never warned about the dangers of head injuries. More than 2,000 former players are suing the NFL, contending the league never properly addressed the problems with head injuries and in many cases withheld information about the long-term effects associated with them.
November 7, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger
A brain-injury claim by former National Football League player Tony Dorsett was thrown out by a California workers' compensation panel just months before he was diagnosed with early signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a debilitating condition linked to repeated blows to the head. The 59-year-old Hall of Fame running back's claim was dismissed in May when a workers' compensation judge ruled that because Dorsett had agreed to an $85,000 settlement for injuries to "multiple orthopaedic body parts" in 1991, he could not file another claim for any subsequent injury, state records show.
March 7, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Ronny Keller, a defenseman for Olten of the Swiss B league, has been left paralyzed after getting hit into the boards during a playoff game, doctors reported Thursday. Keller, 33, was chasing a puck into a corner when Langenthal forward Stefan Schnyder came up from behind and drove Keller into the boards with a hard hit in overtime of the game Tuesday. Keller crashed head-first into the wall and remained on the ice motionless for several minutes as medical personnel attended to him. Doctors at the hospital where Keller was taken released a statement Thursday with the grim prognosis.
May 3, 1987 | From Reuters
A blind Chinese fortuneteller has been awarded nearly $77,000 damages by a Hong Kong court after being knocked down by a car and losing his ability to predict the future, his lawyer said Saturday. The lawyer said Yip Kai-ming, 43, suffered brain injuries in the 1985 accident and was unable to continue his business because he could not remember the basic principles of fortunetelling.
April 11, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
At a community hospital here, doctors and therapists are working to help Marines overcome what is often called the signature injury of the Iraq war: brain trauma with no visible wounds. "It's the silent injury," said Jessica Martinez, an occupational therapist at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. "With every blast they suffer, their brain is rattling like a yolk in an egg." Marine Lance Cpl. Brian Vargas was a high school football player.
The Walt Disney Co. has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to settle a lawsuit with a woman who said she suffered a brain hemorrhage while riding Disneyland's Indiana Jones Adventure. Disney reached the confidential settlement with Deborah Bynum, 46, on Tuesday, six days before a court-imposed deadline by which the company had been ordered to turn over a list of patrons who have suffered brain injuries at its theme parks and less than two weeks before the two sides scheduled to begin mediation.
December 26, 1996 | From Times staff reports
Bicycle helmets, regardless of type, reduce the risk of brain injury and facial injuries by at least 65%, according to two University of Washington studies in the Dec. 25 Journal of the American Medical Assn. Epidemiologist Diane C. Thompson studied 3,390 injured bicyclists and concluded that the helmets reduced the risk of any head injury by 69% and of serious brain injuries by 74%. The team found no differences in the protective effects of hard-shell, thin-shell and no-shell helmets.
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