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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.
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.
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.
July 20, 2010 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Soldiers who suffered brain injuries can develop seizures decades — as long as 35 years — after the initial injury, researchers have found. A study published Tuesday in the journal Neurology found that among a group of 199 Vietnam veterans, about 13% developed post-traumatic epilepsy more than 14 years after they had suffered a penetrating head wound, such as a gunshot injury or shrapnel that entered brain tissue. Penetrating head injuries are generally linked with a higher risk for epilepsy than other types of head injuries, such as concussions.
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.
September 6, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- An effort by the National Football League and owners of other professional sports teams to limit workers' compensation claims by out-of-state athletes is close to final passage in the California Legislature. The measure cleared the state Senate on Friday on a 34-2 vote. In May, it passed the Assembly on a 61-4 tally. The 10 most dangerous jobs The proposal is expected to win final passage next week in the Assembly and to be on the governor's desk shortly after the scheduled Sept.
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.
It was a routine mother-daughter disagreement--until things went dreadfully awry. Medrith Filley and her 15-year-old daughter, Heather, were having a heated discussion as they pulled up to their Mission Viejo home one Saturday morning in November 1997. Heather suddenly decided to jump out of the car, and the heel of her shoe caught on the doorjamb, flipping her backward, her head hitting the pavement hard.
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