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The #1 Injury Behind School Struggles

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – High school and college students who suffered concussions are more likely to struggle learning new subjects in school. Many doctors say that can sometimes cThe #1 Injury Behind School Strugglesause students to drop-out.

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill surveyed dozens of students who went to emergency rooms for concussion treatments and many others who suffered other injuries, like broken legs or a sprained wrist.

Students diagnosed with a concussion took an average of 5.4 days to return to classes while other students only took off 2.8 days, on average.

Concussions, commonly associated with sports, can be attributed to a number of accidents. A Rochester slip and fall lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says it’s very common for a person to suffer a concussion off the playing field.

“Nearly half of all concussions are caused by falls,” Rochester slip and fall attorney Ross Cellino said. “Many of our clients have tripped on a sidewalk or fell on a slippery floor and the most common injury is a concussion.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2.5 million Americans visit emergency rooms each year after suffering traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), including concussions. In fact, TBIs contributed to more than 50,000 deaths.

For doctors, what is most concerning is that rates of TBI-related hospital visits have increased by more than 70-percent since 2001.

“Concussions affect everyone and they could have long-term effects, especially in children,” Cellino said. “Whether a person has been injured in a slip and fall or a car crash, it is important to talk to a doctor and seek legal advice because concussions can be tricky and that person may never truly recover from it.”

Researchers found that nearly half of all students who suffered a concussion needed academic help, like tutoring weeks after the injury occurred.

Lead author Erin Wasserman said the concussion causes an energy crisis in the brain and it takes a while to fully heal. Wasserman says that’s why many people experience headaches, dizziness and they often have trouble sleeping.

“Many of the symptoms associated with concussions can cause problems of their own,” Cellino said. “It’s very difficult for a person who can’t sleep or is constantly under the pressure of a headache to operate at full-capacity and that can translate into problems at school or work.”

Health professionals say students often encounter problems with their vision or eye movements following a concussion, which can also impact a child’s or young adult’s capability to learn.

Doctors and researchers have yet to determine what exactly triggers the learning difficulties or how to prevent them following a concussion but in many cases, a person can be compensated for their injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion, a Rochester slip and fall attorney at Cellino & Barnes could help obtain the maximum amount available.

Our Rochester slip and fall lawyers at Cellino & Barnes have represented clients across Central and Western New York with high success rates. Contact an attorney today for a free case evaluation.

Winter Slip & Fall Warning

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Winter Slip & Fall WarningROCHESTER, N.Y. – Caution: Falling can hurt your head. Yes, you already knew that but sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish a wet floor from a dry one or ice from concrete (see black ice). That’s why a Rochester personal injury firm is urging people to be cautious after this recent winter blast.

As another winter storm punched Western New York, it created some hazardous conditions – not just for drivers but for those who use their feet to get around. Slip and fall accidents can become daily risks when winter weather strikes. In some cases, you can suffer catastrophic injuries as a result of a fall.

A Rochester slip and fall lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says most property owners have a responsibility to clear sidewalks and make walkways safe for the public to use.

“When the snow piles up on a sidewalk and owner neglects to clear that snow, it can become a hazardous situation for anyone using these walkways in Rochester,” slip and fall attorney Ross Cellino said. “We are urging landlords and homeowners to clear their sidewalks and use melting salt to make sure these areas are safe for people to use because if they aren’t, you could be held liable for any injuries.”

In most areas, homeowners are required by law to clear sidewalks within hours after a storm.

Businesses with tile floors are also hot spots for slip and fall injuries after a winter storm. Snow, slush and ice can build up along the entryways and exits, making the tiles very slick. If these areas are not cleared, the wet floors can cause someone to slip.

Rochester slip and fall attorneys at Cellino & Barnes handle many of these cases each winter. They say the best way to avoid an injury is to be proactive and to be careful.

“As we urge businesses and homeowners to clear their walkways, we also want the people who use these walkways to be extra cautious,” Cellino said. “Be prepared for black ice and wear slip-resistant boots, if possible.”

Attorneys say businesses should always be prepared with sand or melting salt during the winter months, especially when forecasters expect a storm. Just a little traction can prevent a fall… and an injury.

If a property owner neglected to clear a path and you’ve slipped as a result, contact Cellino & Barnes today for a free consultation.

Clear A Path!

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Clear A Path!NEW YORK – It only takes one misstep for you to slip, fall and end up in the hospital. It happens to millions of Americans every year and it costs us a lot of money.

That’s why many cities have laws that are designed to keep walkways safe – and clear of snow, ice and debris. Unfortunately, many New Yorkers ignore this law and someone can get seriously injured.

A Brooklyn slip and fall lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says property owners have up to 14 hours to clear public pathways after it snows – but following a recent snow storm, many paths weren’t cleared for days.

“New Yorkers are required to clear snow from their sidewalks and use melting mixtures to get rid of any ice,” Brooklyn slip and fall attorney Steve Barnes said. “If someone slips and falls on your sidewalk, that person can call our firm – and we could hold you responsible for their injuries.”

Over the past year, the city has received nearly 3,000 complaints from pedestrians who called 311 to report snow or ice on a public pathway.slip

According to RentHop.com, most of those complaints were generated in Brooklyn. Specifically, neighborhoods like Park Slope and Prospect Heights had over 50 complaints per square mile. A data analysis shows that the complaints consistently mark these neighborhoods as repeat offenders when it comes to disobeying the snow-removal law.

“It’s dangerous for anyone who uses the sidewalk,” Barnes said. “Unfortunately, our clients get injured because some property owners neglect their responsibility to make their public pathways safe.”

Since 2013, Brooklyn has constantly received more complaints about snow and ice than any other borough. Queens consistently places second.

For an depth look at the data in your neighborhood, click here.

If you or a loved one has been injured from a slip and fall accident, contact one of our Brooklyn personal injury attorneys at (800) 888-8888.

Staying Safe While Illuminating the Holidays

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Illuminating the HolidaysNEW YORK – Whether you’re wrapping lights around the tree or turning your building into a glowing spectacle, putting the sparkle in the holidays could put you in the emergency room if someone isn’t careful.

“It can be a beautiful time of year with all the lights and decorations around the city but it can also be dangerous,” Steve Barnes, a Brooklyn slip and fall attorney at Cellino & Barnes said. “Many people fall off ladders and some can get electrocuted while preparing for the holiday season.”

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, around 250 people suffer decoration-related injuries each day in the month of December. Most of the injuries involved falls (34%).

“Many businesses and agencies are decking the halls this time of year but it’s important for their employees to do this safely,” Barnes said. “Unfortunately, many employers don’t provide safe guidelines for their employees and without the proper safety protocols, the holidays can turn tragic.”

Brooklyn slip and fall attorneys urge everyone to use extreme caution when using a ladder to set-up adornments. However, falls aren’t the only accident decorators should be aware of.

Trees can be a fire hazard, if not watered properly.

Ornaments, lights and other decorations can also be hazardous to small children.

“Ornaments can break into sharp pieces and other decorations could pose choking hazards for kids,” Barnes said. “We want your holidays to be joyous and safe – but too often we an oversight can cause someone to get hurt.”

Lawyers and health advocates recommend putting safety on your checklist – and don’t set up decorations alone. A second hand could help prevent accidents from happening.

Brooklyn slip and fall lawyers say although the lights and the colors may look nice, it’s not worth a trip to the hospital.

Falls, Fights Behind Most Eye Injuries

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Fights Behind Most Eye InjuriesNEW YORK – When you slip and fall, you hope you don’t land on your face. Unfortunately, thousands of Americans actually do – and it gets worse: you can injure your sense of sight.

A new study found that falls and fights are the leading causes of eye injuries. The study also discovered that the cost of treating those injuries is on the rise. According to Johns Hopkins researchers, treatment costs rose 62 percent in just 10 years.

Bronx slip and fall lawyers with Cellino & Barnes say eye injuries can be extremely expensive – costing more than $20,000 to treat.

“Your eyes are vital but sophisticated organs and too often, we see people suffer serious injuries in the Bronx,” slip and fall attorney Steve Barnes said. “Unfortunately, the treatment costs have gone up significantly – that’s why we suggest calling an attorney who can make sure you get the best recovery possible.”

In 2002, the median cost of treating eye injuries was just $12,430.

Researchers said falls were the leading cause of these eye injuries – with more than 8,400 hospitalizations. Fights were not far behind with 8,000. Car accidents, toxic substances, dog bites, and defective products were also in the mix.

According to the authors of the Johns Hopkins study, many patients deferred treatment for their eye injuries, even when they were severe, due to the high medical costs.

Bronx slip and fall attorneys at Cellino & Barnes say deferring treatment can be dangerous and calling a lawyer could save you unnecessary pain and suffering.

“When a patient refuses treatment, that injury may not heal on its own and they could develop severe complications,” Barnes said. “That’s why our attorneys fight to get clients the compensation they deserve – we want to see our clients get the treatments they need.”

Study authors wanted their research to draw attention to the high costs of these injuries and make it known that most of these accidents can be prevented. Safety glasses are “vastly” underused, one author pointed out.

When it comes to fights, attorneys suggest staying out of them. Diplomacy can settle disagreements in a much safer fashion.


Ankle Injuries and the Long-Lasting Effects

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Ankle InjuriesNEW YORK – From the moment you get out of bed, your day starts on your ankles. They support your body and help you get where you need to go every day. Whether you walk, ride a bike or even drive a car, your ankles play an important role.

When you twist your ankle, you may have been taught to ‘shake it off.’ Anyone who’s played a sport has heard this phrase and while many athletes live by it; the truth is even a small ankle injury can have long-lasting effects.

A Manhattan slip and fall lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says ankle injuries can have significant consequences, affecting a person years after an accident.

“Ankle injuries are very common in just about every accident that happens in Manhattan,” slip and fall lawyer Steve Barnes said. “Many people think they can ‘walk it off’ after an accident but ankles bear the weight of the entire body and even a minor injury can become severe if it’s not treated properly.”

The constant force on your ankle could make it difficult for the joint to heal, one study determined.

The study, authored by researchers at the University of North Carolina, analyzed collegiate athletes who suffered multiple ankle injuries. The study discovered that the athletes became far less physically active than others who did not suffer an injury.

According to the study’s authors, the brain re-wires itself to compensate for the injury.

“Some victims of a slip and fall accident may never walk the same way again,” Barnes said. “Injuries can be devastating and life-changing and that’s why it’s important to get the medical attention and compensation you need after any accident.”

New York slip and fall attorneys at Cellino & Barnes say the side-effects of an ankle injury may not be apparent immediately. It could take weeks, months or years to develop adverse side-effects but research has consistently shown that even a slight sprain can have long-lasting effects.

When you sprain an ankle, you’re tearing or stretching ligaments, doctors said. The stress causes scar tissue to form which then changes the mechanics of how you walk, run, bike, or move entirely.

Doctors suggest letting it heal – don’t try to ‘walk it off’ or run through the pain. If you’ve injured your ankle in any way, the best option is to visit a doctor who specializes in lower body injuries, such as a sports-focuses therapist.

There are a number of exercises that can increase ankle strength and mobility – like balancing exercises.

Doctors say, as with any muscle in the body, regular exercise is the most effective method of prevention.

When Falls Hurt the Most

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When Falls Hurt the MostROCHESTER, N.Y. – A slip and fall can happen almost anywhere, any time. In many cases, your injuries may not be your fault. In fact, most slip and falls can be prevented if people properly inspected and maintained their properties. Although most property owners understand the liabilities associated with hazards, these unnecessary injuries remain very common and expensive, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Recently, a Texas woman filed a claim of up to $1 million after she slipped in a local grocery store. According to the lawsuit, the woman was walking through the store when she slipped “on a substance that was on the floor.” The suit accuses the store of negligently failing to safeguard customers from hazards.

Rochester slip and fall attorneys at Cellino & Barnes say these companies can be on the hook for your medical bills and lost wages, if a court determines store managers were negligent.

“A slip and fall can be devastating for some people in Rochester,” slip and fall lawyer Ross Cellino said. “Victims constantly have to visit the doctor for therapy and check-ups and some may never recover from their injuries – obviously, all of this can be frustrating.”

In many cases, an injured person can recover past and future medical expenses by filing a claim but lawyers say sometimes that’s not enough.

“Some of these injuries can be life changing,” Cellino said. “It’s difficult for doctors to determine how well a person will recover from their injuries and exactly how long that will take, if they ever recover.”

Cellino says some victims may need to file a claim that includes pain, suffering or disfigurement. These claims could result in significant compensation for an injured person.

In any case, a consultation with a lawyer is free at Cellino & Barnes and victims of slip and fall injuries are urged to seek legal advice when attempting to recover monetary losses as the result of an accident.

Exercise Could Reduce Falls

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Exercise Could Reduce FallsBUFFALO, N.Y. – Falls are the number one reason patients are admitted to emergency rooms each year, according to studies. More than 8 million people are checked into hospitals after a slip, trip or fall and new research has found exercise could minimize the risk of injury.

The study, published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, analyzed adults between 45 and 64 years of age. Researchers found that falls are the third leading cause of accidental death within this age group.

A Buffalo slip and fall lawyer with Cellino & Barnes says this type of accident can be costly and it may be covered by someone else’s insurance.

“The compensation and medical costs associated with a fall can cost an average of $22,000 for people in Buffalo,” slip and fall attorney Ross Cellino said. “Many of these accidents could be someone else’s fault and our attorneys do everything they can to get our clients the best compensation possible.”

Researchers are finding just how serious slip and fall accidents are: costing an estimated $91 billion in emergency care and compensation each year. However, their study had a bright spot; showing some of the injuries could be prevented with regular exercise.

The analysis of national data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that those who exercised regularly had significantly fewer falls and injuries than those who were not physically active.

Those who had exercise routines reduced their risk of injury by 6 to 7 percent.

“Exercising can provide clear benefits but sometimes these accidents happen,” Cellino said. “We encourage people to be physically active but if an accident happens, having a good lawyer on your team has advantages too.”

Researchers hope their findings will influence more Americans to increase their physical activity and guide policies to prevent trips, slips and falls.

The Level of Pain

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Level of PainROCHESTER, N.Y. – Take a guess at how many adults regularly deal with chronic or severe back pain… Think you got a good number? It’s 50 million. Yes, 50 million Americans are constantly suffering from pain, according to a study from the Nation Institutes of Health.

Researchers crunched data from nearly 10,000 people and found that about 56 percent reported having some level of pain in the past three months. An estimated 14.4 million people reported the most intense pain- chronic pain.

“Many of these people suffer from lower back pain and wrist pain as a result of injuries they suffered from an accident that happened right here in Rochester,” slip and fall attorney Ross Cellino said. “These injuries result in thousands of dollars in immediate medical bills – that doesn’t include any future treatments or surgeries a person may need.”

Rochester slip and fall attorneys at the Law Offices of Cellino and Barnes say injuries as a result of these accidents are costly and the pain can last a life time. Off the job injuries alone cost the nation at least $280 billion in 2012, according to the National Safety Council. According to a workplace safety index measured by a national insurance company, the annual direct cost of workplace injuries due to slips, trips and falls is over $11 billion.

Slips, trips and falls also send 9 million people to the hospital each year and this type of accident is the leading cause of worker’s compensation claims.

“These accidents are rarely thought of as severe, life-changing incidents but clearly, the statistics show they can be,” Cellino said. “One trip can lead to a broken wrist which can leave a victim battling chronic pain for years.”

More than 95 million workdays each year are lost due to slips, trips and falls. So, is it a surprise that so many Americans battle severe and chronic pain? Rochester slip and fall lawyers say it’s important to keep the future in mind. An experienced attorney can help negotiate a settlement that will help cover the future costs associated with an injury.

With chronic pain on the rise, a lawyer can play a major role in securing funds for future operations to help minimize the pain.

Summer Slips

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Summer SlipsBUFFALO, N.Y. – It’s a nice hot day in August. People are cooling off poolside, getting their cars washed and having an ice cream cone. Then, you hear someone scream: “oww!” They’ve slipped, breaking a bone or two in the process. The person may have even hit their head, causing brain injuries.

Buffalo slip and fall lawyers at Cellino & Barnes say accidents happen frequently and it doesn’t take much water (or other substance) to create a slippery situation.

“Soapy water from car washes, melting ice cream or a slippery deck by the water are known to cause serious injuries in Buffalo,” slip and fall attorney Ross Cellino said. “Summertime slip and fall cases are quite common.”

Recently, a Kentucky woman filed a negligence suit against Trump National Doral Miami. The woman is asking for more than $15,000 after falling on wet marble near the resort’s pool area.

Another case was filed against Norwegian Cruise Line after a woman slipped on the pool deck, fracturing her wrist.

In Canada, a woman and her daughter are seeking $1.1 million after they both slipped trying to flee a malfunctioning waterslide in an Alberta mall.

“Falls send over 8 million people to emergency rooms each year,” Cellino said. “It’s the number one reason people go to the hospital, so it can be a very common but expensive accident.”

Injuries due to falls cost an estimated $15 million per year in the U.S. and costs are rising. After any accident, Buffalo slip and fall attorneys suggest exploring your legal options to determine whether you can be compensated for your injuries.

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