Concussion in California Law

Concussion is a serious concern for anyone, especially in sports; so much so that California legislators thought it was a good idea to pass a law about it.

Most people consider concussion as not such a big deal, but it is in fact an injury to the brain. True, some concussions are mild and patients eventually recover enough to go back to their normal activities, but any injury to the brain is always worrisome. Very little is known about the brain even in this day and age, and to say with any certainty that an injury to the brain today will not have an effect several years down the road is being cocky, to say the least. Such injuries can have life-changing consequences.

Concussion is unfortunately a common occurrence in contact sports such as football. To limit the damage at least to the young, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that would take effect in 2015 that regulates full-contact practice in middle- and high-school football to 90 minute sessions for a maximum of twice a week in the off-season. Any player who suffers a head injury is compelled to retire from practice until thoroughly examined and given the green light by a licensed health professional. It is not a significant protection for these literally young minds, but it’s a start. Reports of concussion among high school football players had been on the rise.

But that doesn’t address the issue of concussion in college and pro football players, and who is liable for it the player sustains serious injury. About 36% of college football players suffer multiple concussive events, and many continue to play despite the injury.

If a third party neglects to pull a player from the field for a suspected concussion and the player sustains serious traumatic brain injury, that individual may be held responsible. Consult with a personal injury or car accident lawyer in your state for assistance in this matter.

Receiving Social Security Disability Insurance

Disabilities can pose many different problems for adults trying to support their families. In addition to complicating the ability to work, disabilities can also cost an incredible amount of money. The Social Security Administration is a government agency that provides financial benefits to citizens who qualify for the program. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applies to people who meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of “disability” and have completed the appropriate amount of work requirements. Because disabilities cost the family, in addition to the primary beneficiary, SSDI can cover certain dependent family members. People living in larger, more expensive, cities like San Antonio might be entitled to more money than people with smaller expenses.

Legal counsel can help applicants as they try to file or appeal SSDI claims. Sometimes, the Social Security Administration denies applications the first time around, in this case a lawyer would be a necessary asset. A lawyer can help candidates apply, file, and appeal SSDI claims. A lawyer can also represent an injured person as they seek to qualify under the Social Security’s specific definition of disability (a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death).

People applying for SSDI benefits must provide medical records verifying their conditions. The Social Security Administration must approve of the medical source that verifies the disability. When evaluating the patient’s eligibility for SSDI, medical history, clinical and laboratorial findings, diagnosis, previous treatments, and prognoses are considered. People covered by SSDI suffer from a range of medical conditions, from lost limbs, visual impairments, congenital heart disease, to autoimmune disorders. Likewise, psychological disorders are considered alongside with physical disabilities. If an applicant or beneficiary is caught faking a disability to receive SSDI payments they could face serious fraud charges.

Going Green: A Dietary Change

Thinking of going green in your diet? There are many great things to be said of a mainly-green diet. While almost any green vegetables are good for you, some are more beneficial than others. Below is a list of some great foods to try when going green:

  • Kale—This leafy green is filled with almost all the nutrients you could hope for. It is full of vitamins A,C, and K, calcium, and potassium.
  • Spinach—This veggie, which can be eaten cooked or raw, is a great source of vitamins A and C.
  • Broccoli—This is great mixed into pasta, raw with a yogurt-based dip, or steamed. It has loads of vitamins A and C, and is only 25 calories per serving.
  • Cabbage—Once again, a great source of necessary vitamins, cabbage is a low-calorie vegetable that can be eaten in a variety of ways.
  • Cucumber—Not only a great source of vitamin B, cucumbers are also 95% water and therefore, a great way to hydrate the body.

If you are thinking of going green in your diet, these five power vegetables are great to incorporate into your daily intake.