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National CPR Awareness Week

The American Heart Association (AHA) is celebrating National CPR Awareness Week by informing the public about how hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can save the lives of people who are falling victim to the nation’s leading killer, sudden cardiac arrest.

Sudden cardiac arrest kills more than 320,000 Americans every year. Performing hands-only CPR can more than double a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chance of surviving.

The AHA recommends everyone learn how to perform this life-saving technique. It can sustain a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s life long enough for medical help to arrive.

When a person’s heart is no longer beating, they are at risk of brain injury because their brain is no longer having fresh oxygen circulating into it. Hands-only CPR can help reduce the risk of brain damage while keeping the sudden cardiac arrest victim alive.


Junior Seau’s family to donate his brain to researchers

NFL Hall of Famer Junior Seau’s family has chosen to donate his brain to science after his death last Wednesday. The former Chargers center was found dead in his home from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest.

Junior Seau is the latest in a string of former NFL players who have committed suicide. This troubling development comes at a time when the league is facing lawsuits alleging that it did not give players adequate warnings about the dangers of concussions. They also claim that mental issues former players were facing, and their subsequent suicides, are related to concussions they suffered on the field.

Junior Seau was admitted to the NFL Hall of Fame during halftime of a Nov. 27, 2011, game at Qualcomm Stadium. He will be remembered for his innumerable contributions to San Diego, both on and off the field.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a brain injury, contact the San Diego brain injury lawyers of Ritter & Associates by calling 619-296-0123


Pedestrian critically injured in Pacific Beach accident

Last Friday, a woman was critically injured in a pedestrian accident in Pacific Beach. According to San Diego police, the 46-year-old pedestrian was hit shortly after 5 p.m. on Loring Street.

The woman was struck as she was exiting a vehicle stopped in the westbound lanes of Loring St. near the intersection at Cass Street. A Jeep with a trailer attached traveling westbound on Loring hit the pedestrian as it tried to pull around the stopped vehicle.

The 46-year-old became trapped underneath the Jeep’s trailer, suffering serious head injuries. Paramedics responded to the scene of the accident and transported the victim to a nearby hospital in critical condition.


Construction industry has most traumatic brain injuries

A recent study shows that the construction industry has the most workers suffer traumatic brain injuries than any other portion of the U.S. workforce.

The study, titled The Epidemiology of Fatal Occupational Traumatic Brain Injury, was conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Heath and Safety.

Another thing the study revealed was that falls have replaced motor-vehicle accidents as the leading cause of construction worker fatalities.

Employers are required to follow specific safety and health regulations.  Some ways to help prevent traumatic brain injuries include wearing proper safety gear and using protective barriers.

If you or someone you love has suffered a brain or head injury, contact the San Diego brain and head injury lawyers of Ritter & Associates at 619-296-0123 to discuss your case and learn more about receiving compensation for a brain injury.


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