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CaseBarnettLaw.com 949-861-2990 SIMPLE AND CREATIVE Halloween Treats to Make With Your Kids

To start, dye the almond slivers black to make “fingernails.” Cut the pretzel rods down to finger-length and dip them in frosting dyed the pale green of witches’ skin. While the frosting is still soft, stick an almond fingernail at the tip. If you want extra details, use a toothpick to make knuckles in the frosting. Spooky Oreos What you’ll need: Oreos, melting chocolate (white or bittersweet), decorations Melt your chocolate, dip America’s favorite cookies in it, and let them set. Ta-da! You’re left with the perfect blank canvas for your children (and you!). Run wild — from spider webs and ghosts to vampires and werewolves, you’ll have a unique treat for everyone at your party. Follow these simple instructions (don’t be afraid to get creative!), and you’ll delight kids of all ages this year. What type of doctor should I see if I think I have a brain injury? A neurologist. How do I pay for the doctor and/or testing? You should look at your health or accident insurance policies to see what is covered. Ask the following questions: What is the deductible? What are the limits of the lifetime benefits? What is the definition of rehabilitation services? How are the benefits coordinated? Is there a major medical carrier that will pay medical bills if there is a catastrophic injury? Is there coverage under the homeowner’s insurance policy? Is there an umbrella policy? Which symptoms warrant a trip to the hospital? Any loss of consciousness, vomiting, or extreme headaches. When in doubt, go to the ER. My CT scan at the hospital was clear. Can I still have a brain injury? Yes. CT scans are to show bleeding on the brain. However, damage to axons and deeper injuries will not show. You will need an MRI or 3T MRI to see injuries at this level. If my brain injury is the result of someone’s negligence, who is responsible for paying for my medical costs? The owner of the property or other parties may be liable to compensate you. Brain Injury Resources • alllaw.com/articles/nolo/personal-injury/claims-for-tbi-following-accident.html • msktc.org/tbi/factsheets/Understanding-TBI/The-Recovery-Process-For- Traumatic-Brain-Injury • alllaw.com/articles/nolo/personal-injury/settlement-value-head-injury-claim.html • biausa.org/brain-injury-treatment.htm • traumaticbraininjury.com/funding-resources/health-and-accident-insurance/

Creating decked-out, bespoke costumes for your kids takes a lot of planning and hard work. If you want an easier way to make Halloween more creative this year, try creating some holiday-themed treats the whole family can participate in making. The results will be a lot more exciting than the standard fun-sized candy bars that you’ll have more than enough of after the holiday. Donut Monsters What you’ll need: glazed or plain donuts, M&M’s, plastic fangs These monsters require only brief assembly, and the effect is awesome. Simply buy your favorite glazed donuts, or make them yourself if you’re feeling adventurous, buy some cheap, plastic fangs, and decorate. You can use red food coloring for a blood effect and candy for eyes. You’re only limited by your imagination. Witch Finger Pretzels What you’ll need: large pretzel sticks, frosting, green and black food dye, almond slivers What are the symptoms of a brain injury? Symptoms include problems with memory, headaches, vision problems, amnesia, inability to speak or understand language, mental confusion, difficulty thinking and understanding, inability to recognize common things, aggression, balance issues, irritability, impulsivity, dizziness, fainting, fatigue, anger, loneliness, anxiety, and apathy. What are the signs of a brain injury? Signs include dilated pupils, raccoon eyes, nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, blurred vison, light sensitivity, loss of consciousness, blackout, persistent headache, bleeding, bone fracture, bruising, head depression, loss of smell, nerve injury, post-traumatic seizure, ringing in the ears, sensitivity to sound, and stiff muscles. How long do concussion symptoms last? Symptoms last anywhere from a few hours to a fewmonths. Most symptoms occur within the first seven to 10 days and resolve within three months. Sometimes, symptoms can last a year or more. What is the length of recovery for a traumatic brain injury? The first six months show the fastest improvement. The injury symptoms continue to improve from six months to two years, and recovery slows down substantially after two years. How are brain injuries treated? In severe cases, there are no treatments that can make a brain injury completely heal. However, there are many types of rehabilitation programs that can help teach coping skills and offer life assistance. In addition, there are medications that can be given to help with symptoms associated with the brain injury. Types of therapy may include physical, occupational, speech, psychological, vocational, and cognitive. Brain Injuries Is a concussion a brain injury? Yes, it is a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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