Talarick v. Domino’s Pizza A pedestrian struck by a Domino’s Pizza deliveryman and left brain-damaged will receive $1.2 million under an August 31, 2004 settlement. On December 23, 2002, Gerard Talarick was in the roadway of Bustleton Road in Burlington New Jersey tending to his dog which had been hit by a vehicle, when the Domino’s van hit him. He suffered a fractured skull, with bleeding in the brain, and other injuries. He needed emergency surgery to repair punctured intestines and later has two rotator cuff operations.
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Traumatic brain injury is often called the silent epidemic. This poses a problem for the trial attorney in obtaining compensation for his or her client. In many states, in order to recover fair compensation, the attorney must show objective evidence of a brain injury in order to convince skeptical jurors that the injury and problems are real. Unfortunately, traditional diagnostic studies such as MRIs and CT scans, usually show brain functions as normal, especially in mild traumatic brain injuries.

A more recent test that is becoming widely recognized in the scientific and medical communities is PET scans.
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