Almost every process in our body, from how we view colors to our breathing patterns, is determined by our brain. This single organ handles so many different aspects of our everyday life, that we often take it for granted. That is why traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can be so devastating. Beyond sometimes being fatal, they can also unsuspectingly influence our basic functions, including our ability to speak. It is not uncommon for victims of head injuries to suffer from stutters or slurred speech after an accident.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are disruptions in the normal function of the brain caused by trauma. A TBI can be the result of a blow or jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury, such as a bullet wound. Severe TBI can dramatically affect the way the body functions, including mobility, memory, and cognitive ability. But it can also significantly impact a victim’s psychological and emotional health, both of which can be included in a claim for damages.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) nationwide. Despite this fact, most of the research conducted on TBIs has been focused on sports-related injury, or injuries suffered by members of the armed forces. However, a new research project being conducted by the University of Arizona’s College of Engineering is looking to create a tool that can calculate the likelihood of someone getting a TBI after different types of traffic collisions.
Victims of brain injuries endure not only physical challenges as a result of those injuries, but also significant financial burdens in the form of expenses for medical care, nursing, and rehabilitation. It is common for families to go into debt to help pay for a loved one’s treatment and care in the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury.
Some of the most common causes of brain injuries in New York City are auto accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, and physical assaults. When a brain injury is caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, the at-fault individual or entity can be held liable for the victims’ injuries, damages, and losses. Plaintiffs in such cases must show that the at-fault party’s negligence or wrongdoing caused or contributed to their brain injuries.
Here are a few examples of injury accidents that can result in brain injury:
In August 2015, legendary football player Frank Gifford died at the age of 84. According to a New York Daily News report, Gifford suffered from the affects of head trauma long after he retired. He’s now the oldest ex-NFL star to be diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
CTE is a brain disease that can only be diagnosed after death. According to Boston College researchers, 87 of the 91 former NFL players they have tested suffered from CTE.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can happen anytime someone suffers a hard bump, jolt or blow to the head. A TBI occurs when an injury, caused by incidents such as car crashes or slip-and-fall accidents, disrupts the normal function of the brain. While some victims of TBI only sustain mild injuries that heal within days, others experience severe long-term or even permanent symptoms. For these victims, rehabilitation will be needed to lessen health problems and cope with new physical limitations.
There are many types of rehabilitation that are needed following a serious TBI because a brain injury can affect you in so many different ways. Victims of brain trauma have their ability to walk, talk and think impaired by their injuries. The right type of rehabilitation plan must be created to fit the unique symptoms of each patient.
Parents, teachers, and coaches whose student-athletes have suffered a concussion know that the symptoms can linger for weeks or months after the initial injury. But a new study suggests that the symptoms girls face after a concussion can be very different from the symptoms boys face.
The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, followed over 9,000 Ontario teenagers who had suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Researchers asked the teens to describe their behavior and moods after the concussion occurred.
The start of the new school year means students throughout New York will be back on the practice field and in the gym, working on their athletic skills and dreaming of a championship trophy. Parents, teachers, and coaches all have a role to play in keeping athletes healthy and protecting them from injury.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sports are the number-one cause of concussions in children ages 10-19. Because a concussion can cause long-term damage to kids’ ability to grow and learn, knowing the signs and getting adequate medical treatment for an injured player are crucial steps to take if a concussion is suspected.
Brain injuries typically occur when there is a bump, jolt, or blow to the head that damages brain tissue. Because brain injuries affect over 2 million people in the United States each year, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and experienced New York traumatic brain injury attorneys recognize March as Brain Injury Awareness Month, a valuable time to help people understand and protect themselves from brain injuries.
According to the BIAA, 2.4 million U.S. residents suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year. This number includes 475,000 children. Although about 1.3 million of these injured individuals will be treated in an emergency room and sent home, another 275,000 will require hospitalization for treatment of their injuries, and as many as 52,000 each year suffer a fatal injury. Brain injuries contribute to nearly one-third of all injury-related deaths.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) annually. The CDC reports that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of TBI-related deaths and are the second leading cause of TBIs. Unfortunately, many brain injury victims struggle to return to the lives they led before the accident.
Life after a TBI may be very different for survivors. The victim may not be able to physically perform as he or she did prior to the accident. He or she may have reduced mental capabilities and a number of brain injury victims also deal with behavioral changes that may be permanent.