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Traumatic Brain Injury and Its Impact in Places Outside of the Military and Sports

There has been a lot of recent coverage regard the impact that the traumatic brain injury has in the sports and on military personnel. For example, the recent settlement between the NFL and 5,000 NFL players has been all over the news recently. Unfortunately, research also indicates that traumatic brain injury occurs in more every day places as well.
Recently, the Huffington post did a story on the growing public awareness surrounding TBI. Some of the facts appearing in the article are fairly shocking. For example, the article states that car accidents, work and household injuries and assaults resulting in traumatic brain injures lead to 2 million emergency room visits per year. Even worse, these injuries and events contribute to 50,000 deaths per year in the United States.  All in all, these studies show that traumatic brain injury is a real problem among the general population. So much so, that major universities are increasingly devoting effort to studying these incidents.

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You don’t need to be a pro-athlete or in the military to suffer from traumatic brain injury.  Traumatic brain injury can happen even to individuals without particularly dangerous jobs. If you have been in an accident and diagnosed with a TBI, there may be something we can do to help at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, P.C. We are experienced in representing individuals that have sustained a traumatic brain injury in an accident that wasn’t their fault. If you are seeking options, contact us today.

By |November 21st, 2014|Brain Injury Blog|Comments Off on Traumatic Brain Injury and Its Impact in Places Outside of the Military and Sports

So What Is a Concussion Anyway?

The Daily Medical recently came out with an article summarizing our medical knowledge in regards to concussions. The good news is that we know more than you might think. The bad news is that we are still a long way away from being able to fully understand and beat traumatic brain injuries.
So, as the article asks, what is a concussion? The article describes how your brain is encased in that general protects it from coming into contact with the walls inside your head. However, when am impact actually does cause your brain to hit your skull walls, the membranes surrounding your brain cells begin to leak potassium. When this happens, the leaky cell requires an injection of more energy to stay function. At the same time, calcium flows into the membrane. The brain is forced to siphon the calcium back out. The resulting “energy crisis” makes it harder to move, speak and even think.
The article also details a few misconceptions that parents often have about concussions and TBI. The first is that a cat-scan or MRI can be used to diagnosis a brain injury. Unfortunately, only direct observation such as through tests of balance and reflex can be used to diagnosis TBI. At the same time, some parents do not have a grasp on the guidelines regarding when their children should return to playing sports.

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By |November 7th, 2014|Brain Injury Blog|Comments Off on So What Is a Concussion Anyway?

Concussions in Teen Years Have Serious Lingering Effects

According to a new study, teens who have suffered a serious brain injury, such as a concussion, are twice as likely to be bullied and roughly three times as likely to attempt suicide compared to those who haven’t.
The study, which was recently published in the open-access online journal PLOS ONE, drew upon data from the 2011 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey, which contains responses from nearly 9,300 students between grades 7 and 12 in 181 publicly funded schools across Ontario. Questions about traumatic brain injuries were added to the OSDUHS for the first time in 2011 and were answered by a sub-sample of 4,816 students.
The teenagers were asked whether they had ever suffered a head injury that resulted in them being unconscious for at least five minutes or required at least one night’s stay in a hospital. Just under a fifth of the students had suffered at least one head injury that met one of those qualifications.
According to the results of the survey, teens who have sustained a concussion are at significantly greater risk of engaging in a variety of high risk behaviors including crimes like arson, theft, property damage, running away from home, breaking and entering, and assault. They are also more likely to become bullies, seek counseling, and be prescribed medication for depression and/or anxiety.
“These results show that preventable brain injuries and mental health and behavioral problems among teens continue to remain a blind spot in our culture,” said Gabriela Ilie, the lead author of the study and a post-doctoral fellow at St. Michael’s Hospital, in a statement. “These kids are falling through the cracks.”
Teenagers who have suffered a concussion also tend to be victimized by peers more frequently than […]

By |April 22nd, 2014|Brain Injury Blog|Comments Off on Concussions in Teen Years Have Serious Lingering Effects

“Minor” Head Injuries May Not Be So Minor

If you think you have suffered only a “minor” brain injury, it’s still worth it to get the injury looked at—head injuries which appear unserious can actually be fatal.
Many people have a fall, a sports-related head injury or a car accident, and they walk away with a simple headache, thinking that their injury is nothing to worry about. Not so, claim scientists; you may have suffered from a “traumatic brain injury.” Several years ago, for example, an actress fell during a ski lesson, appeared to be perfectly fine, and ended up dying a short while later due to a brain injury.
The terrible nature of these injuries is that folks simply may not know that they have them. A person may not feel anything, but the injury can be putting pressure on the brain, slowly increasing it until blood flow is reduced to the brain and the patient begins to show symptoms, at which time it may tragically be too late.
Some medications can increase the risk of brain hemorrhages, and a small bump on the head can lead to serious injury and even death. Some patients can feel normal for multiple days before showing symptoms; after a head injury, doctors suggest monitoring victims closely to make sure no symptoms arise, and if there are any symptoms or changes in behavior, then the patient should receive a CAT scan immediately.
As a traumatic brain injury lawyer, I know how terrible these injuries can be, and I know how important it is to ensure that everyone receives adequate medical care and inspection after even the most minor of head bumps and injuries. Nobody should wait until it is too late to be inspected for these types of injuries—your […]

By |March 31st, 2014|Brain Injury Blog|Comments Off on “Minor” Head Injuries May Not Be So Minor

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Do you know someone with a brain injury? Such injuries can seriously devastate someone’s life—and it’s important to be aware of, and up-to-date on, brain injuries and how they can affect their victims.
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. This month is meant to shed light on and examine brain injuries, which currently affect more than 5,300,000 Americans. Brain injuries or traumatic brain injures (TBIs) are caused by bumps on or collisions with the head, which disrupt the brain’s normal everyday functions. Car accidents, explosions and gunshot wounds are some of the countless ways in which an individuals brain can be injured. Our veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have suffered TBIs in astonishing amounts—well over 300,000, or between ten and twenty percent of our troops, have been diagnosed with TBIs. This is a problem that affects an enormous amount of people on an everyday basis.
As a traumatic brain injury lawyer, I know how important it is to recognize, be aware of and study traumatic brain injures in our society; there are simply too many of these injuries affecting too many people for us to ignore the issue. If you’ve acquired a traumatic brain injury, it’s important to be aware of how to treat it; it’s also important to be aware of your legal rights and rights to compensation in such an event.

By |March 19th, 2014|Brain Injury Blog|Comments Off on March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Brain Disease Potentially Linked to Soccer

According to a recent report in the New York Times, the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy can potentially be linked to the soccer field. These new findings bolster the conviction held by many scientists that the disease is not limited merely to “violent” sports such as boxing and football.
The disease may be spurred by the fact that many soccer players “head” the ball, or redirecting the ball with one’s head; a soccer ball can be moving at tremendous speeds when a player heads it, and players may head a ball many times during a single game. A study was conducted posthumously on a soccer player who passed away from the brain disease, and the damage to his brain was found in the part of his head that would normally have come into contact with the ball.
The death of the soccer player was tragic and dismaying, and it is vital that our brain injury scientists identify any causal factors related to the contraction of any kind of brain disease caused by traumatic brain injuries or concussions. As a personal injury attorney who specializes in traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), I know how serious and prevalent is the problem of serious brain injury—and I know how crucial it is that researchers work hard to identify causes and cures related to these devastating diseases.

By |March 13th, 2014|Brain Injury Blog|Comments Off on Brain Disease Potentially Linked to Soccer

Youth Leaders Should Lead Effort to Reduce Child Concussions

Parents and youth coaches should be on the forefront of reducing children’s brain injuries, according to a recent article at BrainlineKids.
As the author makes clear, adults need to take the lead in ensuring that children do not suffer devastating brain injuries, which can affect kids for a lifetime. Some of the key efforts that adults can make include educating themselves on the risks and signs of concussions, developing plans to manage brain injuries should they occur, and ensuring that children do not return to potentially-dangerous sports activities after a brain injury without first seeking medical advice.
It is particularly important to learn the signs and symptoms of a brain injury; if you’re not familiar with how a concussion “looks,” for instance, then you may not properly treat it before it causes lasting damage to a child. The Center for Disease Control offers valuable resources for parents and adults to learn what symptoms follow a brain injury or concussion; it is important for anyone in charge of children to be aware of these signs.
As a personal brain injury attorney, I know how awful these injuries can be—how they can seriously impede a child’s ability to function both in the short and the long term. I fully support the efforts of various advocacy groups and medical organizations to further awareness of brain injuries and concussions, and reduce the awful effects they can have on young people. We should be taking care to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all children—and that includes protecting them from brain injuries, which can last a lifetime.

By |February 5th, 2014|Brain Injury Blog|Comments Off on Youth Leaders Should Lead Effort to Reduce Child Concussions

Brain Injury Awareness Day Approaches in Virginia

The Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV) is hosting this year’s Brain Injury Awareness Day at the Virginia state capitol on Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am.
The Association has been working hard with Virginia state government over the 2014 general assembly session in order to advance the goals and interests of those in Virginia who suffer from brain injuries. For instance, the BIAV has identified a patron for a $4.5 million budget in order to expand the resources of the Association and increase outreach to Virginians who suffer from traumatic brain injuries. The BIAV is also working to ensure that the brain injury community is fairly and equally represented under the Virginia Disability Commission.
I applaud the efforts of the Brain Injury Association of Virginia in advancing the vital cause of brain injury awareness in the Old Dominion. I am an injury attorney that specializes in traumatic brain injury, so I know how important it is to raise awareness of brain injuries, as well as ensure that governments and private individuals provide adequate and appropriate care to victims of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). With any luck, the BIAV will have a successful season lobbying the General Assembly on behalf of Virginia’s citizens with brain injuries.

By |January 27th, 2014|Brain Injury Blog|Comments Off on Brain Injury Awareness Day Approaches in Virginia

Experts Come Together to Study Sports-Related Concussions

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) have recently authored a publication entitled: “Sports-Related Concussions in Youth: Improving the Science, Changing the Culture.” The report promises to shed light on the dangerous and frequent incidences of sports-related head injuries the country’s children suffer on a regular basis.
Though data is somewhat unreliable, it is known that sports-related concussions have risen over the past decade. Male athletes at the high school and college levels engaged in football, lacrosse and soccer (among other sports) suffer the highest rates of sports concussions; in women’s sports, female athletes who play basketball, lacrosse, soccer and ice hockey are the highest sufferers of concussions. However, the data remains under-reported; the IOM and the NRC call upon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish a reliable database to investigate the matter.
The report also calls upon several remedial measures in order to reduce incidences of sports-related concussions, such as ramping up safety and equipment standards. As well, the authors point out that the “culture of sports” can have a negative impact on reportage of concussion events: many athletes are so eager to get back in the game and appear unfazed by an injury that they will avoid seeking treatment for even something as serious as a concussion.

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If you’ve suffered a head injury, you shouldn’t wait to treat it—it could be a concussion, which can have serious effects on your health, motor skills, and brain function. Any head injury demands treatment—don’t delay in seeking medical help.

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By |January 2nd, 2014|Brain Injury Blog|Comments Off on Experts Come Together to Study Sports-Related Concussions
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    Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Program at Virginia Commonwealth University

Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Program at Virginia Commonwealth University

Last year, Virginia Commonwealth University received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s NIDRR (National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research) in order to research possible cures for traumatic brain injuries. The program, one of only sixteen in the United States, will maintain a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System to facilitate studies into TBI treatments and remedies.
TBI Model Systems must develop and implement a system that meets the complex needs of TBI victims; such needs include emergency and acute medical services, along with rehabilitative services. A Model System must also recruit and enroll enough participants in order to facilitate adequate and extensive research into traumatic brain injuries; the research areas are established by the NIDRR and include TBI-related community living, technology, employment and other concerns.
The NIDRR has stipulated that VCU’s focuses are to be the improvement of adjustment and resilience of TBI sufferers, as well as the improvement of relationships between couples who are affected by TBI. Due to the cognitive, emotional and behavioral difficulties due to TBI, the adjustment period for victims can be taxing; VCU will establish a regularly-scheduled rehabilitation program for participants in order to assist with the transition. As well, since loved ones can play such a vital role in the recovery process, the couples program will ensure that spouses and significant others are well-educated and –informed in order to provide support and assistance to TBI victims.
The program will recruit patients in the inpatient rehabilitation program at VCU’s medical center and follow them at intervals for the first ten years, with further study being conducted at five-year intervals.
Data from the various programs around the country have been used in a number of studies; the data are drawn from […]

By |September 23rd, 2013|Brain Injury Blog|Comments Off on Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Program at Virginia Commonwealth University