Traumatic Brain Injury

Supporting a Loved One With a Traumatic Brain Injury

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Every year there are about 2.8 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths resulting from traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries affect not only the individuals but their families and communities. When your loved one has experienced a traumatic brain injury, it can be overwhelming. Your lives have been turned upside down, and you may want to offer support, but you don’t know how. Learn About the Injury Read as much as you can about traumatic brain injury, especially about the specific type your loved one suffers from. Knowing what they are going through and what to expect can be extremely helpful in providing support. Be Patient Traumatic brain injuries come in many different forms, and the results can be unpredictable. From changes in memory and movement to depression or personality changes, your loved one may experience a number of troubling side effects. They may appear different from day to day or hour to hour. It’s important to be as patient as possible and remember that your loved one is going through the worst time in their lives. They deserve your patience, love, and support without judgment and negativity. Keep them Organized Your loved one may have problems with memory and organization as a result of their injury. To be supportive you can offer to help them stay organized. Develop systems, such as calendars and lists, to help them remember things like appointments and even how to complete everyday tasks. Get Them Out of the House Don’t drag them out against their will but getting a loved one with a traumatic brain injury out of the house on occasion can help give them a new perspective. Keep in mind that they may be sensitive to light, sounds, or crowds so make sure that you find a place that is calm with a laid-back atmosphere. Listen It can be hard to anticipate the needs of someone with a traumatic brain injury, but it’s helpful to listen to them. Let them know that you want to help and listen for the things they ask for help with. Your loved one may be embarrassed or not want to appear needy, so it’s important just to show up for them with open arms. Get Help for Yourself A traumatic brain injury is hard on family members and caregivers as well. It’s important to find support groups whether they are online or in the community to help with healing and coping. Don’t forget to take time for yourself. The better rested you are, the more help you will be able to provide your loved one. Call an Experienced Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney If your loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of someone’s negligence, it is important that you meet with a personal injury attorney to explore your options. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have the experience to help you determine the next step. Contact our firm online or call us at 1-800-753-5203 to schedule a free consultation.

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Slip and Fall and Traumatic Brain Injury

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A traumatic brain injury can be a serious complication resulting from a slip and fall accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Approximately 47% of all TBI related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths were the result of falls. TBIs caused by falls are most often found in children under 14 years of age and adults over 65. Many falls result from someone’s negligence. Traumatic Brain Injury TBIs are caused by a bump, jolt, or blow to the head, or some type of penetrating injury. Types of TBIs include: Hematoma—clotting that forms when a blood vessel ruptures Hemorrhage—uncontrolled bleeding either in the space around the brain (subarachnoid) or within the brain tissue (intracerebral) Skull Fracture—forces strong enough to fracture a skull may also cause damage to the brain. Skull fragments can also penetrate the brain and cause serious injury. Concussion—typically a mild head injury that can lead to a loss of consciousness. Some concussions can be more severe. Contusion—a bruise to an area of the brain Diffuse Axonal Injury—a shearing or stretching of the nerve cells that can occur when the brain quickly moves back and forth inside the skull damaging the nerve axons. Slip and Fall Falls are the most common cause of TBI, and this includes falls that result from someone’s negligence. Most slip and fall accidents are preventable if proper safety measures and precautions are taken. Property owners and business owners are responsible for making sure that their premises are reasonably safe from danger for those who enter the property. Slips and falls that result in a TBI could be caused by: Broken curbs Broken or uneven sidewalks Loose or torn carpeting Spills Loose flooring Defective or broken staircases Misplaced electrical cords and equipment Broken ladders or step stools Even though a slip and fall may not be from a significant height, it can still have the potential to cause serious injuries.  Contact a Trusted Attorney If you have sustained a traumatic brain injury as the result of a slip and fall accident, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Contact the trusted lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk onlineor call us at 1-800-753-5203 to schedule your free consultation.

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How Effective are Football Helmets at Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury?

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Protecting athletes from the long time repercussions of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries is one the most important parts of sports safety when it comes to football, especially for younger players. Unfortunately, one of the primary pieces of equipment that players use to protect themselves from these injuries may be less effective than athletes had hoped. According to a recent study from the American Academy of Neurology, football helmets may be considerably less effective at preventing traumatic brain injuries than once thought. About the Football Helmet Study The study was conducted by subjecting a crash test dummy head to tests that simulated impacts to the neck and head. Over 300 tests were conducted using 10 of the most popular football helmet designs. Alarmingly, the study found that these helmets only reduced the risk of sustaining a concussion by an average of 20% compared to not wearing a helmet. Some of the most popular helmet designs were revealed to be particularly ineffective. Why Football Helmets are not More Effective at Avoiding Concussions? Players may have been operating under the assumption that their helmets protected them from all sorts of injuries, including concussions. Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case. According to Frank Condi, co-author of the study and director of the Florida Center for Headache and Sports Neurology, researchers have known for some time that it traumatic brain injuries like concussions are caused by rotational forces, not linear forces. Football helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of suffering injuries like bruising and skull fractures that are caused by linear forces by 60 to 70%. They are not nearly as effective as avoiding injuries that can be caused by rotational forces, such as concussions. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today for a free consultation if you’ve been seriously injured in an accident in our area! If you or a loved one has suffered a serious head injury, the traumatic brain injury lawyers of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk may be able to help. Call us today at 1-800-753-5203 to get started with a free case evaluation from our injury law team.

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Common Characteristics of Traumatic Brain Injury

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Traumatic brain injury, of TBI, is a type of injury that involves trauma to the head and brain resulting in temporary or permanent brain dysfunction. These injuries can have a wide range of symptoms and characteristics; some which do not become apparent until days or weeks after the trauma has taken place. Characteristics of Mild TBI A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow or jolt to the head that affects brain function. Healthcare professionals often refer to concussions as mild traumatic brain injuries, but the impact of these injuries can still be quite serious. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, some common early characteristics of traumatic brain injury include headache, dizziness, memory problems, disorientation, nausea and vomiting. Later symptoms can include additional issues such as fatigue, mood swings, tinnitus, difficulty concentrating, anxiety and depression. Characteristics of Moderate to Severe TBI Moderate and severe cases of traumatic brain injury often share many of the characteristics of mild TBI, as well as additional symptoms such as: Seizures and convulsions Slurred speech Persistent loss of consciousness Numbness in the fingers or toes Poor coordination Strange behavior Dilated pupils Moderate to severe TBI can have a wide range of long term consequences for injury victims that can have a lasting impact on quality of life. Some examples of cognitive problems that can be caused by traumatic brain injury include memory problems, trouble concentrating and a decreased attention span. These injuries can also cause long term problems ranging from seizures and chronic pain to sleep and mood disorders. According to the Florida Department of Health, the median cost for hospitalization alone was $37,515 for non-fatal traumatic brain injuries in 2011. Unfortunately, the cost of moderate to severe TBI can be considerably higher due to additional medical expenses and loss of income. TBI victims also often face considerable pain and suffering, as well as a long term impact to their quality of life. Help from experienced traumatic brain injury lawyers You may need the help of traumatic brain injury attorney who will stand up for your rights if you’ve been severely injured in an accident that was not your fault. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at 1-800-753-5203 discuss your case with a member of our injury law team.

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Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury in Children

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Traumatic brain injuries can result in significant trauma and impact the quality of life for any injury victim. When it comes to traumatic brain injury in children, the long term consequences for these types of injuries can be even more tragic. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, traumatic brain injuries are a leading cause of disability in children in the United States. By understanding the leading causes of traumatic brain injury in children, we can learn how these accidents take place and take steps to protecting young ones from suffering a serious injury. Falls Falls are the number one leading cause of traumatic brain injury for adults and children alike. Falls are responsible for 50% of all TBIs for children aged 0 to 14. Fall rates are highest for children aged 0 to 4 and adults aged 75+. The Brain Injury Association of America reports that some of the leading causes of TBIs caused by falls include poor lighting, throw rugs and obstacles such as throw rugs. Car Accidents Traffic accidents are another leading cause of TBIs for injury victims of all ages, including children. Motor vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of deaths caused by traumatic brain injury. Colliding with Objects Colliding with objects is the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury for children aged 0 to 14, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These accidents include injuries that were caused by being struck by a moving object as well striking against a stationary object, such as a piece of furniture. In many instances, cases of traumatic brain injury in children could easily have been prevented if the proper safety precautions had been in place. Using proper lighting and ensuring walkways are clear of debris can lower the risk of a fall taking place. Ensuring young passengers are properly secured while traveling in a vehicle can lower their risk of being serious injured in the event of an accident. Childproofing your home from sharp corners on furniture and ensuring young athletes wear the necessary safety equipment can lower a child’s risk of sustaining a head injury. Have you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s negligence? Call our injury law team today! At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, our personal injury lawyers have fought for the rights of traumatic brain injury victims and others for more than 30 years. Call us today at 1-800-753-5203 to find out how our injury attorneys may be able to help you.  

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What is Traumatic Brain Injury?

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, roughly 1.7 million people suffer some form of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, every year in the United States. Out of these injury victims, about 1.365 million are treated by an emergency room before being released. Approximately 52,000 people are killed and 275,000 are hospitalized each year for traumatic brain injury. Many of these individuals were hurt through no fault of their own in accidents that were caused by someone else’s negligence. Personal injury lawyers are often able to fight for the rights of these injury victims through pursuing financial compensation for their injuries. Definition of Traumatic Brain Injury The Mayo Clinic defines traumatic brain injury as an injury caused by an external force that causes brain dysfunction. In many cases, mild traumatic brain injury can occur in the form of a concussion that causes temporary dysfunction within the brain. In more serious cases, traumatic brain injury can result in permanent disability or loss of life. Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury in the United States, accounting for 35.2 percent of all brain injuries caused by external forces from 2002 to 2006. While motor vehicle accidents were only responsible for 17.3 of traumatic brain injuries over this time period, these accidents were responsible for the most traumatic brain injuries that resulted in death. Other leading causes of traumatic brain injury include assaults, striking against an object and being struck by an object. Signs of Traumatic Brain Injury The symptoms of traumatic brain injury can vary considerably depending on the severity of an injury. Some common symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury include: Temporary, short-term loss of consciousness Feeling dizzy, dazed or disoriented Headache Drowsiness Blurred vision Tinnitus Some common symptoms of more severe cases of traumatic brain injury include: Loss of consciousness for more than a few minutes Severe confusion Seizures Convulsions Slurred speech Dilated pupils Nausea A more comprehensive list of the symptoms of mild to severe traumatic brain injuries can be found at the Mayo Clinic’s website. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today & put our experienced traumatic brain injury lawyers to work for you! Our experienced traumatic brain injury lawyers may be able to fight for your rights if you’ve been injured in an accident in our area. Call us today at 1-800-753-5203 to get started.

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