Advances In Detecting and Treating Traumatic Brain Injuries

Advances In TBI TreatmentIn modern times, advanced tools and techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) makes detecting traumatic brain injury possible. Without this revolutionary medical equipment, we’d likely have to rely on the keen eye of a doctor to tell us if we’ve got a concussion.

“Look at me, and then look to the left.” says the doctor. “Oh yeah; you’re fine.”

Treating traumatic brain injury (TBI), however, is a feat that many medical professionals have likely been trying to crack since the term was created. By standard procedure, a patient suffering with a TBI (or a suspected TBI) is taken to the emergency room for an overall health evaluation. Depending on severity, they could be taken to an intensive care unit. Because brains are so complex and require such special care, reputable brain surgeons or professionals specializing in neurotrauma/multi-trauma treatment can be tucked away.

Often times, a patient required to “go under the knife” will be rushed to a specialist immediately after the ICU. If the hospital that a patient is currently in has a brain surgeon on standby, then surgery is likely to commence within the coming hours. If not, the patient will likely be transported via ambulance to the nearest partnered brain or neurotrauma surgeon for treatment. That’s because time is ticking; if you had to go through the ICU, something is definitely wrong.

There’s no time to spare 

Traumatic brain injuries, unless treated properly, are unlikely to “fix” themselves. A pain of a mild concussion or contusion could wither away after the brief appliance of an icepack, but anything more severe than “mild” should be tended to professionally. If a patient is unaware of a sustained brain hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain), it could quickly worsen and lead to an unexpected death or serious brain condition.

Aside from a brain hemorrhage, there are other conditions that are directly related to traumatic brain injury which make timely treatment absolutely necessary. Patients with life-threatening injuries are placed as the unquestioned priority in emergency rooms. If you casually walk in to the ER because you bumped your head and you want an x-ray, you’re probably going to be waiting for a while. However, if you’ve developed a migraine after a blow to the head, you’ll be slotted right after chest and abdominal pain patients. This is good news for those suffering from a TBI that require treatment as soon as possible.

Further advancements in the TBI toolkit

A biomedical engineer in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering by the name of Sarah Stabenfeldt has been examining, testing, and releasing results pertaining to a new form of treatment for traumatic brain injury. Her work is outstanding and the talk of many credited health resources. Her idea is straightforward, but the research behind it will take years—likely more than five.

In essence, she aims to create an advanced blood-injected formula that is packed full of advanced nanobodies that not only seek out, but assist in repairing brain damage at both a cellular and molecular level. They would attach to the damaged area of the brain and serve two main purposes: to act as a beacon in conjunction with medical imaging to help doctors pinpoint the problem area, and to deliver medicine accurately and quickly to same.

She has secured a $2.3 million grant to cover the cost of her laboratory expenses and will enable Stabenfeldt to hire eager-to-help students for the project. Alongside the medical professionals at Barrow Neurological Institute, Stabenfeldt’s work could become the cure-all for traumatic brain injuries in the future, but sadly, we’ll have to patiently wait until then.

What steps can I take to recover after a TBI? 

Traumatic brain injury is a rapidly growing condition that often leads to permanent disabilities and even death. With cell phones becoming more and more advanced, and the use of such becoming more common while driving, we may find our eyes looking less at the road, and more at the screen. While cars become more advanced—some even being completely self-driving—, distractions become more plentiful.

However, motor vehicle accidents are certainly not the only place that TBI occurs. Dangerous work environments may lead to physical trauma; a pedestrian rightfully crossing the street could be hit by a careless driver. The list of possible causes is endless, but there is something that they may all have in common: negligence. If you or a loved one has suffered from any losses—be it physical, mental, emotional, financial, etc.—due to another party’s negligence, you could be eligible for significant compensation to help you get back on your feet.

There’s no better way to determine if you’re the victim of someone else’s negligence (or lack of care) than by discussing your case with an experienced personal injury attorney. Here at Dolman Law Group, we aim to answer all of your questions and assist our clients in recovering from their wrongful losses. Contact us today for a free consultation and case evaluation by calling us at 727-451-6900.

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Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Result in Long-Term Complications

Long term medical problems can stem from TBIAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) each year.1 TBIs occur when a head injury results in a disruption in normal brain function.  Victims of TBIs that are caused by the negligence of others can often recover for their medical expenses and other losses by filing a personal injury claim against the responsible party or parties. Traumatic brain injuries can leave victims with a variety of issues, including cognitive problems, depression, motor control issues, and difficulty concentrating. These issues have the potential to a have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life and even have the potential to necessitate long-term medical care. As a result, anyone who has been affected by a TBI in a preventable accident should call the Dolman Law Group as soon as possible at (727) 451-6900 to discuss their case with an experienced Clearwater, FL TBI attorney.

What kinds of accidents cause traumatic brain injuries?

There a variety of accidents that have the potential of resulting in a traumatic brain injury. Some of the most common include the following:

  • Car accidents
  • Boat accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Sports accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Aviation accidents
  • Construction accidents

As with other types of personal injury matters, people who sustain a TBI need to be able to establish that their accident was the result of someone else’s negligence in order to be able to recover. In the contact of Florida personal injury litigation, “negligence” has a very specific meaning, and it is important for victims to discuss their case with an experienced lawyer. An attorney will conduct a thorough case evaluation and let you know whether and against whom you can assert a claim.

Multiple TBIs can increase a person’s risk of certain developing certain medical conditions

Recent research indicates that there is a correlation between traumatic brain injury and certain degenerative conditions that can affect the brain. These include the following:

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy – Also known as “CTE,” this condition is a degenerative disease that can cause changes in mood, depression, behavior, and problems with motor control. While CTE is poorly understood and can only be diagnosed post-mortem, multiple concussions and other head injuries play a role in its development.

Parkinson’s Disease – Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) released the results of a study that link traumatic brain injuries and an elevated risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease later in life.2 Parkinson’s can cause issues with mobility, tremor, postural instability, and rigidity.

Alzheimer’s Disease – The Alzheimer’s Association reports that individuals who have a history of moderate to severe TBI have a significantly increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s can affect a person’s memory and ability to live independently, resulting in a serious impact on a person’s quality of life.

Contact a Clearwater TBI attorney today to schedule a free consultation

Anyone who has been sustained a traumatic brain injury in a preventable accident should discuss their options with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The Florida personal injury attorneys of the Dolman Law Group are committed to helping the victims of negligence recover for their injuries and other losses. We work hard to ensure that each client we represent get the maximum amount of compensation available by law. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at (727) 451-6900 or send us an email through our online contact form available here.

1 http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/pdf/BlueBook_factsheet-a.pdf
2 http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/traumatic-brain-injury-a-threat-213647

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Traumatic Brain Injuries in Sports

TBI & Sports InjuriesWhen you decide to play a sport, you are generally accepting that game play has the chance to result in certain types of injury, such as fractures, sprains, strains, and more. Such acceptance is referred to in legal terms as “assumption of the risk,”1 and assuming the risk of certain injury relieves the associated sports league, coach, and other parties from liability in the case of injury. This means that you do not have the legal right to recover in court if you simply suffer a sprained ankle during a routine practice or game. However, assumption of the risk does not mean that sports leagues and related parties are completely relieved of all liability for all injuries suffered by athletes. In fact, in many circumstances, athletes are able to prove that another party acted in a negligent or intentional way to cause the injury. If you can prove that your injury was caused by negligence or intentional actions, you will likely be able to recover for all of your injury-related losses.

Negligence and sports-related brain injuries

While sprains and strains may heal relatively quickly with some rest and physical therapy, many sports carry the risk of much more serious injuries. One such injury is traumatic brain injury, commonly referred to as TBI. TBIs are especially common in contact sports such as football or hockey. While getting hit in the head may sometimes be a natural part of such sports, on other occasions negligence may contribute to athletes suffering from a TBI. Some examples of negligence that may lead to a TBI in sports include the following:

  • Not providing proper safety equipment, such as helmets
  • Manufacturers selling defective helmets or safety equipment
  • Not providing proper medical attention to athletes after a blow to the head
  • Encouraging a player to return to playing the game too soon after a blow to the head
  • Encouraging fighting or other rough play for the entertainment of fans
  • Wrongful acts by other players

Former players of both the National Football League (NFL) and the National Hockey League (NHL) have brought class action lawsuits against the sports leagues in response to long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries caused by negligence of the sports leagues. The NFL agreed to settle2 for approximately $765 million with players suffering from early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE),3 and more. The NHL lawsuit is still pending, however the NFL case serves as an example of how sports leagues, coaches, and more may be held liable for traumatic brain injuries that were suffered while playing a sport.

Losses suffered after a TBI

If you have experienced a traumatic brain injury, your recovery may include extensive medical treatment, rehabilitative therapy, and many other struggles. You may need special accommodations for school or work and you may even suffer long-lasting cognitive difficulties or emotional struggles. If another party was responsible for causing your TBI, you deserve to hold that party liable and be properly compensated for your losses. Calculating losses can often be difficult in cases involving TBI. Though past medical bills and past lost wages may add up to an easily determined amount, future medical expenses and future lost income may be more complicated to estimate. Such estimations may require the assistance of medical and financial experts to ensure you receive the amount you deserve. Other difficult estimations include appropriate reimbursement for your physical pain, emotional struggles, loss of enjoyment of life, and more. At the Dolman Law Group, our Florida brain injury lawyers are committed to helping victims of TBI recover the full amount they deserve. We offer free consultations, so if you have been injured, call today at 727-451-6900 for assistance today.

1http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assumption_of_risk 2https://www.nflconcussionsettlement.com/ 3http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronic_traumatic_encephalopathy

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Quick Facts about Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, occur when a blow or jolt to a person’s head results in a disruption in normal brain function. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates1 that approximately 1.7 million people in the United States sustain a TBI each year. TBIs can occur in a variety of ways, but when they happen in preventable accidents, victims can often recover for their injuries and other losses by filing a personal injury claim against the party or parties that caused their injuries. Consequently, it is essential that anyone who has sustained a TBI discuss their options with an experienced Clearwater personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. TBI victims should be aware that their claims are subject to a strict statute of limitations2, meaning that there is a limited amount of time in which a person can file a claim.

The attorneys of the Dolman Law Group are dedicated to helping TBI victims protect their legal rights and are available to discuss your case with you at no charge. In fact, we never request legal fees from any of our personal injury clients unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. As a result, you should not hesitate to call the Dolman Law Group immediately to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys.

In the meantime, below are some facts about traumatic brain injury that may be relevant to many victims and their families.

  •  Traumatic brain injuries account for 225,00 hospitalizations and 1,365,000 emergency department visits each year.
  • Across all age groups, males are more at risk for TBI than females.
  • Children from 0-4, older adolescents aged 15-19, and adults over 65 are the age groups most likely to sustain a TBI.
  • Just under 500,000 children 14 and under visit an emergency due to a TBI each year.
  • The age group with the highest rate of hospitalization for TBI is adults over 75.
  • Male children 4 and under have the highest combined rates for emergency department visits and hospitalizations due to TBI.
  • Falls are the most common cause of TBI, and the groups at the highest risk of such falls are small children and older adults.
  • TBIs resulting from falls most often require emergency department visits or hospitalization.
  • Between 2002 and 2006, emergency department visits and hospitalizations due to TBI increased by over 5 percent.
  • Between 2002 and 2006, TBIs caused by falls among children under 14 increased by 62 percent.
  • The most common of TBIs, in order of occurrence, are falls, being struck by or against an object, traffic-related accidents, assaults, and other causes.
  • Almost 300,000 people suffer TBIs in traffic-related accidents annually.

Common issues associated with traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can leave victims with serious physical and cognitive impairments that have the potential to have a significant impact on their daily lives. In some cases, the after-effects of a TBI could keep a person from working or even being able to live independently. Of course, the severity of the complications experienced by victims is directly related to the severity of the initial injury. Some of the kinds of complications that victims can experience include the following:

  • Emotional problems
  • Difficulty communicating
  • Problems with memory
  • Issues with motor skills
  • Problems with speech

Fortunately, Florida tort law allows people who are injured by the negligence of others to recover for both their economic and non-economic damages. There are a variety of ways that negligence can lead to traumatic brain injuries, including careless driving, failure to properly maintain premises, negligent supervision of children, or careless product design or manufacture. By discussing your case with an experienced lawyer, you can be sure that your legal rights are protected and that you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.

Dolman Law Group
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Clearwater, FL 33756
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1http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/pdf/blue_book.pdf

2http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0000-0099/0095/Sections/0095.11.html

 

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Traumatic Brain Injuries can Occur in a Variety of Ways

Causes of Brain InjuryConcussions and traumatic brain injuries have been in the news as of late, with several high profile lawsuits between professional athletes and their respective leagues resulting in multi-million dollar settlements1 and changes to rules and safety equipment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that approximately 1.7 million people2 sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year in the United States. TBIs occur when a bump or violent jolt to the head causes an injury that results in a disruption in normal brain function. Importantly, contact between the head and an external object does not need to occur in order for a person to sustain a TBI; these injuries can also occur in cases of sufficiently forceful whiplash as well. Because of the potentially serious complications that can accompany a TBI, it is extremely important that victims protect their rights by retaining a Clearwater personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

The attorneys of the Dolman Law Group have been assisting people injured in preventable accidents since 2009, and are dedicated to providing each client with individualized and solution-based representation. When you retain our firm, you can rest assured that every legal aspect of your case will be handled by a licensed Florida attorney, rather than a member of our support staff. Call our office today at 727-451-6900 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer.

What kinds of accidents commonly cause TBIs?

Any accident that involves a bump or jolt to the head has the potential of causing a TBI. Some of the more common include the following:

Motor vehicle accidents - Accidents involving cars, trucks, and other motorized vehicles often involve tremendous force that can easily cause a TBI. In some cases, a TBI will be caused by the head striking part of the car in which a person is riding, while in others, a whiplash injury is the cause of a TBI. Additionally, a person may be ejected from a vehicle and be involved in a secondary collision with the ground or another object that causes a TBI.

Slip and fall accidents – While the vast majority of slip and fall accidents result in little more than embarrassment and perhaps a sore spot the next morning, they have the potential to result serious injury, including TBI. In fact, the National Safety Council (NSC) reports3 that slip and fall accidents account for nearly 9 million emergency department visits in the United States each year. When these accidents occur on someone else’s property, victims may be able to recover for their losses through a Florida premises liability claim.

Sport injuries and accidents - Generally speaking, injuries sustained in the normal course of a sporting event are not actionable, meaning that victims will not be able to successfully bring a legal claim to recover for their losses. This is due to a legal doctrine known as “assumption of the risk4,” which basically means that people who participate in a knowingly dangerous activity give up their right to sue for injuries that occur as part of the inherent risk of that activity. There are some cases, however, in which a person who sustains a TBI during a sporting event may be able to sue. These include:

• Injuries caused by defective equipment
• Injuries caused by poorly maintained sporting premises
• Injuries caused by the reckless conduct of another participant
• Injuries caused by another participant’s intentional conduct

After a sports injury resulting in a TBI, victims should be certain to discuss their situation with an experienced Clearwater personal injury lawyer in order to determine whether they have a claim.

Contact a Florida traumatic brain injury lawyer today to schedule a free consultation

Anyone who has sustained a TBI in Florida should retain legal counsel as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers, call our office today at 727-451-6900.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-451-6900

1http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/19/us-nfl-concussions-idUSKCN0J31BJ20141119

2http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/pdf/blue_book.pdf

3http://www.nsc.org/NSCDocuments_Advocacy/Fact%20Sheets/Slips-Trips-and-Falls.pdf

4http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assumption_of_risk

 

 

 

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The Myths of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Brain Injury AttorneyA traumatic brain injury (TBI) is any traumatic damage dealt to the brain by an external force. The most common causes of TBIs are motor vehicle accidents, slip/trip and falls, and propelled or falling objects colliding with one’s head. It’s also possible for self-inflected traumatic brain injuries to occur, such as someone standing up too fast and banging their head on a countertop.

Let’s take a look at some of the most commonly heard myths pertaining to injuries to the brain.

1.) The injury wasn’t serious because the patient was only in the hospital for a short time.

FALSE

The hospital is almost never the place in which rehabilitation will start for a patient. Life-threatening wounds will be treated, examination will occur, a diagnosis will be given, and stability will be ensured. Once that process is over, the hospital will calculate the bills and send the patient on his/her way.

If it was a serious TBI—or one that could cause serious damage in the future if not properly maintained—a patient could be attending a rehabilitation center on their free time.

While it can be assumed that a patient who is released from the hospital and is once again operating with society sustained injuries that were not necessarily serious or life-threatening, this is not always the case.

It’s possible for a patient to have a delayed manifestation. In other words, the damage that was caused by the traumatic brain injury could have disabled a certain part of the brain that is not activated or noticed for months or even years to come.

2.) Younger patients (children) heal faster and more efficiently because their brain is not developed yet.

FALSE

This is painfully wrong. Because a child’s brain is still developing, you might assume that it’s not possible for a child to damage a non-existent part of their brain. While this sounds reasonable, it’s not at all true.

You’re born with very simple brain capabilities and low-complexity. As a baby, a very small amount of your neuron pathways have formed completely, but they will eventually. If you damage the foundation that they are “encoded” to be built upon, it can cause often unpredictable brain damage in the future.

3.) Concussions and whiplash are less serious than other TBIs. 

HALF-TRUTH

This is both true and false. While about 90% of those who endure a concussion or whiplash are diagnosed with only temporary bodily tissue injuries and are sent home from the hospital on the same day, there are some patients who are diagnosed with serious or life-threatening conditions.

CONTACT OUR CLEARWATER & TAMPA BAY AREA BRAIN INJURY ATTORNEYS 

Going back to the opening paragraph, I mentioned the most common ways that someone may receive a traumatic brain injury:
“motor vehicle accidents, slip/trip and falls, and propelled or falling objects colliding with one’s head.”

All of these accidents are open to the possibility that they were caused by another party or person’s lack of care.

If you or a loved one has suffered or is currently suffering from a traumatic brain injury which was the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation.

We understand how life changing a traumatic brain injury can be to a patient or the family of same, and we also understand that no amount of compensation can replace the life of a loved one who was victim to a wrongful death. It should be noted, however, that receiving monetary compensation for an accident could be crucial to the continued well-being of a family.

Medical bills, funeral costs, rehabilitation fees, and countless other charges that may arise can put anyone involved in great stress. By receiving both mental and monetary support, it can make dealing with the situation that much easier; even if it is only a little.

Dolman Law Group aims to support those who are injured, suffer mental and emotional distress, or are wrongfully killed by the careless actions of another party.

Contact us today for a free consultation and case evaluation by an experienced brain injury lawyer and learn your rights and options.

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800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-451-6900

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Traumatic Brain Injury

TBI AttorneyTBI, or traumatic brain injury, is the result of an outside physical force damaging the brain and causing an injury. Brain injuries are often referred to as “invisible disabilities” because, although they may appear physically and mentally sound, a person suffering from a traumatic brain injury could have a rapidly worsening condition which could prove fatal in the future. You may not be experiencing swelling, discomfort, external bleeding, or pain, but your brain may be in a state where reaction time is a major factor in your safety or survival. As the saying goes “don’t judge a book by its cover”.

What Are The Symptoms of TBI?

While it’s possible that someone suffering from a mild-to-serious traumatic injury could be showing little to no symptoms, it’s always useful to know what to look for. It’s always recommended to see a doctor and get an in-depth examination after sustaining head trauma—even if it didn’t hurt! Here are some clear-cut signs that something might be going wrong.

Visible Symptoms (should be noticeable by third parties)

  • Dizziness, nausea, loss of balance, and/or vomiting
  • Constant or abnormally high amounts of sleep; likewise, little to no sleep at all
  • Fatigue, drowsiness; a state of disorientation, confusion, or daze
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Loss of consciousness for any amount of time
  • Feeling or acting depressed or anxious
  • Mood changes or swings
  • Having a hard time concentrating or remembering

Invisible Symptoms (should be noticeable be the sufferer)

  • Unusually sensitive to sounds or lights
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in ears
  • Bad taste in mouth

I Bumped My Head What Should I Do?

Go to the hospital as soon as possible. Now let’s be reasonable, if you were shooting hoops with a friend and the basketball hits you in the head, chances are you’ll be fine; after all, your skull does provide some protection for things like that. However, if you have the means to get examined by a physician (i.e. health insurance) there’s no better option. A quick CAT scan could ease the stress for a nervous patient and even discover a life-threatening injury (such as a hematoma) that would have otherwise gone untreated. On the other hand, if you stood up to fast and smashed your head off of the kitchen cabinets, that warrants very good reason to go without question, regardless of your ability to or not.

So many different factors exist in a traumatic brain injury case. Everything from what caused it, where it was, what damage it caused, how much it will cost to treat, and whether or not it will be permanent. For example, premises liability cases like slip/trip and fall accidents due to unmarked wet supermarket floors or broken public stairs, injuries from a heavy product falling from the shelves, etc., will all spark different outcomes and actions.

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If you or a loved one was/is suffering from a traumatic brain injury as the result of an  automobile accidents or a defective consumer product, it’s important to know your rights! Someone may be responsible for these injuries but you’re not sure what steps to bring them to justice. Let the local Clearwater firm of Dolman Law Group assist you in your battle. With our heavy experience in personal injury, we aim to secure the compensation that you deserve. We offer a completely free consultation and case evaluation so contact us today to protect the health and well-being of you or a loved one.

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Is there a Relation between Sports and Traumatic Brain Injuries?

football playerThe human brain, excessive amounts of force, and a lot of physical contact are all specific characteristics of many sports; namely football and boxing. Can an abnormal amount of brain injuries be traced back to these physically stressful sports? Ask most people who’ve been around for a while and they’ll tell you that boxing is a surefire way to catch a right hook laced with brain damage. Muhammad Ali was a legendary boxer in his prime—undoubtedly unforgettable—and his permanent, life-changing health defects are contributed directly to boxing, but does that mean by playing sports you’re more likely to suffer a brain injury?

I suppose that raises the question “when compared to what?” Drinking water makes you an unlimited amount of times more likely to drown than breathing air, so we must have some guidelines here to pull in any statistics. Realistically speaking, when compared to your everyday activities, participating in sports ‘technically’ does ‘increase’ your chances of receiving a traumatic brain injury, but that doesn’t mean you’re very likely to get one. After all, purchasing 10 lottery tickets makes you 9 times more likely to win when compared to purchasing one, but your chances of winning are still a dream. Instead, let’s focus on known statistics.

Brain Injury Statistics

According to one website, it’s estimated that 52,000 American’s lose their lives as the result of a traumatic brain injury. Males are more likely to receive a TBI than females—around 1.5 times—, and about 1.7 million head injuries occur every year in the U.S. in total. How many of those 1.7 million are related to sports? According to a study which recorded 23,566 head injuries over a course of 3 years, 1,219 were directly related to sports, and 773 of those 1219 were related to football. While being a large number, it’s also a very small portion of the annual cause, bringing us the agreeable conclusion that sports, while certainly being a notable cause, is certainly not the most serious.

With that said, does that answer our original question? Well, yes; there is a relation between sports and TBIs, however; not all athletes receive TBIs, and not all TBIs are related to sports. Actually, both of those numbers are very small. Think of how many athletes participate in sports over a 3-year course, and for only 1,219 of those athletes to receive a traumatic brain injury means that whoever is enforcing safety is doing a decent job. This is not to make light of the victims though, it’s simply to point out the fact that your chances of receiving a TBI from playing sports is smaller than your chance of dying from operating a vehicle.

If you have, however, received a TBI due to someone else’s negligence, it should not go unnoticed, and no amount of statistics should come into play to decide whether or not you deserve compensation for the damage you received. If you were injured because someone’s care—or lack thereof–, then you should seek immediate medical attention if you haven’t already, and then take steps to get the settlement you’re entitled to if someone else was at fault. The same goes for a loved or anyone you know. If they’re currently suffering with any form of TBI and you’re paying for it, everything is backwards and opposite of what it should be. Step up and take control of the situation or you could severely pay for it.

Contact Dolman Law Group

Here at Dolman Law, we strive to find victims of these cases the compensation they deserve and are owed. If you or someone you know has suffered from losses—be it emotionally, physically, or monetarily—, experienced a loss of enjoyment of life, or has died as a result to someone else’s negligence, you may be in line for a settlement. Don’t wait another minute to start your case; Dolman Law Group offers a free consultation and case evaluation, giving you the risk-free opportunity to learn your rights and options. Call us today at 727-451-6900 or use our quick and easy online form to speak with an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney and get started on your case today!

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The Brain and CT Scans

CT ScanThe brain is perhaps the most complex and delicate organ in the human body. As has been discussed extensively on this blog, traumatic brain injuries are some of the most common, and dangerous, outcomes caused by automobile crashes.

THE BRAIN

As many of us know, the brain is a vital organ which controls thought, memory, emotion, touch motor skills, vision, respirations, temperature, hunger, and every process that regulates our body. The brain can be divided into three parts:

  • the Cerebrum which controls initiation of movement, coordination of movement, temperature, touch, vision, hearing, judgment, reasoning, problem solving, emotions and learning;
  • the Brainstem which controls movement of the eyes and mouth, relaying sensory messages, hunger, respirations, consciousness, cardiac function, body temperature, involuntary muscle movements, sneezing, coughing, vomiting, and swallowing; and
  • the Cerebellum which coordinates voluntary muscle movements, and maintains posture, balance and equilibrium.

When a crash victim has sustained a traumatic brain injury, doctors must use diagnostic tests to be able to assess the damage and craft a plan moving forward. In these situations, doctors will have the patient undergo a CT or CAT scan, in much the same way doctors with back pain or extremity pain will undergo an MRI or x-ray.

CT SCAN OF THE BRAIN

Computed tomography (CT or CAT scan) is a noninvasive diagnostic imaging procedure that combines x-rays taken from many different angles and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called slices) of the brain. The resulting images can be viewed individually to allow a physician to see what is going on within the organ at any level. A doctor can look at each of these slices individually or perform additional visualization to view your brain from different angles. In some cases, CT images can be combined to create 3-D images.

A CT scan of the brain is often performed in the situations where x-rays of examination are not conclusive. They can assess the brain for tumors and other lesions, injuries, intracranial bleeding, structural anomalies, infections, brain function or other conditions. Brain surgeons will often use CT scans to provide guidance for brain surgery or biopsies of brain tissue.

IF YOU HAVE SUFFERED AN INJURY

If you or a loved one has suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury due to the negligence of another and, it is well advised to contact a licensed Florida Attorney.  Once the initial diagnosis and prognosis for recovery are established by your physician, it is important to consult with an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney to determine if the injury was due to someone else’s negligence, whether the injury occurred in a car or motorcycle accident, or during a sporting event. The attorneys at Dolman Law Group are committed to understanding the medical nuances of traumatic brain injury so that they can procure just compensation for victims. If we can assist you with a free case evaluation and consultation regarding a traumatic brain injury, please call us at 727-451-6900.

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Clearwater, FL 33765

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Man hit while using a crosswalk; traumatic brain injury followed by outstanding recovery

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It was a normal Thursday evening for Dylan Williams, a successful college student approaching his second month as a junior at Tufts University, a premier university near Boston, Massachusetts. Just like any other college student, he went to bed too late and woke up too soon, ate a breakfast that wasn’t sufficient, and was assigned more work than he wanted. Not much was different about this day until life took a dramatic turn of events for him.

Dylan was walking home from the Boston Public Library at around 8:30PM when he approached a crosswalk that connects two normally busy main streets, probably planning the rest of the night in his tired mind. A driver was traveling casually down the road at legal speeds before approaching the intersection that Dylan was attempting to cross. The traffic light presented to the driver was flashing yellow, signaling him to yield and approach the intersection with caution. It is unknown whether this light was malfunctioning or intentionally set by the city due to lower traffic rates during the late hours.

This driver failed to spot Dylan, and at the same time, Dylan put his trust in the crosswalk signaling him that it was alright to walk. It was just a few steps into the intersection before Dylan was hit by the automobile. This sent his fragile head towards the windshield with a force strong enough to smash through it. The downtown Boston traffic, or lack thereof, at the time, allowed paramedics to travel quickly and safely to a prestigious hospital with an outstanding history of neuroscience; Massachusetts General. Dylan suffered a life threatening TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and was lucky for every extra second he was able to stay alive.

The injuries were very serious. Doctors were eager for a response to their attempts to communicate with Dylan, but his nearly lifeless eyes proved unresponsive. Pressure had to constantly be relieved from his skull with a tube to prevent any more damage, or even death. The medical procedures and tests started immediately and medical staff did not hesitate to try to save Dylan’s life. Luckily, after intensive care, rehabilitation, amazing support from his family and friends, and outstanding treatment from the medical team for many weeks, Dylan was able to make tremendous recovery.

Crosswalks are designed to be as safe, visible, and legally protected as possible. They are painted on thickly with a bright white color for high visibility during both day and night. Crosswalk signals, or Pelican crossings, are coordinated with traffic lights to ensure a smooth flow of traffic as well as a safe travel for pedestrians. The only unsolved problem with crosswalks is the constantly altered variable of human error or lack of care. I often witness cars stop at traffic lights cover half or more of the crosswalk, which could in turn hinder one’s ability to cross safely without going out of its bounds. It’s too often that when a driver approaches an intersection, he properly checks his surrounding for cars; but that is exactly the issue. They may check thoroughly for other vehicles but fail to check for pedestrians at a closer distance or standing at sidewalk corners with less visibility due to vision obstructions. Because of this, it’s easy for pedestrians to be at great risk of injury during rush hours.

Dylan is an exceptional case in this situation. He is such a bright young man with a great future ahead and big plans. This accident was serious enough to make drivers give a second scan for nearby pedestrians, but Dylan and his family were blessed. They taught the world a valuable lesson without having to pay the immeasurable price of a life. Not everyone, however, has been so lucky, and pedestrians are hit and killed by cars all the time. If you or anyone you know has been injured despite proper use of a crosswalk, you may have good grounds for a case. With our experienced personal injury attorneys at Dolman Law Group, we can assure you a fighting chance. Don’t hesitate to call us now at 727-451-6900 or notify us via our Online Contact Form for a free consultation and case evaluation.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-451-6900

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