It is a long, hard road to recovery for the 2.6 million people who suffer brain injuries each year in New York and all other U.S. states. That number represents all brain injuries, WebMD reports, including those from natural causes such as strokes or tumors. It also includes traumatic brain injuries, which are the result of violent blows to the head.
A person may sustain a blow to the head without realizing it is serious when there is no loss of consciousness or other signs of a traumatic brain injury. However, after the brain collides with the skull, damage could begin with bruising or bleeding that do not cause symptoms at first. Swelling and pressure create new issues that may show up days or even weeks later, though. How does someone know if they have a concussion or more severe TBI?
Not all brain injuries reported in New York are permanently debilitating, but even minor brain injuries can have a frightening impact on a person's life. While brain injuries are often associated with a physical blow to the head, doctors have discovered that such injuries can also be the result of drug abuse.
Any interruption in brain function signifies damage. For some people in New York, a traumatic brain injury causes them to permanently lose the ability to remember, think and process information, effectively destroying their way of life. According to NBC News, scientists are searching for ways to reverse brain damage, even in the most serious cases. In fact, one company plans to conduct experiments on people who are brain dead in the hopes that they can develop methods of regenerating new brain cells.
Keeping your children busy during the summer months can be a challenge, but parks and playgrounds in New York are a draw that may entice them away from screen-related activities. Before you turn them loose and sit down on a park bench to enjoy the sunshine, though, you should be aware of playground-related risks for brain injury.
Warmer weather in New York prompts people to get out bicycles and travel on two wheels to enjoy the fresh air, get some exercise and take advantage of fuel-free transportation. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the most recent statistics show that this activity is not without its serious risks. In fact, bicyclists make up approximately 2 percent of annual traffic deaths.
A traumatic brain injury may cause any number of changes for your loved one that do not disappear after he or she leaves the hospital. Most people in this condition require care and support, and if you plan to provide these at any level, there are things you can do that may make a significant improvement in quality of life, or at least minimize some of the emotional and mental effects of the brain damage. We at the law office of Bendall & Mednick have provided advice to many families dealing with TBIs after an accident.
A previous blog post discussed the risk of degenerative brain disease resulting from football injuries. In this post, it was pointed out how concussions and even repeated minor hits to the head could spell out future health problems related to head trauma for those who played football. These complications may include memory problems, depression, aggressive behavior, early-onset dementia and death. Perhaps most frighteningly, it is not just professional NFL players who face the disturbingly common risk of degenerative brain disease. Those who played high school and college football in New York and elsewhere may receive enough injuries to result in long-term complications.
Brain injuries are some of the least understood ailments, when it comes to the general public. Even though we all understand that brain injuries are a serious and real injury, there is often something about them that is taboo and "other."
Your spouse was in an accident and suffered a spinal cord injury. As you walk down the new path that living with a person with this type of injury entails, you might have some questions. A basic understanding of spinal cord injuries can help you to know what to expect.