Articles Posted in Traumatic Brain Injury

More than 50 former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestlers have filed a class action personal injury lawsuit against the agency, alleging acute and long-term damage to their brains. The organization is accused of failing in its duty to protect former wrestlers from the ill effects of repeated blows to the head during performances, according to CNNbrainscan

Among the ailments from which the former wrestlers claim to suffer:

  • Concussion;
  • Traumatic brain injury;
  • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) (an Alzheimer’s like disease).

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Exclusive remedy provisions of North Carolina’s workers’ compensation law prevent injured workers or their families from pursuing litigation against employers for almost all work site accidents. However, third-party liability litigation may be appropriate if another person or entity was at least partially responsible for what happened. sad

This was the allegation in the case of Fleming v. Sanders Lead Co., an appeal before the Alabama Supreme Court.

Tragically, one worker was killed and another severely and permanently brain-damaged when a tanker trailer on the back of a semi-truck backed over them while they were at work. The families of the workers filed lawsuits – one for wrongful death and another for personal injury – on their behalf, alleging that a lead company across the street undertook safety inspections at the work site, and failed in this duty to adequately carry them out.  Continue reading

Child sports injuries are a serious and growing problem in the Carolinas and nationwide. Safe Kids Worldwide estimates 1.35 million kids a year suffer serious sports injuries. That’s one every 25 seconds, and it only accounts for those who are treated in hospital emergency rooms. Every three minutes, a child is treated for a sports-related concussion in an emergency room. In fact, 12 percent of all ER visits involved a concussion.soccer5

It’s the head injuries in particular that plaintiffs in Meher et al v. Federation Internationale de Football Association et al sought to address. Specifically, these were a group of parents and former youth soccer players who filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in California who alleged FIFA, U.S. Soccer and the American Youth Soccer Organization were negligent in treatment and monitoring of head injuries.

This was one of the few negligence lawsuits in which plaintiffs sought no financial damages. Rather, they wanted only rule changes. Despite this, FIFA has been on the defense side of the table in a number of lawsuits alleging head injuries, just like other professional leagues such as the NHL, NFL and NCAA. This summer, a federal judge ruled this particular case against FIFA had no standing, but the case against U.S. Soccer was allowed to proceed. Continue reading

The number of patients who suffer a traumatic brain injury and survive has increased considerably in recent years. There are a variety of reasons for this. One is that more people are actually suffering massive head injuries and surviving the initial trauma and surgery. This is generally a result of the many injuries that occurred in the Global War on Terror and the major advances in military medicine. These advances have become part of the national standard of care in the United States in civilian injuries as well.

brainscan.jpgAccording to a recent news feature from KSL, a new study involving massive amounts of data seems to offer a good look into what has been the mystery of what goes on during the traumatic brain injury recovery period. One study author said that even though the average neurologist and neurological surgeon in the United States is very competent at treating traumatic brain injury patients, they have generally been operating in what researchers call a “black box.”
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After a blow to the head, it can be difficult to determine the severity of the injury or whether it is life-threatening. This is a major cause for concern since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have cited brain injuries as the top cause of both death and disability for people under the age of 35. eye-1434286-m.jpg

As the Washington Post reports, around 1.4 million people experience a traumatic brain injury every year in the United States. A Spartanburg injury lawyer knows that triaging these patients is a challenge that doctors face. Now, however, a new test could be the solution to identifying when a brain injury is serious.
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Victims of brain injuries will often endure lasting symptoms, including mood changes, personality changes, depression, emotional disorders and other disabilities. According to a recent study, brain injury victims are at risk of another complication–addiction. Teenagers who suffer from a traumatic brain injury are twice as likely to drink alcohol or use drugs compared to those who have never suffered from a head injury. The study was conducted by researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital and Canada’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). According to conclusions of the study of high school students, published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, there is a toxic relationship between brain injuries and substance abuse.

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Public health officials, school administrators, parents, as well as young victims should be wary of the potential link between brain injury and addiction to drugs or alcohol. According to researchers, underlying substance abuse issues can make it more difficult to treat a brain injury. Similarly, it can be more difficult to treat addiction when the patient has also suffered from a brain injury. Doctors involved with the study said that there was an ongoing pattern of drug and alcohol abuse in patients who have also suffered from a brain injury. Some of the patients were injured while they were under the influence and others became dependent on drugs or alcohol after the brain injury.
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Traumatic brain injury in sports can be deadly. In a recent case that has made international headlines, a well-known Australian cricket player died after suffering a traumatic brain injury. According to reports, Phillip Hughes, a 25-year-old player never woke up after being struck in the neck with a short-pitch ball. He was carried off the field in a stretcher in critical condition where he was put in an induced coma. Doctor’s pronounced him dead shortly after surgery. The accident highlights the danger of sports, both for amateur and professional athletes.

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Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, have become a target of medical inquiry and investigation. The brain is a very delicate organ, encased by the skull and cushioning fluid. The upper neck is also vulnerable because it contains the major arteries to the brain. In the event of trauma to the neck or head, like when a player is struck by a blow from a ball or other player, the arteries can rupture causing a massive head injury. In this case, the player was struck in the back of the head and neurologists suggested that he stopped breathing immediately after the vertebral arteries in his neck were ruptured.
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Football players have become the unfortunate poster child for sports-related head injuries in recent years, with a flood of lawsuits filed by professional players on down to those in the Pop Warner-age leagues.gym.jpg

Certainly, football can be a dangerous sport, and reports one of the highest rates of head injuries for any athletic activity. But it’s not the only one. As the recent case of Zylstra v. Boise State University highlights, wrestling too can be hazardous to participants – especially when coaches fail to recognize possible head injury symptoms or take appropriate precautionary measures.

A 2010 study published in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine researched numbers and characteristics of wrestling injuries among male athletes in the U.S. between 2000 and 2006. Culling figures from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, study authors found 173,600 emergency room visits involving wrestlers between the ages of 7 and 17. Of those, 91 percent involved wrestlers 12 to 17, with an injury rate in that group of nearly 30 injuries per 1,000 wrestlers. Those included sprains, fractures and bruises, but the vast majority of injuries (75 percent) occurred above the waist (including to to the head).
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Traumatic brain injuries can have long-term and devastating consequences. In addition to personality changes, mood swings, and other cognitive challenges, brain injury victim’s mays suffer from memory lapse. New research is raising hopes for brain injury survivors and their loved ones. U.S. military researchers are unveiling advances in developing a brain implant that could restore memory for wounded soldiers, and potentially other brain injury survivors.

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a.k.a. DARPA, is on track in a four-year plan to develop a memory stimulator as part of an Obama Administration initiative to better understand the human brain.

Our Charlotte personal injury attorneys understand the significant losses suffered by brain injury patients. We are dedicated to helping North and South Carolina victims access necessary medical treatment and to recover necessary compensation for treatment and care.
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The majority of head injuries in the United States occur either because of motor vehicle accidents or because of slip and falls. Unfortunately, young people are more likely to be involved in collisions and young children along with the elderly are also the group most likely to suffer a fall. caution-tripping-hazard-1439458-m.jpg

When a head injury occurs, the impact of an injury can be far-reaching and affect every aspect of the victim’s life. The driver, property owner or other third party responsible for causing the injury needs to be held accountable. A traumatic brain injury lawyer can help victims to pursue a claim for compensation. Unfortunately, new evidence indicates that teenagers who sustain traumatic brain injury may face yet another potential consequence of the damage to the brain: an increased risk of suicide.
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