traumatic brain injury

Preventing Motor Vehicle-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries

by Staff | July 11th, 2015

It’s estimated that roughly 1.4 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year. Of those victims, roughly 280,000—or 20 percent—suffer their brain injury as the result of a motor vehicle crash, making car accidents the second leading cause of head trauma in the U.S. today.

A brain injury occurs when the head is jarred in such a manner that the brain makes contact with the inside of the skull. This can result in damage to the grey and white matter of the brain, which can lead to a number of side effects, including:

  • Loss of memory
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Erratic changes in mood and behavior
  • Alterations in sleep patterns
  • Vision Problems
  • Cognitive and physical impairment

Luckily, there are several steps you can take in order to reduce your chances of suffering a traumatic brain injury in a car accident. An article from U.S. News & World Report offers details into what it takes to help prevent a motor vehicle induced traumatic brain injury.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’ve seen the devastating results brain injuries can have on victims and their families. That’s why our Terre Haute personal injury lawyers are hopeful these tips can help keep you and your loved ones safe and out of harm’s way when on the road.

What Effects Do Helmets Have on Risk of Traumatic Brain Injuries?

by Staff | October 15th, 2014

The Brain Injury Association of America estimates that 1.4 million citizens of the United States will suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) this year. One of the best ways to prevent this type of injury is to wear a helmet when engaging in risky activity, such as riding a bike or playing contact sports. But it’s important to remember a helmet is only capable of protecting the head if it is designed and worn properly.

All Helmets Aren’t Equal

There are many factors that go into the effectiveness of a particular helmet, including the materials and structure of the equipment. That’s why the United States requires helmets to meet rigorous safety standards. These policies regulate not only the amount of force of impact the helmet should be able to sustain, but also what part of the head the helmet should cover. Any alterations made to a helmet may result in a traumatic brain injury in the event of an accident.

Did An Altered Helmet Cause One Man’s TBI?

An article from the International Business Times states experts believe the failure of a helmet that was modified and fitted with a camera may be to blame for the TBI that was suffered by Formula One driver, Michael Schumacher, during a skiing accident earlier this year. Reports indicate the helmet was heavily damaged in the crash, while the camera escaped unscathed.

What You Can Do To Stay Safe

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we recognize the impact helmets have on reducing the number of serious traumatic brain injuries that occur each year. That’s why we would like to offer these tips to ensure the proper use of this life-saving piece of equipment:

  • Only Use Approved Helmets- All motorcycle helmets should be approved by the Department of Transportation and should be marked with a DOT-Approved sticker. The Consumer Product Safety Commission regulates the safety of helmets used for bicycling, skiing, etc.
  • Ensure Proper Fit- Most helmets should sit across the middle of the forehead. The Chinstrap should secure snuggly beneath the jaw, leaving the helmet with little room for movement.
  • Don’t Compromise Integrity– Altering or modifying a helmet can create a risk of device failure and should be avoided.

Our team of Terre Haute personal injury lawyers is hopeful these tips will help to keep you and your loved ones safe.

 

What Effects Do Helmets Have on Risk of Traumatic Brain Injury?

by Staff | October 15th, 2014

The Brain Injury Association of America estimates that 1.4 million citizens of the United States will suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) this year. One of the best ways to prevent this type of injury is to wear a helmet when engaging in risky activity, such as riding a bike or playing contact sports. But it’s important to remember a helmet is only capable of protecting the head if it is designed and worn properly.

All Helmets Aren’t Equal

There are many factors that go into the effectiveness of a particular helmet, including the materials and structure of the equipment. That’s why the United States requires helmets to meet rigorous safety standards. These policies regulate not only the amount of force of impact the helmet should be able to sustain, but also what part of the head the helmet should cover. Any alterations made to a helmet may result in a traumatic brain injury in the event of an accident.

Did An Altered Helmet Cause One Man’s TBI?

An article from the International Business Times states experts believe the failure of a helmet that was modified and fitted with a camera may be to blame for the TBI that was suffered by Formula One driver, Michael Schumacher, during a skiing accident earlier this year. Reports indicate the helmet was heavily damaged in the crash, while the camera escaped unscathed.

What You Can Do To Stay Safe

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we recognize the impact helmets have on reducing the number of serious traumatic brain injuries that occur each year. That’s why we would like to offer these tips to ensure the proper use of this life-saving piece of equipment:

  • Only Use Approved Helmets- All motorcycle helmets should be approved by the Department of Transportation and should be marked with a DOT-Approved sticker. The Consumer Product Safety Commission regulates the safety of helmets used for bicycling, skiing, etc.
  • Ensure Proper Fit- Most helmets should sit across the middle of the forehead. The Chinstrap should secure snuggly beneath the jaw, leaving the helmet with little room for movement.
  • Don’t Compromise Integrity– Altering or modifying a helmet can create a risk of device failure and should be avoided.

Our team of Terre Haute personal injury lawyers is hopeful these tips will help to keep you and your loved ones safe.

New Technology Helps Reduce Traumatic Brain Injuries on Football Fields

by Staff | August 27th, 2014

Football can be a fun and entertaining pastime, but playing the game comes with inherent dangers. One of the most significant risks a football player faces is a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons estimate as many as one in five high school and collegiate football players will suffer at least one brain injury over the course of a single season. These numbers leave many wondering what’s being done to better protect players from such harm.

Not only have many sports organizations adopted new policies for the treatment of players suspected of sustaining head injuries, but programs are now teaching athletes to use a “heads up” tackling technique that can reduce impact on the head when hitting.

Technology is also improving safety in the game. One such device is the Shockbox® helmet sensor. This product can help identify and warn players, coaches, and parents alike when athletes have taken particularly hard blows to the head that should be further examined.

The Indiana personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin have seen the impact that TBIs can have and are encouraged by the latest developments in safety technology. We encourage all parents, players, and coaches to educate themselves on the risks posed by TBIs.

New Brain Injury Treatment Stirs Controversy

by Staff | July 16th, 2014

The sooner a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is treated, the higher the likelihood of the patient having a full recovery. A new drug is showing potential in helping TBI victims recover from their injuries, but testing the medication has raised ethical questions in the medical community.

The drug, known as tranexamic acid, is used in trauma centers nationwide to stop internal bleeding in emergency situations. Doctors are now hoping to test the medication on TBI victims to see if it can stop bleeding in the brain after blows to the head. Unfortunately, many of the candidates who could potentially undergo the experimental treatment are unresponsive when they arrive in the ER, leaving researchers no choice but to administer the drug without the patient’s consent to gather data.

An article from The Seattle Times points out that this practice raises some serious ethical questions . Typically, medical staff must receive consent from a patient or their next of kin prior to administering a drug. But the law allows exceptions to this rule if researchers who are experimenting with new treatments make the public aware of their intentions and offer opportunities to opt out of participation.

The problem is there really is no standard as to what constitutes public awareness. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’re waiting to see how researchers and lawmakers can solve this problem to help ensure a better quality of life for TBI victims.

If you or someone you love has suffered a TBI due to someone else’s negligence, the Terre Haute personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help protect your legal rights.

Five Facts for Brain Injury Awareness Month

by Staff | March 26th, 2014

The Brain Injury Association of the United States of America states the risks of suffering a brain injury do not discriminate. It can happen to anyone, anytime, and anywhere. That is why the organization is working to raise awareness by naming March Brain Injury Awareness Month.

The Terre Haute Brain Injury Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to share five fast facts about the dangers and risks associated with brain injuries:

  1. An estimated 2.4 million Americans suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) each year, leaving approximately 5.3 million victims experiencing a life-long disability as a result.
  2. Some of the most common causes of TBIs are slip and fall accidents, car crashes, workplace incidents, assaults, military service, and playing sports.
  3. TBI are considered contributing factors in roughly one-third of all injury-related fatalities that occur in the United States.
  4. TBIs cost an average of $76.3 billion per year.
  5. Concussions account for an estimated 75 percent of TBIs that are reported in the United States each year.

Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin and their team of Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of the dangers a brain injury can pose to a victim and are hopeful this information will prove useful to citizens in avoiding and preventing TBIs in the future!

 

Indiana High School Athletes Being Taught About The Dangers Of Traumatic Brain Injuries

by Staff | August 22nd, 2013

August 7, 2013

With school getting back into full swing and many students preparing for the fall season of scholastic sports, parents, coaches, and athletes alike are being reminded of the serious risks a Traumatic Brain Injury can pose.

All Indiana schools must now abide by certain policies regarding the treatment and monitoring of potential brain injuries, like concussions. These policies require that information about brain injuries be distributed amongst coaches, athletes, and their parents. According to an article published by The Kokomo Tribune, all participants and their legal guardians must also sign consent form acknowledging the risks of brain injuries. Furthermore, coaching staff must remove any player exhibiting the signs of a brain injury from play until they receive clearance from a medical specialist.

Football players are also now being trained in practice not to lower their heads when making or taking a tackle in order to reduce the chances of injury. At least 50 players have died as the result to f brain injuries sustained in tackles over the last ten years.

The policy changes came after an increased number of athletes suffering brain injuries were reported, culminating with the serious injury of a Marion High School football player in 2008.

The Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin applaud the efforts being made to protect young athletes from the effects of brain injuries. The firm hopes the new regulations reduce the number of brain injuries that occur each year.

Bicyclist suffers South Bend brain injury from accident

by fst | July 22nd, 2008

July 22, 2008

A bicyclist that was injured in a hit-and-run accident remains in critical condition with a South Bend brain injury.

According to The South Bend Tribune, the man suffered the South Bend brain injury after a vehicle struck him in an intersection while he was on his way to the YMCA.

Initially, the man who suffered the South Bend brain injury was taken to the hospital for non life-threatening injuries. However, over time his condition has worsened, and the man has undergone surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.

The wife of the injured man said she believes her husband’s South Bend brain injury would have been worse had he not been wearing a helmet at the time of his accident.

The driver of the vehicle that hit the bicyclist has been taken into custody and will face a hearing for the Indiana auto accident.

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Dayton woman suffers Ohio brain injury after boyfriend’s attack

by fst | March 27th, 2008

March 27, 2008

A thirty-two year old woman was beaten with the hatchet side of a hammer by her boyfriend and left for dead, according to the Dayton Daily News.

The Ohio woman suffered a traumatic brain injury and was hospitalized for two weeks after the accident. Her skull had been fractured and her brain was bleeding when officials found her.

As a result of the Ohio brain injury, the woman has lost her sense of smell, her balance, and feeling in her left hand.

The boyfriend faces two counts of attempted murder for the attack on his girlfriend.

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Decatur accident victims deal with death and spinal cord injuries

by fst | March 25th, 2008

March 25, 2008

Two survivors from a Decatur auto accident deal with the loss of loved ones and a slow recovery from spinal cord injuries. The two women were involved in a drunk driving accident involving two cars and a motorcycle. According to the Decatur Herald & Review, the suspected drunk driver and the survivors’ husband and friend, were both killed in the accident.

Both women also suffered severe head trauma along with Decatur spinal cord injuries as a result of the Illinois car accident. The wife of the possible drunk driving victim who died in the accident, is in a neck brace to heal her spinal fractures while the victim’s friend and passenger in the vehicle remains in a local hospital due to crushed and broken vertebrae that caused the Illinois spinal cord injury.

Other victims involved in the car accident also suffered from serious injuries, however, the two women were the only ones who suffered spinal cord injuries.

Illinois State Police are awaiting toxicology reports to determine if alcohol was a factor in the case.

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