Construction work is a notoriously dangerous occupation. So many of your jobs require you to work on roofs, scaffolding or tall ladders that you face substantial continuing risk of falling. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration lists falls as the number one cause of construction worker deaths.
When someone close to you has been the victim of a tragic accident that has resulted in a traumatic brain injury, you may be left feeling uncertain about how to communicate with him or her. Because a TBI can affect the way your loved one receives, processes and responds to information, your education about how to effectively communicate with someone who has a TBI may help you to be empathetic and understanding.
Injuries to the head and brain can cause long-term damage to victims and can affect them for the rest of their lives. This post provides Texas readers with some information about the symptoms that victims of traumatic brain injuries may experience but in no way should be read as medical or legal advice. Professionals should be consulted to better understand victims' unique medical conditions and the legal options they may have for seeking financial compensation.
There is a range of brain injuries victims may suffer in a car accident or other traumatic accident and all of them can be serious. As this blog discussed recently, brain injuries can also be costly injuries to treat and have a sweeping impact on the victim's life which is why brain injury victims should know how they can receive help with their damages.
The price of a brain injury can be daunting for Texas victims and their families to handle. Brain injuries can result in significant physical, financial and emotional costs for victims, including acute and hospital care and rehabilitative care as well. Victims can also suffer a significant effect on their personal and professional lives.
It probably goes without saying that the brain is the single-most important organ in the body. Therefore, if someone sustains a brain injury, it can wreak havoc in that person's life. Unfortunately, there are many ways in which someone can sustain a brain injury. For example, we know of many professional football players who suffered a traumatic brain injury while playing. Again, children can suffer a brain injury at the time of delivery. Yet again, one can suffer a brain injury after being involved in an auto accident.
Reports on concussions in football and other sports have put a spotlight on the challenges of traumatic brain injuries. What sometimes gets lost in this discussion of athletes is that TBIs affect people from all walks of life.
In 2016, the NCAA introduced a new kickoff rule on an experimental basis for eight private, Ivy League universities. League coaches recommended the change when 2015 data showed that kickoffs made up only 6 percent of plays but accounted for 21 percent of concussions. Kickoffs are the only play "where players on both teams have the space to get up to full speed," potentially risking injury from a head-on tackle, noted the lead author of a recent study.
There has been a growing awareness of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease believed to be caused by repeated head trauma causing a series of otherwise non-dangerous concussions. In 2015, the movie "Concussion" taught the world about the condition and its apparent prevalence among football players. The disease is thought to affect others experiencing mild brain trauma repeatedly, such as members of the military and domestic violence survivors.
People who have suffered traumatic brain injuries -- even mild ones -- may be at greater risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a recent study in the journal Neurology.