Traumatic Brain Injuries Are Not Always Visible

Brain damage and traumatic brain injuries in newborns can sometimes be detected by physical appearances, recognized through brain scans, a child’s disposition, or developmental delays. Not all brain damages exhibit physical abnormalities but those that do often have unusually shaped skull structures (quite often a tiny skull size), difficulty focusing the eyes, large forehead, deformed spine, and other facial abnormalities. Identifying Brain Injuries through Behavioral and Developmental Characteristics Behavioral differences include excessive fussiness, extended periods of crying, refusal to sleep lying down, or too much or too little … [Read more...]

Traumatic Brain Injuries Have a Variety of Causes and Treatments

Traumatic brain injuries can vary considerably, especially so in newborn babies who can not verbally describe their pain or symptoms, making diagnosis and treatment more difficult. Some symptoms can be visible early on which helps in early treatment, but some brain injuries do not reveal themselves until later developmental stages. It is important to understand what brain injury and damage truly is. Generally, brain damage can be defined as: “injury to the brain that is caused by various conditions, such as head trauma, inadequate oxygen supply, infection, or intracranial hemorrhage, and that may be associated with a behavioral or … [Read more...]

Antidepressants Linked to Higher Cognitive Function Post TBI

According to a story recently published in the Journal of Neurotrauma, a new study has shown that antidepressants, often prescribed to victims of traumatic brain injuries to cope with the emotional fallout of their trauma, also help to renew brain cells. Traumatic Brain Injury Victims Getting More Out of Their Scripts The study gave imipramine, a commonly prescribed antidepressant, to injured lab mice. Researcher, Dr. Jason Huang, associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center and chief of neurosurgery at Highland Hospital in New York, found that the mice treated with imipramine showed 70% more brain … [Read more...]

Brain Injury Verdict Awarded to California Pedestrian

An $18.3 million traumatic brain injury verdict was handed to Cathy Liu, of Sacramento, California, 4 years after she was struck by a vehicle, causing her permanent paralysis on her right side. Drivers Don't Get Warnings, Pedestrians Get Hit Liu, now 29, was struck in 2007 by 67 year old Douglas Wayne Seybert as he was turning an “S” curve on the Freeport Boulevard in Sacramento. Liu’s traumatic injury case focused on the lack of visibility along the boulevard where she was struck. Liu’s attorney argued that the city was negligent in providing substantial warning to motorists about the crosswalk they are approaching, the same crosswalk … [Read more...]

Hypothermia May Serve as Therapy to Prevent Brain Injury

The Mininno Law Office blog posted before about groundbreaking new treatment that can help prevent brain injuryand damage from occurring in newborns who have endured traumatic births. Now, that same treatment is being applied to adults who suffer cardiac arrest, reducing their risk of dying or suffering severe and permanent brain injuries. Therapeutic Hypothermia The treatment is called therapeutic hypothermia, and it is relatively new in the medical field. Therapeutic hypothermia involves lowering an unconscious patient’s temperature to between 32 and 34 degrees celsius using a “cooling blanket,” a special cap, or a mattress filled with … [Read more...]

Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Not Being Covered for Military Victims

Military healthcare officials are collectively refusing to pay for a new treatment to rehabilitate traumatic brain injury victims, despite widespread support from doctors and lawmakers Traumatic Brain Injury and Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy While Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, may bring on significant physical limitiations, it can also cause cognitive limitations. Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy (CRT) aims to repair those limitations. It addresses concentration, language skills, learning, memory, reasoning, judgement, and social skills. Through various techniques and learning exercises, therapists and neuropsychologists help … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Causes Quadriplegia for Police Officer

17.7 million dollars was awarded to George Nissen after severe medical malpractice changed his life forever. Forty-seven year old George Nissen of Melrose Park, Illinois worked as a Stone Park Police Officer. On February 13, 2005, he responded to a complaint of a disturbance outside a town bar. While trying to dispurse the crowd and restore order to the area, Nissen was thrown over the hood of a car by one of the unruly crowd members. He struck his head on the curb. Nissen was quick to his feet, and none of his fellow officers suspected that any real damage or injury had occurred. A day later, Nissen was rushed to the hospital … [Read more...]

Brain Injury Prompts Change on the Battlefield

Traumatic Brain Injury is a serious and occasionally devastating event that can change the course of person's life forever. Concussions, though outwardly showing almost no symptoms, can be fierce catalysts for traumatic brain injuries. Proffessional sports organizations have been forced to take precautions when players suffer concussions, and now, military forces will be forced to take those same precautions. Military Precautions Regarding Traumatic Brain Injury A story done by NPR on Tuesday, October 12th, revealed that Mike Mullen, United States Navy Admiral and current Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff, has ordered that … [Read more...]

Traumatic Brain Injury Keeps Ian Laperriere off the Ice Indefinitely

In honor of the Philadelphia Flyers' Season Opener tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins, today's blog will focus on the traumatic brain injury Ian Laperriere received last season in round one of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the New Jersey Devils. In the third period of Game 5, Ian Laperriere took a slapshot to the face by New Jersey defenseman Paul Martin. "He was hit above the right eyebrow, suffering a gash that required 60-70 stitches. He said he did not believe he suffered a head injury, but vowed never to play another game without a visor." At first, doctors said there was no effect to Lappy's brain. A … [Read more...]