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January: a peak time for winter sports head injuries

Head Injuries - a real winter sport risk

According to monthly snowfall data from observation sites across the United States, January is the snowiest month of the year. It’s no wonder January is also a peak time for winter sports, such as skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, hockey and snowmobiling.

Unfortunately winter sports can greatly increase the risk of dangerous head injuries, particularly when they are not practiced safely and with proper equipment. We discuss the dangers of severe head injuries and offer tips on how to stay safe while taking part in your favorite winter sport.

What’s a TBI and why should you take it seriously?

Sometimes a head injury causes damage to the brain; this is known as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI is a contributing factor to a third (30%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States. TBI survivors frequently require prolonged hospital care and long rehabilitation. They often suffer long-term physical, cognitive, and psychological disorders.

January was recently declared National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month to highlight the dangers of traumatic brain injuries and the importance of precautionary measures when engaging in winter sports.

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Concussion Brain InjuryA concussion is a specific type of traumatic brain injury that is typically associated by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur due to a fall or impact to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly in a back-and-forth motion. While doctors sometimes describe concussions as a “mild” brain injury because they are typically non-fatal, the effects of a concussion can be quite serious.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are over 2.5 million emergency department (ED) visits per year related to concussions and traumatic brain injury. Based on ED visits, the leading causes of concussions are falls, car, truck and motorcycle accidents, being struck by an object, assaults and playing sports.

Concussion Symptoms

Most people that receive a concussion make a full recovery, but it is common for people to have symptoms that can last for days, weeks or a few months; however, for some people, symptoms can last even longer. Some concussion symptoms may appear right away, and others may not be noticed for days or months after the injury. In some cases, symptoms may not be fully realized until someone is back in their day-to-day routine or has an increase in stress.  If it is suspected that you, or someone you know, has suffered a concussion, it is important to look for warning signs and seek medical attention. Common concussion symptoms usually fall into four categories:

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SpinalInjury2In our last blog post on spinal column injuries, we looked at some basic information people should know about the spine, the spinal cord, and the spinal column. Today we are going to look at some additional questions about spinal column injuries, their causes, and what legal options a person with a spinal cord injury might have.

As always, you should talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer if you need advice about spinal column injuries, or simply have questions about your options. Only a lawyer can tell you what you should or should not do in your situation, and you should never make any decisions about your case until you have received the legal advice you need.

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SpinalInjurySpinal column injuries can be devastating. Not only can they last for the rest of the injured person’s life, but they can alter that life in any number of ways. Anyone who suffers a spinal column injury needs to speak with an attorney right away. Recovering your medical bills, receiving compensation for lost wages, as well as seeking payments for pain and suffering, are all issues that require legal advice.

It’s also a good idea to educate yourself about some common spinal column injury issues. Many of these issues surround medical or legal concepts that most people have little experience with. To help you get a better grasp of these concepts, let’s take a look at some frequently asked spinal column injury questions.

What is the spine?

Many people refer to the spine as the backbone. It’s the collection of bones that runs from your head down your back. The spinal column, or spine, includes both the collection of bones, as well as the bundle of nerves, tissues, and other body parts that are connected to them.

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Personal Injury and Brain Death

Questions about brain death, brain function, and similar issues often arise after a friend or loved one suffers a serious injury. What does it mean to be brain dead? Are there different types of brain death? What does it mean to be comatose, and is this different from brain death? Today, we are going to take a close look at brain death in personal injury cases so you can have a better understanding of some of these essential issues.

Understanding the Brain & Injuries

To better understand brain injuries and brain death, we first have to understand the brain itself. The brain is a complicated organ comprised of many different parts. Each part can serve a specific function, multiple functions, coordinate with other parts, or any combination thereof.

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Long Term Impact of Injuries Sustained in Car Accidents

A variety of different injuries are possible to sustain when involved in a car accident; however, the nature of the injuries that do occur are usually determined by several factors, including vehicle speed, weather conditions, road conditions, location within the vehicle, vehicle size and design, and whether or not a seat belt was worn or an airbag deployed. Some injuries can be relatively minor, such as scratches, scrapes, and bruises, which can easily be treated by a physician or emergency responders. Other injuries might be more serious, such as broken bones, whiplash, or deep cuts. Still other injuries can be life-threatening, and if individuals do recover, they often experience a lifetime of disability as a result of their injuries.

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Types of Spinal Cord Injuries and Potential Compensation

Your spinal cord is one the most important pieces of your body. The long, thin collection of nerves allows your body to communicate with your brain, and your brain to control and regulate your bodily functions. Any type of damage to this vital piece of anatomy can lead to serious repercussions, including paralysis, pain, and permanent disability.

Not all spinal cord injuries are the same. Most injuries happen after a person experiences a sudden, violent injury, either directly to the spine or to other parts of the body. Some of these injuries can be relatively minor, while others can be life altering and leave a person with disabling injuries. In any situation where someone suffers a spinal cord injury as a result of someone else’s negligence or intentional harm, the injured person could be entitled to recover compensation.

So, let’s take a look at spinal cord injuries and the potential compensation involved.

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