Observing Brain Injury Awareness Month

March 1st, 2019 by Rieders Travis in Brain Injury

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
The human brain is wonderful, complex, and controls our ability to function in every area of life; but it is also extremely sensitive and subject to damage.  When the brain is injured, any of our abilities can be affected, and severe symptoms from paralysis to death may result. According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIA), over 1.5 million people face traumatic brain injuries (TBI) every year, and at least 50,000 individuals will die from their injury.  Approximately 80,000 will face life-long injuries and rehabilitative care from their injuries, and there are currently about 5 million Americans suffering from some form of TBI disability. To make the public aware of the importance of the brain, recognize the growing prevalence of traumatic brain injuries, and to help make lives better for brain-injured individuals, the BIA leads a nationwide Brain Injury Awareness Month Campaign each March. To participate, the BIA suggests public activities that include: Learn about traumatic brain injury Invite a speaker for an educational workshop Post support on social media Donate and fundraise Attend an awareness event planned by your state chapter of the BIA Distribute literature on brain…

Pennsylvania brain injury: Types, causes and treatments

June 20th, 2016 by Rieders Travis in Brain Injury

When it comes to brain injuries, there are various types. They can all range in severity. While there are known types and causes, treatments may be different for everyone. Two people in Pennsylvania may suffer the same type of accident, but the effect on each of their brains may be completely different. Simply put, every brain injury is unique in its own way. There are at least 11 different types of brain injuries. Each of those can be classified into one of two groups -- traumatic brain injury (TBI) or acquired brain injury (ABI). A TBI is the result of an external force -- such as a blow to the head. An ABI, on the other hand, does not require a direct injury to the head and may occur as a result of a medical issue, lack of oxygen or electric shock -- among other potential causes. Information from the Centers for Disease and Control Injury Prevention Center suggests that falls are the leading cause of brain injuries in the United States. Motor vehicle accidents, assaults and various other events are also common causes. Approximately 52,000 people die annually due…

A brain injury can affect the victim’s entire family

March 24th, 2016 by Rieders Travis in Brain Injury

When a person suffers a brain injury, his or her life may never again be the same. It is, however, not just his or her life that is changed. One's brain injury can affect the entire family. In Pennsylvania and elsewhere, brain injury victims and their family members may seek compensation for the numerous losses they have likely experienced as a result of injuries caused by the negligence of someone else. Brain injury rehabilitation is often referred to as a marathon. There is no quick sprint to the finish line. The length of time it takes to recover depends on the person and the severity of the injury suffered, and there are those who will, sadly, never regain full function. During the recovery process, brain injury victims depend on their loved ones and other caregivers to do almost everything. This can take a heavy emotional and financial toll on both the patient and the caregiver/s. Finding ways to manage this new way of life can certainly be challenging. Victims of brain injury just want their lives back to normal, and family members want to see their loved one heal. However,…

Guardian claims substandard medical care led to woman’s injury

January 28th, 2016 by Rieders Travis in Brain Injury

In another state, the guardian of a woman has filed legal claims against a hospital and several medical providers, alleging the woman has severely suffered as a result of a delayed diagnosis, which is said to have led to a brain injury. This type of case is, unfortunately, not uncommon. Numerous individuals in Pennsylvania may also feel that they have suffered brain or other injuries as a result of substandard medical care. In such incidents, victims may have legal recourse. According to a recent report, the plaintiff claims that the victim was admitted to the hospital at 35 weeks pregnant in 2008 for symptoms including nausea, vomiting, hallucinations and dizziness. An emergency C-section was performed, and the woman was transferred to an intensive care unit for treatment. According to the complaint, her symptoms failed to subside. After several days in the ICU she was transferred to another medical facility where she was diagnosed with Wernicke's encephalopathy. The plaintiff asserts that the failure to obtain a proper diagnosis upon the victim's initial hospital admission has resulted in the patient suffering permanent damage. The victim's guardian is seeking damages in excess of $50,000. At…

Pennsylvania brain injury: 2 kinds of strokes

October 15th, 2015 by Rieders Travis in Brain Injury

Most people in Pennsylvania and elsewhere have heard the word stroke before, but not everyone may know exactly what it means or that there are actually different kinds of strokes. A stroke is a brain injury that can have a number of severe consequences. This is particularly true if it is not treated appropriately. There are two basic kinds of strokes, and the first is called a hemorrhagic stroke. This type occurs when there is bleeding in the brain from a ruptured blood vessel. The bleeding can be very mild to extremely severe. The second type of stroke is called an ischemic stroke. This type occurs when there is some sort of artery blockage. This blockage will reduce the overall blood supply that reaches the brain. This will cause a lack of oxygen and therefore cause cellular death. This type of stroke makes up for 85 to 90 percent of all strokes. Regardless of what type of stroke one may suffer, the cell death that occurs as a result can have significant if not fatal consequences. This is why receiving appropriate medical treatment promptly is so important. However, if a…

Automobile accident victim testifies against driver

September 21st, 2015 by Rieders Travis in Brain Injury

The criminal trial for an individual who is accused of causing a Pennsylvania crash and nearly running over a police officer has recently taken place. The automobile accident reportedly occurred back in Sept. 2012. Several people were injured as a result of the wreck, one of whom suffered pretty significant brain injuries. The final findings in this case have not yet been released. According to a recent report, the accused, a 24-year-old male, allegedly entered the driver's seat of his friend's car and sped off when he saw a police officer. He is said to have reached speeds of up to 100 mph during the chase that ensued. Ultimately, this individual crashed the vehicle, which resulted in one person being thrown from the car and caused some of the other passengers to suffer injuries as well. After the wreck, the accused allegedly fled the scene and took off in another vehicle. Law enforcement officials claim he eventually attempted to run over a state trooper who was assisting in the case. A few of the victims testified during the trial, one of whom was the woman who was thrown from the…

Pennsylvania car crash results in multiple fatalities and injury

August 6th, 2015 by Rieders Travis in Brain Injury

A accident in Pennsylvania resulted in the deaths of three individuals and unspecified injuries to another. The collision occurred on a section of Interstate 81 in the southern end of the state. Unfortunately, the damages suffered in this car crash are fairly common for interstate driving. According to a recent report, the driver of a small sedan crossed his vehicle over the median from the northbound lanes into the southbound lanes of I-81 and struck another vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle, a 52-year-old male, was injured in the crash and was transported to a trauma center for treatment. He is said to be in stable condition. A passenger in this individual's car, a 49-year-old female, was killed in the collision. After impact, the sedan apparently caught on fire after hitting an embankment. Both the driver -- a 49-year-old male -- and passenger -- a 48-year-old female -- were killed in the wreck. At this time, it is unknown what may have caused this driver to cross into oncoming traffic. Sadly, accidents like this are more common than one would hope. Those who have been injured or lost a…

Can I seek compensation for a brain injury?

August 6th, 2015 by Rieders Travis in Brain Injury

There a number of reasons as to why a person might suffer trauma to his or her head. A brain injury may simply be the result of an unfortunate accident, or in some cases, it could be attributed to another person's negligence. A Pennsylvania resident who has experienced the latter of the two may be entitled to compensation for any losses sustained as a result. Wondering if one can seek damages for a brain injury is completely understandable. This type of injury can have drastic effects on a person's life and the lives of his or her family members. After experiencing a form of head trauma, the injury may limit one's ability to work and take care of him or herself and others. The financial as well as emotional and physical limitations this type of affliction can cause are often felt for the remainder of one's life. In choosing to pursue legal actions, if done so successfully, one may receive compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitation, long-term care, lost wages and benefits and other monetary losses. Damages may also be awarded for pain and suffering and mental anguish as well. The…

Moving forward after a brain injury can be challenging

June 16th, 2015 by Rieders Travis in Brain Injury

No matter where a person lives, whether in Pennsylvania or elsewhere, suffering any sort of serious injury can take a drastic toll on the victim and his or her family. The process of recovery takes time and, usually, significant financial resources. The whole experience can be extremely draining. To top it all off, in many cases, there are no guarantees as to how well a person might recover. This is particularly true for an individual who has suffered a brain injury. Is it possible to fully recover from a brain injury? Yes, it is. However, the extent of the damage and the exact location of the injury will make all the difference in the ability to recover, how well one might recover and how long it will take to improve. When it comes to serious brain damage, commonly referred to as a traumatic brain injury, how long it takes a person to gain full consciousness can help medical providers determine how well a person might recover. This is, though, an educated guess of sorts. At the end of the day, it takes time to fully understand how this type of…

Have you or a loved one suffer a brain injury? Help is available

May 19th, 2015 by Rieders Travis in Brain Injury

Sadly, numerous people in Pennsylvania and elsewhere suffer brain injuries every year. There are multiple ways in which a brain injury can occur. If it is believed that negligence contributed to the cause of such an injury, it is reasonable to ask questions and -- if appropriate -- pursue legal action against the person or persons believed responsible. While the cause of some brain injuries are completely accidental and can't be attributed to other individuals, there are those that happen due to someone else's actions. Common causes of brain injuries include car accidents, birth injuries, medical errors and slip-and-fall accidents. Regardless of how this type of injury happens, the results can be devastating, often life-changing or even fatal. Diagnosing and treating brain injuries is not necessarily an easy task. In many cases, the full effects of this type of injury are not immediately known; however, it is not uncommon for those injured to need specialized treatment -- temporarily or permanently. While a lot of variables are involved, at the end of the day, the costs experienced by the victims and their family members can be severe. More information about brain…