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Brain Injuries Archives

Shortened life span may be result for brain injury victims

The impact of a traumatic brain injury is something that all Pennsylvania residents should be aware of. Brain trauma can result from many different situations including sports injuries, car accidents or falls that happen at work, when recreating and in other situations. The need to seek proper and prompt treatment for any form of brain injury is paramount to the long-term health of the victim.

Effects of brain injury are long lasting, widespread

When someone is involved in a car accident and breaks his or her leg, the prognosis is fairly clear. Unless something drastic happens, the injured victim will likely recover and not face many long-term medical conditions because of the broken leg. With a brain injury, however, the immediate recovery is only part of what could be a long-lasting injury that pervades many aspects of a victim's life. And, according to a recently published study, individuals with brain injuries are three times more likely to die prematurely than those people without brain injuries.

Pennsylvania lawsuit won over brain injury in baby boy

Most people do not have the means to treat their own medical needs. Pennsylvania families need to be able to trust medical professionals when they or someone they love needs care. Unfortunately, physicians and other caregivers can make mistakes and the results can be catastrophic. Sometimes these mistakes may even cause a traumatic brain injury from which there is little or no hope of recovery.

New helmets can lessen chances of brain injury for athletes

There has been a lot of media coverage on sports injuries in recent months—specifically concussions and other brain injuries. A number of professional and collegiate athletes have filed lawsuits claiming that more should have been done both on and off the field to protect them from traumatic brain injury during the course of their play. A Swedish company recognized the need to better protect athletes and developed a ski helmet to do just that.

Mother awarded $6.5M for negligence that caused son’s brain injury

Cerebral palsy is not a birth defect; rather it occurs after a traumatic brain injury during birth. In other words: it is preventable. This is what a first-time mother learned after researching the condition that doctors told her that her newborn son would probably suffer from cerebral palsy.

Dosage mistake causes baby brain damage, hospital settles for $7M

In a recent post, we wrote about how hard limits on IV pumps can prevent medication errors. But even hard limits cannot prevent a dosage mistake if an adult pump is used on an infant while being treated at a Pittsburgh hospital. It is imperative to use the proper equipment for the proper purpose to prevent patients from suffering a serious injury. A medical malpractice suit that was recently settled in Illinois is a prime example of this.

Doctor shortage could delay treatment for brain injuries, more in ER

Most people in Pittsburgh expect that when they go to the emergency room seeking medical treatment, they will get the best care possible. Yet, that is not always the case. There are any number of things that could prevent physicians from properly diagnose and treat certain conditions. Lack of communication during shift changes, taking shortcuts to decrease wait times, medical malpractice and shortages of non-primary care specialists can all have a significant impact on the quality of care that a patient receives.

Worldwide study aims to diagnose brain injuries more accurately

Every brain injury is unique, making it difficult to diagnose accurately. Some symptoms appear immediately after the injury, but others aren’t noticeable for days or even weeks. Medical professionals participating in an international study are trying to find better ways to assess brain trauma and classify all of its variations.

iPad app being tested in area school to better manage concussions

In a recent post we touched on the importance of young athletes being treated and diagnosed properly when they suffer a concussion while participating in sports programs. If medical professionals clear them to play before they are physically ready or the level of their injuries are misdiagnosed, it can cause even more serious brain trauma and neurological problems. Now, a pilot program involving five Pennsylvania school districts will use concussion diagnostic tool on the iPad to help track symptoms and make accurate diagnosis.

Lawsuit seeks medical fund for former collegiate players

There have been a lot of reports recently surrounding the effects of head injuries suffered by NFL players. Most people now know that repeated collisions and tackles can cause severe concussions, which can lead to permanent disabilities later in life. This is something that medical professionals have known for quite some time. Another high profile class action lawsuit—this time involving three former college football players—alleges that they are enduring the debilitating effects of brain trauma that could have been prevented by the NCAA.

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