There are few greater joys in life for many Pennsylvania residents than to be a parent. While kids grow up incredibly fast, these formative years are full of fun and rewarding experiences for both the child and the parent.
Life can change in an instant for Pennsylvania residents. A simple drive to work, school or the store can become life-altering when a serious car accident occurs, as the accident can result in significant injuries that impact a person's most basic physical and mental abilities.
There are few things more important to Pennsylvania residents than their personal health. As a result, a tragic incident that threatens one's health can drastically alter the course of a person's life. This is all too common for those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Serious injuries can occur from many different causes. Injuries may be self-inflicted: accident-prone Pittsburgh residents may suffer falls, bone breaks, and other harm as a result of their own carelessness. However, many injuries result from events that are outside the control of the one who was harmed. The negligence of other people often results in innocent victims being subjected to painful and often avoidable harm during traffic accidents, medical procedures, and the commission of crimes.
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Traumatic brain injuries are often caused by car accidents or slip-and-falls. One common cause of TBIs in children is accidents on playgrounds. The number of children who suffer concussions at playgrounds has increased substantially over the past few years according to one recent study. The study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, analyzed data from 2001 to 2013 regarding playground injuries in kids 14 and under who were treated in the emergency room. The data shows that 10 percent of the 215,000 kids treated in the ER yearly had traumatic brain injuries. Only nonfatal injuries, including concussions, were counted. In 2005, about 23 out of 100,000 kids suffered TBIs. In 2013, the rate increased significantly to 48 out of 100,000. Researchers cited two major possible reasons for the increase. One is that parents are more knowledgeable about TBIs in general and are aware of the potential consequences of an untreated concussion, thereby driving them to take their children to the hospital when injured. Another possible reason is that a higher number of children are playing on playground equipment. A vast majority of the children with concussions were sent home after emergency room treatment. Boys between the ages of 5 and 9 were more likely to suffer head injuries. About 3 percent of those with concussions had to undergo additional treatment or were hospitalized. Traumatic brain injuries can have long-lasting consequences and can cause permanent disability. Some of the effects of a TBI are not seen until much later in life. That's why it is so important to seek treatment immediately if you or someone you love is exhibiting any signs of brain injury. Signs of a concussion after impact to the head can include dizziness, headaches, confusion and nausea.
Brain injuries can be some of the toughest injuries to overcome. In many cases, those who have suffered severe injuries to the head do not ever make a full recovery. A young Pennsylvanian girl is allegedly permanently disabled after falling out of a relative's row house window. Her mother filed a lawsuit against the owners of the row house and those involved with the renovation project.
The month of March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, which gives people an opportunity to take a closer look at common brain injuries and how they can be prevented. Concussions, or mild traumatic brain injuries (TBI), are some of the most typical brain injuries suffered that are caused by a sudden jolt or impact to the head.
It is no surprise to most Pennsylvanians that the road to recovery for those who suffer from brain injuries can be a long and complicated one. The cognitive and functional recovery after such an injury requires intensive therapy and months or years of rehabilitation. Unfortunately, many people cannot afford long-term rehabilitation, so they stop treatment early. A recent study by researchers at University of California, San Diego, shows that this may not be the best idea.
There is a great deal of evidence showing long-term results of traumatic brain injuries. The list of serious consequences seems to keep growing. A recent study published in the journal Neurology shows that those who suffer brain trauma may be more likely to suffer from Alzheimer's disease in the future. By the year 2050, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention expects that 14 million people will be living with Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's begins with mild memory loss and can eventually prevent people from living normal lives.