People presenting with mild to severe head injuries account for thousands of visits to hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centers each year. Until an innovative blood test arrived on the scene, medical personnel had to rely on traditional imaging methods such as computerized tomography scans and magnetic resonance imaging to determine the extent of injury. The scans are limited in their ability to detect certain types of damage, though, and are generally used to identify intracranial bleeding.
In many ways, treatment for traumatic brain injuries is still an inexact science. As some West Virginia residents may know, the ability of medical practitioners to provide reliable treatment when serious harm has been done to the brain is limited by technology. New methods and treatments are constantly being researched; however, it's also essential to revisit earlier forms of treatment and evaluate them based on effectiveness.
A brain injury is one of the worst possible effects of a serious accident. Brain injuries can change a person's life forever and affect their loved ones as well. If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in an accident, you may be wondering what your legal options are and whether any of them make sense for your situation.
Every year, many West Virginia residents suffer a traumatic brain injury as a result of an accident or of playing sports. It was previously believed that a single TBI could lead to the eventual development of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. A new study points otherwise, however.
Families in West Virginia may benefit from learning more about why children recover from brain injuries at different rates. According to researchers at USC and UCLA, the damage inflicted upon the fatty sheaths encasing nerve fibers in the brain are the most delineating factor, not the severity of the injury itself. In order to gauge how participants recalled and processed information after a head trauma or concussion, the study became the first to combine recordings of the electrical activity within the brain and imaging scans.
Several years ago, healthcare researchers began to suspect that people who suffer a series of concussions might be at just as much risk for long-term cognitive problems as those who suffer serious, traumatic brain injuries.
A few weeks ago, we reminded readers that March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. By now, most of us have heard the facts and statistics about brain injury, especially its association with contact sports and veterans returning from war.
Over the past several years, the American public has become increasingly aware of the fact that traumatic brain injuries can be life-altering. Numerous legislative hearings, medical studies and sports-related scandals have opened the public’s eyes to the danger of brain injuries and to the importance of both diagnosing and treating these injuries properly.
A man from Mason County, West Virginia, has filed a lawsuit against Mason County Fair, Inc. for negligence that he says led to a traumatic brain injury. The incident occurred on Aug. 9, 2013, in Point Pleasant at the Mason County Fairgrounds.
When a young brain is developing, even the slightest injury or exposure to toxins can affect that development. Even though computed tomography scans, commonly known as CT scans, can provide patients and physicians with valuable information, they must be ordered cautiously when young patients are being evaluated. Unnecessary radiation resulting from these scans can ultimately do more harm than good.