Injuries and damage to the brain can vary in severity or symptoms. Sadly, the effects are frequently serious and long-lasting, even permanent. Individuals who suffer severe brain damage often require costly ongoing medical treatment and around-the-clock care. An incident such as a falling object or a Washington, D.C. motor vehicle accident that leaves someone with a traumatic brain injury is devastating enough, but perhaps even more upsetting to imagine is if a doctor – an individual so many rely on for their health and well-being – makes an error that leaves a child with permanent brain damage.
Washington, D.C. parents usually spend the first few months of their baby's life becoming familiar with the day-to-day routine of parenting. Most expect to change dozens of diapers and wake throughout the night for feedings, but few anticipate that they might have to deal with something much more serious. Fetal distress during labor can have devastating outcomes, such as cerebral palsy, which has lifelong implications.
To expectant mothers in Washington, D.C. and around the world, almost nothing could be more important than the health and well-being of their unborn children. Because of this, women put their trust in obstetricians and hospitals to help keep their babies safe. When the health care professionals charged with this task fail to take this duty seriously, any resulting brain damage or health problems can be serious or even deadly.
For most expectant mothers, in Washington, D.C. and the world over, their biggest fear is that something will be wrong with their baby's health. What could be worse, then, than the very hospital and medical staff entrusted with the care of the mother and infant being so negligent as to cause brain damage to an infant? Sadly, this is just what a recent birth injury lawsuit is claiming occurred.
Brain injuries come in many forms, from concussions to hematomas. Traumatic injuries to the brain can lead to a plethora of side effects and symptoms including memory loss, amnesia, trouble with speech and others. These injuries often require ongoing medical care. Checkups and treatment can be costly. The victims may not be able to work due to symptoms, which forces them to seek out compensation for bills and lost wages.
Teens who are just learning how to drive and those who ride with friends who are new drivers are at a higher risk of being involved in an accident. Car crashes are the primary cause of traumatic brain injuries in teens who are 15 to 19 years old. It is crucial that anyone who has a teen takes the precautions necessary to help reduce the risk of them suffering from a TBI in a car accident.
The dangers of head injuries are widely known now. In fact, many former athletes are taking legal action against the leagues and organizations that they were associated with because of the lingering and life-altering effects that brain injuries suffered during their time as an active participant in their chosen sports caused. In fact, lawsuits against the National Football League and National Hockey League have recently come to light. You can add another professional sports league to that list -- World Wresting Entertainment.
Brain injuries can be managed in many cases, but for some, the injuries that are suffered are life-changing. Reducing brain injuries has to be a goal of those working in sports industries because players are much more likely to suffer an injury than others. This is particularly true of contact sports, where players may be tackled or hit in the head.
All of the effects of a brain injury won't necessarily show up right at the time of the injury. There are some effects, known as secondary injuries, that can show up as soon as 12 hours after the primary brain injury or as long as 10 days after the primary brain injury. These secondary injuries can be devastating.
The effects of a brain injury are very scary, but the thought of chronic traumatic encephalopathy is even more scary. CTE is a condition that occurs in many people who have suffered multiple concussions. The most scary aspects of this condition are that the symptoms don't show up for years, usually eight to 10 years after repetitive concussions, and the only way that it can be definitively diagnosed is during an autopsy.