Research Supports a New Approach to Understanding Concussions

Approximately 3.8 million cases of traumatic brain injury are reported in the United States each year, most of which are concussions. According to new research led by Portland University, an entirely new approach to understanding the complexities of concussion, and how to treat it, will become the criterion. The researchers favor systems science, a discipline that analyzes complex problems, as whole systems, and integrates research findings from different disciplines. “Complex systems are those in which the behavior of the whole is not entirely explained by the behavior of its parts,” said Erin Kenzie, systems science researcher at Portland State. “Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is very [...]

By | 2018-05-24T19:07:16-07:00 October 31st, 2017|Brain Injury|Comments Off on Research Supports a New Approach to Understanding Concussions

Feds Move Forward with December ELD Mandate Enforcement

Despite protests in Washington DC and other cities, by independent truckers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is moving forward with its plan to begin enforcing the electric logging device (ELD) mandate. The implementation date of Dec. 18 comes amid speculation regarding potential delays. The ELD mandate, which went into effect in 2015, has been in a voluntary adoption phase since then. However a study released by C.J Driscoll and Associates showed that complete conformation is far from reality. The study, which encompassed 529 fleet operators, found that 60% of commercial fleets were still using paper logs to record driver’s hours of service. “We won’t [...]

By | 2018-05-24T19:08:13-07:00 October 27th, 2017|Truck Accidents|Comments Off on Feds Move Forward with December ELD Mandate Enforcement

Despite Risks, California Seatbelt Use Low in Uber and Taxi’s

Seatbelts save lives. That phrase is not a tagline from a government-sponsored ad – it is a fact. The fact is that seatbelt use can reduce the chances of fatality or serious injury to the front seat passenger of a car by 50%. Too often, we learn of a rollover where an occupant was ejected from the vehicle and died unnecessarily. In California, seatbelt use became a strictly enforced, primary law in 1993. Since then, compliance rose steadily to its current level of 96%. That number is ten percentage points higher than the national average. With seatbelt use so prevalent by drivers and passengers in private [...]

By | 2020-07-21T21:20:40-07:00 October 23rd, 2017|Car Accidents|Comments Off on Despite Risks, California Seatbelt Use Low in Uber and Taxi’s

Common Misconceptions About Spinal Cord Injury

If you have not experienced a spinal cord injury (SCI) or worked closely with someone that has, chances are great that you are ignorant to some degree of what life with an SCI is really like. It is important that, through awareness education, families who are learning to cope with SCI do not use the wrong ideas. Some Myths and Misconceptions About Spinal Cord Injury Never moving again is always the prognosis Each persons injury and recovery results differ. There is always some loss of sensory and motor function, but at greatly varying levels. Even in a person classified as quadriplegic there may be limited use [...]

By | 2018-05-24T19:09:37-07:00 October 20th, 2017|Spinal Cord Injury|Comments Off on Common Misconceptions About Spinal Cord Injury

How is a Traumatic Brain Injury Measured and Classified?

When a sudden trauma damages the brain and disrupts normal brain function, it is referred to as traumatic brain injury (TBI). The results can be substantial disability or mortality. TBI may have severe detrimental effects on physical, psychological, cognitive emotional, social abilities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate and average of 1.7 million people suffer from a TBI each year. Of those, 275,000 are hospitalized and 52,000 die. Nearly 80%, or 1.365 million, are treated and released from an emergency department. […]

By | 2020-07-29T02:39:53-07:00 October 18th, 2017|Brain Injury|Comments Off on How is a Traumatic Brain Injury Measured and Classified?

Is Child Car Seat Replacement Necessary Following a Car Crash?

Following any car crash, minor or severe, child car seat replacement will most likely be necessary. In some instances, after what the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) considers a minor accident, certain seats will meet the agency’s reuse criteria. However, mandatory replacement is required in most cases, after any accident, regardless of severity. The NHTSA’s criteria for a minor crash are broken down into five guidelines, ALL of which must be met before reuse. · The vehicle was able to be driven away · The vehicle door nearest the car seat was not damaged · None of the passengers sustained any injuries · The air [...]

By | 2018-05-24T19:11:10-07:00 October 11th, 2017|Products Liability Law|Comments Off on Is Child Car Seat Replacement Necessary Following a Car Crash?

The Long Road to Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery

Unlike a broken arm or a case of the flu there is no end date to recovering from a traumatic brain injury. There can be recovery seen months and even years after the initial injury. The success of the recovery from TBI varies greatly, depending on the severity and area of the brain injury as well as the individual. Two individuals with the same brain injury may recover over different lengths of time and by varying degrees. For example, persons under the age of two and those over the age of 60 have the worst prognosis for recovery even if their injuries are identical to someone [...]

By | 2018-05-24T19:11:51-07:00 October 9th, 2017|Brain Injury|Comments Off on The Long Road to Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery

Football Not Alone with Sports Related Head Injuries

Football has recently dominated the news regarding sports related head injuries as the focus turned to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive, degenerative brain disease discovered in a large number of former football players. The fact is that there are many other sports where athletes face a high risk of receiving a traumatic brain injury. When viewing statistics related to different sports and the frequency of brain injuries it is easy to be confused. Most studies show that cycling has the highest rate of head injuries based on emergency room admissions. Boxing is not even considered. Does this mean a parent should discourage bike riding and [...]

By | 2018-05-24T19:12:40-07:00 October 6th, 2017|Brain Injury, Sports Injuries|Comments Off on Football Not Alone with Sports Related Head Injuries

The Form and Severity of a Non-Penetrating Traumatic Brain Injury

When the human brain strikes the inside of the skull, is shaken violently or deprived of oxygen, a non-penetrating traumatic brain injury TBI is likely to occur. The damage from a traumatic brain injury may be temporary of permanent and in varying degrees of severity ranging from mild to catastrophic. Non-penetrating TBI’s are the most prevalent form of brain injury. While some traumatic brain injuries may be mild, requiring only rest as a treatment, others may be extremely severe, leading to lifelong debilitation, physically, cognitively and emotionally, with many leading to death. The type of traumatic brain injury as well as the level of severity, determines [...]

By | 2018-05-24T19:13:24-07:00 October 4th, 2017|Brain Injury|Comments Off on The Form and Severity of a Non-Penetrating Traumatic Brain Injury

Ten Reasons Why You Need an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

If you are injured due to the negligence of another person or entity, you may not feel the need for consulting an experienced personal injury attorney. You may think that your medical insurance is adequate to pay for the costs. You may be worried about the cost of a lawyer. The responsible party’s insurance company may have convinced you that their offer is the best possible or, at least, adequate. When you are injured in an accident, the other party’s insurance company will waste no time contacting you and asking questions. They do this hoping for an answer that will shift the blame from their client [...]

By | 2020-07-21T21:22:02-07:00 October 2nd, 2017|Personal Injury|Comments Off on Ten Reasons Why You Need an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

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