Brain injuries affect an alarming number of Americans, including many Virginians. These can be debilitating injuries that completely alter a person's life. From inflicting permanent disability, to requiring years of rehabilitation and therapy, a brain injury can be utterly devastating for a victim and his or her family.
For Virginia residents, being involved in an accident can be an emotional and shocking event. Moreover, an accident victim is likely to suffer various injuries throughout his or her body, adding physical and mental pain to their life. When a head trauma occurs, a victim is likely to deal with short-term and long-term effects from a brain injury.
A former wrestler for Old Dominion University (ODU) in Virginia is suing his former coaches, as well as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and Old Dominion Athletic Foundation, due to the lack of care he received following concussions during wrestling practice. In the lawsuit, in which the former wrestler for ODU is seeking $4 million in damages, the plaintiff contends that the lack of medical care he received led to him ultimately suffering from a traumatic brain injury.
Learning that a loved one has a brain injury can be overwhelming. A Virginian may wonder how his or her loved one will act, whether he will remember his family and be able to do everyday tasks. A Virginian may wonder if a loved one will be severely incapacitated. As this blog reported in a previous post, it is essential to identify and treat a brain injury as quickly as possible, and yet, even with prompt care, a person may not ever fully recover from a brain injury.
Brain injuries can happen in many different ways. From a car accident, to an assault, to a sports injury, there are many ways that a Virginian might suffer from brain damage. In recent years, the possibility of head trauma from sports injuries, specifically in football, has gained increased attention.
The signs and symptoms of a brain injury may vary, and may potentially be confused with another injury. Due to the seriousness of brain injuries, however, it is important to properly identify and treat them as quickly as possible so that a Virginian may have optimal chances of recovery.
When a Virginian suffers a brain injury, medical attention is likely the first order of business, and it should be. Brain trauma can require major medical care and it is important for an injured Virginian to receive prompt and proper treatment. After receipt of medical care, however, an injured victim and his or her family should not waste time if they wish to pursue a lawsuit, as there are important time limits, known as statutes of limitations, that affect when a victim can bring a lawsuit.
Many Virginians may be familiar with amnesia due to its common use as a dramatic device in television and the movies. In reality, a person suffering from amnesia, also known as amnestic syndrome, may face a set of circumstances much different from that depicted in the media.
Basic knowledge about brain injuries, including how they might occur and the different types, may be of interest to Virginia residents. There are two primary types of brain injuries -- traumatic brain injuries and non-traumatic brain injuries.
It is a parent's job to protect his or her child. It is a hard job, though, and sometimes parents in Virginia may not know how best to keep children safe. When a child has suffered a head injury, it is important that parents and other caregivers are on the lookout for possible signs of a serious brain injury.