Brain Injury

People with traumatic brain injury may be victimized

On behalf of Pazer, Epstein, Jaffe & Fein, P.C. posted in Brain Injury on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. People in New York who suffered a brain injury may face a lifetime of medical treatment, emotional challenges and cognitive problems such as memory loss, among other challenges. The federal government, however, reported that people living with traumatic… (keep reading)

Brain injuries differ among children’s ages

Teenagers face the greatest risk of a brain injury from assaults according to a study that published in the New England Journal of Medicine. As children become teenagers, according to the study, the causes of head injuries changed. Traumatic brain injury has been the leading cause of death or disability among children over 1 years… (keep reading)

What are the major causes of traumatic brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury may have a permanent and disabling impact on a victim’s life. These injuries are caused by an external force which causes an injury to the brain or skull. Although brain injuries are particularly debilitating, they may be prevented. Falls, car crashes and assaults are the leading causes of a brain injury… (keep reading)

What is New York’s Concussion Management and Awareness Act?

The State of New York mandated school districts to implement procedures to assist students who are suspected of suffering a concussion in school athletics or participating in any school-sponsored activities, including athletics. The state’s commissioners of education and health are required to develop rules and regulations addressing these concussions. School districts have to consider concussions… (keep reading)

What are New York school districts’ liability for brain injuries?

New York recently enacted the Concussion Management and Awareness Act. This act requires school districts, among other things, to train its employees on concussion injuries and remove students from athletic and other activities where it is believed that they suffered a concussion. Since 1979, however, school districts could be held legally liable for failing take… (keep reading)

Brain injury lawsuits require special assistance

Traumatic brain injury, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, contributes to 30 percent of all injury deaths in this country each year. A TBI was a factor in the deaths of over 50,000 people and was associated with approximately 2.5 million emergency room visits or deaths in 2010. A TBI may… (keep reading)

Former players file concussion suit against NHL

While fighting may be entertaining for some hockey fans, its effects may have led to concussions and a civil lawsuit against the National Hockey League. Seventy former players are suing the NHL for knowingly withholding information about the long-term effects posed by concussions. Arguments were presented in February in the U.S. District Court whose its… (keep reading)

Internet may be used to assess TBI victims’ skills

On behalf of Pazer, Epstein, Jaffe & Fein, P.C. posted in Brain Injury on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Traumatic brain injury victims suffer a myriad of functional deficits that may diminish their ability to perform everyday tasks that others take for granted. Currently, there are insufficient methods that can assess functional status of TBI victims during… (keep reading)

Brain injuries may escalate aging effects

A traumatic brain injury can lead to severe and long-lasting health and finanacial problems. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TBI can cause memory loss and impair reasoning, communicating and understanding conversation and sensation. It can also cause emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, personality changes and social inappropriateness. Death can… (keep reading)

NFL concussion settlement may be short of end zone

A federal judge in Philadelphia approved a $1 billion settlement of the concussion class action lawsuit against the NFL after persuading the league to raise a $765 limit on its settlement fund for player head injuries. However, the family of deceased Chicago Bear and Pro Bowl safety Dave Duerson will appeal this settlement because it… (keep reading)

New study provides hope for brain injuries

New Yorkers with a traumatic brain injury suffer from a chronic health condition with possible life-long consequences for physical and emotional health. These include cognitive and psychological problems such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. However, the Department of Defense funded a study of strategy-based cognitive training which showed improvements on cognitive areas that are… (keep reading)

Brain injury patterns linked to depression

Findings in a recent MRI study published in the journal Radiology show patterns in the brains of individuals with concussion-related depression and anxiety. This could lead to better treatment for New Yorkers suffering from these disorders,. The mechanisms underlying changes in mental state after a mild traumatic brain injury, such as depression and anxiety, are… (keep reading)