Suffering head injuries can happen to anybody in a car accident, at work or while taking part in sports. March is brain injury month, dedicated to creating awareness of this catastrophic condition, which is far more common than what most people might think. Victims and their loved ones nationwide, including in New York, have to cope with multiple challenges as they work on maximum recovery.
When professional athletes suffer injuries that prevent them from playing their particular sport, the impact on their financial stability can be devastating. If the injury is the result of the negligence of somebody else, grounds to file a lawsuit may exist. Tennis star Eugenie Bouchard filed such a lawsuit that recently ended with a settlement agreement in a New York civil court. This came more than two years after she suffered a brain injury for which she blamed the United States Tennis Association.
Damage to a person's brain can happen in two ways, both of which are preventable and can be caused by the negligence of others. Victims of brain injuries in New York and their families may have questions about it. Traumatic brain injury occurs when a person's brain suffers physical damage such as bruising or bleeding inside the skull and also includes concussion. Acquired brain injury is caused by either total or partial oxygen deprivation.
It can be devastating to see a loved one, who once functioned in mind and body as most healthy people do, suddenly become completely or partially dependent on others for basic living assistance. For instance, if a traumatic brain injury occurs, simple tasks like brushing hair or feeding oneself may prove impossible without help. Understanding the recovery process of brain injury patients may help New York family members better provide necessary care for their loved ones.
Many families in New York and throughout the nation recently gathered with loved ones and friends to celebrate the Independence Day holiday. Some attended community affairs where fireworks displays were offered in public places. Others celebrated with barbecues, games and socializing closer to home. Two parents' lives were forever changed, however, when their 7-year-old son suffered a brain injury during their holiday party.
Any New York parent who has sat with a young football or hockey player who has suffered an apparent concussion understands how worrisome it can be. Sports injuries are by far not the only causes of brain injury, however. Even minor car accidents can result in such injuries, with matters made worse if symptoms are not immediately apparent.
Every year, thousands of people across the nation (including many in New York) suffer traumatic injuries that change their lives forever. Although there are many types of catastrophic injuries, a brain injury, in particular, is often most serious. Surprisingly, it takes far less blunt force than one might think to cause a devastating injury to the brain.
New York parents and legal guardians are responsible for children in many ways. They are obligated to provide their temporal needs of food, shelter and clothing. If a child suffers a serious injury, even more attention and care may be needed to help in recovery. When a permanent brain injury has been suffered, that extra care may be necessary for a lifetime.
Treating injuries to the brain in New York and other parts of the United States remains a challenge clinically. So far, clinical studies have not been able to pinpoint a treatment strategy that is effective when the aspects of neuroregeneration, neuroprotection and neuroinflammation need to be controlled. However, research has revealed that omega-3 fatty acids may be beneficial for traumatic brain injury.
One of the challenges that people with traumatic brain injury face in New York is being able to control and regulate their emotions. Brain injury victims also struggle to remember information and might also suffer from headaches. However, researchers are exploring whether deep-brain stimulation may actually help to improve the lives of brain injury victims.