Posts Tagged ‘Traumatic Brain Injuries’

Mississippi Brain Injury Attorney Discusses Brain Injuries and Future Outcomes

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Kids bump their heads in all kinds of ways, and parents do the best they can to supervise them and then hope for the best each time that they do fall and bump their heads. Unfortunately, some of those seemingly harmless head knocks may have long-lasting negative medical and social effects. Difficulties with learning and with interacting with others are some of the problems that can follow a head injury, and those challenges can last a lifetime. Research has indicated that the more severe the brain injury, the worse the outcomes are in adulthood.

Many people think that if a person does not have a concussion, they will not suffer long term damage. This is simply not true. Unfortunately, research has shown that even a seemingly harmless bump on the head that does not qualify as a concussion can change the brain’s physiology and affect the person’s neural functioning. When a person has experienced multiple concussions during their lifetime, they may develop a serious and often tragic neurodegenerative disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy later on in life.

One important factor in head injury outcomes is the age at first head injury. Children who were older than fifteen years of age when they had their first head injury have been found to be more likely to have difficulties as adults. The reason that younger children may recover more fully from head injuries might have something to do with neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain to adapt and change its networks and behavior. Neuroplasticity is higher in younger people and lower in order people.

There are still more questions than answers on the topic of head injuries and short and long term outcomes. However, there is agreement that minimizing head trauma, especially in children, is important. Children get head injuries much more easily than adults because their bodies are much smaller and weaker. Parents can supervise toddlers as they learn to walk and make sure kids wear helmets while riding bikes, scooters, skateboards, skis, and snowboards. Some parents may even choose to encourage their kids to avoid sports like hockey and football where head injuries are most prevalent.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Representing Mississippi Brain Injury Victims and Their Families

Head injuries can have serious short and long-term implications. If you or someone that you love has suffered a head injury, it is important to get it evaluated right away so that treatment and recovery can begin. Recovering from a brain injury is no small feat, and it is important that you have the time and energy to focus on becoming well again. The Mississippi Brain Injury Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. can help you file a claim for damages and work towards obtaining the compensation that will allow you to make as much of a recovery as you possibly can. If you have questions about brain injuries, please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022, to learn more.

University of Mississippi Among First in the Nation to Launch New Ph.D. Program Aimed At Helping Those with Traumatic Brain Injuries Recover

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

The potentially devastating impact of concussions and other head injuries has made headline news in recent years due, in large part, to the prevalence of these injuries amongst football players and military personnel. In light of increasing number of concussions each year and new research on the long-term impact of such injuries, the University of Mississippi’s School of Education has launched a new Ph.D. program which includes a neuroscience component.

This revolutionary program is only one of three in the nation. Its aim is to train educators to help victims of traumatic brain injuries recuperate more fully. The program’s unique focus on educating those with brain injuries stems in part from Chancellor Dan Jones’ interest in the area. Dr. Jones is a medical doctor and leader in the local movement to prevent and better understand concussions. As such, the Education Department’s new curriculum trains educators to use therapies that include language, mathematics, and other subjects to help speed recovery. The program is broken down into several components, with one focusing on how the brain works and other dealing with behaviors, literacy, and diversity. Neuroscience is a vital part of each component.

Roy Thurston, a UM assistance professor of special education, developed the current neuroscience program. Thurston has extensive experience researching the cognitive rehabilitation of those with brain injuries as well as application of neuroscience to education.

The focus of the program is on helping brain injury patients exercise their brain. This has been proven to sped recovery and lead to increased levels of functioning. These therapies are of particular use for college and professional football players who experience concussions at alarming rates. Another focus is on war veterans who frequently return from combat with head injuries.

UM’s education program is a just a part of the larger movement towards better recognition and treatment of concussions. Previously, sports leaders shunned the idea that concussions were particularly common or dangerous. College and pro football players had to experience devastating injuries before the true nature and frequency of concussions during the game was acknowledged. The attitude in youth sports was no different, with children benched for one play then sent back into the game even after clearly sustaining hard hits. Further, outside the playing field, war veterans were another group of Americans commonly overlooked when it came to concussions.   We now know that over 22% of all combat injuries are traumatic brain injuries.

Research today has helped us to better understand the true nature of a concussion. A concussion can occur when the head strikes an object or, vice-versa, when an object strikes the head. This results in the individual’s brain, enclosed by fluid, actually shifting in the skull. Upon impact, billions of brain cells illuminate at the site of the injury. These cells then work to regain equilibrium. This process can take just a few hours or can never fully be accomplished. While the brain is working to restore itself, a host of side effects can be experienced, such as holes in one’s memory, pain from bright lights, and diminished focus. Programs like that at UM are part of cutting edge research which indicates that the correct education for traumatic brain injury patients can help them to recover quicker and more completely.

If you have experienced a traumatic brain injury due to an accident, call the brain injury experts at Giddens Law Firm. Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries require the assistance of an attorney team with an intricate knowledge of this complex field. Giddens Law Firm has over 20 years experience working with those suffering from concussion injuries. Call us today at (601) 355-2022 to schedule a free consultation.