As the days grow longer and the sun shines brighter, the natural inclination is to spend more time outdoors. Between summer sports and social gatherings, there’s no shortage of activities to participate in.
Not all crash injuries show broken bones or gushing blood. It is not uncommon for a British Columbia motorist to walk away from a car accident without a medical evaluation only because everything seems fine. However, cases have been reported in which such a person collapsed and died a few days later because he or she suffered a brain injury that went undetected. Symptoms of serious conditions sometimes present days or even weeks after an accident, while a doctor might have identified it during a proper medical examination immediately after the incident.
A nurse in British Columbia is having a difficult time accepting the court's decision in a criminal case against the person that caused her brain injury and her friend's death. The drunk driver that caused the deadly crash was sentenced to only three years. Reportedly, this followed a plea bargain in which six charges against him were thrown out in exchange for a guilty plea.
When an accident causes traumatic brain injury, the victim may not even be aware of the severity of the injury. Instead of seeking immediate medical care, he or she may be more concerned about filing an insurance claim. The importance of medical evaluation immediately after a car accident cannot be stressed enough, but the related costs for the treatment of TBI can be overwhelming. If the negligence of another party caused a British Columbia crash, getting help from an experienced legal professional is imperative.
If you suffer a concussion, you want to do everything you can to recover as much as possible and as soon as possible. While adults might want to go back to work immediately or kids might want to continue sports or other activities, a break should be taken. Without one, your recovery could take longer than it would with proper rest. An interesting fact that has been discovered is that adolescents, particularly those who have to participate in high level mental activities, could actually be hurting their recoveries by participating in these tasks and hobbies.
When you suffer a slip-and-fall accident, the last thing you think will happen is that you'll suffer a serious spinal injury. Unfortunately, even a short fall can result in fractures, disk dislocations and other issues as you attempt to catch yourself or impact your spinal column.
With so many children and adults using bicycles to travel, there is a distinct need for education on staying safe. Falling off a bicycle or being hit by a car can lead to head injuries; those injuries can take months or years to heal.
You know that you should wear a helmet whenever you get on your bicycle. As a pedestrian and cyclist, if you're hit, you can be at serious risk of injuries that could leave you hospitalized or worse. Some people have argued that helmet use isn't the be-all-end-all for cyclist safety, though.
Someone suffering from a brain injury is a serious concern for patients, families and doctors alike. The type of brain injury suffered can help indicate the kind of recovery a patient could face, but finding that a patient has been impaled by a nail or other sharp object can be devastating. Nail impalement, or any other type of sharp impalement to the brain, is a neurosurgical emergency. The swelling this causes could lead to brain damage and symptoms like memory loss or paralysis; some patients will die, and others may remain in a coma or other vegetative state, requiring families to seek out compensation for rising medical costs.
An acquired brain injury is one that has been caused by trauma to the head. Things like hitting your head when you slip and fall or whiplash in a car accident can both cause trauma to the brain as it impacts the skull and swells.