We've written previously about the need for more clinical research and expanded insurance coverage for brain injury victims. People who suffer traumatic brain injuries typically have a long and difficult road to recovery. Therapy and treatment are expensive, and brain injury patients and their families need all of the medical and financial help they can get.
Right now, brain injury victims and their families aren't treated fairly by the healthcare system in the United States. In particular, since treatment and recovery after a traumatic brain injury can be a lifelong struggle, insurance companies generally don't offer anywhere near enough coverage for patients who have suffered a severe brain injury.
Any type of damage to the brain can have devastating and long-term consequences that lead to a lifetime of specialized care and unending medical bills. Traumatic brain injury is most commonly associated with accidents or severe blows to the head, but a potential association between brain injuries and football has some people questioning the levels of violence in the sport.
Cheerleading is considered by many in Texas to be a sport. It often involves trained athletes performing dangerous routines without the benefit of safety gear. This can result in serious injury, including broken bones to more catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord damage and traumatic brain injury. Such injuries, suffered by one junior high student in a dangerous stunt gone wrong, have spurred a lawsuit seeking compensation.
A traumatic brain injury is a life-altering event that can affect everything from memory, personality, and daily living skills. Texans who suffer brain injury due to accidents beyond their control may find themselves in dire straits. Bills for immediate medical treatment, rehabilitation and long-term care can begin to stack up quickly. A successful claim through civil action may be a significant aid to the victims and their caregivers.
The Fourth of July this year fell on a Wednesday so many people took a long holiday with family and friends. Summer holidays can involve a host of recreational activities, including fun on all-terrain vehicles.
According to AAA, the Fourth of July holiday week is expected to have more travelers than during the July 4 week last year. It may also see a number of drunk driving accidents. Texas is working to prevent Fourth of July drinking and driving in two ways: by increasing law enforcement statewide; and by putting a face on the consequences of drunk driving accidents.
According to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the older a person gets, the more likely they are to die if injured in a fall. A fall, from which a 32-year-old could recover, might put an 80-year-old in a wheelchair permanently.
Those of us in Texas who follow football were no doubt saddened by the loss of Junior Seau to suicide. He was reported to suffer from depression and potential brain damage due to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Daniel Duerson was another National Football League player who suffered from CTE and also committed suicide with a shot to the chest so that his brain could be studied.
More and more we are hearing about the dangers of repeated concussions, or even head hits, among sports players and professional athletes. Does the injury need to be severe -- or are repeated injuries enough to do damage? In the case of the National Football League, were the owners aware of the potential brain damage, and if so, when did they know it?