Philadelphia residents with elderly parents and other loved ones in nursing homes may be concerned about the statistics on the frequent occurrence of falls by nursing home residents. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 1,800 elderly residents of nursing homes suffer fatal injuries in falls. Those who survive are frequently permanently disabled with greatly reduced quality of life.
In Pennsylvania, the question of how we can reduce the number of fatalities and injuries during the Thanksgiving holiday must be raised because it is estimated that approximately 418 deaths will occur from vehicle accidents. An additional 44,700 will be injured during the holiday week-end and this is too many. The National Safety Council has given guidelines along with these estimates on how we can all be safer.
Philadelphia drivers who text and drive or become so animated or absorbed in their telephone conversations while driving never think that their inattentiveness will result in someone's death or dismemberment.
Earlier, we addressed the long term effects of traumatic brain injuries for our Philadelphia readers. We're going to take a step back and examine what changes occur to the brain when someone suffers a TBI.
In a glaring example of adding insult to actual injury, CNN reports that corporate behemoth Walmart has responded to the civil lawsuit filed by comedian Tracy Morgan over the June accident that landed him in critical condition by blaming Morgan and his fellow passengers for their own injuries.
Philadelphia residents have likely heard the term "traumatic brain injury" bandied about, perhaps in relation to injuries from a car accident or other violent and sudden trauma. But many may be unsure of what someone who suffers from such an injury actually experiences.
Do you think you know all about the types of injuries that can occur during a car accident? Maybe you consider injuries such as broken bones or traumatic brain injuries -- but you may not have considered soft-tissue injuries that are actually far more common in certain types of accidents. Injuries to ligaments, muscles and tendons can still cause serious problems, even if they do not immediately spring to mind.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010, the combined total of deaths, hospitalizations and emergency room visits due to traumatic brain injuries climbed to the rate of 823.7 per 100,000 individuals. Many of those who suffered the TBIs were from Philadelphia. Below are some important things to know about TBIs.
Traumatic Brain Injuries, also known as TBIs, must be taken very seriously at all times. There is a high chance of a disability or even death as a result of an injury like this. The stats that have been collected even show that a full 30 percent of all of the deaths in the United States that are related to injuries happen, in part, because of TBIs.
Four suspects in Danville, Pennsylvania, are accused of dropping a soccer-ball sized rock through a vehicle's windshield, severely injuring a passenger inside. The incident occurred on July 10 as the victim was riding with her husband and daughter from Ohio to New Jersey on a business trip. The 52-year-old woman, a teacher in Ohio, suffered life-threatening traumatic brain injuries when she was struck by the massive rock. Two teens, ages 17 and 18, are facing criminal charges including aggravated assault in connection with the incident, and two other younger suspects have also been questioned.