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.
The National Football League conceded to eliminate a cap of $675 million for damages in the thousands of players' claims related to concussions they suffered while on the field. A federal judge raised concerns that the cap would fail to cover the 20,000 retired NFL players.
An East Coast woman who suffered injury at a Pennsylvania water park is seeking financial compensation from the operators of the facility. The woman, who was reportedly injured in July 2012, argues that the knee injury she received has caused a variety of personal woes, including pain, medical bills and decreased range of motion. Although the woman was not a victim of something as serious as closed head injuries, for example, she says that her life has still been affected by the inconvenient wound.
A horrific accident on a Port Authority bus in Pittsburgh has left a 38-year-old woman in a medically induced coma. The victim suffered traumatic brain injuries after she was thrown out the rear door of that vehicle. Physicians at UPMC Mercy have said that the woman's injuries were so serious that she had to be placed into a coma in order to fully recover.
Last year, the big issue in sports health involved concussions in the National Football League. This year, a new conversation is starting about the same injuries, this time in the National Hockey League. Experts in Pennsylvania and elsewhere say that several federal suits have already been filed against the NHL in connection with player concussions. That organization is accused of downplaying the risk of brain injury and even encouraging players to duke it out on the ice for the entertainment of fans.
No matter the topic, it always seems that "there's an app for that." Would you believe that concussions actually fall into that category? New advances in scientific technology have led to the development of some concussion-related tools that can help coaches, trainers and even parents learn whether an athlete has suffered a traumatic brain injury. However, experts say that some of these apps could lead to additional problems because they provide inaccurate information.