The last few years have seen motorcycle laws around the country undergoing reform in a variety of directions. Partly, it is because of a changing understanding of the way sharing the road has to work for everyone to be safe. It is also driven by a variety of political efforts and by the popularity of the motorcycle as a fun, efficient, and effective method of transportation for so many people.
Workplace injuries are supposed to be fully covered by workers' compensation insurance. However, for injured workers to claim their full benefits, they need to understand the nature of their injuries and the ways that those injuries are diagnosed. That way they can be sure they have all the medical substantiation of their conditions necessary to meet the requirements in the law. Most of the time, this is not a difficult task to achieve, because most injuries are fairly apparent. Even when they involve internal damage, such as when an organ is injured, typical symptoms tend to be easy for injured workers to identify and seek help with. Brain injuries are a little bit different.
One of the most commonly misunderstood forms of injury is traumatic brain injury, or TBI. It affects more people than most generally realize, and because the effects of such injuries tend to take a long time to reveal themselves, spotting signs of a TBI can be difficult. At the same time, though, they can be most effectively treated if they are caught early, so learning to identify when you or someone else has received a brain injury can make a big difference in the prospects for recovery by helping to insure that injured people do not -injure themselves.
Back to school means new clothes, backpacks and school supplies. But with the return to school comes the return of school sports and with that, school-sports injuries. From twisted ankles to broken bones to concussions, it's important to be aware of the risks involved in any sporting activity.
Concussions can be traumatic at the time they happen, but many people don't realize that a brain injury of this nature can also have many lasting consequences. These issues can remain problematic for months or even years after the injury, and one of the biggest concerns post-concussion is sleep. For up to 18 months, those who have experienced a concussion are likely to struggle with problems sleeping. However, the issues they have with sleep aren't what most people would expect.
In a previous post, we discussed the birth injury known as cerebral palsy and its symptoms. Now, we are going to take a closer look at the prognosis for those in Maryland who suffer from cerebral palsy and other brain injuries during the birth process.
A wheelchair stricken teenager who was disabled at birth is finally able to get the equipment and aid he needs to make his life easier. The young man was injured at birth in Florida in 1997 from the negligent action of nurses at the hospital, which caused a crippling brain injury. While it took nearly ten years for the case to come before a jury, the jury found that the nurses were negligent by not following standard hospital rules and regulations. The jury awarded the young boy's family damages of $30.8 million.
There is nothing in the world that can compensate parents for the pain and suffering endured following an injury to a new born child during or shortly after pregnancy. As Maryland families know, such incidents can be tragic and life changing - forcing parents to change the way they raise their child and causing a lifetime of pain and suffering.
Baltimore Ravens player Jameel McClain discussed the "ethic of playing through pain" in the NFL, using his own experience as an example. In his rookie year he took a shot to the head and felt dizzy, and though he wanted to play, the team doctors kept him out of the game. McClain said that the ethic of pushing through the pain like the pros do may be trickling down into youth sports, and is pushing for awareness about the long-term damage of concussions.