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New Blood Markers Aid in Assessing Traumatic Brain Injury

I’m Ed Smith, a Berkeley brain injury lawyer. Traumatic brain injury causes significant change in the lives of individuals. Whether caused by a car accident or other traumatic injuries to the head, it has been difficult to predict the level of damage and hence the long-term outcome of such injuries. A new study announced at a sports neurology conference, presented by the American Academy of Neurology in Jacksonville, Florida, discussing the use of a blood marker to assess damage and outcome.

The Study

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New Discovery May Help Memory in Traumatic Brain Injury

I’m Ed Smith, a Santa Barbara brain injury lawyer. Traumatic brain Injuries due to accidents such as car accidents or falls can have a significant effect on the person’s life, ranging from temporary confusion to death. Unlike many other injuries, brain injury has a profound effect on the whole person, causing long-term or permanent loss of cognitive function. This interferes in the person’s job, relationships and the ability to enjoy life.

Helping Patients Regain Memory

Mental Health Issues in Women can Develop from Traumatic Brain Injuries

Mental Health Issues in Women can Develop from Traumatic Brain Injuries

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Brain Injury Lawyer. In recent times, traumatic brain injuries have spent a significant time in the spotlight of the national media and the government. Issues such as CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) in the NFL have helped to draw attention to something that has been a major health issue in the lives of countless families. As more research has been completed, studies have shown a link between mental health issues, such as dementia, and traumatic brain injuries.

An Impact on the Stress Axis

Car Crash Concussion

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Car Crash Concussion

I’m Ed Smith, a North Highlands brain injury lawyer. We have heard much about post concussion syndrome in the news with sports leagues like the NFL and NHL but they are quite common in California car crashes as well. Unfortunately, they are nothing like broken bones or even torn ligaments. The brain is a complex organ and so recovery can vary greatly from individual to individual. Still, there are some general guidelines for Grades I, II and III car crash concussion symptoms and how long they can last.

Post Concussion Syndrome

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Post Concussion Syndrome

Imagine the call that you never want to get. Your 17-year-old was a restrained back seat passenger in a car accident and his friend is calling you to tell you they are in the emergency room. You get there and find out that your child is all right. When you see your child they cannot really tell you what happened. You are not sure if your adolescent really knows what happened and does not want to say, or if they really cannot remember.

Stockton Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer

Stockton Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer

Stockton Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer

I am Ed Smith, a Stockton Brain Injury Attorney.  Needless to say, “traumatic brain injury” are three words we all hope to never have to personally experience, not for ourselves or a loved one.

South Sacramento HIt and Run Crash

South Sacramento HIt and Run Crash

South Sacramento Hit and Run Crash Turns Deadly

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Brain Injury Attorney. A man suffered a serious head injury after being struck by a hit-and-run driver on Saturday, July 9, 2016.

Tinnitus or “ringing” in the ears can be a complicated medical condition to treat given the numerous causes, types, and severity of tinnitus.  Tinnitus may be very mild for one person and short-lived while tinnitus may be chronic and debilitating for another person.  A variety of treatment options are used on a regular basis, including different variations of sound therapy.

Sound Shaping Maskers

One type of sound therapy is to mask the sound of the tinnitus as perceived by the patient.  By actually changing the shape of certain sounds, a patient’s tinnitus may become less severe or eliminated completely.  Such masking sounds could be broadband noise, sounds similar to that of tinnitus, music, sounds with certain frequencies eliminated, and other sounds thought to minimize the effects of tinnitus.

Identifying Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

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Identifying Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Brain Injury Lawyer. Because many of the symptoms of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) closely mirror the symptoms of other illnesses or conditions. Knowing whether you have suffered a TBI is not always an easy determination to make. Not all TBIs result in a period of unconsciousness and forgetfulness: in fact, a mild TBI may not be accompanied by any loss of consciousness at all. Nevertheless, even a mild TBI can result in temporary and/or permanent difficulties and limitations.

Management of Substance Abuse after Trauma

Management of Substance Abuse after Trauma

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Brain Injury Lawyer. Substance abuse, especially alcohol intoxication, is the underlying cause of almost half of all traumatic injuries in the US.  One survey showed that 75 percent of intoxicated patients have a prior history of clinically-significant alcohol related life events and 26 percent admit to significant pre-injury alcohol problems.  This means that alcohol abuse disorder is reported to be the most prevalent disease among trauma survivors.  Injured problem drinkers are subsequently more likely to be reinjured, re-hospitalized, and to die compared to normal people.  Despite the high incidence of substance abuse, it is rarely screened for in rehabilitation units.

Rates of alcohol problems are particularly high among those with traumatic injuries, including traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.

Links between alcohol problems and traumatic brain injury/spinal cord injury will be described in terms of the prevalence of these problems together and the effects on outcome.  There are persistent stereotypes and myths about substance abuse that may interfere with the implementation of effective screening and intervention programs. Continue reading

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