• From the Desk of a Brain Injury Attorney in Cleveland: Head Injury and the NFL

    Posted on August 7th, 2017 admin No comments

    Yes, the science is in, and it’s not pretty. Most of the Cleveland Browns should probably have their own personal brain injury attorney in Cleveland. In fact, most professional football players for that matter, and even perhaps those who play college or high school football.

    Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) – a neurodegenerative brain disease –  has been found in nearly all donated brains of NFL players examined in a new study by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    The brains of 111 NFL players were examined, and 110 showed the presence of CTE.

    CTE is the result of repeated head trauma. It causes memory loss, impaired judgment, aggression, depression, anxiety and impulse control issues. Unfortunately, it can only be definitively diagnosed after death.

    And for football players, it begins early. Three out 14 football players show signs of CTE at the high school level. In college, 48 out of 53 players show signs of CTE.

    The NFL, which has funded portions of Dr. McKee’s research in the past not including the current study, said: “Case studies such as those compiled in this updated paper are important to further advancing the science and progress related to head trauma …., the NFL said in a statement. Though the NFL funded previous research from the study’s author Dr. Ann McKee, it refused to contribute to this study. “As noted by the authors, there are still many unanswered questions relating to the cause, incidence and prevalence of long-term effects of head trauma such as CTE.”

    Either way, the study’s findings are rather alarming to the clients of brain injury attorneys in Cleveland and further demonstrate that sports related injuries can be serious and life altering.

  • Talking History with Our Cleveland Brain Injury Lawyer: The Case of Phineas Gage

    Posted on June 29th, 2017 admin No comments

    Why does modern brain science owe its very existence to an 1800s era railroad worker? As our brain injury lawyer in Cleveland points out, the case of Phineas Gage led to some fundamental revelations on the nature of the brain, and is often used as a reference point for further discovery.

    While blowing up rocks to clear the way for new railway lines, Gage set off a metal spark that in turn drove a tamping iron up and out of the hole, through his left cheek, behind his eye socket, and out of the top of his head. Gage didn’t die, but most of the frontal lobe of his brain was destroyed.

    The injury led to dramatic changes in Gage’s personality.

    “He is fitful, irreverent, indulging at times in the grossest profanity, which was not previously his custom,” wrote John Martyn Harlow, the physician who treated Gage after the accident.

    Laying the Foundation of a New Science

    As a recent article in NPR points out, Gage’s case led to the development of modern brain science. “If you talk about hard core neurology and the relationship between structural damage to the brain and particular changes in behavior, this is ground zero,” Allan Ropper, a neurologist at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, told NPR. “It’s one region [of the brain], it’s really obvious, and the changes in personality were stunning.”

    Healing and Time

    The good news? The personality change was temporary, lasting likely only two to three years. Gage went onto work as a long-distance stagecoach driver in Chile, which requires a good deal of focus and planning capabilities.

    “Even in cases of massive brain damage and massive incapacity, rehabilitation is always possible,” Malcolm Macmillan, an honorary professor at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, told NPR.

    That’s inspiring news for the clients of a brain injury attorney in Cleveland. It may take patience, but time and hard work in rehabilitation will ultimately heal the wound and life goes on.

  • New Study Shows Why Clients of a Cleveland Brain Injury Attorney Suffer Inflammation

    Posted on April 7th, 2017 admin No comments

    Here’s a study that may solve a mystery many of the clients of our Cleveland brain injury attorney have wondered about. Why is there often widespread inflammation following a brain injury?

    Researches in a new study have identified a mechanism in the brain that causes this inflammation and suggest it may play a role in other neurodegenerative diseases. The findings were recently published in Science Daily.

    The study’s discoveries may change how brain inflammation is understood, and, ultimately, how it is treated, Science Daily reports.

    “The researchers showed that microparticles derived from brain inflammatory cells are markedly increased in both the brain and the blood following experimental traumatic brain injury (TBI),” Science Daily states in an article describing the findings. “These microparticles carry pro-inflammatory factors that can activate normal immune cells, making them potentially toxic to brain neurons. Injecting such microparticles into the brains of uninjured animals creates progressive inflammation at both the injection site and eventually in more distant sites.”

    Ongoing Inflammation Causing Chronic Brain Damage

    The research indicates the inflammation can go on for years and cause chronic brain damage.

    “These results potentially provide a new conceptual framework for understanding brain inflammation and its relationship to brain cell loss and neurological deficits after head injury, and may be relevant for other neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer disease in which neuroinflammation may also play a role,” said Dr. Alan Faden, a researcher at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “The idea that brain inflammation can trigger more inflammation at a distance through the release of microparticles may offer novel treatment targets for a number of important brain diseases.”

    Hopefully this research leads to better treatment and outcomes for the clients of a Cleveland brain injury attorney.

  • Cleveland Brain Injury Lawyer: An Inspiring Story for Caregivers

    Posted on February 8th, 2017 admin No comments

    When supporting the victims of brain injury, we must not forget to also celebrate and support their caregivers, who all too often go overlooked. Here’s an inspiring story of one caregiver, who despite challenges and tests, did not give up. As any brain injury lawyer in Cleveland will tell you, the support of family is key to surmounting the challenges of a brain injury. Family should be the one resource your loved one can depend on.

    Kim Summerall Jones, an Arizona mom, has faced numerous challenges. First, she was told she couldn’t conceive children. Then, after her husband and she adopted two children as infants, her husband was diagnosed with a rare cancer and tragically passed away 14 months later. And if that wasn’t enough, she got the call that every parent has nightmares about. Her children had been in a traumatic car accident and her son suffered a brain injury. Her son seemed like a stranger after the accident.

    “When someone receives a brain injury, it is time to mourn that person and welcome a new person to the relationship. The person you once knew is gone in most cases. In their place is a new individual with a different personality, different goals, and unique abilities,” Kim stated.

    Her son’s new challenges dove Kim into a depression, which she successfully overcame through a fitness and therapy and the realization that her son needed her to be the world for him. She even competed in a bodybuilding competition. Today, she is a sought after national speaker.

    For her inspiration to others, Kim was recently  awarded the 2017 Ms. U.S. Woman of Achievement title at the pageant held on November 6th on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.

    Caring Resources

    “The good news is that because there are over 5.3 million sufferers of Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”), there are resources available for the victim. Unfortunately, there is little support for the caregiver,” Kim stated. “This is where we come in. “TBI: Survive and Thrive!” provides a community of resources, ideas, and practical tips for caregivers of TBI survivors.”

    Our Cleveland brain injury lawyers wanted to share Kim’s story as inspiration to the families and victims in the struggle to recover from brain injury.

  • Client of a Brain Injury Lawyer in Cleveland Tragically Takes Own Life

    Posted on October 17th, 2016 admin No comments

    As any brain injury lawyer in Cleveland knows all too well, it’s not only the victims of  head injuries who suffer and require professional therapy and rehabilitation. It’s just as important to remember the needs of their family as well.

    This was all too evident in the recent tragedy of Randy Budd, husband of Sharon Budd who suffered debilitating head injuries when a five pound rock was heinously dropped from a Stark County overpass into her moving car. Tragically, Mr. Budd died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound this past August at the age of 55.

    Shaken by his wife’s new lifetime challenges, Mr. Budd strove to improve highway fencing so other families wouldn’t have to suffer.

    “Earlier this year, the Budd family helped push through new rules in Ohio requiring any new or rehabbed bridges over most busy highways to be topped with chain-link fencing to deter vandals,” the Associated Press reported.

    In any brain injury case, families suffer. A financial settlement to help the family move forward helps, but as any brain injury lawyer in Cleveland understands, therapy and other rehabilitative services for the entire family are crucial to healing.

  • How the Friendship of 2 Army Buddies May One Day Change the Lives of Every Client of a Brain Injury Lawyer in Cleveland

    Posted on August 5th, 2016 admin No comments

    Army buddies Kit Parker’s and Chris Moroski’s story would inspire any client of a brain injury lawyer in Cleveland. It has all the best elements of movies that break your heart and reaffirm you belief in friendship and humanity at the same time. Read on.

    Parker and Moroski became friends jumping out of airplanes together in the 1990s. After 9/11, the two went their separate directions in the two wars that resulted from that attack, Parker to Afghanistan, Moroski to Iraq.

    After their deployments, life continued on as usual, at least on the surface. Parker pursued a new career as a heart research scientist. Moroski, who had a bit of a rougher landing back into civilian life, spent his days at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Ga, healing injuries from an IED that had blown up his vehicle during a patrol near Ramadi. Doctors had been promising a quick recovery, but from frequent phone calls between the two army buddies, Parker realized something was amiss.

    “He’d lose his train of thought,” Parker remembered. “He couldn’t remember stuff,” including being awarded the Purple Heart, big stuff that’s tough to lose in the memory of your average soldier.

    Parker pledged to help his friend. Beyond the frequent phone calls, Parker turned to his next best resource: science. From his heart research, he knew that sudden forces, similar to an IED blast, could have severe effects on the heart. Could such a blast also affect the brain?

    “I had to bring the battlefield into the lab,” Parker remembered.

    After much research, Parker published a paper demonstrating how a blast wave could cause integrins to send signals that could disrupt brain cell connections. “When that happens, it affects the networks that allow you to recognize your grandmother’s face or count your change at the fast-food restaurant,” Parker explained.

    Dr. Geoffrey Ling, who at one time had been the Army’s leading expert on traumatic brain injury, describes Parker’s research as “a fundamental insight.”

    Parker’s discovery could one day make a difference to all people suffering from brain injury, including civilians. That would be good news to the clients of any brain injury lawyer in Cleveland.

    “Success is that a quarterback doesn’t suffer from dementia after being sacked,” Parker concludes. “Success is that brain injury is no longer the leading cause of death of children. Success is a war fighter gets blown up in some Third World rathole somewhere and he can still count his change at Burger King afterwards.”

  • Our Brain Injury Attorney in Cleveland’s Inspirational Movie Pick: “Concussion,” Now Out on DVD and Home Streaming

    Posted on April 25th, 2016 admin No comments

    Looking for a good movie this weekend? Our brain injury attorney in Cleveland has a great recommendation sure to inspire many head injury victims. Concussion, recently released on DVD and streaming living rooms everywhere, is the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian-born pathologist who was one of the first to make the issue of brain damage in retired NFL players a dinner time conversation topic.

    Will Smith stars as Dr. Omalu, who in 2002 performed an autopsy on the body of Mike Webster when he worked for the Allegheny County coroner’s office in Pittsburgh.  Known as “Iron Mike,” Webster formerly helped the Pittsburgh Steelers win four Super Bowls. However, his mental health later fell apart, to the point where he screamed at random strangers and regularly zapped himself with a Taser gun. He died at the age of 50 from a heart attack.

    Curious of how Webster’s behavior might have been affected from changes in his brain, Dr. Omalu dissected the player’s brain and discovered presence of tau proteins, which impair moods and cognitive function upon accumulation. It’s similar to what’s found in the brains of boxing champions. He sounds the alarm to the NFL, which does not respond kindly. His character is poignantly warned in the movie, “You’re going to war with a corporation that owns a day of the week.”

    But now the war is being won. People are more aware of the repercussions of brain injury in the NFL in particular and in sports in general.

    Brain injuries can be life changing, and that is why victims should always consult a brain injury attorney in Cleveland regarding their own case. They may be facing serious life-long care issues. Winning a settlement may indeed provide the critical means for a quality of life that allows real healing to begin.

  • Does Football Cause CTE? Should the NFL Fear Brain Injury Lawyers in Cleveland?

    Posted on March 16th, 2016 admin No comments

    The National Institutes of Health recently announced a $16 million grant to researchers from Boston University seeking ways to detect a disease caused by repeated head trauma. How much will be coming from the NFL, which in 2012 pledged $30 million to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health to study chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)? Not anything. And no brain injury lawyer in Cleveland who pays attention to the news should be surprised.

    Currently, CTE can only be diagnosed after an individual dies. It has been found in many former professional football players. Being able to diagnose it in current players would solidify a financial iceberg for the NFL. Citing unnamed resources, ESPN has reported that because the NFL dragged its feet for so long on the issue, the National Institutes of Health decided to write the study its own check to expedite the research.

    “Sources told Outside the Lines that the league exercised that power when it learned that [Dr. Robert Stern], a professor of neurology and neurosurgery at Boston University, would be the project’s lead researcher,” ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported. “The league, sources said, raised concerns about Stern’s objectivity, despite the merit review and a separate evaluation by a dozen high-level experts assembled by the NIH.”

    ESPN isn’t the only one calling foul. Also citing an unnamed source, the New York Times reported that the NIH had requested some of the $30 million for the research but ultimately “it decided to finance the grant with other funds.”

    The NFL is obviously scared and concerned. Anyone who has played football for any duration of time would be well advised to contact a brain injury attorney in Cleveland for a free consultation. Brain damage is real, and may possibly result as a side effect of America’s favorite past-time.

  • Should The NFL Fear Brain Injury Lawyers in Cleveland?

    Posted on February 12th, 2016 admin No comments

    The National Institutes of Health recently announced a $16 million grant to researchers from Boston University seeking ways to detect a disease caused by repeated head trauma. How much will be coming from the NFL, which in 2012 pledged $30 million to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health to study chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)? Zero. Zilch. Not a penny. And no brain injury lawyer in Cleveland who pays attention to the news should be surprised.

    Currently, CTE can only be diagnosed after an individual dies. It has been found in many former professional football players. Being able to diagnose it in current players would solidify a financial iceberg for the NFL. Citing unnamed resources, ESPN has reported that because the NFL dragged its feet for so long on the issue, the National Institutes of Health decided to write the study its own check to expedite the research.

    “Sources told Outside the Lines that the league exercised that power when it learned that [ Dr. Robert Stern], a professor of neurology and neurosurgery at Boston University, would be the project’s lead researcher,” ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported. “The league, sources said, raised concerns about Stern’s objectivity, despite the merit review and a separate evaluation by a dozen high-level experts assembled by the NIH.”

    ESPN isn’t the only one calling foul. Also citing an unnamed source, the New York Times reported that the NIH had requested some of the $30 million for the research but ultimately “it decided to finance the grant with other funds.”

    The NFL is obviously scared. And they should be. Anyone who has played football for any duration of time would be well advised to contact a brain injury attorney in Cleveland for a free consultation. Brain damage is real, and likely a side effect of America’s favorite past-time and Super Bowl Sundays.

  • Why Pro Football Players May Need a Brain Injury Attorney in Cleveland

    Posted on December 17th, 2015 admin No comments

    Perhaps even the Cleveland Browns could use a free consultation with a brain injury attorney in Cleveland.

    According to the NFL’s own estimates, 3 in 10 former football players will suffer from debilitating brain conditions, and will be stricken earlier and on average twice as often as the general population, the AP reported.

    The reports were made for Senior U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody, who is presiding over a class-action lawsuit in Philadelphia that accuses the NFL of concealing information that connects concussions to long term brain injury.

    The NFL expects about 28 percent of retired players to develop serious brain issues, or about 6,000 of the roughly 19,400 players currently in retirement. These brain issues could range from Alzheimer’s disease, to Lou Gehrig’s or Parkinson’s disease, or to at least moderate dementia.

    The NFL described its own estimates as “reasonable and conservative,” erring on the side of “overstating the number of players who will develop (illnesses)” to ensure adequate funding.

    “This report paints a startling picture of how prevalent neurocognitive diseases are among retired NFL players,” lead player lawyers Christopher Seeger and Sol Weiss said in a statement.

    The NFL has agreed to pay out more than $675 million if needed. Still, any Cleveland Brown player should consider contacting a brain injury attorney in Cleveland such as Linton Law Firm to make sure any such compensation is suitable to their own situation.