• Cleveland Brain Injury Attorney: A Pro Football Star Who Refuses to Let Go of His Helmet

    Posted on September 9th, 2019 admin No comments

    Here’s a most bizarre item to come across the desk of a brain injury attorney in Cleveland lately: a professional football star refuses to let go of his old helmet — an outdated model that is no longer certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment, or NOCSAE.

    Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown has been wearing the same helmet for 12 years, despite the fact the helmet doesn’t meet current NFL safety standards. He’s so completely bonded with his old helmet he even repainted it himself — yet his paint job doesn’t uniformly match the colors and design of the rest of the team.

    Some People Don’t Like to Follow the Rules

    Under NFL rules, teams can be punished for allowing a player to wear a prohibited helmet. The guidelines were put in place in large part to protect the league from such action due to the 2016 head trauma settlement with former players.

    Yet ironically Brown is threatening to sue the NFL if he suffers a brain injury in the new helmet he’s required to wear.

    It’s a funny news item that makes for more enjoyable happy hour talk than most brain injury stories. Our brain injury attorney in Cleveland will definitely be saving this one for the next after-hours talk.

  • Brain Injury Attorney in Cleveland: Football’s Alarming Risk of Brain Damage in Young People

    Posted on June 17th, 2019 admin No comments

    A single season of football — even one that doesn’t result in concussion — can be enough to change a teenager’s brain, according to a new study published in the journal Neurobiology of Disease.

     

    Yes — the choice of football as an extracurricular sport could mean your family will need the services of a brain injury attorney in Cleveland. The risk of brain injury to the sport are very alarming.

    Groundbreaking Findings

     

    The study was the first to look at how football affects the brain at a young age and raises concerns about what repeated blows to the head can mean for young minds.

     

    “There is a lot of emerging evidence that just playing impact sports actually changes the brain, and you can see these changes at the molecular level in the accumulations of different pathogenic proteins associated with neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and dementia,” study senior author Dr. Chunlei Liu, a professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences and a member of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at University of California (UC) Berkeley. “We wanted to know when this actually happens — how early does this occur?”

     

    MRI studies show that even just a season or two of football can have serious impacts on white matter — a critical tissue in teens’ brains.

     

    “It is becoming pretty clear that repetitive impacts to the head, even over a short period of time, can cause changes in the brain,” Liu said. “This is the period when the brain is still developing when it is not mature yet, so there are many critical biological processes going on, and it is unknown how these changes that we observe can affect how the brain matures and develops.”

     

    Brain injury attorneys in Cleveland would most probably recommend against football. Stick to soccer or track and field. The risk of injury to the brain is just too great when playing football.

  • Some Inspiring News from the Desk of Our Cleveland Brain Injury Attorney

    Posted on February 4th, 2019 admin No comments

    Suffering a brain injury is a highly traumatic event. You feel like you’re damaged goods. It can seem hopeless like you’ll never get any better.

    Here’s a recent news article from our Cleveland brain injury attorneys to inspire you.

    Just months after suffering serious brain injury, Stephen Monson scored a perfect score on the ACT.

    Yet only a few months before taking the test, the high school student could barely play Monopoly because the math was too hard.

    Elementary Throwback

    The disorientation of brain injury can make you feel less like you’re ready for college and more like you’re elementary school bound, Monson remembers.

    “You take for granted the way that you think and the way that your brain operates because you never know how other people’s brains operate,” Monson told The Belleville News-Democrat. “… But when you get a concussion, especially a severe one, it really throws you back to your elementary levels.”

    Some Test Taking Advice

    What test-taking advice does the teen give the clients of brain injury attorneys in Cleveland? Time yourself.

    “My best advice would be: realize that the ACT is extremely dependent on time and that you need to make sure that before you go into the test, you know what it looks like, and you know how to time yourself,” Monson said. “For that, I would recommend heavily take those practice tests. Realize what you’re going to be getting yourself into on test day.”

  • Why Domestic Abuse Victims Should Contact a Brain Injury Lawyer in Cleveland

    Posted on July 2nd, 2018 admin No comments

    It’s tragic but not surprising. Many victims of brain injury are also victims of domestic violence. And many of these instances of abuse go unreported, as any brain injury attorney in Cleveland can attest.

     

    “About 81 percent of our patients had so many hits to the head, they lost count, which, you compare that to athletes, is astronomical,” neurologist Glynnis Zieman told NPR. She helps run the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

    The Trauma of Ongoing Abuse

    And unlike athletes, who can take a break to recover, domestic violence victims rarely are able to heal before injury reoccurs.

     

    “One single athletic concussion is hard enough to treat, but these patients are beyond that,” she says. “Unlike athletes, they do not have the luxury, if you will, of recovering after an injury before they are injured again.”

     

    That is why victims of domestic violence should not only seek help from medical staff, family, and law enforcement authorities but seek the services of a legal professional. Your injuries are the result of abuse and should be litigated as such. Hold your abuser liable and contact a Cleveland brain injury lawyer for a free consultation.

  • Cleveland Birth Injury Lawyer: The Healing Benefits of Reiki Explored

    Posted on June 25th, 2018 admin No comments

    As any birth injury lawyer in Cleveland understands, surviving a birth injury can be a very traumatic process. Aside from the physical recovery, there is also mental, spiritual and psychological healing that needs to be done. Fortunately, those who are struggling to get better have a variety of tools and therapy exercises available.

    One therapy that many have benefited from is Reiki. Many women who have experienced birth injury and are considering having another child are using it to not only recover from the past trauma but prepare for their next birth in order to hopefully have a better experience.

    In a recent Channel 19 edition of Jamie’s Baby Diary, Jamie Sullivan sat down with Joyce Poplar, an internationally certified childbirth educator and doula for 30 years, to discuss the practice of Reiki and Hypnobirthing.

    Essentially, Reiki “is a gentle hands-on therapy between a practitioner and client which promotes calmness and peace of mind, as well as pain relief,” Sullivan explains in her blog.

    Hypnobirthing focuses on the release of fear and reliance on an innate paternal instinct during the birthing process.

    “Pregnant mothers do a wonderful job growing their babies during those nine months. On the last day of you being pregnant, the body knows exactly what to do,” Sullivan explains in her blog. “It is very powerful.  Birth is a mindset and going deep into the primal space where you connect with your inner power.  Many times, this eliminates the use of drugs during labor.”

    The Value of Alternative Approaches

    If you have suffered birth injury, our birth injury lawyer in Cleveland highly recommends exploring a variety of therapies and approaches when it comes to healing and recovery. Every woman’s body is different, and it helps to keep an open mind as you discover what your body really needs to heal.

  • Cleveland Brain Injury Attorney: How Repetition of Injury Affects CTE

    Posted on April 18th, 2018 admin No comments

    A recent scientific finding will likely come as quite a surprise to the clients of our brain injury attorney in Cleveland. It is likely that it is the repetition of hits, not necessarily the severity, that leads to brain injury. Yes, even though you’ve never had a loss of consciousness or other symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, vision problems or confusion, you still may suffer from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a chronic disease that results from brain injury.

     

    Published in January in the neurology journal, Brain, the study found that 20 percent of known cases of CTE had no record or report of a concussion. Conducted over seven years, the study to examined the mild head impact of the brains of humans who died from another cause soon after the injury. Researchers discovered early evidence of brain pathology consistent with what is seen in CTE, including abnormal accumulation of the tau protein.

     

    “It took us many years to do this,” Dr. Lee Goldstein, an associate professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine and the lead investigator on the study, told NPR. “We see in our animals – even after a small number of hits, even one – very early evidence of pathologies associated with CTE.”

    Concussion Still Strong Indicator – as well as Repetition of Injury

     

    While concussions are still a strong sign the brain has been injured, it is actually the repetition of the injury that can be the strongest indicator of brain damage.

     

    “We’ve known for a few years that it’s not just the known or diagnosed concussions that may increase risk for [CTE],” Dr. Julian Bailes, chair of the department of neurosurgery at NorthShore University Health System in the Chicago area, told NPR. “It’s probably the exposure. It’s how many hits to the head that have occurred and at what velocity and what extent.”

     

    If you’ve been the victim of injury, regardless of whether or not a concussion occurred, call our brain injury attorney in Cleveland today for a free consultation.

     

  • Cleveland Brain Injury Attorney: New Approaches May Help Victims Recovery

    Posted on December 12th, 2017 admin No comments

    Our brain injury attorney in Cleveland recently came across some good news that should keep victims optimistic. A new technique using brain scans to study head injury is revolutionizing the study of brain damage and could go a long way in improving treatment.

    The technique was developed by Sam Gandy, a neurologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York who studies the brains of retired soldiers and football players for potential damage.

    “Currently, CTE can only be definitively diagnosed after death,” the Atlantic explains. “But the red areas Gandy saw on his computer screen closely corresponded to the damage that scientists see of the disease in autopsied brains. Gandy’s technique might be the first way to spot CTE in a living patient. If so, what he was looking at could change the future of contact sports—as well as treating the long-term damage they can cause.”

    Hope for a Better Recovery

    The new technique might help spot injured areas before the brain is actually damaged.

    “Once someone has the symptoms of a neurodegenerative disease like CTE, it usually means that there is already damage to the brain, destruction of tissue and atrophy. We can’t get those cells back once they die,” Robert Stern, the director of Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center, told the Atlantic. “If we see [the disease] early enough, we might be able to intervene in a way that slows down or even stop the disease progression.”

    Recovering from brain damage is definitely challenging, but the future is bright. The clients of our brain injury attorney in Cleveland have good reason to be optimistic.

  • 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.