Traumatic Brain Injury

Research Provides Building Blocks for New Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Options

by Staff Blogger | July 17th, 2015

As many as 4.5 millions Americans will suffer a traumatic brain injury this year. For many years, little was known about these injuries or how to treat them. Our Roanoke brain injury attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm explain that researchers have been frantically working to discover new, more effective treatment techniques for traumatic brain injury victims… and the work is beginning to pay off.

A paper published in the Journal of Neuroscience details research that has discovered a new way to encourage the regeneration of nerves in the spinal cord and brain after an injury. The team explains that messenger RNA is sent into the central nervous system, where it is then used to create proteins that can rebuild connections between nerves.

An article from NewsWise explains that another study published in the journal Nature highlights research that was conducted into how antibodies can be used to destroy toxic proteins that can accumulate in the brain after an injury occurs. This discovery may be used to develop treatments that could prevent health conditions that can arise long after a traumatic brain injury occurs—such as Alzheimer’s disease or chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Our Roanoke personal injury attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm are aware of the long-term effects a traumatic brain injury can have on victims and their families. That’s why we’re hopeful the discoveries that have been made by this research can be used to prevent and treat such injuries in the future.

VA Extends Program Providing Care to Veterans With Traumatic Brain Injuries

by Staff Blogger | May 14th, 2015

One of the most common medical conditions seen in soldiers returning home from service overseas is traumatic brain injury (TBI). In fact, data from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shows that as many as one-third of all veterans coming home from deployment in the Middle East suffer from a TBI.

The Roanoke brain injury attorneys with the Skolrood Law Firm explain that luckily, the VA provides programs that offer assistance to veterans with TBIs. One of the newest and most important of these programs was recently renewed.

Reports from Hometown Focus say the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 was set to expire last year, but lawmakers opted to keep the program running until at least October 2017. The bill provides funding for an assisted living pilot program that offers care and assistance in the areas of speech, memory, and mobility to veterans who have suffered a brain injury.

So far, 20 contracts have been awarded to care providers who wish to participate. There are currently 101 veterans at 47 different facilities in 22 states who are taking part in the program.

At the Skolrood Law Firm, we are aware of the toll a TBI can take on our nation’s veterans. That’s why our Roanoke personal injury lawyers would like to applaud our government for taking the steps necessary to provide our service members with the care and treatment that they deserve.

Roanoke Brain Injury Attorneys Encourage Citizens to Check Out Local Brain Injury Fundraiser

by Staff Blogger | April 30th, 2015

Data from the Virginia Department of Health shows that each year, an average of 28,000 Virginians suffer a traumatic brain injury. Annually, these injuries result in as many as 1,400 deaths and 4,000 hospital visits in our state. Numbers like these are why our Roanoke brain injury attorneys at the Skolrood Law Firm believe raising the public’s awareness about the dangers TBIs can pose is so important.

If you’re looking to find a way to spread the message about TBI risks, there’s a great opportunity coming up soon. On Saturday June 6, 2015, The Brain Injury Association of Virginia (BIAV) plans to hold it’s inaugural Bags for Brain Injury Fundraiser. The event will take place at the Richmond Volleyball Club from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature food, music, and all the cornhole you can play.

The BIAV is hoping to raise more than $15,000 to benefit programs, like Camp Bruce McCoy, that support those who have suffered a brain injury. Since the event will not include a cornhole tournament, organizers are asking players to raise $100 or teams to raise $500 in donations in order to play unlimited games throughout the event.

At the Skolrood Law Firm, we have seen the benefits programs and resources like the ones the BIAV provide have had on brain injury victims and our Roanoke personal injury lawyers encourage you to get out and play some cornhole for this fantastic cause.

Common Causes of Brain Injuries in the Spring

by Staff Blogger | March 19th, 2015

Spring is approaching and it’s important to remember this time of year presents an especially high risk of suffering traumatic brain injuries. So, The Roanoke brain injury attorneys with Skolrood Law Firm are going to take a look at some of the most common causes of brain injuries during the spring season.

Automobile Accidents

As many students and families traveling for the spring break holiday and motorcycles make their way back onto the road, it’s expected that the number of brain injury hospitalizations will increase over the next several weeks. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports automobile accidents contribute to more than 17 percent of brain injury cases. One of the best ways to prevent brain injuries while driving is to always wear a seatbelt when in a vehicle or a helmet if riding a motorcycle.

Sports-Related Brain Injury

Athletes are heading back to the field as baseball, softball, cheerleading, and soccer seasons begin. Each of these sports is also notorious for having high brain injury rates amongst players. Athletes should use protective gear during play to prevent injuries—but safety equipment cannot prevent all accidents and injuries. So, if you suspect you or a teammate has suffered a brain injury, seek medical treatment immediately.

We’re Here To Help

Help is available if you have suffered a traumatic brain injury through no fault of your own. At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke personal injury lawyers are standing by to help walk you through the legal processes and questions that may arise as you seek the compensation you deserve. Give us a call anytime at (866) 215-8065 to discuss your case with a member of our legal staff.

Study Shows Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Affect Reasoning Abilities

by Staff Blogger | February 5th, 2015

Communication is key to upholding personal and professional relationships, but a new study shows that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can significantly affect an individual’s ability to understand basic messages.

Researchers examined the ability of 40 TBI victims to use “gist reasoning” to extract the basic message being conveyed through a piece of complicated text. Their results were compared to those of a control group and the team concluded TBI victims had a harder time taking away the meaning of messages than individuals in the control group.

While members of both groups were of the similar ages, IQs, and socioeconomic statuses, almost 70 percent of study participants in the TBI group scored lower in gist reasoning.

Medical Xpress reports that scientists reasoned the inability to get the takeaway meanings of messages can also have a significant effect on an individual’s ability to perform everyday tasks and skills. This was supported by a correlation between poor gist reasoning scores and difficulties at home or work.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know how difficult it can be to recover from a TBI. That’s why we encourage you to reach out to a Roanoke personal injury lawyer if your life has been affected by a TBI.

Art Helps Soldiers and Veterans Overcome Traumatic Brain Injury

by Staff Blogger | January 22nd, 2015

As more of our soldiers return from duty, we are seeing an increasing number of veterans diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Estimates show as many as one-third of soldiers admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center are suffering from TBIs. Furthermore, it’s believed that as many as 300,000 soldiers and veterans suffer from TBIs at some level.

TBI treatments are advancing, but perhaps one of the most unique approaches used today is art therapy. In other words, soldiers are expressing their struggles through imagery.

This treatment technique is highlighted in the upcoming February issue of National Geographic. The article, titled “ Revealing the Trauma of War”, focuses on masks created by current and former soldiers who suffer from TBIs and their side effects. The masks are decorated to express the emotions and feelings that can accompany a TBI.

Some of the masks are surreal and fantastic, while others are mangled and clearly depict painful wounds. The aim of the program is not only educating the public about the struggles that veterans with TBIs face, but also to let veterans with TBIs express feelings that may otherwise be difficult to explain or depict.

Skolrood Law Firm has a team of attorneys who have seen first hand the devastating effects TBIs can have on soldiers and their family. That’s why our Roanoke personal injury lawyers are hopeful this project is successful in helping veterans overcome their injuries.

Study Provides Vital Information to Preventing Childhood Brain Injuries

by Staff Blogger | January 8th, 2015

As more and more information surfaces about the serious dangers brain injuries can pose, we become more aware of what can be done to prevent shem. This is precisely what one new study has achieved.

An article from Medical Xpress reports that researchers recently examined more than 40,000 cases involving young people who had suffered traumatic brain injuries. They determined the causes to better identify what could be done to prevent children from suffering brain injuries.

The results were published in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine and shows that falls—typically from wheeled vehicles—were the leading cause of brain injuries children under the age 12. For teenagers, car accidents, sports-related accidents, and acts of violence were the leading cause for injuries to the head and brain.

Researchers believe this information should be used to educate both children and parents about the importance of using safety equipment, such as seat belts or helmets.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we understand that using safety equipment will not prevent accidents. It can only reduce the severity of injuries sustained. If another person’s negligence caused you or your child to suffer a brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Our team of Roanoke personal injury attorneys can help explain your legal rights and answer any questions you may have regarding your injury and the legal processes necessary to get you the money you deserve. Call us today at (866) 215-8065 for a free case consultation.

How Two Sports Celebrities Are Reducing the Number of Brain Injury Victims

by Staff Blogger | October 23rd, 2014

The Dangers of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Suffering a traumatic brain injury can have devastating results on a victim’s physical, mental, and psychological state. However, suffering repeat trauma to the head—which is the case for many athletes—can have even more serious ramifications.

The Roanoke Brain Injury Attorneys with Skolrood Law Firm point out several studies have shown many athletes who have suffered repeat trauma to the head develop a deadly condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy. That’s why NASCAR superstar, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and professional baseball player, David Ross, are working to raise awareness about these risks

Educating The Public on the Risks Brain Injuries Can Pose

Both Earnhardt and Ross have partnered with the Sports Medicine Concussion Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) to raise awareness about concussions through videos providing personal testimony and information about new treatment options. A story from WDBJ 7 News says the videos can be seen on the UPMC’s new website, ReThinkConcussions.com, or during commercial breaks aired throughout two upcoming NASCAR races and the World Series.

Wishing The Campaign Success

At Skolrood Law Firm, we’ve seen the devastating results a traumatic brain injury has not only on the life of the victim, but on the lives of family members and friends as well. That’s why our team of Roanoke personal injury lawyers are hopeful the new campaign is a success at getting the message of safety out and reducing the number of brain injuries.

How to Stay Safe While Boating in Virginia

by Staff Blogger | September 25th, 2014

There are plenty of ways to enjoy nature, but one of the most ways in Virginia is to take a boat out on the water. While boating can be extremely pleasurable, it can also be dangerous. This year alone, there have been 49 Virginia boating accidents that claimed 20 lives and left 32 others with serious injuries.

These accidents have caused concern among boating advocates, prompting calls for more education on proper safety techniques to practice when boating.

The Roanoke personal injury lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm explain state regulations require all boat operators to complete a mandatory safety course prior to taking to the water. But it’s important to remember that there are other simple steps you can take to stay safe when boating.

An article from The Roanoke Times explains that wearing a life preserver and utilizing lights on a boat from dusk until dawn can significantly reduce the chances accidents and injuries.

Life preservers can effectively keep an accident victim’s head above water until help can arrive. This can be crucial in the event of brain or spinal cord injuries—common in boating accidents—that prevent victims from swimming or treading water due to lack of consciousness or mobility.

The team of attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm encourages you to practice safe boating habits each and every time you go out on the water.

Resources for Brain Injury Victims in Southwest Virginia

by Staff Blogger | September 11th, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that each year, as many as 1.7 million Americans will suffer a serious brain injury. Of those victims, approximately 52,000 will succumb to their injuries while another 275,000 will be hospitalized.

For brain injury victims, one of the hardest parts of overcoming the condition is finding the resources that are needed to get back on your feet. Luckily for brain injury victims in Virginia, there are several organizations that can help.

One of these groups is Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia. An article from WDBJ 7 News told the story of how this organization was able to help one Virginia resident with transportation to medical appointments and setting her home up with a computer so she could attend online support group meetings.

Brain Injury Services provides assistance and education on the topic of brain injury prevention to both adults and children alike. So if you’ve suffered a brain injury and are in need of assistance, it may be wise to apply for this organization’s programs by completing the application and submitting it via mail or fax.

We applaud the efforts of Brain Injury Services and would like to remind you to remember that the Roanoke personal injury lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm are available as a resource as well if you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury. Feel free to give us a call at (866) 215-8065 to discuss your condition and to learn more about what we can do for you.