Brain Injury Help

New Technology Could Help Identify Brain Injury Victims More Quickly

by Staff Blogger | August 14th, 2015

Studies have shown up to 33 percent of our nation’s armed forces returning from service overseas have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the line of duty. Research also indicates the sooner a TBI is treated, the faster the victim can fully recover. Our Roanoke brain injury attorneys at the Skolrood Law Firm say that’s why a new piece of technology is proving to be crucial on the front lines of combat.

Armed With Science reports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved an application that runs on Android devices that can be used to detect and measure brain activity. This is done by placing a headset with disposable sensors on the head of a person and connecting the device with the running application. The results, which are gathered in roughly 15 minutes, are then analyzed using an algorithm to determine if an injured soldier requires further care and testing away from the battlefield.

This new form of testing can give field medics more concrete data that can be used to diagnose an injured soldier, rather than simply depending on identifying potential symptoms of a TBI, which is how these injuries are traditionally diagnosed.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we are aware of the significant impact this technology could have in the treatment of TBIs and our Roanoke personal injury lawyers are hopeful to see its uses expand into other activities and jobs where the risk of TBI is high, such as professional sports.

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.

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.