Brain Injury

Roanoke Personal Injury Attorneys Look at Zipline Injuries

by Staff Blogger | October 8th, 2015

The Dangers of Ziplines

Imagine soaring through the trees, high above the forest floor, with the wind blowing across your face and through your hair. You don’t have to fly to experience this feeling. You just have to take a ride along a zipline course—a newly emerging form of outdoor activity. However, the Roanoke personal injury attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm explain that the number of injuries associated with ziplines has grown in recent years.

What are Ziplines?

Ziplines are cables hung high in the air between a set of platforms connected to trees or elevated poles. Zipline users then connect a harness to the cable, push off, and then slide along the cable system between platforms.

What are the Risks?

Experts say the number of injuries associated with ziplining has dramatically increased in recent years. In less than two decades, as many as 16,850 people have suffered injuries ziplining that required a visit to the emergency room. Reports from NBC News say the number of injuries reported annually rose by more than 50 percent between 2009 and 2012.

Most Common Injuries

While broken bones, cuts, and bruises are the most commonly reported injuries, more serious conditions—like traumatic brain injuries—have been reported in the past as well.

Can I be compensated for a zipline injury?

The laws regarding liability for injuries sustained while ziplining can be complicated, and it may wise to discuss your questions and rights with a qualified legal representative.

New Study Links Energy Drinks to Brain Injury

by Staff Blogger | September 25th, 2015

Most Americans are aware of the health risks associated with the heaping amounts of sugar and caffeine found in energy drinks, but could consuming these beverages put you at an increased risk of suffering a serious blow to the head? Our Roanoke brain injury attorneys at the Skolrood Law Firm explain that one new study suggests the answer to that question may be “yes.”

Researchers surveyed a total of 10,272 students ranging in age from 7th to 12th grades. They were asked about any brain injuries they may have suffered during the past 12 months, as well as their consumption of energy drinks during an average week. The results were interesting.

According to an article from TIME magazine, teens that drank at least five energy drinks per week were seven times more likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury compared to their peers who didn’t consume energy drinks. Also, teens who drank energy drinks mixed with alcohol were even more likely to report having sustained a serious blow to the head.

The authors of the study suggest the possible link between brain injuries and energy drink consumption may be sports. Advertising campaigns for these drinks are often aimed at active, young athletes, who are more likely to be involved in activities that can cause TBI.

There are many factors that can play a role in causing an accident that results in a traumatic brain injury and our Roanoke personal injury attorneys at the Skolrood Law Firm hope this interesting information helps teens recognize the risks they face.

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 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.

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.

The Side Effects of Brain Injuries Can Be Unpredictable

by Staff Blogger | August 21st, 2014

A serious brain injury can cause profound changes to the way their mind works. For some, these changes can be positive. But for many, these changes can have devastating effects.

One man explains his brain injury resulted in him gaining the ability to solve complex mathematical problems and equations. He told reporters for FOX News that he was attacked 12 years ago in Washington and sustained a traumatic brain injury. After the event, he was able to complete difficult math problems despite pre-algebra being his highest achievement in the field of mathematics. He later completed a college degree in mathematics thanks to his new abilities.

His savant gifts were accompanied by other changes, though. The victim stated he suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—a common affliction among victims of brain injuries—that kept him confined to his home for three months. These are the changes that are more commonly seen in brain injury victims.

The debilitating side effects of a brain injury can cause an individual to change normal patterns in their lives, such as going to work. This can, in turn, lead to other problems such as homelessness. In fact, one study shows as many as half of all homeless men have suffered a traumatic brain injury prior to living on the street.

The Roanoke personal injury attorneys with Skolrood Law Firm understand how devastating brain injuries can be, and we are here to help victims of such injuries get back on their feet. To learn more about how we can help, feel free to call us at (866) 215-8065.

Social Workers Can Reduce Side Effects of Brain Injuries

by Staff Blogger | May 8th, 2014

It’s estimated that millions of Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries each year. Despite the high rates of these injuries, doctors and scientists are just beginning to scratch the surface as to what the best methods to treat brain injuries are. A new study is showing social workers may be the key to reducing the chances patients experiencing a decline in the quality of their lives due to their injury.

An article from News Medical explains research conducted at the University of Washington shows that brain injury patients who receive assistance from social workers for 20 minutes or less had significantly decreased chances of developing substance abuse issues and functional decline.

These social workers provide vital information to injury victims, including educational materials, coping strategies, and other resources. While more data is needed to verify the study’s conclusions, the team of researchers hope that one day their findings can be used to implement strategies to more effectively treat those who have suffered brain injuries, including soldiers and veterans returning home from service overseas.

Skolrood Law Firm and our team of Roanoke personal injury lawyers understand how difficult it can be to overcome a brain injury and are here to help. If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury, give us a call anytime at (866) 215-8065 to learn more about what we can do for you.

Virginia Tech Releases List of Best Football Helmets

by Staff Blogger | May 23rd, 2013

May 23, 2013

To help better protect football players from the risks of suffering Traumatic Brain Injuries, Virginia Tech has released the results of a study examining the effectiveness of different football helmets.

The study subjected each helmet to a total of 120 impacts at different locations. The researchers then used an equation to compare their data with on-field concussion risks in order to establish a rating for each helmet.

According to an article from Medical Daily, a total of four helmets received a five star rating, which is the best that can be given under the standards established in the study. These helmets include:

  • Riddell 360
  • Rawlings Quantum Plus
  • Riddell Revolution Speed
  • Xenith X2

Several other helmets that received notable fours-star ratings included:

  • SG Adult helmet
  • Schutt Vengeance
  • Schutt Ion 4D
  • Rawlings Impulse
  • Xenith X1
  • Riddell Revolution and Revolution IQ
  • Rawlings Quantum

Researchers suggested that players only use helmets that have received four or five-star ratings.

The information that has been gathered can prove vital to players as more data about the risks football players face from repeat brain injuries continues to come to light.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm know the dangers of traumatic brain injuries, and they hope this information will help better protect players at all levels on the field this season.

Ways to Help Prevent Serious Brain Injuries

by Staff Blogger | May 2nd, 2013

May 2, 2013

The risk of suffering a Brain Injury is staggering across the United States, including Virginia. Data from the Brain Injury Association of Virginia shows that an estimated 28,000 residents suffer brain injuries each year, resulting in 1,400 deaths and 5,000 individuals being hospitalized. These injuries have also left roughly 190,000 brain injury victims in the state disabled.

These statistics leave many wondering what they can do to prevent being victims of such brain injuries. Experts say education is the most important step in accident prevention.

There are several steps that can be taken to help prevent being the victim of a brain injury. For example, a person should always wear a helmet when riding a bike, motorcycle, scooter, or skateboard. Taking action to prevent slip and fall accidents, such as drying wet floors or checking the stability of a ladder before climbing, will also cut down the chances of an injury.

If a person does sustain a blow to the head, experts point out that it is vital to seek treatment for the injury immediately. Failing to do so could result in the individual’s condition worsening.

The Roanoke Personal Injury Attorneys with Skolrood Law Firm recognize the dangers brain injuries can pose. The firm may be able to help a person who has suffered a traumatic brain injury through no fault of their own.