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.
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.
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.