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Football player in coma after head injury

Football is, perhaps, one of America's favorite pastimes. Unfortunately, players could potentially suffer severe injuries while playing. If prompt action is not taken in the event of a head injury, a player in New York or other areas of the country could suffer significant, long-term harm.

Unfortunately, the long-term fate of a high school football player in another state is unclear as is the exact moment of his head injury. Reports indicate that he was standing on the sidelines during a game that took place on a Saturday in late October. He began experiencing a headache and seizures.

How soon can you drive again after a concussion?

Driving may be such an integral part of your life that you have a hard time imagining having to give it up as you recover from a brain injury. Life does not stay on hold, so as soon as you feel fine after an accident of any sort, you should be able to drive again, right?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. When brain damage, such as a concussion, is involved, the impact it has on your body lasts much longer than the symptoms that come with an injury. A study from the University of Georgia reveals why you should wait for doctor approval before getting behind the wheel again in New York after a concussion.

Allegations of doctor errors leads to $50 million verdict

Because most labors and deliveries go relatively smoothly and parents get to come home with their perfectly healthy children afterward, it may be easy to overlook the fact that the birth of a child has several risk factors associated with it, to both the mother and child. Fortunately, people in New York can put their faith into the decisions that their medical care providers make to ensure a smooth process. However, doctor errors could ultimately have a significant impact on the outcome.

In fact, a recent lawsuit claimed that medical malpractice led to birth injuries, including brain damage. The parents of an injured child accused the doctor and nurse of negligence during the 2009 birth of their son. A jury recently ruled that the injuries the boy suffered were preventable.

Child injury: High schooler dies following head injury

In many towns in New York and across the United States, high school football plays an important role in entertainment. Unfortunately, an increased spotlight on injuries suffered while playing football has sparked a debate on whether stricter regulations are needed to protect players. That debate may be intensified following the recent death of a high schooler from a child injury.

The incident that led to the 16-year-old's death happened during a game that took place on a day in late September. According to reports, play was stopped after the linebacker was injured during the third quarter. Though he initially walked from the field with help, his condition deteriorated. He was eventually flown to the hospital.

Statute of limitations on brain injury cases

It is vital for anyone who has suffered from a brain injury to look into filing a claim as soon as possible. Residents of New York must file a claim within three years of the injury taking place. The trial does not have to be over within three years; the sufferer simply needs to begin the legal proceedings.

judge recently threw out a case involving professional wrestlers from the 1980s and '90s who claimed their employer failed to take proper action to prevent brain injuries from occurring. The reason for throwing out the case involved the statute of limitations already passing. Anyone who has suffered similar injuries should not delay in filing a claim. The sooner someone seeks compensation for a brain injury, the sooner he or she can recover damages. 

Brain damage leads to medical malpractice lawsuit

Most people in New York are likely aware of the fact that medicine is not an exact science. Some patients, for example, may react to certain procedures in unexpected ways. Because of this, medical personnel must respond appropriately during all situations. Unfortunately, a medical malpractice lawsuit filed in another state argues that failure to act resulted in an infant's cerebral palsy.

Though the lawsuit was filed in 2016, the incident that led to legal action occurred in 2006. According to reports, the victim was born prematurely. Though he was mostly healthy, doctors did discover that he was suffering from hydronephrosis, a disorder that would require further examination.

New CDC guidelines emphasize concussions as brain injury

As the school year gears up in New York and across the country, many sports are also starting again. Recent news stories about the impact of repetitive brain injury have many parents concerned about their children. In fact, new guidelines released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasize that what might be considered a mild concussion is still an injury to the brain and could have serious ramifications.

According to the new guidelines, there is really nothing "minor" about a concussion. A concussion is considered a mild traumatic brain injury which could have significant ramifications. One pediatric doctor is happy to hear about the new changes with the CDC. He claims that approximately 200 children are admitted to his hospital each year for mild traumatic brain injury, and the new guidelines give additional details on how to treat such injuries.

5 ways a brain injury can impact your emotions and behaviors

A traumatic brain injury can have much more than just physical effects. You may experience serious emotional and behavioral changes as well. Depending on what part of the brain is injured and the severity of the damage, the way you express or feel emotions may change.

There are a lot of potential emotional and behavioral impacts of brain injuries, from apathy to emotional outbursts. Here are some common ways your behaviors and feelings may change after sustaining a TBI: 

Caretaker accused of abuse after toddler suffers head injury

As most people in New York who have spent time around small children can likely attest, toddlers can be frustrating. Unfortunately, those who are ill-equipped to deal with these frustrations could ultimately cause serious injury if they take their frustrations out on a child. In fact, a woman in another state was recently accused of child abuse after a young child in her care suffered a head injury.

The incident is said to have happened in February. A 44-year-old woman was taking care of a 23-month-old female child. At some point, the sitter contacted the child's mother, informing her that the child was not "acting right." An ambulance was called to the scene, but since the child's condition had improved, the mother opted to take the child home with her rather than going to the hospital.

Study suggests traumatic brain injury increases suicide risk

While much is known about the brain, there are still many aspects of it that mystify medical professionals in New York and across the globe.  Perhaps because of its important roles in many bodily functions, a traumatic brain injury often has significant, long-term implications. Unfortunately, scientists and researchers are still working to determine exactly how a TBI can impact victims.

A recent study has raised somewhat alarming concerns about the long-terms implications of an injury to the brain. While known symptoms include impact on motor function, emotions and behavior in addition to problems with attention, memory and coordination in addition to an increased risk of dementia, a recent study sheds some light on the long-term psychiatric implications of such an injury. According to the study, a TBI can increase the risk of suicide.

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