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Man awarded over $2 million due to brain damage

The brain is a complex organ. Despite the extensive research in New York and across the country that has focused on understanding it, there are still many aspects regarding how it works that are unknown. What is known is that brain damage could have significant long-term impacts. In fact, a recent lawsuit filed in another state centered around a man who suffered permanent injuries as a result of exposure that occurred while he was a small child.

The plaintiff in the case is now 24 years old. Reports indicate that as a child, he lived in a residence that was run by a company called City Homes. Unfortunately, his mother reports that the home had paint that was chipping and flaking.

Infant suffers brain damage; babysitter arrested

Most parents in New York and across the country want nothing more than to spend every waking moment with their children. Unfortunately, many must work in order to support themselves and their families, leaving them with no other choice but to place their child under the care of another. Despite the attempts of one mother to ensure that her daughter was receiving the best of care, the woman she hired to care for her infant daughter is now accused of abusing the baby, causing permanent brain damage.

The incident happened on a day in late January. The 23-year-old babysitter reportedly told police that the child was injured when she fell down two steps. However, the Child Protection Team claims that her injuries were consistent with abuse, not a fall down the steps. The child suffered a lacerated liver and spleen as well as a fractured rib, internal bleeding and brain swelling.

Study links brain injury to mental health issues

Though much effort has gone into studying the brain, there is still much that is unknown about it. Scientists in New York and across the country are still working to determine how many aspects of the brain work and how a potential injury will impact long-term function. Unfortunately, a brain injury can cause problems that can impact a person in surprising and dramatic ways.

For example, scientists have recently looked into the connection between brain injuries and mental health. A recent study appears to show that those who suffer a mild traumatic brain injury may be at a higher risk of experiencing depression or post-traumatic stress disorder in the months following the injury when compared to those who suffered traumatic injuries that did not involve the head. The study reviewed self-reports taken at several intervals from 230 patients with a non-head traumatic injury and 1,155 patients with a traumatic head injury at 11 different hospitals.

Child suffers traumatic brain injury in drunk driving crash

A motor vehicle accident in New York and other areas of the country can result in serious injuries for some while others walk away unscathed. Unfortunately, a 5-year-old reportedly suffered a traumatic brain injury in a recent crash in another state. The driver believed to have caused the crash has since been arrested, suspected of drunk driving.

The crash happened during the early morning hours of a day in January. According to reports, a 34-year-old man driving a pickup truck was approaching a red light. Witnesses claim that instead of braking, the man sped through. As a result, the truck reportedly T-boned a vehicle going through the intersection.

Family wants answers after child suffers head injury at school

Parents in New York and across the country send their children to school every day. By doing so, they put their trust into educators and other school workers to both educate and protect their children's safety. It is understandable, then, that parents would demand answers if their child suffered a head injury while at school.

In fact, a family is doing just that. According to the parents, they sent their 8-year-old son, a third grader, to school on a day in January. Apparently while in gym class, the child suffered an injury to his head.

Parents file lawsuit after son suffers fatal head injury

Parents in New York and across the country have a reasonable expectation that businesses -- especially those that cater to children -- will ensure that their children are safe while on the premises. Depending on the business, this could potentially include providing safety gear such as helmets. Unfortunately, a recently filed lawsuit claims that a My Gym Children's Fitness Center failed to provide these measures, ultimately resulting in the plaintiffs' son suffering a fatal head injury.

The incident that led to the 7-year-old boy's death happened on a day in late September. According to reports, the boy was at My Gym as part of a children's birthday party. The lawsuit claims that a "spotter" was assigned to watch the child.

Parents file lawsuit after son suffers head injury in school

When parents in New York send their children to school each day, they do so with the expectation that the educators will do everything they can to ensure the safety of all students in their care. Unfortunately, two parents in another state claim that negligence on the part of the school ultimately led to their son suffering a head injury. They have since filed a lawsuit.

Reports indicate that in Dec. 2017, a teacher released a group of five students from class, allowing them to walk around the campus without supervision. At one point, the lawsuit claims, the group entered a bathroom and threw a trash can over a stall. It reportedly struck the plaintiff's son, resulting in an injury to his head, among other areas of his body.

Child suffers head injury in pedestrian car accident

There are many thousands of pedestrians in New York. Unfortunately, some drivers are not as careful as they should be when there are people walking in the area, potentially resulting in an accident with serious consequences. Unfortunately, pedestrians can suffer significant injuries when involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. In fact, a recent car accident in another state resulted in a head injury for a child.

The accident happened on a day in November. A 48-year-old mother reportedly picked up her 4-year-old son just prior to the accident. As they were crossing the street, police say that they were struck by a vehicle with an elderly driver.

January is National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month

The winter season is the perfect opportunity to learn about the risks of traumatic brain injuries. In fact, January is National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month.

The following statistics show the serious potential for getting a TBI during the winter:

  • 30 percent of extreme sports concussions occur during snowboarding
  • 25 percent of extreme sports concussions occur during skiing
  • 11 percent of all extreme sports injuries between 2000 and 2011 involved the head and neck

Child care worker charged after child suffers brain injury

Parents in New York and across the country must make difficult decisions about who will care for their children to allow the parents to work. Regardless of who they choose, they do so trusting that the child care provider will take appropriate measures to protect their child. Unfortunately, officials in another state have accused a woman who runs a day care facility out of her house of abuse after a child suffered a brain injury.

The incident that led to the woman's arrest happened in Aug. 2018. According to police, the day care provider called 911 after a 16-month-old in her care began acting "really off." She reportedly told emergency responders that the toddler slipped from her high chair when the provider turned her back for a second. The woman claimed that the child landed on her bottom but was having trouble breathing.

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