Brain injuries can often leave friends and family of victims in Massachusetts with a number of questions. How did this happen? What will happen to our loved one? If you know someone with a traumatic brain injury, it is important to understand what may have caused it and how you can help the victim recover.
Concussions are a form of traumatic brain injury that results from the head being hit with an object or being jolted, causing the brain to move in the skull. While some doctors describe concussions as mild brain injuries, Massachusetts patients need to understand the serious effects that such injuries could have.
On Nov. 14, a 19-year-old West Roxbury man charged in connection with a September 2013 crash withdrew a plea to sufficient facts for negligent operation of a motor vehicle. He will instead now go to jury trial to resolve the criminal charge. To plea to sufficient facts for an offense is to accept a guilty finding without in reality entering a guilty plea.
The proliferation of traumatic brain injuries is a public health issue warranting concern both nationally and at the local level. As reported by the Massachusetts Health and Human Services department, 571 residents of the state died on account of traumatic brain injuries in 2005. During that same year, Massachusetts hospitals that provide acute care treated some 39,640 cases of nonfatal traumatic brain injury. Meanwhile, approximately 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries are diagnosed across the nation every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Massachusetts residents may have heard recent discussions in the media about traumatic brain injuries caused by sports. Traumatic brain injuries, however, are more common than many people think. TBI is caused by a blow or impact to the head, and it results in the brain's function being interrupted. Young children, adolescents and older people are the most likely groups to experience a TBI. This type of injury can be mild or severe. In some cases, a TBI may cause a person to become unconscious and also can cause death. Sometimes a person with TBI can display more subtle symptoms, such as cognitive impairments, behavioral issues, and changes in mood.
A Massachusetts pedestrian accident on Jan. 18 left one man critically injured and another facing numerous charges. The accident occurred at 9:23 p.m. at the intersection of Haverhill Street and Warren Street in Lawrence. According to police, a 21-year-old man driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck struck a 24-year-old male pedestrian. Witnesses say the pedestrian was thrown 20 feet in the air and landed nearly 100 feet away from the incident.
A leading Massachusetts medical journal has released alarming details from a Vanderbilt University study about the risks of developing moderate traumatic brain injury and dementia after treatment in an intensive care unit. The findings, which were published Oct. 2 in the New England Journal of Medicine, show that patients can suffer memory loss for up to a year after release.