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Mental Rest Is Key To Kids’ Recovery From Brain Injury

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Recent News, Types of Accidents, Uncategorized

Mental Rest Is Key To Kids’ Recovery From Brain Injury

New medical research confirms the efficacy of ordering kids to limit strenuous mental activity after suffering a concussion. Researcher at the Boston Sports Concussion Clinic just finished a study of 15 year olds who had been diagnosed with concussions.  They found that kids who significantly limited their mental activities:  homework, tests, reading, texting, video games, etc., recovered significantly faster than those kids who didn’t limit their activities. Many brain injury specialists have been recommending this kind of treatment regime for some time.  Locally, I can tell you that the Florida Hospital Brain Injury unit has recommended this exact protocol for several girls in my daughter’s Club and school soccer programs who have been diagnosed with concussions. Of course, this advice is sound not only for people injured in sports, but also for people who have received concussions or coup contrecoup injuries from car crashes and other accidents. The key, above anything else, appears to be rest. If you’ve been involved in a Florida accident and have suffered a head or brain injury, get some rest.  After that, if you have any questions, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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Doctors, Businessmen Battle For Holy Grail Of Brain Injury Diagnosis, Treatment

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Motor vehicle accidents, Recent News

Doctors, Businessmen Battle For Holy Grail Of Brain Injury Diagnosis, Treatment

I saw an article in a recent edition of the New York Times that I thought was worth sharing. The article described the acceleration in research and development that is going on in the field of brain injury detection and treatment as a result of the headlines associated with aging NFL players and their medical problems.  As most of us now know, many NFL veterans are beginning to suffer the ravages of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, likely as a result of repeated trauma to the head playing the game of football. According to the piece, there are several physician/business groups who are hard at work to develop the go-to, or Holy Grail, test and treatment protocol to deal with these kinds of traumatic brain injuries.  Some doctors are even claiming that they are close to developing ways to heal or reverse the damages cause by closed head injuries.  Other doctors say that this kind of breakthrough is still years away, and that medical consumers should be skeptical of claims that seem to be too good to be true. Regardless, and as an attorney who has represented many clients who have suffered mild and moderate traumatic brain injuries (TBI) from accidents, there are many, many people who would pay practically anything they had just for a chance to get their pre-injury lifestyle back.  Traumatic brain injury can be debilitating – even though there are no broken bones and no obvious injury on an X-ray or MRI.  There is obviously a huge potential market for a diagnosis or treatment method that will help these people. The New York Times article is definitely worth the read. If you have any questions regarding a Florida car accident or slip and fall that resulted in a traumatic brain injury, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901, or visit cullen-hemphill.com....

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Parents Should Carefully Observe 8-Year Old After He Was Pinned Under Car In Palm Bay

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents, Recent News

Parents Should Carefully Observe 8-Year Old After He Was Pinned Under Car In Palm Bay

The image of an automobile stopped on top of a mangled child’s bicycle struck hit me hard enough to warrant some discussion on this blog. The accident involved an 8-year old who was riding with his brother to Discovery Elementary School in Palm Bay. Apparently, a woman pulling her car out of a side street saw the brother, but did not see the 8-year old. The aspect of the accident that I thought was most important was the reference in several of the media reports to the boy having suffered a “minor” head injury, and how lucky he was to bearing wearing a bicycle helmet.  While these things are, of course, true,  as an Orlando accident and brain injury attorney, and a father of four children, this kind of apparent discounting of the significance of a direct blow to a child’s head (even in a helmet) is very concerning. Brain injuries are often the most subtle injuries suffered in accidents. Most brain injuries do not feature fractured skulls or subdural hematomas. Nevertheless, even minor traumatic brain injuries can be incredibly disruptive to accident victims — and especially children. If I was the parent of this 8-year old, I would keep an eagle-eye on him for several weeks, and even months. I would be looking for any changes in his mood or outlook or temperament. I would look for changes in his academic performance, his memory, or his use of language. I think I would also try to educate myself on all of the other indicators that my child may have suffered a brain injury.  If I saw anything that seemed different, I would see the advice of a qualified physician or a neuropsychologist. If you have any questions regarding a Florida automobile or bicycle accident, or are concerned about a possible brain injury after a Florida accident, call Winter Park personal injury lawyers Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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