Mattioli & Munley are partners with the Law Firm of Minora, Minora, Colbassani, Krowiak, Mattioli & Munley.

Brain Injury

people

suffer traumatic brain injuries annually.

Brain injuries can occur as a result of an accident or medical malpractice.

In addition to severe accidents, surgical errors or interruptions to blood flow to the brain can cause a serious brain injury. Consequences are often devastating and can impact every area of the victim’s life. If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury, Mattioli & Munley can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Symptoms and side effects of brain injury may include:

N

Paralysis

N

Seizure disorders

N

Speech impairment

N

Chronic pain

N

Psychological side effects

Such as depression, anxiety, and more.

Brain Injury News

New Study Shows Even Mild Brain Injury Causes Brain Damage

The Journal of Neurology recently published a study from Newcastle University that found that even mild brain injury causes brain damage. The study tested 53 people, age 16 to 68, who suffered mild or moderate concussions and sought emergency room care. The 53 test subjects had MRIs within 6 days of their injury to scan for damage,accordingto ScienceDaily.com. Compared to a control group, the test group showed nerve damage in the part of the brain that transmits information. Thinking and memory skills were so affected that test subjects scored 25% worse than people without brain injury. Even though the test group improved a year later, the members still exhibited signs of brain damage.The study concluded that “even mild traumatic brain injury may cause brain damage and thinking and memory problems”. Most news about traumatic brain injury focuses on severe cases related to combat veterans, NFL players, and life-threatening car accidents. The truth is, 90% of brain injuries are mild to moderateand are caused by relatively minor incidents such as falling off a bike or being shaken in a low-speed car accident. Brain damage – even minor brain damage – injures the “white matter” in the brain made up of nerve axons. These nerve axons act as a sort of information highways between brain cells. Damaged nerve axons are kind of like a road riddled with cracks and potholes. A brain damaged person’s cognitive, verbal, and memory skills become impaired because information within the brain can’t travel between cells as quickly as it needs to. In light of the information from this study, it’s even more important for bicyclists and motorcyclists to wear helmets while riding.... read more

35 NFL Players With Concussions… Before The Season Begins

35 NFL players have already suffered concussions… and the league has yet to play their first official game.   And, says Dan Diamond at Forbes, the actual number of concussions is likely higher.  Diamond notes that players competing for roster spots are unlikely to volunteer their symptoms and teams are not yet obligated to make weekly reports to the league.  He also noted that pre-season concussions have increased over the last 3 years. This data underscores the danger to each and every NFL player.  Not just during games, but from grueling practices day after day after day.  This year, there were at least 16 documented concussions before any NFL team had played a single preseason game. NFL concussion data is much more widely available than it was even recently.  Dozens of players have alleged that the NFL and the Players Association knew for decades about the dangers that concussions pose to NFL players but ignored those risks and concealed the risk from players.  Langdon & Emison represents more than a dozen former NFL players in NFLPA concussion lawsuits. Copies of the amended complaints can be found here and here. The lawsuits claim that “the NFLPA has had unparalleled access to and knowledge of data relating to the relationship between head impacts on football players and cognitive decline.  This access to and knowledge of data comes from the NFLPA’s awareness of the growing body of scientific literature on the subject, its own medical consultants, its own requested and commissioned studies on the subject, its participation in the Retirement Board of the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan (“Retirement Board”), and its participation in the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee... read more

Traumatic Brain Injury: Am I Ever Going to be 100 Percent Again?

Traumatic brain injury is appropriately named traumatic, as it is an extremely serious injury from which there is no predictable recovery time. The best answer to the question, “How long will it take me to get better?” is “It depends.” In the early stages of a head injury, it is impossible to predict what lies ahead. Each doctor will likely give you a different estimate of how long your recovery will take. Some may say your recovery is maximized six to nine months after the injury, and others may say you have several years to improve.  However, traumatic brain injury victims will likely have made significant improvements in certain skills and learned to cope with what can’t be improved in that length of time. Although it is rare for someone to say she’s recovered 100 percent from a head injury, many will return to work, resume a normal family life, and function well socially. But he may still say he feels different. The Brain’s Potential for Recovery According to CNN, the brain is extremely resilient and has the capacity to restore some functions after traumatic injury, a phenomenon called plasticity, which is enhanced by rehabilitation. Plasticity is the brain’s ability to change. We now know that it is possible to form new brains cells (neurons) even as adults, and by undergoing rehabilitation to relearn basic tasks, a traumatic brain injury patient may be able to form new brain connections that allow him to make a more complete recovery. The goal of rehabilitation is to stimulate the brain to reform lost circuits, but how well a patient recovers depends on the severity of the... read more

Think you have a case?

Contact us today.