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August 2018

Developments in the Diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

By | August 20th, 2018|Brain Injury|

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases can be extremely challenging due to the lack of objective testing to prove the existence of common types of brain damage.  Brain damage is often microscopic such that it can only be shown by a pathologist on autopsy, particularly in cases of mild TBI.  Nonetheless, mild TBI can have a [...]

Proving ALL of the Damages Caused by Brain Injury

By | August 17th, 2018|Brain Injury|

As an Ohio brain injury lawyer, I routinely review medical journals for information about traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Two recent medical journal articles address the damages caused by brain injury.  To an attorney, the term “damages” refers to the harms and losses caused by personal injury or wrongful death.  Damages include past harms and losses [...]

October 2016

Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

By | October 11th, 2016|Brain Injury|

Severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) is less common than milder forms of the injury, so it gets less attention in the medical literature and in the courtroom.  Because the physical signs of severe TBI are more concrete and more objective, it is more difficult for insurance companies and defense lawyers to attribute the symptoms of [...]

March 2015

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month

By | March 17th, 2015|Brain Injury|

As an experienced brain injury attorney, I would like to take time to recognize National Brain Injury Awareness Month: http://www.biausa.org/brain-injury-awareness-month.htm.  It remains as daunting an area of law as ever.  The challenges that I face, together with my clients, seem to grow each year. I have been handling traumatic brain injury cases for about 20 years.  In recent years, new [...]

November 2014

Children and Brain Injury

By | November 14th, 2014|Brain Injury|

Children frequently suffer brain injury in conjunction with other injuries that occur in car accidents, falls, assaults and other types of trauma, according to a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).  Brain damage in children who sustain head injuries can be subtle and therefore may go undiagnosed.  This recent NEJM article should alert ER doctors to look [...]

May 2014

Brain Injury From Wernicke’s After Gastric Bypass

By | May 15th, 2014|Brain Injury|

Brain injury can occur due to Wernicke's encephalopathy, a condition caused by brain inflammation resulting from a thiamine deficiency.  Recently, I became aware of a spate of such cases affecting patients who have undergone gastric bypass surgery (weight loss surgery such as roux en y surgery, etc.).   Gastric bypass surgery creates a malabsorption syndrome that results in controlled malnutrition.  [...]

September 2013

Brain Injury in Women Often Overlooked

By | September 6th, 2013|Brain Injury|

Brain injury has been moved to the forefront of national news by virtue of the N.F.L.'s recent settlement with former players who have developed neurologic syndromes associated with head injuries and concussion.  While sports-related head injuries are getting much attention, it appears that another segment of the population is being neglected: women who sustain concussions. Discussion at [...]

March 2013

Avoiding PML-Type Brain Injury in MS Patients

By | March 13th, 2013|Brain Injury|

A type of brain injury, called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), can occur as a result of complications from use of Tysabri (natalizumab) by patients suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS). PML was first identified in immunocompromised patients, such as AIDS and cancer patients.  However, it can arise when Tysabri reactivates a dormant viral illness called JC Virus (also known [...]

January 2013

Progression of Brain Injury

By | January 30th, 2013|Brain Injury|

The journal Brain is reporting that brain injury is a progressive condition that worsens over time.  This is a significant finding for victims of traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Prior to this study, it was felt that brain injuries worsen with time based on anecdotal evidence, but no study existed that allowed physicians to opine that an individual's cognitive disability [...]

Avoiding Stroke by Screening for Risk Factors

By | January 8th, 2013|Brain Injury, Stroke|

Stroke can occur in patients experiencing atrial fibrillation (A Fib).  Due to the irregular beating of the heart caused by A Fib, blood clots can build up in the heart.  These clots are at risk of being ejected from the heart and traveling to the brain where they cause stroke.  Strokes can have devastating consequences for its [...]

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