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Survivor – Holiday Season – Will You Have Immunity or Be Voted Off?

Published on Dec 12, 2019 at 12:40 am in Brain Injury.

‘Tis the season. For some this is a wonderful time of the year. Friends, family, get togethers, bright lights that twinkle, snow falling, shopping centres packed with people talking and laughing, bells ringing, and baked treats. What is not to love about this time of year? This is Survivor Victory.

Take a moment and imagine getting through a day with a migraine, stomach flu, body aches, and a broken leg or arm – with a smile on your face. To some people the holidays are just that. Bright twinkling lights amplify persistent headaches, snow falling creates problems with mobility and increases the risks of slip and falls. The cold weather creates added discomfort and extra warmth is needed as aches and pains react to temperature changes. Malls crowded with people create sensory issues from noise, crowded space, everyday lights of the shops, and now add Christmas lights, and ringing bells – Oh the bells! Echoing the ringing already in their ears. Now we are going to a party? STOP! This is Survivor Defeat.

Caregiver Support – Put Your Oxygen Masks On

Published on Dec 2, 2019 at 7:39 pm in Brain Injury.

If you have ever been on a plane, you have undoubtedly heard the safety drill before you take off on a trip. One part of this demonstration always stands out to me – the bit about the oxygen masks. What do they tell you to do? Put your mask on first and then help others. Why? Because if you pass out you can not help others around you. If you think about their instructions it makes sense. That safety procedure applies to you, the primary caregivers of traumatic brain and spinal cord injury victims. The people you care for need you, and let’s be honest– some days it can be exhausting physically, mentally, and emotionally. So, how do you keep yourself from crashing, caregiver burnout and frustration outbursts? You must learn to take a moment for you and hiding under covers or in the shower doesn’t count. I will warn you; self-care is not as easy as it sounds.

How Much Do Doctors Typically Educate the Loved ones of a TBI Patient?

Published on Nov 14, 2019 at 8:42 pm in Brain Injury.

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A traumatic brain injury (TBI) not only affects the patient, but it can have a devastating impact on the patient’s family members. Every injury is unique, which means every victim suffers from different symptoms. The recovery process varies significantly, as factors like the type of injury, severity, patient’s age, and even economic status can impact a person’s ability to return to their pre-injury status.

While the TBI survivor will have their recovery to focus on, loved ones may feel at a loss as to what the future looks like or what to do. Unfortunately, doctors rarely provide the education loved ones need to fully understand what their loved one is going through and what they can do to help. Because of that, we’re here to provide you with some information so you feel more in control of what’s happening in your life.

Does the Player Always Assume the Risk in a Sports Injury?

Published on Nov 1, 2019 at 1:57 pm in Brain Injury.

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If you’ve been injured while playing a sport, you may be wondering if there’s a legal course of action you can take to recover from your injuries. In some cases, the player assumed the risk in a sports injury, but this is not always the case. Determining liability depends on the specific facts of a case. Signing a waiver doesn’t necessarily mean you’re completely accountable for what happened to you. In order to understand your rights, let’s start by taking a look at the most common sports injuries.

Predicting the Recovery Time for a Patient with a TBI

Published on Oct 31, 2019 at 6:45 pm in Brain Injury.

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Any time someone sustains a head injury, it’s imperative to seek medical attention as soon as possible. While some injuries are visible, many are not. A person could appear completely unharmed while actually having sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Once a person is seen by medical professionals, an official diagnosis and treatment plan can be made, so recovery can begin.

Predicting the recovery time for a patient with a TBI is challenging. There are a number of elements to take into consideration including, the severity of the injury, what part of the brain is damaged, the amount of rehabilitation, and the patient’s support system. Understanding the factors that could impact your recovery time, in addition to learning about how to maximize your chances of healing, can give you an idea of how long your recovery will take.

How to Prepare for a Homecare Plan After an Accident

Published on Sep 26, 2019 at 2:15 pm in Car Accidents.

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The initial assessment, diagnosis, and treatment plan your health care practitioner puts in place for your accident related-injuries is aimed at helping you recover at home and at work. Sometimes, they may recommend additional treatments or new ones if your recovery is taking longer than planned. When your injuries are severe to the point you can’t complete everyday tasks, a homecare plan can be prepared.

Homecare plans are established through the ICBC. They help accident victims maintain their independence through their recovery period while making sure everyday tasks are accomplishable. If you’ve been injured in an auto accident that was caused by someone else and are having difficulty with tasks that used to come easy, your lawyer can help you seek a homecare plan.

Wishart Brain & Spine Law Sponsoring Neuromotion FashionTech Event

Published on Sep 9, 2019 at 9:34 pm in Firm News.

On September 27th, Wishart Brain & Spine Law will sponsor FashionTech, an event benefitting those with neurological and spinal injuries. Neuromotion Physiotherapy + Rehabilitation is organizing FashionTech, which aims to raise awareness and $135,000 in funds for Project Lokomat. Their goal is to help those living with difficult neurological injuries experience walking again.

Neuromotion Physiotherapy + Rehabilitation supports local people impacted by brain and spinal cord injuries and other conditions. Those who work at the clinic understand these injuries can affect anyone and the accidents that cause them can happen in the blink of an eye. The clinic provides help to a wide variety of clients who have sustained injuries from causes that include the following:

  • Car and Workplace Accidents
  • Strokes
  • Sports Injuries
  • Infections
  • Cancerous Tumours

What Does the Term “Crashworthiness” Mean?

Published on Aug 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm in Car Accidents.

front of red car crashing in back of yellow car in a crash test

When you’re driving a car, you want to know that it’s dependable. The car is able to get you to your destination without breaking down and will protect you in the event of an accident. You may also look into crashworthiness. Crashworthiness focuses on occupant protection to reduce the number of fatal and serious injuries that occur each year. This line of research helps improve vehicle design and safety measures for the benefit of vehicle occupants.

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