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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.

Runners at start of track race

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.

Doctor holding chart

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.

What Are Canada’s Laws Regarding Athletes and Head Injuries?

Published on Jul 11, 2019 at 2:14 pm in Brain Injury.

Scans of a human brain

As any athlete will tell you, injuries are typically a part of participating in any sport. They can happen during practice, at a training facility, in a school gym, or on the field or court. While the majority of injuries can be easily treated, there are those, like concussions, that can compromise an athlete’s ability to function or be life-threatening.

High-impact sports like football and hockey can easily result in a concussion if a player sustains a blow to the head. Even a minor hit can be enough to cause the brain to make contact with the skull. It’s important for athletes, coaches, and others to be aware of concussions and their impact. While there aren’t many Canadian laws regarding athletes and head injuries in British Columbia, there are some regarding youth sports.

What Other Sports Cause Brain Injuries?

Published on Mar 28, 2019 at 2:34 pm in Brain Injury.

Even a minor brain injury has the potential to completely change the course of a person’s life. While sport-related injuries rarely result in fatalities, sports and other recreational activities account for a significant number of traumatic brain injuries – especially among those between the ages of five and 19.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, approximately 46,000 children and teens are diagnosed with concussions in emergency departments every year. The majority of these injuries occur while participating in a sport. While it’s common to associate brain injuries with hockey, there are a number of sports that can pose a risk to players. If you or a family member participates in sports, it’s crucial to understand what the risks are for sustaining a brain injury, and what can be done to reduce the chance of getting hurt.

The Hidden Dangers of Repeated Concussion Injuries

Published on Mar 14, 2019 at 8:22 pm in Brain Injury.

Head injuries are among the most catastrophic because a person’s cognition, motor skills, and memory can be negatively impacted. While it may seem like a minor concussion isn’t a big deal, especially because of how commonly they occur in activities like sports, repeated head injuries can cause life-altering brain conditions and diseases.

Recognizing the hidden dangers of repetitive concussions is important if you or a loved one has sustained multiple injuries. You may be able to seek medical treatments to prevent serious deterioration. If you know you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, our attorneys maye able to help you take legal action.

Why is Brain Injury a Risk to Football Players?

Published on Oct 31, 2018 at 4:28 pm in Brain Injury.

Football is one of the most popular sports in Canada. Whether a young person is learning how to play the game for the first time, or your family and friends have gathered to watch your favorite teams play, football offers a sense of community. While we love to watch the game and root for our favorite players, there are serious and sometimes deadly consequences associated with the sport that need to be discussed.

When considering the nature of the game, it’s easy to see how players can be injured. Sprains, broken bones, and bruises are definitely common. But more dangerous and less visible consequences lurk every time a player gets hit in the head. Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are becoming more and more common among football players.

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