Archive for the ‘Brain and Head Injuries’ Category

When it comes to brain injury, what you don’t know may harm you

In Colorado, there are approximately 950 deaths, 5,200 hospitalizations, and 27,000 hospital emergency room visits each year related to traumatic brain injury. According to the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain. The severity of such an injury may range from “mild,” i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to “severe,” i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. Colorado ranks ninth in the nation for fatalities due to a TBI and 13th in the nation for TBI-related hospitalizations, with males twice as likely to sustain a TBI than females. The top four leadings causes of TBIs are falls, motor vehicle accidents, strikes to the head, and assaults. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 6 million Americans currently have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a TBI.
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How Legal Assistance can Help Head Injury Victims Experiencing Nightmares

While the terms ‘head injury’ and ‘brain injury’ are often used interchangeably by medical and legal professionals, a person can experience a head injury without having damage to the brain. A head injury can happen to anyone at any time and can result in long-term health problems, hospitalization, disabilities, memory loss, dramatic mood changes and even death. Depending on the seriousness of a head injury, it can be classified as a mild, moderate or severe condition. Head injuries must always be taken seriously. This is true even when the initial injury site was not a direct traumatic impact to the head. Head injuries can be the result of accidents involving the spine, neck, back, jawline, face and major organs.

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Bachus & Schanker Client Review – Molly Cain

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I fell down my stairs and was in a coma, but there wasn’t a hand rail. I had scratch marks from the top to the bottom, but there was nothing to grab to save myself. What was going through my head when I finally realized what
was going on, was “Wow, oh my gosh, yeah I have to do this. Like this isn’t anything to do with I, or my land lord, it has to do with the safety purpose of the home not being up to code.” Bachus and Schanker will make it so much easier for you, taking stress just off your shoulders, and allowing you to live, the way a person should be living. There was a point, that I wanted to give up. I’m just like, I have been going through this for two and a half years and I just want this chapter completely closed, and Bachus and Schanker did not give up on me. They just keep pushing through and letting me know, that we’re on a team, and that they are there for me, to support me and help me in any way I need. Thank you for giving me a second chance, or helping me with my second chance, and thank you for not giving up on me. When you go through an accident, so many people you find give up on you, and you don’t matter anymore to them, and that wasn’t the case with Bachus and Schanker. Go to Bachus and Schanker.

Bachus and Schanker Reviews – Molly Cain – Traumatic Brain
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Colorado Skiing and Snowboarding Safety Tips

It’s finally here. The time of year many Coloradoans eagerly await like a small child waiting for Santa Claus on Christmas eve. Snow has fallen in the mountains, the snow making machines are up and running and the ski slopes are finally open.

Along with joy of shredding the half-pipe or schussing down a pristine white slope, comes a certain amount of risk and an obligation to be courteous to others enjoying the slopes. Many of us don’t even think about these risks – we grew up on skis – we’re not going to be injured, right? Common sense and personal awareness can make your day skiing or snowboarding a safe and positive experience for yourself and for those sharing the slopes with you.

According to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), an average 38 people have died each year snowboarding or skiing over the past 10 years. There are about 42 serious injuries, including paralysis and serious head injuries per year.

Given the total estimated number of 57.4 million skiers and snowboarder days per year in the 2008/2009 season, the number of deaths and injuries are quite small. However, at Bachus & Schanker, we believe any deaths or injuries are too many.

One of the easiest ways to protect yourself while skiing or snowboarding is to use a helmet. In its annual Demographic Study, NSAA found that:

– 77 percent of children 9 years old or younger wear ski helmets
– 66 percent of children between 10 and 14 wear ski helmets
– 63 percent of adults over the age of 65 wear ski helmets
– Helmet usage by skiers and boarders aged 18 to 24 is currently 32 percent, representing a 78 percent increase in usage for this age group since the 2002/03 season, when only 18 percent wore helmets.

Here are some skiing/snowboarding safety tips from NSAA:– Take a lesson. Like anything, you’ll improve the most when you receive some guidance. The best way to become a good skier or snowboarder is to take a lesson from a qualified instructor.
– The key to successful skiing/snowboarding is control. To have it, you must be aware of your technique, the terrain and the skiers/snowboarders around you. Be aware of the snow conditions and how they can change. As conditions turn firm, the skiing gets hard and fast. Begin a run slowly.
– Skiing and snowboarding require a mental and physical presence.
– If you find yourself on a slope that exceeds your ability level, always leave your skis/snowboard on and side step down the slope.
– The all-important warm-up run prepares you mentally and physically for the day ahead.
– Drink plenty of water. Be careful not to become dehydrated.
– Curb alcohol consumption. Skiing and snowboarding do not mix well with alcohol or drugs.
– Know your limits. Learn to ski and snowboard smoothly – and in control. Stop before you become fatigued and, most of all have fun.
– If you’re tired, stop skiing. In this day and age of multi-passenger gondolas and high-speed chairlifts, you can get a lot more time on the slopes compared to the days of the past when guests were limited to fixed grip chairlifts.
– Follow the “Your Responsibility Code,” the seven safety rules of the slopes:

1. Always stay in control.
2. People ahead of you have the right of way.
3. Stop in a safe place for you and others.
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.
5. Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
6. Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.
7. Know how to use the lifts safely.

Let’s all be more safety conscience and courteous to other and help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on the Colorado slopes this season.

Colorado Teen Rides in Courage Classic to Benefit Children’s Hospital – Day Four

It took a while but I finally made it up Fremont pass elevation 11,318 ft (highest pass of the ride). It was killer. My thighs hurt so bad after that and every little hill afterword seemed much harder, longer and steeper than it really was. The downhill parts were definitely nice. It gave me time to relax a little bit.

Today was the first day I finished the ride. It definitely boosted my self confidence a bunch. The last five miles I could not wipe the smile off my face. I was so thrilled to finish the last 33 miles.

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Colorado Teen Rides in Courage Classic to Benefit Children’s Hospital – Day Three

Today I started out strong. Well it was downhill, the easy part. We left at 7:00 a.m. and got to lunch at 9:45 a.m. We made good time. It was however all downhill with little to no peddling involved.

It was 36 miles to lunch and I made it the whole way. The last 18 I could not do because my butt is so bruised it hurts to sit on the bike seat. I was in tears riding into lunch because I was in so much pain. I am still extremely proud of the amount of riding I have been able to do.

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Colorado Teen Rides in Courage Classic to Benefit Children’s Hospital – Day Two

There is no preparation I could have done to be prepared for this ride. Being five thousand feet higher than where I trained was a slight problem in the beginning. The first major hill we had to go up I had a hard time catching my breath. After I had realized how much of a challenge the altitude was I was able to pace myself better. I was not able to finish the ride today. I made it 40 miles out of 55. The last twenty were all uphill over Vail pass.

I am kind of disappointed in myself but I am also very proud of what I did accomplish. At one point we were going down a hill, a steep one, and my uncle who was riding behind me said, “The biggest bug just flew into me!” I laughed at him only to find out the second largest bug in the world hit me.

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Colorado Teen Rides in Courage Classic to Benefit Children’s Hospital – Day One

We arrived at our condo yesterday evening. The bed I slept in was extremely uncomfortable. My back is killing me today. We are waiting to check in and for the rest of our family to join us up here.

I am riding in the 157 mile Courage Classic benefiting the Children’s Hospital because they have been extremely helpful through all the problems I have had. When I was four years old I had to have decompression surgery for Arnold-Chiari Malformation.

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Minor Head Injury Ends in Death of Actress Natasha Richardson

We all take it for granted that, “it will never happen to us”. Especially here in Colorado’s ski country, Natasha Richardson’s recent death due to a head injury sustained during a private ski lesson is a grim reminder that no one is immune from the dangers of a traumatic head injury. During a beginner level ski lesson in Canada, Richardson took a seemingly minor tumble, and then walked off the slope to her hotel. Less than an hour later, after complaining of a severe headache she was rushed to a local hospital and later died of her head injury.

While Richardson’s death seems to be an extremely rare case, possibly talk and die syndrome, it begs the question; how could a simple fall turn deadly?

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Pikes Peak Challenge

As I am not married, I have no children, my family and I are relatively healthy, and I am fortunate enough to have a rewarding job, loving boyfriend and fantastic family and friends…every now and then I start feeling just a little bit guilty about my level of freedom, security and flat-out luck. Everyone can say they’ve had ups and downs. Everyone can say they’ve experienced some bumps in the road. I know I can say I have fallen flat on my face more than once – and I’m probably not alone in that. But for the most part, I have lead a fairly lucky and charmed life, and whatever bruises or scars I’ve earned, my grossly optimistic nature thinks I am all the better for having them.

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