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Spinal cord injuries could be catastrophic

Some of the injuries caused by auto accidents, sports accidents, assaults or gunshots could leave the victims with permanent disabilities. Spinal cord injuries are one example that has left many New York accident victims with different levels of paralysis. The spinal cord contains the nerves that form the connection between the entire body and the brain. When those nerves are damaged, messages between the brain and the body are compromised.

Spinal cord injuries are complete or incomplete, depending on the severity of the damage. Incomplete SCI leaves the affected areas of the body with some feeling and function, while complete SCI causes total paralysis to the affected body parts. Loss of function and sensation occurs in the area below the point of injury. SCI damage in the neck area could affect all four limbs, the trunk and chest area. Similarly, injuries to the spinal cord in the lower or mid-back areas usually affect fewer regions.

Construction accidents: Machine malfunction kills 1, injures 3

New York workers trust that their companies care about their well-being, and that is true in a majority of cases. However, employees can still be hurt while on the job. The construction industry often carries significant risk to workers simply due to the nature of the job. Construction accidents can have severe outcomes, such as the recent case where one worker died and three others were injured due to a window-washing machine malfunction.

The incident happened on a recent weekday afternoon on the East Side of Manhattan. Several workers were attempting to restore the facade of the building. Investigators say that the window-washing machine dropped on top of a construction shed and scaffolding for an unknown reason. That construction shed and scaffolding fell onto the sidewalk below. Some of the building facade also fell in the accident.

Construction accidents: High winds cause man to fall 40 feet

The construction industry is vital to communities across the nation, both in the jobs it provides and the resulting work that benefits the community. However, this industry is not without risk, and construction accidents happen far too often. One recent accident here in New York resulted in injuries for several workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will now attempt to determine if proper safety protocols were in use or if the construction company should face punishment.

The incident happened on a recent weekday while several workers were placing roof trusses on a building. Apparently, high winds began to blow and several of the trusses were knocked over. One worker fell to the ground from about 40 feet up. He was seriously injured and had to be rushed to a nearby hospital. Two other workers were also injured and taken to hospitals for treatment, though their injuries are rated as minor.

Pedestrian dies of head injury after hit and run

Though many people survive serious injuries to the head and brain, there are countless more who do not. The families of victims are often left to pick up the pieces after such a devastating loss, and they may struggle to come to terms with what happened to their loved one. This is particularly true in situations where a person suffered a head injury due to someone else's negligence, as in -- for example -- a car accident. A New York pedestrian recently suffered a fatal head injury that police say was due to a hit-and-run driver, a loss that didn't have to occur.

The incident happened on a recent early evening. Police say that a driver in a Kia was heading south and ran a red light. The vehicle allegedly struck another sedan driving east through the intersection, causing that car to hit a pedestrian attempting to cross the street. Authorities say she was only a block away from her own home.

Brain injury treatments can become costly

A traumatic brain injury can alter a person's future considerably, especially if it is severe. For these individuals, the medical interventions they're likely to need can be difficult to go through. The location, type and severity of the injury determines what has to be done.

For many victims, treating a brain injury isn't a quick or easy process. Instead, they are often subjected to long-term treatments that vary depending on what they need at that time. Because of the impacts of the injury, it's possible that the person won't return to work or will have to find a very different career.

High winds can cause serious construction accidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the New York State Police are investigating an incident that occurred on a recent Wednesday at a construction site in Jefferson County. According to a preliminary police report, high winds might have played a role in the incident. Many construction accidents occur when workers at heights are exposed to very windy conditions.

Apparently, several construction workers were on a construction site at the roof level, setting trusses on a building structure. Reportedly, weather changes occurred during this process, bringing strong winds that compromised the stability of the roof trusses. When they started toppling, one of the workers lost his balance and fell to the ground. Authorities estimate the distance of the fall to be about 40 feet.

Brain injury findings may indicate recovery potential

People here in New York suffer brain injuries in a number of ways, but when they happen due to someone else's negligence, they may be all the more traumatizing for everyone involved. A brain injury that causes a person to lose consciousness may be particularly serious. This type of injury could have long-lasting cognitive and physical effects, even if the person eventually wakes up. A recent study showed some promise however, as it found a simple way to determine the possibility that an unconscious patient might eventually regain consciousness. 

The study looked at patients who suffered a traumatic brain injury that rendered them unconscious. Researchers were hoping to determine if the results of any sort of testing would indicate an increased chance of the patient regaining consciousness. They found that patients who reacted in a certain way to the presence of a strong odor were more likely to wake up. All patients who showed a change in respiration due to the strong smell eventually regained consciousness. 

Brain injury may increase risk of dementia

Certain kinds of injuries can have significant consequences for those who suffer from them. Traumatic brain injuries can be particularly devastating, as the effects can last for a person's entire life. A recent study looked at this as it attempted to determine whether military veterans have a higher incidence of dementia than civilians. Though it found no increased risk between the two groups in general, it discovered an increased risk of dementia if the veteran had suffered a traumatic brain injury. This may be valuable information for anyone here in New York who has a loved one with such an injury.

The researchers looked at data on brain injuries in veterans from the time records were kept until 2018. Though they found that civilians and veterans have a similar instance of dementia, they found that dementia levels are higher for those who have experienced a traumatic brain injury. This seems to corroborate evidence from a different study that found concussions may significantly increase a person's dementia risk.

Spinal cord injuries often have psychological impact

Most people here in New York understand just how devastating an injury to the spinal cord can be for those who suffer one. Depending on the exact circumstances, a person with a spinal cord injury could have partial or full paralysis and struggle with basic human functions that those without injury may take for granted. What many don't realize is just how much of an impact this type of injury can have on a person's psychological well-being. Fortunately, researchers are working not only to raise awareness of this aspect of spinal cord injuries but also to develop tools that can help.

Researchers have created an electronic health tool called iManage-SCI to determine whether spinal cord injury patients may be suffering from psychological symptoms such as anxiety or depression. The tool assesses patients' mental health and also gives them action steps to take if needed. iManage-SCI will score the patients' responses and then provide them with animated videos that teach them how to manage psychological symptoms. The videos are tailored to patients' particular needs.

Choosing a spinal cord injury rehabilitation center

People who suffer a spinal cord injury will often need long-term rehabilitation. While some might be able to do this in the comfort of their own home or via outpatient means, others will need a more intensive program. This is when they might have to start looking into inpatient spinal cord injury rehabilitation centers.

Some people think that they should consider how close a facility is to their home when they're trying to decide where to receive care. It is certainly nice to be closer to your support system but you have to consider the way that the program works and how much it will be able to help you.

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