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Understand the long-term impacts of spinal cord injuries

People who suffer a spinal cord injury are likely going to deal with a host of issues throughout their life. These problems can lead to many effects that will impact various aspects of their life for the long term. Trying to determine how the injury will affect you can be challenging, especially in the early days after the accident.

There are many different factors that can determine how the injury might change your future. Just remember that having a good attitude about the changes may help to make them more manageable.

Construction accidents: Worker killed, another injured

People who work in the construction industry provide a great service. They also place themselves at significant risk of injury or even death every time they set food on a job site. Construction accidents can have dire consequences for victims and their families as everyone tries to work through what happened. Unfortunately, that answer isn't always so clear and there could be multiple factors involved. This is what New York authorities are trying to determine after an accident on a construction site resulted in serious injury to one worker and another worker's death.

Officials say that the incident happened early on a recent morning. Apparently, workers were attempting to clear a construction site that will eventually be used for a large mixed-use building. Workers were on the second floor of a structure when witnesses say that a wall collapsed. A 50-year-old worker died and a 44-year-old worker sufferred serious injuries, apparently from the wall falling on his legs.

Potential new treatment for brain-related birth injuries

When a baby is born in New York or elsewhere, parents trust that medical professionals will provide the best care possible. Sadly, that does not always happen. When a baby's brain is injured at birth, the consequences can be lifelong. A loss of oxygen can mean permanent impairment in both cognitive and physical abilities. There is some promising news on treatment methods that may help these brain-related birth injuries.

A recently released study showed how cooling a baby's brain may help treat these types of injuries. The neonatologist who led the study says that cooling the center of the brain is the important, and that they traditionally reduce body temperature in a controlled way to accomplish this. The study looked at imaging to see just how cool the center of the brain was getting, as they expected it would be warmer than the surrounding tissue.

2 deaths, traumatic brain injury result of pedestrian accident

Walking with children in a residential neighborhood here in New York state is generally considered to be a fun, pleasant activity. Unfortunately, that doesn't always mean that pedestrians are safe from nearby traffic. Nowhere is this more clear than in the case of a crash that happened late last year that left two pedestrians dead and a toddler with a traumatic brain injury. The woman said to have caused the crash was recently indicted on several charges. 

Officials say that the collision happened in the morning, one day before Thanksgiving last year. A woman was walking on the sidewalk of a residential area with three young children. She was their babysitter and the children were all siblings. Another woman driving southbound allegedly ran her car off the road where it hit a utility pole and then the first woman and the children.

Could a simple injection heal spinal cord injuries?

An injury to a person's spinal cord could alter his or her entire life. Depending on the exact circumstances, spinal cord injuries can result in partial or full paralysis, meaning that affected people may not be able to work or function the same way they always have done before. Researchers recently published findings that could change all that, claiming that a certain type of injection may have the potential to heal spinal cord injuries. Here is what New York families need to know.

The researchers found a way to deliver a certain type of neural cell that could prevent further injury to a spinal cord and may even increase the number of cells that could potentially repair injury. In the past, researchers had to inject cells directly into a part of the spinal column, which could be easily damaged by causing more injury or even bleeding. What researchers found is a way to inject these neural cells into part of the spinal cord where there is less risk of injury.

Would helmets for New York City drivers stop head injuries?

People who suffer injuries to their head or brain often face life-changing circumstances. They may see impairments to both their physical and cognitive abilities. The care they need could extend over the rest of their life, and a full recovery may never be possible. This is why many advocates here in New York and elsewhere are pushing for safety measures that many people have never really considered in the past but that may prevent head injuries.

Recently, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he would look into research on whether drivers wearing helmets would discourage people from driving. He says that roads in New York City are far too crowded and is willing to consider congestion pricing as well as other options to solve the problem. Advocates say that the helmets would, more importantly, prevent serious head injuries for people in car accidents. They note that head trauma is the most common reason that drivers die in a crash. 

The impact of a concussion can linger for a long time

A blow to the head has the potential to cause a variety of injuries, with a concussion among the most common. For example, if you hit your head off the windshield in a motor vehicle accident, it's critical to receive immediate medical attention, as your doctor can run the tests necessary to determine the extent of your injuries.

The immediate impact of a concussion can include symptoms such as:

  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Headache
  • Feeling of increasing pressure in the head
  • Confusing or disorientation
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears

Fatal brain injury results from landlord/tenant dispute

Any injury to the brain is a serious matter. A brain injury can result in impaired function that may continue for the rest of the person's life. In some cases, it can even lead to death. The recent death of a New York City landlord who was hurt during a disagreement with his tenant shows just how serious brain injuries can be. 

Officials say that a landlord went to visit a home he owned with the aim of collecting rent from the person who lived there. Police say that surveillance video shows the landlord attempting to enter the home and getting into a physical altercation with someone inside. They also claim that the tenant pushed the landlord down the stairs, causing him to strike his head on the concrete sidewalk. Authorities say that this resulted in a traumatic brain injury and his eventual death. 

Understanding traumatic brain injury

With all of the recent coverage of concussions in contact sports, such as football and hockey, the public has become far more aware of brain injuries and their effect on people's lives.

New Yorkers, with two professional hockey teams and two professional football teams, are constantly presented with news reports about athletes who have suffered head and brain injuries. One of the most damaging types of these injuries is traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Construction worker settles brain injury claim for $3 million

The recent settlement of a case arising out of a fall into an elevator shaft shows how the amount of the settlement is related to the respective liabilities of the defendants. While the construction accident in question happened in New Jersey, the conditions that caused the accident can be found on almost any construction site in New York and other nearby states.

The accident happened in a nearly finished multipurpose academic building on the campus of Kean University. An employee of the firm performing carpentry on the site requested permission to use a service elevator to move tools and materials. He was told that the elevator car would be parked on the first floor. The worker pried the elevator doors apart, expecting to find the elevator car. The car was not parked at the first floor, and the worker fell five feet down the elevator shaft. He fractured his skull, right wrist and multiple facial bones. He also suffered a traumatic brain injury. The injured worker filed a workers' compensation claim and sued the elevator contractor, the general contractor.

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