On behalf of The Frickey Law Firm on Monday, October 15, 2012.
Concussions are not well understood in the medical field, at least not as well understood as many would hope. Studies are being released on a regular basis indicating connections between traumatic brain injuries and other issues, such as Alzheimer’s, dementia and an increased risk for disability or death due to subsequent injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, concussions are prominently caused by motor vehicle accidents, colliding with an object, and assaults, all of which happen in Denver.
According to research, a person that has sustained a concussion is four times as likely to suffer from another. Each concussion increases the risk for a more severe consequence.
Take one woman that has sustained three head injuries. Her first happened when she was swimming in high school. Instead of making a turn, she swam headfirst into the wall. She had to be pulled from the water. Her second injury occurred when she was a little older – still a young adult – and she fell from a garden swing and slammed her head into the ground. According to her, the consequences of these brain injuries were minimal.
But more recently, she was washing her car and turned too fast to get back in and hit her head on the roof. The impact caused her brain to sustain its third injury and soon after, she could not discern the meaning of letters. She could not speak, write, read or understand what people were telling her. But rehabilitation started and doctors told her that her cognitive skills would return and they have been, albeit at a slow pace.
The woman has been in the publishing and communications industry for two decades and has always been a writer. Due to her injury, she has lost a considerable amount of time that could have been spent with family and friends or at work.
Source: News Observer, “Reverberations from my head injuries,” Katie Bowler, Oct. 7, 2012