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How Did Termites Cause A Traumatic Brain Injury?

In a South Florida children’s hospital, a 10-year-old boy is trying to recover from a traumatic brain injury linked to chemical poisoning. His parents, who were also allegedly poisoned, are now planning a lawsuit against the companies they blame for the injury, and many are now asking, “how did such an accident ever happen?” Why Was The Family Allegedly Poisoned? A family of four living in Palm City discovered that their home had been invaded by termites, and so they wasted no time in calling exterminators to come out and kill the pests. The family temporarily moved from their home and Terminix sent a subcontractor called Sunland Pest Control Services to fumigate the home. When the job was finished, the exterminators told the family it would be safe to move back in on Sunday August 4th, but something was wrong. What Did The Poison Do? When the family moved back…
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Young TV Star’s Distracted, Negligent Driving Caused Man’s Brain Injury

The Goldbergs star, 19-year-old Hayley Orrantia, recently put a young man in ICU with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after hitting his car at an accelerated speed while she was distracted by her GPS. The 23-year-old victim alleges that Orrantia ran a red light while checking the GPS on her phone, and then T-boned his vehicle. Intoxication is not believed to have been a factor in the collision. After the accident, the young man was rushed to a nearby hospital for his multiple injuries, including a TBI, and remained in the ICU for one week. He is currently undergoing rehab. The injured man’s family is currently asking for donations online to help pay his expensive and mounting medical bills. Law enforcement stated that 19-year-old young woman was cited for running a red light. I Have a Traumatic Brain Injury and Need an Injury Lawyer According to the Brain Injury Association…
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Adding Substance Abuse to an Injured Brain

It is common for traumatic brain injury (TBI) victims to experience feelings of loneliness and isolation after their injury. One of the contributing factors to those feelings of desperation is not being able to do the activities they enjoyed before their injury. Activities such as work, sports, reading and socializing with friends can be extremely challenging for someone dealing with a TBI. Unfortunately, some TBI patients turn to substance abuse as a method of dealing with their injury. Resorting to illegal drugs and alcohol is never a smart decision for anyone, but TBI victims put themselves at a particular high risk of further injury in the following ways: Drug and alcohol use can lead to a seizure for a TBI victim TBI victims lessen their chances for a good recovery by using drugs and alcohol A brain injury causes difficulty in walking, thinking and concentration – drugs and alcohol make…
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What Makes Head Injury Victims Prone to Substance Abuse?

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients face a myriad of challenges, including, memory loss, cognitive difficulties and mood changes. Now, researchers found out that TBI victims are at a risk for substance abuse as well following their injury. Researchers found a correlation between TBI and subsequent alcohol and drug abuse in 10 to 20 percent of TBI victims. “Substance abuse is a risk factor for having a traumatic brain injury and traumatic brain injury is a risk factor for developing a substance abuse problem,” commented John Corrigan, one of the researchers in the study. Interestingly, doctors also found out that more than a few TBI victims had a substance abuse problem even before their brain injury, which only worsened after the TBI. After the head injury, there can be a window of time when the victim uses little or no illegal drugs or alcohol for the following reasons: The victim is…
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Florida Teen Athlete Killed by Stray Baseball

A straight-A student and member of the ROTC program at Ribault High School in Jacksonville, Florida, died in an accident in October 2011 while at baseball practice. As reported at foxsportsflorida.com, the 17-year-old was hit in the head by a baseball from a teammate’s line drive that bounced off the metal batting screen. Rescue workers rushed him to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his head injuries three days later. Head trauma and traumatic brain injury (TBI) are common in high school athletes. Young athletes do not have fully developed brain tissue and this factor makes them more susceptible to permanent and severe head injuries in sports. When not fatal, these types of head injuries can lead to permanent damage for their young victims. The long-term expenses can also lead to financial difficulties for parents. Protective helmets are not always a sure protection, as some injuries can be closed head injuries. At…
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New Drug Gives Hope to TBI Patients

Researchers at Wayne State University School of Medicine tested a new drug aimed at stopping the harmful effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Tested on rats, the new drug shows promise and gives hope for a possible cure in the future for sufferers of TBI. The researchers presented their findings in April at the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Currently, there is no cure for TBI. Doctors emphasize rehabilitation and readjustment for TBI victims with permanent injuries. In a TBI, there is decreased blood flow in the cerebrum of the brain. If prolonged the decreased blood flow can lead to brain damage and death, in some cases. There is a receptor in the brain that restricts blood flow, and it begins blocking as early as four hours after a head injury. The new drug reportedly blocks the receptors and allows the blood to flow. In the…
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