Category Archives: Brain Injuries

Can A Minor Fender Bender Lead to Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury? Yes….

San Antonio Auto Accident Lawyer Discusses Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries.A car accident has the potential to negatively affect victims in many ways, most notably resulting in personal injuries.  Most commonly, victims suffer from soft tissue injuries that result in back, neck, and shoulder pain.  In extreme cases, victims may suffer broken bones, paralysis, or even death.  However, as an auto accident attorney in San Antonio, I’m painfully aware that in rare cases, these traumatic auto accidents can trigger unknown disorders that the victim was previously unaware of, which a David Moseley, age 31, is now painfully aware.

Moseley, who is undergoing treatment at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock Texas, is suffering from Syringomyelia, also known as SM.  SM is a rare disorder in which the spinal fluid cannot flow normally due to either a congenital defect, or as the result of back, head, or other trauma.

Even in cases where the disorder is congenital due to a malformation of the spinal canal, it often does not affect the patient until the patient experiences some sort of trauma, such as a car accident, or other trauma.

In the present case, Moseley went from being in perfect health to spending most of the last two years in a wheelchair, in and out of rehabilitation facilities, and has undergone numerous surgeries and procedures. 

Sports Related Brain Injuries Landing More Kids in Emergency Rooms

San Antonio Injury Lawyer Discusses Traumatic Brain Injuries in ChildrenI was in the emergency room with my daughter the other night due to a sudden asthma attack.  As a San Antonio injury lawyer, I’m always curious to see what kinds of injuries present at the emergency room.  Most of the patients were there for sicknesses, nothing too traumatic or exciting.

However, a new study shows that twice as many children end up in emergency rooms as a result of head injuries related to sports as compared to ten years ago.  The study was released online by the medical journal “Pediatrics.”  The study, entitled Trends in Sports-Related Traumatic Brain Injury, highlights the following findings:

Here are some highlights from the study:

  • Representative Group – the data included kids up to 19 years of age who presented at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital emergency room for trauma from the year 2002 through 2011.
  • Injuries Represented – the registries of the hospital were inspected to discover how many children received a primary or secondary diagnosis of traumatic brain injury.
  • Sports-Related Injuries – it was found that sports-related injuries accounted for 15.4 percent of these traumatic brain injury ER visits.
  • Dramatic Increase – ER visits for sports-related traumatic brain injuries increased 92% over the study period.

Are Kids Really Suffering More Brain Injuries?

Notwithstanding the study’s findings, it is very unlikely that kids are actually suffering twice as many traumatic brain injuries than in previous years.  However, it’s probable that the study illustrates the increased awareness and attention that parents, coaches, and the general public are paying to these types of injuries.  In fact, traumatic brain injuries have been in the news a lot lately – from the playground to the National Football League (NFL) – we hear more about these types of injuries than ever before.  In fact, recently the NFL and Players reached a $765 million concussion settlement, which shed a vast amount of light on these types of injuries.