Some parents in Illinois do not often consider the dangers of allowing their children to play contact sports. Many will cheer their child on, never expecting it to be their own child who might be injured. Brain trauma is a frequent injury in sports such as football and at least one individual in the state has had that injury to his body because of his time spent playing the sport in high school.
There are a number of ways that a person can sustain a brain injury. Some may be less severe than others, but new studies have found that the severity may not define whether worrisome brain trauma is apparent. According to data, traumatic brain injuries affect 1.7 million people in the U.S. every year -- a portion of these people are in Illinois and they are likely curious to find out what these new studies are all about.
What happens when you or a loved one experiences a traumatic brain injury (TBI)? There are a number of consequences that can happen because of brain trauma, varying from simple to extremely complex. Many of them - regardless of severity - may require care that was not needed before the accident or changes to everyday habits that may seem unfair. This is why many people in Illinois have found TBIs extremely hard to deal with.
Illinois pedestrians and bicyclists should be aware that their safety is not guaranteed, even when they are traveling on a sidewalk. Should an accident happen between a pedestrian and a motorist, or a bicyclist and a motorist, the injuries sustained can be devastating to the victim as well as to his or her family - physically, emotionally and financially.
Parents in Illinois and throughout the United States should be wary about who they hire to take care of their kids, as a babysitter has recently been accused of abusing a child. According to court documents, the man has been charged with two counts of child endangerment and one count of felonious assault. Prosecutors believe that the man caused severe neurological damage to a 2-year-old child that he was babysitting in July 2011. A recent hearing in the case focused on the brain injuries that the child received.
Illinois is home to many people who are struggling financially this holiday, some due to being a victim of a car accident. The traumatic effects of a motor vehicle accident can include many things: burns, gashes and whiplash injuries, to name a few. Worse yet, a person can be killed in an accident.
One of the toughest injuries to deal with is one that doesn't seem to be there. In most cases, any evidence of a traumatic brain injury is invisible to someone that does not know how to look for the signs. Because of this degree of disguise, many have been exposed to brain trauma without even recognizing that it occurred.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said that the leading cause of disability and death in children and adolescents in the U.S. is traumatic brain injury. The highest rates of occurrence appear in children between the ages of birth to 4 and 15 to 19. Because of this, parents in Illinois should be careful of how they care for their newborns and how their teenage children care for themselves.
Over 100 pro-football players have filed lawsuits against the NFL, including former star Chicago Bears defensive back Shaun Gayle. Gayle is suffering from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease linked to concussive brain injury that causes cognitive deficits such as short-term memory loss and headaches.
Few are so lucky following an incident resulting in a concussion. One man who suffered a traumatic brain injury six years ago found afterwards that he suffered from headaches and had impaired hearing. But the strange thing was that he also suddenly became a full-fledged musical genius, which he had not been before. Many people in Illinois and nationwide who have heard his story marvel at it.