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$5.2 Million Brain Injury Verdict Against Trucking Company Upheld on Appeal in Texas

Posted in Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney, Personal Injury, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
I found this recent post about a trial verdict in a case of traumatic brain injury being upheld on appeal at $5.2 million in TEXAS (of all places).  It is interesting because the plaintiff was a driver/employee of trucking company-defendant.  This is a guest post by Starkeisha Tucker. Texas Affirms $5.2 Million Brain Injury Verdict… Continue Reading

Is Pain Measurable?

Posted in Attorney Selection, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Spine Injury, Back Injury, Neck Injury and Bone Injury, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
PI SuitThe use of technology in the courtroom is routinely met with skepticism initially.  A new area where technology has offered the potential to objectively observe pain, a subjective complaint, in other people. fMRI has become useful in the area of proving brain injury in court, and now may be able to help us quantify pain.… Continue Reading

Brain Injury Causes Chronic Degenerative Changes

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
mri_brainThere is a widespread misunderstanding about the true nature of traumatic brain injury and how it causes chronic degenerative problems, researchers argue. The authors propose that chronic brain damage and neuropsychiatric problems after trauma are largely caused by long-term inflammation in the brain. They say inflammation is a key culprit behind the symptoms linked with… Continue Reading

Brain Injury and Teenage Drug Use

Posted in Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorney, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Uncategorized
DepressionIs traumatic brain injury early in life a precursor to drug use?  Teenagers who have suffered a traumatic brain injury are twice as likely to drink alcohol or use drugs when compared with whose who have never experienced a similar blow or trauma to the head.  Young adults who’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are… Continue Reading

Brain Injury Association Of America Legislative Update December 2014

Posted in Brain Injury News and Event Update, Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorney, Personal Injury, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) asked me to share this Legislative Update for December 2014. Congress returned from the Thanksgiving holiday this week to address a number of pending issues, including appropriations to keep the federal government running past Dec. 11, when the current Continuing Resolution (CR) funding government ends. Also on their… Continue Reading

The Brain on Fear

Posted in Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, The Human Brain
Even if people forget the details of a traumatic event or what is called explicit memory, the emotions associated with that event also known as implicit memory may remain ingrained in the brain for a long  time, says a new study. In the context of fear, our brain differently encodes contextual memory of a negative… Continue Reading

Spine and Brain Injury

Posted in Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Personal Injury, Spine Injury, Back Injury, Neck Injury and Bone Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Most research on spinal cord injuries has focused on effects due to spinal cord damage and scientists have neglected the effects on brain function. University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) researchers have found for the first time that spinal cord injuries (SCI) can cause widespread and sustained brain inflammation that leads to progressive… Continue Reading

Enriching Environment Good for Treating Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted in Personal Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A violent blow to the head has the potential to cause mild to severe traumatic brain injury — physical damage to the brain that can be debilitating, even fatal. But to date, there is no effective medical or cognitive treatment for patients with traumatic brain injuries. Now a new study points to an ‘enriched environment’… Continue Reading

PTSD can Develop Even Without Memory of the Trauma

Posted in Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Motorcycle Attorney, Las Vegas Negligent or Inadequate Security Attorney, Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorney, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
I once heard a neuropsychologist declare that one could not have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and post concussion syndrome (PCS).  If you do not remember the trauma you are precluded from having PTSD since you do not remember the trauma.  Therefore if you have organic PCS, damage to the brain, and your memory of the… Continue Reading

Fat Brain

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Motorcycle Attorney, Las Vegas Negligent or Inadequate Security Attorney, Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorney, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
The concept of being able to boost the health of the brain with good nutrition is really very exciting.  Lipids are good for the Brain.  New research shows lipids boost the brain.  That’s right, fat is brain fuel. Researchers have pursued an investigation of the effect of lipids which bear polyunsaturated chains when they are… Continue Reading

From Traumatic Brain Injury to Savant

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Books, Articles, and Literature, Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Motorcycle Attorney, Las Vegas Negligent or Inadequate Security Attorney, Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorney, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Publications, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
I have been posting to this blog items and information I come across regarding Traumatic Brain Injury.  While reading professional journals, articles, and Scientific literature, I share things of interest.  One of those topics includes the unique and rare situation where a concussion can actually cause the brain to exhibit genius level processing.  (Of course… Continue Reading

Repairing an Injured Spinal Cord

Posted in Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Motorcycle Attorney, Las Vegas Negligent or Inadequate Security Attorney, Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorney, Personal Injury, Spine Injury, Back Injury, Neck Injury and Bone Injury
Frogs, dogs, whales, snails can all do it, but humans and primates can’t. Regrow nerves after an injury, that is — while many animals have this ability, humans don’t.  Humans cannot grow new nerves to replace damaged ones. But new research suggests that a small molecule may be able to convince damaged nerves to grow… Continue Reading

AAJ Baltimore 2014

Posted in Brain Injury News and Event Update, Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Motorcycle Attorney, Las Vegas Negligent or Inadequate Security Attorney, Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorney, Personal Injury, Resources, Spine Injury, Back Injury, Neck Injury and Bone Injury, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
I was honored to accept an invitation to make a presentation at this week’s American Association of Justice Annual Convention.  My presentation was on Hotel Security Trends.  The American Association of Justice is the largest grouping of consumer attorneys in the country.  This year’s convention was in Baltimore at the Convention Center. I am also… Continue Reading

Environmental Enriching

Posted in Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Motorcycle Attorney, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
 Environmental Enrichment "Environmental enrichment may protect against brain atrophy in the chronic stages of traumatic brain injury," was published September 24 in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, by Dr. Robin Green. Dr. Green has been studying the brain surrounding areas that were previously damaged.  She finds that among the damaged areas are healthy areas interspersed.  The… Continue Reading

Vision Impairment from Blast Injury

Posted in Personal Injury
Blast Injury from Explosions Can Cause Vision Impairments Many veterans of the United States armed forces who have traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder have vision impairments.  The vision problems most frequently reported by the veterans in the study were convergence, which is the ability to focus both eyes simultaneously in order to read… Continue Reading

Traumatic Brain Injury and Suicide in Military

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Brain Injury News and Event Update, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Motorcycle Attorney, Las Vegas Negligent or Inadequate Security Attorney, Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorney, Nevada Car Insurance Buyer's Guide, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Blast Injury has come a long way from Shell Shock People in the military who suffer more than one mild traumatic brain injury face a significantly higher risk of suicide. Veterans and deployed military used to be thought of as having sustained "shell shock" as a result of hearing or being near blasts.  Today we… Continue Reading

The Healing Cannabis

Posted in Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Personal Injury, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, Spine Injury, Back Injury, Neck Injury and Bone Injury, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Psychotropic Drug THC has both Healing and Neurological-Protective Properties THC (cannabis) has the power to heal and protect the brain, a new study shows.  That’s right. Medical cannabis is often used by sufferers of chronic ailments, including cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder, to combat pain, insomnia, lack of appetite, and other symptoms. A professor at… Continue Reading

How The Brain Keeps Track Of Similar But Distinct Memories

Posted in Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Motorcycle Attorney, Las Vegas Negligent or Inadequate Security Attorney, Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorney, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
 How does the brain keep track of similar but distinct memories?  Scientists at the SALK Institute FOR Biological Studies think they have made inroads on answering the question. Have you ever misplaced your keys and racked your brain to remember where you put them?  When you eventually find them, you can thank your Hippocampus which… Continue Reading

Brain Can Rewire Itself

Posted in Age & Alzheimer's Issues, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Motorcycle Attorney, Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorney, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A Damaged Brain Can Rewire Itself It has generally been thought that once a brain is damaged, the damage is permanent.  But a new study shows that the brain can actually rewire itself.  This is different from what we previously knew about how the brain repairs connections that are not too badly damaged.  We knew,… Continue Reading

Hypertension and Dementia

Posted in Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Motorcycle Attorney, Las Vegas Negligent or Inadequate Security Attorney, Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorney, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
 A new study reveals that hypertension combined with at least one risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s increases the chances of dementia. "The identification of hypertension as an additional risk factor for amyloid plaque deposition is encouraging as we may be able to prevent, or at least slow, pathological aging in some individuals through lifestyle modification… Continue Reading

North American Brain Injury Society Conference

Posted in Brain Injury News and Event Update, Las Vegas Injury Attorney, Las Vegas Motorcycle Attorney, Las Vegas Negligent or Inadequate Security Attorney, Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney, Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorney, Personal Injury, Psychiatric & Psychological Issues, Soldiers, Veterans and Military Issues, The Human Brain, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
The North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) is having their 11th Annual Conference on Brain Injury at the Intercontinental Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The conference will be held on September 18-21, 2013.  NABIS is requesting Abstracts for the Conference.  To learn more click NABIS.… Continue Reading