I Was in a Construction Accident and Have a Traumatic Brain Injury. What Should I Do?

Injured in a Construction Accident?

Construction workers are exposed to potentially dangerous situations nearly every day on the job. The equipment they work with is complex and often requires several safeguards in order to minimize the risk of serious injury. Unfortunately, equipment manufacturers and servicers do not always follow the applicable regulations, and about 18,000 injuries and 800 deaths are the result of their failures.

If you or a loved one was injured in a construction accident, GoldenbergLaw should be the first firm you call. We have over 30 years of experience investigating accidents involving heavy equipment, poorly maintained equipment, machines with malfunctioning or exposed moving parts, and ANSI standard violations.

Experience a Traumatic Brain Injury?

The physical, emotional, and financial costs of a construction accident can be devastating by themselves. But when a construction accident causes a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the individual may experience even greater physical, emotional, and financial suffering.

Unfortunately, individuals do not always recover from a TBI. It is a condition that can greatly diminish one’s quality of life and decrease their wage-earning capacity. Construction workers accept their work knowing there are risks, but they also maintain the reasonable expectation that manufacturers and servicers follow act in such a way as to minimize the risk of injury.

If you or a loved one experienced a traumatic brain injury during a construction accident, contact GoldenbergLaw. We’ve helped numerous individuals with TBIs receive the compensation they deserve. Traumatic brain injury lawsuits are complex and challenging, so it’s important to choose the right legal team.

What Should I Do?

If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury from a construction accident, you’ve come to the right place. We understand that this is one of the most difficult times in your life. Contact GoldenbergLaw, and leave the sleepless nights to us.

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FDA-Approved Blood Test to Diagnose Concussions

In early February, the FDA approved a blood test designed to diagnose concussions in people more quickly than a computed tomography (CT) scan. The Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator is expected to reduce the number of people exposed to radiation by determining through the blood test if a supporting CT scan is needed. This blood test for concussions aligns with the FDA’s Initiative to Reduce Unnecessary Radiation Exposure from Medical Imaging.

How Does it Work?

The Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator measures the levels of proteins ubiquitin carboxy-terminal hydrolase-L1 (UCH-L1) and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) in the blood. Within 12 hours of a blow to the head, the brain releases these proteins into the bloodstream. By using the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator, doctors may more accurately predict which patients may have intracranial lesions. When this concussion blood test was evaluated, it predicted the presence of intracranial lesions on a CT scan 97.5 percent of the time and those with no intracranial lesions on a CT scan 99.6 percent of the time. Within three to four hours, patients can know the results of the blood test.

How it Helps

Currently, a patient with a suspected head injury will undergo a 15-point Glasgow Coma Scale, which measures motor, verbal, and eye-opening responses in patients. Afterward, they have a CT scan that will determine intracranial lesions that could need treatment. However, CT scans cannot detect all intracranial lesions and expose patients to radiation. This blood test for concussions is expected to detect damaged brain tissue that CT scans miss while also preventing unnecessary CT scans by identifying those patients in whom no intracranial lesions are present. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. says, “a blood-testing option for the evaluation of mTBI/concussion not only provides health care professionals with a new tool, but also sets the stage for a more modernized standard of care for testing of suspected cases.” It could also reduce the cost of unnecessary neuroimaging tests to health care systems.

The Dangers of Concussions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states there were approximately 2.8 million brain trauma-related visits to the ER in 2013. Roughly 50,000 of these people died most likely because the traumatic brain injury (TBI) was not detected early enough. Having this blood test to diagnose concussions could help to reduce deaths related to traumatic brain injuries by getting patients the right test at an earlier time.

GoldenbergLaw Can Help

GoldenbergLaw has over 30 years of experience representing individuals with traumatic brain injuries. If you or a loved one has experienced or is experiencing a traumatic brain injury as a result of a motor vehicle collision, defective product or other accident, contact us.

 

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Post-Concussive Syndrome Symptoms

Post-concussive syndrome is the persistence of symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, and fatigue beyond the expected course of recovery for a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Developing post-concussive syndrome is not associated with the severity of the initial injury.

Post-Concussive Syndrome Symptoms

Common post-concussive syndrome symptoms include:

• Headaches
• Dizziness
• Fatigue
• Insomnia
• Blurry vision
• Sensitivity to light
• Tinnitus/ringing in the ears
• Loss of concentration and memory

These symptoms may persist for months after the initial TBI. Many people associate loss of consciousness with a TBI and post-concussive syndrome. However, loss of consciousness is not always a post-concussive syndrome symptom, as some individuals develop the syndrome without losing consciousness.


Related: Traumatic Brain Injury: The Signs & Symptoms


The Cause of Post-Concussive Syndrome

While there is no single cause of post-concussive syndrome, there are some risk factors associated with developing it. Some believe individuals with a history of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder are more likely to get post-concussive syndrome after a traumatic brain injury. Additionally, those over the age of 40 are more likely to develop post-concussive syndrome.

Post-Concussive Syndrome Prevention

While some circumstances are unavoidable, there are some precautions one can take to prevent post-concussion syndrome. In order to avoid head injuries, it is recommended to use a seat belt in vehicles and wear helmets while riding bicycles, roller skating, etc. Protecting the head from major blows may help to reduce one’s chance of getting a traumatic brain injury and resultant post-concussive syndrome.

If you or a loved one is experiencing post-concussive syndrome symptoms, it is recommended to consult a medical professional. They may request an MRI or CT scan.

Contact GoldenbergLaw

GoldenbergLaw cares about defending the innocent when an accident happens to them. We have over 30 years of experience representing injured victims of traumatic brain injuries and post-concussive syndrome. If you or a loved one has experienced or is experiencing post-concussive syndrome symptoms as a result of a motor vehicle collision, defective product or other accident, please contact us.

 

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