New Treatments for Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can occur as a result of a slip and fall, car accident, assault or sports injury. There is no “cure all” for TBIs but doctors and researchers conduct many studies in the hopes of finding successful treatments for TBIs.

According to a recent article posted on PsyPost, controlled application of what is called vacuum pressure (controlled vacuum) seems to be a promising way to limit tissue damage from TBI. The results of the study were published in the August issue of the journal, Neurosurgery.

The technology, known as mechanical tissue resuscitation appeared to
Result in smaller injuries and better recovery. Mechanical resuscitation is when vacuum pressure is applied to the area of injury.

The researchers are not sure how vacuum pressure to reduces the loss of brain tissue and reducing hemorrhaging and state it requires further investigation. They wondered if mechanical tissue resuscitation promotes increased blood flow to the tissue and helps to remove waste.

Another recent study published on Nature Communications found that immune cells can help protect brain cells after traumatic brain injury. The study, emanating from the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Researcher Institute explained that microglia, a type of immune cells provide a helpful role in recovery.

Microglia is usually associated with worsening chronic adult brain disease like Alzheimer’s and cause harmful inflammation that destroy healthy brain cells. The aforementioned study found that Microglia can actually protect the brain from traumatic brain injury.

Microglia is part of what is known as the “innate immune system” and Microglia are the body’s first responders after illness or TBI. The study’s researchers are hoping to harness the power of Microglia to improve prognosis for patients with TBI, stroke, MS and Alzheimer’s.

If you or someone you know has sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident, slip and fall accident or any other type of person injury, do not hesitate to contact an experienced person injury lawyer right away.

At the law firm of Paciocco & Mellow, we have represented many clients who have sustained serious injuries as a result of car accidents, slip and fall accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents and other types of personal injuries. We can help clients who have sustained traumatic brain injuries and other serious injuries with finding the right rehabilitation clinics and help them with their recovery.

People may not be aware of their rights or obligations and may feel overwhelmed about the legal process. Personal injury litigation is complex and Paciocco & Mellow is a Windsor Personal Injury Firm that has successfully represented many injured persons.

We understand that you may feel overwhelmed as a result of your accident and during the legal process and we strive to provide the best service possible and to help our clients in any way that we can, be it a referral to a specialist, rehabilitation provider, help securing a litigation loan or providing reassurance.

The law firm of Paciocco & Mellow aims to help provide you with Peace of Mind at a Difficult Time. Contact the Windsor personal injury lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow at (519) 915-SORE (7673). We can provide you with a free, no obligation initial consultation.

Increased Fines and Demerit Points for Distracted Driving On The Way

Many of us have been enjoying the sunny days of summer (in between the very rainy ones). Windows open, rooftops open, music blaring, less congestion on the road, seems like the perfect combination for an easy drive.

But clear roads, less traffic and more hours of sunlight can also mean more temptation for speeding and distracted driving.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and local police forces typically set up campaigns around long weekends to catch impaired and distracted drivers, hoping this will be a deterrent for dangerous behaviour. This practice has been around for many years.

Yet, many people continue to drive distracted, whether it is texting and driving, using their smartphones in another capacity to browse the Internet, answer emails or use another type of handheld device.

As mentioned in a previous blog post, the Ontario Liberal Government has plans to pass legislation that would increase the current fine of $280 for distracted driving up to a maximum of $1000 and 3 demerit points. Whether or not this will deter drivers from texting behind the wheel remains to be seen.

An article in OurWindsor.ca discussed how the OPP support the proposed legislation and the “grim statistics” relating to distracted driving in Ontario. There are 4 leading causes of death on Ontario’s roadways:

1. Failure to wear a seatbelt
2. Impaired driving
3. Aggressive driving
4. Inattentive driving (distracted driving)

It turns out that distracted driving is currently the number one cause of crash-related deaths on Ontario’s highways, and OPP statistics reveal that in 2013, 86 deaths resulted from distracted driving. In addition, the OPP have laid 19,000 distracted driving charges!

In 2014, OPP have linked 31 highway fatalities to distracted driving and approximately 4,000 collisions have been associated with distracted or inattentive driving. 9,982 distracted driving charges have been laid.

It makes sense that the OPP is supportive of tougher penalties; distracted driving affects public safety.

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) advises that a driver is 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash if texting while driving and 5 times more likely if talking on a cellphone.

Drivers should also be aware that in addition to charges for distracted driving, they can be charged with careless driving. Penalties for careless driving includes fines ranging from $490-$2,000 and 6 demerit points.

Drivers should know that it is not okay to text or email at a red light. Just because your car is stopped, does not mean you are not using the road .

If you or someone you know is a victim of distracted driving or careless driving and has sustained injuries, you should consider contacting an experienced person injury lawyer right away.

At the law firm of Paciocco & Mellow, we have represented many clients who have sustained serious injuries as a result of car accidents, slip and fall accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents and other types of personal injuries. We can help clients with finding the right rehabilitation clinics and help them with their recovery.

People may not be aware of their rights or obligations and may feel overwhelmed about the legal process. Personal injury litigation is complex and Paciocco & Mellow is a Windsor Personal Injury Firm that has successfully represented many injured persons.

The law firm of Paciocco & Mellow aims to help provide you with Peace of Mind at a Difficult Time. Contact the Windsor personal injury lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow at (519) 915-SORE (7673). We can provide you with a free, no obligation initial consultation.