Why It’s Important To Talk About Brain Injuries

Why It’s Important To Talk About Brain Injuries

Public awareness about traumatic brain injuries is on the rise. Stories about traumatic brain injuries are prominent in the news. It is not just the public’s understanding of brain injuries but doctors’ understanding of traumatic brain injuries has increased.

First it is important to make a distinction between head injury and brain injury.

A head injury is an injury to the skull. A brain injury can be the result of a head injury. A brain injury causes changes to how the brain functions. The World Health Organization defines acquired brain injuries (ABI), a type of brain injury that is not present at birth. A type of ABI is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) which is a brain injury that occurs as a result of external force.

One exciting development in traumatic brain research is the development of a biomarker that will be able to identify whether someone has sustained a concussion through a blood test. This would be a dramatic departure from the subjective way concussions are currently diagnosed.

A new company called Quantum Institute has developed a mobile brain scan for concussions, with their first product being a brain mapping system, similar to an electroencephalography. An EEG detects electrical activity in the brain and the machine developed by Quantum Institute uses quantitative EEG and computer analysis to determine the precise location of the wave patterns of the scan. This technology has potential to detect a subtle injury like a concussion as typically imaging such as MRIs can detect only more serious brain injuries.

Doctors who have an interest on lowering the risk of sports concussions and long-term head injuries have introduced a technology called Hit-Count. The technology with which Hit Count will use to certify products will be tested using protocol developed by the University of Ottawa’s Neurotruama Impact Laboratory in combination with engineers from partner companies.  Hit Count is a data-driven personal analysis platform backed by Dr. Chris Nowinski of the Sports Legacy Institute, a non-profit organization who partners with other organizations to measure brain trauma in real time using helmets, headbands and mouthguards. Hit Count was designed to establish guidelines to help parents and coaches regulate the “allowance” of brain trauma in children.

New research from a study published in the journal, Pediatrics in January 2014 shows that giving the brain a “rest” after suffering a concussion is actually beneficial. A lack of data with respect to cognitive rest previously led to contradictory advice from medical professionals and varying recommendations for treatment. The general public and those providing care for people with concussions fail to appreciate the strain that cognitive effort puts on the injured brain. The study showed that vigorous cognitive exertion prolongs recovery time.

At the law firm of Paciocco & Mellow, we handle various types of personal injury claims including traumatic brain injury claims.

If you have been injured and have suffered a traumatic brain injury, it is important that you contact the experienced Windsor personal injury lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow at (519) 915-SORE (7673). We can provide you with a free, no obligation initial consultation.

We can also provide you with the proper resources in order to help you access the medical care and rehabilitation you need.

The law firm of Paciocco & Mellow aims to help provide you with Peace of Mind at a Difficult Time. 

What Type Of Injuries Can Occur As The Result Of A Car Accident?

What Type Of Injuries Can Occur As The Result Of A Car Accident?

A motor vehicle accident can cause different types of injuries. A motor vehicle accident can cause both physical and psychological injuries.

This blog post will look at some common injuries that occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents.

  • Whiplash – because of the force of the impact of a collision, whiplash is a common injury. The head and neck are propelled forward or backward, causing neck strain. Whiplash injuries include pain, stiffness and in some cases dizziness and numbness which can spread to other areas. 
  • Spinal cord injuries- serious accidents can cause spinal cord injury, were a person can experience herniated disc, severed cord or damaged vertebrae. Serious injuries such as paralysis can occur as a result of car accidents. 
  • Traumatic brain injuries/head trauma can occur as the result of the head being jolted during a collision. A person may experience a mild traumatic brain injury such as a concussion, or more serious injuries can occur if the head hits the steering wheel. 
  • Chest injury – the seatbelt can cause injury to the ribcage and chest. In some cases, the force of the seatbelt, or airbag can break the rib cage or damage a person’s lungs. 
  • Back injury – many clients report low back pain as a result of car accidents, whether it is from degenerative disc disease, a herniated disc or the force of the impact causing a spinal cord injury. 
  • Foot and Leg injury – lower extremity injuries do occur as the result of car accidents. For example, a driver may strike his or her knee on the dashboard as a result of the collision, or the instrument panel. The feet and legs absorb the impact so these areas are susceptible to injuries. 

If you or someone you know has been injured as the result of motor vehicle accident, we encourage you to contact the experienced Windsor personal injury lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow at (519) 915-SORE (7673).

We offer you a free, no obligation initial consultation where we will review the legal process and your rights.

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. We will help you get your life on track and connect you with the right treatment providers, rehabilitation specialists and ensure your case runs smoothly.

The law firm of Paciocco & Mellow aims to help provide you with Peace of Mind at a Difficult Time. 

Why You Need an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

Why You Need an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

After a car accident, slip and fall accident or any other type of serious personal injury, you want to hire a lawyer that is right for you and your family.

You want to hire someone who will be attentive, understanding and who will treat you with respect and like a person (and not just a file number). You want to feel that you can call your lawyer and ask him or her any question, without feeling embarrassed or fearing judgment.

Before the era of the Internet and social media, the common way to find a lawyer was word of mouth. Referrals from previous clients (family members, friends, co-workers) are positive proof that a firm provides excellent client service and results.

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Today, many people rely on Google searches when choosing a personal injury lawyer, and they gravitate towards the advertisements at the very top of the page or the side of the page. These are often paid advertisements, and are not indicative of a firm’s popularity or experience.

The best way to learn about a firm or a particular lawyer or firm is to read about them through reviews on the internet, and to visit their website, look to see how much experience the firm/the lawyer has in personal injury law, and what areas of law the firm/lawyer practices in.

A firm that practices in too many distinct areas of law, for example personal injury law, family law and estate law may not be the right firm for you. If you want a firm that takes your best interests into account, you will want a firm with experience and that focuses on personal injury law. A firm who solely practices personal injury law will be able to get you the best settlement and the most amount of compensation.

Something else to consider is, do you want a firm that represents both injured persons and insurance companies? Some personal injury firms also practice insurance defense. At Paciocco & Mellow, we only represent injured persons, as we believe that there is an inherent conflict of interest if a firm represents both sides.

Our lawyers have a unique perspective to offer clients. Prior to founding Paciocco & Mellow, Gino Paciocco and Jeffrey Mellow represented insurance companies in personal injury lawsuits. As a result, they have gained perspective on how insurance companies and their lawyers think and act when it comes to the different steps of a lawsuit and settlement. The lawyers at our firm can therefore provide their clients with realistic expectations about their lawsuit.

The law firm of Paciocco & Mellow prides itself on its reputation of excellent service and client satisfaction.

We understand how client may feel overwhelmed 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.

If you have been injured and suffered a personal injury, please contact the experienced Windsor personal injury lawyers at Paciocco & Mellow at (519) 915-SORE (7673). We will be there to assist you with a free, no obligation initial consultation.