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Since so many head injuries are caused by traffic accidents, road engineering is an important aspect of prevention, as is speed control to avoid crashes. This aspect involves not only driver education and law enforcement, but for the road system to be designed as safely as possible, sources have determined.

There are a number of ways road design can prevent crashes. Well-utilized banking and services that are kept in high conditions can contribute a great deal to safety, making it less likely for drivers to lose control of their vehicles. Visibility should always be good and warning signs should be placed in order to prevent intersection crashes. Rural areas should have unidirectional traffic flow, to prevent head-on collisions. Urban areas like Manhattan and Queens can help prevent traffic accidents by placing median strips between streams of traffic so pedestrians can cross the street more safely.

No matter where the road its, or what kind of road it is, control of access is a quality to keep in mind, doctors have learned. Pedestrians and pedal cyclists should have their own paths. Traffic lights make pedestrian crossing both easier and safer. Lights can also control speed and traffic flow. There have been some attempts to control speed in urban areas with physical obstacles, but this has proven to be effective but unpopular.

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Injuries caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) can be complicated, doctors have learned. Such a blast can cause a number of injuries that have their own problems, like traumatically amputated limbs, multiple penetrating wounds, and heavy bleeding. It takes a great deal of skill and knowledge to treat injuries from an explosive blast, because there are so many different brain injuriescaused by it.

A number of subspecialists in Queens and Staten Island are required to help the patient, under the direction of a trauma surgeon. Soft-tissue loss is common, in addition to severe burns to the face and scalp. When it comes to the military, a helmet can be excellent protection against penetrating objects, so if the blast does cause penetrating object injuries, it is often through the face, orbit of the eye, or base of the skull, all areas not covered by the helmet. Even when the helmet does prevent an object from penetrating the skull there can still be associated cTBI (closed head traumatic blast injury) that may cause anything from mild concussions to severe contusions and skull fractures, where the helmet is dented from the blow, studies have discovered.

The force of a flying object and where it penetrates are of utmost importance, doctors have told Lawyers. Something traveling at a low speed might penetrate the skull, but actually cause little damage, while something traveling a greater speed could very well cause a secondary cavity in a vital area.

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The symptoms of bTBI (explosive blast traumatic brain injury) can actually be very subtle, doctors tell studies. Sometimes, there is no outward sign of injury until certain symptoms begin to arise, like headaches, vertigo, or short-term memory loss. Because of this, victims of bTBI should be evaluated by a physician or psychologist to determine how extensive their injuries might be, if any. Neurophysical evaluation should be a part of this examination. There are currently efforts to create neuropsychological tests that can be automated on laptop computer or are easy enough to be used to by first responders who may have less training.

Patient who may have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) should see a combat stress team provider or a psychiatrist as soon as possible. It is very important to remember, doctors have learned, that bTBI and PTSD can have very similar symptoms and may occur alone or together in a patient. It may be difficult to tell them apart.

When TBI may be present in a patient, that person should be excused from all combat-related duties. The patient should be put on light duty until the symptoms are gone or until he or she is moved to a place where advanced neuroimaging, like MRI, may be used, and a more detailed evaluation can be used. Doctors in Bronx and Queens hospitals have determined that it is vital for a patient suffering TBI, or who may be suffering from it, to be treated with the utmost care, so the condition does not become worse.

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Thanks to CT scanning, there is a fast and non-invasive way to study brain injury, according to doctors. It is an essential part of any trauma management system. CT scanners are becoming more prevalent at medical care facilities, and often connected into central trauma centers. Diagnoses are faster as are treatments of brain injuries. This has also led to better planning and retrieval and better admission practices for patients with severe head injury or skull fracture.

There is a great deal that remains unknown about brain injury and the effects of it, especially what causes secondary brain damage long after the primary injury has occurred. Doctors and other medical professionals are focused upon finding accurate and continuous monitoring techniques, especially for the first few days after injury. This is also of importance to New York Brain Injury Lawyers. Current techniques are not ideal, but academic head injury centers are constantly researching new methods.

There are basically three reasons to monitor the injured brain, New York Brain Injury Lawyers have learned: to detect harmful events before they cause irreversible brain damage; to allow these harmful events to be diagnosed so they might be effectively treated; to provide feedback for therapy to help those who have already suffered such injuries. These methods should also be relatively cost-effective, and non-invasive.

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The treatment and prevention of head injury has advanced a great deal over the past twenty years, doctors have discovered. Many lives have been saved by these medical advances. That does not mean, however, that head injury is still not a concern all over the world. There are still many head injuries, and they can cause a large number of differing problems. Head injury patients have specific difficulties when it comes to rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

It is important, according to studies, that information regarding the frequency, causes, and outcomes of head injury be collected, so these challenges can be better met. The data can be used to find ways to prevent head injuries before they even occur, or to minimize brain injury when they do occur. Such studies focus on entire populations, rather than individuals, allowing one to see trends that might otherwise be missed.

The problem with head injury is that it is not so easy to obtain, according to Lawyers. Such injuries can occur anywhere at any time. Depending upon the location, care might be difficult to come by, which means information on the injury is difficult to collect. Most countries as well as places like New York City and Queens make it mandatory to report both deaths and the causes of death, but some places do not standardize such information. Often, the information is incomplete, resulting in a bias in the information recorded, which makes it largely useless for a wide-ranging study of the causes and effects of head injury.

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A Giants fan is still recovering from an injury incurred over one month ago. His family worries that he won’t be able to fully recover. His injuries included traumatic brain injuries from being attacked at a Dodgers game.

The Northern California paramedic was severely beaten at a Dodgers game in April of 2011. Just one month later, his family wonders if he’ll return to normal.

The victim’s mother says that their family is trying to remain optimistic. “Today was very odd,” she says. “I was looking at his eyes to see if there was any movement, any dreaming, and there’s just nothing there. He’s basically gone,” she cries.

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The type of explosion studied theoretically in the determination of the causes of explosive blast traumatic brain injury (bTBI) assumed an open field explosion. Things become much more complex in a non-free field or enclosed area, such as a building, experts have learned.

In an enclosed space, the shockwaves can reflect from walls, ceilings, and other objects, creating a “complex wave field.” An explosive blast under such conditions creates an individual scenario that cannot accurately be predicted or replicated.

Lawyers have noted there has been the assumption that pressure, and not the shockwave, may cause bTBI, but such studies may not be valid. These studies suggest the pressure of the blast leads to failure of air-filled organs, such as the lungs and the bowels. Therefore, if this is true, lungs should be injured more often in explosions. Clinical experience shows this is not the case. The bowel is generally uninjured unless there is penetration from shrapnel. Brain injury was not studied and some believe interceptor body armor may protect those organs from the blast. There may even be other physical forces that play a role in explosive blast injury. Hospitals and doctors in Queens and Staten Island are aware of circumstances like this and are trying to find medical answers.

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When Lee Woodruff found out that her husband, ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff, was severely injured while embedded with the military in Iraq, a roller coaster 5-year-long recovery began it’s sometimes ugly ascent.

The newsman suffered a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) when an explosive device detonated near a tank he was in.

According to a medic following the case, “When the bomb exploded, hundreds of pieces of rock and shrapnel embedded into Bob’s face, neck, and back.” Subsequently, his skull was shattered.

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Explosive blast traumatic brain injury(bTBI) can be a complicated thing, doctors have learned. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined secondary, tertiary, and even quaternary effects that may contribute to a particular patient’s condition.

The primary injury comes from the forces created by the explosion itself. Secondary injury might occur due to matter thrown by the explosion, like fragments from the weapon itself, or debris in the immediate environment. Tertiary injury like skull fractures occur when the victim is thrown by the blast to strike a wall or the ground. Finally, quaternary injuries may occur from factors not included in the first three, like burns or inhalation of toxic fumes.

Doctors have seen that the injuries can cause a number of symptoms. It might be as mild as a brief period of confusion – or it may lead to a coma. Severe bTBI commonly leads to diffuse cerebral edema and hyperemia, developing rapidly, within an hour after the initial blast injury. This type of injury seems to be much more common with blasts, as opposed to other forms of traumatic brain injury, and this type of injury has lead to military neurosurgeons performing more decompressive craniectomies more often than they would for penetrative traumatic brain injury (pTBI) or closed head traumatic brain injury (cTBI).

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Injuries caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) can be complicated, sources have learned. Such a blast can cause a number of brain injuries that have their own problems, like traumatically amputated limbs, multiple penetrating wounds, and heavy bleeding. It takes a great deal of skill and knowledge to treat injuries from an explosive blast, because there are so many different injuries caused by it.

A number of subspecialists are required to help the patient, under the direction of a trauma surgeon. Soft-tissue loss is common, in addition to severe burns to the face and scalp. When it comes to the military, a helmet can be excellent protection against penetrating objects, so if the blast does cause penetrating object injuries, it is often through the face, orbit of the eye, or base of the skull, all areas not covered by the helmet. Even when the helmet does prevent an object from penetrating the skull there can still be associated cTBI (closed head traumatic blast injury) that may cause anything from mild concussions to severe contusions and skull fractures, where the helmet is dented from the blow, doctors have discovered.

Hospitals and doctors in Manhattan and Queens are studying these cases and trying to improve their treatment. The more information they receive the better chance they have of developing treatment which will solve the problems these injuries present.

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