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Catastrophic Injuries Archives

What can I expect from traumatic brain injury rehabilitation?

Recovering from a traumatic brain injury in Louisiana is not the same for every person. The circumstances that produce an injury to the human brain can differ in many ways, which will in turn affect how the brain is injured to even the slightest degree. Understanding what to expect can help you prepare for your needed recovery as well as make sure your recovery program is compensated for.

Can embarrassing health issues indicate spinal cord injury?

It is commonly said in jest that any crash or accident you can walk away from is a good one. However, just because you do not show signs of obvious injury does not mean you have not suffered serious internal harm. Spinal cord injuries can create any number of symptoms in everyday life some time after the initial injury. It is important for Louisiana residents to recognize these symptoms so they can get checked out for a spinal cord injury as soon as possible.

What is a common mistake injured workers make?

Most workers trust their Lake Charles area employers to do more than provide them with a way to earn a living. They also trust them to provide them with a safe working environment. Workers in the construction field face a high number of hazards while they are on the job. According to ConstructConnect, “in 2016, 991 worker fatalities occurred in the construction industry, making it the third-highest sector for employee fatalities.” 

What is PTSD?

A traumatic experience can affect people in different ways. If you have been through something tragic in Louisiana, whether you were physically harmed or not, it could lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, is a continuing issue involving fear, anxiety and other emotions associated with extreme trauma. 

What is anterograde amnesia?

Amnesia is a common plot device used by Hollywood to make movies and television shows more interesting. The idea of someone losing their memory can be romantic when put into a script, such as was done in the movie 50 First Dates. The type of amnesia in that storyline was anterograde amnesia. 

Helping a TBI victim understand and remember information

For many victims of traumatic brain injuries in Louisiana, learning to cope with their new limitations can be overwhelming, difficult and at times, discouraging. Often, a victim's family members play a critical role in facilitating their loved one's recovery and helping him or her to relearn certain skills and embrace the newfound boundaries that are unique to his or her condition. 

Understanding the Glasgow Coma Score

The family and friends of those in Lake Charles who suffer traumatic brain injuries almost all share the same question: To what extent will their loved ones recover? That depends largely on each TBI victim's diagnosis. In the immediate aftermath of an accident that leaves one with a TBI, the grief that his or her family and friends feel might make it difficult to fully process the information that doctors share with them. Yet if there is one element that they will want to remember, it is their loved ones' Glasgow Coma Score. 

Car accident victims may not know they have brain injuries

Car accidents are so common in the Lake Charles area that many people are becoming desensitized to them. They shrug off their significance until they are in one and forced to deal with the aftermath. Many of them also assume that most car accidents they may be involved in will result in minor injuries at most. It is far more common for individuals to sustain broken bones, brain trauma and die from their wounds in car accidents than it is for them to emerge from their vehicles unscathed.

Most slip-and-fall events are preventable

Each year, countless people in the Lake Charles area slip, trip and fall. Some of these incidents occur inside of their homes. However, a growing number of slip-and-fall accidents happen in nonresidential places like in work environments, stores, entertainment venues and restaurants. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 31,959 people die in fall accidents. Many more individuals suffer mild to catastrophic injuries, such as concussions, bone fractures and brain trauma. 

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