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What are the signs of a brain injury?

If you suffer any injury to your head, you should take it seriously. Brain injury is something that can be mild, but it also can be quite serious. It is difficult to assess the extent of the injury just by looking at a person because most of the damage is inside the skull. In addition, not all symptoms happen immediately after the injury. It could be days or even weeks before the symptoms of a brain injury become apparent, according to the Mayo Clinic.

What disabilities can be caused by brain injuries?

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in Rhode Island, you are probably concerned about what the future will hold. While this is something that only time can tell, understanding the many possible disabilities that may result can help you be aware of potential problems and seek treatment as soon as possible. 

The exorbitant cost of traumatic brain injury

As reported by the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital, people in Rhode Island and other states who suffer a traumatic brain injury face lifetime costs of between $15-20 million. It is not uncommon for severe TBI patients to incur over $1 million in costs during the first month or two after their injury just to keep them alive. This is before any rehabilitation begins.

What are the different types of amnesia?

Sometimes, it can be difficult to tell if you or a loved one in Rhode Island is suffering from amnesia because there are many different forms of the condition. Some symptoms may be more obvious, but others can be less noticeable. Here are the different types of amnesia and their symptoms from Healthline.com

The hidden costs of long-term disability

When you are facing providing the long-term disability care for a loved one in Rhode Island, one of the most common things you may think about is what the cost will be. Monetarily, the charges can run up into several thousands of dollars every year. Often, home nurse visits and doctor visits will be frequent and supplemental medication and support will be necessary for the survival of your loved one.  While these are expensive, we at Karns Law Group know that you may have other costs that are not counted in dollars.

What happens after a coma?

One of the most severe effects of a traumatic brain injury is a coma or vegetative state. This is a difficult, confusing time for anyone watching over a friend or family member in Rhode Island, but it can be overwhelming to think about what life might be like even if your loved one does wake up. The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center details some of the most realistic expectations you can have if you are caring for someone in this position.

How can I recognize traumatic brain injury in my child?

There are a variety of accident types that can lead to a traumatic brain injury in a child in Rhode Island. The Brain Injury Alliance reports that just over half a million children under the age of 19 are treated in hospital emergency rooms every year. While the causes of each injury vary, another 62,000 children are so severely injured from a TBI that they require hospitalization and additional treatment. Over 2,600 fatalities of those under the age of 14 are reported each year. If you are a parent or involved in teaching or coaching children, you need to be aware of the signs that signal a brain injury so that help can be sought immediately.

How costly is neglecting a helmet?

Many states mandate helmets for all motorcycle riders, but Rhode Island allows you to ride without one if you are over a certain age. In four states, all motorcyclists are free to ride without helmets, no matter what age you are. The Neuroscience Institute at the University Hospital released a study showing why it is important for states to require helmets for all motorcycle riders.

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