How common are concussions and other instances of head trauma in Pennsylvania and across the rest of the country?
Medical researchers readily admit that, as regards concussions and other traumatic brain injuries, proper diagnosis and treatment is sometimes a difficult proposition. As one media article recently notes, "concussions remain mysterious to physicians."
There is a reason why parents trust doctors to care for their children; without any medical training themselves, they are trusting physicians and hospital staff to do what they cannot. That is why a doctor's negligence that causes serious injuries seems to be such a great betrayal of trust. Not only did a doctor fail to do his or her job, but he or she was entrusted with using the skills he or she has to fix a problem few others can.
Should a doctor treating an athlete for a concussion or other brain injury incident related to sports participation be subject to any medical malpractice liability for failure to provide information or advice on the risks of degenerative brain disease?
Yesterday an Erie County jury awarded a man and his wife over $3.5 million in a case of medical malpractice.
A California nursing home was recently fined $100,000 for medical negligence after one of its patients died from a brain injury. The hospital was cited for failing to prevent a patient from falling twice and failing to treat the patient's brain injuries sustained from the falls.
According to a recent Los Angeles Times article, two California hospitals are currently being investigated for over exposing its patents to excessive levels of radiation during CT scans, ultimately putting its patients at risk for dangerous brain injuries. Officials at the hospitals reported that CT scanners, manufactured by Toshiba and used by both hospitals, were programmed according to Toshiba's specifications.
One Pennsylvania VA hospital is taking a proactive approach to helping elderly individuals and those living with brain injuries to improve and test their motor vehicle driving abilities. The VA began its driving rehabilitation program last year when the hospital purchased a large state-of-the-art virtual driving simulator to help individuals learn or re-learn offensive and defensive driving skills.
The death of a former NFL receiver is stirring up concern and controversy at all levels of the football community due to the results of a recent examination of the player's brain. According to test results from examinations conducted on Ex-Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry's brain, doctors have concluded that the young player was playing with undiagnosed collision-related brain injuries consistent with that of an 80 or 90-year-old man. He is the first NFL player to have died with trauma-induced brain damage while still active in the National Football League.
Recent medical research has demonstrated that the use of a new medical procedure, referred to as "brain cooling," has been shown to save the lives of newborns that experienced oxygen deprivation at birth, which is known to cause severe and sometimes fatal brain injuries.