What Should You Never Do When Dealing With an Insurance Adjuster?

You have likely had a claim against an insurance company for a property damage claim such as hail damage, a leaking roof, etc. You may have received a call or visit from the insurance adjuster to discuss your claim. If you have to deal with an insurance adjuster in the future, there are some tips which may help your matter go better. First of all, anything you say can and may be used against you Continue Reading

Litigating Spinal Cord Injury Cases

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, approximately 12,000 spinal cord injuries occur in the United States each year and more than 250, 000 people are living with spinal cord injuries. Nearly $3 billion dollars are spent annually to treat survivors of these injuries. Most spinal cord injuries are the result of car accidents, falls, acts of violence and sporting accidents. While some result in premature death, many people survive but have Continue Reading

15 Brain Injury Facts Every Athlete Should Know

Your brain is the control center of your body, monitoring, adapting, remembering and maintaining everything you need to live and thrive as a human being. While the brain might be king of your organs, it’s also incredibly fragile — even a small bump or knock to the head can do serious damage and inhibit its ability to function properly. Engaging in sports and athletic activities can raise your risk of encountering potential brain-knocking situations, so Continue Reading

Diffuse Brain Injuries – What is Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI) ?

Diffuse brain injury, more often than not, is misdiagnosed or NOT diagnosed because it is not revealed by a CT scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The diffuse damage on the cellular level can be seen only under a microscope which means it can only be seen during an autopsy. Diffuse axonal brain injury is one of four types of diffuse brain injury and has begun to receive more attention in the medical community. Concussions and Continue Reading

Hypoxic Brain Injury – Hypoxia and Injuries

Hypoxic brain injury is caused by a decrease in the supply of oxygen going to the brain. It differs from an anoxic brain injury because anoxia means there is no oxygen going to the brain. That does not mean that a hypoxic brain injury is any less severe. Patients must still be ventilated and other life-saving measures must be taken. Hypoxia can cause coma, seizures and, even, brain death. A major consideration with hypoxia will be how long Continue Reading

Acquired Brain Injury – What is an ABI?

Acquired brain injury, simply stated, includes any brain injury that is acquired at or after birth. Cerebral palsy, for instance, can be acquired prior to birth, during the birthing process or shortly after birth. Since there is evidence that cerebral palsy can be linked to the mother or child’s medical history, it is not really considered to be what is commonly known as acquired brain injuries. Multiple sclerosis certainly affects the brain but it is considered to Continue Reading

Anoxic Brain Injury – What are Hypoxic Anoxic Brain Injuries?

Anoxic brain injury is caused by a lack of oxygen going to the brain. The brain begins losing brain cells after only four minutes without oxygen. There are very few things in life that you can do in that short amount of time. Please understand that when a brain loses brain cells, it’s not like you lose your car keys. Lost, in this context, means dead! Readers of Brain Injury Survivor’s Guide are familiar with the fact that Beth’s anoxic brain injury was caused Continue Reading

Traumatic Brain Injury – What is a Concussion ot TBI?

Traumatic brain injury occurs when an external force causes injury to the brain. That external force could be from an automobile accident, a fall, a gunshot, a sports concussion or a roadside bomb (IED as they’re called in Iraq). TBI is normally classified as mild or severe, depending upon numerous factors. Traumatic brain injuries may not be diagnosed during early treatment. Each year, thousands of persons suffering from brain injury are sent home from hospital emergency Continue Reading

Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Syndrome (TENS), and Medical Malpractice

Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a severe blistering condition of the skin and mucous membranes of the mouth, ears, nose, and eyes.  It is usually the result of an allergic reaction to certain medications including, but not limited to, antibiotics (penicillin), anti-epileptics (such as Dilantin and Depakote), sulfa drugs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (such as ibuprofen), methotrexate, sedatives, and gout drugs (such as allopurinal). Symptoms of SJS may include: -skin blisters, rash, or red splotches of the Continue Reading

Accutane and the Potential for Increased Risk of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Accutane has been prescribed since the 1980s to treat severe acne.  Since then, thousands of patients have reported serious side effects that include gastrointestinal disorders. The American Journal of Gastroenterology reported the connection in 2006, specifically noting the development of the inflammatory bowel diseases Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis in some Accutane users. Crohn’s disease usually causes ulcerations and bowel wall swelling in areas throughout the length of the small and large intestine.  Crohn’s disease can Continue Reading