The newsLINK Group - Head Injuries in the Summer Months

Editorial Library Category: Legal | Personal Injury Topics: Head Injuries Title: Head Injuries in the Summer Months Author: newsLINK Staff Synopsis: Traumatic brain injury is a critical problem in the United States, especially during the summer months. People are more active during the summer months because the weather is so inviting. Editorial: Head Injuries in the Summer Months 4064 South Highland Drive, Millcreek, Utah 84124 │ thenewslinkgroup.com │ (v) 801.676.9722 │ (tf) 855.747.4003 │ (f) 801.742.5803 Editorial Library | © The newsLINK Group LLC 1 A Serious Problem Traumatic brain injury is a critical problem in the United States, especially during the summer months. People are more active during the summer months because the weather is so inviting. They are more likely to ride a bicycle or motorcycle, drive longer distances in the car (gas prices permitting), and participate in outdoor recreational activities. But that additional time spent outside moving around and being active can also lead to head injuries. How serious a problem is it? The Brain Injury Association compiles facts about brain injuries. More people have died of head injuries in the last 12 years than all the soldiers killed in battle since 1776. Someone dies of a brain injury every seven minutes, but maybe surviving is worse: the lifetime cost of taking care of someone with a traumatic brain injury is more than $4 million, and 80% of those who are disabled also end up getting divorced. People without a good support system who are injured have a 75% chance of losing their jobs within three months. Children are more likely to die as a result of an accidental injury than they are of a disease, even if you combine all the diseases together. Also, you are more likely to be disabled because of a head injury than any other reason. No one wants to bury a child, and no one wants to live with a disabling head injury. The best way to deal with a head injury is to prevent it from happening in the first place, but if you or someone you loved have been injured, then it is important to know the warning signs. Prevention The best way to prevent injury is common sense: Don’t ever let anyone ride in the back of a truck. Everyone riding in the car should have a seat belt… and use it. Continue to use car and booster seats until your children are 58 inches tall and weigh 80 pounds in their clothes. Keep children under age 12 in the back seat. Insist that everyone in your family use a helmet when riding a bicycle. Get your child a bike that is the right size, and if anyone rides at night, fit them out with reflective gear and bike lights. Obey traffic signs. If someone in your family loves riding motorcycles, make sure that a helmet and protective clothing are part of the deal. Don’t skate board or roller blade in the street. When you swim, be careful about diving. Never dive head-first into shallow water. Signs of Head Injury If you know someone has been in an accident and the head was affected, see a doctor even though you don’t see immediate signs of an injury. Bleeding in the brain doesn’t always show up right away. In addition, watch for the following: Headache that gets worse Vomiting Fatigue Loss of consciousness Confusion Dizziness Unequal size pupils Weakness in the arms or legs on one side of the body High blood pressure Sources: “A Closed Head Injury Can Be Fatal,” file dated 18 December 2010 “Symptoms of Intracranial Hematoma Don’t Always Immediately Surface,” file dated 18 December 2010 “Talk and Die Syndrome,” file dated 12 Jan 20111

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