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A Trouble Shooting Guide for Brain Injuries
Why the title “Crashing Minds?”© My writing is about brain injuries, damage to our bodies hard drives, central processing units and circuitry. Analogizing life changing brain injuries to a computer crash could trivialize the devastation involved. Yet, our increasing knowledge as to how machines store and process information is making it far easier to teach about brain injuries.
This Brain Injuries Trouble Shooting Guide provides info with particular emphasis on severe brain injuries, including assistance for those whose loved one is currently in a coma. These pages also cover concussion and post concussion syndrome.
I am a lawyer, not a doctor. While licensed in Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan, I have represented brain injured survivors throughout the United States.
Listening to the Voices of Brain Injured
I have been listening to the TBI Community for more than twenty years. Through listening, I have been able to sculpt these words to frequent concerns. Those concerns involve the following:
In severe head injury cases the doctors are not giving specific answers. What they are saying can often be reduced to the generic, “we will just have to wait and see.” Our focus here is what can be done to help, especially the family and friends of someone who has yet to awake.
Brain Injury Knowledge at the Heart of Our Practice
These internet pages provide far more comprehensive information about TBI than about law. I do so because you need more information about medicine and recovery, than legal advice. Brain injuries became my calling 20 years ago. I realized that the greatest contribution I could make to this community was as a teacher and an author. I had been writing and lecturing about brain injury for years, even before I authored TBILAW.com in 1996. In addition, to writing and speaking, I am now involved in a major research undertaking as the investigator for the TBIVoices project. http://tbilaw.com/tbivoices
Who We Represent:
My actual practice of law is representing individuals who were injured in accidents that were the result of the negligent or wrongful conduct of wrongdoers.
In concussion cases, the doctors may be saying “no permanent injury or damage”. Our starting point for understanding the post concussion syndrome continues to be overcoming the misconception that there can be a profound permanent change in the way the brain works after a MTBI.
Symptoms and Neurobehavior Concerns
Irrespective of the seriousness of the injury, there is often abject ignorance about the behavioral problems and sequelae of head injury. Thus our third area of focus is a detailed discussion of the symptomatology of head injury or brain damage. The classic thinking is that those with coma injuries have specific focal deficits. The “a” and “dys” words of any TBI glossary are used to describe many of these deficits. Most of what is done in rehabilitation relates to treatment for the “a” and “dys” deficits.
Yet, for more than 20 years, I have been aware of the paradox of the many “miracles in severe cases” and the countless “tragedies” in the non-coma cases. What begin as drastically different medical emergencies often merge into comparable neurobehavioral outcomes. If the classic deficits in severe closed head injury cases have been identified and treated, the diffuse and subtle problems relating to fatigue, multi-attending, memory, and depression will likely remain. These symptoms are the hallmark of Post Concussion Syndrome and may in fact be more profound in survivors who suffered less severe, but more diffuse injury. While I have expanded our treatment of the focal deficits, the challenge remains to broaden the understanding of the subtle deficits after TBI.
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