What are signs of a traumatic brain injury?

A first-degree burn is considered an injury that usually can be treated without professional medical assistance. The same is not true for a traumatic brain injury, despite the fact some Boston patients are diagnosed with “mild” TBIs. The victim of a mild TBI may suffer from immediate or delayed symptoms that must be treated seriously. TBIs are caused by direct injuries or indirect forces that shake, bruise and damage our most vital organ. A TBI can produce symptoms affecting a patient’s physical, mental and emotional state. Short-term, long-term or permanent brain dysfunction is possible following a traumatic brain injury. A Continue Reading

Man suffers brain injury after auto-pedestrian accident

Car accidents and falls are two of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries. Any car accident carries the risk of a head injury, but a crash that involves a car and a pedestrian is even more likely to cause serious injury. In these types of crashes, the impact often throws the pedestrian several feet onto the road, which can cause irreversible brain damage in severe cases. A 38-year-old man was hospitalized at Tufts Medical Center in Boston after being hit by a car in Gloucester. According to reports, the man was walking along Maplewood Avenue in Gloucester when Continue Reading

Man suffers head trauma in Massachusetts accident

Two people were injured in a head-on collision in Boston on Sept. 10. According to reports, the accident took place just outside of an Easton pizzeria around 8:30 p.m. A black 2005 Nissan Altima and a 2005 Subaru Legacy were both involved. The investigation into the accident was ongoing, and it was not immediately clear which vehicle had gone left of center or how the accident occurred. The female driver of the Nissan Altima, reported as being in her mid-20s, suffered serious injuries and was taken to a Boston hospital by ambulance after a MedFlight helicopter could not be used Continue Reading

Bike accident at construction site results in brain injury

A bicycle accident ended with a Massachusetts man suffering a head injury and losing consciousness. According to reports, the accident happened on the evening of July 29, and police were alerted just prior to 9 p.m. The 34-year-old man had reportedly been riding his bicycle in a construction zone located outside Colony Mill Marketplace in Keene. The bike reportedly hit a hole that was around 12 to 14 inches in diameter and 15 inches deep, and the rider lost control of the bike and crashed, hitting his head. Police reported that the man had not been wearing a helmet. The Continue Reading

Man suffers head injury after falling down steps in Boston bar

Falls are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries, and as one young man from Ireland recently found out, these types of accidents can change a life in an instant. According to reports, the 20-year-old man was at Roggie’s Brew and Grille — located in the Brighten area of Boston — when he fell down the stairs, suffering a severe head injury. It was not clear why the underage man was allowed inside the bar or what happened to trigger the fall. Prosecutors claim that the owner of the bar told employees to take the man outside of Continue Reading

Improved testing for concussions in Massachusetts teen athletes

A proposed bill in Massachusetts may make testing for concussions in young athletes easier. The legislation addresses the need for baseline information concerning a student athlete’s brain function so that the severity of a head injury can be more accurately assessed. The new bill would complement legislation passed in 2010 that requires student athlete physicals on an annual basis, specialized training for those who work with those athletes and more comprehensive reporting of head injury incidents at the state level. Additional legislation is pending to institute standards for use in preventing concussions. According to reports, the bill was inspired by Continue Reading