Book review-Patients Rights and Ethical Dilemas a review of Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics and the Struggle for Consciousness

Nationally recognized brain injury attorney, Shana De Caro’s review of Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics, and the Struggle for Consciousness by Joseph J. Fins was published in this month’s Trial Magazine, the official publication of the American Association for Justice.  The book according to Shana, “is a fascinating discussion of the serious issues confronting people with impaired consciousness.”  The text analyzes the issues of consciousness from medical, familial, and societal perspectives focusing on the myriad issues confronting families.    Shana is a member of the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of America and immediate past chair of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice.

The review can be found at Trial, American Association for Justice: “Patient Rights and Ethical Dilemmas” Book Review, March 2016, Vol. 52. No.3.

March 8, 2016 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Head Games documentary to be released this friday

The new documentary, Head Games, a film based upon the best-selling book which reviews the concussion crisis in sports by Chris Nowinski is scheduled to be released in theatres across the country this Friday, September 21, 2012.    

The book is based upon the personal career of Harvard and professional wrestler, Chris Nowinski who was forced to retire because of a series of concussions he sustained.  Fearing for his future health, Nowinski set out to understand sports concussions and traumatic brain injury.  The new movie, Head Games and the book on which it is based sets out to explore the public health crisis of concussions, the response of professional and amateur sports teams and important information that players and parents need to know about concussions and brain injury.   

I have had the privilege of knowing and working with Chris for many years to promote concussion awareness and concussion safety.  The organization which he leads, the Sports Legacy Institute is a leader in advocating for the health and safety of all sports participants.   

The movie will  increase awareness on the icrisis of concussions in all sporting endeavors, the need for vigilance, the need for strict safety standards and meaninful legislation to protect the health and safety of our children.  It also will document the urgent need for insurance coverage to fund brain injury rehabilitation following a head or brain injury. 

See more information about this important movie by clicking here.

September 19, 2012 | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

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On line sports concussion library

A new web site has been launched to share information about sports concussions and traumatic brain injury. 

The Sport Concussion Library features a collection of scientific studies, documentaries pertaining to brain injuries. General information is tailored to parents, coaches, players, teachers and first responders, while education modules allow users to gauge and improve their knowledge of concussions. The site explains how to use important sports concussion tests and first responders and health workers can register to use it online.

Perhaps most interesting of all on the website are the various lengthy and candid testimonials from individuals who have experienced concussion firsthand, including hockey and football players, cyclists, and a wrestler, plus parents of injured athletes.

December 30, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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The Biomechanics of Traumatic Brain Injury

The Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE International) has released a 3-volume set Head Injury Biomechanics, edited by Jeffrey A. Pike, which is designed to aid those studying head injury from a broad range of causes, including transportation, falls, sports, personal violence, and blast-related.

This compendium, available as individual volumes or as a set, includes three volumes: Skull Fracture, Brain Injury, and Mitigation. Each volume includes a new chapter that ties together the various aspects of anatomy, injury, and injury mechanisms that set the stage for the technical papers that follow, which Pike selected from published literature. There is also a common bibliography of more than 250 resources, as well as a table that organizes them by topic; e.g., transportation mode or sport.

The focus of each volume is as follows: Volume 1, Skull Fracture, focuses on head impact injuries and features 13 technical papers. These publications are primarily related to head impact and the resulting injury to the outside of the head--the skin, the bones of the skull, and sensory organs.

Volume 2, The Brain, features 13 technical papers that are primarily related to injuries to the brain, its surrounding membranes, and its blood supply.

Volume 3, Mitigation, covers the application of protective strategies to various injury scenarios, such as passenger vehicles, sports, and blast injuries, or to a particular demographic group, such as children or seniors. This volume features 14 technical papers.

You can read more information and order by clicking here.

October 5, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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Online Collection of Sports Concussion Medical Literature

The editors of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, have created a new online collection of important recent research papers on concussions and head injury in sports.

The new collection is now available, and can be viewed by clicking on the "Collections" tab on the journal website. All visitors can view the topic collections, along with abstracts of the articles included.   

The interest in sports-related head trauma reflects growing evidence that repeated concussions can have long-term health effects in athletes. Recent scientific reports have described CTE—a progressive neurodegenerative disease caused by repeated head trauma, seen especially in high-level competitive athletes. Patients with CTE develop mood disorders, cognitive dysfunction, and other psychiatric symptoms, typically occurring years after a history of repeated concussions.

The new collection assembles research papers on concussions and head trauma in sports, drawn from the pages of Neurosurgery.

The collection of articles include several on CTE and the association between cumulative concussions and long-term "dementia-related syndromes" in professional football players and other athletes. The most recent additions are a pair of studies from 2011 describing emerging subtypes of CTE and the possible relationship between anabolic steroids and head injury. Other articles address the outcomes of concussions in young athletes—including important evidence guiding return to play after a head injury.

You can view the collection of articles by clicking here.

September 13, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack


New Textbook on Vision Loss Following Traumtic Brain Injury

The VisionLoss Blog reports on a new comprehensive text on vision loss following Traumatic Brain Injury.

The text entitled,  Vision Rehabilitation: Multidisciplinary Care of the Patient Following Brain Injury is published by Len Press.

Here is the textbook's table of contents:

  • What Is Vision Rehabilitation Following Brain Injury? P.S. Suter, L. Hellerstein, L.H. Harvey, K. Gutcher
  • The Interdisciplinary Approach to Vision Rehabilitation Following Brain Injury, A. Berryman, K.G. Rasavage
  • Neural Substrates of Vision, R. Helvie
  • Spatial Vision, R.B. Sanet and L.J. Press
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Visual Field Loss and Visual Spatial Neglect,N. Margolis
  • Egocentric Localization: Normal and Abnormal Aspects, K.J. Ciuffreda and D.P. Ludlam
  • The Use of Lenses to Improve Quality of Life Following Brain Injury, P.A. Harris
  • Photophobia, Light, and Color in Acquired Brain Injury, C.D. Stern
  • The Vestibular System: Anatomy, Function, Dysfunction, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, V.L. Bryan
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Vision and Motor Dysfunction Following Acquired Brain Injury from Occupational Therapy and Neuro-Optometry Perspectives, J.M. Powell and N.G. Torgerson
  • Acquired Brain Injury and Visual Information Processing Deficits, S. Groffman
  • Vision Examination of Patients with Neurological Disease and Injury, T. Politzer and P.S. Suter
  • Sucessfully Incorporating Vision Rehabilitation into the Primary Care Practice, A. Cohen
  • Advocating for Your Patient in the Legal System, J. Kiel

February 21, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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Traumatic Brain Injury: Defining Best Practice--New Text

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My partner, Shana De Caro and I are honored to be contributing authors to the December 2010 edition of Traumatic Brain Injury: Defining Best Practice published this month by the Psychiatric Clinics of North America.  (December 2010, Vol. 33, No. 4)

This current volume of the Psychiatric Clinics is entirely devoted to traumatic brain injury and includes chapters by the leading authorities on the pathophysiology of TBI, blast injuries, management of mild TBI, the neurobehavioral sequelae of TBI, brain injury imaging, the use of neuropsychological assessments and the rehabilitation of TBI Victims.

Shana and I contributed a chapter entitled; Current Issues in Neurolaw, which covers many of the controversies impacting health care practitioners and attorneys alike.  Topics within the chapter include; the evidentiary standards of the admission of expert testimony as to both injury and causation; competing definitions of TBI; differentiating the persistent vegetative state from the minimally conscious state; emergency department assessments of brain injury; limitations of forensic examinations; insurance reimbursement issues; as well as future legal trends in the field of TBI.

Shana De Caro is an officer of the American Association for Justice, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group and 1st Vice President of the American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys.  She is also a fellow of the Melvin M. Belli Society and serves as a Trustee of the Civil Justice Foundation.


December 17, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Hypoxic-ischemic brain injury subject of journal special edition

Hypoxic-ischemic brain injury, brain damage caused by the lack of sufficient amounts of oxygen is the subject of an entire special issue of NeuroRehabilitation: An International Journal (NRE). 

We frequently see the devastating brain damage caused by the lack of oxygen to the brain in medical malpractice cases including anesthesia errors, surgical errors causing massive bleeding and in emergency rooms where improper diagnoses are frequently made.  More information is provided by the brain injury law firm.

The brain requires large amount of oxygen to provide energy for all of its functions.  When the brain is deprived of sufficient amounts of oxygen, even for relatively short periods of time, extensive and permanent brain damage may result.

The special journal issues provides a thorough review of neuropathophysiology, neuroimaging assessment, and evaluation and management of the neurological and neurobehavioral sequelae of these injuries in adults and children.

The issue includes contributions on the following subjects:

Hypoxic-ischemic brain injury: Addressing the disconnect between pathophysiology and public policy which introduces the issue and defines the set of clinical conditions within the spectrum of HI-BI.

Hypoxic-ischemic brain injury – pathophysiology, neuropathology and mechanisms -a critical overview of the pathophysiology of HI-BI.

Neuroimaging of hypoxic-ischemic brain injury discusses current neuroimaging techniques and their current and potential applications to the clinical evaluation of persons with HI-BI.

Neurocognitive outcomes following neonatal encephalopathy with a focus on perinatal HI-BI, or neonatal encephalopathy.

Neurological sequelae of hypoxic-ischemic brain injury explores the neurological aftermath of HI-BI injuries.

Cognitive sequelae of hypoxic-ischemic brain injury: A review of the broad spectrum of post-hypoxic cognitive impairments and their treatments.

The syndrome of delayed post-hypoxic leukoencephalopathy address the under-recognized problem of delayed post-hypoxic leukoencephalopathy.

Hypobaric hypoxic cerebral insults: The neurological consequences of going higher offers insights on hypobaric (high-altitude) HI-BI.

Neurological and neurobehavioral sequelae of obstructive sleep apneaean provides a review of HI-BI consequences of OSA.

If we can assist you in a medical negligence law suit resulting in a brain injury caused by hypoxic encephalopathy, please contact the brain injury law firm of De Caro & Kaplen, LLP.

February 24, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Concussions have been ignored for years-now is the time to take them seriously

A fascinating OP ED in the New York Times asks the important question, why are we now for the first time taking concussions seriously?

The OP ED by Deborah Blum reveals the following warning in October of 1928 in the Journal of the American Medical Association:

“There is a very definite brain injury due to single or repeated blows on the head or jaw which cause multiple concussion hemorrhages. ... The condition can no longer be ignored by the medical profession or the public.”

Thankfully,  after 82 years of neglect, concussions are now being taken seriously.

Read this important discussion about concussions: Will science take the field?

February 6, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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Finding statistics on disabilities

Thanks to the special education law blog for information on where to find statistics that are important in the disability arena.  An important resource that provides a wealth of disability related statistics is published by the Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Disability Statistics & Demographics.  They have published a 160 page report that has statistics on the disabilities, education and employment issues. 

Some of the interesting and important information on the prevalence of disabilities in the school system and children receiving services under IDEA: 

2.6 Million specific learning disability 43.3%
1.1 Million speech/language impairment 19.2%
624,000 other health impairment 10.6%
487,000 mental retardation 8.3%
438,000 emotional disturbance 7.4%
257,000 autism 4.3%
131,000 multiple disabilities 2.2%
88,000 developmental delay 1.5%
71,000 hearing impairment 1.2%
60,000 orthopedic impairment 1.0%
26,000 visual impairment 0.4%
24,000 traumatic brain injury 0.4%
1,300 deaf/blindness 0.02%

You can download the entire disability report by clicking here.

October 31, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack