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How many people suffer traumatic brain injuries per year?

Many injuries cause a tremendous amount of suffering, from an incredible amount of discomfort and pain to lifelong problems with reduced mobility. However, those which involve the brain are especially concerning. To make matters worse, it can be difficult to detect brain injuries and some people suffer for years without knowing that hitting their head caused a TBI. In Bozeman, and across all of Montana, it is pivotal for those with head injuries to look into their options, especially if someone's negligence caused the injury.

Playgrounds and brain injuries

If you have children who are in school, you could have many concerns. For example, you might be worried about bullying or their performance in the classroom. However, there are other potential problems that parents should watch out for, such as the risk of brain injuries on the playground and elsewhere. Playground accidents are responsible for many of the brain injuries that children suffer, but there are other hazards they may come across in school and elsewhere, such as wet floors. As a parent, it can be very unsettling to find out that your child has suffered a brain injury, but you should not give up.

Can you become "mad as a hatter?"

Like most in Bozeman, you probably attribute the term "mad as a hatter" as having originated with the Mad Hatter character from Lewis Carroll's novel "Alice in Wonderland." Yet in actuality, the term was used long before then to describe an occupational illness. Felt was often used in the making of hats, and mercury nitrate was a common component used in its fabrication. This led to countless hatmakers contracting erethism due to mercury exposure, which is characterized by delirium, hallucinations and even suicidal tendencies. 

Can you be denied coverage due to a brain injury?

When you think about the expenses associated with an accident in Bozeman, you likely only consider the immediate costs, such as medical care. Yet if you were to suffer a brain injury in said accident, you might very well have to deal with the after effects for several years (potentially even until the end of your life). The good news is that if you require medical care related to your brain injury in the future, your health insurance will cover those costs. That is true even if you switch plans. The Affordable Care Act prohibited insurers from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions back in 2014. Yet what if your brain injury disables you, making you unable to work? 

Rehabbing a traumatic brain injury

For most of the clients that we here Cok Kinzler PLLP assist whose lives have been affected by a traumatic brain injury, their injuries (or those of their loved ones) are more mild in nature. The good news is that if you or a family member suffer such an injury, there is the potential for recovery (to a certain extent). The bad news is that you still could be facing enormous rehabilitation costs.

Why are you having trouble sleeping?

If you have recently suffered a brain injury in Bozeman, you may be worried about having to deal with long-term cognitive deficits or physical limitations. Such concerns may be enough to keep you up at night. Or are they? Could it be that you are losing sleep (or conversely, are experiencing persistent tiredness and fatigue) not because of your worries about how you will deal with the effects of your brain injury, but rather due to the injury itself?

What are post-traumatic headaches?

If you happen to sustain a concussion, the common school of thought is that the symptoms that accompany it will abate in a few days or, in some extreme cases, a couple of weeks. Yet what if they do not? One of the more common symptoms of a concussion is severe headaches. Oftentimes, concussion victims will complain of chronic headaches months to years after having suffered their initial injuries. This problem is referred to as post-traumatic headaches. If such an issue is plaguing you, then you may be wondering how it could impact your life and career in Bozeman.

Family sues to get to bottom of what caused woman’s brain injury

Oftentimes, liability or negligence cases in Bozeman involve circumstances that cross over into the realm of criminal law. In such cases, those involved often choose to allow the criminal investigation into their cases occur while waiting to pursue any sort of civil action. Sometimes they may be left disappointed if no charges are brought as a result of these investigations. They then may choose to pursue the only method of recourse they have left, which is to file a civil claim against those they believe to be responsible for the consequences that their cases produced. While any compensation earned through such action may be helpful, their ultimate motivation may be to uncover the truth that earlier investigations could not.

What are the common injury risks in the oil industry?

If you work in the oil industry in Montana, then you have likely been exposed to the many risks of the job. The oil industry is well-known for its potential dangers. It is also highly regulated by the government to ensure the safety of workers. However, despite regulations, accidents still occur. According to records from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the best way to prevent injuries is to be aware of them.

Understanding CTE

Concussions and the growing understanding of their effects on people may be a hot topic of conversation between people in Bozeman and throughout the rest of the U.S. This may be due to the recent identification of chronic traumatic encephalopathy as a condition that may affect those who’ve suffered several incidents involving head trauma. Yet despite its name being thrown around in news reports, many may still not completely understand what CTE is and who may be likely to suffer from it.

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