Injuries to the brain can unfortunately take a toll on a person both physically and emotionally in Colorado. Some individuals recover from brain injury relatively quickly, whereas recovery takes longer for others. Fortunately, new research shows that blood tests can help doctors understand which individuals may require years to fully recover from their concussions.
Even minor car accidents can have significant health consequences. However, a brain injury could be life changing. Many mild traumatic brain injury victims in Colorado recover enough to continue independent living within six to 12 months. Nevertheless, there are also those whose injuries cause cognitive, emotional and behavioral problems that are life altering.
Accidents involving distracted drivers can cause a myriad of problems for Colorado residents and others around the nation. From fender benders to horrific crashes that result in serious injuries and even death, these incidents are more tragic since they are preventable. One victim of such an accident in another state suffered a traumatic brain injury and decided to document her story, years after it occurred.
It is not uncommon for a crash victim in Colorado to refuse a medical evaluation after a car accident because he or she sees no apparent injuries. However, many injuries are hidden at first, and when the damage becomes apparent, the victim might not link it to the car accident. For example, a penetration injury to the skull will automatically receive medical attention. At the same time, violent stopping and the impact of a collision could cause whiplash and an invisible brain injury that might not receive the careful medical evaluation and prompt treatment they require.
Every day, thousands of individuals undergo surgical procedures. While some of these procedures are necessary for the Colorado resident to maintain quality of life, many of them are considered elective and performed for minor or even cosmetic reasons. The individual undergoing elect surgery does know that there are risks involved; however, the possibility of such surgery leading to brain injury often does not seem to be a realistic concern.
This is the time of the year that brings masses of visitors to Colorado. Colorado's world-class ski resorts are their destinations, but with more people on the slopes, more accidents occur -- some resulting in catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injury. Statistics show that 14 lives were lost on the ski slopes in Colorado in 2016.
A recent worldwide study has renewed attention in Colorado and across the United States to the dangers of head injuries in children. The study tracked the progress of over a million people who had suffered a brain injury when they were young. These ranged from traumatic injuries to mild concussions. The study found that head injuries occurring when a person is very young may result in serious complications in adulthood.
Denver readers may have heard about a fatal accident that occurred earlier this month in the Bonnie Brae neighborhood involving a mother and her two children. The crash reportedly occurred when a car turned into the family as they were in the middle of a crosswalk.
After an accident in Colorado, a driver should never immediately leave the scene. The driver must wait for law enforcement to arrive and also attempt to provide reasonable aid if there are any victims who were injured in the car accident. Fleeing an accident can have serious repercussions in and of itself.
Many parents who have children involved in contact sports always worry about the worst-case scenario. There is always a fear that a child can suffer permanent damage to his or her limbs or a brain injury. Colorado parents take every precaution that they can and place the rest of their trust into the coaches and the protection that is given to their children to wear. The problem remains, if a child does get hurt, who or what is to blame?