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Archive for the ‘Traumatic Brain Injury’ Topic

Football Player’s Suicide Shines Spotlight on N.F.L.’s Care of Retired Players

Posted on: May 7th, 2012 by Romanucci & Blandin
Suicide is an overwhelming tragedy. It leaves heartbreak and questions in its wake. In some cases, there is a note, which may do little to ease loved ones’ pain, but can help solve the mystery of “why.” Junior Seau, 43, the former New England Patriots linebacker, who recently died of a gunshot to the chest, left no note. But could there may be clues? Chicago Bears football player Dave Duerson killed himself last year, in the very same means as Seau. But, Duerson answered the “why.” He ... Read More

The Ethics of Watching a Game Where Concussions Are the Norm

Posted on: April 30th, 2012 by Romanucci & Blandin
Much will continue to be written about brain injuries acquired on the field by professional football players. Grown men make a career decision to engage in a dangerous sport where the objective is to win at all costs, leading to on-field concussions that can be fatal. Given the dangers and brutality of the sport, which has been likened to gladiator spectacles, is it ethical to watch the games? The New York Times posed that question in its always thought-provoking Sunday magazine column, “The ... Read More

Facts You Should Know about Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted on: February 2nd, 2012 by Romanucci & Blandin
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major public health problem.  It especially affects male adolescents and young adults ages 15 to 24, and elderly people of both sexes age 75 and older. Children aged 5 and younger are also at high risk. What is TBI?  A form of acquired brain injury, it occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. The damage can be confined to one or more areas of the brain and can result from a closed head injury or a penetrating head injury. A closed injury occurs ... Read More

Use These Tips to Avoid Personal Injuries When Playing Winter Sports

Posted on: January 11th, 2012 by Romanucci & Blandin
We all know that skiing, sledding and skating are fun, healthy winter sports, but they have the potential to cause severe personal injuries unless proper safety precautions are practiced. Common injuries from falls include sprains and muscle strains, dislocations, fractures and evenbrain injuries. The U.S. Product Safety Commission reports that in 2010, more than 440,000 people were treated in hospitals, doctors’ offices and emergency rooms for winter sports-related injuries. Snow skiing and ... Read More

Prevent Brain Injuries and Other Permanent Injuries in Kids: Just Say ‘No’ to Your Children Playing Football

Posted on: January 6th, 2012 by Romanucci & Blandin
Many of my friends and colleagues know that I chose personal injury law as a profession because of the traumatic brain injury my best friend in high school suffered playing football. Due in part to the impact of that incident and my growing knowledge of how dangerous a sport football is, I refused to let my son, now in college, play high school football. The last thing I wanted was for him to be so talented that he would become a professional football player. A story in the December issue ... Read More

Brain Injuries Lead Two Ballplayers to Different Careers

Posted on: December 7th, 2011 by Romanucci & Blandin
We've written a lot about brain injuries in professional sports. Some of it has been critical of players themselves – often football players – who continue to play despite repeatedconcussions. The long-term effects of repeated blows to the head have led some sports superstars to suffer severe depression, and even worse, commit murder or suicide. Today, we'd like to tell you about two professional athletes who suffered multiple concussions and had the courage to leave the sport they loved a ... Read More

New Biography about Walter Payton Takes Us Into The Dark Side of His Mind While Bypassing His Brain

Posted on: October 4th, 2011 by Romanucci & Blandin
Did Chicago Bears great Walter Payton have a serious brain injury – one that was never really diagnosed and acknowledged? Did some of the moves he made as a running back on the field contribute to a dark side that led him to have suicidal tendencies, depression and an addiction to painkillers? Through our law practice, we know all too well the causes and effects of brain injuries.  It comes as no surprise to us that there are questions swirling around the release of a new book by sports ... Read More

High School Football Brain Injuries Slowly Transforming the Sport

Posted on: August 31st, 2011 by Romanucci & Blandin
An increasing number of Illinois high school football players who have suffered concussions on the field are not playing this year – at the advice of their doctors.  We applaud the brave decision of these young athletes and their parents, who have opted to forego the sport they love – and one that could pave the way for a college scholarship – to take the time for their injuries to heal. Their decision comes in the wake of a new Illinois law requiring any high school athletes who shows ... Read More

Women More Prone to Concussions and Can Take Longer to Heal

Posted on: March 22nd, 2011 by Romanucci & Blandin
While a great deal of attention has focused on concussions caused by football injuries, studies show that women may be at even greater risk because of their smaller frames and neck muscles. Furthermore, women can take longer to heal, especially if they are of child-bearing age. Concussions -- when the brain shakes around in the skull -- are serious no matter which sex or what age you are. Over one million people get concussions every year, though most of them mild. Another half million suffer ... Read More

Shaken Baby Syndrome Should Be Renamed to “Abusive Head Trauma” Says American Academy of Pediatrics

Posted on: June 8th, 2009 by Romanucci & Blandin
Romanucci & Blandin, in Chicago, applauds recommendations made by the American Academy of Pediatrics to rename the diagnostic term “shaken baby syndrome” to “abusive head trauma,” which it calls a more comprehensive diagnosis for brain, skull and other injuries inflicted on infants. The new term, which should be used in medical records, may provide more clarity in the courtroom, they say. This serious and clearly definable form of child abuse results from extreme rotational cranial ... Read More

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