Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth .
The Ottawa Citizen reported on a study recently done through CHEO and Dr Vassilyadi that looked at the after effects of concussions in children. It described a story of a boy named Clayton Carter who suffered a traumatic brain injury while riding an ATV and was able to return to hockey, school and a regular life within four months. There are many remarkable things about Clayton’s story. Firstly the fact that he was so severely injured and could have died and was then rushed by helicopter to CHEO and had his brain and skull operated on. He survived and had an amazing recovery in a very short time frame. Claydon’s speedy recovery with a severe head injury is remarkable.
Dr. Vassilyadi reported to the Ottawa Citizen that Clayton’s recovery was better than many children who suffer a concussion. Dr Vassilyadi is just finishing a study that looks at youths between 11 and 17 who have had a sports-related concussion and still have symptoms at least three months later. In the Ottawa area there have been close to 60 patients who are still suffering from their concussion 3 months later.
There are many more who suffer concussions. In fact, close to 900 children and youth are rushed to CHEO’s emergency department yearly with a suspected concussion. These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, depression, sleeping too much or not enough and declining performance at school. In general, close to 90 % of concussions clear up within 10 days of the impact. Dr. Vassilyadi and his team at CHEO noted that not all parents are aware of the symptoms of concussions, so it’s tough to track what your child may be going through. Often times, parents, coaches and teachers don’t equate a child’s change in academic performance to a concussion but Dr. Vassilyadi noted that it’s entirely possible. The emotional, social and cognitive symptoms are tough to pick up on and often persist over three months for up to 2 years. CHEO conducted a research project last year “The Concussion Research Project” and found that young patients described their quality of life at almost the same level as undergoing chemotherapy. Dr. Vassilyadi also noted that there is a common misconception that there has to be a loss of consciousness in a concussion and this is simply not true. Early recognition is key to properly treating a concussion.
Unfortunately the treatment for a concussion isn’t always obvious either. Nutrition and rehydration are critical and in most rest, even if that means not returning to school or work. After a head injury, the brain needs to rest and mental stress needs to be avoided. This means eliminating video games, television, reading, texting and getting plenty of rest.
Concussion symptoms and concussion treatments are very tough to recognize which is why concussions still remain a tricky area for parents, coaches and teachers. It’s critically important to be aware of your child’s moods, fatigue, and overall feelings and “When in doubt, sit them out,”. It’s not worth the risk because a second or third head injury will be worse. Dr. Vassilyadi is speaking to physicians on Monday night about a new clinic to be opened this fall by Pro Physio & Sports Medicine Centres, which will draw on the services of sports physicians, a neuropsychologist and physiotherapists specifically trained to assess and treat concussions. The owner of the clinics, Mr. Salib focused on concussions because of the large need to properly treat concussions .
As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer with many clients who are suffering from concussions and brain injuries, I am so thankful that our community is developing more resources that relate to concussions and head injuries. I have many clients who are suffering so severely from a concussion, they are unable to return to work, be comfortable around their families for extended lengths of time and their concussion has changed their lives and the lives of their families. The more research and resources that help us with concussion treatments the better, I say !
Ottawa Child Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth .
The very tragic death of young Rowan Stringer has left the Ottawa community with great sadness. Rowan attended John McCrae Secondary School student in Ottawa and was the captain of the rugby team when she died from a severe head injury during a rugby game last Wednesday. Rowan Stringer was an avid rugby player and played on several different rugby teams.
It was reported that Rowan was tackled hard during the rugby game on Wednesday, flew into the air and hit her head and neck on the ground. Upon impact, Rowan was awake, sat up but quickly fell unconscious. Sadly, she didn’t wake up. She remained unconscious for days while medical team worked at relieving the pressure in her head and then on Sunday, her family made the most difficult decision of their lives. Rowan was taken to hospital, where doctors tried unsuccessfully to relieve the pressure in her head but there was too much pressure and the decision was made to discontinue life support.
Rowan’s parents, Gordon and Kathleen Stringer, told CBC News that their daughter had been complaining of headaches the week before and that she’d been hit in the head in a game the week before the fatal tackle. Then, just 2 days before the fatal injury, she was once again hit in the head during a rugby game. She didn’t report this second hit to her parents. The doctors are now investigating whether or not she may have suffered a smaller head injury that may have some impact on the fatal head injury.
Sadly, Rowan is now gone and she can’t be brought back. Her family is hoping that her death will help educate others on the signs and signals of brain injuries. Her organs have been donated to help save the lives of others. What an amazing thing for this family to have done after going through such a terrible tragedy.
The question now is could Rowan’s death possibly save lives in the future? I hope so and so does her family. The hope is that there will be more education as it relates to head injuries, concussions and sports. Rowan’s death has been widely publicized . The hope now is that all this publicity may save another life. As a Ottawa personal injury lawyer who helps people with severe concussions and brain injuries, I believe it is vital that we talk to our kids, coaches, teachers, caregivers, friends about the signs and symptoms of concussions. Our children and athletes need to know what to be looking for and to know to tell someone. I believe that if we really educate our athletes and their families, we can help reduce the number of deaths and further injuries.
Unfortunately, concussions are fairly common and can range in severity. It is estimated that a concussion or mild brain trauma is sustained every 21 seconds. The signs of a concussion so you can take the proper steps to treat the injury. The signs of a concussion also vary , which is why it is often difficult to determine if someone is suffering form a concussion or not. The following is not a comprehensive list, but does describe some of the
symptoms one might have if they are suffering a concussion:
- confused or dazed
- slurring speech
- nausea or vomiting
- off balance or dizzy
- blurred vision
- sensitive to light and noise
- ears ringing
- changes in personality or changes in behaviour
- difficulty concentrating
- loss of memory
There are many more signs; however these seem to be the most common. As a Ottawa personal injury lawyer and as a father of 3 children involved in sports, I urge you to talk about concussions, what to expect and what to do. It could very well save a life. Rowan’s death is so incredibly sad and tragic that we owe it to her and her family to do everything we can to teach others about the signs and symptoms of a concussion. My thoughts go out to Rowan’s family and friends and this very tragic and difficult time.
Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer…What are the signs of a concussion? There are many different signs and symptoms of a concussion. Some are obvious and others subtle. Some conscussion signs may appear immediately and others may not be for days or even months.
The most common signs of a concussion are headache, amnesia, confusion or loss of consciousness.
Other signs and symptoms of a concussion include:
- headache or pressure in the head
- slurred speech
- loss of consciousness
- no recollection of event
- dizziness or blurred vision
- “ringing” in the ears
Often times, after an injury signs appear later on. Often times people with a concussion may exhibit:
- difficulty with concentration and memory
- irritability and personality changes
- eyes and ears are sensitive to light and noise
- difficulty sleeping
- tastebuds and smell are off
Symptoms of a child concussion
Head trauma or concussions are particularly hard to identify in young children, infants and toddlers because they have difficulty communicating how they feel.
Typical signs of a concussion in a child
- tires easily
- irritable or cranky
- loss of appetite
- trouble sleeping
- loss of balance
It is always best to have your child checked by a doctor if you suspect they may have a head injury. Because their skulls are so soft and developing, there is a greater chance of a severe head injury occurring. If your child is alert, moves normally and is able to respond, the head injury is probably mild and typically will heal. If this is the case with your child and they are tired it’s OK to let them sleep. If worrisome signs develop later and you are worried, then bring them immedicately to your doctor or emergency facility.
Bring your child immediately for emergency help if you suspect a head injury and they are exhibiting the following signs:
- continued persistance of a headache
- changes in behavior displaying irritability
- changes in physical coordination, including stumbling or clumsiness
- confusion: does no’t know day,events etc…
- slurred speech
- dilated or uneven pupils
- difficulty breathing
- lasting or recurrent dizziness
- discharge from nose or ears
- large head bumps or bruises
- loss of consciousness ( more than a minute)
- repeated vomiting
- symptoms that worsen over time
Concussions and sports injury
If you have injured yourself and suspect you have a head injury , you should absolutely allow yourself to rest. Avoid playing sports or vigorous activity while signs or symptoms of a concussion are present. It is recommended that people who suspect they have a concussion should return to their sporting activity until a doctor has given them the “green light”.
—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog reports on accidents in eastern Ontario, personal injury issues, local Ottawa news and events and various news that relates to Ottawa, accidents and personal injury. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. If you have a subject you would like to know about or if you have a question, please call or email me: [email protected] (613) 978-9549
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