Fans the NFL in Alabama may have heard about football legend Tony Dorsett and 4,500 other former players reaching a settlement in their class-action lawsuit against the league. The 59-year-old Dallas Cowboys star said he was viewing with guarded optimism the agreement on health care for the brain injuries known as a concussion. He told a newspaper that he was glad to see the plaintiffs and league get something done but was concerned that the settlement arrangement might not be enough for former players.
Head trauma in the NFL is a real problem as evidenced by a lawsuit that former players in Alabama and across the nation brought against the league. The NFL has now decided to set a specific course of action in order to resolve the matter. First, players will receive a notice that they must respond to if they want to file their own claim for a brain injury or head trauma. They could face a long, drawn-out process in the case.
Many Alabama residents have suffered some form of harm to their brains. Modern medicine is examining the benefits for fish oil in helping people to recover from traumatic brain injuries. Fish oil contains many of the essential chemicals and proteins that the womb utilizes when it constructs the brain in the first place, so the idea is that those same building blocks can be helpful during the healing process.
Birmingham residents may be interested to learn of a new study that uses fruit flies to see how the human brain responds to traumatic injury. The information can apply to victims of car and motorcycle accidents, athletes, people who fall and hit their head, or just about any situation that involves a hard impact to the head.
Researchers at the University of Alabama are testing a new drug that they hope will greatly lessen the amount of brain damage that occurs after a head trauma. The goal is to provide medical staff and emergency responders with a way to administer first aid to a patient that has suffered a brain injuries moments after it happens. The researchers say that this will significantly reduce the long-term effects of the injury.
While automobile accidents and other events very often cause obvious injuries, such as lacerations and broken bones, they can also result in less visible injuries that may be even more damaging. Traumatic brain injury, also called TBI, can cause amnesia, headaches, trouble with balance and similar symptoms. However, TBI can also lead more subtle problems, particularly changes in personality. Those who suffer these changes might not notice them until a little later on in the healing process, but they can cause great distress and make returning to pre-accident life much more difficult.
Alabama residents who have family members with brain injuries may discover that insurance providers are less than helpful when it comes to paying for medical treatments and rehabilitation. Playing sports and being involved in car crashes are leading causes of brain injuries, and in the United States, there are approximately 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries every year. 90,000 of those are severe enough to require long-term disability.