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  •  Every concussion is a consequential brain injury (2+ / 0-)
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    and no concussion should ever be seen by anyone as being "trivial."

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    Michael V. Kaplen , a leading New York brain injury attorney and immediate past president of the Brain Injury Association of New York, today voiced his distress of politicians and certain segments of the news media seeing to trivialize the effects of the concussion sustained by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    According to Kaplen, who serves as Chair of the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Services Coordinating Council and served as Chair of the American Association of Justice, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group , “All concussions are brain injuries and must be taken seriously. You can never minimize a concussion and anyone who has ever had to live with the effects of a concussion understands the seriousness of this condition and the need for rest.”

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    Kaplen continued, “For anyone to make a joke about a concussion demeans the millions of Americans who suffer from the long term consequences of this injury"... According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website, falls are the leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI (35.2%) in the United States. Falls cause half (50%) of the TBIs among children aged 0 to 14 years and 61% of all TBIs among adults aged 65 years and older. Each year, an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a TBI annually. Traumatic brain damage is a contributing factor to a third (30.5%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States. About 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

    PRWeb – Fri, Dec 21, 2012.

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    Brain Injury Lawyer Condemns Media Trivialization of Hillary Clinton’s Concussion

    And from the Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai (BIRC-MS)

    Do I Have a Brain Injury?

    If you (or someone you’re concerned about) have ever experienced a blow to the head that left you unconscious or even just dazed and confused, you have had a traumatic brain injury. Most such injuries, when they are relatively mild, eventually “heal”, in the sense that the person is left with no permanent problems resulting from the injury to the brain. But, most people with severe and moderate injuries and even some with mild injuries experience life-long challenges resulting from the brain’s being damaged permanently by the injury. For people with mild injuries, the probability of symptoms not “going away” increases if they have had more than one “ding to the head” or concussion.

    The BIRC-MS suggests two resources for those who are worried and aren’t sure that brain injury is the cause of problems seen. And, if brain injury is the cause, what can be done? First, we suggest that you view a 10-minute video we have posted on YouTube, Do I Have a Brain Injury?

    Second, the website Brain Interrupted provides a good description of so-called hidden TBI or unidentified TBI: where it isn’t clear to the person that an injury to the brain is the reason for problems in living with daily life. On that website, especially useful are the sections: About TBI and Resources.

    Do I Have a Brain Injury? And, What Can I Do About It?

    Uploaded on May 19, 2010

    From the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Brain Injury Research Center, this 10 minute film discusses how it may be possible to have a brain injury and not realize it. Four people share stories of the difficulties they experienced with brain injuries, particularly when problems were attributed to something else. Narrated by Dr. Margaret Brown. Dr. Wayne Gordon contributes. Produced by Generator Pictures with David Scholem.

    And this from the Wall Street Journal:
    HIDDEN TRAUMA: Studies Cite Head Injuries As Factor in Some Social Ills

    By THOMAS M. BURTON | January 29, 2008

    Researchers studying brain injury believe they've found a common thread running through many cases of seemingly unrelated social problems: a long-forgotten blow to the head.

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