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Michigan Hospitals Participate in National Traumatic Brain Injury Studies

By Lipton Law on April 12, 2012 - No comments

Two major Michigan hospitals have joined a nationwide study of closed-head traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in the hopes of finding better ways to diagnose and treat these often disabling or life-threatening conditions, according to a recent article at MLive.com.

Michigan TBI TreatmentBoth St. Mary’s of Michigan in Saginaw and Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo have joined the study, which will examine whether doses of the hormone progesterone decrease swelling after traumatic brain injuries. If the hormone proves to be effective, it may greatly improve the chances of survival and recovery after a TBI-causing accident, according to researchers.

Progesterone is a hormone that naturally occurs in the human brain, where it is produced by the brain’s glial cells. Since progesterone plays a role in regulating the menstrual cycle, it’s usually present in larger amounts in women than in men, but bodies of both sexes produce the hormone.

Currently, no medications are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the specific type of brain swelling that occurs after a TBI. If progesterone shows efficacy in treating this type of swelling, the FDA may approve its use in TBI treatments – a significant step forward for TBI patients, say researchers.

Traumatic brain injuries can occur in any type of accident, and even a mild TBI can cause long-term impairment. If you’ve suffered a head injury, call the dedicated personal injury lawyers in Southfield at Lipton Law today. Our number is (248) 557-1688 – call us for a free and confidential consultation.


Concussions Often Accompanied By Other Serious Injuries, Study Finds

By Lipton Law on February 10, 2012 - No comments

A recent study from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that, while sports-related concussions are far more frequent among teenagers than adults, people who suffer concussions or other traumatic brain injuries at all age levels are more likely to need in-hospital care if they also suffered other types of injuries at the same time. Especially common were severe traumatic brain injuries combined with wounds or broken bones in the head, neck, or upper body.

Bruises and open wounds were the most common injuries that came along with traumatic brain injuries in the AHRQ study. Nearly 25 percent of patients with a concussion or other traumatic brain injury also had severe bruising, and over 18 percent had an open wound on the face, neck, or upper body, often a cut or scrape resulting from a fall or blow to the head. Sprains and strains also accompanied 13 percent of those who were seen in hospital emergency rooms for traumatic brain injuries.

Not all accidents are limited to just one injury; many cause multiple injuries, resulting in longer healing times and an increased risk of complications from infections, medications, or rehabilitation. If you’ve been injured, the experienced personal injury attorneys in Michigan at Lipton Law are ready to help. To discuss your case with us and learn more about your legal rights and options, call Lipton Law today at (248) 557-1688. Your initial telephone consultation is free and completely confidential.


UM Student Suffers Traumatic Brain Injury After Cancer Center Slip and Fall

By Lipton Law on January 18, 2012 - No comments

A 20-year-old University of Michigan student suffered a critical traumatic brain injury recently when he fell from the roof of the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor, according to a recent news report at AnnArbor.com.

According to investigators, the man was alone at the time of his accident. He appeared to have explored the third-story roof on part of the Cancer Center building before climbing down a utility ladder to a second-floor roof. As he attempted to climb down to a first-floor roof, he slipped from the ladder, falling 10 to 15 feet onto a glass overhang below. He hit his head severely during the fall and was taken to the university hospital in critical condition.

Investigators say that it appears the man got onto the Cancer Center’s roof from an adjacent parking structure, but they are not clear on why he was climbing down the outside of the building. He had been attending a party in the area, but police have not commented on whether or not he had any drugs or alcohol in his system at the time.

Slip and fall accidents always pose the risk of injury, including a head injury caused by hitting one’s head on the ground or another object. Traumatic brain injuries can cause severe, even life-long, disabilities. If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall accident, the experienced Michigan slip and fall accident attorneys at Lipton Law can help. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.