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traumatic brain injury: Jason’s story part four

One side of Carol Stanley’s fight to balance the scales of justice is her work with the Crime Victims Task Force. As we explained in the previous segment, Carol is working with the Alabama Attorney General’s Office to make the Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights enforceable, much the way it is in several other states. The other side of her work involves meeting with her state legislators to amend a law and make it easier to prosecute acts of violence that result in traumatic brain injury. It’s not going to be done unless there’s a voice out there. Someone who ... Read More

traumatic brain injury: Jason’s story part three

Carol found that both the legal proceedings and the laws themselves were far from perfect – representing an objectionable pairing of too much protection for offenders with too little justice for victims. As her son Jason struggled with the effects of a traumatic brain injury, the men who assaulted him were protected as youths and thus shielded from any real punishment. Adding insult to injury, the court system seemed to impede Carol’s quest just to stay informed of any legal activity concerning her son’s assault. However difficult, Carol’s mission for justice uncovered a valuable legal tool called a “victim’s impact ... Read More

traumatic brain injury: Jason’s story part two

Thursday we talked about the ordeal that Jason Stanley, a 20-year-old Auburn University student, endured after being physically assaulted by 3 other men in 2007. The assailants knocked Jason to the ground, causing him to lose consciousness after he hit his head on the concrete pavement. Doctors initially treated Jason for superficial wounds, not realizing until weeks later that he actually suffered from a serious traumatic brain injury (TBI). As senseless and horrible as Jason’s experience is, it is far from unusual. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 20 percent of the 1.5 million annual cases of TBI ... Read More

Traumatic brain injury: Jason’s story part one

Carol Stanley’s life took an unexpected turn one day in January of 2007 when her son Jason, a student at Auburn University, was physically assaulted by three other men. The attack left Jason with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that might have eluded medical staff if it weren’t for his worsening symptoms and his mother’s persistence in finding the right care for her son. The life-altering incident set Jason on a path to recovery and led Carol on an often frustrating crusade for better laws – laws that are more favorable to victims and less protective of those who commit ... Read More

Returning troops bring attention to traumatic brain injuries

The Brain Injury Association of America recognizes March as Brain Injury Awareness Month, and Wednesday the Pentagon held a press conference that underscored the need for the public to know more about brain injuries, their causes, and their treatment. According to Pentagon officials, between 10 and 20 percent of American troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have sustained some degree of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The figure could be as low as 180,000 but as high as 360,000, Pentagon officials said. Most of the troops with TBI received blast-related concussions from being in the proximity of roadside bombs and other ... Read More

Jury awards $3 million to woman injured in sweeping vehicle crash

Bobbie Wakefield was driving her employer’s van along I-35 in Duluth, Minnesota, when she ran into something akin to a brick wall. She had struck a street sweeping vehicle operated by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The vehicle was traveling 22-23 mph on an interstate where the minimum speed is 40 mph without an “early warning” vehicle traveling behind it. Wakefield filed a claim earlier against the state of Minnesota, which made a $300,000 settlement – the maximum it could be held legally liable. She also sought $1 million from an underinsured motorist claim against Auto Owners Insurance Co., which ... Read More

Florida press conference raises awareness of traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) were the subject of a press conference held at the Florida Capitol Building on Tuesday. More than 50 people, including survivors of TBIs and their families, health professionals, and legislators, gathered to talk about their experiences and the need to raise awareness about brain injuries, their causes, and their prevention. Educating the public about TBIs has become more urgent in Florida, where there has been an upward trend in the number of brain injuries occurring statewide. In 2005, approximately 93,000 TBIs occurred in Florida, resulting in more than 71,000 emergency room visits and 18,000 hospitalizations. 8,200 ... Read More

traumatic brain injuries greatly varied in cause, type, and symptoms

Half of all traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in the United States are caused in accidents involving automobiles, motorcycles, and bicycles, says the National Institutes of Health, the medical and behavioral research arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Approximately 20 percent of serious head injuries are the result of violent acts, such as gun shot wounds and beatings. TBIs are commonly found in babies and children who have been violently shaken. In older people, head injuries associated with falling are the top cause of TBIs. Many brain injuries occur without direct impact to the head. Combat ... Read More