The National Football League has been at the center of a controversy for some time now. With lawsuits being filed and the potential for these cases to cost the country's most popular sports league quite a bit of money, some fans in Chicago are taking notice.
Illinois is home to many people that have sustained a traumatic brain injury. The potentially catastrophic injury is easily acquired-all it takes is an impact between the brain and the interior of the skull. This means that any sudden change in acceleration can cause a brain injury to occur. Consider the many situations in which this can happen: a fall from a ladder, a car accident, a tough tackle, an explosion, an icy floor, etc.
The human body, though very durable in some situations, is also very fragile. There are two types of injuries that highlight this fragility: spinal cord injuries and brain injuries. Both can happen in a variety of circumstances that leave a person from Chicago vulnerable to them while at home, work, running errands, or on the road.
The dangers of texting and driving are well known in Chicago. Many accidents have been associated with a driver using her or his cellular device while behind the wheel of a vehicle. Despite statistics and warnings about the consequences that texting and driving can cause, many people continue to do it and at least one victim of the combined act is willing to share his story as part of an advocacy campaign.
Bicycling is rapidly becoming part of the normal commute for many people in Chicago. This should be a cause for concern, especially if drivers and cyclists refuse to properly share the road. When a car and a bicycle collide, the consequences can be catastrophic -- particularly for the person riding the bike. A common and potentially fatal result of such an accident is a brain injury. Not only are brain injuries potentially fatal, they can also result in incapacitation.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have left many veterans from Chicago with injuries. Some of these injuries are not as obvious as an amputated leg or a missing arm. However, a traumatic brain injury can be just as bad as any war injury. TBI is a trademark injury of these wars and they are often caused by concussive blasts that leave an individual's brain rattled and shaken.
The National Football League has been accused of knowing about the potential for its players to experience brain injuries and not acting on it in the past. But a new lawsuit may be the largest and most-organized of these complaints. More than 80 pending lawsuits from former NFL athletes have been consolidated into a master complaint, one that includes more than 2,100 players.
If what a new study says is true, those that have recently received brain injuries in Illinois may want to seek treatment or spend an extra few days recuperating from the injury. Brain injuries often occur due to sports and accidents, some of which result in lasting effects that could increase an individual's risk for depression or brain abnormalities.
Few injuries are as mysterious as brain injuries can be. While some in Chicago have experienced a traumatic brain injury with little long-term effects -- maybe a concussion that was properly treated -- and the individual is able to move forward with his or her life with little difficulty.
After a debilitating accident occurred last year, a 55-year-old woman is trying to regain portions of her former self. Three goals that she has set for herself include being able to speak again, to walk more and to regain the strength in her right hand. Currently, she cannot verbally communicate with more than one word.