The United States’ Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the ‘first broad evidence-based recommendations for diagnosing and treating children’s concussions,’ according to the Associated Press. The release comes just months after Rowan’s Law, an initiative heralded by some brain injury lawyers as a blueprint for other Canadian provinces, came into effect in Ontario.
The CDC guideline’s broad focus sets it apart from previous efforts in this area. Rowan’s Law and directives from the American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Pediatrics concentrate on sports injuries; the CDC publication also addresses slip-and-fall injuries and injuries from motor vehicle accidents.
Of course, sports remain a focus. As CDC brain injury specialist Matthew Breiding, one of the guideline’s co-authors, told the Associated Press: “Some children and teens think concussions aren’t serious or worry that if they report a concussion they will lose their position on the team or look weak. Remind them that it’s better to miss one game than the whole season.”
The guideline is based on a comprehensive evaluation of 25 years of scientific research and includes only procedures with the strongest evidence of success. For instance, the CDC reminds parents not to rely on X-rays or CT scans to diagnose concussions and warns that blood tests aren’t reliable, either. When a concussion is diagnosed, it recommends three days of rest from physical and mental activity (school; sports) and assures parents that symptoms will fade within three months in most cases.
As the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) notes in the abstract for the guideline, “mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), or concussion, in children is a rapidly growing public health concern because epidemiologic data indicate a marked increase in the number of emergency department visits for mTBI over the past decade.” Indeed, some estimates suggest as many as 1-million American children experience concussions each year. In Canada, concussions and possible concussions account for almost 65 per cent of all sports-related head injuries among children and youth. Childhood concussions are a serious issue across North America, and brain injury lawyers are encouraged to see lawmakers and governmental bodies invest in education and awareness.
If you or a member of your family has suffered a brain injury of any severity – from a concussion to a TBI – don’t hesitate to contact Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers today to learn how we can help. Our experienced team of brain injury lawyers can assess the viability of your claim and provide guidance and advice as you seek compensation.
Ontario’s highways are filled with large vehicles, from hulking pick-ups to sleek, family-friendly SUVs. Consumers are attracted to these vehicles because they’re tough – they excel in Canadian winters and keep families safe.
But what about families in other vehicles? What about the occupants of thousands of smaller cars that share the road with bulky Dodge Rams and GMC Yukons? As Ontario car accident lawyers have come to understand, large vehicles make Ontario’s road less safe, even as they protect their occupants.
In a 2015 article for the National Post, columnist Tristan Hopper cited several studies that confirmed the danger large vehicles pose to other drivers. According to researchers at the University of Buffalo, for example, in collisions between SUVs and smaller vehicles, the driver of the smaller vehicle is four times more likely to be killed than the driver of the SUV.
A team of Montreal scientists scoured data on millions of Canadian crashes and found that SUV drivers were 224 per cent more likely to cause a fatal accident than drivers of smaller vehicles.
And at the University of California, San Diego, researchers estimate that for every life saved by driving a large vehicle, 4.3 pedestrians, motorcyclists, and car drivers are killed.
Large vehicles are safer for a number of reasons: their height means occupants are elevated above collisions; their stiff frames make them less likely to succumb to external pressure; and perhaps most importantly, they are much heavier than station wagons and sedans.
However, these factors are also what makes large vehicles so dangerous to other drivers. According to the same National Post article: “for every 450 kilograms added to the weight of a car (roughly the difference between a Toyota Prius and a Ford Taurus), a vehicle becomes 40 per cent more likely to turn an otherwise survivable crash into a fatal collision.”
Ontario car accident lawyers don’t believe that SUVs and pick-ups should be banned from the province’s roads, of course. Large vehicles are critical tools on work sites and ideal for accommodating large families. But as Ontario’s population grows and our streets become more crowded, large vehicle operators must be aware of the danger they pose and take steps to ensure the safety of those around them.
If you or a member of your family has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact Neinstein Personal Injury Layers today to set-up a free, no-obligation consultation. Our team of experienced Ontario car accident lawyers can assess the viability of your claim and help you access compensation for your injuries.
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