Category: Brain Injury

BIANS Golf Tournament Kicks off Brain Injury Awareness Month

by John McKiggan

On Monday I had the pleasure of golfing in the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia’s annual charitable golf tournament.

The event went off without a hitch and I wanted to offer my congratulations to BIANS and their volunteers for making the day a great success.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, June is Brain Injury Awareness Month in Nova Scotia.

Cooling Therapy for Brain Injured Children Dangerous: Canadian Study

by John McKiggan

Hypothermia therapy, where patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) are cooled to prevent brain swelling, has shown promise in helping adult survivors of TBI. See this article for example.

However, a study led by researchers at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children have found that the practice may be dangerous for children with brain injuries.

The study, involved 225 children at 17 centres in Canada, France and the United Kingdom. There was no difference in how the patients in each group recovered neurologically.

Haven’t posted for a while…

by John McKiggan

…since I have been preparing for a month long jury trial that starts next week on behalf of a client who suffered a minor traumatic brain injury (MTBI). I have found the more I prepare, the luckier I am.

MTBI claims are among the most difficult of personal injury claims to prove. By definition, imaging studies (MRI, CT scan, X-ray) are normal. Often there is no loss of consciousness and sometimes the victim has not even suffered a blow to the head.

The effects of MTBI are subtle. It can be difficult to convince a jury that someone who looks so “normal” has suffered a debilitating injury.

Pediatric Injuries Requiring Hospitalization in Canada Dropping

by John McKiggan

Injury is the leading cause of death and disability among children and adolescents in Canada. A new report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information indicates that the number of children injured each year in Canada has declined steadily over recent years.

The rate of child injury in 2005–2006 was 36.7 per 10,000 persons, compared to 40.6 per 10,000 persons, in 2001–2002.

The authors of report suggest that the decrease in pediatric injuries could be due to a variety of factors, including:

“Crazy Canuck” suffered Brain Damage from Skiing Injuries

by John McKiggan

Dave Irwin was one of the famous Crazy Canucks, the legendary Canadian Olympic ski team. He was one of the greatest skiers in Canadian history, and one of the fastest skiers in the world. Now he is a survivor of brain injury; the result of repeated concussions from some of his spectacular wipe outs during his downhill racing career.

I just watched the documentary Downhill Racer on CBC’s Fifth Estate about Dave Irwin. It is a powerful story about Irwin’s brain injury and his struggle for recovery.

If there is anyone who still doubts that concussions due to sports injuries can have catastrophic consequences, they need to watch this documentary.

Depression Linked to Brain Injury

by John McKiggan

A new Canadian study suggests depression is a physical outcome of “minor” head injuries like concussion.

In the past, coaches and athletes have considered having your “bell rung” (a concussion) to be a relatively minor injury that athletes need to “shake off” before returning to the game. The sports medicine study was conducted to determine the effects of concussion on elite or professional athletes.

The National Post reported that: