Earlier this month, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a $13.9 million medical malpractice verdict in a case where the plaintiff was represented by Tyrone Law Firm. The Court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, Melissa Dempsey, for injuries that her daughter, Kailey, sustained during her birth in 2002.
A few weeks ago, we posted about several different support groups that exist for those suffering from reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), also known as complex regional pain syndrome type 1, a condition that causes severe, chronic pain and has no known cure. Recently, we learned of another, Hope Over Pain, that may be of use to those seeking communal support for coping with RSD.
In this year's fall edition of Verdict Magazine, the journal for the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Nelson Tyrone of Tyrone Law firm wrote and published an article about the challenges of voir dire, the process by which potential jurors are questioned on various matters before being chosen to sit on a jury for trial.
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), also known as complex regional pain syndrome type 1, can be immensely difficult to tolerate. Because the pain caused by the condition does not have a treatable root, those suffering RSD must deal with chronic and intense pain. This can seem like an impossible and torturous way to live life--and thus, it is incredibly important for those suffering from RSD to develop ways to manage their pain. Throughout the year, we have discussed several different activities with which sufferers of RSD have come up to help cope, including going to support groups and creating awareness walks. Now, with the disease gaining more awareness, stories of those afflicted with the disease and how they have managed to cope with their pain have become more widespread.
When a child has cerebral palsy, some of his needs may not be met by the average home. Often, home modifications must be made to accommodate children with cerebral palsy so that they may live safely and comfortably. According to the website for United Cerebral Palsy, these adjustments can include a wide variety of changes, "from something as simple as replacing cabinet doorknobs with pull handles to full-scale construction projects that require installing wheelchair ramps and widening doorways." These projects can also prove difficult, costly, or both; as such, this post provides links to some resources that families seeking to modify their homes for children with cerebral palsy may find useful.
TIME Magazine recently published an article, written by Alexandra Sifferlin, detailing how concussions can affect girls differently than boys. Traumatic brain injuries, which occur when one sustains a violent blow to the head or body that causes damage to the brain, affect approximately 2.5 million people every year. Over half of these people are boys, but when girls sustain traumatic brain injuries, they are affected in a different way.
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), also known as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), can be difficult to cope with not only physically, but also mentally, for those suffering from RSD may feel that no one else is able to understand what they are going through. However, support and awareness groups exist to aid those suffering from RSD in this regard, and they are making great strides to raise awareness and research.
October 1, 2014 was World Cerebral Palsy Day, which its official website describes as "a global innovation project to change the world for people living with cerebral palsy and their families" that is "designed to gather ideas from people around the world and make the best of those ideas a reality." The World Cerebral Palsy Alliance, which has gathered support from over 45 countries, invited people with cerebral palsy, as well as their friends and families, to submit ideas through a one-minute video or text (i.e., it takes the reader less than one minute to read the text in full) presentation of something that would "change the worlds" of those with cerebral palsy.
Typically, when we discuss traumatic brain injuries on this website, we do so in the context of automobile accidents, falls, and the like. However, an article posted on Outside Magazine's website makes a revelation that, while initially startling, is not all that surprising upon second look. Traumatic brain injuries are on the rise these days, but not because more people are being hit by cars or getting into car accidents--rather, traumatic brain injuries are increasing dramatically because, as Marc Peruzzi writes in his article, "our behavior has changed."
Although cerebral palsy, a condition stemming from injuries that occur to a child's brain while in the womb or at birth, undoubtedly alters the lifestyles of children who have it, it does not entail a poor quality of life. Many aids exist to help those with cerebral palsy live healthy, happy lives, and this extends well outside of childhood.
A recent study released by Allan Colver, professor of community child health at Newcastle University in England, shows that adolescents afflicted with cerebral palsy have a similar quality of life to those who are the same age and do not suffer from the disorder, according to AL.com. The study consisted of a questionnaire that was given to over 400 adolescents between the ages of thirteen and seventeen with cerebral palsy, asking about areas such as physical well-being and relationships with friends. The same questionnaires were also given to children without cerebral palsy.
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD, CRPS Type 1), a condition that creates severe, chronic physical pain in its victims. There is no known cure for RSD, and its exact causes are yet unknown, although they are being closely examined by the medical community. RSD is a very rare disease; in fact, it is so rare that it does not have much occasion to appear in the news. However, some uplifting stories about RSD have been circulating through the news lately, and sufferers of RSD and their loved ones may take heart in the notion that, while no cure exists at the moment, communities appear to be actively taking steps to raise money and awareness for a cure, all while the medical community is slowly but surely making advances towards making the condition more manageable.
Earlier this year, we posted an article on coping with the emotional difficulties that typically follow traumatic brain injuries, which occur when one sustains a violent blow to the head or body that causes damage to the brain. Emotional issues, such as depression, anxiety, and irritability can occur not only because the part of the brain controlling emotions and behavior may have been affected, but also because a sufferer of a traumatic brain injury may simply be frustrated with the changes she has experienced post-injury in her cognitive skills. Traumatic brain injury patients typically experience cognitive issues with attention and concentration, memory, language and speech, and problem-solving. While some of these issues will improve with time, patients do not need to feel reduced to waiting on recovery; they may help facilitate it by taking some simple steps to improve their cognitive functions.
After discussing in more detail the potential causes and symptoms of reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), here, we turn to the treatment and diagnosis of the condition.
At present, no single diagnostic test for RSD exists. Physicians will often refer to contextual clues such as the patient's medical history and common signs and symptoms. According to the Mayo Clinic, however, physicians consider certain procedures to be particularly helpful in seeking clues to diagnose RSD.
Throughout the year, we have posted several entries about reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) through the narrative of Kathy, a woman featured on "The Doctors" TV show who lives with a severe form of RSD. Today, we want to explain RSD more in detail--its causes, its symptoms, and its treatments.
Earlier this year, a blog entry on activities, exercises and toys for children with cerebral palsy mentioned the concept of "play therapy," a concept in which children will play with toys and activities and, in the process, develop their mental and physical abilities. Play therapy is considered crucial to the growth of children with cerebral palsy. It is easy to see why; children are prone to want to play, and in the process, they can learn more about themselves and the world around them.