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Simone Biles’ sponsors, including Athleta and Visa, are lauding her decision to put her mental health first and withdraw from the gymnastics team competition during the Olympics.

It’s the latest example of sponsors praising athletes who are increasingly open about mental health issues. Tennis star Naomi Osaka found widespread support when she withdrew from the French Open earlier this year.

Biles could still compete in other gymnastic events during the Olympics. She also has a solid history of gymnastic accomplishments, including four gold medals and a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics. She has earned five more all-around titles in world championships since 2013. That earns the 24-year-old a lasting athletic legacy that sponsors can capitalize on.

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Jayla Jackson, 16 and Emani Stanton, 17,  made history last week as the first Black female duo to win the Harvard Debate Council‘s international annual summer competition.

Jackson and Stanton secured the fourth consecutive championship for their Atlanta-based team, which has an undefeated 10-0 record. The topic of debate was, “Resolved: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization should substantially increase its defense commitments in the Baltic States.”

To quote from blackenterprise.com:

Each summer, the Harvard Debate Council, one of the oldest campus organizations at Harvard University, hosts a summer residential program for hundreds of gifted youths from over 15 countries around the world who converge on campus for two weeks of intensive study, which culminates in a program-wide debate tournament.

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The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has announced a partnership to support the launch and growth of the National Black Bank Foundation (NBBF), whose Co-Founder and General Counsel is Ashley D. Bell (pictured). The Community Foundation is serving as fiscal sponsor of NBBF as it awaits its final IRS determination letter which will allow it to act as an independent nonprofit entity.

The Community Foundation also will provide ongoing administrative services to NBBF by way of back-office support including financial oversight, managing donations to the organization, and amplifying their mission across a network of 800 community foundations across the U.S., thus accelerating NBBF’s ability to grow and scale its impact in local communities.

Black-owned banks have worked to build economic equity for the last century by extending credit for small business loans and home purchases to borrowers that major lenders reject. In minority-majority zip codes, Black banks are often the primary source for fair, non-predatory lending. But countervailing market forces have severely restricted their impact and numbers. In 1976, there were 50 Black-owned banks. Today, there are just 18, and that retrenchment has left many impoverished Black communities without retail banking options. According to the Federal Reserve, 49 percent of Black households were unbanked or underbanked in 2019, compared to just 15 percent of white families.

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Traumatic brain injury may be defined as any type of trauma that impacts how the brain functions. As we understand, the brain is the most complicated human body piece that we comprehend the least amount of information about. New studies about brain findings occur every day to provide us a better understanding of how to utilize and protect our brain's liveliness. Injuries that disrupt our brain health exist in numerous methods, and it is crucial to remain notified about what may have affected you.

Forms of Traumatic Brain Injury

In order to acknowledge a traumatic brain injury, it stands essential to know the three primary types of traumatic brain injury: Mild, Moderate, and Severe traumatic brain injury. Each may be measured on a scale called the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), determining seriousness.

Mild traumatic brain injury is a newer discovery that can take place in anyone's life. Any force to the head area may trigger a mild traumatic brain injury which should not be ignored. Take concussions, for example; These head injuries became regular events in the lives of active people, specifically athletes. Typically, a professional athlete might suffer a concussion due to a head injury in a sports-related event and be told to continue on or rest for a brief amount of time. We now understand that mild traumatic brain injuries, like concussions, if not appropriately treated, may build up over time and impact a person's brain cognition long-term.

Furthermore, mild traumatic brain injuries might occur due to an unexpected motion. Think about a moving automobile analogy: In the event you are driving at seventy miles per hour and all of a sudden hit the brakes to stop the automobile as soon as possible, this inertia-driven force may (legitimately) bounce your brain inside the skull cavity. The resulting effects might be bruising, swelling, or even bleeding of the brain and can be classified as a traumatic brain injury.

Moderate and severe traumatic brain injury levels up a mild traumatic brain injury on the GCS measuring scale. Just like mild traumatic brain injuries, moderate and severe traumatic brain injuries may occur out of force to the head area or by a permeating injury such as a gunshot wound to the head area. Moderate and severe terrible brain injuries threaten the lives of people each year and must seek careful attention. Falls by the elderly, incidents with guns, motor vehicle crashes, and even assault cases all add to the leading causes of moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries. The CDC approximates that about 22 percent of individuals with TBI pass away annually, along with 30 percent of people suffering worse TBI-related detriments with time. Likewise, dealing with TBI requires consistent care to stay out of the category of people who deteriorate due to its effects. Direct and indirect medical expenses associated with TBI represented over 75 billion dollars, primarily pertaining to TBIs requiring hospitalization along with fatalities.

Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries are proven to leave long-lasting impacts, whether they become noticeable right away or in the following years. Over 60,000 people die each year from traumatic brain injury impacts with that number affecting individuals of any age. The frightening statistic limits this number to 166 deaths daily. Research studies continue to show that traumatic brain injuries cause both short-term and lasting impacts. On the one hand, you might suffer short-term memory loss, brain fog, difficulty concentrating, and even headaches for weeks or months up until these symptoms diminish.

On the other hand, these signs, in addition to others such as brain damage, decreased motor function, and severe memory loss, may completely change one's quality of life. Determining the appropriate health care for a traumatic brain injury is the most crucial aspect to keep in mind. These injuries cannot be ignored and frequently need specialized treatment that guarantees the recovery of brain function through consistent care and monitoring. The long-lasting impacts of TBI are negatively significant, increasing the likelihood to suffer and potentially die from seizures, drug poisoning, infections, and pneumonia. This can be described as a triggering effect that generally refers to one event leading to another. Unfortunately, these situations negatively occur as an outcome of complicated injuries. Traumatic brain injury patients might even find themselves needing a lifetime of treatment to keep some quality of life. One must remember that the brain is the highest operating organ in our bodies, with many details that we still do not understand. It is up to us to secure this important piece of the body, regardless of material resources.

Traumatic brain injuries in young children are crucial to treat, whether their injuries are mild or extreme. This stands as an avoidance tactic to ensure that the results do not remain and advance in time as the child matures into their adult years. Children's brains are still developing with time, and an interruption in this development may activate long-term effects that, regrettably, are irreversible. Parents should keep in mind that their child's brains form basic life skills such as behavior changes, social skills, and learning retention, which all add to a child living a productive adult life. Our kids are the foundation of our society that will one day contribute to carrying out our traditions and forming new traditions for the future of society; it depends on us to protect them.

Like many illnesses, the elderly are at the most significant threat of requiring hospitalization or even succumbing to death due to a traumatic brain injury. Older adults already experience similar impacts caused by their apparent aging, such as memory loss and reduced productivity. These old-age misfortunes often entail that an adult in their later years might suffer a traumatic brain injury and never receive a proper diagnosis from a healthcare professional. Regrettably, this is a common occurrence, and these mistakes must not be taken lightly due to their extreme effects. Likewise, seniors frequently take extra medications that may adversely affect them if they experience a traumatic brain injury. According to the CDC, Anticoagulants like warfarin (Coumadin), rivaroxaban (Xarelto), and apixaban (Eliquis), and antiplatelet medications like clopidogrel (Plavix), ticagrelor (Brilinta), and acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin) might all increase the amount of bleeding in the brain following a traumatic brain injury.

Finding a Traumatic Brain Injury lawyer

Traumatic brain injury lawyers require the experience and knowledge to manage these complex cases appropriately. For starters, a lawyer who might think they are just assisting in a conventional vehicle accident case might not ask to dive deeper into the injuries suffered to check for a traumatic brain injury. Choosing the right lawyer typically comes down to experience in this field of work to ask the right questions and ensure clients receive proper compensation and treatment. To decipher through lawyers, one must use a detail-oriented evaluation process. To elaborate, some lawyers may just practice with a singular goal in mind: to make money. Now, making money is a fantastic thing sometimes, but it ought not to be the focus of all decisions behind a customer's case. Other lawyers might have excellent intentions; however, their experience in this field might be lacking. Traumatic brain injuries are only recently becoming more outspoken due to the meter of transparency in sports, medicine, and overall good health on the rise. In order to obtain a proper lawyer, one must remember all of the intricacies that go into receiving proper care. For instance, a traumatic brain injury lawyer must gather a team of credible medical professionals to prove your case for a traumatic brain injury claim based on the facts and appropriate collection of data. Then, a traumatic brain injury lawyer must gather a team of financial professionals to work with medical professionals to establish a short or long-lasting treatment plan that most greatly benefits the victim of a TBI. Next, a traumatic brain injury lawyer must gather all of this information among others and utilize it to justify to the opposite side why your case matters. Of course, little things along the way, such as using correctly backed medical journals and professionals to support your findings, play into the skillset of a knowledgeable traumatic brain injury lawyer. Often, individuals on the other side of your traumatic brain injury case work for or within the insurance company's line of work. For that reason, their primary objective may aim to prove the absolute reverse of your claims and explain why your lawyer's research is wrong. Insurance companies may hire defense lawyers to reduce your claims in an effort to limit monetary damages. The reality for you might be a cold-hearted realization of one person versus another fighting for what is right.

On the other hand, traumatic brain injury lawyers have the responsibility, as all lawyers have, to distribute their client's money properly in the most efficient matter. However, when it comes down to an intricate injury such as TBI, elements play into a lawyer's decision to recommend where their client's money may be distributed in the best place possible. For instance, some lawyers go the extra mile in utilizing their expert medical and economic resources to research programs around the nation and the world that provide TBI treatment in the highest capacity. Programs exist throughout that country that may not only treat TBI patients daily; however improve TBI patients with one-on-one exercises and specialized testing. The typical health care providers at your local medical facility may not be a part of a TBI-specific treatment team or division within their employer. Facilitating with a branch of specialized medical experts costs large amounts of time and money that standard healthcare facilities may not want to handle. All of these elements play a role in your determination of the right lawyer to represent you in your traumatic brain injury case. The best outcomes for each of these factors simply boil down to experience and commitment. As for the medical professionals, finding the proper TBI lawyer might prove to be less common than a traditional lawyer specializing in standard matters. Whether you research on behalf of yourself or on behalf of another, it is important to keep these facts in mind. If you are the victim of a traumatic brain injury, your life may be drastically impacted in one way or another. Therefore, you deserve the peace of mind that this obstacle can be overcome, and your quality of life might not be diminished.

Let us at The Cochran Firm defend you with our skilled team of traumatic brain injury lawyers who have the knowledge and know-how to get you what you deserve after this life-altering injury. Traumatic brain injuries should not be taken lightly. Whether they are mild or severe, we might be able to help.

Why Choose The Cochran Firm 

The lawyers at The Cochran Firm are among the nation’s most successful and tenacious lawyers. When navigating through the legal process, you deserve to have an experienced lawyer by your side. The Cochran Firm lawyers know how to fight for you. 

Here at The Cochran Firm, our experienced lawyers are ready to help you or someone you love pursuing a brain injury claim. Our lawyers work closely with each of our clients using pooled resources and their access to legal expertise to ensure the most effective legal representation available is provided. 

You need the help of an experienced brain injury lawyer who has proven successful results in other similar cases to guide you through the process and help you to receive the monetary damages you are entitled to under the law. At The Cochran Firm, we have the offices, the experience, the results, and the resources to aid clients throughout the United States.

Please contact the brain injury lawyers at The Cochran Firm today for your free, no-obligation initial consultation today.

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