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New Documentary Shows Lasting Impact of Brain Injuries

Aug 2013

According to a recent article on, HBO will be premiering a new movie, The Crash Reel, which is being described as ”the definitive film on brain injury.”  Our Philadelphia brain injury attorneys know that brain injuries are far too common in the United States, with the CDC estimating that as many as 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries happen every single year. Unfortunately, despite the millions of brain injury sufferers, many people are unaware of just how pervasive and life changing a blow to the head can be. As new studies come out regularly showing yet another lasting consequence of a brain injury, movies such as the Crash Reel can help caregivers, insurance companies and society to develop a deeper understanding of just what brain injury patients face. 

Brain Injuries are “Insidious”

Lucy Walker, director of The Crash Reel, described brain injuries as “insidious” injuries because “It’s [the brain injury's] physical and it’s mental and it’s social and it’s practical.” This description is an excellent one that helps to drive home the serious and lasting impact a brain injury can have on a person’s life. A brain injury can affect all aspects of cognitive function, leaving the victim to relearn basic tasks and struggling to cope with the normal activities that make up everyday life.

A brain injury can also increase the chances of a myriad of health problems, such as upping the chances of developing dementia. Unfortunately, recent studies reported by Medscape suggest that there may even be a link between brain injury and ischemic stroke, and that brain injury may increase the risk of ischemic stroke as much as hypertension does (hypertension is currently the leading risk factor).

Unfortunately, the consequences of brain injury can be so devastating. In fact, the CDC has reported that as many as 30.5 percent of all fatalities related to injuries in the United States happen as a result of brain injury.  Yet, despite how common and devastating brain injuries are, many people just don’t have a full understanding of the issues. The Crash Reel can change all that.

The Crash Reel follows the story of Kevin Pearce, a snowboarder who was on the fast track to a great career. Pearce was not only in training for the Olympic Games but had also been featured on ESPN and was becoming a big name in the field of professional snowboarding. Unfortunately, a failed attempt to do a technical trick caused Pearce to sustain a serious brain injury. Pearce was in a coma as a result of his injuries and when he came out of the coma, he had to spend 10 months in a rehab facility learning how to walk and talk again.

Pearce reportedly hopes to snowboard again one day. But doctors have cautioned that there is an extreme risk if he suffers another blow to the head. Pearce’s cognitive impairments from brain injury are also lasting, as doctors have explained his memory and vision will be permanently affected by the brain injury.

While Pearce’s story is being told in a movie, he is just one of millions of victims who face similar struggles as a result of a blow to the head. Hopefully, his story will help to bring the issue of brain injury front and center so the public can develop a deeper understanding and awareness of the risks of complications of these complex injuries.

If you are injured in Philadelphia, Bucks County or anywhere in Pennsylvania, contact Flager & Associates. Call us at 1-215-953-5200 for a free case consultation.

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