US President Donald Trump has said that he will “take a look” at pardoning the whistleblower Edward Snowden. He was asked during a press conference at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club about pardoning the former US contractor. In his reply, the US President said that he will consider this subject seriously.
Edward Snowden, the former US contractor revealed in the year 2013 about the actions of the US government to spy on its citizens. Snowden fled to Russia after he made the revelations and he is staying in exile in Russia. Now, he has expressed his willingness to return to the United States with a condition to receive a fair trial.
The US president has expressed that he was not in touch with the updates on the current situation of Snowden. Further, he has expressed that he is planning to look deeply into this matter. He said that people are expressing different opinions on this subject.
He has mentioned that some people are asking the US government to give bad treatment to the former US contractor. While the other group of people is treating him differently. In addition to this, he mentioned that he will look into this matter in a strong manner.
What Donald Trump is saying right now is completely different from his statement during the 2016 presidential campaign. In the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump called Snowden a traitor and promised people to deal with him in a harsh manner.
Snowden leaked the information to show that the National Security Agency (NSA) was playing with the privacy of US citizens. After his statement, the US government accused him of endangering national security and put espionage charges against him. And he even failed to get pardoned by the former US president, Barack Obama.
Traumatic Brain Injuries A Common Occurrence In The US. Here Is Why
Data from the Brain Injury Association of America shows that over 3.5 million cases of traumatic brain injury (“TBI”) are reported in America each year.
TBI injuries to the brain often result from a blow to the head with a blunt object or a sudden and back and forth jerking of the head. A TBI can also result from a penetration injury, such as a gunshot shot to the head.
Why TBIs Are Common
There are many ways through which a person could sustain traumatic brain injuries, which is the reason behind their prevalence. The leading cause of TBIs are falls, which account for approximately 40 percent of TBIs. Other common causes include motor vehicle accidents, contact sports, assaults, and firearm injuries.
TBIs can affect persons of any age. However, studies show that children under five, individuals ages 15 to 24, and older adults above 75 have a greater prevalence of developing traumatic brain injuries.
Service members, homeless people, and persons in correctional facilities also have a high chance of suffering a TBI because of their environments.
Classification of TBIs
TBIs fall into three main categories;
- Mild TBI, also referred to as concussions
- Moderate TBI
- Severe TBI
Concussions are the most common and easiest to treat. They usually result from a violent rocking of the head after a fall or in contact sports. Though mild, it is essential to see a doctor after a concussion. Even with proper treatment, healing can take a few weeks to months.
Moderate and severe TBIs are the more severe brain injuries. While it is possible to suffer a moderate to severe TBI from a simple fall, the most common causes are falls from heights, a severe blow to the head through an accident or an assault, and penetrative head injuries, such as a gunshot.
Unlike concussions, whose symptoms can heal in a few weeks, moderate to severe TBI patients may have to live with their injuries for much longer and sometimes even for life.
Treatment for TBIs
Treatments for TBIs differ depending on the severity of the injury. The first stage in treatment is the diagnosis stage. While moderate and severe TBI may manifest immediately after an accident, concussions may not and can take as many as 48 hours before showing up.
Therefore, it is essential to see a doctor if you have had an accident, even when you may not feel injured. Seeking medical attention will help rule out the possibility of injuries that may take longer to show, like a concussion.
Fortunately, most treatments for traumatic brain injuries do not require surgery. Also, treatment procedures have improved over the years, which means you can almost be sure that doctors will only recommend a procedure when it is vital.
The Cost of Treatment
The cost of treating TBIs can vary widely based on the severity of injuries and the procedures used to treat the injuries. “Brain injuries often require a life care plan that establishes all future needs and the cost for this care. Recovering enough money for our clients to be fully compensated for their pain and suffering, past and future economic losses and the millions that are often required to pay for future care needs related to their TBI is always our goal.” says injury attorney Jon Ostroff of Ostroff Injury Law.
The cost goes beyond the cost of treatment. It also includes lost wages, physical pain, and complete alteration of a person’s quality of life for severe injuries, which must be factored in when seeking compensation for damages resulting from another person’s negligence.
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