After traumatic brain injury, it is critically important to immediately begin nutritioal supplementation, by a gastric tube or PIC line if necessary. According to a recent study from New York Presbyterian Hospital, without gastric feeding within the first 5-7 days of suffering their injury, TBI patients had a two- and four-fold higher likelihood of death. For every 10kcal/kg decrease in caloric intake there was a 30–40 % increase in mortality rate. The best outcomes for patients with TBI were when patients received a minimum of 25kcal/kg each day. Unfortunately, the researchers found that as many as 62% of patients studied never met this level of caloric intake.
The Shigley Law Firm represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases — including brain injury cases — statewide in Georgia. Recently elected Secretary of the State Bar of Georgia, Ken Shigley has been designated as a "SuperLawyer" in Atlanta Magazine and one of the "Legal Elite" in Georgia Trend Magazine. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and former chair of both the Southeastern Motor Carrier Liability Institute and the Georgia Insurance Law Institute.