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b2ap3_thumbnail_brain-injury.jpgTexas experiences quite a lot of auto accidents, which can lead to a variety of different injuries. One of the most common types is brain injuries, ranging from mild whiplash and concussions to serious long-term traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that require lifelong treatment. If you or a loved one has experienced a brain injury as a result of an auto accident, it is important to know that you do have options in terms of how best to seek compensation.

Causes and Symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for those aged 15-34 and those over 75 years of age nationwide, as well as being the second most common cause of TBI-related hospitalizations. These statistics are understandable when one considers the sheer weight of metal, glass, and plastic that is forced to move at a very rapid speed when one or more vehicles collide. Brain injuries, in particular, are common in vehicle accidents because even with a seatbelt, they are always a risk.

It can sometimes be difficult to determine when you have sustained a brain injury because the symptoms are so diverse. Some commonly seen signs of a potential TBI include blurred vision, confusion, seizures, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and slurred speech, among others. Some of these symptoms are more common in ‘mild’ brain injuries than in severe examples, but any brain injury is serious and should be checked out by a medical professional as soon as possible - both for obvious health reasons and to preserve records of your injury if you decide to bring suit against a negligent driver.

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landowner liability, New Braunfels personal injury lawyersAs another school year draws to a close, South Central Texas children will be spending more time on area playgrounds. According to a recent report, these children risk traumatic brain injury almost every time they slide down slides, climb on monkey bars, or swing on swings.

Between 2001 and  2013, over 21,000 children aged 14 and younger were rushed to an emergency room with a TBI. Girls between ages 5 and 9 were the most at-risk group. Only about 4 percent of these victims received any follow-up care, even though injury incidents were higher in the study’s later years.

The study authors strongly recommended that parents inspect the facilities before allowing children to play, especially if they are built atop hard surfaces, like bare ground, asphalt or concrete.

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head injuries, CTE, New Braunfels brain injury lawyerAfter having played 10 years and never missing a game or practice, the New York Jets’ star left tackle is hanging up his cleats, largely due to the fear of brain injury.

D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who as a youngster was told that he could never play contact sports after undergoing open heart surgery at age 9, never even appeared on the team’s injury list during his playing career. The former Freeport High School (Long Island) and University of Virginia standout became a Jet with the fourth overall pick in 2006. Last year, Mr. Ferguson said he felt “betrayed” by the National Football League over its handling of the link between professional football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE); he said that his declining skills and the possibility of a pay cut also loomed large in his decision.

A teammate praised Mr. Ferguson, who went to four Pro Bowls, by saying he was “the most authentic person I know. I love him. His loyalty, how he treats others, goes beyond football.”

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brain injury, New Braunfels personal injury attorneyAn area preschooler suffered a serious brain injury during a seemingly routine trip to a local dental office.

The 4-year-old girl visited a dental office in Houston to have several decaying teeth treated. Then, according to documents filed with the Texas Board of Dental Examiners, the girl went into convulsions after being sedated. Instead of calling for emergency personnel, the dentist allegedly administered Halcion; in fact, it was “several hours” before emergency responders arrived on scene. Doctors believe her injury to be permanent, and according to her mother, the girl can “follow voices sometimes but she can’t look directly at a person anymore.” The girl received treatment in four different hospitals, and is now in a physical rehabilitation center.

The dentist was disciplined in 2005 for failing to meet the “minimum standard of care,” and again in 2012 for falling “below the minimum standard of care in the sedation of a minor.” A license revocation hearing is pending.

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brain injuries, New Braunfels personal injury attorney"I'm tired."

These were the last words that former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler uttered before his death last July at age 69. Now, according to a brain autopsy performed at his request, doctors know that a serious brain injury may have caused that fatigue.

Following a seven-month investigation, researchers determined that Mr. Stabler was suffering from Stage 3 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a diagnosis that helps his family understand why his mind seemed to slip away in his later years. Mr. Stabler was one of the first quarterbacks diagnosed with CTE, suggesting that all players in contact sports are at risk for developing the disease. Scientists believe that repetitive blows to the head cause the degenerative condition, though other factors may play a part as well.

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The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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