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TX injury lawyerIn December, a 12-year-old San Antonio girl spoke for the first time since a car accident that happened in May 2019. The crash had left her with a traumatic brain injury that affected her speech and ability to walk, and this recent development has been a source of hope and inspiration for the girl, her family, and her community.

This story can provide hope for recovery to other car accident victims, but it also serves as a reminder that the road to recovery can be long, and that car accident injuries can have a major impact on your daily life. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have especially severe effects on both physical and mental health and abilities.

The Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries

TBIs include concussions and other injuries that result from a forceful impact or jolt to the head, such as the impact of a vehicle collision. They can affect speech and language in different ways. For example, the injury may affect the area of the brain that controls the muscles involved in speech, resulting in speech that is slurred or slower than usual. Alternatively, the injury could affect the mental processes involved in speech, making it difficult to pronounce words consistently, find the correct words to use, or understand the speech of other people.

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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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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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traumatic brain injury, New Braunfels personal injury attorneyA Maryland school official intends to order $25,000 worth of chocolate milk to help student athletes recover from concussions.

The Washington County superintendent acknowledged that scientists may believe he is “[expletive deleted] nuts” to think that chocolate milk can limit brain damage, but he says the move is supported by an unpublished study from the University of Maryland. That study concluded that athletes who drank a specific brand of chocolate milk after games and practices had higher scores on post-concussion cognitive tests that athletes who did not drink it. The product manufacturer stated that the milk has enhanced levels of protein, electrolytes, and other brain-friendly ingredients.

When asked to comment, a neuropsychologist at the Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey speculated that the correlation is simply due to the fact that “regular hydration and nutrition for athletes is important for brain health and neuroprotection.”

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