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New Braunfels TX personal injury lawyerYour brain is one of the most important organs in your body. Without a brain, we do not function. This is why brain injuries are commonly severe and can leave you with lasting effects. According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were an estimated 224,000 people who sought medical treatment for a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2017. The CDC also states that motor vehicle crashes were one of the leading causes of TBIs that required medical treatment, at around 24.5 percent. If you have experienced a TBI from a car accident, you should speak with a Texas personal injury lawyer to discuss your options for compensation.

What is a TBI?

According to the Mayo Clinic, a traumatic brain injury occurs when the brain hits the walls of the skull. This usually occurs as a result of a blow or other trauma to the head, and motor vehicle crashes remain one of the most common causes of TBIs. Because a TBI is an injury to one of the most important organs in the body, it has a wide range of symptoms that can affect a person both physically and psychologically. Some of the most common symptoms of mild TBIs include:

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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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Texas accident lawyer, Texas injury attorneyA concussion is a common injury following car accidents. Drivers and passengers can hit their heads on the windows, dashboard, wheel, or airbag. While an airbag is meant to cushion someone’s movements, it can still be a significant enough blow to harm the individual’s brain. The major issue with a concussion from a collision is that it is not always noticeable immediately following the accident. Emergency medical personnel may miss the signs and send a person a home. However, victims of crashes should know the signs of concussions so that they can seek medical attention as soon as they know something may be wrong. If you suffered a concussion in a car accident and now have medical expenses or a long-term condition to deal with, contact an attorney immediately.

What Is a Concussion?

Do not let the simple title fool you; a concussion is a traumatic brain injury. When there is a major blow to the head, the brain, which is normally cushioned by fluid within the skull, can crash against the skull. The extreme force upon the brain alters the way this organ functions. A concussion can also occur if someone is violently shaken, whipped from one direction to another, or has an object penetrate his or her skull. In recent years, scientists and physicians and found concussions are much more serious than previously thought. One or more concussions can lead to long-term or permanent issues.

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

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