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Statistics show that 146,000 Texans suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year (one every four minutes). Roughly half a million Texans are currently living with a disability caused by TBI. It is also the leading cause of death and disability in people under the age of 45. There are many causes for TBI, ranging from motor vehicle accidents to workplace accidents. The brain injury attorneys at Guajardo & Marks have represented many TBI victims and their families to receive compensation for their suffering, which often includes a lifetime of care and medical expenses.
The number one cause for TBI is a slip-and-fall accident (40.5%), followed by being struck by/against an object (15.5%) and motor vehicle accidents (14.3%).
So, what happens after someone suffers a major injury to the brain?
Parents do everything they can to protect their children. They make tough decisions to ensure that their sons and daughters aren’t put in harm’s way. Just ask any parent who is considering whether or not their child should be able to play football.
It is one of any parent’s worst nightmares to picture their child becoming the victim of a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s) are some of the worst injuries that a person can suffer, regardless of their age. However, in children, these injuries can have a profoundly detrimental impact on a brain that is still in the crucial stages of development…. read more
We like to instill toughness and perseverance in our children. Phrases like these have been echoed in locker rooms and on playing fields throughout the history of organized sports. But over the past few decades, we have gained a deeper understanding of how injuries impact children and the terrible implications they can have later in life.
One of the biggest concerns in youth athletics is the impact an injury can have on the human brain. When it comes to sports-related brain injuries, the adages that are intended to “toughen up” young people could have devastating health consequences. Read more.
There are numerous short- and long-term consequences that can occur as the result of a TBI. They include impairment of cognitive brain functions like memory, concentration and reasoning. Physical effects include dizziness, headaches, problems with speech or mobility and impairment of sensory perceptions like vision and hearing, Then there are the emotional side effects like aggression, anxiety, depression and personality changes. These effects may not appear until weeks or months after the injury. See Also: Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
One recent study found that out of 3,000 major head trauma cases, 52% of those who survived were moderately to severely disabled after one year following the injury. These changes in personality and emotional state can strain close relationships, leaving the victim isolated and severely depressed, even suicidal. Related: TBIs and Disability
Financial consequences can be equally devastating. Medical bills for TBI can cost a person up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Paying these bills is often difficult due to the loss of income that sometimes accompanies severe brain injuries. Read More: Costs Associated with Brain Injuries
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It’s difficult to anticipate events that lead to TBI, but there are a few things that we can do to reduce their occurrence.
Unfortunately, TBI can often occur because of negligence, ranging from driver recklessness to unsafe property conditions. At Guajardo & Marks Law Firm, we believe that responsible parties should be held accountable for their negligence, and that victims should receive compensation for the damages and injuries they have suffered. In addition to initial and ongoing medical care, this can include compensation for loss of income and quality of life.
Traumatic brain injuries are not like other injuries. The severity and effects of the injury can depend upon your age, what part of the brain was damaged, and how severe the damage was. Every brain injury is different, and so is every recovery. To really understand TBIs, it is important to separate the facts and myths:
Concussions are the most well-known closed brain injury. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can range from mild to severe. Concussions that are mild do not cause any immediate danger of death, but they still can lead to life-changing consequences. Concussions can be especially problematic if the patient has more than one over time.
Concussions are hard to diagnose; the basic diagnosis is a loss of consciousness followed by a loss of memory after a blow to the head. That combination is a reasonable indictor, but you do not have to have a loss of consciousness and amnesia to have a concussion. A medical examination by a physician is required to diagnose most concussions.
Children tend to be resilient when they are injured, but this is often not the case with brain injuries. People may think that because the brain of a child is growing so quickly, it may be able to repair itself. But in reality, the softer skull of a young child and the growing brain can put the child at higher risk of serious problems.
Recent studies in Australia done on TBIs in children as young as two years found that a traumatic brain injury affected IQ, cognitive function and behavior for substantial periods of time. Researchers also found that recovery from a TBI can continue for years after the injury.The home environment of the child can have a positive influence upon the recovery as well.
Young children under four are at most risk of having a traumatic brain injury from a fall, car accident, child abuse, sports or being struck with a moving object. Most of these injuries are not fatal, but about 1/3 of children with a TBI have lasting damage. Children with TBIs also may have their mental and physical development damaged for some period of time, or even permanently. However, research shows that from approximately three years after the injury until about 10 years after, the child can make some developmental gains that are appropriate for their age.
The effects of a brain injury can extend far beyond the victim. A brain injury also can have major effects on the family and loved ones. Many brain injuries affect who the person once was and can also affect who the family and/or primary caregiver once was. Family relationships can be disrupted; and the family’s functionality, balance and harmony may never be the same. In some ways, losing who the loved one was can be almost as difficult as physically losing the person; there is a daily reminder that the loved one is no longer the same. Sometimes there are not enough support and resources available for families who must care for a loved one with a brain injury.
If you are dealing with the brain injury of a loved one, be sure that you ask for the help and support of other family members as you need it. Also, the financial and emotional costs of care of a loved one with a brain injury is something that you should consider when determining what the value of a potential personal injury claim may be, if you are considering legal action against a negligent party.
It might sound unbelievable, but studies have found that the lifetime costs of treating a single patient with a TBI can reach $4 million. Our Dallas personal injury lawyers can help you pursue compensation so that you don’t have to bear these extraordinary burdens yourself.
If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury, contact the Dallas TBI accident attorneys at Guajardo & Marks. Our experienced legal team will fight for the compensation you deserve. The statute of limitations in Texas is two years, though it’s important to take action as soon as possible. Contact Guajardo & Marks today for a free consultation.
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