Traumatic brain injuries typically result from a blow, bump or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal functioning of the brain. While a traumatic brain injury can range in severity from mild to severe, even the mildest TBI can cause changes in a person's physical, emotional or cognitive states and abilities. Victims often require ongoing treatment and extended rehabilitation in health care facilities; even in less severe cases, the care and treatment required are costly.
In Texas and elsewhere, an injury to the brain can be one of the most devastating of all types of injuries. Even for those lucky enough to retain cognitive function, a brain injury can leave a person struggling with lifelong health issues. When the injury occurs, it is often difficult to determine just how severe or far-reaching the effects will be, or the degree of medical care that will be required throughout the remainder of the victim's life.
Golf has long been considered a gentleman's game. It is different from many sports in that the rules are generally enforced by the players themselves, and the behavior of the participants is typically polite and civil. However, a recent afternoon round of golf proved that assumption to be wrong after a dispute over an ill-shot ball escalated into violence that left one Texas man with a brain injury.
Even if a rider is wearing a helmet, when a motorcycle is struck by another vehicle, the injuries suffered may be catastrophic. Helmets are worn because most riders in Texas understand how devastating a brain injury can be. Nevertheless, if the driver of a larger motor vehicle, such as a truck, is negligent and collides with a motorcycle, the chances of the biker escaping critical injury may be remote.
The consequences of driving drunk are widely known in Texas. Accidents caused by intoxicated drivers often result in catastrophic injuries, lifelong suffering and sometimes death. Such accidents may also create rifts in families that cannot be mended. One Texas man is facing the consequences of a drunk driving accident that left two people dead and another with a traumatic brain injury.
With the heightened awareness of concussions in professional sports, Texas parents may be rightly concerned about head trauma as their children return to school athletics. However, participating in a sport is not the only way a child may receive a brain injury. In fact, a new international study shows that children who suffer even mild concussions may experience more difficulties in life as they get older.
Traveling on Texas roads can be dangerous, and drivers must be vigilant at all times. Regardless of a driver's compliance with the rules of the road, he or she must always be prepared to react to the negligent driving of others. Another driver's failure to yield can cause serious injuries in a car crash. An 80-year-old driver was recently ticketed after her alleged failure to yield caused an auto wreck.
A brain injury is not like many other injuries. While yes, any injury can be very painful and caused by someone else's negligence, the effects of a brain injury tend to be life altering, greatly impact a person for the rest of their life. Given the severity of these types of injuries, it is common to have questions after an accident. In this post, we hope to address some of the basic facts.
The extent to which traumatic brain injury is a factor in causing deaths following an injury is alarming. Thirty percent of deaths associated with an injury are attributed to brain damage. Hospital emergency rooms and other medical facilities across Texas and the rest of the country treat approximately 1.7 million people each year for symptoms related to a brain injury.
Traumatic brain injury symptoms include stretches of unconsciousness, amnesia or both; dulled cognitive abilities, like reduced attention span, weakness in limbs, impaired coordination and difficulty maintaining balance, damaged vision and hearing loss, and emotional disorders like anxiety, depression, aggressive impulses, and even personality changes.