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The aftermath of any motor vehicle accident has the potential to be completely chaotic. Cars are disabled and debris is scattered across the roadway, which quickly becomes congested with bystanders and rubberneckers. There are other people involved in the accident and witnesses gathering. If a crash is serious, police and ambulance will also be on the scene.

In all this activity, it can be easy to minimize or look past your own seemingly minor injuries in favor of giving police your statement and just getting back home. However, neglecting your own medical needs can have devastating consequences, particularly if you are suffering from a concussion or other type of brain injury.

The symptoms of a concussion may start off minor; some people may hardly notice the headaches, confusion, dizziness, nausea, light sensitivity or difficulty concentrating. Those who do may think they will just go away on their own.

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Most people in Bexar County probably know that a coma is a serious medical situation that requires medical attention. This blog post will provide some basic information about comas and their causes.

A coma is defined as a state of prolonged unconsciousness. A person in a coma requires immediate medical assistance in order to preserve life and brain function. When a person is brought to the hospital in a coma, the physicians will usually order blood tests and a CT scan to determine the cause of the coma and the appropriate treatment options.

What causes a coma? Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of coma. Traumatic brain injury is often the result of a car accident or violent act. Another cause of coma is lack of oxygen, which can occur in a near drowning or as a result of heart problems. Infections such as meningitis and encephalitis can cause swelling of the brain, which in turn can cause a coma. Exposure to toxins such as lead or carbon monoxide can also cause a coma. In addition, diabetes and drug overdose are other common causes of coma.

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A concern for Texas residents who have children who play tackle football is the prevalence of traumatic brain injury. Those who played at various levels and are no longer playing also need to be cognizant of the problem, including those who played as kids, in high school, in college and even professionally. Research is ongoing to gauge the extent of the possible damage. It is imperative that those who might have been injured playing football without knowing the risks have a grasp on the possibility of a legal filing to be compensated.

A study by the American Academy of Neurology has shown that greater than 40 percent of men who played in the National Football League and are retired have shown signs of having traumatic brain injury through various tests. Several other studies have yielded similar results, with the PBS program “Frontline” devoting a program to degeneration of the brain from repeated head trauma in football players. That research showed that nearly all former NFL players who had an autopsy to determine the presence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) were found to have had it. In total, 79 percent of players from all levels were found to have had CTE.

This latest study is considered to be one of the most comprehensive and is the first one to indicate how significant the numbers are when it comes to brain damage after playing football. Although there is a greater emphasis on safety and making certain players have been adequately checked for symptoms of a brain injury before going back on the field, this is an ongoing problem due to the contact-based nature of the sport.

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The Texas division of the Brain Injury Association of America addresses the concerns of victims of brain injuries in Texas. Greater than 144,000 Texans suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in a single year. In addition, every year in Texas, 5,700 Texans are permanently disabled as a result of a traumatic brain injury. It is estimated that 381,000 Texans suffer with a disability caused by a traumatic brain injury.

Overall, traumatic brain injuries are a significant cause of death and disability in the United States. Traumatic brain injuries can have a significant impact on many aspects of a victim’s life. TBIs can lead to impaired memory and cognitive abilities; impaired movement; impaired auditory and visual senses; and impaired emotional functioning including personality changes or mood disruptions. Victims of traumatic brain injuries may have a variety of concerns, including medical expenses, treatment, rehabilitation and emotional struggles associated with TBIs.

Traumatic brain injuries impact victims, family members and communities. Car accidents are the third leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in the United States. Victims of traumatic brain injuries can suffer a variety of damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. When a TBI has resulted from a car accident negligently caused by a careless driver, the driver may be responsible to compensate the victim for damages.

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Brain injury can require a sufferer to undergo long-term care, and some sufferers find out that they will be living with permanent disability. There are many kinds of brain injury, and traumatic brain injury has been in the news in recent years. This blog post will discuss one form of brain injury: amnesia.

There are two main kinds of amnesia. Anterograde amnesia is when a person suffers an impaired ability to learn new information. Retrograde amnesia is when a person has difficulty with recalling past events and previously familiar information from before the onset of the amnesia. A common form of amnesia is when a patient can easily recall information from the past but cannot recall more current information.

Unlike some other brain disorders, amnesia does not impact a person’s awareness, intelligence, attention span, judgment or personality. People with amnesia can speak and understand things spoken to them, and they can learn new skills after the onset of amnesia. This is how amnesia differs from dementia and other memory disorders.

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Brain injuries are an increasingly widespread problem. Each year, 144,000 Texans suffer traumatic brain injuries. As a result, greater than 381,000 Texans live with a disability as a result of traumatic brain injuries. In addition, greater than 5,700 Texans suffer permanent disability as a result of traumatic brain injury each year. Throughout the United States, 1.7 million victims suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) each year which results in 52,000 deaths and 275,000 hospitalizations. Currently in the U.S., 5.3 million victims of traumatic brain injuries live with disability as a result of TBI.

Transportation accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries amongst victims ages 15 to 64.

The costs of traumatic brain injuries are high. The total cost of traumatic brain injuries equaled $60 billion in 2000. Unfortunately, fewer than 1 in 20 victims of TBI receive the rehabilitation treatment they need. Because of the serious nature of traumatic brain injuries, TBIs account for more years of lost productivity than any other type of injury.

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Some in Texas might consider it sacrilege to say that not everyone in the state is a big football fan. The sport is important to many, but of equal importance to many others is the evidence of the kind of brain damage players of all ages can suffer from the hard hits they endure.

To be fair, serious brain trauma can occur in a lot of different ways. Motor vehicle accidents are a common source, but all it might take is a fall on a slippery floor in a store. And head injuries aren’t exclusive to football. Athletes in soccer, hockey and baseball run risks of taking repetitive head hits. Whether brain trauma results from a car wreck or some other incident, if it can be traced back to someone else’s negligence, that person should expect to be held liable.

Football does stand apart from other sports in that one of the specific features of the game is bodies ramming repeatedly into other bodies headfirst.

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Experiencing a brain injury can bring devastation to your life, often causing changes that last a lifetime. Unfortunately, many Texas residents suffer from brain injuries each year in car accidents or other incidents. Worsening the situation, it does not always take a severe impact to cause serious and lasting damage. Sometimes even what is perceived as a slight or minor impact can cause the victim pain and disruptions in his or her daily life. This is why it is so important to seek medical attention following any head injury. The sooner you get a diagnosis, the better chance you have of receiving effective treatment.

Even with fast and accurate treatment, it is not always possible to recover from a brain injury. Victims often experience lasting side effects such as amnesia, loss of physical ability and severe, lasting pain. In some cases, victims may even lose the ability to take care of themselves and must acquire a nurse or long-term care provider. Further, it is sometimes impossible for victims to return to work after serious brain injuries.

Coping with such dramatic changes in one’s life can be challenging to say the least. However, with the right care and proper support, a productive life is still possible. Unfortunately, lengthy recovery times and massive medical bills can delay a brain injury victim’s attempts to recapture control of his or her life. This is where personal injury law can step in and help victims take back their lives.

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Everybody has probably suffered a bonk on the head. They happen all the time. You make a turn around a blind corner in the hall and, smack! You run into someone coming in the other direction.

Maybe as you’re driving down a parking lot lane in a San Antonio shopping mall, someone pulls suddenly out of a parking spot and smashes into your car. No airbags deploy. No blood is spilled. You consider yourself lucky that you didn’t suffer anything more than a head whack into the driver’s side window. Then you make the mistake of thinking nothing more of it.

What is becoming clearer with almost every passing week is that such seemingly minor accidents can actually result in some very serious brain injuries — the kind of injuries that could wind up affecting you for the rest of your life. If someone else caused the accident, you might feel it could be hard to prove cause and effect. But you do have the right to hold the negligent person responsible. An attorney should be consulted.

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There’s something of a mini brouhaha making news lately. The debate centers on the question of whether the safest of child safety seats we use in our cars are as safe as they could be. We figure that’s something that San Antonio readers might be interested in exploring.

Sparking the debate is new research out of a forensic operation in Pennsylvania which found that infants riding in rear-facing car seats run a risk of suffering a head trauma injury in the event the child’s vehicle is rear-ended by another vehicle going 30 mph or more. What researchers say they are most concerned about is that the injuries might go unnoticed by first responders for too long after the crash because they won’t think to look for them.

At the root of the issue, they say, is as safe as rear-facing seats are, they may not be as safe as they could be. The researchers say their studies suggest that even if they’re used according to recommended standards, infants in a severe rear-end crash could wind up hitting the seat back they’re strapped to with injury-causing force.