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Throughout most of the United States, January is one of the snowiest months of the year, making winter sports like skiing and snowboarding popular activities. Even in warmer climates, indoor “winter sports” like ice skating and hockey get many people up and moving during January and February.
When they are not practiced safely and with good equipment, winter sports can greatly increase the risk of head injuries leading to traumatic brain injury (TBI). This is why January is recognized as National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month. Read the rest »
The University of Texas at Austin has become one of eleven partner institutions of higher learning to participate in a $17 million study of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The study is being spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Defense, which seeks more information and better treatment options for the many combat veterans who have suffered concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. However, researchers from all the partnering institutions, as well as experienced Texas traumatic brain injury attorneys, believe their work will help all TBI patients. Read the rest »
Students between the ages of 10 and 19 are more likely to suffer a concussion during a sporting event than from any other source, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Younger children may suffer a concussion while playing or riding a bicycle.
As recent studies have shown, the risks of a concussion for a growing brain are particularly concerning. When a child who is healing from one concussion suffers a second concussion, the compounding injury can result in permanent brain damage, difficulty learning, or even death. Read the rest »
In the United States, almost 100,000 suffer from serious traumatic brain injuries that require medical attention. More often than not, these injuries hinder the individual’s ability to perform routine, everyday activities. Brain injuries can happen as a result of a vehicular accident, slip and fall, and even sporting activities where the head sustains a severe blow.
There are two types of brain injuries – open and closed. The former means that the skull is fractured, and is likely to be caused by accidents such as slips and falls, or any other event where the head comes into heavy contact with a hard object or surface. The latter on the other hand does not involve a fractured skull, but can become more dangerous as the brain may swell and apply pressure to other parts of the skull – causing the formation of blood clots. Regardless of the type of injury, the most severe cases of both can lead to permanent damage or even death.
What are the warning signs of a brain injury? While at times it may be difficult to pinpoint an actual injury, it is important to know the signs of a person who is suffering from a brain injury. Here are some of the things to watch out for:
- Difficulty recalling recent events
- Unusual sluggishness or exhaustion
- Dizziness and nausea
- Severe, painful headache
- Weakness, numbness, or paralysis on one side of the body
If you find that you or a loved one displays the above symptoms following an accident, then it is best to seek immediate medical attention. Furthermore, there are people who are already suffering from brain injury and still feel as if they are fine. Therefore, it is best to always go to a doctor and seek medical assistance to ensure that any injuries are addressed as soon as possible.
What are the common types of brain injuries? One of them is bruising, which is a typical result of vehicular accidents, slips and falls, and sporting accidents. The force applied to the head can cause the brain to move back and forth, which can cause it to bruise and bleed.
Another type of brain injury is tearing. Imagine a block of ice that is heavily hit by a hammer – cracks will form, but the whole piece stays intact. The force of a collision can cause tears in the brain – which could affect nerves and parts of the brain. As a result, its victims can feel the effects on the part of the body that the injured part controls.
Swelling is another type of brain injury. While the body’s healing process usually involves the specific part to swell, it is rather dangerous for the brain as there is no room for movement. The brain is enclosed by the skull, and being enclosed in pressure could result in intra-cranial pressure. This can cause a serious impairment of bodily functions and in more severe cases, death.
The lawyers of W.T. Johnson have been handling brain injury cases for years, and have been winning them for victims who have endured so much pain and loss only because of the negligence of others. If you have questions about a possible case you would like to file, contact us today.
A brain injury can be caused by different events, but they are all results of heavy trauma that is sustained by the head, whose effects range from mild to extremely dangerous. Some of these events include vehicular accidents, occupational accidents, slips and falls, among others. The injuries sustained in these kinds of incidents are known as traumatic brain injuries.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injury
A concussion is usually the result of direct blows sustained by the head, as well as a gunshot wound, or from the force of a whiplash or neck injury. Both open and closed head injuries can result in a concussion.
A concussion occurs when the brain sustains so much trauma that the blood vessels end up being stretched, resulting in the cranial nerves being damaged. There may be a loss of consciousness involved, or the person may remain conscious but feels confused or dazed. It could also result in skull fracture, and consequently, bleeding and swelling of the brain. Unfortunately, concussions sometimes do not show up in CAT scans, making it dangerously undetectable. Furthermore, concussions can cause a blood clot in the brain which may be fatal to the individual. Depending on the impact, concussions can take a couple of months to years to fully heal.
A contusion is also caused by a direct impact sustained by the head. It is characterized by the bleeding of the brain, which is highly dangerous and sometimes need surgery to be removed.
This type of injury is characterized by contusions on two opposing sides of the brain, as a result of a violently strong impact that not only injures one side of the brain, but also manages to force the brain to hit the skull on the other side.
This form of injury comes as a result of a strong force that shakes or rotates the head – which can happen in a vehicular accident. The injury occurs because the unmoving brain lags with the skull’s movement, which may tear the nerve tissues of the brain. This tearing can also disrupt the brain’s regular processes and communication with the rest of the body, which eventually may lead to comatose, widespread brain damage, and even death.
The damage of a diffuse axonal injury may be manifested in the specific area that is controlled by the damaged area.
A penetration injury can be the result of a gunshot, a knife stab, or other sharp objects that go through the skin, hair and bones and through the brain.
Even if the objects are moving at a low speed, they can still cause heavy damage as the penetration can cause the brain to ricochet within the skull. One type of penetration is the through-and-through injury, in which the object enters the skull and goes through the brain, and exits the skull on the other side. Such injuries are highly dangerous and fatal, as it can rupture the brain.
If you have been suffering from traumatic brain injuries as a result of another person’s negligence, the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson are here to hear about your case.
There is a lesson here for anyone who is considering a settlement for injuries they have suffered. How much is enough? Judge Anita Brody refused to approve a settlement in an NFL (National Football League) concussion case. Her concern is that the $760 million that has been offered by the NFL is not sufficient to cover the estimated 20,000 retired players who could be facing a multitude of brain injuries from their years of playing football. This negotiated settlement is designed to last 65 years. The settlement amount was determined by reviewing each retired player’s age and diagnosis.
Under this agreement, some players would receive several million for their injuries while other players could receive as little as $25,000. Again, these amounts are based on the ex-players age and the condition of their injuries. There is some fear within the NFL that having the judge balk at the settlement amount, might cause the ex-players to hold out for more money. Many have already argued that with the NFL $9 billion in annual revenues, they can afford to be more generous with the players who generate that source of income.
The other consideration here is, if the settlement is rejected by the ex-players and the case goes to court, will the attorneys for the plaintiffs (players) be able to show that the injuries were actually caused during the years they played for the NFL? There is a possibility that the players were injured in college. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has many concussion cases pending against them as well. There is a chance the debilitating injuries the players are suffering today came from injuries sustained in elementary school. It is also possible that the injuries are a result of a lifetime of playing tackle football.
Most Personal Injuries are Not from Playing Football
Very few Americans have ever been talented enough to play NFL football, but people are injured every day, in everyday situations such as car accidents, workplace accidents, and defective products. So, how much is your injury worth?
Of course, this is a determination only an attorney, experienced in personal injury cases, can begin to ascertain. Many factors go into determining what the magic number might be, and it is different for every victim and their families. Some factors would be:
- Compensatory or Actual damages
- Special Damages
- General Damages
- Punitive Damages
When a settlement is finally offered, generally by an insurance company, the decision must be made to take the money offered or take the case to court. There are pros and cons to either decision. A monetary offer on the table can be tempting, but is the offer reasonable or would a jury be willing to give the victim more compensation for their injuries? Of course, a jury, might give less or nothing. It is the proverbial “one in the hand or two in the bush” scenario. The ex-players of the NFL will have to agree to a number in their concussion case. Every victim is faced with the reality of what a settlement really means.
If you need a personal injury lawyer, call The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today.
A grand jury in Sioux Falls, South Dakota has indicted Joey Robert Patterson on the second degree murder of 2 year-old Tyrese Robert Ruffin. It was only recently that NFL star Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings found out that Tyrese was his son. 27 year-old Patterson has been charged with second degree murder and manslaughter. Patterson had been living with Tyrese’s mother when the heartbreaking incident occurred.
On October 9th Patterson called 9-1-1 and reported that Tyrese was having difficulty breathing, but once emergency medical staff arrived it was clear that other causes for injury had occurred. Tyrese was immediately taken to the hospital, and treated for severe injuries to his head. He stayed in the hospital on life support, but after two days in critical condition, he passed. Soon before he died, Adrian Peterson went to visit the child in the hospital. Due to Peterson only finding out about the boy recently, they met in person for the first time while Tyrese was in critical condition, in the hospital.
Second degree murder carries the minimum of a life sentence, without parole. Although the autopsy has not yet been completely finished, the testimonials presented in court concluded the verdict. The evidence was by two detectives and two doctors at the hearing last Friday. After hearing about the grim news, Adrian Peterson continued to play and has seen much support from his fans.
Little Tyrese’s wrongful death is a tragedy, but hopefully this widely covered case will attract new attention to domestic abuse. If you or a loved one is personally injured, justice must be served, please contact the law office of W.T. Johnson for legal counsel today.
Traumatic brain injuries occur often and if you are a victim it can dramatically impact your life. The most common causes of TBIs are car accidents, falls, sports injuries and violence. Each year 50,000 people die from brain injuries and 80,000 to 90,000 people experience long term disability.
But brain injuries can be prevented. Here are some tips from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control on how you can prevent traumatic brain injuries:
Always wear a seatbelt: Most brain injuries occur during a car accident when someone wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. It’s especially vital to make sure your children are strapped into their car seat or buckled up.
Wear a helmet when you are:
Riding a bike, motorcycle, snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle
Playing a contact sport
Using in-line skates or riding a skateboard
Playing baseball or softball
Riding a horse
Skiing or snowboarding
Do what you can to prevent falls, such as:
Use a step stool to reach objects on high shelves
Install and use stairway handrails
Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs when young children are around
Remove tripping hazards
Use non-slip mats in the bathtub
Ensure the surface of playgrounds are made of shock-absorbing material before allowing your child to play on it.
Even if you do all you can to prevent brain injuries, TBIs can still occur due to the negligence of someone else. If you or a loved one were a victim of a brain injury in Texas, you deserve justice and compensation for your emotional and physical pain. Contact the experienced Texas brain injury attorneys at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.
If you would like to discuss your claim with a member of our team, don’t hesitate to call us at (214) 231-0544. We’re ready to help you, and won’t rest until you receive the settlement you deserve.