Category Archives: Catastrophic Injuries

What Should Texas Car Wreck Victims Do Immediately After a Crash?

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Close up of brown car crash accidentBeing involved in a car wreck can be a confusing and scary experience. Many people who are in motor vehicle collisions are uncertain of what to do immediately after a crash takes place. Unfortunately, the things that victims say and do immediately after a crash can often have a direct impact on how their case is evaluated and if they can recover at all. Below is some general information about some of the steps that car wreck victims can take to ensure that their legal rights are protected. For specific information regarding your case or Texas Law,1 call one of our Dallas auto wreck lawyers today.

Call 911

The first thing that anyone involved in a vehicle collision should do is call 911 as soon as possible. Doing so will alert both law enforcement and emergency medical personnel to the fact that a crash has occurred, and both should arrive on the scene shortly after a call is made.

Collect information

If they are able, victims of car crashes should collect and document information regarding the collision in which they were involved. Examples of the kinds of facts to document include the names of the other drivers involved, the weather conditions, the road conditions, the license plate numbers of the vehicles, photographs if possible, and contact information from anyone that may have seen the wreck take place.

Undergo a thorough medical evaluation

People who are involved in car wrecks should undergo a thorough medical evaluation as soon as possible, even if they do not believe that they are seriously injured. Realize, injuries may show up one day, one week or even months after a crash depending on the injuries. Seeking medical attention promptly will both ensure that your injuries are treated, long term medical problems identified, and that a record exists establishing that your injuries were caused by the crash in which you were involved.

Contact a Dallas car wreck attorney today to retain legal representation

Anyone that has been hurt in a car wreck should call an attorney as soon as they are able. The attorneys of Clements & Clements are committed to helping individuals who have been hurt by the negligence2 of others recover for the losses they sustain as a result. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our Dallas auto collision lawyers, call our office today at 214-827-1122.

1 http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/
2 https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/negligence

What Kinds of Serious Injuries Can Occur in a Dallas Motorcycle Collision?

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Human hand in a Motorcycle Racing Gloves holds a motorcycle throttle control. Hand protection from falls and accidents.2013 data1 collected by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates motorcyclists were 5 times more likely to be injured than people in passenger cars. While motorcycles are inherently dangerous vehicles, many people in the Dallas area enjoy riding them on a regular basis. In fact, the risk associated with riding a motorcycle would likely be described by many motorcycle enthusiasts as one of the reasons they enjoy riding as much as they do.

Unfortunately, as long as there are motorcyclists, there will continue to be motorcycle crashes, sometimes resulting in serious injuries. Some of the more common of these injuries are discussed below. For specific advice or information regarding a motorcycle wreck case, call Clements & Clements today.

Traumatic brain injuries – TBIs2 are an extremely serious kinds of injury that occur when a person hits his or her head and a disruption in normal brain function occurs as a result. In fact, sometimes a quick jolt to the head is enough to result in a TBI. These injuries can easily occur when a person is thrown from his or her motorcycle, an occurrence that is not rare in motorcycle collision cases.

Spinal cord injuries – Motorcycle accidents can often result in spinal cord injuries, especially when a person is thrown off of his or her bike and hits the ground or another vehicle headfirst. These injuries are extremely serious and have the potential to result in permanent paralysis below the site of the injury. Furthermore, even less serious spinal cord injuries can cause significant complications, including muscle weakness, changes in sensation, numbness or tingling, or loss of range of motion.

Discuss your case with a Dallas motorcycle collision attorney today

In many cases, people who are seriously hurt in motorcycle collisions can recover a significant monetary settlement or award from the party or parties responsible for their wreck. For this reason, anyone hurt in a traffic incident while riding his or her motorcycle should call a lawyer immediately. To schedule a free consultation with one of our motorcycle wreck lawyers, call Clements & Clements today at 214-827-1122.

1 http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812148.pdf
2 http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tbi/tbi.htm

What Are the Losses Typically Associated with a Serious Traumatic Brain Injury?

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Pain In Neck Of WomenThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates1 that approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury2 (TBI) each year in the United States. TBIs can occur from a variety of incidents, but often occur because of falls, motor vehicle accidents, violent assaults, and struck by/against events. When these injuries are severe, victims can often experience significant complications, including depression, dizziness, problems with motor control, and difficulties understanding or remembering information. Consequently, many people who sustain TBIs experience significant losses, some of the most common of which are detailed below:

Lost income – Many people who sustain traumatic brain injuries are unable to work for an extended period of time, if ever again. Consequently, TBI victims can often lose a significant amount of income, especially if their injury results in disability.

Medical expenses – TBIs are extremely serious injuries and often require significant medical treatment. In some cases, victims may even need to have emergency surgery in order to treat their injury. The cost of treating a traumatic brain injury can often rise into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, often leaving victims with medical bills they are unable to pay. Importantly, even if a person’s health insurance covers these expenses, they may still be eligible for compensation for their medical bills.

Physical and emotional pain and suffering – Texas law allows people who are injured by the negligence of others to recover for both economic and noneconomic damages. Many people who sustain TBIs experience significant anxiety, depression, and physical pain and discomfort, legally recognized losses that entitle victims to compensation.

Contact a Dallas TBI lawyer today to retain legal representation

Anyone who has sustained a traumatic brain injury in a preventable incident should contact a Dallas personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Since 1990, the lawyers of Clements & Clements have been helping people injured by the negligence and carelessness of others recover the compensation to which they are legally entitled. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our skilled attorneys, call our office today at 800-750-1126. 

References:

1 http://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/pdf/BlueBook_factsheet-a.pdf
2 http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tbi/tbi.htm

Catastrophic Injuries in Sports

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Back pain. Athletic running man with injury in sportswear rubbinMany injuries suffered by athletes are simply part of sports. However, sometimes athletes suffer catastrophic injuries as a result of the negligence of a coach, league, another player, or another party. The following are two examples of catastrophic injuries commonly suffered due to negligence while playing sports.

Traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)1 among athletes who play contact sports have made headlines in recent years, especially regarding football and hockey players. While both sports come with the known risk of injury, former players alleged in legal claims that coaches and leagues encouraged especially rough and dangerous play including hits to the heads of other players. Additionally, the teams did not always provide necessary medical attention for athletes who potentially received concussions, but instead encouraged them to return to game play. As a result of repeated TBI, players have suffered:

  • Chronic depression
  • Early onset dementia
  • Early onset Parkinson’s
  • Early onset Alzheimer’s disease
  • Chronic encephalopathy

Spinal cord damage

In additions to TBI, players in contact sports often suffer spinal cord damage. Several players have ended up spending long periods of time in the intensive care unit (ICU) because they landed on their neck, head, or spine and suffered damage to their spinal cord.2 Such damage requires immediate and lengthy stabilization and can result in severe muscle weakness, loss of sensation, and even complete loss of movement in the limbs or torso. Even if an athlete recovers from spinal cord damage, they will likely never return to their sport.

Contact an experienced Dallas catastrophic injury attorney for a free consultation

The losses caused by catastrophic injuries can be substantial and can be difficult to adequately calculate and prove. The attorneys at Clements & Clements in Dallas, however, know how to use their resources to fully investigate every possible loss you suffered and obtain expert assistance to make sure that you obtain every cent you deserve for your sports injury from the negligent party. Our consultations are always free with no obligation, so please do not hesitate to contact one of our catastrophic injury lawyers at 214-827-1122 for help today.

References:

1http://www.cdc.gov/TraumaticBrainInjury/
2http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/spinal-cord-injury/basics/definition/con-20023837

Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Be Catastrophic

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Human Brain AnatomyAn injury is considered catastrophic when it affects the spine or brain or causes severe disability or death. One of the most common types of catastrophic injuries is the traumatic brain injury (TBI),1 and the following are some common causes of catastrophic traumatic brain injuries:

  • Auto accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Falls
  • Getting hit by an object

Traumatic brain injuries can have an extraordinary effect on a victim’s life and can cause long-lasting and potentially permanent disabilities. Victims of TBI often suffer the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty with oral or written communication
  • Trouble balancing or with other physical functions
  • A wide variety of cognitive difficulties
  • Lack of emotional control
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Memory loss
  • Chronic headaches
  • Vision and other sensory issues

Such symptoms can be debilitating and can, therefore, cause many issues for victims. Victims may struggle with ordinary, everyday activities and may also have to take significant time off of work or school. Future professional opportunities may be significantly impeded and victims may lose a lot of income as well as future earning potential. Furthermore, victims may lose enjoyment and quality of life.

If a catastrophic brain injury occurs due to the negligence of another party, that party should be held liable for all losses suffered by the victim, including future income, physical and emotional suffering, and more. Intangible losses may be difficult to estimate so you should always have an attorney who understands recovery in a catastrophic injury case.

Contact an experienced catastrophic injury attorney in Dallas, Texas for help today

Anyone who has suffered a catastrophic brain injury in an accident should consult with an experienced Dallas personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. An attorney can evaluate your case and advise you whether you have a viable legal claim against any potentially responsible parties. At the law firm of Clements & Clements, our team of attorneys provide the highest quality of representation and will always strive for the very best results in every case. We provide individuals attention and free consultations, so call 800-750-1126 to schedule a meeting with an attorney today.

References:

1http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/basics/definition/con-20029302

 

Why Pedestrian Accidents Often Cause Catastrophic Injuries

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Pedestrian Accidents Can Be CatastrophicInjuries are often considered to be catastrophic1 when they cause death, severe and permanent functional disabilities, or damage to the head, neck or spine. Though such catastrophic injuries are most often associated with sports injuries, many people can suffer this type of injury in other types of accidents, as well, such as traffic-related accidents. Pedestrians in particular are susceptible to catastrophic injuries when they are involved in a collision with a motor vehicle.

Some examples of catastrophic injuries that pedestrians commonly sustain include the following:

  • Spinal cord injury and possibly paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Crushed limbs and amputations
  • Spinal or skull fractures

Many pedestrians never fully recover from their injuries following an accident and suffer severe financial, physical, and emotional losses.

Why are pedestrians so prone to catastrophic injury?

Though some of the reasons why pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to severe injuries may seem like common sense, it is surprisingly how many people do not consider these risks when they are walking down the street. Knowing these reasons may give you a greater sense of how to best protect yourself when you are a pedestrian.

  • Lack of protection—When passengers of motor vehicles are in a collision, they at least have the shell of the vehicle, bumpers, airbags, and other factors to protect them from injury. The average pedestrian has no such protection, especially not against a 3,500 pound metal vehicle.
  • Pedestrians are harder to see—Because drivers often look out for other cars and not for pedestrians, and because pedestrians are much smaller than motor vehicles, many drivers collide with pedestrians because they never saw them. This means the driver often had very little time to slow down, so these accidents can happen at high speeds.
  • Collisions often happen in intersections—Pedestrian accidents often occur because a driver unlawfully failed to properly yield2 to a pedestrian in an intersection. This means that if a collision happens, a pedestrian may be thrown into the street and may be hit again by oncoming traffic. 

If you have suffered any type of injury—from minor to catastrophic—an experienced Dallas pedestrian accident attorney from the law office of Clements & Clements can help you. Contact our office at (800) 750-1126 today for a free case evaluation.

1http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catastrophic_injury
2http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/TN/htm/TN.545.htm

What are some Preventable Accidents that can Result in a Catastrophic Injury?

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Catastrophic injuries are injuries that affect the spine, spinal cord, or brain, and which often have severe and long-lasting complications. People who sustain catastrophic injuries may be unable to work, attend school, engage in daily activities, or even live catastrophic injuryindependently. The families of people who sustain catastrophic injuries are often also affected, perhaps by added financial pressures placed on their household or simply having to see a loved one going through a traumatic event. While nothing can turn back the clock and make it as if an catastrophic injury never occurred, Texas law may allow victims to recover for both their economic and non-economic losses if they are able to establish that their injury was caused by someone else’s negligence.

There are many potential causes of catastrophic injuries. While the label “catastrophic” may make one think of serious and often violent accidents, the reality is that these injuries can occur in the most commonplace of settings and are incidents that could have just as easily ended up with a bump or a bruise. Some of the types of preventable accidents that have the potential to result in catastrophic injuries include the following:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Construction site accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Aviation accidents
  • Playground accidents
  • Pool accidents

It is very important that people who suspect that they or a loved one has sustained a brain, spinal cord, or spinal column injury seek medical attention as soon as possible. In many cases, early medical intervention can significantly improve a victim’s prognosis. In addition, seeking medical attention will generate an official record of your injuries that can help establish liability and damages should your case become contested. With so much on the line, it is essential that victims of catastrophic injuries do everything in their power to ensure that their legal rights are fully protected.

Contact a Texas personal injury lawyer today for a free consultation

A person may also suffer a mild traumatic brain injury even if the diagnostic tests do not  reveal bleeding in the brain area.  Significant changes in a person’s personality, memory loss, lack of functions may be the result of a mild traumatic brain injury. The lawyers of Clements & Clements are dedicated to helping people victims of Texas catastrophic injuries recover for their losses. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at (214) 827-1122.