Attorney Doug Goyen is a Dallas personal injury lawyer who has represented thousands of people in auto accident injury cases, including brain trauma from accidents, and has recovered millions of dollars for his clients in settlements and judgments. Before becoming an attorney, Doug Goyen worked as an injury claims adjuster in Texas for several years. Doug Goyen received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1994 and his law degree from SMU Law School in Dallas, Texas in 1997. Attorney Doug Goyen has been a member of the State Bar of Texas since 1997 and has maintained his license in good standing. Doug Goyen’s education, training, experience, and background provide him with the best tools for successfully representing injured people in their cases.
TYPES OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY COMMONLY SUFFERED
If you or a loved one recently sustained a head injury in an accident, doctors may have informed you that the injury is one of the following common types of brain damage:
Coup-contrecoup. TBI of this type occurs when both sides of the brain are damaged. When the force of impact is so great on one side of the brain that the brain is forced against the opposing side of the skull, an injury occurs. As a result, a contusion on the opposite side of the brain occurs. Memory, coordination, swallowing, balance, muscular abilities, and sensation can all be affected.
Penetration. When the skull is broken by an impact, pieces of bone and/or a foreign object may enter the skull cavity and severely damage brain tissue. Shearing and rupture of nerves and tissue in the brain can result in permanent impairment or death. These are considered severe TBIs and typically necessitate brain surgery to remove foreign objects and repair the skull. The injury could be permanent and result in significant disability.
A concussion is a brain injury. This mild form of TBI may cause a person to be dazed, confused, and disoriented while remaining conscious for a few seconds or minutes. It can cause severe headaches, balance issues, and dizziness, as well as personality changes, depression, anxiety, and other emotional problems. A single concussion makes the victim susceptible to further concussions. Repeated concussions can cause dementia or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative disease (CTE).
Axonal Diffuse. This type of TBI causes extensive brain damage. It is usually caused by a strong jolt, shaking, or a sudden and powerful rotation of the head. As the head moves, the brain lags behind and slams against the interior skull, causing damage in multiple places. One of the most common types of brain injuries from car accidents is diffuse axonal injury, which occurs in roughly half of all severe head traumas.
Contusion. A bruise on the brain is typically caused by a direct impact to the head. A contusion-related swelling, or brain herniation, is dangerous. The injury may necessitate surgical intervention to relieve pressure and maintain a safe level of oxygen flow to the brain.
Accidental Brain Trauma:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by trauma, such as a penetrating head injury, a blow to the head, or a jolt to the head. Some jolts may cause TBI, while others may not. If someone does sustain a TBI, the severity can range from mild to severe. Every year, approximately 1.4 million people suffer a TBI. 50,000 people die, 235,000 are hospitalized, and 1.1 million visit an emergency room and are released. Every year, 2685 children under the age of 14 die, 37,000 are hospitalized, and 435,000 visit the emergency room.
There are no estimates on the number of people who suffer a TBI each year but do not seek medical attention.
Brain Trauma Consequences
According to the CDC, approximately 5.3 million people in the United States have long-term/lifelong needs for assistance in daily life as a result of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
TBI can have a variety of consequences for individuals. Emotions, thoughts, language, and sensations are examples of these. TBI can cause or trigger epilepsy. It raises the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other age-related brain abnormalities. Approximately 75% of all TBIs are mild (concussions or other mild TBI). Mild TBIs can cause cognitive and/or neurological problems if they occur repeatedly. They can be fatal or catastrophic if they occur in quick succession (several in a month).
Brain Injuries and Their Causes
The majority of TBI is caused by falls, automobile accidents, being struck by objects or being struck by objects, and being assaulted. These account for approximately 78 percent of all TBIs. Many of these are the result of carelessness. Those who have suffered a brain injury as a result of the negligence of another should consult a Dallas brain injury lawyer to ensure they have recovered what is owed to them by those who caused the harm.
We represent people in the Dallas, North Texas area, who have been victims of negligence that has caused TBI (brain injuries).
Brain trauma from accidents can change a life permanently and in a severe way. We know that the goals are usually to ensure that medical bills are covered, to alleviate suffering due to financial loss, and to take action against the appropriate insurance companies to make sure the injury is covered. We will discuss your case with you and help you to make sure your needs are handled in a way that is fast and appropriate. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to an auto accident, our Dallas accident lawyer will help you recover what is owed for your injury.
If you are suffering due to a brain injury to yourself or someone you love, call (972) 599-4100 to set up a free consultation to discuss your case.
By Doug Goyen, email@example.com
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