Brain Injuries Are Much More Common Than You Might Think The link between football and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) – recently admitted to by the NFL – has been has been well established for years, and a prevalent topic in the media of late. Many football players suffer hundreds or even thousands of concussions and sub-concussions by the time they conclude their professional careers. That professional football players are extremely likely to develop brain disorders (with estimates as high as 97% in all positions excepting kickers) is thus somewhat unsurprising, and the sheer number of concussions they receive might make it seem unlikely that just one or even a few concussions could cause serious brain injury. Even One Concussion Can Cause Devastating Brain Dysfunction It is true that a single concussion is unlikely to cause any long-term problems. In fact, numerous studies have shown that around 80-90% of people who suffer a concussion will have no post-concussive symptoms three months later. Studies led by the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, and many others demonstrate, however, that the other 10-20% who suffer even one concussion will have devastating symptoms out to six months, one year, and beyond. Some studies have found that there are Vietnam veterans continuing to suffer from concussions they sustained in their service to this day. These post-concussive symptoms can include impairments in memory and cognitive functioning, as well as personality changes and severe anxiety and depression. Studies have also […]
Monthly Archives: April 2017
Brain Injuries Are Much More Common Than You Might Think
Head-On Crash in Montgomery County Kills 4 – Wham & Rogers PLLC
The Houston Chronicle reported that a head-on collision on April 19, 2016 killed four and seriously injured four others. The collision occurred on FM 3083 in Montgomery County, when a Toyota Tundra Pickup allegedly crossed into the oncoming lane in a no-passing zone, striking a Chevy Tahoe SUV head-on. The Toyota Tundra caught fire shortly after a child was pulled from the vehicle, but two adult passengers were not reached in time to be saved. Of the passengers in the Chevy Tahoe, three survived and were taken to local hospitals. The four survivors of the crash – all of whom are reported to be children – remain in critical condition. Texas DPS spokesman Erik Burse was right to note that this was a “preventable” collision. Tragic crashes such as this, however, are all too common in Texas. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that 581 people were killed in head-on collisions in Texas in 2014 (the last year that data was available), while 3,534 were killed and 237,941 were injured out of all motor vehicle crashes. Of those 3,534 fatalities, 53 were in Montgomery County and 418 were in Harris County. The total estimated economic loss for all motor vehicle crashes in Texas that year was an astonishing $28,800,000,000. Most of us are well aware that motor vehicle crashes are common in Texas, and often lead to debilitating injuries, enormous economic loss, and tragic deaths. A significant number of these crashes, like this latest collision in Montgomery County, might be […]
Drive Safely This Memorial Day Weekend
Our Texas roadways are getting more and more dangerous. One of us is killed every 2 1/2 hours. And one of us is seriously injured about every 2 minutes. Over 13,000 serious injury crashes occur in Texas each year, resulting in over 17,000 serious injuries, and over 3,500 deaths. Failure to wear seat belts is a major risk factor in roadway fatalities. Holiday weekends are particularly dangerous. About 30% of traffic fatalities involve crashes where a driver is under the influence of alcohol. More alcohol-related collisions occur between 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. than at any other hour of the day. If you are traveling this weekend, buckle up, don’t drink and drive, and be alert for intoxicated drivers.