Tangi 96.5 WTGG’s “Talk of the T” program recently featured
Attorneys J. Thomas Anderson, Gary Boutwell, II, and Ashley Anderson Traylor
from Anderson & Boutwell in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana. The three
personal injury lawyers were invited to the program to discuss traumatic
brain injuries (TBI), the importance of recognizing them quickly, and
what to do if you or someone you love has suffered from one.
In recent years, Mr. Anderson and Mr. Boutwell, II have attended various
seminars discussing TBI cases and have also written dissertations on the
subject. They feel it is important to promote awareness of these serious
injuries as they can often seem “invisible.”
According to a 2010 survey conducted through the United States Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as numerous hospitals
and medical organizations, around 2.5
million people suffer from a TBI in America
each year. A large portion of these victims were hurt in a sport-related injury,
such as a high school-aged footballer colliding with another player. Perhaps
more concerning still, it is believed that up to 56% of all TBI cases
in the country are never detected.
Early Detection of a TBI Can Save Lives
For many people who have suffered a harsh impact to their head or neck,
they are not aware that any serious brain damage has occurred, as the
brain does not have any pain-sensing nerves in it. There have been cases
where someone felt fine immediately after accident, refused medical treatment,
and fell into a critical condition shortly thereafter.
To try to detect TBI early, first responders use a system known as the
Glasgow Coma Scale to assess the severity of someone’s head injury.
It uses a simple 3 to 15 point scale that rates major motor responses
in the victim. (Visit
www.glasgowcomascale.org for more information about this procedure.) On “Talk of the T”,
the three lead attorneys from Anderson & Boutwell discussed how they
have studied this system themselves to better understand the cases their
clients are bringing to them.
Remember: Safety First
TBI awareness has actually been on the rise in recent years thanks in part
to the United States military and the National Football League (NFL).
Both soldiers and professional footballers alike may be subjected to violent
collisions and severe head injury. The institutions have been pushing
for more medical research and science advances to be able to understand,
identify, and treat TBI better than can be done today.
To help prevent traumatic brain injuries in their community, Attorneys
Anderson, Boutwell, and Traylor encouraged listeners of the program to
always wear helmets during sports and other outdoor activities, install
handrails around the house for elderly family members, and fencing near
steps or falls for households with young children.
If you have more questions about TBI, or if you believe you or your loved
one has suffered a TBI, you may call
985.345.5640 to speak to a compassionate Tangipahoa Parish personal injury attorney
from Anderson & Boutwell. With their help, you may be able to seek
fair financial compensation for your unjust injuries.
Click here to listen to the entire discussion on the radio -