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Anderson & Boutwell Appear on Tangi 96.5 WTGG

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 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.