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Month: February 2016

Concussions, Football And The Courthouse

The American Association for Justice recently released an important report about concussion research and the case for laws protecting youth, amateur and professional athletes. For years, what we’ve thought about concussions and brain injuries has been widely misunderstood. Everybody’s afraid of the ‘big hit,’ and with good reason. Severe concussions are frightening for victims and bystanders. Nothing’s scarier than a player who has been knocked unconscious on the field, but what about the minor repetitive hits that go unnoticed by coaches and other professionals on the sidelines?

What is CTE?

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated concussions and traumatic brain injuries. It’s important to note that CTE isn’t just associated with what we traditionally think of as concussion events, where somebody gets knocked out. CTE can occur as a result of an accumulation of undramatic subconcussive hits. In fact, these seemingly minor hits, that happen dozens of times in the course of a football game, are a major risk factor for this brain disease. Players can still be at risk for serious health problems even if they don’t exhibit any immediate symptoms.

What About Youth Athletes?

  • Only one state has any enforcement mechanism for its concussion management laws.
  • Only five states mandate medical personnel to be present at games involving collisions.
  • Only six states require parents be notified of their child’s traumatic brain injury.
  • Just 31 states require concussion training for coaches.

Who is at Risk for CTE?

Anybody who has been exposed to repetitive mild hits to the head could be at risk for developing CTE. Symptoms typically begin within eight to 10 years after the trauma and include disorientation, dizziness, headaches, memory loss, depression, erratic behavior and progressive dementia among other issues. It’s important to note that CTE doesn’t just happen to boxers, bull riders and NFL players, CTE can affect people who only played football for a few years in high school.

CTE Research and Litigation

At this time, Texas does not require parent notification of suspected or diagnosed traumatic brain injury during youth sports. Texas doesn’t require clearing health professional to be licensed physician or trained in TBI management either. The American Association for Justice has designed an incredible website with all the information you need to know about concussions, sports and the laws associated with protecting athletes. They have NFL case information and reports on the latest CTE research.

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Where’s a Lawyer When You Need One?

A Texas Monthly article goes in depth on why it’s more difficult than ever to get a lawyer in Texas. While you might have been led to believe that tort reform has paved the way for a fairer legal system, a system where so-called frivolous lawsuits are no longer a drain on the economy, you might be surprised to learn that ordinary Texans are paying the price. Tort reform and caps on non-economic damages in cases of medical malpractice have made it harder than ever to get a lawyer to represent you in the State of Texas.

What Happens to Injured Victims?

It’s the unfortunate truth that many injured victims across the State of Texas have little or no recourse in the legal system. Simply put, it’s not economically possible for many cases that should go to trial to do so. Caps on non-economic damages mean that a lawyer could have tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket upfront for a case where there’s a cap on compensation for victims.

Corporate-Friendly Legal System

It’s a sad fact that the legal system is no longer ordinary-citizen friendly. Even in cases that appear to be big wins for victims, caps mean the victim might not be receiving as much compensation as you would originally hope. These aren’t greedy-lawsuit-hungry people. These are our neighbors, friends, family members and loved ones who have been wronged and need recourse in a fair and unbiased legal system.

The Myth of Frivolous Lawsuits

The article goes on to point out that a 1994 Bureau of Labor Statistics report failed to find any decline in the economy in Texas that could be attributed to so-called frivolous lawsuits. In fact, Texas led the nation in new job growth creation that year, the year when tort reform and the myth of frivolous lawsuits were becoming a political force. Additionally, a jury verdict survey found that the midpoint verdict for personal-injury cases in Texas was below the national average in every year between 1989 and 1993. The ‘litigation crisis’ and so-called problem of ‘frivolous lawsuits’ was essentially manufactured by a few businessmen in efforts to increase their bottom line and reduce corporate accountability.

It’s more important than ever to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side after an accident.  Contact the skilled and proven team at the Altman Legal Group at (940) 761-4000 for a free case consultation.

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Semi Truck Spills Cargo in Wichita Falls

Last week, a tractor trailer lost its cargo on Central Freeway in Wichita Falls. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the incident happened near Maurine Street sometime around 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday. For currently unknown reasons, something fell off of the commercial semi truck. The vehicle behind the truck ran over the lost cargo and subsequently leaked transmission fluid down the roadway for about a half-mile stretch. Officials with the Wichita Falls Police Department (WFPD) treated the area as a hazardous materials spill.

WFPD Cleans Roadway Spill

Portions of the roadway were blocked off to traffic as crews cleaned up the fluid. The roadway was reportedly an oily mess as morning commuters were diverted around the scene. Thankfully, no injuries were initially reported in connection with this incident. There has been no word on what the 18-wheeler was hauling or if any citations have been made. The car that struck the tractor trailer’s lost cargo likely sustained damage during the incident.

Lost and Spilled Truck Cargo

There are rules and regulations that govern and determine the way cargo must be strapped down and secured on commercial trucking vehicles. When cargo shifts or is lost from the truck’s payload, other motorists and roadway users are put at great risk for injury-causing or potentially fatal crashes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the organization tasked with regulating the commercial trucking industry. When semi trucks are involved in traffic accidents, there are often lengthy investigations involved. Not only do big rig drivers and commercial trucking companies have to comply with the traditional rules and laws of the road, they also have additional regulations to comply with for safe and lawful operation on U.S. roadways.

After a Truck Accident in Wichita Falls

Cases involving commercial trucking vehicles are often much more complex than cases involving traditional passenger vehicles. Truck drivers and trucking companies have additional federal rules and regulations to follow, and it’s essential to find out if a violation of any of those regulations was a contributing factor in your injury accident. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a crash involving a semi truck in Wichita Falls, Lawton or in any of the surrounding Texoma communities, contact the skilled and proven team at the Altman Legal Group at (940) 761-4000 for an immediate free case consultation.

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You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
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Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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Super Bowl Sunday Safety

The Super Bowl is the nation’s most watched sporting event of the year. Whether you’re turning out for your favorite team or just watching for the commercials, make sure you have a game plan to get home safely. Planning for a sober ride home ahead of time is the best way to ensure you have a hassle-free and safe ride home after the big game. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is asking football fans an important question this year; are you drinking or are you driving?

Just The Facts

  • During the 2014 football season, there were 10,676 alcohol-related traffic crashes in the State of Texas.
  • Of those crashes, there were 492 fatalities.
  • 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired crashes across the nation in 2014.
  • 40 percent of those fatalities occurred during weekends.

Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk

Drunk driving crashes are one-hundred-percent preventable, and fans don’t let fans drive drunk. Whether you’re hosting a big Super Bowl party or you’re just attending one, be on the lookout for partygoers who aren’t safe to drive. If fellow football fans have been drinking, they don’t need to be driving. It’s that simple. The NHTSA also wants to remind motorists that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Even one drink can be one drink too many, so play it safe and get a sober ride home if you’ve been drinking.

TxDOT’s Game Plan Tips

  • Designate a driver before the game.
  • Call a Taxi or use a ridesharing app on your phone.
  • Utilize public transportation.
  • Ask a sober friend or family member for a ride home.
  • Spend the night.

Make a Game Plan

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is also urging football fans to plan for safe rides home after the big game. Ensure you get home safely this Super Bowl Sunday by making a game plan. Don’t wait until the end of the night to try to find a safe riding home. Designate a driver, call a cab or ask a friend to help you find a ride home. It could save a life.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a drunk driver, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible about your case. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes everybody a Safe and Happy Super Bowl Sunday.

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Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

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What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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