Head and Brain Injury Lawyer

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Experienced head and brain injury lawyer, Chris Jones of Longview, Texas is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and passionate in the representation of those suffering from head or brain injuries as a result of someone’s negligence or dangerous and defective products.  Mr. Jones is rated as a preeminent Lawyer by his peers.

Head Injury or Brain Injury

Head injuries are injuries to the head indicating damage to the skull, face, jaw or the contents of the jaw.  “Head injury” is a term which includes a “brain injury”.  “Brain injury” is a more specific term indicating damage to brain cells. Brain injuries are often referred to as an “acquired brain injury” (ABI) and ‘traumatic brain injury” (TBI). Medical records will also often refer brain injuries as a “closed head injury” (CHI) or “traumatic head injury” (THI).

One of the most difficult issues with Brain Injuries in legal claims is the often invisible nature of these injuries.  They are often undiagnosed after an accident and can be difficult to prove.  This is unfortunate, because these injuries are often the most disabling.

Signs and Symptoms

In Facts for Physicians published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), the signs and symptoms of TBI are broken generally into four categories:

    • Headache
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Balance problems
    • Dizziness
    • Visual problems
    • Fatigue
    • Sensitivity to light
    • Sensitivity to noise
    • Numbness/Tingling
    • Dazed or stunned
    • Feeling mentally “foggy”
    • Feeling slowed down
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Difficulty remembering
    • Forgetful of recent information or conversations
    • Confused about recent events
    • Answers questions slowly
    • Repeats questions
    • Irritability
    • Sadness
    • More emotional
    • Nervousness
    •  Drowsiness
    • Sleeping less than usual
    • Sleeping more than usual
    • Trouble falling asleep


A few of the great online resources for those with brain injuries include:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers updates on the latest research and
statistics on traumatic brain injury, along with information on educational and outreach

The Mayo Clinic offers basic and in-depth information into the causes and symptoms of
traumatic brain injury. Mayo Clinic

The Center of Excellence for Medical Multimedia – created by the federal Office of the
Surgeon General – offers information for soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injuries,
and helps link them to medical treatment facilities, health and wellness centers, and
civilian medical facilities.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes
of Health, supports research into traumatic brain injury and other neurological disorders.

Experienced Brain Injury Lawyer

We have experience with traumatic brain injury cases, and if you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury cases in an accident and need a lawyer, please do not hesitate to give East Texas Attorney, Chris Jones, Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law, Longview, Texas a call at 903-236-4990, 888-236-4878 (toll-free) for a free initial consultation or send us a message at Contact Us.

Safety Tips from over 27 years of Practicing Personal Injury Law

Personal Injury LawyersBuyer Beware see a lot of death, pain, suffering and horrible injuries.  The immediate goal is to obtain redress for our clients.  The ultimate goal, however, for every lawyer, should be to reduce the number of accidents, injuries and deaths so that others may avoid what our clients have suffered.

In this regard, I am sharing my list of things I’ve learned over the years to help keep me and my family  safer:

  • Keep your eyes on the road;
  • Driving while intoxicated is just plain stupid and can ruin your life and the lives of others;
  • Driving while using a smart phone to text, surf the internet, or use social media may be as bad as driving while intoxicated;
  • Do not drive or fly if you are fatigued;
  • Slow down;
  • Maintain sufficient space between your vehicle and others;
  • Before purchasing a vehicle, look at the safety data; (see Crashworthiness – Protect Yourself)
  • Wear your seatbelt;
  • Nothing good happens after midnight;
  • Use nose plugs when submerging you head in warm fresh water;
  • Use distilled water in products that force water up your nose;
  • If you drop a tire off the road, slow down before you try to correct back onto the road;
  • Vehicles are not designed for aggressive turns;
  • Read and follow the instructions, especially the warning labels;
  • Never fly into weather;
  • Always do a preflight check;
  • Never remove safety guards from equipment;
  • Read your safety manual, and follow it;
  • If you are concerned that someone doesn’t understand, they probably don’t;
  • Keep the car doors locked while driving;
  • If it can happen, assume it will;
  • Never point a gun in a direction where it is not safe to fire;
  • Never drive a vehicle in a direction in you cannot see;
  • Never rely on backup alarms alone;
  • Use lockout tagout;
  • Wear your safety equipment – hard hat, steel toe shoes, safety glasses, etc…
  • Use fall protection;
  • Better done safely than done quickly;
  • Any risk of serious injury or death that can be reduced or eliminated using means that are technologically and economically available is an unreasonable risk.

NFPA offers free safety tip sheets on a variety of fire and life safety topics.  OSHA has a number of publications that are specific to a variety of situations.

Please feel free to comment with your suggested additions to this list.

We have experience with many types of accidents, and if you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one and need a Texas accident attorney, please do not hesitate to give East Texas Attorney, Chris Jones, Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law, a call at 903-236-4990 for a free initial consultation or send us a message at Contact Us.

Fatal Workplace Accidents and Injuries, Texas Lawyer

Workplace Accidents and Injury Statistics

Fatal work injuries in the United States dropped by approximately  7%  to 4,383 deaths in 2012 according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Significantly, there were 138  deaths in the oil and gas extraction industries, a 23 percent rise in fatal injuries to workers in  2012.Fatal Occupational Injuries

Even though the number of fatalities dropped in the U.S.,work related deaths increased by over 20% to 531 deaths in Texas.  Oklahoma also saw a rise in work related deaths.  During the last 20 years, 1994 saw the highest number of work related fatalities in the US at 6,632, or approximately 35% higher than 2012.According the Texas Department of Insurance the deadliest occupation in Texas was driving heavy and tractor-trailer trucks. Texas also saw an increase in construction deaths. 2012 Texas Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. In Texas, there was a 57 percent increase in fatal injuries for heavy and tractor-trailer,truck drivers with 121 deaths, up from 77 in 2011. There were 82 construction trade worker deaths in Texas, up from  59 incidents in 2011.

These statistics should be analyzed by all safety personnel to help them understand what is occurring in the workplace and how to avoid future accidents and injuries.

Please also refer to our personal injury blog and our posts,  Accidents in the Workplace – Fall Protection,Premises Liability, Defective Products, Products Liability,Lockout Tagout, Texas Truck Accidents,Oilfield Accidents, Injuries and Deaths,and Workplace Injury – Texas Workers Compensation – The Exclusive Remedy?

Experienced Wrongful Death Attorney

We have experience with workplace accidents and  injuries, and if you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one in a workplace accident, please do not hesitate to give East Texas Attorney, Chris JonesBoard Certified Personal Injury Trial Law, a call at 903-236-4990, 888-236-4878 (toll-free) for a free initial consultation or send us a message at Contact Us.