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Houston personal injury lawyerMost people who have had hearing and sight for their entire lives rely heavily on these senses to get them through their everyday lives. Adjusting to vision or hearing loss can be incredibly difficult, both emotionally and logistically. Losing one of these basic senses due to an accident caused by another party’s negligence can be utterly devastating. Major parts of your life are going to change. You may no longer be able to do quite a few of the things you used to do independently, at least during the adjustment period.

If another party acted carelessly and caused damage to your vision or hearing, you may be able to recover compensation for quite a few of the problems your loss of senses has caused in your life, including medical bills and emotional harm. An attorney can help guide you in pursuing a claim. 

Damages You Can Recover After Hearing or Vision Loss

Adjusting to a new disability can be incredibly tough. You will likely incur a lot of expenses in hiring medical providers, therapists, and at-home caregivers at first. You may also lose a significant amount of income, and in some cases, you may no longer be able to perform the job you had before. Compensable damages include: 

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Harris County Eye Injury LawyerOur eyes are a sensitive and valuable part of our body and play a vital role in how we view and operate in the world every day. The loss of our sense of sight can have a devastating impact on our quality of life, our interactions with others, and our ability to earn a living.  Two of the most common types of accidents that cause vision loss are work-related accidents and car accidents. Based on the causes of the accident, a victim may be eligible for compensation for their damages.

Causes and Compensation for an Eye Injury

An eye injury and vision loss can happen at any time and in virtually any setting. Vision loss or other eye-related injuries from an accident can have many different causes:

  • An injury from a foreign object entering the eye

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Harris County Personal Injury LawyerHouston and the surrounding areas are becoming more bicycle-friendly as increased numbers of people use bicycles for recreation, running errands, or everyday commuting. While many ride for the health benefits, bicyclists account for a disproportionate share of injuries and deaths when involved in an accident with a vehicle. This is unsurprising given the vulnerability of bicyclists when involved in a collision with a much larger and heavier vehicle. It is important for vehicle drivers and bicyclists to know the leading causes of accidents so that they can both work to avoid dangerous situations. It is also important to seek out an experienced attorney if you have been injured in a bicycle accident in order to pursue compensation for medical bills, time missed from work, and pain and suffering.

Statistics and Causes of Bicycle Accidents

Every year in the United States, almost 1,000 bicyclists are killed and over 130,000 are injured in accidents on our roads. The total annual costs from these injuries and deaths are estimated at over $23 billion from health care costs, lost work productivity, lost quality of life, and the lives that are lost. Here are the leading causes of bicycle-vehicle accidents:

Speeding – The top cause of accidents involving a vehicle and a bicycle is speed. Drivers are less able to stop or take action to avoid a bicyclist if they are traveling too fast. Speed-related accidents can also contribute to more severe injuries and a higher likelihood of wrongful death. Perhaps surprisingly, 63% of fatal bicycle accidents happen away from intersections, mostly on more open stretches of road.

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Houston Traumatic Brain Injury Compensation LawyerTraumatic brain injuries (TBI) contribute to almost 3 million trips to the emergency room for Americans every year. They are caused when a blow to your head causes your brain to hit against your skull. The impacts of a TBI can be long-lasting and have a variety of symptoms. While there are many causes of TBIs, accidents are one of the leading contributors. If you have suffered a TBI in a slip and fall, motor vehicle crash, or other accident, it is important that you contact a personal injury attorney who can help determine if you are entitled to compensation.

How TBIs Happen and What Symptoms They Cause

The most common cause of traumatic brain injuries is falling. People who have suffered a fall account for almost half of TBI-related emergency room visits. Other accident-related causes of TBIs include motor vehicle accidents and work injuries.

Depending on the severity of the injury, there can be a wide variety of symptoms associated with TBIs. In mild cases, the injury may cause headaches, sensitivity to light and sound, and mild confusion. These symptoms will usually not last long and do not permanently damage the brain.

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Houston Personal Injury LawyerWhile most dogs are friendly companions, some can pose a threat through aggressive behavior. No matter the size of the dog, any attack can lead to severe injuries including major wounds, broken bones, nerve damage, brain and spine injuries, and more. Even seemingly minor wounds can become infected and lead to serious medical problems if untreated. After an attack, you may be left with psychological trauma, including anxiety and post-traumatic stress. No matter the severity of the dog bite, after you seek medical attention, you should contact a personal injury lawyer who will learn the details of the attack and help determine whether you can pursue a personal injury suit.

Seek Medical Attention After a Dog Attack

After a bite, you should clean the wound, apply antibiotic cream, and cover it in a sterile bandage. More serious wounds require immediate medical attention. However, for any bite, medical professionals recommend seeing a doctor within eight hours in order to have the bite treated and to prevent infection. About 50 percent of dog bites transmit some type of bacteria, so the doctor will likely clean the wound again and then provide any additional antibiotic treatment, especially for those with diabetes or who are immunocompromised and have a higher risk of infection. Depending on your vaccination history, you may receive a tetanus booster.

Compensation for Dog Bites in Texas

You may be entitled to compensation if you have been injured in a dog attack. Under Texas law, dog owners can be held financially liable when:

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