Traumatic brain injury (TBI) contributes to a significant amount of death and disability in the United States. TBIs are serious, debilitating and deadly injuries resulting from head trauma. Every year, 146,000 Texans who sustain brain injuries. That’s one every four minutes. TBIs lead to more than 5,700 Texas residents being permanently disabled by traumatic brain injury. A range of causes, from vehicle to workplace accidents have lead to the roughly half a million Texans currently living with a disability caused by a TBI. Traumatic brain injuries are life-altering. If you or a loved one suffered a head injury, contact a qualifed Traumatic Brain Injury lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm.
At the Carlson Law Firm, we provide skilled legal representation on behalf of Texas personal injury victims who have suffered a serious brain injury. Our firm is committed to doing everything we can to help our clients maintain or improve their quality of life as a result of the life-changing effects caused by brain injury. As a nationally respected traumatic brain injury firm, you can be confident that our attorneys are qualified to take on even the most complex cases in Texas and across the nation.
There are currently more than 381,000 Texas residents living with a disability due to a TBI. Most of these injuries are minor thanks to the protection the human skull naturally provides. Still, despite mother nature’s best efforts, more than half a million head injuries each year require hospitalization.
What is a traumatic brain injury?
A brain, or head, injury refers to harm which causes damage to the scalp, skull or brain. Every injury is distinct and can damage a different part of the brain. These injuries fall into one of two categories: closed or penetrating. Closed head injuries occur when the head sustains a blunt force trauma by striking against an object. On the other hand, a penetrating head injury occurs when a high-velocity object breaks through the skull and enters the brain.
The most common effects of a traumatic brain injury includes the following:
- Closed head injuries resulting in memory loss or physical or mental impairment
- Traumatic brain injury resulting in cognitive deficits, physical disability, coma or persistent vegetative state (PVS)
- Brain damage resulting in changes in behavior, depression, and anxiety
- Spinal cord impingement or other nerve damage
- Chronic pain (RSD or CRPS) resulting from a back or spine injury
- Bulging, slipped or herniated disc with damage to the nerves of the spinal cord
- Degenerative disc disease
- Fractured spine or broken back
If you or a loved one suffered life-changing injuries, contact a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm. We can help you hold the responsible party or parties accountable for their negligence. Our traumatic brain injury attorneys work with a team of in-house nurses who can examine your injuries and develop the best legal representation possible.
What are the signs of a brain injury?
Brain injuries can range in scope from moderate to severe, with traumatic brain injuries resulting in permanent neurological damage that can produce lifelong deficits in varying degrees. The following symptoms identify a traumatic braing injury:
Cognitive deficits, include difficulties with:
- Poor concentration
- Easily distracted
- Memory loss
- Speed of Processing
- Self control
Speech and language difficulties:
- Not understanding spoken word
- Trouble speaking or being understood
- Slurred speech
- Speaking very fast or very slow
- Problems reading and writing
- Partial or total loss of vision
- Weakness of eye muscles and (double vision)
- Blurred vision
- Decrease or loss of hearing
- Ringing in the ears
- Increased sensitivity to sounds
- Loss or diminished sense of smell
- Lost or diminished sense of taste
- Chronic pain
- Loss of control of bowel and bladder
- Denial/ lack of awareness
- Dependent behaviors
Contact a qualified Traumatic Brain Injury attorney from The Carlson Law Firm to assist you on your road to recovery.
Common Causes of TBIs
Our traumatic brain injury attorneys in our 12 locations handle lawsuits regarding the following types of accidents:
- Car, Truck and Motorcycle Accidents: In brain injury lawsuits involving motor vehicle accidents, the defendant is commonly a driver who failed to operate his or her vehicle responsibly. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of traumatic brain injury related hospitalizations for people aged 15 to 44 years old.
- Medical Malpractice/Birth Injury: Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, hospital or other healthcare provider deviates from the standard of care expected in the medical community, resulting in injury to the patient.
- On the job accidents: When a worker suffers a brain injury on the job, they may be able to recover compensation through worker’s compensation benefits.
Categories of Brain Injuries
- Anoxic Brain Injury: A type of brain injury in which all or parts of the brain were deprived of oxygen.
- Cerebral Contusion: A localized injury that refers to a bruise on brain tissue. A bruise is the result of blood clotting to stop bleeding. Because of this, and depending on the severity of a contusion, a victim may need to seek medical treatment to help resolve the injury to the brain.
- Concussion: A traumatic brain injury caused by a person hitting his or her head. These injuries can be caused by sports-related incidents, car crashes, falls, etc… . Whether mild or severe, concussion symptoms need to be treated, or at least looked at by a medical professional. Not treating a concussion can have severe short and long-term effects on a person’s quality of life.
- Infection: Encephalitis occurs when the brain becomes infected, that may result in mild to severe brain dysfunction. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes, many cases of encephalitis in the United States are the result of the herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2, rabies, or West Nile virus—the two latter can be caused by animal bites.
Childhood Head Injuries
Children present a special concern when it comes to head injuries. Children are prone to falling, are unaware of many of the everyday dangers around them and are dependent on others to care for them. Further, they may be exposed to brain injury at birth because of medical mistakes that can deprive them of oxygen. The result may be cerebral palsy and other types of brain injuries.
Childhood brain injuries can differ from those seen in adults. Deficits may not be apparent because the pediatric brain is still developing. In the case of children, traumatic brain injuries may be an ongoing issue because symptoms can change or unfold over time.
A Texas injury lawyer at The Carlson Law Firm can help victims prove negligence for the following types of child brain injury:
Newborns are susceptible to brain damage from jaundice, a condition in which the concentration of bilirubin (yellow coloring) builds up in the blood. Approximately 60 percent of newborns develop some level of jaundice soon after birth, however, most will recover with time and easily administered therapies. In some cases when the level of bilirubin is allowed to get too high, a type of brain damage called Kernicterus can develop. Kernicterus can cause cerebral palsy, mental retardation, hearing problems and vision troubles.
Childhood Toxic Substance Exposure
Children, like adults, are subject to brain damage from exposure to toxic substances, but because their bodies are smaller and their brains are still developing, they are susceptible to smaller amounts of toxins. Additionally, babies and very young children explore the world with their mouths, so they are particularly prone to ingesting things that older children and adults would never eat or drink. For example, nearly 1 percent of children between the ages of one and five currently have blood lead levels in excess of safe amounts, often because they put items and substances contaminated with lead-based paint into their mouths.
Childhood Traumatic Brain Injury
Young children are also more likely to suffer from traumatic brain injuries because they have underdeveloped motor skills and are less cautious than adults. Children with a head injury might have the same symptoms as adults, however, because they are less verbal and self-aware, they might be unable to recognize or communicate symptoms. Further, a head injury combined with signs of brain damage such as losing interest in favorite toys, becoming uncharacteristically violent or losing the ability to do recently learned skills, such as walking or using the toilet should alert parents to seek a medical evaluation.
Elements of a Traumatic Brain Injury lawsuit
To file a lawsuit in Texas, the brain injury victim must have suffered trauma as a result of another’s negligence. In a negligence claim, a brain injury lawyer representing the injured party needs to prove the following:
- Duty of Care: This refers to a legal obligation that requires an individual to exercise a reasonable level of care so as to prevent harm to others. For instance, a doctor has a duty to perform up to the standard of care established by the medical community.
- Breach of Duty: An individual or entity may be considered negligent if they breach their duty of care. For example, if a doctor performs an operation in a manner considered unacceptable by the medical community’s standards, they may have breached their professional duty.
- Causation: The defendant’s negligence must have been directly responsible for the injury or the damage that occurred.
- Damages: For a victim to file a claim, the injury needs to have caused either economic or non-economic damages.
If you or a loved one are living with any form of brain injury due to the negligence of another, don’t hesitate to contact a skilled, local traumatic brain injury lawyer as soon as possible.
How a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer at Carlson Law Firm Can Help
As a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, we offer honest answers and dedicated advocacy for victims of brain and spinal cord injuries and their families. We can help you seek the care of medical specialists and rehabilitation therapists who can provide excellent care. We will fight to obtain the maximum compensation for the cost of:
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Speech therapy
- Physical rehabilitation and the impact on your life and your family’s future.
Contact a qualified traumatic brain injury lawyer to assist in your recovery.
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