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Legal Representation for Traumatic Brain Injury Victims in San Antonio
A blow to the head can lead to a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A severe traumatic brain injury can seriously derail your life. San Antonio residents are part of the more than 146,000 Texans suffer from traumatic brain injury every. That comes out to approximately one traumatic brain injury every four minutes. Sadly, TBIs are the leading cause of death and disability in people under the age of 45. If you or a loved one are one of the half a million Texans currently living with a TBI caused by another person’s negligence, contact a San Antonio Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney right way.
You don’t have to suffer through the pain of a traumatic brain injury alone—especially if your injury was caused by the negligence of another. The Carlson Law Firm is here to help you. A compassionate San Antonio Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney can help you move forward with your life. We have recovered millions of dollars to assist victims of traumatic brain injuries for more than 40 years.
What is a TBI?
A brain, or head, injury is the harm done to the head. A TBI can present as any type of damage to the scalp, skull or brain. It is important to note that every injury is distinct and can harm different parts of the brain. To further explain, these injuries are broken down into two categories:
- Closed: Closed head injuries occur when the head strikes against an object or an object strikes the head. Typically, this is called blunt force trauma.
- Penetrating: Penetrating head injuries occur when an object breaks through the skull and enters the brain.
A San Antonio Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney from The Carlson Law Firm specializes in brain and spinal cord injury. The types of cases we handle include:
- 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
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
Brain Injuries range from moderate to severe. Traumatic brain injuries often result in permanent damage to the brain or spinal cord. The damage can produce lifelong deficits in varying degrees. A brain injury is identifiable by the following symptoms:
Cognitive deficits, including difficulties with:
- Poor concentration
- Easily distracted
- Memory loss
- Speed of Processing
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
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
A San Antonio Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney from The Carlson Law Firm is ready to handle your case. We have helped victims of negligence recover millions of dollars. If you are ready to move forward with your life and collect the compensation you’re entitled to don’t hesitate to contact a TBI lawyer. Contact our firm today if you were hurt or injured in 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
Traumatic brain injuries occur for a number of reasons. The injury can come from medical malpractice or accidents. In any case, TBI injuries are diagnosed depending on what caused them. They break down into four major categories:
- 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.
No matter the cause or severity of a brain injury, a San Antonio Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney from our team can provide legal assistance.
Childhood Brain Injuries
Because they are prone to falling, are unaware of many of the everyday dangers around them and are dependent on others to care for them, children are more likely to suffer from brain injuries. With this in mind, brain injuries in children require special care. Unfortunately, some children are also exposed to brain injury at birth because of medical mistakes that can deprive them of oxygen. In the event that this occurs, the result may be cerebral palsy and other types of brain injuries.
Childhood brain injuries can differ from those seen in adults. In fact, deficits may not be apparent because of a developing brain. In the case of children, TBI injuries may be an ongoing issue because symptoms can change or unfold over time.
A San Antonio Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney 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. Additionally, a type of brain damage called Kernicterus can develop in cases where bilirubin gets too high. 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. 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 brain injuries. Because children have underdeveloped motor skills they 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. 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 BRAIN INJURY LAWSUIT
To file a lawsuit in San Antonio, the brain injury victim must have suffered trauma as a result of another’s negligence. In a negligence claim, a San Antonio Traumatic 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: A person or company is 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 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 are a San Antonio resident and you or a loved one have suffered any form of brain injury due to the negligence of another, don’t hesitate to contact a skilled, San Antonio Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney as soon as possible.
HOW A San Antonio TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY ATTORNEY AT CARLSON LAW FIRM CAN HELP
As the premier personal injury law firm in San Antonio, we offer honest answers and dedicated advocacy for victims of brain and spinal cord injuries and their families. We will help you get proper care from medical specialists and rehabilitation therapists. 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.
Don’t let another day pass without an experienced and passionate brain injury lawyer on your side to fight for quality care and long-term recovery. Contact a Carlson Law Firm San Antonio Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney to schedule a consultation or to set up an appointment at any of our locations.
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