Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are among the most severe injuries a human being can suffer since the brain controls not only sensory and motor activity, but cognitive ability as well. If you have survived a traumatic brain injury, you are likely facing a prolonged period of recovery and rehabilitation and perhaps long-term disability. Such a catastrophic injury will affect not only you, but your loved ones as well, causing financial as well as physical and emotional distress.
For these reasons, if your TBI is the result of another’s negligence, the law entitles you to substantial compensation for your extensive medical costs, lost income (present and future), and all expenses related to your injury. In addition, you are allowed recompense for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, permanent disfigurement and/or disability, and loss of enjoyment of life.
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Just because you are entitled to such compensation, however, does not mean that you will automatically receive it. You require a highly competent traumatic brain injury attorney to fight for your rights. Adams Law Firm, serving clients in The Woodlands, Houston, Conroe and throughout Montgomery County, Texas, provides precisely the type of vigorous, compassionate legal representation you need.
How Traumatic Brain Injuries Occur
Unfortunately, TBIs are not uncommon. They can occur due to car accidents, falls, and as a result of direct blows to the head (e.g. from a weapon or from falling debris). It is not hard to see, therefore, how someone else can be responsible for your traumatic brain injury, by assaulting you, driving recklessly, or keeping his or her property in a state of dangerous disrepair.
While assault is normally cause for a criminal complaint, you should be aware that whether or not your attack is prosecuted as a crime, and whether or not the responsible party is convicted, our personal injury attorneys may be able to win you significant damages in a civil case.
Short-Term Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
In the immediate aftermath of a traumatic brain injury, you may experience:
- Blurred vision
- Cognitive impairment
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory loss
- Nausea or vomiting
- Altered sensation or impaired mobility
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Sleep and/or balance problems
- Wrongful death
The skilled brain injury attorneys at Adams Law Firm are well-equipped to fight against opposing law teams and greedy insurance companies and we have a fine track record of winning large verdicts and settlements for our clients.
In cases in which you and your family have lost a family member to wrongful death because of a TBI, we are ready to push hard to make sure that justice is done. Although we cannot bring your loved one back, we can fight aggressively to hold the responsible party accountable and to see to it that funeral costs and lost income are repaid.
Kinds of Traumatic Brain Injuries
TBIs are medically categorized in several ways. The first distinction made is between closed and open TBIs as follows:
- Closed TBI occurs when a blow to the head causes the brain to collide with the skull, leading to swelling in the brain and/or blood clots
- Open TBI occurs when the skull is actually fractured by a fall or by an object penetrating the skull (e.g. a bullet, falling debris, or a piece of metal from a car accident
Another way of categorizing a traumatic brain injury is in terms of severity of symptoms, as noted below:
- Mild TBI involves a brief period — less than 30 minutes — of lost consciousness, confusion or disorientation
- Moderate TBI involves a longer period of unconsciousness, up to 6 hours, and some resulting memory loss
- Severe TBI involves an extended period of unconsciousness or a comatose state, as well as significant cognitive impairment
Moderate or severe TBIs require urgent medical care to prevent worsening symptoms. Surgical intervention may be needed to minimize long-term damage.
A third way of differentiating traumatic brain injuries is by the precise nature of the injury, including:
- Anoxic brain injury in which the brain is completely deprived of oxygen
- Concussion in which results from a blow to, or violent shaking of the head
- Contusions in which the blow to the head results in bruising or bleeding
- Diffuse axonal injury in which strong shaking (as in “shaken baby syndrome) results in scattered lesions throughout white and gray matter
- Hypoxic brain injury in which oxygen supply to the brain is diminished
- Penetration injury in which a sharp object penetrates the skull
Even a mild traumatic brain injury, for which the recommended treatment is rest and over-the-counter pain medication, requires close monitoring since more serious symptoms may show up later. Physical activities must be avoided until the patient is given full medical clearance.
Why You Need Adams Law Firm if You have Suffered a TBI
Even if your TBI appears to be mild, it is best to contact our offices early on in case your situation worsens and your costs mount. Our experienced brain injury lawyers are prepared to offer you the legal counsel and moral support you need while you heal. With our excellent negotiation tactics and savvy courtroom strategies, we will work tirelessly to win the financial settlement you and your family require to restart your life.
Our brain injury attorneys have well-earned reputations for empathy as well as effective, efficient legal representation. We will take all necessary steps to win you the highest possible settlement by:
- Listening carefully to your account of the event
- Interviewing any witnesses
- Examining the scene of the accident or assault
- Consulting with any relevant experts who may be able to support your case in court
- Examining all pertinent medical records
Consider the Long-Term Prognosis
We know all too well the long-term effects of TBIs and how taxing they can be on the patient and his/her loved ones. After a TBI, whether immediately or in the future, you may have to cope with:
- Cognitive impairments (e.g. memory loss, disorientation, thought-processing disorders)
- Weakness of extremities
- Loss of balance and coordination
- Hearing, speech or vision loss
In many cases, traumatic brain injuries also lead to personality changes which may interfere with work, social interactions, intimate relationships, and ability to concentrate. Mood swings may lead to inexplicable rages, debilitating anxiety, or bouts of depression. It is even possible that TBI victims may need extensive rehabilitation to relearn basic skills such as walking, talking, reading, grooming, and even eating. If lifelong nursing care is needed, the cost will be astronomical.
Contact Our Experienced Montgomery County Brain Injury Attorneys Today
If you or a close family member has sustained a traumatic brain injury you cannot take on this problem alone. You need the help of our dedicated, successful professionals. Contact Adams Law Firm promptly to get the excellent legal advice and guidance you deserve.