Unlike other injuries, brain injuries aren’t usually visible to others. Victims suffer silently, while loved ones do their best to understand what is happening.
Our Brain Injury Attorneys Will Help You Find the Path Forward
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) affect people in deeply fundamental ways. Our brain injury lawyers can help you find the path forward when you’ve suffered this often life-altering injury. Brain injuries affect the way we think, remember, and behave. They impact our relationships with loved ones. They can cause depression, anxiety, and other psychological problems. Every single area of your life can be negatively affected by a brain injury.
When you’ve suffered a severe brain injury that was someone else’s fault, you deserve compensation for your medical expenses and lost income. You also deserve payment that reflects all the true costs of your brain injury. Our seasoned traumatic brain injury attorneys will put all their experience to work toward getting you the total compensation you need.
With our long history in handling brain injury cases, we know that finding a path forward requires more than legal representation. It also requires a support network. At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we provide skilled legal guidance, and we also use our network of professionals to make sure clients get the assistance they need to move forward. Call us today at (713) 973-8888 to learn how we can help you when you have been the victim of a negligent brain injury.
How We Can Help You When You Have Suffered a Brain Injury
Because brain injuries can have life-changing and long-lasting effects, every problem you are now experiencing because of the injury should be carefully considered when you are thinking of bringing a legal claim. When you are faced with far-reaching impacts, you do not want to be shortchanged when it comes to compensation.
Our experienced brain injury attorney will work toward helping you receive fair compensation that will pay for all you’ve lost now and potentially far into the future. We will factor in everything you have lost when we help you with your legal claim—from the money you’ve had to pay for medical treatment to the joy in life that has been replaced by pain. Contact us at (713) 973-8888 for a free consultation.
Don’t suffer in silence when you need help.
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Expenses of a Traumatic Brain Injury
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the economic costs of traumatic brain injuries nationwide is more than $76 billion dollars. The financial costs to individuals with brain injuries vary, of course, depending on the severity of injuries. But in more serious cases, lifelong medical treatment may be required. Sometimes 24-hour around-the-clock skilled nursing care may be necessary. The costs of medical care for a traumatic brain injury can reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars in a short time and into the millions over a person’s lifetime. The expense of medical care is only a portion of the losses, or damages, that a person with a traumatic brain injury and their family might experience. There are many other costs.
Damages in Brain Injury Cases
Potential damages that can be asked for in brain injury claims include the following:
Costs of current and future medical treatment
Costs of current and future rehabilitation and care
Prescriptions and over-the-counter medications and medical devices and equipment
Lost income, including past, present, and future earnings
Physical and emotional pain and suffering
Diminished quality of life
Punitive damages in especially negligent or egregious cases.
The costs of a brain injury add up very quickly. You deserve to be compensated for your injuries when you have suffered a brain injury and should not hesitate about bringing a claim against the party that injured you. If they had not behaved carelessly, you would not be facing physical and emotional trauma or the costs associated with your injuries.
An Attorney Is of Extreme Importance to Getting the Compensation You Require
A brain injury can seriously affect the rest of your life. When you have been injured, you need an experienced law firm on your side to help ensure you are fairly compensated for your damages.
Don’t hesitate to contact Terry Bryant and his team of handpicked brain injury attorneys and staff to schedule a free case assessment. We want to learn more about your case so that we can offer you our insights based on our years of experience.
Our brain injury lawyers work hard to help people get the payment they need to move forward with their lives. We understand how serious these injuries are for victims and their families, and we make sure we get results. Contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our Houston brain injury attorneys. Call us today at (713) 973-8888, chat with us, or use our online form.
The Extensive Impacts of a Serious Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries are often serious and tragic. They affect a victim’s ability to think, feel, and communicate, and include concussions, contusions, diffuse axonal injuries, and penetration injuries, among others. A brain injury victim might suffer from mild but persistent effects of their TBI, or they could have a life completely altered by a brain injury.
People with serious brain injuries might experience:
An inability to read, speak, or process language
Dramatic changes to personality
Isolation and withdrawal from loved ones
It can take a long time to recover from a traumatic brain injury. Sadly, some people never recover and pass away. For some people, the injury will affect them for the rest of their lives. According to Traumatic Brain Injury.com, some of the indicators for medical recovery include:
Duration of coma – the shorter, the better
Post-traumatic amnesia – Again, the shorter, the better
Age – patients over 60 or under age 2 have the worst prognosis, even if the head injury they suffer is the same as in other age groups.
In any event, because the brain is so infinitely complex, forecasting recovery from a traumatic brain injury is still a guessing game, at best. In severe cases, long-term medical and rehabilitation may be necessary, with some patients needing assisted living arrangements for the rest of their lives.
Terry Bryant Law has been helping Texas residents for 35 years in accident-related issues, evaluating their legal situation, and ensuring they get all the aid and help to which they are entitled.
Suffering any form of brain injury from an accident is serious, and often catastrophic. When adults or children endure brain damage, doctors don’t know whether their behavior will change or they will develop some sort of personality or cognitive disorder. The prognosis, in either case can be elusive. The effects of an injury can depend on what part or hemisphere of the brain has been harmed.
Parts of the Brain and its Functions
There are 6 sections of the brain that allow humans to function. Each section is responsible for a number of abilities – including memory, motor skills, problem solving, and more.
Reasoning and judgement
Injuries may affect:
Ability to control emotions
Injuries may affect:
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Five primary senses (Touch, Smell, Vision, Hearing, Taste)
Injuries may affect:
Trouble perceiving the size and shapes of objects
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Involuntary functions essential for survival
Hemispheres of the Brain and Their Functions
Furthermore, the brain is divided into two hemispheres, each responsible for different functions. An injury to either side of the brain may result in the following impacts:
Injuries to the left hemisphere may cause:
Difficulties with language and communication
Injuries to the right hemisphere may cause:
Visual and spatial impairment
Altered creativity and music perception
Let Us Help When You’ve Suffered a Brain Injury
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we believe that the best way to understand how a brain injury has impacted our client is to speak with their loved ones. We want to find out how the injury has changed them and how it has impacted their relationships and quality of life. This is why our brain injury attorneys work with clients and their families to determine the true impact and resulting costs of their brain injury, so we can be sure we seek fair compensation that meets their needs. It’s vital that our attorneys understand the depths of a brain injury to make sure clients get the payments they deserve.
Our law firm has the experience and resources to handle serious personal injury cases, including traumatic brain injuries. Contact our Houston brain injury lawyer today at (713) 973-8888 to learn more about our services.
Understanding the Steps in a Brain Injury Case
Here are the basic steps in a brain injury case:
Your lawyer will gather evidence for your case. Evidence can include medical records, witness statements, expert witness testimony and more.
They may try to negotiate an out-of-court settlement with the party that caused your brain injury. A settlement can occur at any time during the claim process if both parties agree.
If a settlement can’t be reached in your brain injury case, a lawsuit may be filed.
Next comes the discovery process in which lawyers for both sides exchange evidence and interview the parties involved and any potential witnesses.
Mediation takes place as another attempt to resolve the case before trial.
If mediation is not successful, the brain injury case goes to trial.
A verdict is reached in the case by a jury or judge.
The losing party might file an appeal.
When you’ve been the victim of a brain injury, one of the most important steps you can take is to contact our experienced Houston brain injury lawyers as soon as possible. An attorney with a seasoned background handling traumatic brain injury cases and in-depth understanding of Texas personal injury law will fight for you throughout the entire claims process.
Why Should I Sue for a Traumatic Brain Injury?
If someone else’s negligence led to your or your loved one’s brain injury, that person may be responsible for the costs associated with treating a brain injury. The costs are often substantial. You may need tests, therapy, surgery and other treatments. Insurance coverage may be limited and may not cover the full amount of damages that resulted from an injury. If the person who injured you had not acted carelessly, you would not be facing all of these costs.
To learn more about your legal rights, contact our skilled Houston brain injury attorney Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (713) 973-8888.
How Long Does a Brain Injury Lawsuit Take?
How long a brain injury lawsuit takes will vary with each case. It often depends on the complexity of the case, the severity of injuries, the number of parties involved and the amount of money being sought. In simpler cases, a lawsuit can usually be settled more quickly. More complicated cases take longer.
If your legal claim can be settled through negotiations, it may take just months. The majority of cases do settle outside of court. However, if you are not offered a fair settlement amount and your brain injury lawsuit proceeds to trial, it can take a year or more for it to be resolved. Some especially complex cases can go on for years when appeals are involved.
An accomplished brain injury attorney from Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law can review all the facts surrounding your case and counsel you about your most beneficial legal options. Call us at (713) 973-8888.
How Much Does a Brain Injury Lawyer Cost?
People who have been injured are sometimes hesitant to hire a brain injury attorney because they don’t think they can afford it. This is why you should know that our knowledgeable brain injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that you don’t pay us until and unless we win your case. If we don’t win your case, we get nothing. When we win your case, we receive a percentage of your award. The percentage we receive will depend upon the award amount.
Additionally, our attorneys provide a free initial consultation to learn about all the circumstances surrounding your injury. You have nothing to lose by talking with our brain injury law firm, and potentially everything to gain. We will review all the facts of your case and work toward getting you the compensation you need to pay your bills and restore some kind of normalcy to your life. Call our Houston brain injury lawyers at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law today at (713) 973-8888 for a free case evaluation.
What Are Some of the Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries?
How do brain injuries happen? Traumatic brain injuries are caused by an impact or jolt to the head. Some of the common ways they happen are in …
Vehicle accidents (including car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents)
Negligent childcare incidents
Being struck by or against an object
Criminal acts (e.g., assault and battery)
Slips and falls.
The most common cause of traumatic brain injuries according to the CDC are falls. Falls account for 48% of all TBI-related emergency room visits. They tend to occur more frequently to older and younger people. Almost half of traumatic brain injury emergency room visits for children were caused by falls. Four out of five (81%) of TBI-related visits to emergency rooms for adults 65 and older were caused by falls. Motor vehicle crashes are the next leading cause of traumatic brain injuries.
If one of the causes listed above applies to your situation, then you should consider exploring your legal options to seek compensation for the costs of your traumatic brain injury. If your injury was caused in another setting but still stems from someone’s careless or reckless behavior, you are well within your rights to pursue payment.
Call Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (713) 973-8888 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with our Houston brain injury attorneys. We can help you file your brain injury claim.
Why We Should All Know the Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain injuries carry the potential to have a dramatic impact on our lives. Unlike other types of injuries, a traumatic brain injury can change how we think, behave, speak, and process language. These injuries are also unique because they are not always easily detectable.
After an accident, a brain injury victim might appear confused or, in some cases, might be rendered unconscious. However, people may not immediately recognize these symptoms as signs of a brain injury. When a person suffers a TBI, they should be screened and treated immediately. Loved ones of a TBI victim should also be aware of just how serious these injuries can be and how they might be able to help their loved ones in the recovery process.
Traumatic brain injuries are caused by a blow or jolt to the head. Some are minor, in which case a victim might recover quickly. However, serious brain injuries, or the accumulation of several mild to moderate traumatic brain injuries, can have serious consequences, including mental impairment and difficulty communicating. Concussions are classified as mild TBIs, though they should also be treated very seriously.
Around 155 people die from TBI-related injuries every day in the United States, making it one of the leading causes of death.
Nearly 3 million people each year are treated in emergency rooms, admitted into hospitals, or lose their lives because of TBIs.
TBIs contribute to around one-third of all injury deaths.
Spotting a TBI – Why It’s So Important
Noticing the presence of a TBI in an accident victim is important because, if these injuries are left undiagnosed or untreated, the effects can quickly worsen, causing death, disability, or long-term impairment. It’s imperative that anyone suspected of having a TBI should seek immediate medical attention.
Signs of a TBI include:
Confusion and disorientation
Trouble solving problems
Limited paralysis in arms or legs
Mood swings, depression, or anxiety
Sensitivity to bright lights, sounds, or touch
Nausea soon after an accident
Blurred or double vision
Lightheadedness or dizziness
Ringing in ears
Changes in behavior
Difficulty processing language
Loss of consciousness
Numbness in extremities
Difficulty understanding nonverbal cues, such as a person shrugging their shoulders
Problems with speech and language
If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or in a loved one after a fall, motor vehicle crash, or any other type of accident, don’t take any chances. Go to a doctor or emergency room as soon as possible for tests and treatment.
When a traumatic brain injury has lasting consequences, victims should know that they have the right to consider legal action if that injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI and would like to explore a personal injury claim, contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law today to learn more.
Schedule a free consultation with our brain injury lawyers in Houston by filling out our online contact form or giving us a call at (713) 973-8888.
The Nature of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can affect a victim’s ability to think, feel, and communicate. They may be closed or open (skull fracture). Most are caused by an external force. But sometimes they occur because of oxygen deprivation.
Traumatic brain injuries include concussions, contusions, diffuse axonal injuries, and penetration injuries. If you or someone you love suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, an experienced brain injury lawyer with Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law can help protect your legal rights.
Types of Severe Brain Injuries
There are several primary classifications of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs):
Concussions are the most common form of TBI. These closed brain injuries are caused by direct impact trauma to the head: suffering a fall; getting punched, kicked, shot, or shaken; whiplash in a car crash; or other accidents. One does not have to lose consciousness to suffer a concussion. Some present with non-obvious symptoms: confusion, dizziness, foggy mind. If you’ve suffered any form of direct impact trauma to your head and think you may have had a concussion, see a doctor. Severe concussions can produce permanent damage.
Diffuse axonal injury is caused by severe shaking or rotational forces which create tears in the brain structure as the skull shears the brain’s edges. This tearing causes neuro-chemical disruptions within the brain which could become permanent and lead to coma or death. Symptoms depend on which brain structures are torn. There may be motor function disruption, memory loss, motor sensation disruption, olfactory disruption, and more. Anyone can suffer a diffuse axonal brain injury, though it is commonly called “shaken baby syndrome.”
Penetration injuries are caused by sharp objects forcefully entering the skull and brain. When the object goes through the brain, there may be lost tissue (which exits the skull), shearing, tearing, and rupturing of tissue. One who survives this potentially fatal injury will display profoundly negative, long-term effects.
Contusions are localized bleeding into the brain. They are also associated with direct impact trauma to the head. Contusions may need to be surgically removed, as a potentially fatal blood clot often forms at the contusion site. Contusions may also occur apart from the direct impact site when the force of impact is so great that the brain slams into the opposite side of the skull, creating a second contusion on that opposite impact area.
Non-TBIs resulting from oxygen deprivation can have the same long-term effect on patients.
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There are two main types of oxygen-deprivation brain injuries.
Anoxia is caused by oxygen deprivation to the brain. Within a relatively short time – as little as a few minutes – cell death begins, which can result in serious functional damage to different brain systems and possible death. There are different kinds of anoxia, which include anoxic (standard anoxia), anemic (blood isn’t carrying oxygen), and toxic (toxins are blocking oxygen use), among others. Severe brain injuries at birth, and accidental drownings which result in cerebral palsy, are commonly caused by anoxia.
Hypoxic brain injury is similar to anoxia, except that the oxygen deprivation is not absolute. With a hypoxic brain injury, the patient receives some oxygen, but the levels can be so low that over a longer period of time, cell death still can occur. The eventual cell death, if left untreated, may also produce functional damage in the patient and possibly death. This injury is also often associated with drowning and birthing injuries.
You Need an Experienced Brain Injury Attorney in Houston
Terry Bryant is a former judge and a Board Certified personal injury trial lawyer (by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization). He and his handpicked team know how to get results for clients. We will listen to you and your loved ones so we can understand your experiences. We also want to help you understand your legal options and give you our initial assessment of your case. Call us today at (713) 973-8888.
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we have the resources and experience to handle cases involving a wide variety of brain injuries. It’s our job to understand how a brain injury has impacted your life, so we can fight for the payment you deserve. Our Houston brain injury lawyer also wants to get you the help you need to rebuild your life.
Where Can I Get Support After a Serious Brain Injury?
When you’ve suffered a brain injury, you understandably have questions and concerns. There are a number of local and national support groups and associations designed to assist and educate you and your family in the aftermath of a brain injury. They include:
Don’t hesitate to contact these organizations when you have questions or need support. If you have questions about how an attorney may be able to help you, call our brain injury law firm at (713) 973-8888.
Additional Important Information About Traumatic Brain Injuries
So, exactly what constitutes a traumatic brain injury? Traumatic brain injuries happen when a blunt force literally tears apart some of the brain tissues.
Basically, any event causing moderate to severe cellular damage to brain tissues can be considered a TBI. Some definitions fine-tune the distinction to outside events – meaning that acquired brain injuries such as disease, strokes, heart attacks, and other incidents such as near drowning are not technically a TBI.
The Center for Disease Control defines TBI as “caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.”
The CDC further breaks down traumatic brain injuries into two sub-categories:
A brain injury caused by movement of the brain within the skull. Causes may include falls, motor vehicle crashes, and being struck by or with an object.
An injury to the brain caused by a foreign object entering the skull. Causes may include firearm injuries or being struck with a sharp object.
As mentioned previously, in the United States, most TBI incidents are because of falls, followed closely by car accidents. Other main causes are sporting accidents, physical violence and abuse (including Shaken Baby Syndrome) gunshot wounds and combat injuries such as explosions, blasts, and bullet injuries. When TBIs are caused by the actions or negligence of others, that injury can lead to a lawsuit. To find out whether you have a case, contact our brain injury attorneys.
Hidden Dangers of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The dangerous thing about TBIs is that a person may not experience symptoms for days, or even weeks, after the injury. A mild TBI is considered to be a concussion – which can lead to headaches, neck pains, dizziness, tinnitus, and lethargy.
In more severe cases of traumatic brain injury, the person may experience vomiting, convulsions, seizures, slurred speech, numbness in arms or legs, eye dilation, amnesia, or inability to wake up from sleep; they may even enter into a coma.
TBIs aren’t only responsible for the physical problems just mentioned. Emotions, the ability to think clearly, smell, touch, and even language can be altered by blows to the brain. With military personnel, post-traumatic stress disorder is another possible serious consequence of traumatic brain injuries.
Evaluating Traumatic Brain Injuries
TBIs are evaluated today using several methods. The three most popular are the BTF Guidelines, the Glasgow Coma Scale, and the Ranchos Los Amigos Scale:
Developed over 10 years ago in collaboration with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the BTF’s Traumatic Brain Injury Guidelines are essentially a copyrighted list of symptoms and procedures hospital health care professionals should evaluate and follow when diagnosing Traumatic Brain Injuries.
The Glasgow Coma Scale is based upon a 15-point scale evaluating and categorizing the severity of a brain injury, including motor response, verbal response, and eye movement. The lower the score, the more severe the injury. A score of three or less usually indicates an eventual death sentence.
The Ranchos Los Amigos Scale is similar to the Glasgow Coma Scale in that it lists seven types of responses to check for when evaluating a patient for TBI.
Treating Traumatic Brain Injuries
When admitted to the hospital for a possible TBI, hourly clinical observation until 4 hours after the injury is required. Computerized tomography (CT) scans are also highly advised to evaluate the extent (if any) of bone and soft tissue brain damage, including cranial hemorrhaging (bleeding inside the brain).
Resuscitation, stabilization, and supportive care can come into play at this point. In cases of severe trauma, emergency ventilation and surgery may be called for, in order to keep oxygen levels stable, reduce brain swelling, extract any foreign objects in and around the brain area or to close up wounds. In some cases, the skull may actually be surgically opened to help dissipate the pressure from acute brain swelling.
After a patient has been stabilized, continued monitoring is needed. Even in mild cases of TBIs, there can be hidden trauma affecting a patient’s health and well-being, both physical and emotional. TBI cases can be highly complex. To ensure that you understand all of your legal options, speak with an experienced brain injury attorney who can explain to you the process of a brain injury case.
Traumatic Brain Injuries on the Job
Traumatic brain injuries happen everywhere. They can often happen on the job when workers slip and fall or fall from heights. In a study of data from the Washington State Trauma Registry and the Washington Department of Labor and Industries workers’ compensation claims, nearly 20% of reported work-related injuries involved TBI. Among all of that state’s Department of Labor work-related fatalities, 59.5% involved TBI. Rising work-related fall rates are also believed to contribute to TBI risk.
However your brain injury happened, if it was due to another’s negligence, you may have a legal claim against that party. Our skilled Houston brain injury attorneys will evaluate your case and advise you of your options.
Get Compassionate Help When You Have Suffered a Brain Injury
Brain injuries are expensive and life changing. When you are the victim of one due to another person’s careless behavior or intentional actions, you deserve to be compensated for all you have lost. Do not suffer in silence. Get the help you need today. Contact our compassionate brain injury attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law to learn more about your legal options. Call us at (713) 973-8888 for a free consultation.