Learn Your Legal Options from an Experienced Brain Injury Lawyer
We Help Seriously Injured People Get Compensation
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) from accidents and other incidents affect people in deeply fundamental ways. 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, including your financial well-being.
Medical bills and the costs of long-term care from TBIs add up quickly. Many people who have serious brain injuries can’t work anymore. The costs of a severe brain injury can devastate a family financially.
If someone else caused your injury, you may be able to get money through a legal claim for your medical expenses, lost income and other losses. Our seasoned Houston brain injury lawyer can review your case and advise you about your options.
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 the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant, 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 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000 to learn how we can help you when you have been the victim of a negligent brain injury.
As you know if you or a family member has been a victim, brain injuries can have life-changing and long-lasting effects. These impacts can be very expensive. In addition to initial medical care, you may need long-term rehabilitation. You could require costly pain medications, medical equipment, and other assistance. You may also need skilled nursing care or help with the simple tasks of everyday life, such as bathing, dressing, and eating.
In a legal claim against the negligent party that caused your injuries, you could get payment for these and other losses. When a brain injury attorney from our firm handles your case, we will examine your losses to establish a money value for your claim. We’ll work to establish negligence by the responsible party. Then we will assertively stand up for your interests in negotiations with insurers. If a fair settlement can’t be reached, we’ll counsel you about taking your case to trial.
Every problem you are now experiencing because of your 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 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 loss of the joy in life that has now been replaced by pain. Contact us at (713) 973-8888 for a free consultation.
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High Costs of a Traumatic Brain Injury
We’ll Investigate What Your Claim is Worth
Nationally, the economic costs of traumatic brain injuries is more than $76 billion dollars, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The financial costs to individuals with brain injuries vary, 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 is necessary. The costs of medical treatment and rehabilitation 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 We Pursue in Brain Injury Cases
Claims in traumatic brain injury cases ask for compensation for “damages.” Damages are all the losses that an injured person experiences. So how much money you might get depends on all your losses. Generally, the more serious your injuries and the more negligent the at-fault party was, the more compensation you may be able to get.
Damages in brain injury claims include compensation for things such as the following:
Current and future medical treatment
Current and future rehabilitation and care
Prescription and over-the-counter medications
Medical devices and equipment
Lost income, including past, present, and future earnings
Physical and emotional pain and suffering
Diminished quality of life
Punitive damages for 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. Don’t hesitate to consider a legal claim against the party whose negligence caused your injuries. If they had not behaved carelessly, your life would not be changed, and you would not be facing physical and emotional trauma or the costs associated with your injuries.
Providing Effective Legal Representation
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 that 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 the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant 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.
Steps in a Brain Injury Legal Case
We’ll Fight to Get You Justice
Following a traumatic brain injury, your focus should be on your health and well-being. Our focus will be on getting you the compensation you need.
Here are the basic steps we may take in your brain injury case:
We’ll gather all the necessary evidence for your case. Evidence can include medical records, witness statements, expert witness testimony and more.
We typically will 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 claims process if both parties agree.
Often, brain injury claims are settled through negotiations and a trial is not needed. But if a settlement can’t be reached in your case, we will advise you about filing a lawsuit and trying the case in court.
When a case is moving toward trial, lawyers for both sides exchange evidence and interview the parties involved and any potential witnesses. This process is called “discovery,” in legal terms.
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.
When you’ve been the victim of a brain injury, one of the most important steps you can take is to contact an experienced brain injury lawyer. Brain injury claims are very complex. It takes an attorney with a seasoned background handling these types of cases who has in-depth understanding of Texas personal injury law to be effective in brain injury claims.
Answers to Your Questions about Brain injury Claims
It’s understandable to have questions about filing legal claims. Following are answers to some common questions.
WHO CAN BE SUED FOR A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY?
Who can be sued for a traumatic brain injury depends on who caused the negligent accident or other incident in which you were injured. Individuals, companies and other parties may be sued for negligence. Some examples of who may be sued in TBI cases include:
Distracted, drunk, and aggressive drivers who cause injury accidents
Employers of people driving company vehicles who cause crashes
Stores and other property owners who let dangerous conditions exist that lead to slips and falls and other accidents
Companies that design and manufacture products that cause head injuries
Government agencies who are tasked with maintaining roads and highways that fail to do so
Medical practitioners whose negligence leads to traumatic brain injuries
Individuals who cause traumatic brain injuries through violence.
Choosing whether to file a legal claim against another party is a very personal decision. You may feel bad about it or nervous about the steps involved. But when someone has behaved negligently behind the wheel or in another way, they should be accountable for their actions. After all, if they hadn’t been careless, your life would not have been turned upside down. It’s also important to note that, in some cases, more than one party may be held responsible. For example, if a commercial truck driver causes a crash, the driver and the company may both be named defendants.
To learn more about your legal rights, contact our skilled Houston brain injury attorneys at the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant 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 the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant 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 you win your case. If you don’t win your case, we get nothing. When you win your case, we receive a previously agreed upon percentage of your settlement or award. How much we receive will depend upon the settlement or 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 much 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 brain injury lawyers in Houston at the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant 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:
Motor 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 is falling. 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 accidents are the next leading cause of traumatic brain injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injuries at Work
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, 60% involved TBI. Rising work-related fall rates are also believed to contribute to TBI risk. If you’ve had a traumatic brain injury at work, we’ll counsel you about your options for getting workers’ compensation, as well as possible compensation through a legal claim.
No Matter the Cause, You May Have a TBI Lawsuit
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 the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant 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.
Showing the Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Immediate Medical Treatment is Critical
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.
If you or your loved one has experienced an accident or incident where you banged or jolted your head, see a doctor right away. Not only is this important for your health, but if you have suffered a TBI, your doctor’s records of your injuries will be necessary in a legal claim.
Around 155 people die from TBI-related injuries every day in the United States, making it one of the leading causes of death.
Nearly 3,000,000 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.
Some of the signs of a TBI include:
Confusion and disorientation
Limited paralysis or numbness in arms or legs
Mood swings, depression, anxiety, and changes in behavior
Sensitivity to bright lights, sounds, or touch
Nausea or vomiting
Blurred or double vision
Persistent headaches, lightheadedness, or dizziness
Ringing in ears
Problems with speech and language
Loss of consciousness
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 the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant 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 Extensive Impacts of a Serious Brain Injury
Our TBI Lawyers Help Reduce Financial Effects
Traumatic brain injuries are often serious and tragic. They affect a victim’s ability to think, feel, and communicate. They 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 moderate to severe brain injuries can experience serious physical and mental effects including:
Decision-making and problem-solving issues
Behavioral changes including problems with self-control
Isolation and withdrawal from loved ones
Infections, including meningitis
Paralysis and other physical disabilities
There may also be a link between severe traumatic brain injuries and Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and Parkinson’s, according to some studies. These long-term impacts are very expensive, both in medical costs and other forms of care.
Forecasting Recovery is a Guessing Game
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.
Brain Injury Location is Key to Types of Problems
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 six 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. As the following chart shows, injuries to any of these sections of the brain can result in serious consequences. For example, a frontal-lobe injury can make it hard for people to control their emotions, reason or solve problems. An injury to the parietal lobe, which is at the center of the brain behind the frontal lobe, can affect sight, smell, hearing and the other main senses.
Hemispheres of the Brain and Their Functions
Furthermore, the brain is divided into two hemispheres, each responsible for different functions. The left hemisphere is the more analytical and logical side of the brain, while the right is the more creative and imaginative side. Injuries to the left side can cause communication problems, sequencing difficulties and other issues. Harm to the right hemisphere may affect cause memory loss and an impaired attention span.
The following graphic details the issues that can occur depending what side of the brain is injured.
Let Us Help When You’ve Suffered A Brain Injury
Our TBI Lawyers in Houston Will Work to Get You Payment
At the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant, we believe that the best way to understand how a brain injury has impacted our clients 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.
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 the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant 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 injuries are 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.
Brain injury infographic: Get the alarming facts about TBIs
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 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000.
At the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant, 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 that 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 TBI, 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.
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As you can see, brain injuries can happen in a variety of ways. No matter how they happen, they are often 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 the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant to learn more about your legal options. Call us at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000 for a free consultation.