Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) often contribute to disability in adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This type of injury can have life-long effects, impacting the victim and his or her family with physical, emotional, and financial consequences.
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury caused by someone’s negligence, you could recover damages for medical care, lost wages, and other losses. A traumatic brain injury lawyer serving Garland with our firm can protect your rights and help you pursue recovery.
For a free case evaluation with a traumatic brain injury lawyer from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, you can call (713) 850-8600.
Traumatic Brain Injuries Have Life-Changing Effects
A traumatic brain injury refers to an injury caused by a forceful blow to the head or by something penetrating the skull. This trauma creates bruising, tearing, and bleeding that disrupts normal brain function, according to the CDC.
For many TBI victims, this disruption may lead to permanent brain damage. As a result, people with traumatic brain injuries face a lengthy recovery period that may include physical, speech, and occupational therapy.
Traumatic brain injuries can also prove fatal for the victim.
Physical and Cognitive Impairments Associated with TBIs
A traumatic brain injury can result in lifelong physical and cognitive impairments, including:
- Partial or total paralysis
- Speech impediments
- Memory loss
- Impaired judgment
- Vision impairment
- Change in personality
Some patients with TBIs are not able to return to work or even perform simple daily tasks by themselves. The costs associated with caring for a TBI victim can quickly increase.
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may have the right to recover losses you or a loved one sustained after the accident. Call D. Miller & Associates, PLLC at (713) 850-8600 for help determining the legal options available to you.
Financial Recovery for Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury lawyer can assess your situation for a correct valuation of your damages. They will talk to your doctor or medical provider about the extent of your injuries and your expected prognosis.
Damages associated with this type of injury include:
- Ambulance and emergency room services
- Rehabilitation and therapeutic care
- Prescription medicine and assisted medical devices
- Lifecare costs for domestic and home healthcare
- Lost wages
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium or companionship
Our lawyers at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC may also help you recover damages if you lost a family member due to someone’s negligence. Surviving family members such as parents and children may be able to pursue damages for wrongful death.
How Traumatic Brain Injuries Occur
Traumatic brain injuries happen to a variety of people, but they lead to more fatalities for people 75 years or older, according to the CDC.
The CDC also reports that TBIs may result from:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Falls or falling objects
- Sports or recreation accidents
- Construction or workplace accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Acts of violence
Our lawyers accept a wide variety of personal injury cases and can help you understand your legal options after a traumatic brain injury.
How We Determine Negligence
Accidents usually happen because someone did not act appropriately or acted recklessly. Our traumatic brain injury lawyers serving Garland at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC can examine the specific circumstances of your case as it applies to a claim or lawsuit. We also may identify all liable parties who may have played a part in your injury.
You may recover financial awards if we determine that the other party is responsible for the accident, injury, or illness that led to your traumatic brain injury.
We may determine negligence based upon several factors:
- The other party owed you a duty of care to take reasonable measures in order to prevent you from harm.
- The other party breached this duty of care in some way, either through negligence, wrongful act, or omission.
- This breach of care caused or contributed to the traumatic brain injury.
- Damages, such as medical bills, resulted from this injury.
You may have questions about liability, negligence, and potential financial recovery. Call (713) 850-8600 for your free case evaluation.
How to Recognize the Symptoms of TBI
A concussion classifies as a mild form of traumatic brain injury. The CDC recommends that you get medical care after any serious blow or trauma to the head. A healthcare professional can examine you and order medical tests that determine if you have a concussion or a more severe head injury.
Traumatic brain injuries affect each person differently. Mayo Clinic lists some reported symptoms of TBI that include:
- Severe, persistent headache
- Neck pain and discomfort
- Repeated nausea or vomiting
- Ringing in the ears
- Loss of balance or vertigo
- Slurred speech
- Dilated pupils
- Convulsions or seizures
- “Pins and needles” tingling in the arms and legs
- Difficulty staying awake or being awakened
An open head wound may or may not accompany a TBI.
Help for Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors
Your healthcare provider may recommend resources to help you or your loved one after a traumatic brain injury, including:
- Rehabilitation specialists
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech or language pathologists
Family members of a traumatic brain injury patient may find comfort in a support group as well.
Call a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Today
Texas has a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits. It takes time to build a strong case, so please call D. Miller & Associates, PLLC as soon as possible for a free case evaluation. Call us at (713) 850-8600.