HOUSTON TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY LAWYER
Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer in Houston, Texas
What is Traumatic Brain Injury?
A severe head or body hit or jolt is typically responsible for traumatic brain injury. An item passing through the brain tissue can also cause traumatic brain damage, for example a gunshot or a broken piece of skull. Mild brain injury damage may momentarily alter your brain cells. More significant traumatic brain damage can include tearing, bruising, bleeding and other damage to the brain. These injuries might lead to long-term complications or even wrongful death.
Unfortunately, TBI is a major source of disability and death. In fact, approximately 61,000 deaths related to TBI occurred in the U.S. in 2019. Further, it is not limited to affecting a certain age group of people. Certain groups of people, however, are at a greater risk of death or long-term health problems from TBI than others. We include examples of these groups below.
- Ethnic and racial minorities
- Veterans and active service members
- Those experiencing homelessness
- Those in correctional and detention facilities
- Domestic violence survivors
- Those living in rural areas
What Causes a Traumatic Brain Injury?
The broad causes of traumatic brain injury involve severe blows to the head or body. TBI severity varies depending on several factors, including the force involved and the nature of the injury. Below, we list common events that result in traumatic brain injury.
- Falls: When people fall from ladders, down stairs, in the bath or shower, or in other ways, there is a risk for TBI. These falls are the most common sources of TBI injuries. Those most vulnerable include both elderly adults and young children.
- Motor vehicle accidents: Car collisions, motorcycle accidents, and cycling accidents all play a role in traumatic brain injury. Pedestrians are also at risk.
- Violence: Victims of gunshot wounds, child abuse, domestic violence, and other assaults sometimes suffer from traumatic brain injuries. Another TBI condition is “shaken baby syndrome,” which results from someone shaking an infant too violently.
- Sports injuries: Soccer, boxing, football, baseball, lacrosse, skateboarding, hockey, and other high-impact sports pose a significant risk of TBIs. That’s why it is so important to wear protective gear.
- Blasts, explosions, or combat injuries: Especially in active-duty service members and Veterans, these are common causes of traumatic brain injury. Additionally, penetrating wounds like those from shrapnel and debris cause these injuries.
What are the Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Symptoms depend almost entirely on the severity of the injury itself. These injuries have the potential to be mild, moderate, or severe. Medical professionals call a mild TBI a “concussion.” Generally, it either does not cause unconsciousness or the unconsciousness only lasts 30 minutes or less. Other symptoms include the following.
- An inability to remember how the injury happened, or any events up to 24 hours after the injury occurred.
- Disorientation or confusion
- Complications with remembering new information
- Blurry vision
- Vomiting or nausea
- Ringing in the ears
- Difficulty speaking coherently
- Changes in sleeping patterns or emotions
These symptoms usually occur immediately or shortly after the injury, but may not even manifest for days or weeks. In the course of hours, days, or weeks, mild traumatic brain injury symptoms are generally transitory, but may last months or more.
Moderate brain injuries tend to produce unconsciousness that lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours. Severe injuries have the potential to lead to more than 24 hours of unconsciousness. The symptoms for moderate and severe injuries mirror those for mild injuries, but they usually last longer or present in a more serious way.
The most common symptoms are changes in brain cognition, which sometimes produce disabilities or long-lasting symptoms. Also, the brain’s ability to learn and remember new information suffers from TBIs. Even years after the injury occurs, some people experience highly severe changes in their thinking skills.
How is a Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnosed?
Traumatic brain injuries are potentially life-threatening. Without treatment, the effects of more severe TBIs can quickly deteriorate. Doctors or first responders must examine the situation as soon as possible. By assessing a person’s ability to follow commands and move their eyes and limbs, the Glasgow Coma Scale assists a doctor or other emergency medical workers in determining the early severity of a brain injury. Speech coherence might also provide crucial information. The Glasgow Coma Scale rates abilities on a scale of three to fifteen. Higher ratings indicate less serious injuries. Doctors also use certain imaging tests to aid in their diagnosis, which we list below.
- CT (computerized technology) scan: In the event of a suspected traumatic brain injury, this is generally the first test done in the emergency room. A CT scan creates a comprehensive image of the brain by using a sequence of X-rays. A CT scan can immediately reveal fractures as well as evidence of brain bleeding (hematomas), blood clots (hematomas), damaged brain tissue (contusions), and edema.
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging): An MRI creates a comprehensive image of the brain by using strong radio waves and magnets. This test may be done when the person’s health has stabilized or if the symptoms have not improved within a few days of the accident.
What are the Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Brain function can be temporarily affected even after a mild head injury, which is referred to as concussion. Headaches, dizziness, tiredness, sadness, irritability, and memory issues all result from this. While most individuals recover from a mild head injury in two weeks or less, other people might have issues for months or even years. The longer the brain damage lasts, the more dramatic the long-term consequences will be. Survivors with more serious brain injuries are more likely to develop complicated long-term issues that impair their personality, relationships, and capacity to live independently.
When Should You Get a Lawyer for TBI Under Workers Compensation?
Trauma to the face or head from falling items, heavy machinery accidents, and slip and fall accidents are all major causes of workplace head injuries, which include damage to the eyes, face, and skull. Head injuries are among the most serious and life-threatening occupational injuries because of their closeness to the brain.
Immediately after reporting your accident to your employer, we recommend hiring an attorney for your traumatic brain injury workers compensation case. While filing for benefits, an attorney will help you understand what injuries qualify for benefits, how to file a workers comp claim, and the amount of compensation you might receive. Work injury lawyers provide you with the necessary information and assistance needed to help your case proceed smoothly.
Experienced Houston Brain Injury Attorneys
Dealing with the aftermath of a TBI is an emotional experience. These injuries often affect one’s ability to monitor their own emotions. They also impact people’s ability to return to work, and sometimes affect their personal relationships. Luckily, the traumatic brain injury attorneys at Reich & Binstock are here to help. We dedicate our legal practice to fighting on behalf of our clients and advocating for their future in the courtroom. If you need an attorney for your TBI case, look no further. To schedule your free consultation, please call our Houston office at 713-622-7271 today.
There is a never a fee unless we recover on your behalf.