Houston Brain Injury Attorneys
If you or someone you know is exhibiting signs of a traumatic brain injury, you need to consult with both a doctor and an expert personal injury lawyer right away.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) accounts for a large amount of deaths across the United States each year. According to the CDC, traumatic head injuries contribute to around 30% of all deaths associated with injuries and an average of 138 people die with a TBI every day. These sorts of injuries can be very detrimental to an individual's way of life and can cause financial strain for victims and their families.
In order for a brain injury case to be successful in Texas, a victim must be able to prove that their brain trauma is the direct result of another party's negligence. This involves establishing that a duty of care for the victim existed, that said duty was neglected, that this negligence was the direct cause of injury, and that the victim suffered substantial damages because of the injury.
Neal Davis and Jed Silverman have what it takes to secure the best possible outcome for your brain injury case.
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What is Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined by the Mayo Clinic as a "brain injury that occurs when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction." Traumatic brain injuries can also be caused by medical malpractice or unsafe types and/or amounts of prescription drugs.
The human brain is essential to a functioning life, which makes traumatic brain injuries all the more detrimental to victims. While these injuries will vary in severity and the amount of medical attention needed to treat them, it's safe to say that the effects of TBI stick with a victim for much of their life.
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Signs of Traumatic Brain & Head Injury
The signs and symptoms of a TBI can show themselves in either the short or long-term following an accident. Victims should not ignore any of the following symptoms as they can pave the way for more serious complications down the road. Seek medical attention immediately if you experience symptoms of injury.
Common short-term signs of a traumatic brain injury include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of consciousness
- Numbness in any part of the body
Ignoring these signs and symptoms can lead to detrimental long-term effects such as seizures or even a coma. Do not let seemingly harmless symptoms go undiagnosed and worsen.
Common Causes of Head & Brain Injury
TBIs are most often caused by blows or penetrations to the skull and sharp, violent jerks to the neck. This trauma is commonly the result of:
- Slip and falls
- Automobile accidents
- Sports injuries
- Severe whiplash
What Compensation Benefits Are You Eligible For?
Traumatic brain injuries are likely to have long-term effects and cause a lengthy struggle for victims beginning as soon as an accident takes place. Contacting an expert brain injury attorney can help victims receive proper compensation for their losses. Compensation for damages caused by a traumatic brain injury can include funds for:
- Loss of Life Enjoyment: TBIs often create difficulty when it comes to enjoying life as the victim once did. Anything from driving to playing sports or exercising can be considered a loss in the enjoyment of life and can be compensated.
- Pain and Suffering: Both physical and emotional pain caused by the accident and brain damage should be covered by compensation.
- Lost Wages: TBI recovery often requires a victim to take months or years off work. Those lost wages and any missed time at work caused by a head or brain injury can be covered by compensation. This also includes any foreseeable missed work time in the future.
- Medical Expenses: Because traumatic brain injuries can cause long-term suffering, bills and medical expenses can pile up fast. Compensation for medical expenses includes funds to pay for these bills as well as the immediate medical care required after the accident. Any other checkups or therapy that is needed and will be needed in the future is also considered.
- Wrongful Death: Some serious head or brain injuries can lead to death, and victims' families are still able to receive compensation for their loss. Wrongful death compensation can be used by families for funeral costs, loss of wages and companionship, and any pain and suffering they've experienced due to the death of their loved one.
Complexity of Chronic Brain Injury Cases
Traumatic brain injury cases can be complex situations, and sometimes proving fault or negligence against a doctor or another driver can be a difficult task.
It must be proven that the defendant exercised some form of negligence that, in turn, caused the TBI. This can include a failure of medical professionals to provide adequate care, a driver neglecting the common rules of the road, etc.
The symptoms and signs of TBI can also be difficult to pinpoint for a judge and jury, especially those that involve depression, irritability, and other emotional trauma.
This means that expert witnesses will need to be deposed to provide convincing testimony of those injuries and their negative effects.
In order to accomplish this difficult task of proving that compensation is due for a brain injury, victims need an experienced personal injury attorney who is familiar with the ins and outs of traumatic brain and head injury litigation.
Texas brain and head injury lawyers Neal Davis and Jed Silverman serve the city of Houston and the surrounding areas. With nearly 40 years combined experience, we have successfully represented thousands of clients and have the know-how to help you or your family get the compensation that you deserve.
If you have been the victim of a traumatic brain injury, do not leave your compensation benefits up to chance. You need attorneys who know how to speak to judges and juries, and who have a proven track record of getting results. Contact us today for a free consultation of your case.