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DID YOU SUFFER A PREVENTABLE HEAD INJURY?

TEXAS INJURY LAWYERS REPRESENTING THE VICTIMS OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES (TBI) NATIONWIDE

Severe head injuries refer to any injuries that harm the skull, scalp or brain. When you or a loved one suffers a traumatic brain injury, turn to the knowledgeable attorneys at The Sneed|Mitchell Law Firm, known Statewide as The Injury Team. Our lawyers have recovered Millions for our clients due to our acute focus on injuries to the head. We and work with with neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, physiatrists, and life care planning experts to help build the strongest possible case for you, the client. With decades of experience handling complex litigation, we help victims and their families take legal action.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries (TBI) every year in the U.S., and 75% of these are due to and slip and falls and car crashes, with child injuries being another leading cause. If you or your loved one has suffered from a preventable concussion or head injury and as a result of another's negligent actions, our experienced attorneys are ready to help.

If you or a loved one suffered a concussion or traumatic brain injury, call Houston Head and Brain Injury Lawyer attorney Brit Mitchell today. Brit has experience helping accident victims get the compensation they deserve after a devastating personal injury accident. To discuss your case in a FREE case evaluation with Brit Mitchell call (713)800-6676, or fill out our client information form and a lawyer will call you now. 

All Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) Are Serious 

 A brain is just as delicate as it is vitally important. Sometimes our clients experience brain trauma in more minor personal injury accidents, but they still experience life-changing cognitive changes. A common indicator that the head experienced too much force is headaches that simply won't go away.

All brain injuries are serious injuries, but require a diagnosis from a medical professional. If after experiencing an accident you experience headache, nausea, confusion or other cognitive problems, change in personality, depression, irritability, or severe vision problems, you need to get checked out immediately. Any head injuries can be very complex due to the nature of the human skull and sometimes they’re hard to spot.

 

Many Situations Cause Our Clients Traumatic Brain Injuries in Houston, Texas

Houston Based Providing Statewide Assistance

 We've helped clients throughout Texas injured in the following ways: 

We focus on the TBI injury and its total impact on your life. Many law firms secure lower clients settlements because they think "how the injury happened" is most paramount, without understanding that research conducted on juries accross the United States shows that . Our Texas Head & Brain Injury Lawyers know a client head trauma is the most critical aspect of the case and requires the most focus, energy, and firm resources. 

 

 

 

How Can A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Impact My Life?

A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) causes a wide-range of both physical and mental effects on the injury victims, with certain signs appearing more immediately, and others appearing weeks or even months after the forceful impact is experienced. At The Sneed|Mitchell Law Firm, our lawyers main priority is helping you obtain the treatment necessary to fully understand, (1.) The type of head trauma you suffer from, and (2) The recovery processes needed to restore aspects of your life. Because no matter the personal injury case, our TBI clients usually suffer the following impacts on their lives: ​​

  1. Agitation, combativeness, or increased sensitivity

  2. Ongoing migraines or headaches

  3. Difficulty with social relationships

  4. Increased yearn to remain isolated

  5. Decreased ability to return to the workplace

  6. Stacking medical costs for past/future care

  7. Problems with speech or thought processing

  8. Loss of sensations or physical mobility

  9. Spasticity (muscle stiffness) 

  10. Increased fatigue or drowsiness

  11. Difficulty thinking and remembering events

  12. Requiring a detailed list to complete lists

  13. Needing visual aids to remember things

  14. Blurred or loss of vision after the accident

To best assist you, an attorneys must understand the types of traumatic brain injuries, potential symptoms, costs necessary for your short or long-term care needs. This acute knowledge of complex brain injury cases is only gained by a law firm's hyper-focus on TBI litigation and a dedication to helping TBI victims and their loved ones who have suffered serious brain injuries first-hand. At The SneedMitchell Law Firm, our more than two decades of head injury injury experience and research have made our injury team the go-to TBI specialists. 

To learn more about our experience handling complex brain injury cases and how we can help with a loved one's brain injury, call us at (713) 800-6676 to speak with a Texas brain injury lawyer.

Traumatic Brain Injury Case Statistics in Texas

Brain injuries affect a significant number of people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2.5 million people sought treatment for traumatic brain injuries in U.S emergency rooms in 2010.

It is estimated that 5.3 million Americans are living with a traumatic brain injury disability. No one is immune from this type of injury. Due to the fragile nature of the head, an accident does not have to be severe for a brain injury to be sustained.

The CDC lists these events as the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries:

● Falls (40%). Falls leading to a brain injury could take place at a location that is not well cared for, such a business with trash or liquid on the ground or at a place where handrails are missing. Falls could also take place at a nursing home that does not have adequate staffing.

● Struck by/against an object (15.5%). Brain injuries sustained after being struck by something could happen while playing contact sports such as football or boxing. Workplace and military accidents could also involve being struck.

● Motor vehicle accidents (14.3%). Car accidents are another common way a person’s brain becomes injured. Whiplash, which involves a severe jerk to the head, can cause a traumatic brain injury. Another way a brain injury might occur is if the head hits the steering wheel, dashboard, or airbag.

● Assaults (10.7%). The last category of common cause of brain injury is assaults. This would occur during some type of physical attack. Domestic abuse is included in this category as is shaken baby syndrome.

The remaining 19 percent of TBIs are attributed to unknown or “other” causes.

Additionally, some people are at a greater risk for sustaining a traumatic brain injury because of activities they participate in or because of their physical health. Of deaths related to traumatic brain injuries in the past few years, men died at nearly three times the rate of women. Those aged 19 to 24 are at a higher risk for such an injury because of participation in activities such as snowboarding and hockey.


The elderly are more likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury, which is probably due to their increased risk of falling. Children also are at an increased risk. Typically, children are more vulnerable to increased injury with more complications than an adult who has gone through the same accident.

As you can see, some of these causes are preventable. For example, proper protective clothing should be worn when participating in contact activities or while bicycling, horseback riding, and skiing. Wearing a seat belt and placing children in proper car seats is also a way to minimize risk.


Having adequate handrails and keeping areas of the home clear are critical for the elderly to avoid falls. Similarly, practicing gun safety can limit the risk of a brain injury.

Brain Injuries Caused by Negligence Can Entitle Victims to Compensation


While traumatic brain injuries can be caused by a wide variety of incidents, they all share one thing in common: when they are caused by negligence, victims are entitled to financial compensation.

Negligence occurs when a person fails to use the degree of care that would ordinarily be exercised by a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstances. There are many examples of everyday negligence that have the potential to result in a TBI-causing accident. Some of the more common include the following:

  1. Driving faster than the posted speed limit

  2. Failing to clean up liquid spills

  3. Impaired driving

  4. Improper storage of hazardous materials

  5. Failing to properly maintain a pool deck

  6. Failure to adequately maintain walkways and stairs

Because negligence can be hard for the untrained eye to spot, you should always have your case reviewed by an experienced lawyer after sustaining a TBI in an accident. When you meet with a lawyer, he or she will evaluate your case and determine whether you may have a claim.

In some cases, your lawyer may obtain evidence establishing negligence, such as surveillance footage, maintenance records and reports, toxicology results, eyewitness testimony, vehicle computer data, internal documents, or expert opinion regarding the standard of care that should have been exercised in a given scenario.

Types Of Traumatic Brain Injuries 

If you or a loved recently suffered a head injury in an accident, doctors may have told you that the injury is one of these common types of brain damage:

Contusion

A bruise on the brain typically occurs when a person’s head suffers a direct impact. The swelling, or brain herniation, associated with a contusion is dangerous. The injury may require surgical intervention in order to release pressure and keep oxygen flow to the brain at a safe level.

Concussion

This mild form of TBI may cause a person to suffer a few seconds or minutes of unconsciousness or to be dazed, confused and disoriented while maintaining consciousness. It can lead to painful headaches, balance problems, and dizziness as well as personality changes, depression, anxiety, and other emotional issues. A single concussion makes the victim vulnerable to additional concussions. Repeated concussions may lead to dementia or a degenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Diffuse Axonal

This type of TBI involves widespread brain damage. It typically results from a severe jolt, shaking, or sudden and powerful rotation of the head. As the head moves, the brain lags behind in motion and essentially slams against the interior skull and suffers damage in multiple places. Diffuse axonal injury occurs in about half of all severe head traumas and is one of the most common types of brain injuries from car accidents.

Coup-contrecoup

This type of TBI occurs when both sides of the brain sustain damage. The injury often arises when the force of impact is so great at one side of the brain that the brain is forced against the opposing side of the skull. A contusion against the opposite side of the brain is the result. It can impair memory, coordination, swallowing, balance, muscular abilities, and sensation.

Penetration

When some form of impact breaks the skull, pieces of bone and/or a foreign object may enter the skull cavity and severely damage brain tissue. The shearing and rupture of nerves and tissue in the brain can lead to permanent impairment or loss of life. These injuries are considered a severe form of TBI and typically require brain surgery to remove foreign objects and repair the skull. The damage may be permanent and cause significant disability.

Elements Of A Brain Injury Lawsuit

To file a lawsuit, the brain injury victim must have suffered trauma as a result of another’s negligence. In a negligence claim, the attorney representing the injured party needs to prove the following:

  • Duty of Care: This refers to a legal obligation that requires an individual to exercise a reasonable level of care so as to prevent harm to others. For instance, a doctor has a duty to perform up to the standard of care established by the medical community.

  • Breach of Duty: An individual or entity may be considered negligent if they breach their duty of care. For example, if a doctor performs an operation in a manner considered unacceptable by the medical community’s standards, they may have breached their professional duty.

  • Causation: The defendant’s negligence must have been directly responsible for the injury or damage that occurred.

  • Damages: For a victim to file a claim, the injury needs to have caused either economic or non-economic damages.

Use Of Medical Experts At Trial

You need lawyers that fight fire with fire. In Texas traumatic brain injury litigation, Defense lawyers attempt to conjure research and additional tactics to deny and downplay the specific nature, extent, and duration of the victim's injuries, and also whether their client's actions actually caused injuries discussed in the lawsuit.

Our founder, Brit Mitchell, and her team of Head and Brain Injury Lawyers do not allow liability or the extent of your damages. Although brain injuries can be difficult to diagnose, and arguing these cases is often a complex task, Brit has extensive experience in these types of claims and a history of success. From calling witnesses who are experts in neurology, neuropsychiatry, neuropsychology, and psychiatry to economists and life planners who can explain the long-term costs of an injury, we make your case clear. 

How Our Head Injury Lawyers Help Secure Maximum Compensation For Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

Concussion are often entirely misunderstood and even denied by the lawyers hired by company or entity liable for your injuries, but this is where our law firm comes in. With appropriate medical treatment and imaging tests you or your loved one's brain injury does not only become evident, but also more manageable in some cases. The detection process begins with neuroradiologists using a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique known as "diffusion tensor imaging" to detect and better understand how the head trauma is impacting your body.

A Diffusion tensor MRI examines the "white matter" of the brain. This white matter is essentially the web of bright white cables connecting various parts of the brain together to form systems of electrical communications. After the head sustains forceful impact in a personal injury case (such as car accidentstruck and 18 wheeler accidentsoffshore accidents, slip & falls, or construction site incident), aspects of the nerve fibers called anoxs and myslems and begin to dim. There alterations in the brains misconstruction signify a concussion and the abnormalities often last and extended time. 

The verification of white matter disruption confirms a person is concussed and provides a visual in terms of the location of the trauma. Traumatic brain injury often results in persistent disability, due particularly to cognitive impairments. Use of this test is often disputed by Defense lawyers in personal injury lawsuits. Therefore, our medical specialists have additional techniques to assist the reports provided by the standard Diffusion tensor MRI, which includes Constrained Spherical Deconvolution (CSD). Together there images help a neurologist or neurosurgeon estimates the orientation of multiple intravoxel fiber populations within regions of complex white matter architecture.  Because a large proportion of brain white matter consists of voxels (more than one large fiber bundle), this additional image  helps resolve fiber crossings to improve white matter tractography.

 

A brain injury can impact one's life for years to come. If your head injury was someone else’s fault, you deserve the best medical treatment, along with the greatest compensation possible for your suffering and financial losses. Don’t wait any longer; contact a Houston Head Injury Lawyer Brit Mitchell today. Give us a call at (713)800-6676 or fill out the online contact form and a lawyer will contact you immediately. 

How A Lawyer Can Help Your Claim

When you contact Sneed|Mitchell LLP about your case, you will speak directly with an experienced and compassionate Texas Concussion Injury Lawyer who will listen closely, answer your questions and explain your rights and options as you move forward. If we agree to work together, our legal team will launch an immediate investigation of your case to determine why your brain injury occurred and who should be held responsible for it. Our clients cases normally require us to also consult with a knowledgeable safety engineer or accident reconstruction experts which helps to strength your claim.

We refer clients to Texas leading neurologists and related specialists for optimal care and treatment. For instance, serious head injury cases require us to work with with experts who prepare "Life Care Plans" for our clients. These plans increase a clients recovery by detailing the extent of treatment our clients may need moving forward, including; health care providers, therapy (including physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreation therapy, speech therapy, etc.), medication, diagnostic testing, counseling, wheelchair or other mobility needs, home care, surgeries, transportation needs, orthotic or prosthetic needs, home renovations, recreational equipment, and aids for independent function, and lost wages. 

Experienced Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to the wrongful conduct of another, you have the right to seek full and fair compensation, including all current and anticipated medical costs and compensation for your pain and suffering. 

 

An experienced and compassionate Texas Concussion Injury Lawyer at Sneed|Mitchell LLP can help with your traumatic brain injury lawsuit. Contact Head and Brain Injury Lawyer Brit Mitchell today for a free, no-obligation consultation. 

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THE IMPACT OF HEAD TRAUMA

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  • Past and Future Medical Costs

  • Lost Income & Diminished Capacity

  • Caretaking & Nursing Costs

  • Mobility and Transportation Needs

  • Home Remodeling and Renovations

  • Shortened Life Expectancy

  • In Home Care Requirments

  • Emotional Damages

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