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TBI & BRAIN INJURIES

HOUSTON TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY LAWYERS

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES ARE OFTEN REQUIRE EXTENSIVE TREATMENT. OUR LAWYERS CAN HELP YOU, STEP-BY-STEP, SO THAT YOU RECEIVE CARE AND FULL COMPENSATION.

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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a serious, debilitating, and deadly injury resulting from trauma to the head. Our clients often suffer TBI's from construction site accidents, automobile, motorcycle, and trucking accidents. Brain injuries are never easy to identify and are sometimes overlooked by medical standard emergency rooms and clinics. For this reason, you need an law firm that specializes in head trauma.

 

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms you believe could believe could be due to a head injury following an accident, Sneed|Mitchell LLP can help. Our Houston, Austin, and Fort Worth Lawyers have recovered millions for clients and help everywhere in Texas. Call us today at (866)434-0014, or fill our contact firm and a lawyer will call you now.

What Are The Signs Of A Head Injury?

If you are involved in any type of accident or otherwise suffer a blow to the head, it is imperative that you seek medical attention as soon as possible, particularly if you display any signs or symptoms of brain damage. The symptoms of a brain injury depend on the extent of the damage to the brain. They include:

  • Loss of consciousness 

  • Headache

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Fatigue or drowsiness

  • Dizziness

  • Confusion

  • Problems with speech

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Sleeping more than usual

  • Loss of balance

  • Convulsions or seizures 

  • Issues with memory or coordination

  • Speech difficulties

  • Clear fluids draining from nose or ears

  • Mood changes

  • Slurred speech

If you are experiencing any of these medical symptoms or sensation, seek medical attention immediately and take the time to consult with an experienced Houston Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer. Insurance adjusters and Defense attorneys spend extensive resources to deny head injury claims are pre-existing or invalid, don't let this happen to you and your family. 

What Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries Are There?

Physical trauma to the brain damages the brain’s structure, preventing it from functioning in the proper way. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that if a loved recently suffered a cranial injury in an accident, physicians may have diagnosed one of these common types of brain damage:

 

  • Contusion--A contusion, or a bruise on the brain, typically occurs following a direct impact to the head. The swelling (brain herniation) that accompanies a contusion is dangerous. Such injuries may require surgical interventions in order to release pressure and maintain oxygen flow to the brain.

  • Concussion--A concussion is a mild TBI that may cause a person to suffer a few seconds or minutes of unconsciousness, or cause them to be dazed, confused and disoriented while maintaining consciousness. A concussion can lead to headaches, balance issues, and dizziness, along with personality changes, depression, anxiety, and other emotional issues. Suffering one concussion makes the victim more vulnerable to subsequent concussions. Repeated concussions can cause dementia, or a degenerative disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

  • Diffuse Axonal Injury (DIA)--A DIA is a serious, extensive brain injury that usually results from a sudden, severe shaking of, rotation of, or jolt to the head. Inertia causes the brain to lags behind the sudden motion of the head, causing an impact with the skull and leading to extensive brain damage. A diffuse axonal injury occurs in roughly half of all severe head traumas; it is one of the most common types of injuries suffered during high-speed car accidents. 

  • Coup-contrecoup Brain Injury--A coup-contrecoup brain injury occurs when both hemispheres of the brain sustain damage, often causing cerebral contusions and traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding on the surface of the brain). Coup-contrecoup injuries often result from a ‘doubled’ impact caused by the force of the initial trauma--after the brain collides with one side of the skull, the redirected momentum forces it into the other. This causes an additional contusion on the opposite side of the brain. Coup-contrecoup injuries are a severe type of TBI, often leading to impairments in memory, coordination, swallowing, balance, muscular abilities, and sensation.

  • Penetration Brain Injury--A penetration brain injury is caused by the entry of a foreign object into the brain tissue. The damaging may be caused by an object that penetrates through the skull, but it may also be the result of bone fragments embedded after a skull-shattering impact. The shearing and rupture of nerves and tissue in the brain can lead to permanent impairment or loss of life. Penetration brain injuries are an incredibly severe form of TBI. Typically, brain surgery is required to remove the objects embedded in the brain tissue and repair the skull. The damage may be permanent and cause significant disability.

While some can recover from a TBI and return to their normal lives, for others critical neurological functions remain permanently impaired. These individuals may require ongoing care and treatment, as well as assistance with basic tasks. Many individuals that sustain a TBI suffer from traumatic brain injury symptoms years later.

How Common Are These Injuries?

 

The National Conference of State Legislatures reports that there are about 2.8 million new traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases each year, leading to:

 

  • 5 million ER visits

  • 282,000 hospitalizations

  • 50,000 deaths

An attorney who focuses on TBI law will be able to look out for your best interests. Contact  Sneed|Mitchell LLP at (866)434-0014 today for a free initial consultation.

How Often Do TBI Injuries Occur In Texas?

In 2019, The Texas Brain Injury Alliance (BIA) analyzed TBI-related emergency department visits data nationwide. Their research indicated that:

 

  • 144,000 Texans sustain a traumatic brain injury each year—one every 4 minutes.

  • More than 381,000 Texans live with a disability due to a TBI.

  • More than 5,700 Texas residents are permanently disabled by traumatic brain injury each year.


Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a major cause of and disability in the United States. They affect millions of lives each and every year. The Brain Injury Association of America indicates that there are two types of brain injury: acquired brain injury (ABI) caused by internal factors such as a lack of oxygen, and traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by external factors.

How Do Child Head Injuries Differ From Adult?

Detecting TBI’s in children is often difficult because no two children display the same symptoms and effects are often delayed because the pediatric brain is still developing. The causes of child TBI’s range due to the child's proximity to the ground and can occur in almost any situation, ranging from auto accidents, to falls within a neighbors home or dog attack incidents. Parents are asked to closely monitor their child for any change in behavior, which could include increased silence, dizziness, fatigue, pain, hearing changes, vision changes, loss of appetite, or signs of confusion or memory loss.

How Does A Person Recover From A TBI?

A severe TBI requires care from an interdisciplinary team of professionals , including a general practitioner, neurologist, surgeon, physical therapist, and psychologist. Victims may receive their initial treatment at a trauma hospital and later move to a specialized clinic as part of the recovery process. 

 

Rehabilitation from a traumatic brain injury sometimes begins during the victim’s initial hospitalization. It then continues on an outpatient basis for several months. Rehab typically focuses on boosting a patients physical strength, speech, mobility, memory, and/or cognitive abilities. 

 

The extensive treatment and rehabilitation following a TBI becomes expensive quickly. Within only a few months following the injury, the cost of treatment can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Over the course of a victims lifetime these costs may rise further, often adding up to several million dollars depending on the victims age and the severity of the TBI. 

 

In many cases, victims of a TBI are left with a permanent disability. Often, the complications of the injury then lead to a premature death. Victims may be unable to go to school or work. Their families are then faced with the burden of caring for the victim at home or placing them in an assisted-living facility. For many, the latter option is ultimately unavoidable.

When litigating head-related injury claims it requires medical treatment experts well versed in treating patients that have sustained concussions and various other injuries 

What Types of Accidents Cause TBI Injuries?

Our team of nationally recognized attorneys in Texas has achieved a record of significant results in a wide range of injury cases:

Our broad scope of litigation includes the following:

  • Product liability

  • Serious auto accidents

  • Truck accidents

  • Motorcycle accidents

  • Bicycle accidents

  • Pedestrian accidents

  • Industrial accidents

  • Workplace accidents

  • Maritime accidents

  • Child Injuries & Falls

  • International Injuries

  • Military Injuries

  • Slip and Falls

 

Our lawyers investigate cases carefully to ensure your receive the best recovery possible. More than just simple negligence actions, we bring suits against even the manufacturer, distributor, and governmental units. Your complete recovery is in the best hands, with us.

Experienced Houston Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer

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