The brain is the center of the nervous system that controls all of your actions, whether it be eating, breathing, or picking up a pencil. However, when you get into an accident, many different injuries can arise – a Traumatic Brain Injury is the one which you want least of all.
Approximately 1.7 billion people seek emergency room attention, are hospitalized, or die at the hands of a brain injury.1 Many of these are not detrimental or require extensive medical attention due to the protection the skull provides the brain. The deadly mistake many people make regarding brain injuries is underestimating the necessary severity of trauma to create a brain injury. Being educated on the symptoms and possible causes of a brain injury is imperative to act quickly and efficiently in the event of a brain injury occurring.
We understand that during such troubled times you may not be able to afford our attorney fees financially. Our law firm provides you with a free initial case evaluation. If you decide to retain our firm you do not have to pay anything upfront. Our law firm will work for your on a contingency fee*, which means that we will not collect on our attorney fees and legal expenses until we win or settle with the at-fault party. It is our goal to make sure that you are properly compensated for your medical expenses, mental anguish, future medical care, past medical attention, physical impairment, pain, suffering and any other damages you may have suffered and will suffer in the future.
The Causes, Types, and Symptoms of Brain Injuries
Being aware of the situations that can result in a traumatic brain injury is necessary for the proper medical attention to address the possible injuries. The following are common causes of brain injuries:
- Slip and Fall
- Car Accident
- Work Accident
- Recreational Accident
- Industrial Accident
- Accidents in the Home
- Truck Accident
- Motorcycle Accident
- Construction Accident
Read more: Car Accident Help Guide
Our law firm has extensive experience in handling traumatic brain injury cases. We work with neurologists, neurophysiologists, neuro-ophthalmologists, MRI centers, EMG centers and other facilities to make sure you receive the proper medical treatment that you need. Our office prepares and investigates these cases litigation ready. We will travel to the site of the incident to re-create the situation and hire professional experts if needed to investigate the cause of your injuries. It is the attention to detail that makes us one of the best personal injury law firms in the Dallas, Texas area.
Types of injuries we deal with in a brain injury legal case
There are two differing kinds of traumatic brain injuries: open and closed. An open brain injury occurs if the skull has been fractured, which usually is a result from any accident in which blunt force trauma has been applied directly to the head, such as a fall. A closed head injury does not encompass a fracture of the skull, but can often lead to detrimental occurrences; such as the formation of dangerous blood clots or swelling of the brain. Either type of head injury can cause other damaging effects on the body such as, but not limited to:
- Personality Change
- Impairment of any the senses:
- loss of hearing
- Learning disabilities
- Intracranial hemorrhaging (Bleeding of the brain)
- Subdural Empyema (Infection of the brain)
The potentially detrimental and dangerous ways of a brain injury can be partially attributed to the difficulty in detecting such symptoms and injuries. Traumatic brain injuries can often not be seen by the naked eye and must be further examined to investigate all possibilities. Fortunately, they are common symptoms that many victims of brain injuries exhibit and provide certain behavior to be aware of when the possibility of a brain injury is something to consider. The following is a list of symptoms often exhibited by victims of a brain injury:
- Difficulty remembering recent events
- Habitual lethargy
- Weakness on one side or certain extremities of the body
- Numb sensation on one side or certain extremities of the body
- Severe headache
- Loss of consciousness
- Blurred vision
- Stiff neck
- Slurred speech
- scalp wound
Tending to a Brain Injury
The State of Texas offers many services and groups that act on behalf of those who suffer from traumatic brain injuries. The Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council was established September 1st, 2003 in order to inform state leadership of the needs of people with brain injuries and their families, to promote brain injury prevention and awareness throughout the state, to recommend policies and practices to the Governor and the Legislature to meet those needs, and to encourage research into the cause, prevention and treatment of traumatic brain injury.
The Office of Acquired Brain Injury, a branch of the Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council, was established in February 2008. The purpose of this office is to provide guidance and service coordination information to survivors of acquired brain injuries and their families, including returning combat veterans, and to ensure a comprehensive system of care through federal, state, and local resources.
I suffered a brain injury in a truck accident. What can I do?
The proper treatment of a brain injury can be expensive, both emotionally and financially. Emergency treatment may be necessary, depending on the severity of the symptoms displayed or injuries conceived. CT scans, MRIs, and X-rays may be required when trying to determine the extent or presence of a brain injury. Neurological consultation or examination on an initial or repetitive basis may be necessary when treating the injury. These actions are helpful, but also extremely costly.
When you or a loved one is coping with a traumatic brain injury from a car accident, truck accident, construction accident or motorcycle accident, obtaining a caring and aggressive lawyer is imperative. Contact your brain injury attorney at Chalaki Law where our hard-working attorneys fight for your peace of mind and actively represent your physical, emotional, and financial distress.