Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
Nothing is more important than your brain function. At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., we have seen how devastating an injury to the brain can be. You could be looking at life-long medical expenses and long-term care needs for your injured loved one. It is important that you hire a traumatic brain injury attorney who is experienced at helping clients get to the right medical experts to determine the exact extent of brain function loss and prepare a future life-care plan. Our attorneys have helped many clients who sustained brain injuries in accidents ranging from falls from loading docks to auto collisions. Let us put our experience to work for you. Call for a free consultation today at (713) 932-0777.
What is a Traumatic Brian Injury (TBI)?
Traumatic Brain injury is an injury to the brain caused by blunt force. A TBI may be sustained in a number of ways and may vary in degree from minor to catastrophic. The injury itself may be the result of direct impact or trauma to the head, indirect trauma to the brain from impact with the skull or from deprivation of oxygen to the brain sue to medical malpractice. If you have suffered a brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, call now for a free consultation with one of our lawyers to learn your rights: (713) 932-0777.
According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 1.7 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries annually. Over 70% of those are a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. TBI results from a blow to the head that may vary from a seemingly minor bump to a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal brain function or even a brain stem injury. The degree of injury encompassed under this terminology includes mild concussions to severe permanent life-long brain damage. At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., we know how devastating a TBI can be to you and your family. We have been fighting for people just like you for over four decades.
Effects of an Injury to the Brain
The effects of an injury to the brain are not always immediately apparent. They can develop slowly over time following a head injury. As we have seen in recent years, many soldiers returning from combat overseas are discovering the latent effects of TBI suffered from shell shock. Sports athletes, particularly boxers and football players, may show signs of TBI later in their careers as a result of repeated mini-traumas occurring over their career.
Traumatic brain injury can cause serious and severe long-term issues, including memory loss, inability to perform reasoning tasks, difficulties in speech and communication, altered or decreased sensation, and emotional problems. It can also cause epilepsy and increase the risk for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s disease, Wernicke-Korsokoff Syndrome, and other brain disorders.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are many causes of traumatic brain injuries. Some common causes include:
- Automobile accident victims can sustain concussions and even traumatic brain injury as a result of the whiplash effect on their heads and necks. The human brain is effectively floating inside the skull. When the head gets whipped back and forth in a motor vehicle accident, often the brain gets slammed into the insides of the skull resulting in the bursting of tiny blood vessels (hemorrhage).
- Sports injuries can result in mild or severe traumatic brain injuries. For more reading about sports-injury related concussions, please read the following articles:
High School Sports Injuries
NCAA Liability for Injuries to Student Athletes
- Falls involving striking the head.
Brain Injury In Due to Oxygen Deprivation
The brain requires oxygen to function. When the oxygen supply is cut off, severe permanent brain damage can result. This type of injury is sometimes seen due to medical negligence. Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy occurs when there is a complete disruption of the flow of oxygen to the entire brain. This condition is most commonly seen in the medical malpractice realm as a result of one of the following types of brain injuries:
- Injuries during childbirth. Doctors attempting to force natural child births when the baby is too large for the canal can result in improper use of the forceps and/or vacuum systems resulting in skull compression and/or oxygen deprivation.
- Failure to monitor patients following surgery. When patients are sedated and their breathing slows or stops due to failure to monitor.
If your loved one has suffered from either of the above circumstances, you should speak to a Texas traumatic brain injury lawyer today.
Evaluating Your TBI
Cognitive deficit testing is often necessary to evaluate and understand the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury. This involves a series of tests that study the motor skills, thinking, reasoning, recall and discernment abilities of the brain. This type of testing can be very expensive if not covered by health insurance.
Treatment for Brain Injury
If someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you need to research traumatic brain injury treatment facilities and find the best one to fit their needs. Immediately after a TBI, you should call 911 and be taken to an ambulance immediately. Once you are released and considering your follow-up care, you do have options. Here are some of the TBI treatment centers available to you in Texas:
- Treatment Centers in Austin
- Treatment Centers in Dallas
- Treatment Centers in Houston
- Treatment Centers in San Antonio
At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., we can help you get to the right kind of medical, psychiatric and psychological experts to evaluate and treat your injury. If you have or a loved one has suffered a head injury or concussion due to someone else’s negligence, call us for a free consultation about your case. We understand that brain injuries can be catastrophic. We have helped numerous families and victims since the 1970’s and we would be honored if you give us the opportunity to represent you. Speak to a TBI lawyer in Houston today! The initial consultation is always free and you don’t pay a dime unless we make a recovery on your behalf. Call us now at: (713) 932-0777.
Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.