Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), also known as intracranial injuries, happen when an external force causes traumatic injury to the brain. Head injuries from car accidents, falls and violence are some major causes of this catastrophic injury. A new paper published January 30, 2014 on MedicalExpress.com shines a light on the devastating effects of traumatic brain injury (“TBI”). An estimated 10 million people a year suffer a traumatic brain injury. In the U.S. alone, the cost of traumatic brain injury is estimated to exceed $60 billion per year, with disability costs outweighing medical costs by four times.
New scientific evidence suggests that even brain injuries once considered minor can create significant symptoms and disability. In addition, recent epidemiologic data indicates that those who suffer a traumatic brain injury are at significantly higher risk of developing dementia later in life. Thus, the emerging scientific consensus is that no brain injury is a “mild” brain injury.
The effects of a TBI are often permanent. In many cases, costly rehabilitation in the form of speech, recreational, occupational or physical therapy may be required. In more severe cases the result may be death of the victim. The aftermath of any of these scenarios can be overwhelming for the victim or the survivors of the victim. Our knowledgeable and caring team of professionals at the Sloan Firm can give you help during this difficult period.
When you put your case in the hands of the Sloan Firm, you will be represented by a team of attorneys ready to fight for you. Our Texas TBI lawyers, investigators, paralegals and support staff can evaluate your case. We take the time to get to know you and every detail of your case. Our compassionate and knowledgeable staff doesn’t just look at the injuries. We see the people behind the injuries.
How Our Firm Helps Victims of TBI Caused by the Negligence of Others
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of someone else’s careless act, let our personal injury attorneys handle all aspects of your legal matter while you focus on what matters most to you.
We are prepared to:
- Take time to listen to you describe what happened.
- Provide free advice about your legal options.
- Give you our honest assessment of whether you have a valid case.
- Thoroughly and independently investigate your accident to find out what really happened.
- Work with professionals in accident reconstruction, medical treatment, occupational rehabilitation, financial planning, and other relevant fields.
- Take care of all communications with the insurance companies on your behalf.
- Deal with all the paperwork in your case.
- Keep you informed about the status of your case.
- Be available to answer your questions and explain anything you don’t understand.
- Make you our priority and give your case care and attention to detail.
- Argue your case in court!
Types of TBI and Treatments
- Concussion. This is the least severe type of TBI, and is often a short-term injury that does not damage the brain tissue.
- Skull fracture. There are different types of skull fractures. The most serious kinds are those that damage the brain tissue.
- Contusion. This is an area of swollen brain tissue and blood from broken blood vessels due to a skull fracture.
- Contrecoup. A contusion injury caused by the brain shaking back and forth in the skull.
- Diffuse axonal injury. Diffuse axonal injury or shearing caused by contrecoup. This affects individual neurons and communication between them.
- Hematoma. Heavy bleeding in or around the brain. There are different types of hematoma that cause brain damage, classified by where the bleeding is.
- Anoxia. The result when oxygen supply to the brain is cut off or reduced.
Treatments for TBI vary based on the type and severity, but they include rest, rehabilitation (through physical therapy, speech therapy, etc.), surgery, and/or medication.
Causes of TBI
Traumatic brain injuries are caused by some kind of external force. The most common causes of TBI are motor vehicle crashes, falls, sports and recreational activities, workplace accidents, defective products, lightning, electric shocks, violence and blows to the head.
The injury to the brain generally occurs when:
- A severe jolt makes brain move back and forth in skull.
- Cellular brain structures are torn because of jolt or blow.
- An object entering into the skull causes tissue and bleeding damage.
- Bleeding around the brain disrupts the oxygen supply.
Types of Compensation Available for TBI Victims
Traumatic brain injuries can be physically and financially devastating, leading to exorbitant medical expenses and requiring rehabilitation and sometimes long-term care. Those who suffer TBIs may not be able to hold the job they held before, and perhaps the injury will be a long-term injury that affects their quality of life permanently.
Brain Injury Claims
If you have a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of another, we can help you. The types of compensation or damages that are typically sought for someone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of someone else may include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income and earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Physical impairment
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Other physical, financial and emotional harm
- Property damage
- Wrongful death
If the injury was something that happened at work, there may also be a claim possible under workers’ compensation, which generally covers:
- Medical bills/expenses
What to Do If You Suffered a TBI and It Wasn’t Your Fault
If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), we can provide information for you. TBI side effects can leave an individual with high medical costs, permanent disabilities and lack of employment. If the act causing the injury was the result of another’s carelessness, you could be eligible to pursue a legal claim.
Our Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers Can Help
The Sloan Firm has handled and is currently prosecuting numerous traumatic brain injury cases. These highly complex and scientifically intense cases are hard fought by defendants – specifically because the stakes are so high. It is imperative that lawyers prosecuting these cases know the science, have relationships with the top experts in the TBI field and, most importantly, have the resources to go the distance to successfully prosecute the case.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact the Sloan Firm for a full, personal consultation and case evaluation of the brain injury claim. The call is free and may provide the help you need for the devastation caused by TBI. We have attorneys available to help you throughout Longview, East Texas and in Santa Fe, New Mexico.