Brain injuries can happen to anyone at any time, and they can have many causes. At The Francis Firm, Dallas brain injury lawyers are here to help and ready to fight for you. If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury, do not risk attempting to handle the insurance company claim on your own. For more than 25 years, our injury attorneys in Dallas have aggressively represented clients with head injuries in courtrooms throughout the State of Texas. Let the experienced brain injury attorneys at The Francis Firm help you understand your rights, get the medical care you need, and seek the compensation you deserve.
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What Can Lead to a Brain Injury
Some of the most common causes of brain injuries include:
The consequences of a brain injury can have a lasting effect on you and your loved ones. However, understanding the common causes can help you identify TBI symptoms so that you can take action as soon as possible.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious brain trauma that affects people every day. In fact, according to the CDC, TBI results in disability and death for thousands of people each year in the United States. Thus, it is extremely important to understand what constitutes TBI so that you can identify it in yourself or loved one and seek prompt medical treatment if needed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a traumatic brain injury as a disruption to the normal function of the brain. Causes of TBI include bumps, blows, or jolts to the head and penetrating head injuries.
Many traumatic brain injuries are mild. A mild TBI may result in what are known as concussions. However, they can also be much more severe. A severe TBI can result in extended periods of unconsciousness or memory loss, life-long disability, or death.
In 2014, falls and motor vehicle crashes were the two leading causes of TBI-related hospitalizations. If you or a loved one has sustained a TBI in a fall or accident of any kind due to someone else's negligence or carelessness, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages related to the accident. Act now to discuss your brain injury case and get the help you deserve.
Identifying Mild Brain Injuries
If you or a family member have been in a car accident or other type of accident in which you hit your head or your body was shaken rapidly, you may feel fine and opt not to see a doctor. However, some TBI symptoms take hours or days to present. Depending on the severity of the accident, the consequences could be serious. Thus, it is important for you and your family members to keep an eye out for potential signs of concussion or brain injury.
The following are some of the most common symptoms of traumatic brain injuries:
- Nausea and vomiting;
- Persistent headache;
- Sensitivity to light;
- Difficulty concentrating;
- Forgetfulness and memory problems;
- Difficulty carrying out work responsibilities;
- Personality changes and mood swings; and
- Vision or hearing loss.
ItIt is important that you seek immediate medical attention if you have experienced any of these symptoms. Even if you are not sure whether they are related to your accident, you owe it to yourself to see a doctor and get some answers. If it turns out that you do have a brain injury, you can then begin the process of TBI treatment, recovery, and seeking compensation. Our Dallas traumatic brain injury attorneys are ready to assist you.
Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The impacts of a serious brain injury can be severe, and there can be both short-term and long-term consequences. Left undiagnosed or unaddressed, a brain injury can lead to changes in thinking, sensation, language, and emotion.
This means that you could experience drastic changes in memory and reasoning, sight and balance, and even the ability to communicate. In some cases, severe TBIs can also lead to epilepsy and increase the risk for other brain disorders, such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's.
We know that this may seem scary, but it is important to understand the potential consequences of a traumatic brain injury. If you or a loved one experience any symptoms discussed in this article after an accident, it is ultimately better to be safe than sorry. Seek medical attention as soon as possible to reduce your risk of worsening future consequences. After you've had a chance to contact a medical professional, contact our Dallas brain injury lawyer to see how we can help you recover compensation through a personal injury claim.
Brain Injury Facts
Below are some facts regarding brain injuries:
- A loss of consciousness is not required for someone to suffer a concussion or traumatic brain injury.
- A brain injury is typically diagnosed based on the patient’s symptoms and not diagnostic test results.
- A negative brain MRI or CT scan does not mean someone did not suffer a significant brain injury.
These facts emphasize how difficult it can be to diagnose a brain injury. As important as it is to seek medical attention after an accident, you should also pay careful attention to how you feel. Even if you did not lose consciousness or your test results come back negative, if you are experiencing symptoms of a brain injury, continue to seek medical assistance and legal advice.
Brain Injury Verdicts & Settlements
$1,970,000 | Drunk Driver Causes Brain Injury
An out-of-state Defendant consumed alcohol at a Weatherford restaurant until her blood alcohol level was nearly three times the Texas legal limits before attempting to drive back to her hotel at night and on the wrong side of the roadway, without using headlights. During this process, she struck a vehicle driven by a gentleman running errands near his home. The collision resulted in multiple injuries, including a mild traumatic brain injury. A suit was brought, resulting in settlements totaling $1,970,000. After fees, expenses, and the repayment of medical liens and bills, our client recovered $1,100,829.
$1,050,000 | Truck Wreck Causes Back and Head Injury
A man driving a commercial tanker truck without the required CDL license struck a vehicle occupied by a husband and wife stopped on I-35 due to heavy traffic. Our firm was able to obtain a settlement for our clients for the insurance policy limits of the trucking company and our clients’ underinsured motorist limits in the amount of $1,050,000. The claims against the trucking company were settled in less than seventy-five days from the date of the collision. After fees, expenses, and the repayment of medical liens and bills, our clients recovered $512,722.85.
$300,000 | One Vehicle Accident Causes Brain Injury
Our client was a passenger in her boyfriend’s truck when it rolled over because he was traveling too fast. Our client suffered various injuries, including a mild traumatic brain injury. Our office was able to settle the case shortly before trial for an amount several times greater than the Defendant’s insurance policy limits and the underinsured policy limits applicable to this collision. After fees, expenses, and the repayment of medical liens and bills, our client recovered $140,839.89.
Helping You Seek Compensation for the Services You Need
If you have sustained injuries in an accident, it is important to be aware that a full recovery will not always be immediate. Recovering from a concussion or traumatic brain injury is a multi-step process.
The first step is the acute medical treatment that you get when you go to the hospital after an accident. Then, once your medical condition is stable, the following services may help you achieve additional improvements:
- Rehabilitation: In the aftermath of a brain injury, rehabilitative services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy may help you restore some abilities that have become impaired due to your brain injury. While rehabilitation can often be a long, slow process, the positive effects cannot be overstated.
- Supportive services: Unfortunately, many brain injuries have irreversible consequences that can interfere with daily living. There are a variety of life care services available that can help people cope with the consequences of permanent brain damage.
Our Dallas brain injury attorneys have extensive knowledge and experience in this area. We have the resources necessary to help you find doctors, therapists, rehabilitation specialists, and life care planners to carefully document what it will take to ensure you or your loved one makes the fullest possible recovery from a brain injury.
Our goal is simple. We want to get you the compensation you need and deserve to make you whole and get your life back in order.
Contact A Dallas Brain Injury Attorney Today
The Texas trial lawyers at The Francis Firm have decades of experience litigating brain injury cases on behalf of TBI victims and their families. We provide the legal expertise and financial resources necessary to fight insurance companies and pursue justice for you in the courtroom. If you or a loved one suffered a head injury, we can help.
We offer a free consultation. If you are unable to come to our Southlake office, we will come to you in Dallas.
When you hire The Francis Firm for your personal injury claim, there will never be any legal fees or costs until we recover money for you. Let the experienced Dallas personal injury lawyers at The Francis Firm help you understand your rights, get the medical care you need, and fight for the settlement you deserve. Contact us online or call our firm today at (817) 329-9001.
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