Did you or a loved one suffer a brain injury? Any brain injury, even a concussion, needs to be taken seriously. The impact on your life can be long-term and profound. That also is why it is essential to demand full and fair compensation from the person who caused your injury. Our Dallas brain injury attorneys at Anderson Injury Lawyers will help you prove liability and win max compensation.
Call (214) 327-8000 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. It costs you nothing to talk with us about your situation and legal options. If you hire us, there are no upfront fees. We only get paid after we recover compensation.
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Common Causes of Brain Injuries
We have helped individuals hurt in:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Work accidents
- Oil and gas accidents
If you believe someone else is to blame for your or your relative’s brain injury, give us a call. We will investigate right away. We have a lot of experience gathering and reviewing evidence to figure out who is at fault for and liable for an accident.
Types of Brain Injuries
Our lawyers in Dallas tackle cases involving all types of brain injuries, including:
- Open head injuries: These injuries go through the scalp and skull, exposing or penetrating the brain.
- Closed head injuries: These injuries do not penetrate the skull.
- Skull fractures: These can be open or closed breaks in the skull.
- Concussions: A mild traumatic brain injury that many people recover from in months. A TBI results from a violent blow to the head or body that disrupts the brain’s normal functioning.
- Moderate- and severe TBIs: These are TBIs with more long-term effects, and in many cases, permanent disabilities.
- Diffuse axonal injuries: A type of TBI in which the brain shifts too quickly in the skulls causing the connecting nerve fibers (axons) to tear.
- Anoxic or hypoxic brain injuries: An anoxic brain injury happens when you are entirely deprived of air for too long. A hypoxic brain injury is a partial lack of oxygen for too long.
- Hematomas: This injury is a blood clot that forms outside of the blood vessels.
- Hemorrhages: This is uncontrolled bleeding.
- Edema: The brain can swell inside the skull – often as a result of another injury.
If you or a loved one suffered a severe brain injury, give us a call right away. An attorney experienced with brain injury cases can help you demand maximum compensation.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Your skull protects your brain, but there is only so much it can do when you suffer a significant blow directly to your head or body. Due to the considerable force, your brain may collide with a part of your skull. The movement may cause the brain tissue to tear. Both of these issues hurt your brain and can cause permanent brain damage.
Not all TBIs are the same, though. Hitting your head on a car window in a crash might lead to a mild TBI. A penetrating skull fracture from a fall could cause a severe TBI. The short- and long-term consequences are very different.
How do doctors tell how severe a TBI is? One way is with the Glasgow Coma Scale. Doctors assign a patient points based on their verbal, eye, and motor responses; better responses receive a higher score and indicate a less severe TBI.
A mild TBI has a GCS of 13 to 15 points. When someone sustains a mild TBI or concussion, they might lose consciousness for a few minutes or not. They’ll usually experience confusion, memory, concentration, and speech issues. They may also have sensory sensitivities and headaches. Mild TBI symptoms can improve in weeks or months, but some can persist for years.
A moderate TBI is a GCS of nine to 12 points. A person usually loses consciousness for several hours. They’ll likely experience confusion, disorientation, memory difficulties, problems concentrating, speech issues, and other cognitive, behavioral, and physical issues for weeks or months. Some side effects may be permanent.
The most severe TBI has a GCS of zero to eight points. This is often a penetrating or crushing blow to the skull. It can result in someone being in a coma or vegetative state. It is life-threatening, and those who survive often experience permanent disabilities and behavioral changes.
The Effects of a Brain Injury
Any brain injury can have short- and long-term effects. You or a loved one may experience physical difficulties and permanent physical injuries. You may have to relearn how to perform specific physical tasks. You may need accommodations at work or at home. Your disability may be so severe that you cannot go back to work. Other physical issues include headaches, vertigo, seizures, and sensory sensitivities.
You can experience cognitive effects. Brain damage can impair your executive functioning, reasoning, judgment, and communication abilities. Over time and with proper care, these difficulties can improve. However, some cognitive issues may be permanent.
You may experience behavioral changes. You might be diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or insomnia for the first time. Your personality might change, and you might become more prone to outbursts or risky behavior.
It can be impossible to tell the long-term impact of a brain injury. Everyone is different, and there is no way to predict how your TBI will affect you months or years later. But you can expect changes and, in severe cases, disabilities. Your compensation claim needs to reflect that. Our Dallas brain injury lawyers will make sure we demand compensation for your future difficulties.
Costs of a Brain Injury
When you or a loved one sustain a brain injury in an accident, you have to keep close track of your expenses. We recommend working with a Dallas brain injury lawyer who will help. A large part of your claim will be your past and future medical costs. You will need evidence of everything you’ve paid for and the income you’ve lost.
The initial costs are from your diagnosis and emergency treatment. When you go to the emergency room or local clinic, a doctor will thoroughly examine you. They may order an MRI or CTA scan. However, not all brain injuries show up on imaging. Your doctor will look for other signs, including your eye movements, speech, and other motor skills.
You may need surgery if you have a blood clot, brain bleed, brain swelling, or skull fracture. You can expect to receive one or more prescriptions. After the initial treatment, you need to rest away from work and school. You also may need one or more forms of rehabilitation to regain your physical and cognitive abilities. You also have to anticipate your future medical care. A brain injury might lead you permanently disabled, in which case you might need on-going maintenance at home or in a facility. You might need prescriptions, medical devices, and accommodations at home. Our Dallas brain injury attorneys know experts who can help us estimate your future medical bills.
Brain Injury Compensation
When someone else is responsible for your brain injury, you can demand compensation for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Accommodations to your home, workplace, or vehicle
- Reduced earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
Pursuing Compensation for a Brain Injury
How do you get compensation after being in an accident? We highly recommend you call a lawyer. Anderson Injury Lawyers will investigate what happened. We gather and review the evidence to find out who caused the accident. We also evaluate who is liable for paying you for your injuries. The at-fault and responsible party could be different people or businesses.
We look for any relevant insurance policy. Most people resolve their personal injury claims with a pre-trial settlement. We may recommend you file a lawsuit, but that doesn’t mean your case will go to trial. We always work to win a payment as soon as possible.
Getting maximum compensation means having evidence of your injuries. It isn’t hard to prove your expenses and lost income. What is hard to establish is your physical and emotional pain. We also want to prove the inconvenience and difficulties you will continue to experience in the future. This evidence can come from your medical records, your testimony, witness testimony, and expert opinions.
Call a Dallas Brain Injury Lawyer for Help Today
You don’t have to go through a brain injury claim alone. It is better to hire a Dallas attorney experienced with brain injury cases.
Anderson Injury Lawyers are here to help you gather evidence, determine your claim’s value, and demand fair compensation. For more information on how we can help, reach out through our online form or call (214) 327-8000 to set up a free, no-risk consultation.