TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES IN HOUSTON
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Representing Victims of Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Greater Houston Area
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a tragedy that does not decimate. A traumatic brain injury, also referred to as the “invisible injury” is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Victims of traumatic brain injury may be suffering a multitude of physical, emotional, and behavioral challenges, impacting the victim’s quality of life. and often require long-term medical care and rehabilitation. At Husain Law + Associates, P.C., we understand these circumstances can place major emotional and financial burdens on the victim and their loved ones.
We understand money cannot undo the brain injury you or your loved one has suffered, but we can help lift the financial burdens of medical expenses, lost wages, recovery, rehabilitation, and other related losses. If you or a loved one has suffered from a traumatic brain injury as a result of another person’s negligence, don’t delay — call today at 713-800-1200. We can also be reached by email message.
Hospitalized patients and injury victims recovering at home can be visited for free initial consultations. Our contingency fee policy means that we can charge no legal fees unless we win your case.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
When anyone or a party who failed to inform you or others of a hazard or who created the hazard that led to a traumatic brain injury may face liability. We can help and investigate your brain or head injury accidents to find the at-fault party. The most common situations where brain injuries arise include:
- Blasts and explosions
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Contact sports injury
- Poorly designed or product defect
- Intentional assault & battery
- Medical errors
The brain is protected by the skull and cushioned by a protective fluid. In fact, it is the best organ protected in the body, yet it is very a delicate organ and very vulnerable to injury. When sudden trauma, such as blows or jolts to the head, disrupts the normal function of the brain and causes damage to the brain. The severity of a traumatic brain injury is characterized by the following:
- Mild (Concussion)
- Severe (Coma)
Common Types of TBIs in Houston
Characterized by a lack of oxygen being provided to the brain. This type of head injury can occur in football, swimming pools, birth injury, automobile, and truck accidents.
Loss or impairment of the sense of smell caused by head injuries such as skull/facial fractures or concussions. Often the loss of smell is overlooked by doctors.
Type of stroke that is caused by an artery in the brain bursting as a result of brain trauma.
Occurs when the head suffers trauma without any penetration of the skull.
The tearing of the brain’s nerve fibers as a result of the brain rapidly shifting inside the skull as an injury occurs.
Bruises or swelling in small, specific areas of the brain as a result of a sliding impact of the brain within the skull.
These occur when the skull gets fractured, penetrated, or otherwise broken by a foreign object into the brain.
When there is a break in the skull bone. Mild breaks can heal over time; however severe breaks can lead to complications such as loss of smell and taste.
When the brain impacts the interior of the skull from a forceful movement. A concussion can temporally impair how the brain functions and processes information. It is typically short-lived and most people recover within 7 to 10 days; however, it can also lead to long-term problems.
Traumatic seizure disorder is when epilepsy or seizures are caused by trauma to the head or brain. Any type of TBI can cause traumatic epilepsy such as automobile accidents, construction site accidents, and slip and falls.
COMMON SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS TO TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
Symptoms usually fall into four categories:
- Difficulty thinking clearly, remembering new information, or concentrating
- Difficulty speaking and understanding language
- Poor voluntary movements and fine motor coordination
- Feeling slowed down
- Headaches, fuzzy or blurry vision
- Dizziness, nausea, or vomiting
- Sensitivity to noise or light
- Balance problems
- Feeling tired, having no energy
- Irritability, sadness, more emotional, nervousness or anxiety
- Behavioral changes
- Sleeping more or less than usual
- Trouble falling asleep
COMMON TBI DETECTION AND EVALUATION
- Glasgow Coma Scale
- Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan
- Neurophysiology and Neuropsychological Testing
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Function Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)
COMMON STATES OF UNCONSCIOUSNESS
- Brain Death
- Vegetative State
- Minimally Conscious State
- Locked-In Syndrome
CDC STATISTICS ON TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY & CONCUSSION
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health concern that results in death and disability for thousands of people each year. From 2006 to 2014, TBI- related emergency department visits, hospitalizes, and death increased by 53%. Based on CDC, the leading causes are:
- 40% resulting from falls
- 16% resulting from being struck by or against a moving or stationary object
- 14% resulting from motor vehicle crashes
- 11% resulting from assaults
- 19% resulting from unknown/other
For more information, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html
THE DAMAGES YOU SEEK
Most traumatic brain injuries can be prevented and we understand there are times when you simply cannot prevent a brain injury. Having our lawyers on your side is vital to make sure to you are fairly and properly compensated for your injuries. Our goal is to help you pursue your claim against the person responsible for your injuries and to obtain the maximum compensation to help advance your recovery and restore your quality of life. The following are the damages that can usually be claimed:
- Reasonable and necessary past and future medical expenses
- Cost of Care
- Past and future lost earnings
- Punitive Damages
- Actual Damages
- Pain and suffering (such as: disability, disfigurement, suffering, mental impairment, emotional distress, shortened life expectancy, and loss of a normal life)
The contents presented on this website does not, and are not intended to, constitute legal advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified legal professional.
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