Unfortunately, the medical term “traumatic brain injury” or TBI has been permanently etched into the public consciousness. The reasons range from years of violent conflicts that have brought our brave U.S. service men and women home with dramatic and life-changing injuries to the recent knowledge regarding the long-term effect that brain trauma can have on youth and adults after suffering repeated blows to the head while playing sports.
While these dramatic cases are both moving and sensational, the truth is that a traumatic brain injury can happen to anyone no matter how old they are. Males between the ages of 15 and 24 years are more susceptible to suffer this type of injury due to their high-risk lifestyles. Children and the elderly, meanwhile, are also more vulnerable to brain injury. For example, slips and falls are considered to be a leading cause of traumatic brain injury for infants, toddlers, and elderly people. In motor vehicle accidents, adolescents and adults frequently sustain serious brain injuries.
Regardless of the cause, it is important for victims and their families to take traumatic brain injury cases seriously. A brain injury can affect virtually every aspect of your life, and can do so permanently. That’s one reason to consider hiring a team of qualified Houston personal injury attorneys who can help you obtain the compensation that will cover your medical costs and help you regain normalcy after a catastrophic injury.
Traumatic brain injury may be incurred during a wide variety of accidents, life events and workplace incidents. These may include:
Traumatic brain injuries happen when external force causes brain dysfunction. Traumatic brain injury characteristically results from a violent blow to the head or body that causes the brain to be jarred. An object penetrating the skull, such as a bullet, bomb fragment or shattered piece of skull, also can cause traumatic brain injury.
Even mild to moderate traumatic brain injury may cause temporary dysfunction of brain cells. More serious traumatic brain injury can often result in bleeding, bruising, torn soft tissues, and other traumatic damage to the brain that can result in long-term complications or death.
Traumatic brain injury can typically be categorized into two main types:
Identifying impairments resulting from a traumatic brain injury is a process that often depends on how severe the injury is, where the injury happened, and the age or condition of the individual before the accident occurred. Common impairments associated with TBI include:
When a brain injury is more severe, it may result in a stupor or an unresponsive state, but one from which a victim can be awakened briefly by a strong stimulus such as sharp pain. Victims with radically traumatic brain injuries may exist in a coma where they are unconscious, unresponsive, and completely unaware of his or her surroundings. A persistive vegetative state is when an individual stays in that condition longer than 30 days.
Traumatic brain injuries can cause victims to experience a host of negative or misunderstood physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral effects. Outcomes can vary greatly, ranging from complete recovery to permanent impairment or death. The latter part of the 20th century and the early years of this century bore witness to critical developments in diagnosis and treatment that decreased death rates and improved outcomes for many victims of traumatic brain injury.
Some of the current imaging techniques used for diagnosis and treatment of TBI include computerized tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI. Depending on the severity of the brain injury, treatment can range from minimal physical intervention to more drastic steps including medications, emergency surgery, or surgery years later. Other techniques may be employed for rehabilitation including physical therapy, speech therapy, recreational therapy, occupational therapy and vision therapy. Emotional and psychological support may also be offered by a variety of community support services, which may include counseling or supported employment.
Traumatic brain injuries are serious, life-changing events. This means that victims who have suffered a traumatic brain injury and their families must find ways to get the resources they need for recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration back into daily life. In order to move on with their lives, victims with a TBI must recover not only medically but also financially and emotionally.
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we have handled numerous cases involving traumatic brain injuries over the course of four decades in practice. Our Houston personal injury lawyers are passionate about helping the victims of traumatic brain injuries get access to the resources they need to improve their quality of life.
We understand what type of compensation is needed for the long-term care and replacement of lost earnings over a lifetime due to a traumatic brain injury. We understand the personal toll an injury this severe may take not only on victims but also on family members. We understand the Texas legal landscape and we can work closely with you and your family to strategize ways to translate your need for resources into compensation for the past and future medical expenses, physical limitations, physical pain, mental anguish, and loss of earning capacity.
We understand that people dealing with TBI need a lot of help. Friends and family are incredible gifts to people with injuries, but they can only carry so much of the load. We often connect our valued clients to qualified doctors and to resources such as The Krist Samaritan Center, a nonprofit organization that provides counseling, psychological assistance, and emotional support to accident victims and their caregivers.
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