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How Lawyers Protect Brain Injury Victims

While many lawyers handle personal injury cases of varying types, not all lawyers are used to working with clients who have suffered brain injuries. Brain injury victims have had their lives turned upside down and completely altered by the long-term impacts of head trauma. Working with these victims requires experience and personal care. Scott Krist has handled award-winning and record-setting cases for personal injury and wrongful death victims for over 30 years and he and his team have the experience and resources needed to protect brain injury victims. We know how to help those who may not be able to make complex legal decisions while struggling with decreased cognitive function and we will not let an insurance company take advantage of an overwhelming situation.

One of the best ways to ensure an individual receives the best possible legal representation is to choose a brain injury lawyer with care. Family members can help their loved one through this process by accompanying them when they interview potential attorneys and by screening them regarding their knowledge, education and experience in brain injury litigation. In cases where a client has sustained a brain injury and can no longer make decisions for themselves, an individual or family member can be given legal power of attorney to act on behalf of the injured person including meeting with legal counsel. If the injured party is unwilling to admit their injury has been devastating or are unable to consent due to the trauma, a loved one can go to court and get an order stating the person is incapable of making their own decisions. While it sounds harsh, we have experience handling these delicate matters to protect brain injury victims and keep their familial relationships intact.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Each year, approximately 288,000 people are diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in America and about half are caused by falls. A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is one of the most serious physical injuries a person can suffer, and while causes and outcomes vary, many head injury survivors deal with severe issues that change their lives and the lives of those around them forever. Survivors may struggle with a variety of impairments, including functional physical problems, cognitive defects, social and psychiatric changes, and may lose their ability to communicate.

Sometimes the early onset symptoms of a brain injury can be mistaken for other physical causes. Signs of a TBI can include problems that might otherwise be associated with different medical problems, such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, vision issues, change in mood or depression, and coordination problems.

Common causes of brain injuries include:

  • Assaults
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • High-impact sports like football and hockey
  • Workplace accidents
  • Firearms-related suicide
  • Explosions
  • Combat injuries
  • Shaken baby syndrome

Who Can You Sue for Brain Damage?

Any person can sue the responsible party or parties who caused or contributed to their brain injury. Those that suffer traumatic brain injuries often suffer severe and debilitating damages, many of which can be permanent and life-altering. Only an experienced personal injury trial lawyer will know the best strategy for seeking out and obtaining maximum financial compensation for these clients who will potentially need lifelong medical care and other assistance. Damages sought can include medical expenses, lost wages, reduced earning capacity and/or the loss of the ability to work, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, mental anguish, and more.

Houston Lawyers for Brain Injury Victims

Brain injury legal issues are some of the most complicated in the field, so it’s critical to choose an attorney who is familiar with every step of the process. As trial attorneys solely devoted to helping injury victims, we are up to date on the best technologies and tests for brain injury, and will ensure you receive the best care and treatment when dealing with a TBI. We understand that people dealing with brain injuries need a lot of help. Friends and family can help but have some limitations whereas a lawyer can step in and offer even more assistance. We connect our clients and their caregivers with qualified doctors and to resources like counselors, psychologists, and other emotional support providers to help ease the mental anguish surrounding the physical damage to a loved one. When you have been injured in a serious accident, you need someone who cares about you and about your recovery.

We have earned numerous honors and awards for our experience, skill, and aggressive legal strategies representing clients. We take great care to provide the right advice you need to understand your rights so we can help you make the best choice for your family and your future, so contact us today for more information on how we can serve you.