Few things are as scary as brain injuries. You can’t see what is wrong or predict how the injury will impact you or a loved one.
Too much about the brain is a mystery, and since there are unknowns, it is best to hire an experienced brain injury lawyer. At Anderson Injury Lawyers, we’ve tackled many brain injury cases. We understand the importance of valuing your claim accurately and fighting for every penny you deserve.
To speak with our Fort Worth brain injury lawyers about how we can help, contact us online or call (817) 294-1900. We offer free, confidential consultations. There are no-obligations to hire us and no up-front fees. You only pay us if we recover compensation.
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Common Types of Brain Injuries
Serious accidents can cause many types of brain injuries. Some are open vs. closed head injuries. An open head injury involves a fracture through the skull, exposing the brain. A closed head injury does not penetrate the scalp or skull. Traumatic brain injuries – or TBIs – are from a violent blow to the head or body that disrupts the brain’s normal function. A type of TBI is a diffuse axonal injury. When the brain shifts too quickly in the skull, the connecting nerve fibers tear. It can lead to permanent brain damage.
Other types of head injuries include anoxic and hypoxic brain injuries. These happen when your brain does not get enough, or any, oxygen.
A hematoma is a blood clot outside of the blood vessels and a hemorrhage is uncontrolled bleeding. Both are very serious and may require surgery. A person can also experience swelling of the brain separately or with another brain injury.
We Handle All Types of Brain Injury Cases
At Anderson Injury Lawyers, we help accident victims recovering from:
- Open head injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Skull fractures
- Moderate-to-severe TBIs
- Diffuse axonal injuries
- Anoxic or hypoxic brain injuries
Call our personal injury lawyers right away to learn about demanding compensation for you or your loved one’s injuries.
Common Causes of Brain Injuries
TBIs and other brain injuries often happen in:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Work accidents
- Oil and gas accidents
Wherever your accident happened, give us a call. We will investigate who caused it and who is liable for paying for your injuries.
Levels of TBI
The most common brain injury from an accident is a TBI. But not all TBIs are alike. There are different levels of TBIs, and one way doctors determine the level of a TBI is the Glasgow Coma Scale. A doctor measures a patient’s eye-opening, verbal and motor responses, and assigns points.
The lower a patient’s score is, the more severe the head injury.
Mild TBI (GCS 13-15)
A person may or may not lose consciousness for a few seconds or minutes. They may be a bit confused or disoriented and have concentration, memory, and speech issues. Many people assume you can quickly recover from a mild TBI, but symptoms can persist for weeks, months, or even years.
Moderate TBI (GCS 9-12)
A person usually loses consciousness for a few hours. Confusion, disorientation, and other symptoms can last for weeks or months. Some physical, cognitive, behavioral, or personality changes could be permanent.
Severe TBI (GCS 0-8)
A severe TBI happens from a penetrating or crushing blow to the skull. It is life-threatening, and a person may end up in a coma or vegetative state. Permanent disabilities are common.
Costs of a Brain Injury
You need to get the best medical care possible for a brain injury. We connect our clients with the right specialists for their injuries in the Fort Worth, Texas, area. By working with experienced doctors, you or your loved one have the best chance of reaching the maximum possible recovery.
To receive a diagnosis, a doctor will perform a thorough examination and may order a CT scan or MRI. A mild brain injury might not show up on imaging. If you believe you might have a brain injury that was not diagnosed initially, seek out a second medical opinion right away.
You might go through surgery to remove a clot, stop bleeding, reduce pressure, or repair a skull fracture. A doctor might prescribe various medications, including diuretics, antibiotics, pain meds, and anti-seizure drugs.
It would help if you had rest and rehabilitation, which means not working or going to school for some time. Your rehabilitation depends on the severity of the brain injury and how it affected you. You may need to see one or more specialists.
Diagnosis and care after a brain injury cost a great deal of money. Even with health insurance, your bills will pile up. It helps to talk with a Fort Worth brain injury lawyer about how we help you address what you owe while pursuing a claim.
A large part of the value of your claim is your past and future medical expenses. We carefully calculate your medical expenses, including out-of-pocket costs for travel, medical supplies and devices, and at-home care. We work with medical providers and experts to estimate your future medical costs.
The Impact of a Brain Injury
Even the mildest TBI is a severe injury. You may experience side effects that affect your independence, personal relationships, hobbies, and career for years.
The impact of a brain injury can be:
- Physical: Serious brain injuries can cause physical disabilities. Some individuals have to relearn how to perform physical tasks. While some regain their physical capabilities, others are left with physical disabilities. Other physical effects include headaches, sensory sensitivities, vertigo, and seizures.
- Cognitive: Brain damage can impact how a person’s brain functions and harm memory, communication, reasoning, judgment, concentration, and more. Proper treatment can mitigate the effects of a brain injury, but some things may be permanent.
- Behavioral: Brain damage can change a person’s personality. Someone with a severe brain injury might have less self-control or participate in risky behavior. They may have outbursts or not do well in social situations. They may deal with sensory difficulties and experience mental health issues, like insomnia, depression, and anxiety.
The effects of a brain injury can last months, years, or the rest of your life. Your demand for compensation should reflect that. Work with a brain injury lawyer to better understand how much a brain injury’s long-term effects are worth.
Demanding Compensation for a Brain Injury
In Texas, you can demand compensation when someone’s negligence harms you, including:
- 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
Brain injury cases are complicated because they are harder to prove and describe than something like a broken arm. Our firm knows medical experts who can describe brain injuries in court. We also know how to gather and present evidence of how a brain injury impacts your daily life, relationships, career, hobbies, and future. We may interview friends and family members, make a Day in the Life video, and recommend keeping a journal.
Building a strong case is essential. You want as much evidence as possible to establish the value of your claim. That helps you win maximum compensation for your financial and non-economic injuries.
Anderson Injury Lawyers Can Help With Your Brain Injury Claim
Our Fort Worth brain injury lawyers are here for you and your family. We can connect you with specialists in the area and help you deal with the medical bills. We will carefully track your financial damages and gather evidence to prove your non-economic injuries, like pain and suffering. We know how to build a strong claim for compensation and demand you receive the maximum amount. Our goal will be to win a settlement as soon as possible.