A knock to the head can happen at any time without warning. An estimated 1.5 million traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur each year in the United States, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Often going undetected initially, a serious TBI does not always mean the skin or skull was broken. However, the CDC reported 64,000+ lives lost in 2020 in the United States to TBIs.
If you or a loved one were injured or killed due to a traumatic brain injury, our team might be able to help you pursue compensation. Get in touch with a Dallas brain injury lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins who can begin working on your case while you recover. You can contact our law firm at (800) 777-7777 to discuss your claim during a free consultation.
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Diagnosing or judging the severity of a head injury is tricky. Everyone takes a hit to the head sooner or later in life, whether its in a Dallas car accident, construction accident or a slip and fall. The skull is one of the strongest bones in the human body and can endure tremendous pressure. But the hardness of the skull can work against the soft brain it encases, causing bruising or internal bleeding if an impact occurs.
There are different strategies to diagnose the severity of a traumatic brain injury. However, if the injury is serious, especially if any loss of consciousness occurs, it is best left to medical professionals, who employ various diagnostic tools such as CT scans or X-rays.
Per the CDC, early warning signs of a serious TBI can include:
- Personality or mood changes
- Light sensitivity
- Slurred speech
- Changes in emotional patterns
- Nervousness or anxiety
- One pupil that is larger than the other
- Confusion or agitation
These symptoms could be a sign of a more serious health risk that needs immediate attention. While mild symptoms may not usually be enough to warrant a doctor visit, the brain is a uniquely sensitive bodily organ. Thus, our office recommends a doctor’s appointment even if mild TBI symptoms appear after an accident.
In addition, many of the most common ways that people suffer TBIs are in incidents that could lead to additional injuries. Therefore, getting any potential injuries assessed, diagnosed, and treated as soon as possible is good, even if you think your head injury may be minor.
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Common Causes of a Head Injury Resulting in a TBI
Head injuries happen to people from all walks of life but disproportionately affect children and the elderly. People receive head injuries during such activities as:
- Driving or riding in a motor vehicle or bicycle
- Walking on a sidewalk
- Working on a construction site
- Warehouse operations labor
- Playing recreational sports
- Slipping in the shower
Whether your head was injured in one of the above ways or another, Loncar Lyon Jenkins is ready to analyze your case and see whether we can help you pursue financial compensation for your suffering. If another party caused your head injury—or other injuries—as a result of carelessness, recklessness, or intentional behaviors, you may have a civil case for financial recovery under Texas law.
How a Dallas Brain Injuries Lawyer Could Help You
Our brain injury attorneys are familiar with Texas law, and we know the court system. Our legal team can help you understand whether you have a valid case early on, and we do not charge up-front to pursue our clients’ rights. Instead, we assess their case for free and use our financial resources to develop, file, and negotiate their claim or take the case to court, if needed.
Affordability and Congeniality
The only fees we accept are a part of the settlement or judgment you win. If you do not receive compensation, neither do we. This structure helps you understand early that we are on the same side. We cannot accept every inquiry we receive, but if we accept your case, rest assured that our Dallas brain injury attorney will fight the law to the fullest extent for your best interests.
Confidentiality and Privacy
If we accept your case, our attorney-client privilege will protect our communication. Texas law prohibits your attorney from sharing privileged information with outside sources. Therefore, you can rest assured that what you tell us is confidential and will be used to further your best interests.
Per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003, injured people only have two years to sue. After this time, there may be no legal avenue for compensation.
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Recovering Compensation for Damages After Suffering a Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries are among the costliest injuries to treat, especially when moderate or severe. They can take months or even years to heal if they ever fully heal. The victim may require extensive medical care, including hospitalization, surgery, and time in a trauma or intensive care unit.
Once they are ready to be released from the hospital, many need inpatient rehabilitation. Those who do not may still require several types of therapies. This could include:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Cognitive, social, and psychological support
Some cannot return to work for several months, and others have lasting injuries that prevent them from ever returning to their previous career or pay grade. In addition, those with the most severe injuries may not be able to live independently or require ongoing nursing care and support.
The recoverable damages and value of a brain injury claim in Dallas will depend on many factors, none more important than the severity of the injuries and required care. Some types of recoverable expenses and losses include:
- Medical care costs
- Future medical treatment and care needs
- Missed income
- Diminished earning ability
- Related expenses
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium (the relationship with one’s husband or wife)
Our attorneys use evidence, experience, and other resources to put a fair settlement range on each claim before we demand compensation from the liable party’s insurer. This helps our clients understand when they should accept an offer and gives everyone involved a better idea of the case’s value.
Many accident victims are shocked at how much their expenses and losses total. Unfortunately, this is a sign they likely would have settled for a much lower offer if they had not enlisted our help on their case before signing an agreement with the insurance company or liable party. We encourage injury victims and their families to reach out to us before signing anything.
Understanding Liability in a Brain Injury Accident
Due to the wide range of possible causes of a brain injury, there is also a wide range of potentially liable parties. Responsible parties for TBIs may include:
- Real property owners
- Vehicle owners
- Vehicle drivers
- Construction companies
- Trucking companies
- Heavy equipment operators
Texas is a comparative liability state, meaning parties can still collect damages if they are found to be partially at fault for the injury or injuries. If you are found to be 50% at fault or less, you stand to gain financially from a successful personal injury lawsuit. There are different levels of negligence or liability for different violations.
Collecting Evidence to Strengthen Your Brain Injury Claim
Police might have collected evidence at the scene of your accident if you were injured in a roadway collision. However, there is usually additional evidence that officers may not have collected that could strengthen your case, such as:
- A security camera from nearby establishments
- Skid marks
- Shatter patterns of glass or debris
- Vehicle damage photos
- Personal injury photos
Data such as the above can be used to reconstruct events and prove what happened, regardless of what people argue or say. If someone hurt you and is responsible for your brain injury, they may try to hurt you again financially and try to avoid responsibility. This stressful disagreement of opinion can lead to a lawsuit that our brain injury lawyers can file on your behalf while you recover medically.
Contact a Brain Injury Attorney in Dallas for Help with Your Case Today
Health should always be a person’s priority. Our clients can focus entirely on their health while we fight for their rights in court. Many people are not aware that they can have a brain injury lawyer in Dallas pursue their claims at no cost out-of-pocket.
Our goal is to help you recover compensation from your brain injuries, so you can get back to living the lifestyle you love. So call in the Strong Arm at Loncar Lyon Jenkins today to get started at (800) 777-7777.