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Common Causes and Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Houston Traumatic Brain Injury Compensation LawyerTraumatic brain injuries (TBI) contribute to almost 3 million trips to the emergency room for Americans every year. They are caused when a blow to your head causes your brain to hit against your skull. The impacts of a TBI can be long-lasting and have a variety of symptoms. While there are many causes of TBIs, accidents are one of the leading contributors. If you have suffered a TBI in a slip and fall, motor vehicle crash, or other accident, it is important that you contact a personal injury attorney who can help determine if you are entitled to compensation.

How TBIs Happen and What Symptoms They Cause

The most common cause of traumatic brain injuries is falling. People who have suffered a fall account for almost half of TBI-related emergency room visits. Other accident-related causes of TBIs include motor vehicle accidents and work injuries.

Depending on the severity of the injury, there can be a wide variety of symptoms associated with TBIs. In mild cases, the injury may cause headaches, sensitivity to light and sound, and mild confusion. These symptoms will usually not last long and do not permanently damage the brain.

In moderate or severe cases of TBI, permanent brain damage and disabilities can occur. Brain swelling can occur, which can lead to even more brain damage. People who suffer a moderate or severe case of TBI are at a higher risk of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), brain bleeding, and epilepsy, which can cause seizures. Severe cases can even increase a person’s risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and movement disorders as they age.

Compensation for Traumatic Brain Injuries

If your brain injury was the result of someone else’s negligence or wrongful act, you can file a personal injury claim under Texas law to pursue both financial and non-financial damages. Compensation can include:

  • Medical bills – This can include for immediate medical care after the accident as well as ongoing testing and treatments associated with TBIs, including MRIs, CT scans, and physical therapy.

  • Lost income and earning capacity – If your TBI caused you to lose income through missed work, you may be able to recover compensation. You can also seek additional compensation if you are unable to return to your previous job after the accident and must take a lower-paying position.

  • Pain and suffering – You may receive compensation for the physical pain that the injury left you with, as well as long-term symptoms such as impaired cognitive function, reduced motor functions, trouble communicating, and impaired problem-solving abilities.

Contact a Houston Traumatic Brain Injury Compensation Lawyer

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, the Harris County personal injury attorneys at Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. We will help build your case and provide you with guidance through the entire process. To schedule your free initial consultation, contact our office at 281-643-2000.



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