Brain Injuries and TBIs from Dallas Car Accidents

Brain Injuries and TBIs from Car Accidents in Texas

About 144,000 Texans suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year, according to the Texas Brain Injury Alliance. Of those, more than 5,700 Texans are permanently disabled.

Those are staggering statistics. For many people in Houston, these severe injuries could have been avoided if someone else had been more responsible.

Car crashes are one of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries. Most accidents are the result of driver error or negligence, and could have been prevented. When someone suffers a TBI due to another driver, vehicle manufacturer, or municipal entity’s negligence, they may have the right to seek compensation through a personal injury claim.

Common Types of TBIs & Symptoms after a Car Accident in Dallas

Like all injuries, TBIs can vary in severity based on the specifics of the accident. Because of the force with which vehicles collide, occupants could easily suffer a traumatic brain injury.

Common symptoms of brain injuries caused by car accidents include:

  • Headache, dizziness, and blurred vision
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Bleeding (brain hemorrhage)
  • Concussion
  • Brief loss of consciousness
  • Loss of memory
  • Difficulty reasoning or problem solving
  • Depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders
  • Extended loss of consciousness (coma)

Most serious TBIs are caused by blunt force trauma. This usually happens when the victim hits an object during the collision, like the steering wheel, dashboard, or the windshield.

Symptoms of brain injury from car accident differ for every patient. If you have been in a car crash and suspect you have a TBI, see a doctor immediately.

Some symptoms are immediate, but other symptoms can be delayed. If you or a family member notice that you experience new or worsening symptoms like poor balance, trouble sleeping, trouble remembering things, or other unusual behaviors, schedule a doctor’s appointment.

Texas Health and Human Services has prepared a helpful Texas Brain Injury Resource Guide that might be a good resource for you.

Statistics on Traumatic Brain Injuries in Dallas Car Accidents

What to Do If You Suffered a Brain Injury in a Car Accident in Dallas

If you’ve been in a car or truck accident, you should always seek medical attention as soon as you can. Even if your symptoms seem minor, don’t try to self-diagnose. You may require immediate treatment that you shouldn’t put off.

TBIs can be both invisible and urgent. It’s best to ask a medical professional for a thorough checkup. If you have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, be sure to follow your medical team’s advice.

After you’ve been cleared to return home, you may need to start a long-term rehabilitation plan to help you recover physically and emotionally. There are local brain injury survivor organizations all across Texas. You can find a list of brain injury support groups compiled by HHS here. Finding a community who have experienced similar changes to their quality of life may help you feel more connected and in control.

You can look for support from organizations like BrainLine or the Office of Acquired Brain Injury run by Texas Health and Human Services (HHS).

All of this can be overwhelming in the first days or weeks after your accident. But you don’t have to go it alone. Brain injury survivors can and should lead full lives after their injury. One way to help you and your family heal is to ensure you recover financially.

At Tate Law Offices, our team of dedicated Dallas TBI attorneys knows that you are not just a statistic. We are committed to providing you the personalized attention, care, and qualified representation you deserve.

It’s important to act quickly though if you or a loved one have been hurt. In Texas, you have only two years to initiate a personal injury claim. Contact our lawyers as soon as possible to avoid your claim being time-barred.

How a Traumatic Brain Injury Personal Injury Claim Would Work

The first step in initiating a personal injury claim for a TBI is to speak with a knowledgeable lawyer about your case. An experienced brain injury lawyer can review all of the facts of your case, examine medical records, and seek evidence of negligence on the part of the other party involved.

Once the proper evidence and documentation has been secured, your attorney will formulate an argument that explains how the party that hurt you is responsible for your injury.

Your attorney can file a demand letter with the negligent party and their insurance company, seeking compensation for the full losses you have incurred and are expected to incur moving forward. They can negotiate for a settlement on your behalf. If a fair settlement can’t be reached, your lawyer can file a lawsuit to seek damages in court.

The process can take some time, but a qualified lawyer will be able to advise you on how the process will go and how long they expect it to take before it is resolved.

Contact Tate Law Offices, PC for Help with Your Case Now

Because a traumatic brain injury can have a lasting impact on your life, it is crucial to protect your health, your finances, and your family by hiring a reputable lawyer to represent you.

The TBI attorneys at Tate Law Offices fight for the rights of people who’ve been hurt in accidents in Dallas. We’ll be ready to put our experience and skills to work for you. Our consultations are 100% free, and we won’t charge you anything until we recover compensation for you.

Contact us now to schedule your free case review.

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Featured FAQ

How do I get the most money for my case?

Evidence is essential in order to get top dollar for an injury case. This means there must be proof of who was at fault for the accident and that the accident caused your injuries. Police reports and witness statements go a long way to proving fault while detailed medical records from qualified doctors (many times orthopedics or neurologists) are used to show the cause and extent of the injuries. We work to build a solid case in order to seek maximum compensation for our clients’ injuries.

Is there a benefit to being represented by a lawyer?

Most of the time in an accident injury situation, an insurance company will be your opponent. Insurance companies are very skilled at denying or minimizing injury claims – that’s how they make money. Insurance adjusters regularly deny claims that should be paid, or they offer only a small percent of the fair value of a claim. Our goal is the opposite. We develop a settlement package presenting our client’s case that often can result in our client receiving 10 to 20 times more compensation than what the insurance adjusters might offer for their injury claim. In such case, even after legal fees, our clients can net more money in their pocket. Even better, we work on a completely contingent basis, so there are no legal fees unless we are successful in collecting compensation for our clients.

Should I talk to the insurance company?

Do not talk to anyone at the insurance company. This includes their insurance adjusters and defense lawyers. Insurance companies frequently record phone conversations during which they ask leading questions designed to produce testimony that they can use to deny your case. If we are your lawyers, we will do the talking for you so you do not fall into the insurance company traps that are designed to decrease the value of your claim.

How do I pay my medical bills?

Medical bills can be paid through various manners such as health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Personal Injury Protection insurance funds, deferred billing, and letters of protection. Depending on all of the facts surrounding your case and the insurance companies involved, we produce a strategy that we believe will best benefit our clients. Also, even if our clients do not have access to health insurance, we can assist them with getting medical care that is paid at the end of the case – which means no upfront medical bills.

How do I collect my lost income?

Even if an injured person is not able to work after an accident, insurance company tactics are to disagree and assert that the person could work so the insurance companies can deny the claim for lost income. It is important to have a qualified doctor’s medical documentation that proves the inability to work for a certain period of time due to an injury. We work with our clients’ doctors and employers to prove the medical reason for not working and the calculation of lost earnings. This frequently results in a fight with the insurance company, but we believe that with solid evidence we are ultimately able to win the fight and collect our clients’ lost income.