Houston Brain Injury Lawyer
The Houston personal injury lawyers of Tate Law Offices, P.C., have a long history of helping accident victims and their families throughout Texas to deal with the consequences of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
This injury occurs when brain tissue is damaged by a hard blow to the head or by a jolt that causes the brain to suddenly move back-and-forth or side-to-side, striking the skull.
As our law firm has seen, TBI arises most commonly in car and other motor vehicle accidents. However, it also frequently results from falls, workplace accidents or incidents involving sports or recreation activities.
Our attorneys realize how brain injury changes the lives of victims and those who love them. We particularly understand the financial burdens that come from mounting medical bills and from being unable to work due to the injury. Our goal is to ease those burdens and help accident victims in Houston and anywhere in Texas to move forward in life.
If you or a loved one has suffered TBI because of the negligence of another person, you can count on Tate Law Offices, P.C., to work hard on your case and seek a maximum recovery for you.
Why Should You Get Help from a Lawyer After Suffering Traumatic Brain Injury?
When you contact Tate Law Offices, P.C., you will receive assistance from a legal team that knows how to thoroughly investigate a traumatic brain injury case and pursue a full, fair and timely financial recovery.
Because TBI can occur in many different situations, we believe it will help you to work with a lawyer who has experience with handling a wide range of accident cases, including:
- Car, truck, bicycle, and motorcycle accidents – An auto accident victim may suffer TBI from his or her head striking the dashboard or windshield. Additionally, a motorcyclist or bicyclist may experience significant brain injury despite wearing a helmet. Often, TBI results from the brain moving within the skull upon impact in a crash.
- Construction accidents – Construction workers can suffer TBI in falls from roofs, scaffolds and ladders, regardless of whether they are wearing protective head gear. They may also suffer TBI from being struck by falling objects such as tools, wood, bricks and other building materials.
- Slip and falls – Visitors to private, commercial or public properties may suffer TBI in falls that are caused by dangerous conditions on the premises, including slick floors, poor lighting, uneven pavement, broken railings and concealed holes.
- Falls in nursing homes – Unfortunately, due to the negligence of a nursing home’s staff, an elderly resident may suffer TBI in a fall. Medication errors and lack of a proper diet can cause residents to fall due to dizziness. A nursing home may also fail to provide a resident with adequate foot ware or walking devices, exposing them to the risk of a fall.
- Sports- and recreation-related accidents– In contact sports like football and soccer, the failure of coaches and trainers to properly manage a brain injury such as a concussion may cause a young person to suffer serious harm.
Our Houston law firm also has a keen understanding of the consequences of TBI, including:
- Medical treatment – A TBI victim may need surgery, hospitalization in an intensive care unit and/or special brain injury rehabilitation unit, ongoing outpatient therapy, medication and around-the-clock care from a family member or home health aide.
- Income – A person who has suffered TBI may be unable to work for a prolonged period as he or she recovers. In many cases, the victim may never return to work or may be able to work only at a job that pays much less than what he or she earned before.
- Family members – The injury victim is not the only one who suffers. Family members may lose the care and companionship of a loved one who has TBI. They may also be burdened with attending to the victim’s everyday needs.
If another person’s careless or reckless actions caused you or a loved one to suffer TBI, the Houston brain injury attorneys of Tate Law Offices, P.C., can put our skills, experience and resources to work for you in pursuing just compensation.
In many cases, our brain injury lawyers can resolve a matter without the need to file a lawsuit. We can deal directly with insurance companies and pursue a full and fair settlement. However, if a case must go to trial, we will be ready to put forth a carefully prepared case on your behalf.
We believe this is why it is important to get legal help after you or a family member suffers TBI in an accident through no apparent fault of your own.
How Do You Know If You Have Suffered TBI in an Accident?
Traumatic brain injury ranges in severity. According to information from the Baylor Health Care System, it depends on the extent and location of brain tissue damage. The three levels of TBI are:
- Mild – A concussion is an example. A person may experience headaches, balance difficulties and trouble with concentration for only a brief period after the injury occurs. At the same time, the person may be at risk of suffering more severe harm if they have a repeat concussion.
- Moderate – This is commonly referred to as post-concussion syndrome. This is when the physical, cognitive and emotional problems caused by TBI linger for a prolonged period.
- Severe – This level may be reached if tissue damage is not localized but rather spread throughout the brain. It is called a diffuse axonal injury. A coma or death may result.
As our lawyers have seen, many people suffer mild-to-moderate TBI in auto accidents, slip-and-fall accidents or workplace accidents without even realizing it.
If you have been in an accident, you should focus on the signs and symptoms of TBI, which include:
- Loss of consciousness for any amount of time
- Nausea or vomiting
- Persistent, strong headaches
- Confusion and dizziness
- Loss of balance and coordination
- Blurred vision or sensitivity to light
- Ringing in the ears or sensitivity to sounds
- Slurred speech or other difficulty with talking
- Ongoing fatigue
- Loss of memory (amnesia)
- Difficulties with concentration or thinking clearly
- Changes in mood or behavior, including depression and anxiety.
You should always go to a doctor after you have been in any accident – and especially if you are experiencing any of the above indications of TBI. A doctor can assess the extent of brain damage you may have suffered based on a series of tests and a careful examination of X-ray, MRI or CT scan results.
What can a TBI Victim Recover in an Insurance Claim or Lawsuit?
The amount that a person may recover in a claim with an insurance company or personal injury lawsuit which involves traumatic brain will vary. It depends on many factors. Each case is different.
Generally, Tate Law Offices, P.C., would seek compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses – We can review your medical bills and records and consult with experts to determine the costs of your medical care and the treatment you will need in the years ahead.
- Lost income – You should be fully compensated for any wages (including fringe benefits) that have been lost during recovery from TBI. Your recovery should also factor in the wages that you may lose in the future due to the inability to work or your diminished earning capacity caused by the TBI.
- Pain and suffering – TBI can lead to many painful complications. Your recovery should account for the trauma that you have experienced.
- Loss of consortium – A spouse, for instance, should recover for the harm which has been done to his or her relationship with a TBI victim, including a lack of intimacy and companionship and the loss of services around the home.
In some cases, punitive damages may be sought as well. These damages would be aimed at punishing the person who caused the TBI due to his or her especially reckless or willful misconduct.
Keep in mind: An insurance company may downplay the impact that TBI has on a victim. This is because TBI is an injury whose impact often cannot be outwardly observed.
It is important to work with an attorney who will present a strong case for damages which is backed by medical records, work records, expert opinions and other evidence.
Contact a Brain Injury Lawyer Houston Today
The Houston personal injury lawyers of Tate Law Offices, P.C., are passionate about helping those who have suffered traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of others. We truly care about the clients we serve and their families. We strive to improve their lives by seeking full and fair compensation for them.
If you or a loved one has suffered TBI in an accident in Houston or elsewhere in Texas, contact us today and allow our brain injury lawyers to get started on your case.
We always provide free and confidential consultations. You will pay no legal fees or case costs unless we secure a recovery for you.
- Texas Division
- Brain Injury Association of America
- Traumatic Brain Injury Education
- Baylor Health Care System
- What Are Common TBI Symptoms?
- National Institutes of Health
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Mayo Clinic
- Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Fact Sheet
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention