A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is any injury that negatively affects the brain’s function. These injuries can happen to anyone at any age because they are typically caused by a blow to the head, a penetrating head injury, or certain neck and back injuries.
If you or a loved one have been in an accident or suffered complications during birth or a medical procedure, you may be dealing with a TBI. A Frisco traumatic brain injury lawyer from Underwood Law Office can help you seek justice and financial compensation for your injuries.
Underwood Law Office Helps TBI Victims and Their Families
Traumatic brain injuries are some of the most serious injuries one can suffer. TBI victims often experience short- and long-term symptoms. These symptoms often impact the victim’s ability to work, communicate, and enjoy life as they once did.
But you can hold negligent parties accountable for your TBI and recover compensation that can help pay for costs of care and other damages. The Frisco traumatic brain injury lawyers at Underwood Law Office are proud to help clients by:
- Gathering evidence about your injury and the incident that caused it
- Determining negligent parties
- Calculating your damages
- Helping to file insurance claims
- Negotiating with insurance companies and the at-fault parties’ legal representatives
- Filing a lawsuit to recover worthwhile compensation
- Representing you in court proceedings
The TBI lawyers at Underwood Law Office will advise you at every step of the process. We take many cases on a contingency basis, which means we don’t get paid unless you do. We’re ready to offer you a free case evaluation to discuss your legal options.
For a free legal consultation with a traumatic brain injury lawyer serving Frisco, call (972) 535-6377
Recoverable Damages for a Traumatic Brain Injury in Texas
TBI cases vary, so the types and amounts of recoverable damages can also vary. In addition, there are many types of economic and non-economic damages you can recover after suffering a traumatic brain injury. Some economic damages you can seek compensation for include:
- Medical costs, including those you’ve already accrued and future medical costs due to ongoing treatment or rehabilitation
- Lost income for being out of work for recovery
- Lost earning potential for short- and long-term disability
You can also seek compensation for the following non-economic damages:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Mental and emotional trauma
A Frisco TBI lawyer from our firm can calculate economic damages. We can also help calculate the damages that don’t come with a price tag. We can help determine how much compensation you need to recover from your traumatic brain injury.
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How a Frisco TBI Lawyer Can Help Seek Compensation for a TBI
No two traumatic brain injuries are the same. Unfortunately, this makes it hard to provide you with an estimate of how much your case is worth until we can review your diagnosis and the facts of your accident.
The amount you might receive in compensation depends on many factors, including:
- The victim’s age at the time of the incident
- How the injury occurred
- The type and severity of the TBI
- How many negligent parties can be held liable
- Current and projected future medical costs
- How the injury has impacted your personal and professional life
With this information, the Underwood Law Firm will be able to determine which sources we can seek compensation from on your behalf. For example, we might file insurance claims with the negligent party’s insurance company for a vehicle accident or file a personal injury lawsuit if the insurance company does not offer you a settlement that reflects your damages.
If your injury occurred due to medical malpractice, we might file a malpractice claim with the hospital or medical facility where your injury occurred. We want to hear the details for your case so we can find out the best way to recover compensation for you.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can occur at any age and to any person. While each injury is different, TBIs are often caused by similar incidents. Some of the most common incidents that result in a TBI include:
- Car accidents: You might experience whiplash, hit your head on the steering wheel or headrest, or experience another jolt to your head or neck that causes a TBI.
- Truck accidents: If you’re in a smaller vehicle in a truck accident, you may be more likely to experience a force that causes a TBI.
- Motorcycle and bike accidents: Motorcycles and bikes don’t have the outer shell that cars and trucks do, so riders’ bodies often hit the ground, property, or larger vehicles, which can cause more damage. Not wearing a helmet while riding a bike or motorcycle increases your risk of a TBI in an accident.
- Slip-and-fall accidents: In these incidents, you may hit your head on the ground or injure your neck or back, causing a TBI.
- Birth injuries: When a baby loses oxygen at any point in the birthing process, this can cause serious damage that impacts physical, mental, and emotional development.
- Medical malpractice: If a medical practitioner makes a mistake while caring for you, this may cause a TBI. Some examples include being dropped during transport or incorrectly performing a brain or spinal cord surgery. You may only have two years from the date of this incident to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Texas, per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §74.251.
- Sports incidents: Student, hobbyist, and professional athletes can experience concussions and other TBIs while playing sports, like football, rugby, and basketball.
Even if you don’t feel that your injuries are severe, you should seek a medical professional right away. Without a medical diagnosis, you may not even know you’re experiencing a TBI, which is why it’s important to seek medical attention after an incident involving a blow to the head, neck, or back. A diagnosis or proof that you visited a doctor can be crucial evidence in your TBI case.
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Types of TBIs and the Symptoms to Look Out For
There are three major types of TBIs. These three types have varying symptoms that range from minor, everyday-like symptoms to severe, debilitating symptoms.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
A mild traumatic brain injury is still a brain injury that can cause concerning symptoms. A mild TBI may have the following symptoms:
- Headache, nausea, or vomiting
- Slurred speech or blurred vision
- Dizziness and balance issues
- Ringing in the ears
- Sensitivity to light, sound, smell, or touch
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Trouble remembering things or concentrating
- Mood swings or feelings of depression or anxiety
- Fatigue or changes in sleeping patterns
Moderate and Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries
Moderate and severe TBIs may share the same symptoms as mild TBIs, especially in the first few hours or days after the incident. However, these symptoms can eventually evolve into:
- Lost consciousness for minutes to hours
- Continuous headache, consistent nausea, and frequent vomiting
- Convulsions or seizures
- Dilated pupils
- Inability to wake up from sleep
- Weakness or numbness in fingers or toes
- Severe coordination and balance issues
- Severe concentration and memory issues
It’s important to note that the symptoms of TBIs in children can often look different than symptoms for adults. Some signs that children may have a TBI include drowsiness, constant crying, changes in sleep patterns or ability to pay attention, seizures, and loss of interest in toys. Consult your pediatrician right away if you suspect your child may have a TBI.
Trust the TBI Lawyers at Underwood Law Office
If you or your loved one is suffering from a traumatic brain injury, a Frisco TBI lawyer from Underwood Law Office can review the facts of your case. We can help determine potential solutions for recovering much-needed compensation for your family. According to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003, you may only have two years from the date of your incident to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Let us help you with your TBI case. Contact our office today for a free case evaluation.