Lawyers for Traumatic Brain Injuries in Austin, TX
Traumatic brain injury, also referred to as TBI, can drastically affect one’s life and the lives of those closest to them. Although there are 3 severity levels, most people associate traumatic brain injury with debilitating long-term impairment. If you or a loved one are a victim of someone else’s negligence that resulted in a TBI, it is critical that you get trusted legal guidance. At Treviño Law, our Austin Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers are dedicated to getting you justice and maximizing the compensation you receive.
Brain injuries are generally classified into three categories: Mild, Moderate and Severe. Here is a breakdown of these classifications:
Mild brain injuries are more common and also tend to have only a short-term effect on the person who sustains the injury. These can occur during the regular course and scope of our daily lives, like tripping and falling, minor car accidents, contact sports and the like. They can, however, be caused by abuse – parent-to-child or domestic abuse. Here are some of the symptoms associated with mild brain injury:
- Loss of consciousness – brief only (for a few seconds to a few minutes)
- Being dazed, confused or disoriented, without losing consciousness
- Headache, nausea or vomiting
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Problems with speech
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual
- Loss of balance, feeling wobbly or dizzy
A step up the ladder from a mild brain injury, moderate TBI’s up the ante on the physical toll as well. Causation includes and falls from small heights, a non-penetrating blunt force like being struck with something, motor vehicle accidents, and again, possibly from a source of violence. Physical symptoms as reported by the Mayo Clinic include:
- Loss of consciousness from several minutes to hours
- A persistent headache or a headache that worsens
- Repeated vomiting, nausea, convulsions or seizures
- Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
- Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears
- Inability to awaken from sleep
- Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
- Loss of coordination
By definition, this category of brain injury carries with it the most dire and life-intrusive impact upon those who have been affected. This is true for the person with brain injury and those near and dear to them. Like mild and moderate brain injury, causes range from falls, vehicle crashes, violent crime, and work and sports accidents, but at a more extreme level. Though not an all-inclusive list, here are just a few of the physical and non-physical results:
Sensory damage: Balance, recognition, loss of senses, hand-eye coordination, depth perception
Cognitive losses: Senses, memory, learning, attention and concentration, decision making and completing tasks
Communication difficulties: Difficulty thinking, understanding, speaking or participating in conversations
Behavioral and Emotional changes: Self-control, lack of awareness, mood swings, depression, anxiety, irritability, aggression
Physical effects: Chronic pain, reduced or complete loss of physical functionality
Altered consciousness: Minimally conscious state, vegetative state, coma or brain death
It is important to remember that symptoms of brain injuries can often be seen, felt and identified immediately after the traumatic event, while others may appear days or weeks later. Any head injury should be carefully monitored by a physician.
Getting Help for Your TBI Claim
If you or a family member is suffering from a Traumatic Brain Injury due to the carelessness or negligence of another person or entity, whether intended or accidental, you have many questions. TBI’s are earmarked by long recovery periods, on-going treatment and in some cases, immense changes in lifestyle and lifelong care. And if your family’s main source of income was coming from the person who has been injured, you are likely to already be feeling the financial hardships caused by these debilitating injuries. Lost income and mounting medical bills can leave you unsure about your family’s future.
Call Treviño Law for Compassionate Legal Guidance
It is extremely difficult to navigate a TBI claim without skilled legal assistance. Our Austin Personal Injury Attorneys know the laws concerning deadlines and filing requirements. We can investigate the incident, collect and preserve pertinent evidence, get medical reports and expert opinions, and get your claim moving toward settlement or trial if needed. Let us do the “heavy lifting” so you can focus on your family’s health, well-being, and happiness. Reach out to our dedicated, knowledgeable and successful brain injury lawyers for a free confidential consultation. Don’t delay – contact us today at (512) 401-3444 or use our online form.