Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers in Austin
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Traumatic brain injury lawyers help seek compensation for those who have been involved in an accident and suffered a brain injury.
Brain injuries are one of the most severe types of personal injuries, which can drastically alter your quality of life. If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to seek compensation.
Zinda Law Group has a team of personal injury attorneys with experience in handling TBI claims that can help you pursue maximum compensation for your injury.
For more information, call Zinda Law Group in Austin at (888) 988-7063 for a 100% free case evaluation with our brain injury attorneys today.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
A TBI is an interference with normal brain functions as a result of a severe disturbance to the brain tissue. Also known as an acquired brain injury, it can be caused by a violent jolt, bump, or blow to the head or body and vary in severity. The cause of the injury and the force of the impact can affect the degree of damage.
Types of brain injuries:
- Penetrating injury
- Diffuse axonal injury
- Second impact syndrome
- Hypoxic brain injury
- Anoxic brain injury
Some common accidents that cause TBIs include:
TBI claims will vary depending on the severity and cause of the injury. The recovery process can take a long time and be quite costly.
Our TBI lawyers at Zinda Law Group may be able to help you navigate this process and seek compensation.
Symptoms of a TBI
Traumatic brain injuries can cause both physical and psychological effects. These symptoms may arise quickly or can lay dormant for days, weeks, or months. Common physical symptoms can include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Blurred vision
- Changes in speech patterns
- Pupil dilation
- Loss of coordination
Psychological effects can include:
- memory problems
- trouble concentrating
- mood changes
The severity of a brain injury varies; nonetheless, all TBI’s are serious. Even mild brain injuries can cause long-lasting damage. Seek medical care immediately if you or a loved one exhibits any signs or symptoms of a TBI after an accident that was not your fault.
Since traumatic brain injuries are often quite severe and affect a vulnerable part of the human body, it is likely that those who have suffered a TBI will have long-lasting side effects.
Moderate to severe brain injuries can cause altered consciousness, awareness, or responsiveness. This can include comas, vegetative states, or even brain death. Long-lasting physical complications such as headaches, vertigo, seizures, infections, and hindered motor skills may occur as well.
Some other long-lasting changes that can occur as the result of a TBI are as follows:
- Intellectual issues
- Behavioral problems
- Communication issues
- Emotional changes
The specifics of your claim will determine the value of your case. Case with long term effects that may need long term future care may be valued higher than cases of mild injury that don’t need an in-depth rehabilitation plan. Speak with an attorney today to find out more about your case.
Brain Injuries in Children
TBIs in children are common where a child has been involved in an accident. Children's brains are still developing; therefore child traumatic brain injuries can have serious long term consequences. When a child suffers a traumatic brain injury, they may not communicate their symptoms as easily as an adult would. Therefore, you will want to keep a close watch on them and make a note of any physical or emotional changes shortly after the accident.
You may observe:
- Changes in eating habits
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Irritability or persistent crying
- Mood changes
If you notice any of these symptoms in your child shortly after an accident, seek medical attention immediately.
Just like the injury itself, treatment for a traumatic brain injury varies depending on the severity of the damage. Treatment can include anything from simple rest to actual surgery. Usually, a TBI is an emergency, and thus warrants immediate medical attention. It is essential to get to a hospital as soon as possible.
A significant part of treatment for those who have suffered a TBI includes rehabilitation. Most people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury require assistance to improve their physical abilities and help their overall quality of life. Those who have suffered a TBI may need to re-learn basic skills such as walking or talking. The type of rehabilitation largely depends on the severity of your injury.
The cost of and the longevity of the treatment plan may increase the value of your claim, ensuring that you are compensated reasonably to be in a position to pay for future medical costs associated with this accident and injury.
What to do after a TBI Accident
After you or a loved one has suffered a TBI the first and most crucial step is to seek the necessary treatment. Following this, if you are seeking compensation for the injuries sustained consulting an experienced attorney who understands how to handle a traumatic brain injury claim can be vital to your claim.
Here are a few steps to take after suffering a TBI:
1. Seek medical attention
Your well-being is the most important thing. Always seek medical attention before doing anything else after suffering an accident.
2. Document the accident
Documenting what happened and preserving evidence are essential for your future attorney to help you with your claim. Items worth documenting include:
- Photographs of the scene of the accident
- Photographs of any visible injuries sustained
- Details of the at-fault party, including insurance details where necessary
- Details of any witnesses to the accident
3. Speak with a TBI attorney
Call one of our experienced attorneys at Zinda Law Group to start the process of seeking compensation.
Common TBI Claims
Traumatic brain injuries are often caused by somebody else's negligence and can happen in all manner of accidents. Some of the most common claims resulting in TBI include:
- Car accidents caused by a reckless or distracted driver
- Truck accidents caused by the negligence of a truck driver
- Workplace accidents due to a negligently managed work environment
- Construction Accidents from working in a hazardous environment
- Slip and Fall Accidents caused by slippery floors with no warning signs or falling from a height or negligent property owners
- Electric Scooter accidents caused by defective scooters or other road users
Filing a TBI Lawsuit
Brain injuries come in many forms, and thus the laws that govern your claim can vary. Having an experienced attorney on your side is crucial to help navigate these laws and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
1. Speak with an attorney
Tell one of our TBI lawyers about your case. They can help you understand your legal position better and walk you through how they will build a strong case for you to seek compensation.
Once your case is open, your lawyer will proceed to investigate your case, the specifics of the accident, determine who was at fault, whom to sue and uncover details of the potential value of your case.
Your attorney will then move to seek settlement for your case. They will do so through negotiation with the other side and seek the maximum compensation for your case.
Should your case be settled at this point, your attorney will talk you through the process of receiving your settlement check.
Most personal injury claims settle before having to enter a courtroom, if an agreement cannot be reached with the other side, then your case will move to trial.
Your attorney will walk you through each set as it happens and ensure that while they focus on your case, you can focus on your recovery.
Legal Time Limits
In the pursuit of TBI compensation, legal deadlines to file your lawsuit must be considered. In Texas, you have two years after the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim for compensation. This two year period begins when the injury itself occurs, not when you decide to consult an attorney. Therefore, it can be essential to act quickly. If you attempt to bring a claim after the two-year time limit, you may not be allowed to pursue compensation. Speak with an injury attorney to find out more about legal time limits in Texas.
Compensation for any claim always depends on the severity of your injuries and the specifics of the accident itself. Therefore, it is difficult to estimate the degree of compensation you may be awarded without speaking to an attorney about your case. A few of the general damages recovered after suffering a TBI are as follows:
- Current and future medical bills
- Other healthcare expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Talk To Zinda Law Group
At Zinda Law Group, our experienced team of personal injury attorneys understands the debilitating setbacks that traumatic brain injuries cause—lost wages, an ever-growing stack of medical bills, as well as emotional pain and suffering. If you believe that your injury transpired as a result of someone else's negligent actions or inaction, then you may be entitled to compensation to recover the costs associated with the injury. Our firm will fight aggressively to ensure a fair recovery.