Brain Injury Lawyers in San Antonio
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Traumatic brain injuries occur when an external force or sheer acceleration impacts the head and injures the brain in a very serious way. A common cause of traumatic brain injuries are motor vehicle accidents. In many cases, identifying TBI is difficult because the victim may not be aware that anything is wrong for days, weeks, or even months. If this is the case for an extended period of time and medical care is not sought, the risk of death as a result of the injury increases exponentially and it may even occur suddenly.
Brain injuries, often referred to as a silent injury, pose a major threat to victims who have experienced a recent blow or bump to the head. These injuries may be "silent" because symptoms occur internally or the symptoms can be easily attributed to other factors, allowing the true cause to go undiagnosed. Because brain damage isn't always apparent, it is important to seek prompt medical attention when you have been involved in an accident that has lead to a head injury.
Victims suffering from a brain injury can feel overwhelmed by the treatment and recovery process. It is important that victims focus on their healing and not be burdened by the efforts of seeking compensation against the responsible party. Our attorneys at Zinda Law Group have the experience to help you with your claim while you focus on getting better. Allow us to speak with you today about how we may be able to help you seek maximum compensation for your injuries.
Recognizing a Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is sudden damage to the brain caused by a sudden blow or jolt to the head. Brain injuries can cause physical and psychological effects that may arise quickly, or they may lay dormant for days, weeks, or months. Never ignore the signals that something may be off as the damage from a brain injury can spread rapidly. Early detection is the key to quality prevention and treatment.
Common physical symptoms can include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Blurred vision
- Changes in speech patterns
- Pupil dilation
- Loss of coordination
Psychological effects can generally include:
- Memory problems
- Trouble concentrating
- Mood changes
Learn More: What To Do If Dizzy After a Car Accident
Recognizing Brain Injuries in Children
It is also important to take particular care regarding how you recognize brain injuries in children. Brain injuries in children are quite common as children often engage in sports, outdoor activities, and other rough play that make them particularly susceptible to injury. Concussions are amongst the most common type of TBI in children. Children's brains are still developing, and therefore, traumatic brain injuries in children can have serious consequences. When a child suffers a traumatic brain injury they may not communicate their symptoms. Therefore, you will want to keep a close watch on them and make a note of any physical or emotional changes.
You may observe:
- Changes in eating habits
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Irritability or persistent crying
- Mood changes
To learn more about brain injury in children, read this article from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Common Causes of Brain Injuries
A stark blow, jolt, or other impacts to the skull may cause a traumatic brain injury. The cause and to what region of the skull will determine the overall degree of damage. Some types of brain injuries you may be familiar with include concussions, contusions, or penetrating injuries.
Some common causes of brain injuries include:
- Car collisions
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Physical and/or combative violence
- Sports injuries
- Slip and falls
Traumatic brain injury claims come in many shapes and sizes, and treatment will vary. Just like the injury itself, treatment for a traumatic brain injury varies depending on the severity of the injury. Treatment can include anything from simple rest to actual surgery. Usually, a traumatic brain injury is an emergency situation, and thus warrants immediate medical attention. It is important to get to the hospital as soon as possible. The recovery process for a TBI can take a long time and be quite costly. Our brain injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group may be able to help you navigate this process and manage your claim.
Lasting Damages from Brain Injuries
Due to the fact that brain injuries are often quite serious 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
What to Do if You Think You Have a Brain Injury?
After you or a loved one has suffered a TBI the first and most important step is to seek the necessary treatment. However, it is also imperative to start thinking about consulting an experienced attorney who understands how to handle a traumatic brain injury claim.
Here are a few steps to take after suffering a TBI:
Seek Medical Attention
Your well-being is the most important thing. Always seek medical attention in order to evaluate your injuries and to what extent they have affected your body. Not only will this allow you to develop a prompt treatment plan, but seeking medical assistance will create a thorough record of your injuries that will serve as important evidence later on.
Document the Accident
Documenting what happened and preserving evidence are essential for your future attorney to help you with your claim. Insurance companies will try to do everything they can to pay you as little as possible for your injuries. Thus, it is important that you try to document whatever you can. Take pictured of physical injuries and property damage, record how you are feeling on what date, and keep relevant paperwork organized for easy access.
Speak With a TBI Attorney
Call one of our experienced attorneys at Zinda Law Group. Our attorneys are willing to speak with you today for free to discuss your claim and how we may be able to help you pursue the maximum compensation you may be entitled to.
TBI Injury Claims
According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 5.3 million Americans require long-term care due to TBI. Some common effects are memory problems, decreased problem-solving skills, increased emotional response, or difficulty controlling temper. Unfortunately, as a result of these effects, it may be difficult for victims of TBI to maintain employment or personal relationships with loved ones. Furthermore, a TBI poses a greater risk for neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and epilepsy. If you or a loved one has incurred a TBI as a result of negligence on behalf of another party, speaking with an attorney may be the first step toward justice and compensation.
How to File a Claim for a Brain Injury
Having an experienced attorney on your side is crucial to help navigate the complex web of laws surrounding personal injuries and help you seek the maximum compensation you may be entitled to. Here are three easy steps to take in order to file a claim for a brain injury:
1. Hire An Attorney
While although you do not need an attorney to file a claim, it is highly recommended that you have representation. The insurance companies often try to take advantage of vulnerable victims by making offers that are less than adequate. Having an attorney on your side ensures that you have someone to fight for your best interests. Our attorneys at Zinda Law Group may be able to help.
Learn More: Why Hiring a Lawyer Will Help Your Case
2. Investigate Your Claim
One of the key ways an attorney may help you is by assisting you in investigating your claim. An attorney may help you obtain documents, review documents, and sort through the facts of what happened to determine what is relevant. An investigation is particularly relevant in determining the value of your claim. Attorneys have a certain system they use in order to calculate your damages. These are based in part on medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering as the result of your injury.
3. Negotiate With Insurance
Insurance companies love to extend initial low-ball offers to vulnerable victims hoping that you will accept the lowest possible amount of money for your injuries. An experienced attorney who has dealt with brain injury claims may be able to help you determine what your claim may be worth and help you negotiate more adequate offers. In the event that all settlement offers are inadequate, an attorney may help advise you on the process of filing a formal lawsuit and even potentially taking your claim to trial.
Learn More: How to Negotiate With Insurance
Legal Time Limits
When it comes to filing a brain injury claim, it is important to consider the legal deadlines. Each state has what is known as the statute of limitations, which is a time limit that is placed on different types of claims. In Texas, you have two years to file a personal injury claim against a liable party. This two-year period begins on the day that the injury itself occurs, not when you decide to consult an attorney. Therefore, it is very important to act quickly. Failure to file a claim within two years of the date of injury could bar you from seeking any type of compensation for your claim.
At Zinda Law Group PLLC, our San Antonio brain injury attorneys understand the hardships that injuries cause: lost wages, a daunting stack of medical bills, emotional pain and suffering, to name a few. If your injury occurred as a result of someone else’s negligent actions or inaction, then you may be entitled to compensation in order to recover the costs associated with the injury. Our personal injury attorneys will fight aggressively to ensure a fair recovery. Call (800) 863-5312 to schedule a free consultation with an attorney.
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How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?
The no win no fee attorneys at Zinda Law Group work on a contingency fee basis. This means that unless we secure you a settlement for your claim, you do not owe us any money. However, in the event a settlement is reached, you will pay a percentage of that settlement to your attorney. Every claim is different so it is impossible to determine what this settlement and percentage will be.