Dallas Brain Injury Lawyer
Attorneys Serving Families in Dallas, Collin &
Brain injuries cover a broad spectrum, from mild traumatic brain injury to severe brain damage resulting in a lasting coma. A proper diagnosis is crucial for both effective treatment and for financial recovery if an injury claim is being brought to an insurance company.
Especially in the case of milder brain injury, neuropsychological testing or other neurological exams may be necessary to identify deficits the injured person is suffering. This is especially important if there have been changes in personality or temperament, such as when an easy-going person becomes combative, impatient, or cannot maintain relationships.
If your loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident, a closed head injury from a serious fall, or brain injury to a child at birth, contact Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP. You can speak to a Dallas brain injury attorney for free, and you pay no attorney's fees unless we recover money on your claim.
Schedule your free case consultation today by calling (214) 301-5007 or contacting us online.
What Is a Brain Injury?
Brain injuries are caused by trauma to the scalp, skull, or brain, the most common of which is known as a concussion. Concussions are particularly ubiquitous in sports. In fact, an estimated 1.6 million to 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur each year, and are often treated as acceptable risks, and rarely treated properly. Individuals who sustain multiple concussions are at risk for long-lasting, cumulative life-changing effects.
Brain injuries can occur from more than just a blow to the head. Sometimes impacts to other parts of the body can cause enough force to shake the brain and, though you might not lose consciousness, it does not mean the injury was minor.
Other common causes of brain injuries include:
- Automobile accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace accidents
- Physical assaults
- The use of defective products
Types of Brain Injuries
Not all brain injuries are alike, though many might share similar symptoms. Here are some of the most common brain injuries you should be aware of:
- Hematoma: Hematoma is the clotting of blood outside the blood vessels. The clotting might cause pressure to build inside of your skull, resulting in a loss of consciousness.
- Hemorrhage: This is a type of uncontrolled bleeding can occur either within the space around your brain or within the brain’s tissue.
- Concussion: A concussion occurs when the brain shakes or bounces against the walls of the skull. This could result in a temporary loss of functions, though repeated concussions eventually lead to permanent damage.
- Edema: Any brain injury can cause edema, which is swelling of the tissues. Since your skull cannot accommodate the swelling of your brain, edema in the brain can cause pressure to build up, and cause your brain to press against your skull.
- Skull Fracture: The skull, unlike other bones in the body, does not have marrow, rendering it more difficult to break. A broken skull cannot absorb the impact of a head injury, which makes it more likely for severe brain damage to occur.
- Diffuse Axonal Injury: This refers to an injury that does not cause bleeding, but damages the cells of the brain.
Symptoms of a Brain Injury
Symptoms of brain injuries do not always surface in the minutes, hours, or even days after an accident.
Minor Brain Injury Symptoms
- Temporary ringing in ears
Severe Brain Injury Symptoms
- Loss of consciousness
- Difficulty with balance and coordination
- Mood changes
- Loss of muscle control
- Persistent or worsening headaches
- Memory loss
Special Care for Individuals with High-Level Needs
A life-care plan is a major component of a serious brain injury case, especially for victims who will require round-the-clock medical care. A life-care plan will identify the medical, therapeutic, and daily living costs the injured person will face over the course of his or her lifetime. It also documents lost income if the injured person cannot return to work or cannot do the job he or she once did because of cognitive problems or short- or long-term memory loss.
In cases of severe brain injury, we provide help and support for families as well as the injured person. Families are the ones shouldering the greatest burden when an injured person cannot care for him or herself, such as when the victim is a young child. We understand the stresses you are facing, and we work hard to handle as many of the details of your personal injury claim as possible.
If you have a case, we are ready to provide the aggressive, effective representation that will help you get justice and compensation. Contact our Dallas personal injury lawyers to schedule a free consultation. We will make sure that you clearly understand your options.
Why You Need a Personal Injury Attorney
While the family may recognize that a significant change has occurred, families often do not have the financial resources to get costly medical evaluations. Subtle changes may not be taken seriously by doctors who don't appreciate how this changed behavior affects family life. It's often the personal injury lawyer who makes sure a proper analysis is done for clients.
The Dallas-Fort Worth area is home to a number of excellent medical facilities for the diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries. As your personal injury attorney, we will ensure you are seen by specialists who can provide an accurate diagnosis. These diagnoses will not only help with your medical recovery, but it may help you make a strong case for a financial recovery as well.
Call Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP at (214) 301-5007 or schedule your free consultation online.