Brain Injury

Compassionate Texas Brain Injury Attorneys

Advocacy for victims of traumatic brain injuries in Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth

While accidents can and do happen, some are truly life-changing. Serious injuries, like brain injuries, that are a result of the negligence of others, can send you and your loved ones searching for answers. Faced with crippling medical bills, years of rehabilitation, and an uncertain financial future, determining who is responsible for an accident becomes the top priority as you and your family prepare for the road ahead.

The personal injury lawyers at Slack Davis Sanger form a caring and understanding bond with our clients, while working tirelessly toward the best possible outcomes in these emotionally difficult and legally challenging claims. Because traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases are so complex, judges may have different factors to take into account when awarding damages. We work to secure compensation loss of future earnings, lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, rehabilitation, and vocational training.

“Thank you for all of your help with this case. This has been a difficult process and I couldn’t have done it without you.” – Charlotte L., Client

What is a traumatic brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, happens when an outside force causes injury to the brain. These injuries can be open or closed, meaning that the skull does not have to be penetrated to cause a brain injury. A person can suffer a TBI when their brain experiences rapid movement inside the skull, tearing or bruising the delicate vessels and membranes in and around the brain.

A person can experience different types of TBIs, classified into primary and secondary injury. Primary brain injury occurs at the time of the initial trauma or accident – these can include concussions, skull fractures, brain bruises and contusions, and tears in brain tissue.

Secondary brain injuries happen as an indirect result of initial trauma. These types of TBIs tend to evolve as time passes and include injuries from oxygen loss, swelling of the brain, brain abscesses or infections, loss of blood flow, or intracranial pressure.

Any brain injury or concussion has the potential to cause a victim permanent or debilitating injury, which is why TBI is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. The CDC reports about 61,000 TBI-related deaths in 2019, which translates to 166 deaths each day. Nearly half of TBI-related hospitalizations are a result of falls.

What are the most common causes of TBIs?

According to the CDC, the most frequent causes of brain injuries are falls, firearms, motor vehicle crashes, and assaults.

Falls often happen on the job, especially here in Texas with our booming construction and oil industries. Car or truck accidents can also cause brain injuries from the force of a severe collision. Sports injuries, like concussions, are another TBI culprit, especially football, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, and other high-impact sports. Firearms and violence, including “shaken baby syndrome,” can also cause open and closed brain injuries. Explosions and blasts often cause TBI in military personnel or those who work around hazardous gases and liquids, causing penetrating or closed injuries. Patients may also suffer brain injuries from medical malpractice and negligence.

When the brain injury attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger take your case, our first priority is determining exactly what caused your TBI and who (or what) was responsible.

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What are the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury?

Signs and symptoms of TBI can appear immediately after the accident or incident, or may take several days or even weeks. This is why it is crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible after any type of accident or blow to the head. Symptoms of TBI are generally categorized into mild or moderate to severe.

Mild TBI

  • Possible loss of consciousness
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Changes in mood or behaviors
  • Trouble with memory or thinking
Moderate to severe TBI can include the same symptoms, plus:

  • Headache that doesn’t go away
  • Vomiting and/or nausea
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Inability to wake up from sleep
  • Dilated pupil or pupils
  • Slurred speech
  • Increased confusion or agitation
  • Weakness in arms and legs
  • Coma

Medical professionals typically diagnose concussions and brain injuries through neurologic exams and imaging tests, like CT scans or MRIs. Treatments depend on the severity of the injury, and can include medication, physical and occupational therapy, and surgery. TBIs also put patients at risk for permanent disability, chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The legal team at Slack Davis Sanger can help.

Who is liable for my traumatic brain injury?

When you or a loved one suffer a brain injury due to another’s negligence or recklessness, you are likely eligible for compensation for your losses. Our attorneys work to identify the responsible party and build a strong case holding them accountable for their actions. Any person or entity involved in wrongful conduct leading to your injury may be held liable. These parties can include: other drivers, truck drivers and trucking companies, defective product manufacturers, doctors and hospitals, employers or worksite owners, or anyone whose negligent act causes an injury.

We work with a full network of experts to investigate the circumstances around your accident to determine who or what was responsible for your TBI, and then pursue financial compensation on your behalf.

Where can I find resources for brain injury patients in Texas?

Traumatic brain injury can lead to serious and chronic complications, including migraines, seizures, vertigo, and other cognitive impairment. Both TBI survivors and caretakers require a great deal of financial and emotional resources to live with a brain injury. Following are some Texas resources and support organizations courtesy of the Brain Injury Association of America:

You can find other support groups at the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

How can a Texas traumatic brain injury attorney help me?

With a legal nurse consultant on staff here at Slack Davis Sanger, we are uniquely positioned to help with serious injury cases like TBIs. We understand the implications of these types of injuries, how they happen, and how they may affect you for the rest of your life. Our decades of experience and wide network of resources allow us to build a strong and effective case on your behalf, as we work to secure compensation for your losses, including:

Medical bills and expenses, which includes your current and future medical bills related to your brain injury. Depending on your circumstances, these may be extensive, including physical therapy and medications prescribed by your doctor.

Loss of income, including future earnings. This includes compensation for any income you lost while recovering from your accident, as well as the loss of any future earning opportunities caused by your TBI.

Pain and suffering, which compensates you for the physical and emotional pain from your accident and injuries. Our attorneys understand how to calculate these types of damages.

Remember after any type of accident, after seeking medical help, it’s essential to contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your potential case. The statute of limitations in Texas on injury claims is only two years. The brain injury and concussion lawyers at Slack Davis Sanger are ready to help.

Experienced Texas traumatic brain injury attorneys

The TBI attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger advocate for those suffering brain injuries from industrial accidents, car and truck crashes, medical malpractice, and other negligent acts. We work to secure financial compensation for your injuries and losses, fighting for justice each step of the way. To schedule a free consultation at one of our offices in Austin, Dallas, or Fort Worth, please call 800-455-8686 or fill out our contact form.

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