Traumatic Brain Injuries
Injuries to the brain are extremely common, despite the fact that it rests inside the bones of the skull. High impact forces are enough to break the skull. Lower impact forces cause the brain to move inside the skull, causing injury when the brain tissue bumps against the hard surface of the bones. As a result, several million people currently living in the United States have experienced severe enough TBI that they suffer from some disability.
Given the brain’s central role in thought, judgment, balance, language, and virtually every other human function, severe TBI victims need extensive help in recovering what functions they can, and dealing with those functions that are permanently impaired. In many cases of severe TBI, the victim also needs psychological counseling. Depending on the functions that are impaired, victims may also need a variety of very expensive “assistive devices” and/or alterations to the home.
In the vast majority of TBI cases, the ability of the victims and their families to pay for all the needed care and rehabilitation depends on their recovery of damages from the person who is legally responsible for causing the injury. With that much riding on the claim for damages, it’s hard to overstate the importance of an experienced attorney who knows Texas personal injury law inside and out, and understands all the future expenses and losses that a TBI victim may encounter.
Extent of the TBI Problem
According to the Texas Brain Injury Alliance, each year in the US:
- More than 50,000 people die from brain injuries
- 300,000 people suffer brain injuries that require hospitalization
- Of these, some 80,000 suffer cognitive or behavioral disabilities that last the rest of their lives
In Texas alone, the Alliance reports that:
- There are 144,000 traumatic brain injuries every year
- Over 380,000 people currently live with a TBI-related disability
- Each year, another 5,000-plus people are added to the ranks of those permanently disabled because of a TBI
Consequences of TBI
It’s impossible to list all the ways that TBI may affect the victim’s abilities and life. Injuries classified as mild often have long lasting emotional and mental consequences, while moderate and severe injuries, which make up as much as 25 percent of all TBIs, invariably leave victims with some long term detrimental effects.
The physical effects vary based on the part of the brain that’s injured, and how severe the injury is. These effects often include:
- Loss of strength, balance and coordination
- Loss of speech, vision and/or hearing
Memory and the ability to think logically, coherently and with reasonable speed are also affected in many TBI cases. Obviously that is a serious obstacle to leaning, employment, social interaction, and most other human activities. It also places tremendous burdens on those who care for the victim.
Many serious TBI victims experience a true personality change; caregivers and family report that the victims are simply not who they were before the accident. Significant changes in mood and emotional control are also fairly common.
Get Legal Help in Texas
Traumatic brain injury cases are complex and there is no way to overstate the importance of the outcome to the victims. There is no substitute for experience with the subtleties involved in identifying the extent of the injury and the resulting damages. It takes experience to anticipate the many ways that the defendants are likely to react to the claim.
Dallas attorney Aaron Herbert has 14 years experience in this field, with 50 trial verdicts to his credit. Many more cases have been successfully settled before the time and expense of a trial. He is a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Specialist, a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
If you need advice on a TBI case in the Dallas-Ft. Worth and surrounding areas, or anywhere in Texas, call the Law Offices of Aaron Herbert today.