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Texas Brain Injury Lawyer

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It's estimated that more than five million people in the United States are currently suffering from disabilities due to brain injury and head trauma including traumatic brain injury (TBI), acquired brain injury, closed head injury, penetrating head injury and anoxic brain injury.

Statistics show that each year, approximately 270,000 people will experience a moderate or severe brain injury, and approximately 70,000 people will die as a result of their brain injury. Of those injured survivors, 80,000 will suffer significant (and often permanent) disabilities.

Over 50% of all traumatic brain injuries are caused by automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents. In addition, slip and fall accidents and on the job accidents account for thousands of brain injuries each year.

The term brain injury applies to open or closed head injuries resulting in impairments in one or more areas, such as cognition, language, memory, attention, reasoning, abstract thinking/judgment, problem-solving, sensory, perceptual and motor abilities, psychosocial behavior, physical functions, information processing, and speech.

 

Types of Brain Injuries Based on Severity

A traumatic brain injury occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. The damage can be confined to one area of the brain or can be widespread. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act provides the following definition: "Traumatic brain injury means an acquired injury to the brain caused by an external physical force, resulting in total or partial functional disability or psychosocial impairment, or both, that adversely affects a child's educational performance." The term does not apply to brain injuries that are congenital or degenerative, or to brain injuries induced by birth trauma.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. Some symptoms are evident immediately, while others do not surface until several days or weeks after the injury.

A person with a mild brain injury may remain conscious, or may experience a loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes. The person may also feel dazed or not like him/herself for several days or weeks after the initial injury. Other symptoms of mild brain injury include headache, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision or tired eyes, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth, fatigue or lethargy, a change in sleep patterns, behavioral or mood changes, as well as trouble with memory, concentration, attention or thinking.

A person with a moderate or severe brain injury may show these same symptoms, but may also have a headache that gets worse or does not go away, repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures, inability to awaken from sleep, dilation of one or both pupils, slurred speech, weakness or numbness in the extremities, loss of coordination, and/or increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation. Small children with moderate to severe brain injury may show some of these signs as well as signs specific to young children, such as persistent crying, inability to be consoled, and/or refusal to nurse or eat. Approximately half of all victims with severe head injuries will require surgery.

 

Glasgow Coma Scale

Medical personnel routinely use the Glasgow Coma Scale as a reference tool for evaluating the severity of a brain injury. Based on motor responsiveness, verbal performance, and eye opening to appropriate stimuli, this test was designed to assess the level of impaired consciousness after a TBI. The victim is assessed a point value out of a total of 15 points, and the higher the number, the higher the chances of recovery.

  • Severe Brain Injury - score of 8 or less
  • Moderate Brain Injury - score of 9 to 12
  • Mild Brain Injury - score of 13 to 15

Surgery (along with post-surgery care) often costs far more than the average family can afford. In many cases, health insurance benefits or disability payments have set limits or offer lump sum payments. It is crucial that you do not agree to any settlement offers from insurance companies until you consult with an attorney.

 

Rasansky Law Firm

The Dallas brain injury attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm are ready to go to work for you. Let us focus on getting you the money your family deserves, while you focus on recovering. To discuss your options (for free) over the phone, call us today at 1-877-659-1620. We'll evaluate the strength of your case and inform you of your legal options. Should you choose to hire us, we will begin working on your case immediately, and for no cost. If we don't win your case, you literally never owe us a dime.

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The Texas personal injury attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm represent clients throughout Texas, including Arlington, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Garland, Houston, Kauffman, Lubbock, San Antonio and Tyler. Our personal injury lawyers handle a various types of personal injury claims, including automobile accidents, medical malpractice, birth injuries, nursing home abuse, product liability, defective products, premises liability, day care abuse, maritime injuries, workplace injuries, overtime pay, social security disability benefits and securities fraud.



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