Austin Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer

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Austin Brain Injury Lawyers

Catastrophic Injury Representation When It Counts

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) will change your life when it happens. It is practically impossible for damage to the brain to not cause at least one sort of ramification that is permanent or semi-permanent. When you are seeking compensation for your brain injury, make sure that you work with a legal team that understands the severity of the situation and just how much can go wrong if the case doesn’t end in your favor.

At Chris Morrow Law, PLLC, our team has been working on complex and high-stakes injury claims for years, like those involving brain injury survivors and their families. We know that you are going through a lot right now, but that you could also face years of hardships if the defendant and their insurer get their way. We have the knowledge, experience, and tenacity needed to buckle down, get to work, and push your case toward the best possible outcome.

Violent Accidents Cause TBIs

Most traumatic brain injuries are caused by a violent accident that causes blunt force or penetrating trauma to the victim’s skull. For this reason, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) know that they should be prepared to treat a patient with a serious head injury or brain injury when responding to a report of a devastating motor vehicle accident.

Accidents that can cause a brain injury include the following and more:

  • Car accidentsAmong the most common causes of brain injuries are car accidents. T-bone collisions, rollovers, and head-on collisions are especially more likely to cause a brain injury than the average car accident because the force of impact in these crashes is not mitigated well by the vehicle’s chassis and airbag systems.
  • Truck accidentsThe average commercial truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Most passenger vehicles weigh less than 10% of this amount. In a crash, the smaller car will take the brunt of the impact, which may result in a TBI for those inside the vehicle.
  • Motorcycle accidentsMotorcyclists can use helmets to protect their heads from injury during a wreck. But even the best helmet on the market can only do so much. By some estimates, motorcyclists are 400% more likely to suffer a life-changing injury in a wreck than other motorists, and they may be up to 2900% more likely to suffer a fatal injury.
  • Pedestrian accidentsA collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian is not likely to end well for the pedestrian. They often suffer extreme injuries like traumatic brain injuries, even if the collision happens below highway speeds.

Other Causes of Brain Injuries

Not all brain injuries involve motor vehicle accidents, of course. Many occur in entirely separate circumstances. Yet negligence from a third party can still be found in these other cases. Our Austin TBI lawyers can investigate and work on a wide variety of brain injury case types, including those that don’t involve a traffic collision or wreck.

Three other causes of brain injuries include:

  • Defective productsUnsafe consumer products may cause a head or brain injury, depending on the danger that they put their users in. For example, a poorly manufactured ladder could fold while in use, causing the user to fall on their head.
  • Slip and fall accidentsA slip and fall down a few steps or onto a tile floor might not seem like a big deal, but traumatic brain injuries can be caused by such accidents, especially among the elderly.
  • Work accidentsSome workplaces have more head injury risks than the typical jobsite, like a construction area or a retail store with inventory kept on top of shelves. If a workplace accident results in a head injury, then workers’ compensation should be available.

Lifelong Consequences of TBIs

A traumatic brain injury will rarely cause temporary or mild symptoms. By the nature of the injury, the likelihood of severe and lasting consequences is high. Many people who suffer a brain injury are surprised to find that they reach their maximum medical improvement (MMI) according to their doctor’s notes but still have many symptoms.

Some of the most common permanent or semi-permanent symptoms of a brain injury are:

  • Speech impediments: Mild to moderate traumatic brain injuries – which might sound like a paradox – are often accompanied by some form of speech impediment. It is not unusual for someone with a TBI to have difficulty forming and choosing words. They may also have a new slur to their speech.
  • Memory loss: When a head injury causes unconsciousness, the victim is more likely to experience some type of memory loss or amnesia afterward. The longer the unconsciousness or coma lasts, the higher the risk of memory problems when they eventually recover.
  • Migraines and chronic pain: Physical damage to the brain’s sensitive tissues can result in frequent, intense migraines and chronic pain that may radiate throughout the body.
  • Insomnia: Oftentimes, brain injury survivors report insomnia or other sleep issues. Insomnia in these cases can be caused by chronic pain when trying to sleep, uncontrollable thoughts or unusual thought patterns, or both.
  • Personality disorders: People with traumatic brain injuries will sometimes develop personality disorders as they recover. They might become irritable or have sudden mood swings that they never had before the accident, which can make them seem like “a new person” to their loved ones.
  • Mental health difficulties: The lasting trauma of a brain injury and the awareness of its permanence can cause serious mental health difficulties in some people, such as depression and anxiety.
  • Complete impairment: A severe brain injury can cause permanent and full impairment. The survivor will experience a loss of independence that can be disheartening. In the worst cases, they may depend entirely on others for day-to-day care and activities like bathing and eating.

Expensive Costs Associated with Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury case is likely to accrue steep costs and damages. As the person who suffered a TBI due to someone else’s mistakes, you shouldn’t have to be the one who pays for those costs. Instead, the liable party and their insurance company should be paying for everything you need to live as comfortably as possible with your conditions.

Damages often cited in a traumatic brain injury case include:

  • Lifelong medical care: Emergency medical care for a TBI patient will be extensive and expensive, but it is only the beginning. It is possible that you might need specialized care for years and years, depending on your brain injury. For example, people with severe brain injuries may need years of rehabilitative therapy and speech therapy to return to close to how they were before the accident.
  • Lost income: If your brain injury is preventing you from pursuing the goals you had once set in your career, then the compensation you are paid should reflect it. You can claim income you have already lost by missing work, as well as the income you can no longer earn throughout the rest of your life due to new limitations and disabilities.
  • Lifestyle changes: You might require adjustments to your lifestyle and living space because of your TBI. For example, if you must use a wheelchair now, then your home will need wheelchair ramps and safety bars throughout. The costs associated with changing your life to accommodate your TBI should be covered by the liable party or parties.
  • Non-economic damages: It is important not to overlook non-economic damages, like pain, suffering, and emotional trauma. In a brain injury claim, non-economic damages can reach six or seven figures to accurately reflect the hardship the claimant has endured and will continue to experience in their lifetime.

Bring Your Case to the Team That Wins

It is an understatement to say that there is a lot on the line when you file a TBI case. To make certain you aren’t risking too much on an inexperienced legal representative, come to Chris Morrow Law, PLLC, in Austin and rely on our professionals. Our brain injury attorney in Austin has what it takes to elevate your case!

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