Sadly, head injuries are one of the most common types of catastrophic injuries. Head and brain injuries have serious, lifelong consequences for both victims and their families. In many cases, they can lead to permanent disability and damage. If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, our firm can help. At Howry Breen & Herman, we have been helping clients throughout Austin, Georgetown, and the surrounding areas and Texas, since 1995. We understand the complexities involved in these types of cases and are prepared to aggressively advocate for you. As soon as you or your loved one receives a brain injury diagnosis from a medical professional, it’s important that you contact an experienced brain injury lawyer in Austin who can help you understand your legal rights.
To learn more about brain injury cases and how our firm can help you with your claim, contact us online or by phone at (512) 430-4844 and schedule a free consultation.
Types of Brain Injuries
There are several different types of brain injuries, ranging in severity from mild to moderate to severe. However, just because a brain injury is categorized as “mild” does not mean that it should not be treated seriously. All brain injuries have the potential to have lasting effects on the victim. If you suffered any type of brain injury, it is crucial that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
Several of the most common types of brain injuries include:
- Concussions: Generally considered by some to be relatively mild, concussions occur when there is excessive shaking, sudden movement, or direct impact to the head and they can indicate serious brain injury. Though concussions are not always visibly detectable with imaging tests, they should nevertheless be treated seriously. Multiple concussions are particularly serious. Symptoms of concussion include headaches, memory problems, inability to concentrate, and disorientation.
- Contusions: A brain contusion is essential a bruise that occurs on the brain as a result of broken and/or leaking blood vessels. Brain contusions can occur when there is a direct impact to the head or when the head is moved violently so as to cause the brain to hit the side of the skull. Much like concussions, contusions can range from minor to severe. Symptoms of a brain contusion include loss of consciousness, fatigue, agitation, confusion, or distress.
- Penetrating Injuries: A penetrating brain injury occurs when a foreign object penetrates the skull. When this happens, the foreign object, along with skull fragments and other debris can make contact with the brain, causing extensive damage. Penetrating brain injuries are incredibly serious and require immediate medical attention.
- Anoxic Injuries: When the oxygen supply is cut off from the brain, an individual may experience an anoxic brain injury. Even as little as four minutes without oxygen can cause brain cells to die, resulting in permanent and often irreversible brain damage. Anoxic injuries can occur when a person’s oxygen supply is cut off or when the blood does not carry enough oxygen to the brain. This might occur as a result of drowning, carbon monoxide poisoning, or suffocation.
Traumatic brain injuries require both immediate and ongoing medical treatment. The recovery process is often slow and incredibly costly with medical bills sometimes amounting to millions of dollars. For victims and their families, this alone is incredibly stressful—not to mention the stress of learning to live with a catastrophic injury.
Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment
Fortunately, many traumatic brain injuries are treatable. While some victims may never fully return to their previous normal lives, others may be able to make a partial or full recovery. Even in instances where full recovery is not possible, traumatic brain injury victims are often still able to lead happy lives.
Common treatments for traumatic brain injuries include:
- Emergency treatment to stop or reduce damage
- Medication to address various complications, including seizures
- Surgery to stop bleeding, repair the skull, or remove hematomas
- Cognitive and/or occupational rehabilitation therapy
- Speech and language pathology treatment
Preventing Further Harm After a Brain Injury
You should always see a medical professional as soon as possible after being in an accident that might have caused you to suffer a head or brain injury. Symptoms might begin as mild as a headache but indicate a severe problem like a brain hemorrhage. Only through a comprehensive medical evaluation can you be certain of the extent of your injuries. A same-day diagnosis also allows you to start receiving treatments or aftercare instructions that help prevent further harm from happening.
Seeing a doctor soon after an accident is not just good for your health, though. It is also good for your traumatic brain injury claim. If you have medical records created shortly after your accident, then it is easier for our attorneys to establish when you suffered your injuries and why. Otherwise, the opposition will use the gap between your accident and your first medical treatment as an excuse to say your brain injury likely happened during that unrecorded time.
Get a TBI Attorney’s Help
Living with a traumatic brain injury can make every task each day a painful challenge. Dealing with all the details of a brain injury claim is not something that you should do on your own when you should be resting. Straining yourself with the details and added stress to your life could potentially worsen your injury. Furthermore, a responding insurance company might try to argue that your TBI cannot be “that bad” if you are still capable of working on a claim by yourself.
To give yourself the chance to rest that you deserve and to limit the arguments the defense can use against your claim, you should leave your claim up to Howry, Breen & Herman, LLP. Our Austin brain injury attorneys have a long history of taking complex, high-value cases and bringing them to success for our clients, both in and out of court. It would be our honor to see if we can help you with your TBI case, too.
Reach out to us today at (512) 430-4844 to get started with your complimentary case evaluation.