At Haines Law, P.C., we provide aggressive representation to clients who have been injured by the negligence of others. If you or a loved one have suffered severe head trauma, our Pasadena traumatic brain injury lawyer will help you pursue justice from those responsible. Car accidents, slip and fall incidents, and commercial truck crashes are common causes of traumatic brain injuries. Our catastrophic injury attorneys can gather evidence to support your claim and will fight on your behalf every step of the way.
What is a TBI?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by blunt force trauma to the skull. Bruising, swelling, inflammation, and bleeding in the brain could result. These injuries are very serious and often catastrophic. Mild head injuries, such as concussions, may have short-term effects that can be treated with rest, pain medication, and other in-home remedies. However, more severe traumatic brain injuries could lead to long-term symptoms.
Symptoms of Severe Head Trauma
Short-term symptoms of mild severe head trauma include headaches, dizziness, and blurred vision. Victims of more serious traumatic brain injuries may be unable to maintain gainful employment and could suffer permanent symptoms. Our Pasadena attorneys will fight tirelessly on your behalf as you seek compensation for medical bills, loss of earning potential, disability, and other damages related to a TBI.
Common signs of a traumatic brain injury include:
- Physical symptoms: headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, seizures, nerve damage, stiff muscles, bleeding.
- Cognitive symptoms: memory loss, inability to understand language, confusion, difficulty concentrating, inability to create new memories or recognize common items, slurred speech, and loss of fine motor skills. Cognitive symptoms may be temporary or permanent.
- Mental/emotional symptoms: depression, anxiety, aggression, impulsion, irritability, apathy, loneliness, anger, and moodiness. Medication and psychological therapy could help patients manage these symptoms.
Depending on the circumstance of your case, you may be entitled to a settlement for lost wages, loss of earning potential, past, present, and future expected medical bills, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and other damages. Punitive damages may also be awarded if the defendant acted with egregious behavior or gross negligence. For example, if you were hit by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to punitive damages on top of your initial settlement.
The Basics of TBI Litigation
To hold someone else liable for your TBI, you must prove that they were legally negligent. In most situations, this requires you to show that:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care
- They subsequently violated that duty
- Their breach of care caused an otherwise preventable accident
- The accident caused you to suffer compensable harm
Certain elements of legal negligence can be trickier to demonstrate than others. For example, everyone driving a motor vehicle in Texas owes a duty of reasonable care to everyone else on the road, but you may need a lot of evidence to prove that a breach of that duty proximately caused a crash. Working with a skilled Pasadena attorney is often essential to successfully proving negligence in TBI cases.
What Could Potentially Limit Recovery?
One of the most important reasons to retain legal counsel when filing suit over severe head trauma is the risk of comparative fault. Under Texas law, a civil plaintiff cannot recover any compensation if they are 51% or more to blame for their accident and would have their final damage award reduced proportionately to any lesser percentage of fault.
Additionally, the attorneys at Haines Law, P.C. can help ensure that your case is filed quickly and in compliance with the statute of limitations. With very few exceptions, TBI victims in our area must file suit within two years of when their injury occurs, otherwise their case may be time-barred.
Contact a Pasadena Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
Haines Law, P.C. provides diligent legal services to injured clients. If you or a loved one have suffered a TBI, our Pasadena traumatic brain injury lawyers will help you file a claim to seek justice from negligent parties. We will discuss your options, answer your questions, and represent you tenaciously as you pursue financial relief.