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Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury can have devastating consequences for the injured victim as well as for his or her family members. Traumatic brain injuries can result in permanent damage including vision problems, balance issues, slurred speech, a reduction in motor skills, and a wide array of cognitive issues.

In some instances, the victim of a traumatic brain injury could have frontal lobe injuries that make it difficult for them to understand the extent of their injuries. Those with traumatic brain injuries are facing a steep uphill battle to regain their lives.  An experienced traumatic brain injury attorney can take some of the burdens from the victim and his or her family members, working hard to secure a fair settlement from the at-fault party.

At Noteboom—The Law Firm, we know that money will not change the accident or the consequences of the accident. Victims of traumatic brain injuries will face years, or perhaps an entire lifetime—receiving medical treatments and rehabilitative therapies for the injury. This level of medical intervention can cost thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Noteboom attorneys will work hard to ensure medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering from the injuries are covered financially. This takes one aspect of the difficulties associated with a traumatic brain injury away from the victim and his or her family. Noteboom—The Law Firm can help you through this trying time, helping you get your life back on track. We handle cases in Hurst, Fort Worth, Dallas, and throughout the state of Texas.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

When a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain, a traumatic brain injury can occur. A TBI usually occurs when the head suddenly and violently comes into contact with an object, or when an object pierces the skull, entering the tissues of the brain. A brain injury can range from mild to moderate, to severe. A mild TBI can cause a loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes—or there may be no loss of consciousness.

A moderate or severe traumatic brain injury will almost certainly cause a loss of consciousness. While little can be done to reverse the initial brain damage caused by a trauma, a person that receives a TBI will be stabilized, with the focus on preventing further damage. This includes ensuring proper oxygen supply to the brain and the rest of the body, controlling blood pressure, and maintaining adequate blood flow.

 Mild vs. Moderate vs. Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

A mild traumatic brain injury could result in a mild concussion or feelings of confusion that last less than half an hour. Initial symptoms of a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury will have longer-lasting loss of consciousness or feelings of confusion lasting longer than 30 minutes. Moderate and severe TBIs are usually the result of an auto accident, a significant fall, a sports injury, or abuse. A TBI can occur even in cases where there is no direct hit to the head; a sudden, violent “snapping” of the head back and forth can cause the brain to collide with the hard skull, disrupting normal brain functions.

A mild traumatic brain injury can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion, or lack of coordination; these symptoms generally recede on their own with time.  A moderate to severe traumatic brain injury can result in a coma, persistent headaches that are severe in nature, ongoing vomiting and nausea, convulsions or seizures, dilation of one or both pupils, clear fluids draining from the ears or nose, weakness or numbness in the fingers and toes, lack of coordination, ongoing confusion or disorientation, mood swings, irritability, depression, difficulty speaking, memory issues, chronic fatigue, insomnia, and other cognitive difficulties.

How Even a “Mild” Traumatic Brain Injury Can Impact Your Life

According to brainline.com, while mild TBI symptoms tend to disappear quickly for most people, about 15 percent of those with a mild TBI will continue to suffer severely debilitating symptoms. A person with mild TBI could be sent home from the hospital with the reassurance they are “fine.” This may or may not be the case. Some victims of a “mild” TBI will have long-term ramifications.

They may notice out of the blue that normal, everyday actions that once came easy to them are now much more difficult. As time goes on, more deficiencies can emerge, and the individual could have to obtain assistance to learn how to compensate for these deficiencies. The individual could find that reading and understanding what was read is much more difficult, that the headaches the doctor thought would go away are increasing, or that persistent vertigo has become a way of life. Any individual diagnosed with a mild TBI needs to seek medical assistance if any symptoms worsen. 

Is a Concussion a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Doctors may refer to a mild concussion as just that or may call it a “mild traumatic brain injury.” The terms are used virtually interchangeably by medical professionals any time an individual experiences a change in normal brain function for no longer than several minutes following a trauma. While concussions are generally not life-threatening, the after-effects can be serious, even severe. Regardless of the level of traumatic brain injury you sustained, the Noteboom attorneys can help you through the aftermath in the best way possible.

How Automobile Accidents Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries

According to the CDC, the majority of traumatic brain injuries are caused by falls, motor vehicle collisions, and assaults. When one automobile is hit by another, particularly at a high rate of speed, those in both vehicles can suffer a traumatic brain injury when their heads strike the steering wheel, the windshield, or another hard surface.

Even in lower-speed auto accidents, the impact can cause the head to snap forward, then backward with enough force to bounce the brain off the skull. This impact can lead to a mild, moderate, or severe TBI. A traumatic brain injury attorney from Noteboom—The Law Firm can help you get the medical treatment you need for your TBI, as well as the money to pay for those treatments and more.

How is a Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnosed Following an Accident?

In February 2018, a blood test to evaluate mild traumatic brain injury in adults was approved by the FDA. Those with mild to moderate head injuries could receive skull and neck x-rays to check for bone fractures or spinal instability. Moderate to severe cases of TBI might receive a CT scan. This technology uses a series of x-rays to create a detailed view of the brain and can uncover evidence of bleeding in the brain, blood clots, bruised brain, and brain tissue swelling. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses powerful radio waves and magnets to create a detailed view of the brain and is generally used after the individual’s condition stabilizes.

How a Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney from Noteboom—The Law Firm Can Help

The traumatic brain injury attorneys at Noteboom represent clients in Hurst, and throughout the state of Texas. Once retained, we immediately contact the negligent party’s insurance carrier so they will deal with us directly. We have extensive experience working with experts and economists that can accurately calculate the cost of future care and the overall economic impact of the injury.

We will remain in regular contact with you throughout the process. Because we are prepared to go to trial in 100 percent of our cases, we are able to settle more than ninety percent of those cases in a way that benefits our clients. Our record of success has given us a notable reputation throughout Texas. Contact Noteboom—The Law Firm today for a free consultation.  

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