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Did You Sustain a Concussion in a Houston Car Accident? Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation

Young woman suffering from a TBI

The Stano Law Firm represents accident victims throughout the Houston area who have suffered serious traumatic brain injuries due to the negligence of others. Our Houston traumatic brain injury attorney understands the devastating impact that even a “mild” concussion can have on a person and their family. That is why we offer a justice-driven approach focused on helping victims obtain the compensation they are entitled to under the law for the past, present, and future expenses. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

How Do Traumatic Brain Injuries Happen?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is almost always the result of either a sudden, violent blow to the head or a “jolt” to the body. Such injuries also occur when a foreign object, such as a bullet, passes through the brain. We often see traumatic brain injuries in car accidents due to the sudden force of a driver or passenger hitting their head against the console or windshield of their vehicle. But it may also result from the violent back-and-forth jostling of the body as their vehicle comes to an abrupt stop.

What Are the Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

TBIs are often a trickier type of injury to diagnose in the immediate aftermath of an accident than, say, a broken bone or heavy bleeding. This is because most traumatic brain injuries are contained within a person’s skull. The injury itself produces no immediately visible signs to either the victim or medical personnel. In fact, in many cases a person who sustains a TBI in an accident is able to get up and walk around without any apparent distress.

Unfortunately, initial appearances are often deceiving. It may take a few hours or days–even weeks–for an accident victim to start showing the first signs of TBI. Even then, the victim may initially dismiss it as the result of some other cause or injury. Only when the symptoms become more pronounced and consistent do some victims even take the first steps in seeking medical attention.

So what are the signs of TBI? Each case is different. Not every traumatic brain injury produces the same symptoms. But here are some of the common signs of mild traumatic brain injury (i.e., a concussion):

  • blurred vision
  • changes in taste or smell
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • fatigue
  • feelings of anxiety or depression
  • headaches
  • loss of balance
  • loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes
  • memory and concentration problems
  • mood swings
  • ringing in the ears
  • sensitivity to light or sound
  • sleeping difficulties
  • speech problems (e.g., slurred speech)

If you experience any of these symptoms following an accident, you should seek immediate medical attention. Do not wait for the symptoms to get worse. In many cases, a traumatic brain injury will get progressively worse when left untreated. In moderate-to-severe cases, you can lose consciousness for several hours, suffer regular convulsions or seizures, and experience significant cognitive problems in your daily life.

Holding Negligent Parties Responsible for Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are something we often see in car accidents and other personal injury cases where the negligence of one or more parties caused the victim’s injury. As with any personal injury, Texas law allows the victim to seek financial compensation known as damages. Such awards usually break down as follows:

  • Economic Damages: These are the victim’s financial losses arising from their traumatic brain injury. Such damages must include not only the victim’s medical costs to date but also an estimate of long-term care and rehabilitation expenses. Economic damages also cover the victim’s loss of income–i.e., time missed from work due to their TBI–and diminished future earning capacity if their injuries lead to a significant cognitive decline.
  • Non-Economic Damages: Damages without a fixed price tag are considered “non-economic.” In a TBI case, this generally covers the victim’s pain and suffering, as well as their overall diminished quality of life. For instance, if a TBI victim cannot resume their previous leisure activities or hobbies due to cognitive impairment, that would factor into their non-economic damages.
  • Punitive Damages: In some TBI cases–such as those caused by a drunk driver–the victim can ask for punitive damages, which are often substantial and meant to punish or deter especially egregious conduct on the part of the defendant.

Contact The Stano Law Firm Today

Traumatic brain injuries often lead to far higher settlements and jury verdicts than other types of personal injury claims. It is therefore important to work with a Houston traumatic brain injury lawyer who is knowledgeable and experienced in this area. If you or someone that you love is dealing with the aftermath of a TBI, contact The Stano Law Firm today for a free, no obligation case review. With a law office in Houston, we handle traumatic brain injury cases throughout Southeast Texas.