San Antonio Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are often referred to as silent injuries—yet they should never be confused with minimal injuries. TBIs, instead, can lead to personally devastating and life-altering damages that might not be evident to the outside world. A traumatic brain injury could transform your life in just one moment. It’s the outwardly invisible nature of many of these injuries that can further compound the seriousness of the physical and psychological damages they cause.
Recovering from a significant TBI can be a lifelong battle. Furthermore, the psychological, financial, and physical strain of these injuries and their prolonged recovery processes tend to burden not only the victim but also the victim’s family, loved ones, friends, and caregivers. If you or someone you care about has suffered a TBI that was caused by another’s negligence, seek skilled legal guidance. The personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of George Salinas have the experience, integrity, and knowledge to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
TBI Causes and Effects
TBIs are typically caused by blows to or the whipping back and forth of the head. The Mayo Clinic identifies several accident types that commonly lead to traumatic brain injuries:
- Falls - Falls, such as those sustained in slips and falls, are common. Though some lead to nothing more than embarrassment, others can be extremely dangerous. Falls are the most common cause of TBIs, and this is a particular risk for the very young and the elderly.
- Vehicular accidents - Car, motorcycle, and bike accidents are other common causes of TBIs. These accidents don’t have to be extreme to result in considerable injuries. When vehicles collide—even at slow speeds—the impact causes drivers and passengers alike to smack against each other and their cars’ interiors, which can lead to TBIs.
- Sports - If your children engage in contact or highly physical school sports, they are susceptible to TBI-inducing blows. Recently, high-impact sports like football have garnered plenty of national press for their potential to cause brain injuries such as concussions (milder but not insignificant forms of TBI). Young athletes face significant risks, and action-packed activities offer plenty of opportunities to suffer dangerous blows to the head.
Learn the Signs of TBIs
Traumatic brain injuries are unpredictable, and each injury is unique. Because such injuries can lead to significant damage, including psychological, cognitive, sensory, behavioral, and physical disturbances, it’s important to recognize signs that are frequently associated with TBIs, and seek immediate treatment. Some signs include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- The sudden onset of confusion
- A persistent headache
- Overwhelming fatigue
- The sudden onset of a sleep disturbance
- A sudden lack of coordination
- Sudden mood, affect, or personality changes
- Sudden speech disturbances
- Numbness or weakness
Traumatic brain injuries can vary widely in both severity and scope, which can contribute to their undetectability at the time of injury. In fact, TBIs are so common that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has compiled significant statistics:
- TBIs play a role in about 30 percent of injury-related fatalities in the United States.
- About 1.7 million Americans are afflicted with TBIs each year—about 52,000 die, about 275,000 are hospitalized, and almost 80 percent overall are treated in the emergency room.
- Those who are four years old and younger, between the ages of 15 and 19, and older than 65 are most likely to suffer TBIs.
- Males suffer more TBIs across all ages than females.
- The highest TBI-related rates for emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths are experienced by boys who are four years old and younger.
The brain is the body’s command central, and even minor changes within this delicately calibrated control mechanism can have far-reaching consequences. Even a seemingly minor TBI can lead to highly unpredictable negative effects. A TBI can affect your mental functioning, your senses (including your hearing and your sense of smell), and your language skills—all things that you rely on daily. Some TBIvictims suffer from seizures that can become chronic. Serious physical manifestations, however, are far from the only negative effects of TBIs.
Among the most difficult traumatic brain injury symptoms to cope are ongoing psychological and emotional consequences. Many TBI sufferers find that they have new-found difficulties controlling their emotions, which can be socially isolating and can contribute to significant depression and other mental illnesses. Some sufferers even describe the effects as a loss of sense of self. These psychosocial symptoms can be so traumatic that they also adversely affect those close to the TBI victim.
If you or your loved one has suffered a TBI in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Victims of these accidents often face overwhelming emotional, financial, and physical challenges. Traumatic brain injuries are as unique as the individuals who sustain them, and bringing a successful Texas TBI claim is complicated. Your health and your legal compensation matter too much, however, to leave it to chance and to the insurance companies. Instead, retain experienced legal counsel as soon as possible.
If You’ve Suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, Contact a Skilled San Antonio Personal Injury Attorney Today
Traumatic brain injuries, as the name implies, are traumatic, and they’re not only dangerous but also highly unpredictable. In fact, such injuries frequently lead to ongoing and costly treatment and care. If your TBI was sustained in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you need an experienced San Antonio personal injury lawyer. Because TBIs can go undetected and because their effects aren’t always self-evident, these cases are complicated.
At The Law Offices of George Salinas, we have the experience and dedication to help navigate your claim toward the beneficial resolution to which you’re entitled. We understand how personally and financially devastating these injuries can be, and we’re here to help. Please contact or call us at (210) 225-0909 to schedule an appointment today.
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