Brain injuries may not leave scars, but they can fundamentally change who people are, how they experience life, and how they think and communicate. Traumatic brain injuries are some of the most serious injuries personal injury lawyers handle. At the Nielsen Law Firm, we are dedicated to protecting our clients’ rights to fair and full financial compensation after negligent or intentional accidents cause brain injuries. If you have been told you have suffered a brain injury, call Eric Nielsen directly to discuss. The Nielsen Law Firm has had great success assisting victims of Traumatic Brain Injury accidents.
WHAT IS A BRAIN INJURY?
Brain injuries include all acute traumas that affect the head. Whiplash, a blunt force blow, or violently shaking a person’s head can all cause serious brain injuries. Some brain injury (ies) may involve complications such as brain bleeds, bruising, seizures, and comas, but many brain injuries may not present easily recognizable symptoms.
The brain is one of the most complex—if not the most complex—biological structures known to man. It is responsible for the way we think, how we feel emotionally and physically, and how we move. Depending on the area of the brain that suffers trauma, a victim could lose speech interpretation abilities, short term memory formation abilities, or mood regulation abilities. Every traumatic brain injury victim is different, which makes these types of injuries so complex in the legal world.
CAUSES OF BRAIN INJURIES
Some of the most common causes of brain injuries include:
- Open head injuries. Bullet wounds, impalement, and other wounds that penetrate the skull and reach the brain cause open head injuries.
- Closed head injuries. Falling off a ladder, being struck by an object, or hitting another sports player’s helmet with force can cause closed head injuries.
- Losing oxygen for a prolonged period of time can severely affect a victim’s cognitive abilities. It only takes a few minutes of reduced oxygen or no oxygen conditions for the brain to start deteriorating.
- Chemical exposure. Some substances can cause brain injuries if absorbed through the skin or ingested. Exposure to some solvents, lead, medications, and toxic mold can cause brain injuries.
Types of accident or incidents that can cause brain injuries include:
- Car accidents involving open or closed head injuries
- Workplace incidents involving trauma, loss of oxygen, or chemical exposure
- Water-related accidents
- Faulty amusement park rides that cause whiplash
- Contact sports
- Preventable falls at school or in a caretaking environment
RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM BRAIN INJURIES
After a brain injury, your family may need time to adjust to a new reality. Brain injury victims and their families must cope with behavioral, emotional, and physical changes that can completely alter a preexisting quality of life. If you or a loved one experiences a brain injury, consider these local resources as a starting point for rehabilitation, learning about various conditions, and finding support. Here are a couple of the resources available:
- The Texas Brain Injury Alliance. This nonprofit is dedicated to helping survivors and their families adjust to life after a brain injury and raising awareness within the general community.
- TIRR Memorial Hermann Health System. Houston is home to a premier brain injury research and care facilities. The hospital is the home of the Brain Injury Research Center and a comprehensive Brain Injury Rehabilitation
TAKING LEGAL ACTION AFTER A BRAIN INJURY
At the Nielsen Law Firm, we cannot change the outcome of a brain injury—but we can make life a little easier. When you file a claim against the person or company responsible, you have the opportunity to obtain financial compensation to cover the costs associated with rehabilitation, ongoing care, and lost past and future income. Many of our clients also find that taking action brings them a sense of closure and contributes to community awareness for the seriousness of certain accidents.
If you are ready to get started, give our office in Houston, Texas, a call. An initial consultation is always free.