Catastrophic Personal Injury Traumatic Brain Injuries
More than 1.4 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States every year, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. Of those, 50,000 brain injury victims die and 235,000 are hospitalized.
What Are Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) usually result from violent blows to the head or body. They can also occur when an object penetrates the brain tissue, such as a broken piece of skull or bullet. Milder traumatic brain injuries may affect your brain cells on a temporary basis; however, serious injuries that result in bleeding, bruising, torn tissue, and other physical damage can be permanent. TBIs can even result in long-term paralysis, mental disabilities, or death. In fact, traumatic brain injuries are one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States.
Examples of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Damage to the brain can severely restrict someone’s ability to function depending on the severity of the injury. Some patients even find themselves in a permanent vegetative state. Some symptoms or signs have been known to appear immediately after the traumatic brain injury, while other effects of the injury can appear days or weeks later. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control reports children under the age of four, teenagers from the ages 15 to 19, and seniors are the most susceptible to brain injury.
Traumatic brain injuries may result from a number of unfortunate circumstances that include but are not limited to:
- Vehicle accident
- Workplace accident
- Fall from height
- Birth injury
- Loss of oxygen
What You Need for a TBI Lawsuit
Victims of these types of injuries can file a lawsuit to recover damages for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Rehabilitative care, including physical therapy
- Mental health services, such as counseling
- Long-term care
- In-home care
- Lost earnings and earning capacity
- Punitive damages, should the guilty party be found to have acted in a grossly negligent manner
Houston Brain Injury Lawyers
The Texas statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit for a personal injury claim (including traumatic brain injury) is two years, and varies in other states. This Texas deadline applies brain injury due to negligence in cases such as automobile wrecks, workplace accidents, and others. If you’ve suffered a TBI, you need to work with a lawyer experienced in handling brain injury claims. Contact the personal injury trial lawyers of Craft Law Firm today for more information.