If you get diagnosed with a brain injury after an accident in Austin, Texas, you may be facing a lifetime of symptoms and long-term effects. Brain injuries change lives and can inflict immense physical, cognitive and emotional harm on a survivor. If someone else’s negligence caused your brain injury, that person or party may be legally responsible. The attorneys at Hill Law Firm can help you bring a claim and seek justice for a catastrophic injury.
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- Our law firm is recognized by our peers in the legal community for our success in the courtroom. We have won awards and – most importantly – helped many clients.
- We understand the laws behind brain injury cases. Our attorneys can navigate even the most complicated claim to pursue justice on your behalf.
- Our Austin brain injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means we don’t charge a fee for our services unless we win the case.
What Is a Brain Injury?
A brain injury is harm or trauma to any part of the brain. A traumatic brain injury is caused by a source of external trauma, such as a violent blow or jolt to the head. An acquired brain injury is caused by internal trauma, such as a loss of oxygen flow to the brain. Both types of injuries can be severe and result in lifelong brain damage. It is often said that there is no such thing as a minor brain injury; even a brain injury that is classified as “mild” can deeply affect a victim and have lasting consequences.
Types of Brain Injuries
The type and location of a brain injury can determine the symptoms that a victim will experience. Damage to the front of the brain vs. the back, for example, can affect a victim differently. Even if two people sustain the same type of injury to the same part of the brain, they may experience different symptoms. Brain injury effects are difficult to predict.
Brain injury types include:
- Closed head injury: the skull has not been breached but the brain still sustained damage, such as from striking the inside of the skull.
- Open head injury: the skull has been penetrated or broken, such as in an incident involving a gunshot wound or stabbing.
- Concussion: a brain injury that is typically temporary, caused by a bump or blow to the head.
- Diffuse axonal injury: the shearing of the brain’s connecting nerve fibers when the brain rotates or shifts inside the skull.
- Coup-contrecoup injury: damage to both sides of the brain directly opposite from each other, at the point of trauma and the opposite side due to the brain rebounding.
Brain injury symptoms can vary significantly from case to case, but often include headache, dizziness, blurred vision, confusion, memory loss, nausea and loss of consciousness. Severe brain injuries can cause seizures, muscle spasms, clear fluid leaking from the ears or nose, coma, and death. If any type of head or brain injury is suspected after an accident, the victim should immediately seek medical care.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The brain is a complex organ that can suffer damage or trauma in a variety of ways. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading causes of nonfatal traumatic brain injuries are falls, being struck by or against an object, and motor vehicle collisions. Falls and suicide are the leading causes of fatal brain injuries. Other common causes of brain injuries include bicycle and pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, contact sports, diving incidents, firearms and acts of violence, exposure to toxic substances, and strangulation or choking.
Do You Have a Claim?
Not every brain injury will give the victim the right to file a personal injury claim in Austin. There must be proof of negligence, or the failure to use ordinary or reasonable care. If someone else’s negligence, recklessness or carelessness caused or significantly contributed to your brain injury, you may have grounds for a claim.
Common examples of brain injury accident claims include:
- Birth injuries
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Construction accident
- Maritime injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Motor vehicle accident
- Premises liability
- Product liability
- Workers’ compensation
- Workplace accident
- Wrongful death
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury under any of these circumstances, you may have grounds to bring a claim against one or more parties. A driver, doctor, property owner, product manufacturer, company, employer, the government or a combination of parties may be liable for the damage caused by negligence. To find out if your case has merit in the Texas civil justice system, schedule a free consultation at Hill Law Firm.
Compensation Available for an Austin Brain Injury
Our attorneys understand the multitude of ways a brain injury can change your life. These cases are often highly emotional for clients. We realize that no amount of money can make up for an injury of this magnitude. However, we also recognize the immense costs of brain injury medical treatment, with ongoing care such as medications, physical therapy and rehabilitation typically necessary. Our goal is to help brain injury survivors plan for their futures with greater peace of mind and financial stability.
You may be eligible for the following types of financial compensation:
- Past and future medical care
- Disability costs and accommodations
- Lost wages and future capacity to earn
- Lost quality or enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional, mental and psychological damage
- Property damage
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Attorney’s fees
- Travel and transportation
- Wrongful death damages (if applicable)
- Punitive damages, in some cases
The potential value of your brain injury case depends on many factors that are unique to you. Injury severity plays a large part in value calculations. More severe injuries, such as permanent brain damage or fatal brain injuries, are typically worth more than minor or mild brain injuries. The impact the injury has on the victim’s life – including personal suffering and career opportunities – will factor into the evaluation. An Austin brain injury attorney at Hill Law Firm can give you an accurate idea of how much your case might be worth.
Contact Hill Law Firm for a Free Brain Injury Case Review
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a brain injury, you can benefit from hiring a compassionate and experienced personal injury lawyer to represent you in Austin. Clients trust Hill Law Firm with their most high-stakes cases. When results matter, we’re the right fit. We have what you need when an unexpected accident changes your life. Contact us today to request a free case consultation with our brain injury attorney.