San Antonio Brain Injury Attorneys
The Texas Brain Injury Lawyers at Hill Law Firm have handled a wide variety of cases involving varying degree of brain injuries. Brain injuries are particularly difficult to diagnosis and determine a course of treatment. Accordingly, it is important that victims of brain injuries hire attorneys that understand the intricacies and difficulties associated with brain injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control:
A TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild,” i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to “severe,” i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. The majority of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild TBI.
Brain injuries are very serious injuries that can have long term and life changing consequences.
How is a Brain Injury Considered by a Jury in a Lawsuit?
When a claimant brings a tort lawsuit, they must prove liability and damages. These two elements must be proven by a preponderance of the evidence to a jury. Along with proving liability, a litigant must prove their damages and the jury is responsible for assigning a monetary number to each element of damages. The type of injury or damages will be considered by a jury when they award damages. Considering the levels of brain injuries and long term effects associated therewith, it is sometimes difficult to prove these elements to a jury in a brain injury lawsuit. The Texas Brain Injury Lawyers at Hill Law Firm have handled cases involving brain injuries and understand the difficulties associated with proving damages.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A Traumatic Brain Injury (or “TBI”) occurs when an external force, such as a fall or impact with an object, injures the brain. The CDC gives context to Traumatic Brain Injuries by making the following points:
- Each year many people are killed or permanently disabled by brain injuries;
- Traumatic Brain Injuries contribute to 1/3 of all injury related deaths in the United States;
- Almost 2,000,000 suffer a traumatic brain injury in the US each year;
- It is estimated that almost 80 billion dollars are spent annually treating traumatic brain injuries; and
- Fatal and very serious traumatic brain injuries account for 90% of the medical costs associated with traumatic brain injuries.
How are TBIs Treated?
When someone suffers a traumatic brain injury, it is very important that a person seeks medical care quickly. Bleeding or swelling of the brain as a result of the injury may occur and requires immediate medical attention. In terms of typical treatments for brain injuries, the Mayo Clinic categorizes the typical treatments for brain injuries to medication, surgery, and rehabilitation. The treatments associated with brain injures, however, depend on a case by case analysis by trained professional. Always listen to your doctor to determine the best course of treatment if you have suffered a brain injury.
What are the Levels of Severity for Brain Injuries?
TBIs are categorized into three categories – mild, moderate and severe. The level of severity is determined based on the Glascow Coma Scale (or “GCS”). The scale range is generally from 3-15. A GCS score of 13-15 is considered mild, 9-12 is considered moderate, and 3-8 is considered severe. Not all brain injuries are obvious. Not all brain injuries manifest into similar symptoms. The Texas Brain Injury Lawyers at Hill Law Firm have seen a variety of symptoms associated with brain injuries and understand the complexities associated with proving brain injuries to juries.
Have the Attorneys at Hill Law Firm Represented Brain-injured Clients?
Yes. The San Antonio Brain Injury Lawyers at Hill Law Firm have worked on countless cases involving brain injuries from falls, automobile accidents, impacts, drownings, violent attacks, and medical mistakes. The clients represented by the Hill Law Firm attorneys with these horrible injuries ranged in age from 16 months to 56 years of age. Each one had a unique brain injury that required special attention. Considering traumatic brain Injury symptoms can range from mood changes, slightly lower performance, to full blown loss of ability to walk, talk, or communicate, the Texas Brain Injury Attorneys at Hill Law Firm always try to employ the latest medical technology and testing to prove brain injuries through objective medical data, testing, and imaging.
If you or someone you know know has suffered from a traumatic brain injury and would like a free legal consultation, please contact the Texas Brain Injury Lawyers at Hill Law Firm today.