Despite being surrounded by bone, human brains remain subject to injuries in many different ways. Over five million people currently live with the long term effects of traumatic brain injuries in America, suffering a variety of disabilities and requiring assistance in various ways.
Brain injuries can be caused by any event that causes the brain to bump against the inside of the skull (closed head injuries) or which propels an object through the skull and directly into the brain (penetrating injuries). In many cases, the TBI is not the only injury—forces that cause brain injury also tend to cause skull fractures, damage to the cranial nerves, and several other types of injury.
Traumatic brain injuries of any severity will require physical therapy and rehabilitation, and usually requires therapy to address the intellectual, psychological and emotional impact. Expensive assistive devices and home modifications may be required for the victim to function. Whether the victims can afford these desperately needed resources usually depends on whether they have been successful in recovering compensation from the people who caused the injury. Our dedicated Houston brain injury attorneys can get you the compensation you need during this difficult time.
Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can damage the victim’s entire life: physical abilities, intellectual (cognitive) abilities and emotional stability. Even TBI that are classified as mild may cause long term effects and more severe brain injuries obviously cause more severe consequences.
Physical impacts of traumatic brain injuries may include:
- Diminished balance, coordination and strength
- Problems with hearing, vision and speech
- Muscle spasms
- Impaired sensation
The abilities to think and to remember are often impaired after a traumatic brain injuries. Impaired short term memory can be devastating to employment prospects and make it very difficult to function socially. It also puts considerable pressure on the family, the people caring for the victim and the victim’s friends.
Traumatic brain injuries typically also affect the victim’s:
- Speed of thought
- Ability to think in an orderly way
TBI is notorious for altering the basic personality of victims to a degree that they seem like a different person to those who knew them before the accident. Not surprisingly, depression and anxiety are quite common following traumatic brain injuries. Other emotional impacts may include:
- Emotional outbursts
- Loss of confidence
- Lack of concern for others
- Apathy and/or procrastination
- Long Term Outcomes
Making sure that the people who caused the injury compensate the victim for all of the injuries requires that your Houston traumatic brain injury attorney has a handle on the long-term prognosis for the victim. That’s not an easy task, but experience helps a lot. The long term assessment requires thorough analysis of:
- The victim’s abilities before the injury
- All of the physical, mental and emotional injuries (including severity) that the injury caused
- The victim’s ability to “compensate” for each functional deficit
Due to the severity of traumatic brain injuries, victims will need more compensation in order to recover fully. Christopher Johns and Keith Lapeze are dedicated personal injury attorneys who can help.
Legal Help for TBI in Houston, Texas
Life after a traumatic brain injury is hard. Life after a TBI when you have no money and limited earning power is impossible for the victims and everyone who cares about them. Many TBI victims and families don’t fully understand how tense and chaotic their lives will become. And not every “personal injury” law firm is equipped to handle traumatic brain injury cases. Given how crucial compensation is to the ability of TBI victims to resume meaningful lives, there is no substitute for the aid of a Houston personal injury lawyer who knows what traumatic brain injury cases involve, and how to fight through the defenses that the people responsible for the injury are likely to use to avoid paying compensation.
Our legal team at Lapeze & Johns, LLPC, in Houston, Texas, understand that the injuries to speech, memory and similar functions often make it difficult to communicate and comprehend. We do everything we can to make it easier for our TBI clients.
If you or a family member has been the victim of a traumatic brain injury, start the real recovery process and contact us today.