Brain damage whether caused by a traumatic event, lack of oxygen, or drug interactions is one of the worst injuries a person can suffer. Injuries to the brain can cause comas, paralysis, limited capacity, brain swelling, extreme pain, numbness, loss of control of bodily functions, and loss of identity. If you or a loved one have suffered a serious brain injury or brain damage, the most important thing you can do is to find a good medical doctor to assess the injury so you know what you are dealing with and how to best treat the injury. The second step is determine how to pay for the necessary medical treatment.
As an Austin Texas serious brain injury lawyer, Jason Coomer helps families seek compensation for traumatic head injuries and serious brain injuries caused by negligence. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious brain injury and are seeking compensation, use our contact form to contact Austin Texas serious brain injury Lawyer, Jason Coomer, for a free review of your potential claim or send an e-mail to Austin Texas serious brain injury lawyer, Jason Coomer.
Serious Brain Injury Claims and Texas Brain Damage Lawsuits
Serious brain injuries can occur through traumatic impact to the head caused by an automobile accident, serious fall, falling object, construction accident, accidental gun shot, boating accident, or a vicious attack. Severe trauma to the head can cause the brain to move inside the skull and injure the brain. The skull typically protects the brain from injury, but because the inside of the skull is rough a traumatic event that causes the brain to move or to swell inside the skull can cause the brain to press up against the skull and cause serious brain damage.
Types Brain Injuries and Brain Damage
A subarachnoid hemorrhage can be caused by trauma and is often described as the worst headache you can have. A subarachnoid hemorrhage is bleeding between the middle membrane covering of the brain and the brain itself. Specifically it occurs within the cerebrospinal fluid-filled spaces surrounding the brain (also known as the subarachnoid space).
Subdural hematomas are usually the result of a serious head injury. When they occur from head trauma, it is called an "acute" subdural hematoma. Acute subdural hematomas are among the deadliest of all head injuries. The bleeding fills the skull area very rapidly, leaving little room for the brain, and are associated with brain injuries.
Subdural hematomas can occur after a very minor head injury, especially in the elderly. The subdural hematomas go unnoticed for many days or many weeks, and are called "chronic" subdural hematomas. During a subdural hematoma, tiny veins between the surface of the brain and its outer covering (the dura) stretch and tear, allowing blood to collect. In the elderly, the veins are often already stretched because of brain atrophy (shrinkage).
There are several types of brain injuries. Two common types of head injuries are Concussion, the most common type of traumatic brain injury and a Contusion, which is a bruise on the brain. Concussions are fairly common and can occur with any blow to the head, whether or not unconsciousness occurs. If someone has received a blow to the head, they should be watched closely for signs of possible brain damage. Things to watch for include repeated vomiting, unequal pupils, confused mental state or varying levels of consciousness, seizure-like activity, weakness on one side of the body or the inability to wake up (coma). If any of these signs are present, immediately call your health care provider.
More severe brain injuries can result in unconsciousness, vegetative states, limited capacity, or a coma that can last for days, weeks, months, years, or are permanent. More severe brain injuries can result in brain death and death.
A coma is a state in which the person seems to be asleep but cannot be woken up and does not respond to stimuli or offer any reaction. A person can remain in a coma for days, weeks, months, even years, and in some cases never come out of the coma.
A Vegetative state is where the person is unable to react with the environment although he or she can still feel and recognize stimuli. The body of someone in this state will still react to sensations by way of perspiration, heart rate, etc. but the patient my not react outwardly. If this condition lasts for more than one month, it is known as a persistent vegetative state.
A limited capacity state is where a person that has suffered a traumatic brain injury is no longer in a vegetative state or coma. However, as the name suggests, responses from the person does not have the brain or neurological capacity that they had prior to the brain injury. Reasoning, movement, and other basic functions or emotions are no longer available. It can take years of therapy and medical treatment to recover all or part of the person's abilities.
Locked in syndrome is a condition where the person is unable to move any part of their body except for the eyes. The person’s consciousness and emotions remain intact but the person is unable to make any physical movement other than eye movements and blinking. This is a rare neurological condition.
Brain Death Injuries, Brain Death Claims and Brain Death Lawsuits
Brain death occurs when the brain stops functioning altogether.
According to the University of Pennsylvania Center for Brain Injury and Repair:
- A brain injury is suffered by someone in America, usually a young person, every 15 seconds;
- Each year, approximately 100,000 people die from TBI and 500,000 more are permanently disabled;
- 80,000 people experience the onset of long-term disability following a severe brain injury annually; and
- Approximately 5.3 million Americans - more than 2% of the US population - are living with a disability that results from TBI.
Medical Malpractice Severe Brain Injury Claims
Severe brain damage can also be caused by a lack of oxygen getting to the brain, a hemorrhage inside the brain, or damage to the skull. These serious brain injury claims can occur because of medical negligence when careless health care providers do not provide proper monitoring of patients, prescribe incorrect drug combinations, do not recognize fetal distress, or fail to recognize a patient has stopped breathing. Through drug interactions or respiratory failure, lack of oxygen to the brain can cause severe and permanent brain injuries.
Texas Brain Damage Lawsuits and Texas Brain Injury Lawyers
Traumatic brain injury lawyer, Jason Coomer handles a variety of Texas personal injury claims including automobile accident claims (car wrecks, truck collisions, bus collisions, run over bicyclists, and motorcycle accidents); serious falls; falling objects, electrocutions; fires; smoke inhalation; toxic exposure; industrial accidents; misuse of equipment; falling objects; explosions; and shattered glass.
Please feel free to contact The Law Offices of Jason S. Coomer for additional information on serious head trauma claims and brain injury claims. Don't think that if you have suffered a serious head trauma or a person you love has suffered a severe brain injury that a responsible party either big business or insurance company is going to voluntarily tell you about all the insurance coverage they have or pay you money for all the damages you have suffered. In fact many businesses and insurance companies will hire adjusters and defense lawyers to limit any money that they have to pay. The last thing a person wants or needs to be doing after a catastrophic head injury is to battle big insurance and their litigation team to make them take care of the damages that they have caused. It helps having an experienced personal injury lawyer help you calculate damages including past medical bills, future medical expenses, pharmacy bills, therapy bills, lost wages, future lost wages, lost earning capacity, damage to career or business, pain & suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment, disfigurement, and other damages that you have suffered.
Austin Texas Brain Injury Lawyer and Austin Texas Brain Damage Lawyer Jason Coomer commonly works on Texas Brain Injury Claims, Texas Brain Damage Claims, and Texas Traumatic Damage Claims with other Texas Brain Injury Lawyers and Texas Brain Damage Lawyers including Houston head trauma lawyers, Houston Medical Malpractice Lawyers, Houston brain injury lawyers, Houston Brain Damage Lawyers, San Antonio Serious Brain Injury Lawyers, San Antonio Brain Damage Lawyers, San Antonio Traumatic Head Injury Lawyers, Dallas Brain Injury Lawyers, Dallas Brain Damage Lawyers, and other Austin catastrophic injury lawyers to make sure that his clients are provided the best legal teams possible for their Texas Brain Injury Law Suit, Texas Brain Damage Lawsuit, Texas Traumatic Head Injury Lawsuit, or Catastrophic Injury Claim.
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