A traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens not only to high-profile athletes and notable celebrities but also to average ordinary people. Every day families across Texas begin a journey they never planned to take. The traumatic effects of a brain injury vary in intensity—from concussion to coma. Even years after the damaging incident, TBI survivors often have lingering effects impacting cognition, behavior, emotions, social interaction, and occupational skills.
Families can expect the lifetime medical costs associated with a traumatic brain injury to potentially reach millions of dollars. When normal day-to-day functions become constant physical challenges because of the carelessness, negligence, or actions of another person, company, or government entity, you and your family may qualify to pursue compensation for your losses.
The Harlingen traumatic brain injury attorneys at Kenny Perez Law have been fighting for residents of the entire Rio Grande Valley area of South Texas for years. We can help you hold the at-fault parties and their insurers liable in traumatic brain injury cases. You can reach us 24/7 to ask any questions you may have about the possibility of filing a personal injury claim. Contact us today.
The Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury in Harlingen Texas
More than 144,000 Texans suffer a traumatic brain injury every year.
A traumatic injury to the brain can hinder bodily functions, impact the way we process information, and alter intelligence, creativity, memory, and emotions. When someone else’s negligence or misconduct dramatically changes your life, a personal injury attorney can help support a claim for financial compensation.
Suffering a traumatic brain injury may increase the risk for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other age-related neurological disorders. A serious head injury can mean invasive and risky surgery, a prolonged coma, and a new reality as victims adjust to the consequences of a TBI. Automobile accidents and unintentional falls cause the lion’s share of traumatic brain injuries; however, an injury can potentially result in brain trauma. The harm caused by another’s negligence injury may warrant legal action and financial compensation. Consider the following types of accidents:
Slip and Fall Accidents
Falls constitute the most common cause of traumatic brain injury. Whether a fall occurs in someone’s home, a grocery store, a parking lot, an outdoor venue, or a restaurant, the physical repercussions can prove significant. If the homeowner, business owner, or proprietor did not take sufficient steps to prevent expected danger to guests or visitors, this constitutes negligence.
Some of the more common causes of a slip and fall accident include:
- Worn or torn carpet
- Broken or unsecured handrails
- Items left in common walkways
- Poor lighting
- Lack of security
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents constitute a common cause of traumatic brain injury. Most types of car accidents, especially a head-on collision, side-impact crash, and rear-end accident will cause a blow or jolt to the head. Texas has no legal mandate for bicyclists to wear helmets. However, motorcycle riders under the age of 21 must wear helmets. Those riders over 21 may opt out of wearing a helmet if they have taken a motorcycle safety course or have sufficient medical insurance with accident coverage. In either type of bike accident, a rider’s head can strike the ground with great force, often resulting in traumatic brain injuries.
Recreational and Sports Activities
Sports-related traumatic brain injuries occur commonly yet often prove difficult to definitively diagnose, The American Academy of Neurological Surgeons (NNAS) reports that sports and recreational activities contribute to over 21 percent of traumatic brain injuries in children and adolescents in the United States.
Some of the most common head injury causing activities include:
Kenny Perez Law has helped many families in Harlingen and the surrounding areas dealing with the consequences of a traumatic brain injury. We understand the physical and financial hardships that a TBI places on an injured individual’s entire family. Our team works tirelessly for each client to build a compelling case for holding responsible parties accountable. We fight for legal justice, so our clients can have access to the resources they need to improve their quality of life. Don’t hesitate to call us at (956) 554-9292 to speak with one of our experienced attorneys.
Complications of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Any time the brain moves inside the skull, injury can result. Following an accident that involves injury to the head, even a seemingly minor injury—like a bump or bruise, you should never ignore:
- Loss of consciousness
- Fluid drainage from the nose or ears
- Slurred speech
- Dilated pupils or vision loss
- Seizure or convulsions
Cognitive and mental changes often seen following a head injury may include:
- Unusual irritability, or aggressive behavior
- Laughing or crying for no apparent reason
- Impulsive behavior
- Balance issues
- Unusual anxiety or depression
Following a brain injury, a survivor may face a lifetime of physical, cognitive, sensory, emotional, and behavioral challenges
In addition to documented medical costs, injured individuals may also qualify to seek financial compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Estimated future loss of income or earning capacity
- The projected cost of future care and treatment
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of companionship
A Harlingen Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Can Help
The statute of limitations in Texas gives accident victims two years to file a personal injury claim for a traumatic brain injury, and significantly less time if the injury resulted due to a government agency’s negligence. The long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury can prove significant. Don’t forfeit your right to recovery by delaying your claim.
You and your family can trust Kenny Perez Law to focus on a comprehensive investigation of your case. We believe negligent parties should face accountability for their actions. Most personal injury claims wind up settling out of court; however, at Kenny Perez Law, we begin every case with the intention of possible litigation. We leave nothing to chance in the investigative process or our negotiation with insurance companies.
We don’t ask clients for any upfront costs until we secure compensation. We understand that you and your family want to focus on your physical and mental recovery. When you contact us, we will listen to your story and help steer you in the right direction. Contact us today at (956) 544-9292.
Kenny Perez Law
513 E Jackson Ave # 304,
Harlingen, TX 78550
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