Houston Brain Injury Lawyer
Do you need a good Houston lawyer for a traumatic brain injury caused by a car, 18-wheeler semi truck or motorcycle accident? Voted top 100 Texas trial lawyers Hugh Howerton is a personal injury lawyer who specializes in brain injury accident cases.
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What is A Brain Injury Lawyer
A brain injury lawyer is a special type of lawyer who has experience and training in accident cases involving traumatic brain injury. Their job is to prove that Defendant’s negligence was the proximate cause of the traumatic brain injury. If the TBI was caused by a dangerous product their job is to prove that the product was unreasonably dangerous as manufactured or designed. They are also charged with proving the damages your loved one suffered and will suffer in the future from the injury.
A brain injury lawyer must also prove and document the effects of the TBI on the survivor’s life. These lawyers have a working knowledge of the medical burdens faced by survivors of traumatic brain injury. They work with the client’s neurologist, neuropsychologist, and rehabilitation therapist to document and explain the effects of a traumatic brain injury on their client’s lives. These effects would include medically, vocationally , emotionally and financially.
Types of Brain Injuries
There are varying kinds and some, like a concussion heal fairly quickly. Others may last a lifetime.
This is when something penetrates the skull usually causing bleeding on the brain.
Closed Head Injury
A closed head injury is where the brain is injured but the skull is not penetrated. There are several types of closed head injuries including:
Diffuse Axonal Injury
Can be caused by a strong rotation of the head such as a car accident. The injury happens when the unmoving brain develops tears in brain structure including torn nerve tissue
Anyone who has suffered a blow to the head should be examined by a doctor as soon as possible. Symptoms include confusion, problems thinking, word finding problems. convulsions, weakness or numbness in the extremities, repeated vomiting or slurred speech.
How Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI ) Happen
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the most common causes of brain injury are:
- Fall-related accidents. Falls account for about 40 percent of all TBIs in the United States, including about half of brain injuries among children up to age 14 and about 61 percent among adults 65 years old or older. Falls are the leading cause of TBI-related emergency room visits for every age group.
- Motor vehicle accidents. Motor vehicle accidents cause about 14 percent of brain injuries. Motor vehicle accidents cause the largest percentage of TBI-related fatalities (26 percent).
- Blunt trauma (being hit by an object). About 15 percent of TBIs are caused by being hit by or slammed into something. Some 24 percent of TBIs among children up to age 15 are related to blunt trauma, including concussions suffered on playgrounds or in organized sports.
- Assault. Criminal assaults cause about 10 percent of TBIs. Three quarters of assaults associated with TBI occur in people 15 to 44 years old. In children up to age 4, assaults are the leading cause of brain injury, often caused by a form of child abuse known as “shaken-baby syndrome.”
The Financial Costs
There are so many emotional and physical struggles a person with a severe traumatic brain injury and their family must face. The financial costs cost of brain injuries varies greatly and depends on the specific type of medical care, rehabilitation, and services needed.
- The direct and indirect costs of brain injuries in the U.S. have been estimated to be $48.3 billion annually.
- Lifetime costs for one person surviving a severe TBI can reach $4 million.
- An estimate of medical and non-medical costs for each TBI victim $152,000.
- Acute rehabilitation costs for survivors of a severe TBI have been shown to average about $1,000 a day and the average stay is about 55 days.
- Average costs rise dramatically for those individuals who undergo rehabilitation. 4-year followup, average costs for medical and long-term care services averaged $196,460 for survivors receiving rehabilitation services compared to $17,893 for those receiving no rehabilitation.
New Testing In Detecting Brain Injuries
Magnetoencephalography is a non-invasive imaging technique for investigating brain activity. It measures the magnetic fields produced by the brain’s electrical currents. It allows the measurements of ongoing brain activity by a millisecond-by-millisecond basis, and it shows where the brain activity is produced. Injured brain tissues in mild Traumatic brain injury patients create slow-wave magnetic signals that can be measured by this special imaging tests. It is different from an EEG (electroencephalogram) and a fMRI (functional MRI) in that it gives timing plus spatial information about brain activity. As a result, it can pinpoint the location of malfunctioning neuron in the brain.
DTI (Diffusion Tensor Imaging)
DTI (Diffusion Tensor Imaging) DTI is a more sensitive imaging technique capable of capturing diffuse injuries in Traumatic brain injury patients. It was invented about 20 years ago. Since mild TBI patients may not always have an identifiable mass brain lesion, DTI lets neuroradiologists to look for diffuse injuries that show up in these scans. A conventional MRI can’t detect these injuries. DTI uses MRI technology to analyze the movement of water molecules in the white matter of the brain. Diffuse axonal injury (DAI) refers to impaired function and gradual loss of axons which are extensions of nerve cells that allows communication between and among nerve cells located throughout the brain. Think about as the telephone wires of the brain. If axons are damaged, then the ability of nerve cells to communicate with each other goes down and reduces brain function. This diminishes brain function can show up as many disabilities. DTI measures the movement of molecules along the direction of white-matter fibers versus the directions perpendicular to the fibers. The resulting data allows physicians to look for tissue shearing in white matter fibers, which may indicate TBI.
An Experienced Houston Attorney
“Best Decision I Could Have Made”
Deciding to use Mr. Howerton to help me with my case was the best decision I could have made. After suffering a mild traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident, I found myself spending so much time trying to deal with all of the accident related paperwork, calls, correspondence, etc. that I didn’t have the time, much less the money, to take care of my medical needs. When the deadline for finalizing the claim approached and I was still not better, I contacted Mr. Howerton. He took over for me and had my case settled (at full policy limits) with both parties in just a couple of months.T. Cole
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