Traumatic Brain Injury

All of us know how busy our Austin highways can get. More and more people are moving in and as a result, more cars are on the road. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, our Austin brain injury lawyers at Funk & Associates can help you.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injuries occur in many car accidents. It occurs when the brain is injured by trauma or sudden force. A sudden blow can drive the brain to the side of the skull. The force of whiplash can also trigger a brain injury. A brain injury can result in swelling and bruising. In some cases, the impact can cause the blood vessels inside of the brain to tear. This can result in intracranial bleeding. Here at our Austin personal injury law firm, we have noticed that the most traumatic brain injuries result from a person’s head hitting the pillar of the car, headrest, windshield or steering wheel.

If the skull itself is damaged, then the trauma will be considered a penetrating head injury. Closed-head injuries, which occur when the brain is injured by the skull is not damaged, are even more difficult to diagnose. This can occur from whiplash, impact or blow.

Determining If You Have Brain Injury

It is important to study the symptoms that one experiences after the accident in order to accurately diagnose the condition. Anyone who has had whiplash-like injuries or experienced a blow to the head should be seen by a healthcare professional. Some people may only experience slight symptoms. However, the symptoms may worsen if a person does not get treatment. A person may not experience symptoms for hours.

Traumatic brain injuries can cause life-threatening events that often result in irreversible and permanent brain damage. It can lead to impaired communication skills, paralysis, seizures and many other problems. Sometimes, the symptoms are obvious, such as a coma. However, the symptoms may sometimes be more subtle, such as changes in emotional behavior. TBI can have a major impact on a person’s ability to work, quality of life and ability to interact with others. It can also result in a loss of normal skills.

For more information on Traumatic Brain Injuries, you can go the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Website. Here is a link to the CDC‘s TBI section. If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury here in Austin, contact our Austin Brain Injury Lawyer. We’ll be happy to discuss your options with you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury?
Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can vary widely depending on the severity of the injury, but some common ones may include: headaches and/or migraines, loss of memory, vision problems, mood swings, dizziness and/or nausea, and post concussive syndrome. If you have experienced any of these symptoms as a result of a personal injury, you should contact Funk & Associates immediately to discuss your case.

What is a concussion worth in a lawsuit?
There is no set amount that a concussion is worth in a lawsuit. A variety of factors will come into play to determine what your case is worth. For example, does a small child have the concussion, or is it an adult? How did the concussion occur, was it a standard car wreck, a slip and fall, or was it the result of some more egregious behavior, like distracted driving or drunk driving? All of these factors and many many more come into play when evaluating a case and what it could be worth. If you have been injured and suffered a concussion, call Funk & Associates now so we can evaluate your case today.

What are the benefits of filing a lawsuit for my traumatic brain injury?
The benefits of filing a lawsuit in your traumatic brain injury case vary depending on the circumstances. Some benefits of filing a lawsuit vs. settling one, involve the following: preserve the Statute of limitations of the claim, identifying all of the responsible parties, obtain information and or documents through discovery unavailable prior to filing, understanding the policy and limits of the insurance policy, maximizing the recovery, understanding the defendants motivations and egregious behavior, etc. All these should be weighed against the time frame and the expenses to the client in filing a lawsuit. An experienced personal injury lawyer at Funk & Associates can evaluate the risks and benefits of filing a lawsuit if you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, and can advise you the best course of action for your case.

How long do I have to file a traumatic brain injury lawsuit?
Every personal injury case in Texas has a time limit by which you must settle the case or file a lawsuit in order to preserve the claim. This time limit period is called a statute of limitations. If you do not resolve your case through a negotiated settlement or file a lawsuit before the time limit, you will not be able to pursue the claim. In most personal injury cases, the statute of limitations expires two years from the date of the injury. There are exceptions to this rule and you need to contact Funk & Associates to fully understand your rights and Statute of limitations for your specific case.

What should I look for when choosing an attorney to represent me in a traumatic brain injury?
1. Experience – Have they dealt with these kind of cases and do they know the city, its people, and its Courts? 2. Personality – Are you a fit with this lawyer. You want a bulldog who only you can pet! 3. Case load – Does the firm have the time for you; or are they pawning you off on a paralegal? 4. Reputation – How long have they been around; Do they have good reviews? Have you talked with others that have used them? Traumatic brain injuries, or TBI’s, are very unique injuries – and can vary from person to person. The symptoms can be completely different depending on the individual, the area of the brain effected, etc. If you have suffered a TBI, or if you fear you may have and you are just unsure, call the lawyers at Funk & Associates so that they can help you now.

What accidents commonly cause traumatic brain injuries?
There is no specific car wreck or event that causes a traumatic brain injury. However, more often than not, you will suffer a concussion through some sort of whiplash or impact to your head as a result of a personal injury accident. The symptoms can be severe, but may also be very mild and mimic only a slight concussion or headache. It is important to be properly evaluated and to see the correct neurological specialists to accurately diagnose and treat a traumatic brain injury. Only an experience personal injury lawyer can ensure you get the help and the treatment you need.