A Texan suffers a traumatic brain injury every four minutes. More than 144,000 people in Texas sustain brain injuries each year, and many are permanently disabled. After any serious brain injury accident, you need trusted legal guidance. The personal injury attorneys of Roberts & Roberts assist people in Texas and across the nation in lawsuits involving serious traumatic brain injuries. In more than 35 years of legal advocacy, Roberts & Roberts has established a national reputation for effective representation of clients in significant personal injury matters.
If you have suffered a severe brain injury because of someone else’s carelessness, you need the experienced personal injury lawyers at Roberts & Roberts on your side. Contact us now at 903-597-6000 or fill out our online form. The call costs you nothing … and it could mean everything.
We serve clients in Waco, Beaumont, Longview, Lufkin, Texarkana and Tyler, as well as throughout East Texas and across the state.
The firm has been featured on dozens of television programs, including Fox and Friends, ABC Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC, Fox Business News, CNBC, and NBC’s Dateline. Our Texas brain injury lawyers have also been featured in national magazines, including Time and Newsweek.
About Texas Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuits
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is not a single event. It represents the start of a condition that often lasts a lifetime. Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. The most common causes of traumatic brain injury are falls, car accidents, blows or strikes to the head, and assaults.
About 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 52,000 TBI victims die from their injuries and another 275,000 must be hospitalized. Those who do survive often face long rehabilitation programs and lasting disabilities, including cognitive and motor impairment, behavioral problems and speech loss. In Texas, approximately 440,000 people live with disabilities caused by a traumatic brain injury, according to the Brain Injury Association of Texas. Many brain injury victims cannot return to work or perform at the same level as before the accident.
Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is caused by a jolt or blow to the head or a penetrating head injury that causes a disruption of normal brain function. A traumatic brain injury occurs when tissues, nerves or blood vessels in the brain are strained or torn.
Traumatic brain injuries range in severity from “mild” or “moderate” to “severe.” A mild TBI can result in a brief loss of consciousness (a few seconds or minutes), or a sense of being stunned or dazed. A moderate TBI can result in a longer period of unconsciousness (a few minutes to a few hours), confusion, or decreased mental or physical abilities. A severe TBI can have more serious effects, such as amnesia or a coma.
Some people are not aware that even a little “knock on the head” could actually result in a traumatic brain injury. You do not have to lose consciousness to sustain a TBI. Signs of a TBI might not appear immediately after the accident. You may even appear normal. But brain injuries affect the way we think, act and feel. It’s important to work with a brain injury lawyer skilled at preparing a case and presenting evidence that reveals the extent of your catastrophic injury.
Traumatic Brain Injuries Require Long Recoveries
For many victims of traumatic brain injuries, recovery is a never-ending journey. The brain is the organ that sends out all of the body’s signals for thinking, sensation, language and emotion. When those signals are interrupted due to a traumatic brain injury, any number of complications can arise, some of which are a direct result of the injury and some that arise secondarily. These include:
- Blood clots
- Personality changes
- Behavioral problems
- Cranial nerve injuries
- Brain swelling
- Skull fractures
- Cerebrospinal fluid leaks
- Ventricular enlargement
- Multiple organ failure
- Muscle atrophy
- Speech problems
- Short-term or long-term memory loss
- Cognitive deficits (thinking, reasoning, problem-solving abilities)
- Sensory problems (particularly with vision and hand/eye coordination)
- Chronic pain
- Increased risk for dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease
Traumatic Brain Injuries Are Expensive
Brain injuries can be very costly for victims and their families. The Centers for Disease Control found that direct medical costs of TBI and indirect costs, such as lost productivity, totaled $60 billion in the United States during one year.
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury, you could face expenses that include
- Medical and hospital bills
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Emergency room visits
- Assistive equipment, such as wheelchairs, walkers or other devices
- Private health aides
- Residential facility or nursing home costs
- Lost wages for you and family caregivers, if they quit work to care for you
Most of the attorneys at Roberts & Roberts are board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in personal injury law or civil trial law. That means you will have a legal specialist at your side providing help with your brain injury claim. Find out more about What We Do For You.