Dallas Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys

Not only are brain injuries painful and potentially fatal, but they also carry the risk of disability and serious loss in the quality of life for the victim.

Statistics show that 146,000 Texans suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year (one every four minutes). Roughly half a million Texans are currently living with a disability caused by TBI. It is also the leading cause of death and disability in people under the age of 45. There are many causes for TBI, ranging from motor vehicle accidents to workplace accidents. The brain injury attorneys at Guajardo & Marks have represented many TBI victims and their families to receive compensation for their suffering, which often includes a lifetime of care and medical expenses.

How Traumatic Brain Injuries Happen

The number one cause for TBI is a slip-and-fall accident (40.5%), followed by being struck by/against an object (15.5%) and motor vehicle accidents (14.3%).

  • Slip-and-Fall Accidents – When the condition of property leads to a slip-and-fall accident, the property owner – or, in some cases, the renter – is often held responsible for the injury. Personal injury cases that stem from these types of accidents usually fall under the category of premises liability. From 1997 to 2013, falls accounted for 13 percent of injury deaths in Dallas County.
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents – This includes car accidents, large truck accidents, rollover accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, ejection from vehicles and accidents caused by defective vehicle parts. They are often caused by driver negligence, such as distracted driving, drunk driving, speeding, improper lane shifts and other reckless driving practices. In 2014, there were 27,734 total vehicle crashes in Dallas.
  • Struck By/Against an Object – Sports and recreational activities lead to 21 percent of TBI in children and adolescents in the United States. The top four sports that lead to brain injuries are cycling, baseball/softball, football and basketball. An investigation by NBC 5 found that there were 2,500 concussions in just one school year at Dallas-Ft. Wayne area school districts.
  • Workplace Accidents – Dangerous work conditions can lead to serious injuries. This includes exposure to hazardous materials, slip-and-fall accidents, defective equipment, construction accidents, and accidents from the transportation of goods. Brain injuries are more common in certain industries, such as transportation, fishing, agriculture and logging. However, perhaps the most dangerous industry for TBI’s is construction.
  • Construction Accidents – There’s good reason that construction workers wear hard hats on their job sites. One study found that the construction industry had the highest number of traumatic brain injuries. Scaffolding collapses, falls, ladder accidents, trench collapses and falling objects/equipment can all lead to serious workplace injuries and TBI’s.

So, what happens after someone suffers a major injury to the brain?

Featured Article: Protecting Our Children from Traumatic Brain Injuries

Texas Brain Injury LawyerParents do everything they can to protect their children. They make tough decisions to ensure that their sons and daughters aren’t put in harm’s way. Just ask any parent who is considering whether or not their child should be able to play football.

It is one of any parent’s worst nightmares to picture their child becoming the victim of a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s) are some of the worst injuries that a person can suffer, regardless of their age. However, in children, these injuries can have a profoundly detrimental impact on a brain that is still in the crucial stages of development…. read more

Featured Article: Youth Athletics Brain Injuries Have Surged (It’s Not Just Football)

We like to instill toughness and perseverance in our children. Phrases like these have been echoed in locker rooms and on playing fields throughout the history of organized sports. But over the past few decades, we have gained a deeper understanding of how injuries impact children and the terrible implications they can have later in life.

One of the biggest concerns in youth athletics is the impact an injury can have on the human brain. When it comes to sports-related brain injuries, the adages that are intended to “toughen up” young people could have devastating health consequences. Read more.

Living in the Shadow of TBI

There are numerous short- and long-term consequences that can occur as the result of a TBI. They include impairment of cognitive brain functions like memory, concentration and reasoning. Physical effects include dizziness, headaches, problems with speech or mobility and impairment of sensory perceptions like vision and hearing, Then there are the emotional side effects like aggression, anxiety, depression and personality changes. These effects may not appear until weeks or months after the injury. See Also: Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

One recent study found that out of 3,000 major head trauma cases, 52% of those who survived were moderately to severely disabled after one year following the injury. These changes in personality and emotional state can strain close relationships, leaving the victim isolated and severely depressed, even suicidal. Related: TBIs and Disability

Financial consequences can be equally devastating. Medical bills for TBI can cost a person up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Paying these bills is often difficult due to the loss of income that sometimes accompanies severe brain injuries. Read More: Costs Associated with Brain Injuries

I was involved in a motorcycle accident in Dallas, Texas. I hired Michael Guajardo to represent me and his knowledgeable, helpful staff walked me through the legal jungle of recovering every cent of property and injury funds I was entitled to. Michael Guajardo gets 5 stars in my book, and I would definitely recommend him to anyone with a personal injury claim in Dallas! – TIM POPE, DALLAS, TX

TBI Prevention in Texas

It’s difficult to anticipate events that lead to TBI, but there are a few things that we can do to reduce their occurrence.

  • Always wear safety belts in motor vehicles and make sure your passengers do the same.
  • Put your children in designated safety seats when riding in a car.
  • Wear a helmet when biking or playing sports.
  • Make sure living areas are secure, especially for older adults. This means installing rails where possible and ensuring that flooring is stable and safe.

Picking Up The Pieces After a Brain Injury

Unfortunately, TBI can often occur because of negligence, ranging from driver recklessness to unsafe property conditions. At Guajardo & Marks Law Firm, we believe that responsible parties should be held accountable for their negligence, and that victims should receive compensation for the damages and injuries they have suffered. In addition to initial and ongoing medical care, this can include compensation for loss of income and quality of life.

Dallas Brain Injury Lawsuit Attorneys

Injury Attorney DallasIt might sound unbelievable, but studies have found that the lifetime costs of treating a single patient with a TBI can reach $4 million. Our Dallas personal injury lawyers can help you pursue compensation so that you don’t have to bear these extraordinary burdens yourself.

If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury, contact the Dallas TBI accident attorneys at Guajardo & Marks. Our experienced legal team will fight for the compensation you deserve. The statute of limitations in Texas is two years, though it’s important to take action as soon as possible. Contact Guajardo & Marks today for a free consultation.

Resources For Traumatic Brain Injury Victims in Dallas

Dallas Area Acquired Brain Injury – A support group for Dallas TBI patients.

Texas Institute For Brain Injury and Repair – From the UT Southwestern Medical Center. Provides resources including news, education and training.

The Brain Injury Network of Dallas – A non-profit organization that provides supportive services for adults with acquired brain injuries.

Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation TBI Support Group – This group for survivors of TBI meets once a month.

Center For Brain Health – The University of Texas at Dallas aims to “understand, protect and heal the brain after a TBI.”

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