Houston Brain Injury Attorney

Morrow & Sheppard LLP is privileged to represent injured persons who suffer serious brain and closed head injuries as the result of another party’s wrongful conduct or negligence. Unfortunately, many kinds of accidents can leave a victim with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Car accidents, sports incidents, and slip and fall accidents are just three of the most common ways people sustain traumatic brain injuries. Many people who suffer TBIs are entitled to bring personal injury or negligence claims and should consider speaking with an experienced Houston brain injury attorney as soon as possible following an accident.

Parts of the Brain and Their Functions

Perhaps the most feared personal injury is a brain injury. That is because your brain is essential to almost every activity. The sophistication of our brains is what makes us human.

The several parts of the brain perform different functions:

  • Cerebrum – higher brain function including thought and action
  • Thalamus – consciousness, sleep, and alertness
  • Hypothalamus – hunger, body temperature, thirst, fatigue, sleep rhythms
  • Tectum – eye movements, visual processing, and auditory processing
  • Tegmentum – voluntary movement
  • Cerebellum – balance, movement, and posture
  • Pons – bladder control, posture, sleep, respiration, swallowing, hearing, taste, dreams, inhalation/exhalation, hearing, equilibrium, eye movement, and facial expressions and sensations
  • Medulla oblongata – breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, vomiting

Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

A traumatic brain injury is severely disabling. It completely changes the lives of not just the person who suffers the injury, but everyone who knows and loves that person.

A TBI occurs when there is sudden brain trauma. A closed head injury is when the trauma does not pierce the skull.

TBI can cause a wide range of symptoms including, but not limited to:

  • agitation
  • behavioral changes
  • blurry vision
  • confusion
  • dizziness and lightheadedness
  • fatigue
  • headaches
  • inability to concentrate
  • inability to sleep
  • inability to think
  • loss of coordination
  • mood swings
  • memory loss
  • slurred speech
  • tinnitus or ringing in the ears
  • vomiting
  • weakness

Diagnosing Traumatic Brain Injury

Treatment for a brain injury depends on its extent and location. Tests performed to provide that diagnosis include:

  • Glasgow Coma Scale – 15-point test that assesses severity of brain injury
  • Computerized Tomography (CT Scans) – x-rays create a brain image
  • Magnetic resonance Imaging (MRI) – radio waves and magnets create a brain image
  • Intracranial Pressure Testing – a probe is inserted into the skull to test pressure

Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment

Treatment for a TBI or other brain injury may include:

  • occupational therapy
  • medicine
  • physical therapy
  • psychology/psychiatric treatment
  • speech therapy
  • surgery – may involve removal of contusions (brain bruises) or hematomas (ruptured blood vessels)

Unfortunately, as seen by our Houston personal injury lawyers, many people who suffer brain injuries have permanent side effects or disabilities. These include temporary or permanent comas, sensory deficits, reduced cognition, inability to communicate, and behavioral issues.

Free Consultation with a Houston Brain Injury Lawyer

If you or someone you know has suffered a blow to the head, or accident in which the head was jarred unexpectedly, you need to call a doctor as soon as possible – particularly if any of the above symptoms are present.

If you believe another person, company, or device may have caused a head injury, you also need to speak to a qualified Houston brain injury attorney as soon as possible. Call our office at (713) 489-1206 or contact us online for a free, confidential consultation.

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