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Trust an experienced brain damage injury lawyer

A blow to the head may lead to brain damage, which can occur after a car accident or a slip and fall accident. Brain damage may not always be apparent. It may require time and careful medical analysis.

If you or a loved one was injured due to someone else's negligence, an experienced San Antonio brain damage injury attorney may be able to offer quality legal assistance. Call 1-800-455-1054 for a free consultation. At The Herrera Law Firm, we're committed to helping victims of brain damage in Texas pursue justice.

How a San Antonio lawyer can help a brain injury victim

In cases involving brain damage, obtaining full and fair compensation may take the skills of an experienced personal injury lawyer who has access to top medical experts. In order to have a successful claim, you will need quality medical diagnosis, treatment and overall care.

The Herrera Law Firm has access to crucial resources, including medical professionals and experts who can determine a victim's long-term needs. A head injury case may require input from neuropsychologists, life care planners, rehabilitation experts and other specialists.

Our clients have relied on our firm to help them get the maximum compensation they need after a brain damage injury has turned their lives upside-down.

Symptoms of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can occur after a fall, a car accident, a motorcycle accident or some other accident involving a sharp blow to the head. A brain injury can be complex. A victim may not even realize immediately that he or she is suffering a brain injury.

It's important to obtain medical treatment after an accident involving a blow to the head. If someone's negligence was to blame for your brain injury, contact a brain injury lawyer in San Antonio who puts people first. The following are some of the signs of brain injuries:

  • Concentration difficulties
  • Forgetfulness and memory problems
  • Difficulty carrying out work responsibilities
  • Personality changes or mood swings

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Traumatic Brain Injuries

Brain injuries are among the most serious types of injuries accident victims sustain in Texas or elsewhere. Sometimes called traumatic brain injuries, or TBI, these types of injuries occur all too frequently in the United States. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that roughly 1.5 million people sustain a TBI each year in the United States; 50,000 people die; 235,000 are hospitalized; and 1.1 million are treated and released from an emergency department.

We retain top brain injury experts

With brain injury cases, expert medical professionals are crucial. Our San Antonio legal team have access to the top experts to help our clients maximize compensation.

A brain injury occurs when a force strikes the head and causes direct physical damage to the brain. For example, head injuries are frequently the result of an auto accident in which the occupant's head strikes an object like a windshield at great force. Brain injury victims may lose their ability to remember, think clearly or control their emotions. The injuries could result in comas or permanent mental and physical impairment.

Types of brain injury accidents

The following is a list of some types of accidents that may result in traumatic brain injury:

  • Auto accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Slip and falls

Brain injuries generally involve open head injuries and closed head injuries. An open head injury typically involves the penetration of the skull. However, it is not necessary for the skull to fracture or break open for the brain to sustain a TBI. Trauma may occur during a closed head injury, which involves the penetration of the skull, but may involve a concussion.

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Coma

A traumatic brain injury can lead to inalterable unconsciousness, or a coma. Without question, a coma can have a serious impact on the life of the victim and the victim's family. The losses can range from skyrocketing medical bills to a significant loss of income.

Unfortunately, insurance companies may try to settle a brain injury case involving a coma quickly without considering the long-term impact. A victim's family may be tempted to accept a quick settlement, but the offer from the insurance company may not come close to matching the losses.

How medical professionals handle a serious brain injury case

Medical professionals typically use the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) on patients who are unconscious due to brain trauma. The GCS evaluates the degree and severity of a patient's coma.

The coma scale measures three aspects of the mental condition of the patient: eye, verbal and motor responses. In each category, the victim's performance is measured on a scale of 1 to 6. The higher the score, the less severe the coma. A score at or above 13 is considered minor, while a score at or below 8 is considered severe.

Accidents such as motorcycle wrecks or even slip and falls can lead to comas. Patients may emerge from a coma after two to four weeks, but some injury victims may slip into a permanent vegetative state, which may require continual, long-term care.

Families of victims may suffer emotionally and financially as their loved ones remain comatose and require extensive therapy.

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