Understanding the Causes of Brain Damage
While scientists and doctors continue to make incredible progress in medical technology, the fact remains that the brain is a complicated organ that doctors still don’t completely understand. When people suffer brain injuries, the effects can be life-changing and permanent, requiring expensive treatment and care. There are many causes of brain damage, and all brain injuries have the potential to be catastrophic injuries.
At Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner in Houston, Texas, our lawyers help brain-damaged victims and their families file claims to obtain monetary compensation for their losses and suffering. While money may never be able to fully replace what has been lost due to brain damage, securing the compensation you need may help you live a more comfortable and secure life.
For more information on your legal options after suffering a brain injury, contact our firm online or call 713-396-3964 (toll free 800-594-4884) to speak to an experienced Texas brain injury attorney.
What Kind of Brain Injury Occurred?
Brain damage and head trauma can occur in a variety of accidents, including:
- Auto, truck and motorcycle accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Airplane and helicopter crashes
- Shipping channel and maritime accidents
While all brain injuries are serious, there are three levels of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) — mild, moderate and severe. The following table from the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs can help you understand the differences between mild, moderate and severe traumatic brain injuries:
|GCS (Glasgow Coma Scale, which measures level of consciousness)||PTA (Post-Traumatic Amnesia)||LOC (Loss of Consciousness)|
|Mild||13-15||<One day||0-30 minutes|
|Moderate||9-12||>One to <Seven days||>30 minutes to <24 hours|
|Severe||3-8||>Seven days||>24 hours|
It is important to realize that even if you are not diagnosed with the most severe level of brain injury, you may still be able to obtain monetary compensation for your injury. Also, many symptoms of a brain injury will not show up right away. It is very important to seek medical treatment immediately and be on the lookout for potential brain injury symptoms.