We Can Put Our Expertise In Brain and Head Injuries to Work for You
At Crosley Law, we know that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can change your life in countless ways. When someone else’s misconduct or reckless actions caused your brain injury, you deserve answers.
However, TBI cases are scientifically demanding. Even with diagnostic tests like MRIs and CT scans, brain injuries are not easy to diagnose and understand. Without an experienced brain injury lawyer at your side, you may overlook critical medical evidence and facts, which can reduce the value of your injury claim.
Attorney Tom Crosley and the team at Crosley Law are national leaders in TBI litigation. We painstakingly research our clients’ cases and consult with world-class experts. Using these cutting-edge tactics, we’ve built a track record of success, and we frequently educate other lawyers on TBIs and other personal injury issues.
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Our goal is always to ensure our clients’ financial stability. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one because of someone else’s carelessness, especially if a TBI was involved, call Crosley Law for a free consultation at 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000 or fill out the quick free consultation request form on this page.
If we can take on your case, we have a no-fee policy, which means you won’t pay a cent unless we can get you a settlement or win your case in court.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
TBIs occur when an external force, such as an impact from a car wreck, damages your brain’s delicate nerves and tissues. TBI victims do not always suffer a loss of consciousness. Sometimes, the victim will simply feel dazed or woozy at first, but they may develop additional TBI symptoms later on. While some traumatic brain injuries create symptoms right away, others take time to develop.
During a TBI, brain tissues and nerves can suffer microtrauma that is difficult to detect but can cause severe symptoms. Proving the connection between your symptoms and brain trauma can be challenging. MRI and CT scans don’t always show the level of detail necessary to document axonal damage and tiny brain bleeds. This can lead to delays in a TBI diagnosis and denial of insurance claims.
TBI is a broad term that covers a wide variety of injuries, from minor concussions to injuries that can leave a person in a vegetative state. Common types of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Concussions: Sometimes called mild TBIs (mTBI), these common injuries occur when your brain is suddenly jolted or shaken. They can cause headaches, ringing in the ears, confusion, memory loss, and other symptoms. While many people recover after a single concussion, concussions can also lead to conditions like post-concussion syndrome and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
- Contusions: Trauma causes a bruise on your brain. Some contusions are called coup-contrecoup injuries, which means your brain bounces repeatedly off your skull. This bouncing can damage multiple areas. Large, severe contusions may need surgery.
- Diffuse axonal injuries (DAI): The force of the impact tears and stretches your brain’s axons, which are the bundles of nerves that help the brain transmit messages. Severe DAIs can be fatal and can cause permanent brain damage. However, a “mild” DAI can cause profound changes in your ability to think and process feelings. Mild DAIs often go undiagnosed.
- Hematomas and hemorrhage: Blood vessels are torn, causing bleeding in and around your brain. This trauma can cause pressure to build up in your skull, damaging your brain’s nerves and tissues. Sometimes, surgery is needed to remove blood clots and reduce the pressure.
- Penetrating injuries: An object fractures the skull and pierces your brain. These injuries require immediate medical care and can be life-threatening.
- Skull fractures: Trauma can crack your skull, causing pain and an increased risk of infection.
Someone Suffers a TBI in Texas Every 4 Minutes
Traumatic brain injuries are all too common in Texas. According to the Texas Brain Injury Association, about 144,000 people suffer a brain injury every year, which means a TBI occurs every four minutes in our state. Thankfully, many of the injured victims quickly recover and return to their day-to-day lives. However, not everyone is so fortunate: an estimated 381,000 people in Texas live with a brain injury-related disability.
Our country spends an estimated $76.5 billion on medical care for TBIs each year. Someone with a severe TBI, especially someone who is in a vegetative state, can require millions of dollars’ worth of care during their lifetime. When someone else’s recklessness or misconduct causes devastating injuries to you or a loved one, you deserve accountability and compensation.
Do I Have a Traumatic Brain Injury?
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries during a car crash, fall, or another incident, it’s essential to seek immediate medical care, even if you only have “minor” symptoms (like a dull headache). Sometimes, these seemingly mild symptoms are warning signs of a severe, catastrophic injury.
TBI symptoms can include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Cognitive difficulties
- Decreased attention and concentration
- Memory deficits (long and short-term)
- Mood and personality changes
- Dizziness and balance problems
- Ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
- Slurred speech or problems finding the right words
- A metallic or bad taste in your mouth
- Visual disruption (such as blurred or double vision)
- Vomiting and nausea
The most serious brain injuries can even cause paralysis and death. When you seek medical attention, doctors can examine your injuries, provide potentially life-saving treatment, and suggest ways to speed up your recovery.
However, TBI victims and their loved ones often discover that their legal claims aren’t as simple as they hoped. Older MRI and CT machines can’t always identify microtrauma, and many crash victims struggle with misdiagnosed or undiagnosed brain injuries. To fight back, you’ll need a lawyer who understands TBIs and has access to leading-edge technologies, experts, and scientific research.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Texas?
According to the Texas Emergency Medical Services Trauma Registry, our state’s top causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Falls: 11,696 hospitalizations and a 4.75% fatality rate in 2013
- Motor vehicle accidents (including pedestrian and bicycle-car crashes): 7,285 hospitalizations and a 9.1% fatality rate
- Being struck by or striking against an object: 2,748 hospitalizations and a 2.07% fatality rate
Every TBI is different. A violent rear-end collision can cause trauma that is very different from what another victim suffers in a rollover or serious fall.
Older individuals and children are most likely to experienced fall-related TBIs. For people between the ages of 15 and 44, car and truck wrecks are the most common reason for a brain injury. However, our attorneys know that falls impact all ages; one of our clients was only 16 years old when he suffered a catastrophic TBI at a poorly maintained trampoline park.
How Much Is My TBI Case Worth?
TBI claims require careful calculations of the potential damages. We take a comprehensive approach to brain injury claims, and we start by identifying all potential sources of compensation. This process includes investigating and documenting:
- The at-fault party’s insurance policy and personal assets
- Your current medical expenses, including hospital, rehabilitation, and mental health bills
- The cost of medical and assistive devices you need, such as wheelchairs and ramps
- Your need for future medical treatment and long-term care
- Lost income and wages
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injury costs
- Punitive damages
- Funeral and burial expenses
- The liability of the manufacturers and sellers of mechanically defective parts
Even if you have a strong claim, you need to act quickly. In Texas, you only have two years from the date of a TBI to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you miss this deadline, which is sometimes called the statute of limitations, you may lose your right to compensation forever.
It’s nearly impossible for victims to sort out all of the complex issues in a brain injury claim on their own. When you work with Crosley Law, you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery, not the details of your case or dealing with the insurance company. We deliver outstanding service, and we’ll continue to help you even after your case is closed.
Our TBI Attorneys Use Cutting-Edge Tactics and Research to Fight for Our Clients
Because many doctors and hospitals don’t have access to the newest TBI diagnostic tools, it’s important to work with a brain injury lawyer who understands this rapidly developing medical field. At Crosley Law, we work with researchers and doctors who are on the leading edge of neuroscience to help resolve our clients’ personal injury claims.
We rely on the latest technology and research in almost every TBI case. We use our knowledge to explain your injuries, calculate your damages, and build effective trial presentations.
For example, one of our clients was a very young child with a brain injury. Because the child was meeting early milestones, the insurance company was unwilling to offer a reasonable settlement. With the help of a team of experts, Crosley Law proved that the child’s injury would seriously impact brain functions that were still developing, such as executive functioning.
In another case, our client’s initial brain scans performed in the hospital were normal, but our client was still experiencing problems. We began to suspect that he had an undiagnosed TBI. We were able to arrange for him to receive testing at a state-of-the-art facility, and the doctors there detected abnormal brain wave activity associated with a TBI. These test results were instrumental in winning his case.
When you work with the team at Crosley Law, we’ll obtain all the investigative reports and documentation related to your brain injury. We’ll carefully prepare your legal claims using all the resources we have available, including:
- Detailed reviews of relevant medical records and accident reports
- Nationally and regionally recognized experts and physicians
- Crash reconstruction experts
- Crash data from the vehicles involved
- Digital crash simulations
- Multimedia presentations
- Advanced medical imaging
- Cutting-edge recordkeeping databases
- Jury focus groups
These legal and technological assets help us to prove your TBI’s causes and severity, which lets us put a precise dollar figure on every cost and loss that you’ve suffered because of your head trauma.
We also act quickly. We know the insurance adjuster will try to delay your claim as much as possible, hoping you’ll cave and take a lowball settlement. You can’t wait for help and compensation. That’s why our TBI attorneys do everything in their power to push our clients’ cases forward and prepare every case as if it’s going to trial from day one.
Crosley Law: Fighting for Traumatic Brain Injury Victims in San Antonio and Throughout Texas
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At Crosley Law, we understand that winning a brain injury case, especially one where the injury is not outwardly visible, requires commitment, dedication, and hard work. We apply our knowledge of complex medical fields, including neuroradiology, neuropsychology, neurology, and injury rehab, to our clients’ claims. Because of our track record of success handling complex brain injury claims, other lawyers frequently refer brain injury victims to Crosley Law.
If you or a loved one is coping with the effects of a traumatic brain injury, complete our online contact form or call us at 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000. We can help you better understand your injuries and legal rights, and your initial consultation with an attorney is always free.
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Brain injury statistics (2017). Texas Brain Injury Alliance. Retrieved from http://www.texasbia.org/about-brain-injury/brain-injury-statistics/
The Texas Brain Injury Advisory Council 2018 report. (2018, December). Texas Brain Advisory Council. Retrieved from https://hhs.texas.gov/sites/default/files/documents/laws-regulations/reports-presentations/2018/texas-brain-injury-advisory-council-report-dec-2018.pdf
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