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Houston Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer

A traumatic brain injury could have lifelong consequences, should you suffer one. These injuries go well beyond head trauma, as they result in significant damage to the brain itself. These injuries can cause debilitating headaches, personality changes, and many other symptoms that might not be immediately symptomatic. In some cases, it could be possible to build a civil lawsuit to recover compensation for these injuries.

Every successful traumatic brain injury lawsuit requires a showing that another person caused the injury through negligence. If you have suffered traumatic brain injuries due to another person’s actions, you might benefit from discussing your options with a skilled injury attorney. A Houston traumatic brain injury lawyer could advise you on your claim and assist you with pursuing the compensation you need to make ends meet. Call today to schedule your free initial consultation.

The Seriousness of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries differ in severity and form. While all of these injuries are serious, some have more devastating consequences than others. The type of traumatic brain injury that is most commonly diagnosed is known as a concussion. Concussions occur when a force impacts the head with enough severity to jolt the brain within the skull.  Loss of consciousness does not have to occur.

The potential consequences of a concussion are serious enough on their own. However, there are other types of traumatic brain injuries, including brain contusions, penetrating injuries, coup-contrecoup injuries, and diffuse axonal injuries. A Houston attorney could assist with a claim following any of these brain injuries.

How Could a Victim Obtain Compensation for a TBI in Houston?

When a person’s negligence results in the traumatic brain injury of another, they could face civil liability for any injuries that occur. This is true both with intentional acts of violence as well as when accidents occur. Compensation for an injury does not enter around whether an injury was intentional. Instead, the important factor is whether the defendant acted reasonably in their efforts to avoid causing an injury.

The duty a person owes to act reasonably depends on the circumstances. For example, motorists must take reasonable steps to drive safely. The duty is not always so clear, as it can vary dramatically for homeowners when a hazard on their property leads to a traumatic brain injury. An experienced Houston attorney could advise a person suffering from a traumatic brain injury of the duty the defendant owed to them as well as if that duty was breached.

To successfully recover compensation, a plaintiff must also tie these injuries to the negligent acts of the defendant. This is because the at-fault party will only face civil liability for injuries caused by their negligence. Pre-existing injuries that are unrelated to the defendant’s negligence are not recoverable.

Finally, a plaintiff must prove that they suffered measurable damages. This is rarely an issue in cases involving traumatic brain injuries. These brain injuries could require extensive medical care, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering. These damages could add up quickly in a traumatic brain injury claim.

Usefulness of DTI in Traumatic Brain Injury Patients

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) are commonly referred to as a concussion. The diagnosis of concussions remains controversial, seeing as how the brain often appears quite normal on conventional computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. Before-Mentioned conventional tools, still, do not adequately depict brain injury, especially in mTBI patients because such conventional tools are not sensitive in detecting diffuse axonal injuries (DAI), also described as traumatic axonal injuries (TAI), which are major brain injuries in mTBI cases. Moreover, 15 to 30 % of those diagnosed with mTBI on the basis of cognitive and clinical symptoms, do not settle following the first three months post-injury. Rather, cognitive and clinical symptoms persist, and in some cases lead to long-term disability (i).

DTI and White Matter

White matter disruption is an important determinant of cognitive impairment after brain injury, but, nevertheless, conventional neuroimaging underestimates its extent. Additionally, the relationship between cognitive impairment after traumatic brain injury and white matter damage is somewhat complex. Conventional CT and standard MRI underestimate the extent of white matter damage after traumatic brain injury (ii). Standard MRI of traumatic brain injury includes the use of gradient-echo imaging that allows the identification of microbleeds.

Fortunately, it has become possible to study white matter damage using diffusion tensor imaging (iii). Diffusion tensor imaging provides a validated and sensitive way of identifying the impact of an axonal injury, as diffuse axonal injury (DAI) is usually recognized in closed head injuries, but a difficult diagnosis for medical personnel to make.

However, DTI data is helpful as it displays the amount of water diffusion in some directions at each point (voxel) in the image. Thus, the DTI metrics can be derived to quantify the degree of white matter disruption, resulting in much easier diagnosis.

Increasing the Effectiveness of DTI in Viewing White Matter

Techniques, such as constrained spherical deconvolution (CSD) have been shown to increase the reliability of fiber tractography. Constrained spherical deconvolution (CSD) is a new technique that, based on high-angular resolution diffusion imaging (HARDI) MR data, estimates the orientation of multiple intravoxel fiber populations within regions of complex white matter architecture, thus overcoming the limitations of the most common diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) technique (v). Because a large proportion of brain white matter consists of voxels that contain more than one large fiber bundle, therefore, higher order diffusion models resolve fiber crossings to improve white matter tractography.

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in an accident, it is important that you contact a TBI lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm. We have over 20 years of experience in representing people in personal injury cases, and we can utilize that experience in navigating your case. We will investigate your accident in an attempt to establish who was at fault, and pursue maximum injury compensation by filing an injury claim on your behalf. With help from a TBI attorney at the Amaro Law Firm, you may be able to fully recover damages such as medical bills, therapy expenses, pain and suffering, and lost income without having to pay anything out of pocket.

Work with a Houston Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

If you or someone you love sustained a traumatic brain injury, it may not be immediately clear if another person could face civil liability. Identifying the cause of a brain injury can be complex, and often requires an evaluation from an experienced attorney.

A Houston traumatic brain injury lawyer could review your situation and advise you on how best to proceed. To learn more, set up your case evaluation today.

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v Jeurissen, B., Leemans, A., Jones, D. K., Tournier, J.-D. and Sijbers, J. (2011), Probabilistic fiber tracking using the residual bootstrap with constrained spherical deconvolution. Hum. Brain Mapp., 32: 461–479. doi: 10.1002/hbm.21032.

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