Can I Sue for a Traumatic Brain Injury in Texas?
When brain injuries In Texas occur as the result of car crashes, on-the-job mishaps, or other type of accidents, those responsible can be held liable for your damages in a personal injury lawsuit.
Brain injuries are among the most common and potentially debilitating type of personal injury. They can dramatically alter your personality, your memory, and your ability to interact with others. As a result, you may be unable to work and may require assistance in performing daily activities, putting stress on your finances and your relationships with others for years into the future. When brain injuries occur as the result of the reckless and negligent actions of others, you may be able to sue those involved for the damages you and your family members suffer.
Hold At-Fault Parties Responsible for Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can occur as the result of any type of bump, blow, or sudden jolt to the head. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they are one of the most common types of personal injury in the U.S. and a leading cause of death and disability, impacting close to three million people each year. TBI often occurs as the result of accidents. Common causes include:
- Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents;
- Motor vehicle collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists;
- Slips, trips, and falls;
- Sports and recreational accidents;
- Job related accidents;
- Mishaps involving dangerous and defective products.
In all of the above situations, injuries often occur as the result of the negligent actions of others involved. When you suffer a brain injury as a result, the parties responsible can be held accountable either through an insurance claim or by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Compensation in Brain Injury Cases
While an insurance settlement may cover some of the immediate costs related to your brain injury, it is unlikely to adequately compensate you for future expenses or for your ongoing pain and suffering. To ensure you get the maximum amount you are entitled to, a personal injury lawsuit is often your best option. Under Section 16.001 of the Texas Code, you have up to two years after your injuries to file a legal claim. Damages you may be able to sue for include:
- Current and future medical expenses, such as for diagnostic testing, treatment, follow up care, medications, and physical therapy;
- Lost wages, along with any future losses in earnings or benefits you would have otherwise received;
- Non-economic damages, which cover the pain, suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment in life you are your loved ones experience as the result of your accident and injuries;
- Punitive damages, in cases where the at fault party’s conduct was particularly willful and reckless.
Austin Personal Injury Lawyer Stephen G. Nagle is Here to Help
Brain injuries can significantly alter your life for years into the future. Before settling your claim for less than what you need or deserve, contact Austin personal injury lawyer Stephen G. Nagle first. He offers trusted guidance and professional legal representation to protect you in these types of situations. Request a consultation today.