A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have life-altering consequences, resulting in long-term or even permanent physical, cognitive, emotional, or behavioral impairments. When your injuries stem from a car accident, 18-wheeler crash, slip-and-fall, or other incident caused by another party's negligence, coping with your new reality can become even more frustrating.
If your or your loved one’s brain injury was caused by someone else, you may have the right to file a civil lawsuit to seek compensation from the responsible party or parties. However, let's be clear: traumatic brain injuries and TBI cases are complicated. Getting the financial recovery and justice you rightfully deserve requires having an experienced personal injury attorney who truly “gets it”: a seasoned legal professional who intimately understands the profound impact brain injuries can have on all aspects of life—and possesses the skill to effectively communicate this to insurance adjusters, judges, and juries. Thankfully, you’ve come to the right place.
Purpose-Driven Practice, Client-Centered Legal Counsel
The Bonneau Firm is a purpose-driven personal injury practice with a strong focus on TBI cases. Founder Hunt Bonneau felt called to serve brain injury victims after recovering from concussions he sustained while playing college football. Now, he helps TBI clients and their families navigate the insurance claims and litigation processes and maximize the value of their claims.
Brain Injury Causes, Types, and Symptoms
Traumatic brain injuries often occur due to a violent blow to the head or body that causes the brain to hit the inside of the skull. These injuries can be penetrating or open, such as from a gunshot wound, or non-penetrating and closed, such as from striking your head in a car accident or fall.
TBIs are also categorized by severity, from mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs) or concussions to moderate or severe TBIs. But let’s be clear: There’s no such thing as a “minor” injury when it comes to brain damage.
Brain injuries can have wide-ranging symptoms, some of which you may not notice until days or weeks after the injury, if at all. TBIs are often initially missed by doctors and patients, while the patient’s friends and family are more likely to have noted concerning changes. Common TBI signs and symptoms include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Dizziness, fainting, or loss of balance
- Speech difficulties
- Blurry vision or dilated pupils
- Sensitivity to light and smell
- Restlessness or agitation
- Behavior or mood changes, such as profound confusion or irritability
- Memory or concentration problems
- Loss of consciousness or coma
What You Have to Prove to Recover Damages in a Texas TBI Case
Obtaining a successful recovery requires proving the following points:
- The defendant owed you, the plaintiff, a duty of care, meaning they were legally obligated to act in a reasonable and responsible manner to prevent harm or injury to others.
- The defendant violated that duty of care, meaning they engaged in negligent or reckless actions (or inaction).
- The defendant’s failure to exercise reasonable care caused or contributed to your injuries.
- You suffered damages as a result.
Texas follows the modified comparative negligence rules for personal injury cases, so while you might still be able to recover damages if your actions contributed to your injuries, you and your attorney must show that you were no more than 50 percent responsible.
What You Might Recover
Living with a TBI can be costly. Depending on the facts and evidence in your case, your recovery could include compensation for:
- All related medical expenses, including the estimated costs of ongoing or future care
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Reasonable and necessary home modifications
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental distress
Get Experienced and Empathetic Representation for Your Texas TBI Case
The Bonneau Firm provides faithful representation, thoroughly investigating the injurious incident, gathering essential evidence, and working with experts to determine your damages and estimated future needs—but it’s our personal experience with TBIs that gives our clients an almost “unfair” advantage. If you or someone you love is grappling with a TBI caused by someone else’s negligence, we can help.
Contact us online or call our Dallas office at 972-325-1100 to request a complimentary initial consultation.