Houston Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
A traumatic brain injury is a devastating blow in any family. If you or someone you know suffers a serious brain injury, you’re looking at years of expensive medical bills, significant loss of income, and intense physical and emotional pain. These factors can leave Houston families in dire financial straits, leaving them with few options. However, if you or someone you know suffered a major brain injury due to someone else’s actions, you may be entitled to compensation.
The law firm of Gibson Hill Personal Injury is Texas’ leading practice that deals with traumatic brain injury cases. We have years of experience dealing with these cases, and we understand the nuances involved in pursuing a traumatic brain injury claim. Personal injury suits have been our practice’s focus since our founding in 2013. Call us today at (713) 659-4000 to see if you may be entitled to compensation after your traumatic brain injury.
The Value of Having a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer On Your Side
If you or a loved one is dealing with a traumatic brain injury, dealing with a complicated court case is likely the furthest thing from your mind. You’re dealing with doctors, hospitals, caring for yourself or your family member, and the emotional weight that comes from any major injury. You don’t need the hassle of trying to pursue a claim like this yourself.
This is where an attorney with experience handling traumatic brain injuries can be invaluable. You may not have the time or energy to pursue your case, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pursue your legal rights. You may need the resources from a traumatic brain injury claim to cover medical bills and other expenses, and an attorney can get you the damages to which you are entitled. Hiring a lawyer will also help when it comes time to negotiate a settlement or determine damages; they’ll know more about what kinds of compensation you’re entitled to and how much you can win.
Why Choose Gibson Hill?
Personal injury claims, including traumatic brain injury cases, are what we specialize in at Gibson Hill Personal Injury. We’ve helped hundreds of clients pursue their legal rights after an injury, and have the results to back up our work. Co-founders Ty Gibson and Brett Hill have spent nearly a decade pursuing personal injury claims of all sizes, from $1,000 to more than $100 million. We handle every case personally, and we treat you with respect and compassion with aggressively representing you in court. In fact, our strong track record of positive outcomes for our clients led to Gibson being named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 list.
Here’s what some of our clients have to say about our work:
“I don’t really know how attorneys work, very new and inexperienced on how the processes are done. Mr. Hill handled my case from beginning to end without me having to worry or wonder what was going on. He explained in detail anything that was confusing. I understood the process of the lawsuit filed and did not have to deal with anyone else at all. All paperwork was handled extremely quick! I was surprised to find out I got my settlement sooner than estimated and it went directly into my account – no large check to take to the bank – huge plus. I couldn’t think of a better attorney to take care of me in the way he did. Thank you so much!”
“… I could not ask for better lawyer. Caring, explaining every detail of the case, always available and my check in the end over-exceeded my expectations. Also, probably worth mentioning that my case had one more injured person … who went with another lawyer and as far as I know got a much smaller paycheck. I hope my friends would never need that kind of services, but in case they will, I have a really awesome and aggressive lawyer to recommend them.”
Traumatic Brain Injury Cases We Handle
Traumatic brain injuries can result from many different circumstances. Some of the most common types of brain injury cases include:
- Slip-and-fall cases- It’s very easy to hurt your head if you suddenly slip and fall on a slick surface. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that in 2014, there were about 2.9 million TBI-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths nationwide. More than 837,000 of these incidents involved children, and TBI contributed to the deaths of nearly 57,000 people that year. Falls accounted for nearly half of TBI-related emergency room visits. If you or someone you know sustained a brain injury due to a fall, you may have a claim if the property owner acted negligently in some fashion.
- Motor vehicle accidents– Auto accidents are one of the most common ways people sustain traumatic brain injuries. The CDC reports that 18.7 percent of all TBI-related deaths in 2014 were due to motor-vehicle accidents. If you hurt your head in a car crash, you may have a personal injury claim if the other driver was impaired or acted negligently in some manner.
- Falling objects or debris– You can easily sustain a traumatic brain injury if you’re hit in the head by falling debris. This can happen on construction sites, at work, or even just walking around your neighborhood. A property owner or another individual can be held liable if they acted recklessly and their actions let to your injury. This may fall under the doctrine of premises liability, depending on the circumstances of the case.
- Dangerous premises– Similarly, property owners can be held liable for injuries if they haven’t taken proper precautions to ensure the safety of visitors and tenants. Heavy machinery, slipshod working conditions, poor maintenance of stairs and other passageways, and other dangers can all lead to serious brain injuries under the right circumstances.
- Workplace accidents– Employers are required to provide for the safety of their employees while they’re on the job. If thorough measures aren’t taken or the company cuts corners, they can put their workers in serious danger and be held liable for any injuries.
- Construction accidents– There are a number of ways to sustain a brain injury while working in or being around a construction site. A worker may drop something that hits a passer-by on the head, or they may fall and hit their head if the proper safety protocols aren’t enforced. Construction sites also involve the use of heavy industrial equipment, and malfunctioning or poorly maintained machinery can explode or cause an injury in other ways.
There are two broad categories of damages in a traumatic brain injury case: General damages and special damages. General damages are also called non-economic damages, and they refer to things that cannot easily be replaced with money. This includes emotional distress, mental anguish, physical pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and so on. Special damages are losses that are more easily made up for with monetary compensation, which includes lost wages, property damage, a decreased ability to earn a living, medical expenses, and funeral or burial expenses (in the event of a wrongful death).
Proving a traumatic brain injury claim often involves proving the guilty party acted negligently in some way. There are four components to proving a negligence claim related to a traumatic brain injury:
- The defendant must be legally responsible for being reasonably careful toward the plaintiff as it regards their injury.
- The defendant did not act with reasonable care toward the injured person.
- The defendant’s actions, or lack thereof, caused the brain injury.
- The plaintiff’s injuries are measurable under the relevant statutes.
Expert testimony is often required to prove a traumatic brain injury claim. If you choose to hire Gibson Hill Personal Injury for your case, we will fully investigate the circumstances around your injury and determine if someone else is responsible for what happened to you. Should that be the case, we will bring our experts to trial so they can tell your story. From there, we’ll build your negligence case to make sure the guilty party is held to account and you receive the compensation you deserve. Be sure to get in touch with us at the earliest opportunity, as Texas has a two-year statute of limitations on filing personal injury claims, including those related to a traumatic brain injury.
Contact a Houston Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney Now
If you or a loved one have suffered a serious brain injury due to someone else’s negligence or an intentional act, contact Gibson Hill Personal Injury right away. Our experienced Houston injury lawyers will be ready to help you get the maximum compensation possible for your claim. You can learn more by calling us today at (713) 659-4000 for a free consultation.