Houston Neurological Injury Attorney
Among different kinds of catastrophic injuries, those to the head and neurological functioning of an individual are some of the most debilitating. Much of the damage in injuries such as these is irreversible. It is important to seek not only medical attention but also legal attention. With the help of an attorney at Arnold & Itkin, you stand the best chances of obtaining the compensation you will need to make a full recovery.
Our firm has helped clients get compensation for a wide variety of neurological injuries:
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
TBI range from mild to severe, depending on the force of the impact. While medical attention can alleviate some symptoms of TBI, there is little that can be done to completely reverse the adverse effects of traumatic injury to the brain.
Some head injury victims will have paralysis, which is the loss of muscle function for one or more of a person's muscles. People living with paralysis might suffer from loss of feeling and impacted motor functioning.
Accident victims who suffer from neuropathy may experience loss of movement, loss of sensation, and other functions of the nerve damaged in the incident. The condition known as radiculopathy will result in a compressed spinal nerve.
It is not uncommon for a neurological victim to suffer from memory recall problems. In some cases, memories and the ability to create new memories can be lost altogether.
Cognitive Disorders & Deficits
When an accident leads to a cognitive disorder or deficit, any number of mental functioning capabilities could be adversely affected, including perception, learning, memory, and problem-solving.
Cognitive Disorders & Deficits
Cognition describes the brain's ability to think, process, store information, and solve problems. A cognitive disorder is a condition where cognitive functioning becomes limited for one reason or another. Cognitive disorders originate from interruptions in basic cognitive functions such as memory processing, perception, problem-solving, and language development. They range in character from amnesia, dementia, and delirium to mental retardation, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Certain psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia and delusion disorder are also classified as cognitive mental disorders because they affect memory, attention, and other areas.
Some symptoms that are indicative of a cognitive disorder:
- Memory Loss
- Impaired or Disorganized Speech
- Impaired Motor Skills
- Hallucinations or Delusions
How Cognitive Disorders Affect Daily Life
People with impaired brain function are likely to forget deadlines and assignments, creating a reputation for being undependable. Even when people understand that your condition is not your fault, your cognitive disorder could keep you from consideration for certain opportunities. If you make a living in a high-risk environment, your cognitive impairment may make you a dangerous liability; in the end, you could lose your job or have to take a lower-paying position. This also affects your relationships. Your ability to comprehend and respond to conversations is more difficult—everyone seems to be speaking and drawing conclusions faster than you, eroding confidence. Your ability to form deep connections depends on communication, which is harder for people with cognitive deficits. This creates a significant decrease in your quality of life.
Treatment for Cognition Problems
When an individual is suffering from a cognitive disorder, his or her memory, concentration, and judgment are usually severely impaired. Depending on the underlying cause of the problem (i.e., traumatic injury, depression, conditions present at birth, illness, or other mitigating factors), cognitive disorders can be treated situationally or with medication. Some treatment centers offer cutting-edge therapies to improve cognition, but treatment like this is costly. Depending on the underlying cause of the condition, some patients experience full recoveries, while others will remain permanently impaired. However, adaptive treatments can help patients cope. Cognitive disorders negatively impact the daily lives of those who suffer from the condition and those individuals charged with providing their care. If you or a loved one was born with or developed a cognitive disorder as a result of the negligent behavior of another, you may be entitled to compensation.
Trauma-Induced Memory Loss & Amnesia
Memory loss causes people to be unable to recall past events or display forgetfulness. The forgotten periods may be limited to recent events, events from the past, or a combination of the two. Memory loss can occur suddenly or have a gradual onset; it can be temporary or permanent.
Memory loss can be caused by:
- Brain trauma
- Vitamin B12 deficiency
- Chronic medical or psychological conditions
- Certain medications
- Drug or alcohol abuse
There are several different types of amnesia, explained in more detail below.
- Transient Global Amnesia: The temporary, total loss of short-term memory. The individual never loses consciousness and shows no signs of neurological impairment, but loses the ability to form new and lasting memories. It most resembles a state of agitation and confusion, with a loss of memory accompanying the heightened emotional state. Often, victims have no memory of the event once the amnesia fades. Some researchers believe transient global amnesia is the result of temporary blockage in your brain’s blood vessels.
- Anterograde (or Antegrade) Amnesia: In this type of amnesia, the loss of memory relates only to events that occur after a traumatic event. New information can't be recalled, but memories of events before the trauma remain intact. This is similar to the way drinking causes people to “blackout” their memory of being drunk—except this amnesia results from brain injury, often from damage to the hippocampus. Hippocampus injury frequently occurs due to the lack of oxygen or toxic exposure and is more likely to be permanent.
- Retrograde Amnesia: An inability to remember events occurring before a traumatic experience. The memory of events after the trauma is intact, and new memories can be formed. Usually, the newer the memory, the more likely it is to be affected.
Symptoms of memory loss can include confusion, decreased alertness, getting lost easily, repeating things over and over, beginning a task but forgetting your purpose in the middle, forgetting names and dates and having difficulties with familiar tasks. People may also forget common words or have trouble conversing. If you or a loved one suffered from memory loss, you may be entitled to compensation.
Seeking Compensation for Neurological Injuries
Catastrophic injuries almost always result in great loss, impairment, and lifelong debilitation. The severity of these injuries may entitle you to compensation, as this may be the only way you can keep up with medical bills and expenses. The law firm you choose could make a world of difference in how you are compensated for your injuries. Arnold & Itkin has been successful in winning billions of dollars for our victims of catastrophic injuries. Contact our firm for the relentless legal representation you need to fight for your right to fair compensation.
Contact Arnold & Itkin online or call (888) 493-1629 and a member of our team will provide you with a free and confidential consultation. Get the treatment and care you need to rebuild your life!