McAllen Brain Injury Lawyers

Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys in McAllen, TX

Few injuries have the potential to upend the lives of McAllen-area residents, workers, and visitors quite so much as a brain injury. The cognitive, physical, and emotional impairments that often accompany a brain injury can get in the way of every aspect of a victim’s day-to-day existence. A brain injury can keep folks from holding down work at the Convention Center or the FTZ, from completing courses at South Texas College, and from making the most of their childhoods or retirements.

Brain injuries can happen in all kinds of ways, but the vast majority of them involve a poor decision or dangerous action on the part of someone other than the brain injury victim. Under Texas law, those victims have the right to hold the responsible individual, company, or government agency financially accountable.

Doctor and attorney Louis Patino of the Patino Law Firm represents McAllen brain injury victims in seeking compensation from the parties who caused them harm. Contact our McAllen personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation to learn about your rights after a brain injury turns your life upside down.

About the Patino Law Firm

It’s not every day that you meet a lawyer who also happens to be a doctor and an Army veteran, but our clients have that rare opportunity when they contact the Patino Law Firm for legal help.

Before earning his law degree and founding his firm, Dr. Louis Patino served as a combat medic with the 10th Mountain Division and obtained advanced degrees in chiropractic medicine and anatomy. Today, he puts that medical background to work in serving the legal needs of his injured clients.

As a veteran who served as a Combat Medic, Dr. Patino has a deep and personal familiarity with the impact brain injuries can have on the lives of victims and their families. He brings a wealth of knowledge and first-hand experience in representing victims of brain injuries, always focused on serving their current and long-term needs and interests.

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Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries in McAllen

A brain injury is just what it sounds like, an injury (or “insult”) to brain tissue that can disrupt or alter brain function. Medical professionals group brain injuries into two broad categories related to how the injuries happen: traumatic and non-traumatic.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

The defining characteristic of a traumatic brain injury is that it results from an external force that causes the victim to sustain a blow, jolt, or penetrating injury to the head.

So, what are common TBI causing accidents?

Except for gunshot and shrapnel wounds that damage brain tissue directly, most traumatic brain injuries result from damage to brain tissue caused by the movement or deformation of the brain inside the skull. The force of an impact or other blow causes the brain to twist, move back and forth, or change shape inside the skull, which in turn causes tearing, bruising, and bleeding. Traumatic brain injuries frequently involve a primary injury caused by the initial bump, blow or jolt, and a secondary injury caused by bleeding or swelling that increases pressure within the skull.

Non-Traumatic Brain Injuries

The brain can also suffer injuries from events that do not involve an external force, but instead inflict damage to brain tissue through swelling, bleeding, infection, or lack of oxygen or blood flow.

What are some common causes of non-traumatic brain injury?

  • Strokes;
  • Cardiac arrest;
  • Drowning;
  • Infectious disease;
  • Ingestion of toxic substances (such as lead);
  • Inhalation of toxic fumes;
  • Deprivation of oxygen to a fetus during birth; and
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning.

No matter which form of brain injury a person in McAllen suffers, Dr. Patino has years of accumulated knowledge and experience to draw on to help his clients secure the compensation they need to help them heal from and adapt to their injuries.

What Are The Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries alike can cause significant disruption in the lives of victims and their families. Many brain injuries make it impossible to work or attend school, and inflict huge, unexpected costs on the victim and their family. Below we summarize some ways a brain injury can take a toll.

Cognitive Impairment

A brain injury to a victim in McAllen can have a severe effect on the victim’s ability to think and reason. Cognitive impairments and struggles that can accompany any form of brain injury include loss of memory, difficulty with logical reasoning, loss of the ability to read or understand language, frequent inattention, and an inability to recognize people or places.

Motor Impairment

A brain injury can disrupt a victim’s ability to engage in both gross and fine motor functions. It can cause weakness, paralysis, loss of balance and dizziness, a lack of coordination and muscle memory, loss of fine motor skills like writing or holding a dining utensil, and a lack of spatial sense or depth perception. A brain injury in McAllen may also leave a victim struggling with spasms and seizures.

Emotional/Social Impairment

Victims of brain injury in McAllen may also face large emotional challenges. Brain damage from a traumatic or non-traumatic brain injury can cause marked personality changes, an inability to control anger or other emotions, the onset of depression, anxiety, or paranoia, and a reduction in a victim’s ability to understand emotions in others or to read non-verbal cues. Sometimes, these impairments leave victims feeling like they have become a different person, which can often compound the emotional toll on them and their loved ones.

There Is Nothing “Mild” About a McAllen Traumatic Injury When it Comes to Impact on Your Life

Doctors typically rank brain injuries in their patients by degrees of severity: severe, moderate, and mild. These rankings serve to help doctors determine a course of treatment for a brain injury soon after it happens. Doctors base the rankings on a patient’s symptoms immediately after suffering the injury, and on what diagnostic images of the patient’s brain reveal.

A “mild” brain injury—also called a concussion when it results from external trauma—is the least severe of the three rankings. However, patients and their loved ones should not make the mistake of thinking that means their injury will have little or no impact on their lives. Even a “mild” brain injury can take a profound toll on a victim’s health, livelihood, and wellbeing by causing cognitive struggles, fatigue, depression, sleep disruption, and a host of other problems.

At Patino Law Firm, Dr. Patino knows that every client’s brain injury is a serious condition that has the potential to take a heavy toll. He fights to make sure victims of brain injuries in McAllen—no matter what level of severity a doctor assigns to them—receive the justice and compensation they deserve.

Seeking Compensation for a McAllen Traumatic Brain Injury

The common effects of a brain injury listed above, though numerous, cannot fully capture the significant physical, emotional, and financial toll a brain injury can take on a victim in McAllen. Living with a brain injury is agonizing, unpredictable, and frustrating. Symptoms of the injury can come and go, or may change over time. Recovering from a brain injury often feels like taking two steps forward and one step back, over and over. Holding down a job, going to school, or simply enjoying life may become difficult, if not impossible.

Under Texas law, victims of brain injuries in McAllen may have the right to take legal action, seeking compensation from anyone whose careless, reckless, or intentional actions caused them harm. At the Patino Law Firm, we start each case by focusing on who owes damages to our client and the types of damages our client should recover.

Who Is Can Be Held Accountable For A TBI?

As discussed above, brain injuries can occur in McAllen in a wide variety of scenarios. However, most of the incidents and accidents that inflict a brain injury have a common theme: they result from the poor decisions or dangerous actions of someone other than the brain injury victim.

All Texans have a basic civic duty not to act in ways that put others at an unreasonable risk of harm. Anyone—an individual, a company, an organization, and even a government entity—who breaches that duty, faces legal liability for damages to anyone harmed by their actions.

For example:

  • Doctors and medical professionals may be legally liable for brain injuries to patients resulting from instances of medical malpractice, such as when a doctor prescribes or administers the wrong medication or fails to diagnose a condition that leads to a stroke.
  • Motorists can be subject to legal liability for causing an auto accident that results in a brain injury to a driver or passenger in another vehicle.
  • Residential property owners can owe damages to young people who suffer brain injuries in accidents in unlocked, unmonitored backyard swimming pools.
  • Commercial property owners may face legal liability if a customer slips, falls, and suffers a brain injury because of an unsafe condition on the owner’s premises.
  • Criminals, in addition to facing prosecution, can also owe compensation to their victims, such as when an assault inflicts a brain injury.

These are just a few examples of who may be legally liable to a brain injury victim in McAllen. Speak with Dr. Louis Patino, Attorney at Law today to explore the facts of the incident that led to your or a loved one’s brain injury, and to determine who may have a legal obligation to compensate you for your injuries and losses.

Calculating Damages for McAllen Brain Injuries

Dr. Patino works closely with his clients and their families to understand the full scope of harm they have suffered because of a brain injury. Many of them express surprise when they learn just how wide a range of damages they may have the right to recover.

Every case is different, and Dr. Patino can never guarantee that a client will recover compensation, but in general, a victim seeking damages after a McAllen brain injury can often seek compensation for:

  • Medical expenses related to a brain injury and any health complications it causes, including emergency care, hospitalization, physical, occupational, and psychological therapy, surgery, medication, and doctor’s visits;
  • Other expenses the victim has incurred because of a brain injury, such as the cost of purchasing special equipment or modifying their home to accommodate the impairments caused by the injury, or of hiring someone to help out with day-to-day tasks;
  • Lost wages due to missing work after suffering a brain injury, and to an inability to return to work because of disabilities caused by the brain injury;
  • Physical pain, emotional suffering, and overall diminished quality of life owing to the toll the brain injury takes on a person’s everyday existence and relationships; and
  • In some cases, exemplary damages “awarded as a penalty or by way of punishment” under Texas law when someone’s “fraud, malice, or gross negligence” caused a brain injury.

By spending personalized time with clients and their families, Dr. Patino explores each of these categories of damages to ensure that if and when he takes legal action on their behalf, he seeks the maximum damages allowable in their case under Texas law.

Our McAllen Brain Injury Legal Team

Dr. Louis Patino’s deep medical and service background brings a unique and valuable perspective to his representation of clients in McAllen who have suffered brain injuries. Unlike so many lawyers, Dr. Patino’s education and life experience help him to understand, and explain to others, exactly what his clients go through in facing the challenge of living with a brain injury.

Dr. Patino also appreciates that the compensation he secures for his clients cannot heal their injuries on its own. That money can, however, provide brain injury victims in McAllen with the support they need as they adapt to new challenges and rebuild their lives.

If you suffered any kind of brain injury in McAllen or the rest of the Rio Grande Valley in an accident that someone else caused, contact the Patino Law Firm online or at (956) 255-0023 for a free case consultation.

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McAllen, TX 78501
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