Over the past 30 plus years, Houston personal injury attorney Richard LaGarde has successfully represented many victims of brain injuries in Texas, Florida, and Louisiana. Mr. LaGarde is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both Civil Trial and Personal Injury Trial law, a distinction achieved by less than 1/2 of 1% of Texas attorneys. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions. By clicking on the + symbols, you can get Mr. LaGarde’s answers to those questions.
Brain Injury FAQs
Q: What are 3 tips for a successful brain injury lawsuit?
- Ever since his head injury, he’s not the same man I married;
- He has mood swings and gets angry at me and the children;
- He has frequent headaches and is sensitive to bright light and to loud noises;
- He forgets what I told him just minutes before;
- He gets lost driving in our own neighborhood; or,
- He has trouble with basic math like balancing the checkbook.
These are all classic signs of a brain injury. What makes it difficult is that most people who have suffered a brain injury look perfectly healthy and normal. That’s why it is so important to get to a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating brain damage. I usually recommend that my clients go to a board-certified neurologist. However, even a trained neurologist sometimes has difficulty diagnosing a brain injury because they often do not show up on an X-ray, an MRI, or a CT-scan. In fact, it is difficult to distinguish between the X-ray or the MRI of the brain of a live person and a recently deceased person. They look the same. That’s why I often suggest that my brain-injured clients also go to a neuropsychologist for testing. A neuropsychologist is a person who specializes in testing how a person’s brain is working and whether there are any “cognitive deficits” that indicate a brain injury. So again, the first thing I recommend you do is to get diagnosed and treated by a board-certified neurologist and then, if necessary, to get tested by a neuropsychologist.
If you or a loved one has had a brain injury, call our office today and I can look into what your options might be. I can’t undo what has happened. But you might be entitled to compensation for what you’ve been through. Call me today and we can have a free and confidential discussion about your case.
Q: How much will a brain injury lawsuit cost me?
When someone has suffered an injury, he or she may have medical bills and lost time from work. This is not a good time to have to pay an additional fee to a lawyer. The contingency fee system helps give you peace of mind that your attorneys are motivated to win your case and obtain the highest amount of compensation possible. Our attorneys spend time and money working on your case, and we are only compensated if we are successful. This means that if we agree to take your case, we intend to win.
As we do not charge a fee unless we obtain compensation for you, there is no reason not to call and consult with us about your rights. Consultations are free of charge, and there are no upfront costs or hourly fees. Call us today.
For more details as to how a contingent fee agreement works, watch the video below. After you have watched it, feel free to call me if you have questions about contingent fee agreements.
Do I have a brain injury?
Here are some additional signs and symptoms I have run across over the past 30 plus years of representing individuals with brain injuries:
- Since your head injury, do you forget names, numbers, or things you said you
- Since your head injury, is it harder to follow a conversation among several people?
- Is it harder for you to follow the plot of a movie, or to remember what someone said?
- Since your head injury, do you find yourself often re-reading something you just read?
- Do you get lost even in your own neighborhood?
- Since your head injury, have people told you that you used a different word or phrase than you thought you had used?
- Do you have more difficulty remembering what it is you should be doing next?
- Do you have more difficulty in learning a new procedure or task?
- Do you sometimes forget to plan for something that is important to you?
- Since your head injury, do you find that you laugh or cry more often, or at inappropriate times?
- Do you get impatient or lose your temper more easily than before your head injury?
- Have you had problems at your job, or gotten into serious arguments with others?
- Do your spouse or your children seem afraid of you or lose patience with you?
- Are you more sad or depressed than you were before your accident?
- Do you get agitated or irritated more often than before?
- Do you have more trouble sleeping now than before?Do you find that noise bothers you more than it did before?
- Do you lose your balance more often than before?
- Do you have headaches more often?
- Have you experienced blurred or double vision?
- Do you find that you can’t smell or taste things as well as before?
- Do people have more difficulty understanding what you are trying to say?
- Have you had seizures since your head injury?
Q: Why are brain injuries called the “silent epidemic?
- Someone in America suffers a brain injury every 15 seconds;
- Approximately 500,000 people are permanently disabled by a brain injury every year and an additional 100,000 people die from TBI;
- Approximately 2% of the U.S. population – (5.3 million Americans)– are living with a TBI-caused disability ; and,
- The United States spends approximately $30 billion each year to rehabilitate, treat, and care for the victims of TBI.
Q: What is my brain injury case worth?
- the severity of your brain injury;
- the facts surrounding your injury and the likelihood you can prove liability on the part of the defendant;
- whether you are partially at fault in causing your brain injury;
- whether your brain injury is permanent or temporary;
- whether your brain injury will prevent you from returning to work;
- whether your brain injury will result in a decrease in your future earning potential;
- the size of your past and future medical bills;
- the insurance company’s reputation for settling cases out-of-court;
- the reputation and experience of the insurance company’s defense attorney;
- the types of juries where your case is filed; and,
- the propensity of the particular judge in your case to permit certain evidence to be considered by the jury.
If a lawyer tells you up front that he can get you a certain amount of money for your case without first considering all of these factors, that lawyer is either inexperienced or dishonest. If you want to have a free and confidential discussion about your case and some of these factors, give me a call.