Brain Injuries

New Mexico Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys

Fighting for Traumatic Brain Injury Victims in Artesia, Carlsbad, Hobbs, Jal, and Lovington

Traumatic brain injuries are more than just serious head injuries – they can lead to significant changes in physical abilities, cognitive functions, and emotional stability. Occurring from severe blows or jolts to the head, these injuries can range from mild concussions to severe brain damage.

If you have suffered a life-altering brain injury at work or due to negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced team at Simon Perdue can help you explore your legal options and enforce your rights. Our New Mexico traumatic brain injury lawyers are relentless fighters who are not afraid to go to trial to get you what you deserve. We do not settle for anything less than the full compensation you are entitled to under the law.

Put aggressive legal advocates on your side when you suffer a traumatic brain injury. Schedule a free initial consultation by contacting us online or calling (505) 588-5962 today.

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Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries and Their Impacts

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are clinically categorized into several types based on the severity of the injury and how the injury was sustained. The most commonly identified types are concussions, contusions, diffuse axonal injuries, and penetrating injuries.

Concussions are considered the mildest form of TBI and are often caused by a sudden impact or violent shaking of the head. They can lead to headaches, temporary loss of consciousness, confusion, and memory disturbances. Despite being labeled as mild, concussions can have cumulative effects if repeated over time, potentially resulting in chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition prevalent among athletes in contact sports.

Contusions, or bruises on the brain, occur when a direct impact leads to bleeding on the brain. Symptoms may be similar to concussions but often more severe and long-lasting. A large contusion may require surgical intervention to alleviate pressure and prevent further damage.

Diffuse axonal injuries are characterized by widespread damage to the brain's white matter. They result from severe rotational forces that tear the nerve tissues in the brain. This type of TBI can disrupt normal brain function and result in a spectrum of disabilities, including severe motor impairment and comas.

Penetrating injuries happen when a foreign object, like a piece of shrapnel, enters the brain tissue. The impact causes not only damage along the entry path but can also send shock waves throughout the brain, compounding the injury's severity. Penetrating injuries are often life-threatening and require immediate surgical treatment to remove foreign objects and repair the damaged tissue.

The impact of these TBIs on an individual's life can vary significantly. Severe TBIs may result in profound physical impairments, requiring physical therapy to regain motor skills and to manage spasticity or paralysis. Cognitive effects can be just as debilitating, with victims experiencing difficulties in concentration, problem-solving, and memory. Emotional and behavioral changes can also be dramatic. Depending on the area of the brain affected, individuals might show increased irritability and aggression or suffer from mood disorders like depression and anxiety.

Put simply, many TBIs will permanently change how you live your life, and you deserve compensation to help cover those accommodations. Our New Mexico traumatic brain injury attorneys can walk you through your legal options for recovering compensation for your losses and any necessary shifts in lifestyle. 

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Recovering Compensation for Traumatic Brain Injuries in New Mexico

Your legal options for recovering compensation for TBIs will depend on how you sustained harm. If your TBI was work-related, meaning you suffered the injury at work or while completing job-related responsibilities, you likely have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim, as your employer is most likely required to carry a workers’ compensation insurance policy. Workers’ compensation benefits include coverage of medical expenses plus some of your lost wages. 

Getting workers’ compensation is rarely as easy as it should be, even if your TBI was obviously work-related. If your claim is denied, you are having trouble getting necessary medical treatments, or you are offered less than what you think you deserve, turn to Simon Perdue for aggressive representation. We understand how to effectively approach workers’ compensation disputes and will fight to secure a fair outcome.

If your TBI was caused by negligence, you can generally file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party. A personal injury claim allows you to recover economic and non-economic damages. You may be able to pursue a personal injury claim even if you sustained your TBI at work if the incident was caused by a third party – someone other than a co-worker or your employer. Our New Mexico traumatic brain injury attorneys can determine whether you have a strong claim and aggressively advocate for you every step of the way.

Our team is always ready to go to trial and will not accept anything less than a just result. Call (505) 588-5962 or contact us online to discuss your options today! 

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Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries in New Mexico

Any blow to the head can potentially cause a TBI, meaning these injuries can occur in a wide range of scenarios. Workers in unavoidably high-risk professions may be at an increased risk of sustaining TBIs in their workplaces, but these injuries are also possible in everyday settings. 

Our New Mexico traumatic brain injury lawyers are prepared to represent you in cases involving:

  • Vehicular collisions. Accidents involving trucks, cars, or motorcycles are notorious for causing TBIs due to the sudden and forceful impact that can occur during a crash. In these scenarios, the brain may be subjected to a highly violent jolt or blow as it collides with the inner hard surfaces of the skull. Concussions in vehicular accidents may result from the rapid back-and-forth movement of the head, commonly referred to as "whiplash," which can shake the brain inside the skull. Contusions may occur when the head strikes against a window, steering wheel, or other surfaces within the vehicle with significant force, causing a bruise or bleeding in localized areas of the brain. Diffuse axonal injuries can result from extreme rotational forces or violent movements of the head, particularly in high-speed collisions, which can shear and damage the brain's nerve fibers. Shattered glass from broken windows or metal fragments from the vehicle itself can also become projectiles that penetrate the skull and brain tissue.
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