Whether they are categorized as concussions, traumatic brain injuries, or worse, brain injuries can permanently change the lives of the victims who suffer them.
Depending on who is at fault for a brain injury that you or a loved one suffered, you could receive compensation covering most if not all of the expenses stemming from the injury.
Contact our experienced personal injury law firm today for a free consultation. We can analyze your case and determine which legal options for compensation are available to you. If you chose to work with our team, we will represent you on contingency - that is, if we can't win on your behalf, you'll owe us nothing. No Win, No Fee.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a term used to describe an event that can cause damage to the brain. These injuries can be mild, such as a concussion, or severe, such as a penetrating injury to the brain. TBIs can immobilize people from the neck up or impact different cognitive and mental functions, depending on how severely the brain is injured.
A traumatic brain injury lawyer understands how devastating an event like this is for people who have their lives suddenly turned upside down. They understand that victims may need extended hospitalization and rehabilitation time to recover from a TBI; that these individuals will require ongoing care for months and years following an event; and that many of those who are hurt never recover fully and may suffer from permanent disabilities or medical complications associated with their injury.
Most importantly, an experienced brain injury attorney has the passion and dedication to fight for victims and their loved ones' rights. Time can't be turned back, and injuries can't be undone, but victims can leverage the civil justice system to help them fight for the compensation they deserve.
If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you will likely be worried about your long-term prognosis and if you will ever fully recover. You may also have experienced some difficulties with the following: thinking, remembering, speaking, reading, concentrating, or using parts of your body. The unfortunate reality is that each person recovers differently, and it is difficult to determine how long recovery will take for a specific TBI.
The good news is that even if you experience minimal improvement within three months post-injury (or 18 months in the case of a moderate TBI), there is still hope for recovery. Research has even shown that sometimes people in a minimally conscious state may demonstrate recovery of higher cerebral functions years after the injury occurred.
Brain injuries can result from a litany of accidents, including auto accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, workplace accidents, construction injuries, defective product accidents, drowning, and more.
In 2014, the CDC found more than 2.5 million visits to emergency departments due to TBIs. Of these, more than 800,000 were children, more than 280,000 required hospitalizations, and about 56,800 resulted in death. The most common causes of TBIs include:
Vehicle-related accidents are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in adults. They account for at least 20% of all TBIs. Of these, car and truck accidents are the most common. Only a small percentage of these accidents are believed to be due to distracted or drunken driving.
One of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries is falling downstairs or in a slip and fall accident. Such falls can lead to severe brain injuries such as skull fractures and contusions because of the abrupt force experienced when the human skull strikes a hard surface.
Falls are a major cause of traumatic brain injuries in children. In adults, they are usually slipping and tripping on stairs or floors instead of falling from great heights that often get reported in the media.
Medical malpractice, also known as medical error, is a prevalent cause of traumatic brain injury. As with all errors, these injuries have legal consequences which must be dealt with accordingly.
Workplace accidents are another common cause of traumatic brain injuries. These are often the result of incomplete or inadequate safety precautions, improper equipment, lack of training in safety procedures, and other factors.
It is always wise to see a doctor after suffering any type of head trauma, even if you do not observe any damage symptoms at first. Some of the symptoms to look out for include:
There is also a more severe form of traumatic brain injury that may not present right after the event and instead show up hours later due to swelling in the brain's tissues. The symptoms are similar to those before but can include: vomiting (possibly because of any kind of movement), slurred speech, and difficulty understanding what someone is trying to communicate.
Depending on the extent of an accident, a brain injury can require minimal treatment or significant medical intervention. If your brain injury resulted from another person's negligence, then you have the right to seek compensation to cover your damages.
Our brain injury attorneys are experienced in handling complex brain injury cases, and we will work tirelessly on your behalf to obtain the compensation you deserve. Whether it is wrongful death or personal injury, we have the knowledge and skill to bring your case to a successful conclusion.
In the past, we've achieved compensation for injury victims that includes:
The facts of your accident will determine the value of your brain injury case. Contact us now for a free legal consultation and to take the first step on the path to justice.