One of the most serious and common types of injuries that a person can suffer is a traumatic brain injury. A traumatic brain injury can have a significant effect on a person’s life. If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI as a result of the negligence of another party, our Spokane brain injury lawyer can represent you as you pursue damages for the harm you’ve suffered.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury is defined by the CDC as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that is caused by a penetrating injury, a lack of oxygen to the brain, or a bump or blows to the head. There are numerous types of traumatic brain injuries, also referred to as TBIs, including:
- Concussion injuries;
- Diffuse axonal injuries;
- Penetration brain injuries;
- Hypoxic/anoxic brain injuries; and
- Coup-contrecoup injuries.
Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury
A brain injury can have an effect on numerous elements of a person’s thinking, sensation, and motor functions, potentially impairing memory, reasoning, ability to control one’s emotions, balance, sight, language, and more. When a TBI is serious, an affected person may be left in a coma, which could be short-term or long-term. A serious TBI will result in large economic and noneconomic expenses, ranging from medical expenses to lost wages to pain and suffering and more.
Note that the brain is very unique, and no two brains nor brain injuries are exactly alike. It can be difficult, if not impossible, to predict the long-term effects of a brain injury.
Top Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
As stated above, a brain injury can occur as a result as a bump or blow to the head, penetration, or deprivation of oxygen. Extreme rotational forces or shaking can also lead to a traumatic brain injury. Some of the most common accident types that lead to TBIs include:
If you have been involved in an accident that resulted in a TBI, you should consult with a lawyer to discuss your legal options. You may be able to bring a claim against the driver of a motor vehicle, the owner of a property where a dangerous condition existed, a healthcare provider, a sports coach, or another party.
The Importance of Rehabilitative Medical Care
All brain injuries require immediate medical attention and ongoing care. It is crucial that injured victims and their families get the ongoing rehabilitative care, professional guidance, and financial support that they need to facilitate maximum medical recovery. The initial symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) depend on many different factors, including the severity of the injury and the specific part of the brain that was affected. Though, most people share some common symptoms, including:
- Slurred speech;
- Short-term memory problems; and
- Loss of consciousness.
Even after the initial symptoms start to fade, the impact of the injury remains. The CDC has often referred to TBIs as “hidden disabilities” because so many of the effects of a brain injury are difficult to detect.
Comprehensive Rehabilitative Care and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Recovery
To ensure that a victim makes the maximum medical recovery after suffering a serious brain injury, they must get access to comprehensive rehabilitative care. In some cases, ongoing care may be needed to help a victim regain motor skills or to address other physical impairments.
Regardless of the circumstances, a person who suffers a brain injury due to the negligence of another party has the right to seek compensation for the rehabilitative care and support that they need to make a full physical and mental recovery.
Brain Injury Settlements Must Account for Ongoing Care and Rehabilitative Costs
Catastrophic injury claims—including traumatic brain injuries, severe concussions, and spinal cord injuries—are complex. Often, injured victims require ongoing medical care and/or rehabilitative support. The costs of providing high-quality rehabilitative support is significant.
A brain injury settlement must take all costs into account, including long-term medical care, physical therapy, and psychological counseling. Beyond that, a brain injury settlement should also cover for other long-term damages, including lost wages and the loss of earning capacity. To bring a successful brain injury claim, damages must be properly documented. Large corporations and insurance companies will take advantage of any excuse to reduce the value of a settlement offer.
How Our Spokane Brain Injury Attorneys Can Help You Hold the Responsible Party Liable
While not all traumatic brain injury situations warrant the filing of a civil claim for damages, those involving negligence do. Negligence is the failure to act with a reasonable degree of care, and when another party’s negligence is the cause of an accident that results in a TBI, the victim can file a claim with the intent of holding the negligent party liable for damages. Our lawyers can help you in this endeavor by:
- Investigating your case;
- Working with experts;
- Proving fault and liability;
- Calculating your damages;
- Bringing a claim against the responsible party; and
- Negotiating your settlement amount.
Our lawyers know that recovering compensation is incredibly important, and that your losses may total in the tens of thousands of dollars. When you hire our law firm, we will work hard for you. In addition to being skilled negotiators, we also have litigation experience, and are confident in our ability to represent you in a courtroom.
Call a Spokane Brain Injury Lawyer at Albrecht Law Today
Suffering a traumatic brain injury can be devastating. As you heal and recover, one of your first steps should be to schedule a free consultation with a traumatic brain injury lawyer near you. Our Spokane brain injury lawyers at the offices of Albrecht Law, PLLC, are available to meet with you at your convenience. We provide you with comprehensive legal services on a contingency fee basis, so you never have to pay out of pocket for the representation that you deserve.
To schedule a free consultation with Albrecht Law, please call (509) 495-1246
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