Brain Injury FAQs
If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of another party, it is likely you have both medical and legal questions. You can find experienced Phoenix injury lawyers at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. to assist you through the legal process. We can help seek compensation for a brain injury that occurs in Arizona that is caused by another party. This page is meant to provide injury victims and their families with general information about brain injuries.
What is TBI?
TBI is an acronym for Traumatic Brain Injury, a term used when someone incurs an injury to the brain through a sudden physical force. The brain is both complex and delicate, an organ comprised of billions of microscopic fibers that are suspended in what is called cerebrospinal fluid and which is protected by the skull. Usually, the traumatic injury occurs when the brain strikes against the rough interior of the skull, which causes bruising and tearing that may lead to damage of the brain.
How do TBI Injuries Occur?
Brain injuries commonly occur in car accidents when one's head strikes a solid part of the vehicle, such as the steering wheel or windshield. This will normally cause what is referred to as a closed head injury. Another example of a brain injury happens when the brain is rapidly moved back and forth, seen typically in cases of shaken-baby syndrome or with severe whiplash accident injuries. Brain injuries may also result from an object penetrating the head, as seen in bullet wounds or with other objects that penetrate the skull and go into the brain.
Is It Difficult to File an Arizona Brain Injury Claim?
It is generally difficult to prove a closed head injury in court, especially since there are no apparent external symptoms that can be readily seen. Even though the damage to a victim's brain may be severe, the jury cannot see inside a person's skull to see and understand the brain injury. It is easy, on the other hand, to show a jury an x-ray of a broken femur or fractured tibia, and there is physical evidence that can be easily be photographed during a surgery to repair an injury victim's ligaments in their knee or elbow. Many head injuries do not show up on an MRI, X-ray, or CT scan and people with serious brain injuries may look normal to everyone around them. That is why it is necessary to take extra steps to ensure that a judge or jury look beyond the surface in such cases.
This creates serious hurdles in those who have suffered traumatic brain injury, and it is critical in any Arizona brain injury lawsuit to move forward with a personal injury lawsuit before the strict statute of limitations that Arizona has in brain injury claims.
Should you know someone who has traumatic brain injury, or if you have been in an accident yourself that caused a brain injury, please call for a free, non-obligatory consultation with Breyer Law Offices, P.C. We have experienced lawyers who are well-qualified to lead you through Arizona's complex legal system.
Getting informed is the first step, and discussing your legal issues and questions with a knowledgeable Phoenix brain injury attorney will help you decide what is best for you in your brain injury case. We do all work on a contingency basis, meaning that we do not receive any compensation unless we are successful in getting it for our clients.