Phoenix Brain Injury Attorney
Legal Representation After a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
If you or someone you love was recently involved in an accident and sustained a TBI, there are plenty of reasons to reach out to an attorney for assistance. The Phoenix injury attorneys at the Breyer Law Offices, P.C. understand the nuances of traumatic brain injury cases that are different from all other types of injury cases and will use that knowledge to your benefit. For victims who are able to begin the long path to recovery, the Husband and Wife Law Team works hard to ensure that the at-fault party provides enough compensation in a fair settlement to pay for all losses sustained. Call (602) 267-1280 today to discuss your claim.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can happen at any time and to anyone. The problem with these types of injuries is that the severity of the injury may not be noticed until it is too late to prevent serious damage. TBIs can range in severity from a mild concussion or other minor head injuries to more serious intracranial injuries that cause pressure buildup, bleeding in the brain, skull fractures, tears in the brain caused by lodged objects and projectiles, coma, and death.
No two brain injuries are the same and victims will often experience a wide variety of symptoms that may make it difficult to recognize a brain injury without the help of a trained physician. TBIs are one of the most severe survivable consequences of a large number of accidents and are frequently caused by the negligent actions of drivers, sports enthusiasts and players, and friends just having a good time.
What a TBI Means to You
Sustaining a TBI will change your life, and in most cases, there is no going back to the way that life once was. For victims who sustain mild concussions and other minor TBIs, life will go on, and eventually the wounds will heal on their own. However, for these individuals, each subsequent brain injury, no matter how small, will likely result in increased symptoms and severity, since the brain will always be more sensitive to injuries after one has occurred.
For victims who sustain a moderate or severe brain injury, life will never be the same. Victims of these serious types of brain trauma will frequently lose the ability, whether temporarily or permanently, to take care of themselves. Taking a bath, brushing their teeth, being able to work a full time or even part time job, doing simple math, maintaining their temper, walking, and completing many other daily tasks necessary to lead a full life will become very difficult after a TBI.
How You Could Sustain a Brain Injury
If you are involved in an accident of nearly any kind, you may sustain a TBI. Any type of accident that results in a blow to the head, the head being slammed into an object, or the head being shaken violently can result in a serious injury. Common accidents that result in serious injuries to the head and brain include car accidents, bike accidents, being struck by a car while walking, being shot or hit in the head with an object like a baseball or baseball bat, serious impact between bodies during sports play, and falling and hitting your head after tripping or slipping.
Most importantly, you should always remember that because you can sustain a brain injury in all different types of accidents, you must always be prepared to do whatever it takes to prevent yourself from being involved in these accidents and from being at risk for being involved in these types of accidents.
The Many Symptoms of TBIs
Although there are many different symptoms associated with TBIs, and these symptoms may change based on the severity of the injury, there are some symptoms that are common with every brain injury. These will typically surface within a few hours to a few days after the injury has occurred. The common symptoms that may arise after you have suffered brain trauma, no matter what the severity of your injury, include:
- Lack of motivation, energy, and the ability to do daily tasks.
- Nausea, vomiting, and headaches that come and go or do not subside.
- Changes in your pattern of sleep, especially not being able to sleep or sleeping for longer durations that you normally do.
- Changes in your behavior including mood swings, being more irritable, becoming nervous or anxious for no reason, and other types of changes in behavior or personality that cannot be explained by other events, injuries, or illnesses.
It is important to remember that while these symptoms are common for people who sustain head injuries, not all victims will show these symptoms. Since all head injuries are unique to the individual who sustained them and the accidents that caused them, every head injury deserves a look by a skilled and knowledgeable medical practitioner. Only a doctor can tell you if you have sustained a TBI and only a doctor can administer appropriate treatment for these serious injuries, which may include medications, therapies, or even surgery.
For those who have suffered a severe enough TBI to lose consciousness, doctors use the length of time the victim was unconscious to determine the severity of the injury and to recommend further treatments and diagnostic tests. But in cases where the injury is not as prevalent, doctors must do more investigative work to determine whether a brain injury is actually present. In most cases, doctors perform a routine examination and interview, and also perform CT scans and MRIs where appropriate to ensure that the victim has not suffered severe intracranial damage or a skull fracture.
The prognosis for brain injuries depends heavily upon the type and severity of injury sustained. For mild TBIs, full or near-to-full recovery with little interference is expected for the majority of victims. Moderate TBIs often leave victims with temporary injuries that may last months or years, and permanent injuries that impact their lives in tremendous ways. Severe TBIs frequently result in permanent damage can cause disabilities, coma, or death.
Stopping TBIs Before They Happen
The most difficult thing to learn and accept about TBIs is that, in many cases, they are impossible to prevent. In fact, the majority of traumatic brain injuries that cause people to need ongoing medical care or that result in coma or death are the result of negligence on the part of another person. And you can never guess when another person will engage in a negligent act. Despite this harsh reality, there may be some ways in which you can make yourself and your loved ones less susceptible to severe traumatic brain injuries, as well as mild and moderate TBIs.
Some of the best ways that you can protect yourself and your loved ones include:
- When riding in a vehicle or driving a vehicle, ensure that all passengers are wearing seatbelts.
- Keep children in the back seat of vehicles and ensure that they are using appropriate safety belts and seats to protect them.
- Avoid running around swimming pools or roughhousing during water activities.
- Wear the appropriate safety gear when playing sports to minimize the risk of hitting your head.
- Hold the handrail when going up or down stairs to stabilize yourself and reduce your risk of tripping and falling.
- Watch out for trip and slip hazards in the grocery store, department store, and other businesses you frequent to ensure that you do not become a victim of a slip and fall accident that leads to head injuries.
Help From a Traumatic Brain Injury Expert
If you have suffered a TBI, you may want to reach out to a skilled Phoenix injury lawyer immediately. But sometimes an attorney is simply not enough. In many cases, victims who choose just another attorney for their case may not receive the settlement that they need or deserve for their recovery.
Only an attorney with expertise in handling cases where the victim has suffered a TBI can truly help with serious cases. Some reasons you may need an expert to help with your case include:
- You need help explaining to the insurance company the severity of your injuries.
- You need help seeking out the best medical care to help you overcome your injuries and make it through recovery.
- You are unable to pay your medical bills or your regular bills because you cannot keep a job due to your injuries.
- Your injuries were caused by another person, either on purpose or due to negligence.
If your loved one died as the result of brain trauma sustained in an accident caused by another person, you should immediately contact an expert. This person can help you with your case and get the settlement you deserve for your suffering and your loss.
Reasons You May Not Need an Attorney After a TBI
After you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury, it is easy to want to call an attorney and ensure that the person who caused the injury pays for what he or she has done. However, there are some cases where contacting an attorney may not help the situation, and an attorney may not be able to do anything to help you.
Some of the most common reasons an attorney may not be able to assist after a TBI accident include:
- You or someone in your immediate family caused the injury to the victim, who is also a member of your immediate family.
- Your injuries did not require significant medical care.
- Your injuries were not caused by another person.
- Your injuries were the result of an acquired brain injury (ABI) and not an accident.
- Your injuries did not stop you from working and you were able to recover within just a few hours or days.
If you have sustained a brain injury and are not sure whether you need the help of an attorney, you should reach out to an attorney for assistance. Only an attorney can help you determine whether you have a case for your injuries.
Who Can Help You?
In cases where the victim dies as a result of the injuries sustained, which is all too common with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), the attorneys at the Breyer Law Offices, P.C. work equally as hard to settle the case for fair compensation that replaces the lost wages of the income earner, pays for the funeral, and helps the family begin the long road to recovery from their loss. If you or someone you love suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of the actions of another person on the road, at the pool, with a gun, during sports play, or in any other situation, you should reach out to attorneys Mark and Alexis Breyer.
- Arizona Resources for those Suffering from a Traumatic Brain Injury
- Brain Injury Safety Tips and Prevention - CDC
- Traumatic Brain Injury Information Page - NIH
- Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA)