SERIOUS BRAIN INJURY
When innocent people are injured seriously, life can change in an instant. In our practice we are familiar with how devastating a catastrophic injury can be, and we want to help victims and their families through the legal aspects related to this kind of accident. We pledge to vigorously represent individuals who have suffered injuries of the brain or spinal cord.
Because brain injuries in particular are so very serious and have long-lasting consequences, the recovery is a difficult one. Injured individuals may need surgery, therapy, and other medical care and may need to take extended leave from their jobs. Some may never be well enough to return to their jobs.
At Whiting Law, we understand some of the physical and emotional effects traumatic brain injuries can have. Our experience has shown us that every instance is different, every situation is difficult, and the changes in lifestyle that can result from trauma and head injuries can be significant and last a lifetime. The emotional challenges are also heart-wrenching and can lead to confusion as to how to proceed. We strive to provide extra caring and personalized representation to those suffering from brain injuries. We fight for you, whether we go to trial or are able to resolve your claim through a fair settlement.
WHAT ARE COMMON CAUSES OF BRAIN INJURIES?
Brain injuries can happen in many ways—in a vehicle accident, on a construction site, or because someone is negligent. These accidents can have severe consequences, including:
- Bleeding in the head or brain
Unfortunately, brain or head injuries usually result in long-term disability or even death. Sometimes, the injury’s affects are not observable right away. They can emerge over time, and diagnosing them can be difficult. As you might imagine, brain injuries affect more than just the individual who is injured; family, co-workers, and friends are all affected.
We wish it were not true, but sometimes these injuries are caused by someone’s negligence or carelessness—a healthcare provider, for example. If this is the situation in which you find yourself—dealing with a preventable brain injury—you should know your legal rights. They may include being able to recover monetary compensation for damages for you or your loved one. As soon as you contact us, we will begin investigating your particular injury and the circumstances surrounding it so that we can counsel you on potential legal action. We’ll let you know what your options are and stand by you as you decide which course to pursue. As skilled injury attorneys, we’ll fight for your rights.
CLASSIFICATIONS OF BRAIN INJURIES
1. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are injuries to the brain after birth that are caused by an external force.
Head trauma can result during a vehicle or bicycle crash or a fall as well as from a defective product or a variety of other causes. This type of injury can be devastating to the life of the victim and drastically affect family members as well. In addition to recovering from the accident, a traumatic brain injury victim may find it difficult or impossible to perform the activities of daily living. He or she will need the services of medical professionals for an extended period and likely require ongoing rehabilitation in order to restore some functions. Lack of progress in some areas can be heartbreaking and frustrating. All of this has psychological and emotional effects in addition to the physical consequences.
If your traumatic brain injury (TBI) was caused by medical negligence or malpractice, you may qualify for compensation to cover current and future medical costs, loss of income and earning capacity, and pain and suffering. We can help.
2. There is another category of brain injury called an ABI, or acquired brain injury. This includes TBIs but also encompasses injuries to the brain that are caused after birth by a loss of oxygen to the brain or by strokes (or cerebral vascular accident).
Acquired brain injuries can result from mercury or lead poisoning, infection, strokes, or medical malpractice as well as a range of other incidents. A variety of long-term, rehabilitative care is usually necessary, and victims may need occupational and psychological therapy as well as other medical care.
The effects of either type of brain injury are devastating to the victim and to the family. In many cases, life can never return to normal, and the expenses associated with this type of injury add up very quickly, adding stress to an already difficult situation. If your brain injury or the brain injury of a loved one happened because of someone’s negligence or medical malpractice, we’re here to help.