Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers in Louisville
Our Kentucky Law Firm Can Provide Legal Help After a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Caused by blunt or sharp force trauma to the skull that damages the brain, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is often called a “hidden injury,” as mild cases can go undiagnosed for weeks or months. After a traumatic accident – such as a car crash – the victim may walk away from the scene seemingly fine, until strange symptoms start to surface. Whether they are classified as mild, moderate, or severe, traumatic brain injuries have the potential to alter a victim’s entire life, changing their cognitive and mental patterns for decades to come.
At Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC, our TBI lawyers in Louisville, Kentucky, understand the true complexities of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its impact on lives of its victims. Since 1986, our law firm has provided exceptional personal service and high-quality legal advocacy for victims of accidental injuries. Although securing financial compensation from the at-fault-party cannot reverse the damaging effects of a TBI, it may help to ease some of your worries for the future.
Contact us at (502) 242-8872 today to speak with an experienced trial attorney.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries generally fall into one of two categories: closed head injuries or open head injuries. A closed injury means that the brain suffered damage without fracturing the skull, whereas an open injury means the skull was penetrated during the impact.
In the past, many doctors thought closed head injuries were not as serious as ones that involved an actual fracture of the skull. Now, the medical community understands that the brain swelling and inflammation of a closed head injury can be every bit as devastating as a penetrating wound.
Concussion: The Most Common TBI
A concussion is the most common type of traumatic brain injury and is often the result of an accident where a blunt object strikes the skull or the head strikes a stationary surface, but does not penetrate it.
A concussion can be difficult to diagnose, as it is not visible from the outside. Many concussions potentially go unnoticed for days or weeks until symptoms appear.
Other Types of Brain Injuries
- Diffuse Axonal Injury
Understanding the Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were more than 2.87 million TBI-related emergency room visits in 2014 alone. Many traumatic brain injuries result from catastrophic motor vehicle accidents, but contrary to popular belief, these injuries are not always the product of a major trauma. They may be the product of medical malpractice – or even something as seemingly simple as falling on a slippery floor.
Brain injuries are also graded differently depending on the extent of the brain damage. While concussions, which are classified as “mild TBIs,” are often stigmatized as being minor or inconsequential, the truth is that any degree of brain damage can result in cell death and extended complications for the victim. In the most severe cases, TBIs can result in coma and brain death.
Some of the most common complications and symptoms associated with a traumatic brain injury:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loss of coordination or dizziness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Personality changes
- Sudden onset of depression
- Headaches or blurry vision
- Fatigue or irritability
- Abnormal speech
A lack of external injuries does not make a traumatic brain injury (TBI) any less devastating on a victim’s life and the lives of their family members. On-going medical care, vocational rehabilitation and personal care needs may suddenly become a part of a victim’s daily immediate needs.
Frequently Asked Questions: TBIs
How can a brain injury lawyer help me?
TBIs can wreak havoc on your financial peace of mind, as well as on your physical and mental health. Depending on the nature of your TBI, you may be able to pursue a lawsuit against the party or parties responsible for your injuries. For example, if you were injured in a car accident and the other driver was primarily at-fault, you could have grounds to sue. It’s important to review your case with an experienced brain injury attorney, however, because these cases may be complex to navigate on your own.
Here are some of the most common situations where negligence or wrongdoing can cause a TBI:
- Sporting and recreation accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Sexual and physical assault
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Workplace accidents
Can the symptoms of TBI improve over time?
The vast majority of TBIs are classified as mild concussions, and it is possible for these injuries to heal with time and the right treatment. However, this isn’t always the case – and when you suffer a TBI, the consequences may take a long time to manifest. When you are successful in a TBI claim, you increase the odds that you will have the financial resources to handle any future complications that arise.
Securing the Financial Means to Carry On
The future care needs of a person with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can come with astronomical costs. If you or a family member has been the victim of a head injury due to the careless actions of another, you have a right to pursue the compensation you need to move forward.
Let Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC, stand beside you, helping you achieve the financial recovery you deserve. Contact us to schedule your free consultation.
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