Medical Care And Compensation For Brain Injury Victims
According to a recent study* released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013 alone, approximately 2.8 million TBI-related emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalizations and deaths occurred in the United States. Falls are responsible for the majority of traumatic brain injuries, but motor vehicle accidents, on-the-job accidents and medical malpractice are also major causes of traumatic brain injuries. While the symptoms of a brain injury vary drastically depending on the severity and nature of the trauma, common symptoms include:
- Physical impairment (paralysis, loss of one or more senses)
- Headaches (often persistent and severe)
- Excessive fatigue/sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Reduced problem-solving abilities
- Impaired memory (short term, long term or both)
- Personality changes (irritability, emotional outbursts)
- Faulty judgment
Strong Advocacy For Brain Injury Victims
Brain injuries present complex evidentiary hurdles. Long after physical wounds have healed, brain injuries persist. If trauma occurs deep within the recesses of the brain, diagnostic studies, including MRIs, EEG testing, CT scans and X-rays often fail to detect objective evidence of brain trauma, although thorough neuropsychological testing can often measure cognitive neurological dysfunction caused by brain injury. Fortunately, traumatic brain injuries often heal, albeit very slowly, and symptoms often improve, although there is no guarantee that the victim will ever return to his or her preaccident state.
Traumatic brain injuries greatly interfere with every aspect of life and often negatively impact the victim’s career, familial and social relationships, and emotional well-being. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you will likely face many challenges in the upcoming weeks, months, and potentially, years. At Atwood Law, we are strong advocates for brain injury victims and their families. We work diligently to help our clients get the medical care and rehabilitation services necessary to their recovery and seek compensation for financial losses and emotional suffering.
Detailed Case Investigation To Pursue Just Compensation
We work closely with our clients’ treating physicians and other medical specialists to understand the scope of the brain injury and its long-term effects on cognitive, physical and emotional functions. We frequently seek medical evidence from life care planners, neuropsychologists and other experts to identify medical care, rehabilitation services and everyday practical assistance that the victim and family may require.
If you have been seriously injured due to a traumatic brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Be aware, however, that in Nebraska, as in all other states, there are very strict time limits within which you must properly pursue a traumatic brain injury claim. Your failure to do so within these strict time limits will time bar your claim from any recovery. Second, traumatic brain injury cases are generally extremely complicated and expensive. Therefore, only serious, and usually permanent, traumatic brain injuries clearly resulting from the negligent acts of another or from a no-fault workers’ compensation accident are economically worthy of pursuit.
Because of the two factors noted above, if you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident, truck accident, workers’ compensation accident, medical malpractice, railroad accident or another cause for which you believe someone else is legally responsible, it is imperative that you have an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney thoroughly evaluate your potential claim as soon as possible after its occurrence, or you have become aware of its occurrence.
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Contact our experienced lawyers at 402-817-2717 or toll free at 800-655-9606. The consultation is free and without obligation. You may also contact our Omaha or Lincoln offices online. We assist injury victims throughout Nebraska and Iowa.
* Reference: Christopher A. Taylor, PhD; Jeneita M. Bell, MD, MPH; Matthew J. Breiding, PhD; Likang Xu, MD, MS. Traumatic Brain Injury-Related Emergency Department Visits, Hospitalizations, and Deaths — United States, 2007 and 2013. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2017.