Suffered a Traumatic Head or Brain Injury?
Traumatic injuries to the brain can be the most devastating result of an accident. Even a minor car collision or simple slip and fall accident can cause severe and permanent damage to the brain, potentially having life-altering consequences.
The experienced attorneys at Deno Millikan understand the serious nature of brain injury and closed head injury cases. Our team is committed to providing caring attention and dedicated representation to help our clients receive the compensation they need and deserve for medical bills, the costs of acute rehabilitation and any ongoing care, and for the pain and suffering that can result from a negligent accident injury.
Washington Brain Injury and Closed Head Injury Lawyers
Brain and head injuries can vary widely in their apparent severity and in short term and long term effects. Thorough and accurate medical examination, diagnosis and monitoring are usually necessary to assess the extent of damage and the likely prognosis. Our attorneys are experienced in a broad range of these cases, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) up to and including long term coma and persistent vegetative state
- Closed head injuries such as concussion or acceleration/deceleration injuries (most frequently seen in automobile accidents)
- Loss of a sense such as vision or smell (anosmia)
- Behavioral and emotional changes such as severe anxiety, depression, loss of volition, and antisocial behavior including aggression and other types of acting out
- Memory loss (retrograde amnesia) or the inability to form new memories (anterograde amnesia)
Approximately 1.7 million people sustain a brain injury each year in the U.S., according to the Brain Injury Association of America. More than 5 million children and adults in the nation currently live with a permanent disability as a result of a brain injury, and the cost to our society for the medical care and lost wages associated with these injuries is more than $75 billion annually. It’s an unfortunate issue that many families face today.
Causes of Brain and Head Injuries
There are numerous causes for brain and head injuries, the most common of which is falling accidents. More than 40 percent of all brain injuries are sustained in falling accidents, including slip, trip and fall accidents on the same level, as well as falls from a height, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Our personal injury legal team regularly handles cases for victims who’ve sustained brain and head injuries in all types of accidents, some of which are listed below.
- Auto accidents
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Being struck by objects
- Scaffold accidents
- Injuries at sporting events, concerts and other public venues
- Slips, trips and falls
- Birth and delivery problems
- Acts of violence
- Tainted or defective medications or products
- Medical mistakes
Head Injuries: Types and Symptoms
There are several types of head and brain injuries, each involving varying degrees of damage to different parts of the brain. A few commonly sustained injuries include concussion, cerebral hematoma and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
Head injuries are classified as either open or closed. An open-head injury refers to one that involved a skull fracture. Closed-head injuries don’t involve a fracture but are sometimes even more serious that open-head injuries because there is no place for blood or inflammatory fluid to go. This causes extra pressure on the brain and the potential for blood clots and additional damage.
The symptoms of brain and head injuries vary widely from victim to victim. Much depends on which part of the brain was damaged and how massive the injury is. Head injuries can cause physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms and may cause permanent disability or death.
Below is a non-exhaustive list of potential symptoms that victims may manifest.
- Cognitive – memory loss, concentration problems, difficulty learning, and inability to plan or exercise good judgment.
- Emotional and behavioral – emotional instability, change in personality, mood swings, depression, anxiety, social inappropriateness, aggression and suicidal thoughts.
- Physical challenges – seizures, headaches, balance problems, impaired motor skills, speech problems and secondary problems including respiratory, circulatory, digestive and neurological disorders.
The Complexities of Brain Injury Cases
When a victim sustains a head or brain injury that another party’s negligence caused or contributed to, he or she can file a negligence claim to recover damages. However, the victim will have to prove not only that the defendant was negligent and caused the injury, but also the manner and degree to which the injury has impacted the victim – financially and emotionally.
These cases can be somewhat complex because it’s difficult to prove the totality of the effect of the injury on the victim and his or her family. Medical bills and brain scans can help prove major injuries, but it’s much harder to prove subtle brain injuries and symptoms to the insurer or courts. Even with milder TBIs, victims’ lives are forever changed. For instance, your injury has caused such massive, aggressive mood swings that your marriage has suffered greatly and you are unable to get along with coworkers, endangering your job. All of these things must be taken into account when the claim is presented.
Speaking to a Brain Injury Attorney in Washington
To schedule a free initial consultation with an accomplished personal injury attorney contact our offices in Everett, Washington, today. DM accepts brain and head injury cases on a contingency fee basis. In other words, we do not charge you for our services unless you receive a settlement or trial judgment for your injuries.