We Represent Traumatic Brain Injury Victims
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Any injury can affect your life, but few injuries are more potentially devastating than a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Damage to the brain can affect every aspect of your life: your work, your relationships, your independence, your future. As far as the insurance company is concerned, that makes you a liability. To us, you’re a person who has lost something precious and deserves to be made whole again.
The Swanson Law Group is proud to stand up for victims of traumatic brain injury. We have the experience, resources, and determination needed to get big results for people who have been badly hurt. If you’ve suffered a brain injury in an accident caused by negligence, contact us today to speak with a brain injury lawyer at our firm.
The two types of traumatic brain injuries
Most traumatic brain injuries are closed-head injuries (CHI), which means they are caused by blunt trauma to the brain from an external mechanical force. Usually, this involves the head striking something, such as a car door or the ground, or an object striking the head, such as a falling object or a weapon, but you don’t have to hit your head on anything to sustain a brain injury. Any violent jerking motion of the head (for example, if a car comes to a sudden stop in a crash) can be enough to cause the brain to collide with the inside of the skull. The types of closed-head injuries include:
- Concussion (mild brain injury)
- Cerebral contusion (bruising of the brain)
- Diffuse axonal injury (shearing of the connecting fibers in the brain)
- Intracranial hematoma (collection of blood within the skull)
The other, much less common type of brain injury is a penetrating head injury, which involves an object piercing the skull. Penetrating head injuries may result from weapons such as bullets or knives, high-velocity crashes that propel objects at high speeds, or severe skull fractures that drive fragments of bone into the brain.
Fortunately, most TBIs are milder than that, but no brain injury is truly “minor.” Even a concussion can have lingering, long-term effects on a person’s life, and those effects may be cumulative if the victim sustains multiple concussions throughout their lifetime. A second concussion before a previous concussion has fully healed can trigger a deadly condition called second impact syndrome, which causes rapid swelling of the brain.
How traumatic brain injuries happen
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the most common cause of TBI, especially among children and older adults. This is a broad category of incidents, but it includes slip and falls, trip and falls, and other types of accidents caused by negligence.
Motor vehicle crashes are the second most common cause of TBI-related hospitalizations. When a car comes to a sudden stop, the bodies of the people inside keep moving until they hit something, which may be the windshield, a window, the steering wheel, dashboard, or the back of the seat in front of them. Even if the head doesn’t hit anything, rapid movement of the head as the body comes to a sudden stop can cause a TBI. TBIs are particularly common in crashes involving vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.
Being struck by or against an object is the second-leading cause of TBI-related emergency room visits. Other causes of TBI include violence, sports injuries, and self-harm. What all these causes have in common is that they’re often preventable if safety is the priority – which means negligence on the part of a property owner, motorist, or other party is often the cause of a life-altering injury.
Know the signs and symptoms of a concussion
Many people associate brain injuries with being “knocked out,” but not all brain injuries cause loss of consciousness. In fact, the symptoms of a concussion are often subtle, especially in the immediate aftermath of an accident when adrenaline is still high. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to your body and know how to identify the potential symptoms of a brain injury, including:
- Confusion or disorientation
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Fatigue or sleepiness
- Change in sleep habits (sleeping much more, or much less)
- Mood and behavior changes
- Difficulty remembering or concentrating
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Nausea or vomiting
Sometimes, the symptoms of a brain injury (particularly behavioral symptoms) are more visible to the victim’s friends and loved ones, so it’s often helpful to ask others in your life if they notice anything different about you. The most important step you can take after an accident, though, is to see a doctor as soon as possible. Diagnostic tests, such as an MRI, may be needed to confirm the diagnosis. Early intervention is key to minimize the damage and prevent potentially dangerous complications.
A law firm that stands up for brain injury victims
The long-term cost of a brain injury can be substantial because the brain affects every other aspect of life. Medical treatment for a brain injury, potentially including long-term care, can be quite costly, but there’s more to it than that. Your ability to work and earn a living may be reduced. Your marriage and family relationships may be affected, too. Every cost needs to be accounted for in your personal injury claim so you can maximize your quality of life.
Unfortunately, to an insurance company, your injury is just another expense, and they will use all their scare tactics, pressure games, and gaslighting to minimize that expense. That’s why you need your own advocate fighting for your legal interests. We will stand between you and the insurance company, building the case for the compensation you deserve while you focus on getting better. Our attorneys will guide you through the process, from investigation to negotiation to, if necessary, trial.
A brain injury is about much more than just a legal case, of course – it’s about your entire life. We are a resource to you and advocate for you. We can refer you to excellent doctors, disability specialists, rehabilitation services, and any other supports you need to help you navigate the new normal. Our goal is to help you rebuild, not just to get you money.
We represent brain injury victims on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay us anything out of pocket – we only get paid if we win your case. In short, you can afford to level the playing field with the insurance company, and you need to act quickly, before evidence disappears and legal deadlines expire. Take your first step toward a brighter future. Schedule your free consultation with an experienced brain injury attorney.