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A traumatic brain injury can occur at any age: to a baby who doesn’t receive enough oxygen during delivery, to a teenager who sustains a head blow in athletic competition; to a motorist or pedestrian who is struck by another driver in a collision; to a patient who is not intubated due to a medical misdiagnosis; to a shopper who slips and falls on a wet floor or is struck by falling merchandise. The survivor may face significant challenges to recovery from the injury. It is important to seek the guidance of a trusted law firm that has helped numerous families dealing with brain injuries and other severe injuries.
The attorneys of The Colleran Firm recognize how a traumatic brain injury can alter your life and future. We have the passion and experience to fight for full compensation if you or your loved one has sustained a head injury due to another’s negligence. Whether a car accident, slip and fall accident, a preventable medical error or birth injury caused your injury, we may be able to assist. Contact a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer at The Colleran Firm to review your legal options.
Traumatic brain injury is a general term that includes many types of injuries that happen to the brain. The injury may be localized in one part of the brain or spread through the brain. The injury may be a closed head injury or an open head injury, in which the skull is penetrated.
A concussion describes a mild traumatic brain injury. A person who receives a blow to the head or hits their head against a hard surface may have a concussion. The person may be dazed, but remain conscious or lose consciousness briefly. The symptoms that a patient presents determine whether the concussion is categorized as mild, moderate or severe. The symptoms may include slurred speech, blurry vision, loss of balance, confusion and loss of consciousness. In some rare cases, a blood clot may form.
A hard knock or blow to the head may cause bruising of brain tissue, which is known as a cerebral contusion. Contusions involve bleeding and welling in the area of the brain that was struck. Some larger cerebral contusions require surgery.
In accidents involving higher speeds or blunt force, the brain may slam against the inside of the skull, then strike the opposite side of the skull as the head recoils. A person may suffer bruising on two sides of the brain. Coup-contrecoup describes this type of injury.
A diffuse axonal injury involves tearing or stretching of the brain’s long nerve fibers as the brain moves or rotates inside the skull in response to sudden acceleration and deceleration. Diffuse axonal injury disrupts the brain’s communication processes and usually causes widespread injury to many parts of the brain. People who have diffuse axonal injury usually lapse into a coma. A victim of shaken baby syndrome may sustain a diffuse axonal injury from violent shaking of the head.
A person who suffers a shattered skull may have severe brain damage or a fatal injury. A bullet, knife blade, falling object or other sharp object may cause a penetrating injury. Firearms cause the largest share of deaths from penetrating brain injuries.
A baby may suffer a traumatic brain injury during a difficult delivery, as a result of the use of forceps, vacuum extractors or other tools to expedite the birthing process. If a doctor exerts too much force on a baby’s head during delivery, it can cause skull fractures or a traumatic brain injury with long-lasting effects. Trauma or lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain during labor can lead to cerebral palsy, a disorder that may affect muscle control, coordination, speech and learning abilities. A brain injury during the birthing process may be a result of medical negligence if a doctor fails to recognize signs of a difficult delivery and respond appropriately.
The effects of a brain injury can be profound. A person who has sustained a traumatic brain injury may require intensive care treatment, acute care rehabilitation, mental health counseling, outpatient therapy and living assistance.
The costs of intensive medical treatment can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars within a matter of weeks. The location of the head injury, its severity and the health of the patient will determine the recovery.
Many brain damage survivors have lasting disabilities. You may not be able to return to work.
Traumatic brain injuries are serious injuries that often require many weeks of intensive medical care and may cause permanent disability or leave the victim unable to return to work. A head injury victim whose injury was caused by another’s negligence may be eligible to claim compensation through a brain injury lawsuit for:
Assessing the value of a brain injury case is challenging. The severity of the injury, the details of how an accident occurred, and the insurance coverage available to provide compensation are among the variables that affect the value.
Each case has unique factors and other cases are not predictive of the value of your case. But The Colleran Firm does have a track record of securing significant settlements for brain injury victims. We obtained a $10 million settlement for a woman who suffered serious brain damage after her health care providers failed to diagnose her medical condition, and then failed to intubate her once she went into cardiopulmonary arrest. We secured a $10 million settlement on behalf of a child that suffered brain damage during delivery. We obtained a $9 million settlement on behalf of another child who suffered severe brain damage due to negligence during the birthing process. You lose nothing by contacting our firm for a free case evaluation, if we take your case, there are no attorney fees unless we win your case.