TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURES (TBI)
St. Louis, Kansas City, and Jefferson City, Missouri
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe brain injury, full time care will be needed. This may include daily living assistance, daily nursing care, and physical therapy. Each brain injury is unique and the extent of impairment largely depends upon where and how the brain is damaged.
A personal injury attorney can help you with the financial aspect of your injury. The traumatic brain injury attorneys at The Bradley Law Firm have decades of experience dealing with hospitals and insurance companies, and we can by obtaining full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Our aggressive brain injury attorneys can review your matter and determine the best course of action for you and your family.
Potential awards or settlement amounts may cover:
- Lost wages
- Loss of companionship
- Related medical expenses
- Emotional and physical suffering
- Diminished earning capacity
- Diminished quality of life
Prompt diagnosis and treatment are vital in order to prevent further brain damage. However, depending on the injury’s location and severity, symptoms may be delayed or may be misinterpreted. The longer diagnosis and treatment are delayed, the more severe the injury may become.
There is a causal sequence of impairment once an initial injury happens to the brain:
- The primary brain injury, sustained from the original trauma or event, and
- The secondary injury, resulting from the damage done by the primary injury.
The goal of prompt diagnosis and medical care is to prevent or minimize any secondary injury. Delay in medical care allows undesirable developments, such as impaired breathing, internal bleeding, and shock, to cause further mental and physical damage. Such delay can also lead to wrongful death. The same can be true of spinal cord injuries.
There is much still unknown about the brain. If you sustain any sort of head injury, it is best to seek medical care even if you are not feeling any immediate symptoms.
According to traumaticbraininjury.com , common TBI symptoms are:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Changes in personality
- Lack of motor skills
- Slurred speech
- Ringing in the ears
- Diminished coordination
- Inability to concentrate
- Impaired memory
- Sleep disturbance
A TBI Example
A recent case of a TBI unexpectedly causing death is that of Natasha Richardson, wife of actor Liam Neeson and member of the well-known Redgrave family. In March, 2009, she was taking a skiing lesson on a beginner slope near Quebec when she fell. According to the ski resort statement, she showed no signs of injury, but following strict protocol, the ski patrol brought her to the base of the slope and insisted she see a physician.
The ski instructor took her back to the hotel and about one hour later, she stated she had a headache. An ambulance transported her to a nearby hospital. She was then transferred to a Montreal hospital, where it was determined death was imminent and a private jet took her to a New York hospital. Within hours, she died.
Three Types of TBI
Open brain injury – when the skull is penetrated and the brain punctured by a sharp object. Open brain injuries are particularly complicated due to the potential for infection.
Closed brain injury – when a sudden force causes the head to jerk and the brain to smack against the skull. A whiplash injures the neck but may also cause a closed brain injury. Shaken Baby Syndrome is another example.
Oxygen deprivation – when the brain is deprived of oxygen for too long. Some of the brain cells will die and functioning in that area will be impaired or destroyed. This type occurs in a near-drowning and in births where the baby’s breathing is impaired by an airway blockage or the umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby’s neck.
Common TBI Causes
A TBI is sometimes caused by slip and fall accidents. Other scenarios include:
If a tragic accident has left you or a loved one with a traumatic brain injury, The Bradley Law Firm can help. We will gladly give you a free case evaluation to determine if a party may be liable, and if so, how much compensation should be awarded. Please call or send us an email. Our personal injury law office serves St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri. We also serve residents of Jefferson City and rural parts of Missouri.