Denver Brain Injury Lawyers
Brain injuries, also known as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), are a severe type of injury that anyone can sustain in a personal injury accident. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) actually considers TBIs to be a leading cause of death and disability in the United States, with the organization estimating that 1.5 to 1.7 million Americans suffer from one each year.
Since some of the effects from a TBI won’t manifest until much later — possibly over the following days, weeks, or even months after the accident has occurred — seeking out medical attention immediately is always strongly recommended to prevent lasting damage.
Once you have received medical attention, you will want to enlist the aid of a highly skilled Denver traumatic brain injury attorney like the ones at The Bourassa Law Group to help you win maximum compensation for your injury.
If you or someone you love have fallen victim to an accident that led to a traumatic brain injury, contact the experienced and dedicated Denver personal injury attorneys of The Bourassa Law Group at (303) 331-6186 or online for a FREE, no-obligation consultation.
Defining a Brain Injury
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke classifies a brain injury as a form of brain injury sustained from sudden trauma. Depending on a multitude of factors like the severity of the injury, age, gender, genetics, and whether or not immediate medical attention was received, the resulting effects of a TBI can vary.
Again, it cannot be overemphasized, it is absolutely important to you or your loved one’s physical and mental well-being to get examined by a licensed medical professional. Medical professionals will be able to tell you exactly what damages you have suffered and can issue a proper diagnosis to get you started with a treatment plan.
To help medical professionals deliver a proper diagnosis, the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) was implemented in the U.S. to help classify the severity of a traumatic brain injury. The various ‘levels’ include:
- Mild – Confusion and/or a loss of consciousness as well as disorientation that lasts less than 30 minutes.
- Moderate – A loss of consciousness between a duration of 20 minutes to 6 hours.
- Severe – A loss of consciousness greater than 6 hours.
It is worth noting that the severity of a TBI is not a clear indicator of the amount of health issues the victim will suffer from later down the road.
To illustrate this, a victim who suffers from a TBI that was diagnosed as “severe” may be able to have a full recovery with no lasting effects. On the other hand, an entirely different victim that suffered a “mild” TBI may also suffer from life-long health issues.
Additionally, it is worth noting that a victim does NOT have to suffer loss of consciousness in order for them to have suffered a concussion or traumatic brain injury. This is especially important to remember as many individuals may fail to seek out medical care because they do not believe their injury was severe. Regardless of how serious you believe your TBI to be, please seek out medical attention.
For a FREE, no-obligation consultation from our compassionate Denver traumatic brain injury lawyers, contact us today at (303) 331-6186.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Some of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Falls – This cause accounts for approximately 40 percent of all TBIs.
- Unintentional Trauma – This includes being struck by, or against, an object.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents – These types of accidents are considered to be the 3rd most common cause of TBIs.
- Trauma Caused by Violence – As the name suggests, these types of TBIs can be caused by essentially any form of physical violence.
- Sports-Related Injury – Traumatic brain injuries frequently occur in sports like football, basketball, soccer, martial arts, and even bicycling.
- Work-Related Injury – Slip and fall accidents account for 20 percent of all work-related TBIs.
- Combat-Related Injury – Victims of blast trauma in the military commonly suffer from TBIs.
TBIs can be a scary injury to deal with, not only for the victim but for the victim’s family. Our experienced traumatic brain injury attorneys will be able to help you secure full compensation so that the victim can begin the process of healing. While no amount of money may ever make up for the trauma, it will provide a foundation to help the individual seek out the assistance needed to begin piecing their life together.
Our Colorado brain injury attorneys recognize that these types of injuries can have a profound effect on the victim. We want to ensure you that we will be with you every step of the way so that you or your loved one receive the care and attention you deserve.
At The Bourassa Law Group we fight hard to earn your trust.
Common Symptoms of a Brain Injury
There are various symptoms and signs that an individual has experienced a traumatic brain injury. If you or a loved one has been a victim of brain injury, watch out for the following signs and symptoms:
- Vision Problems
- Physical Weakness
- Sensitivity to Light or Sound
- Slurred Speech
- Ringing in Ears
- Loss of Consciousness
- Issues with Motor Skills
- Convulsions or Seizures
- Sleep Problems
- Communication Problems
- Full or Partial Paralysis
Another serious issue that can arise is hemorrhaging or the flow of blood stopping to the brain. Both of these types of situations can cause irreparable damage.
In tandem with these types of physical symptoms, you should also keep an eye out to see if the victim experiences any cognitive and/or behavioral changes. It is worth noting that the following symptoms may be temporary or lifelong depending on the severity of brain injury:
- Memory Issues
- Changes in Temperament
- Poor Judgment
- Social Skill Difficulties
- Problem-Solving Issues
- Learning Challenges
- Inappropriate Behavior
- Cognitive Issues
- Mood Swings
- Lack of Motivation
Children need even more attention if you believe they may have suffered a traumatic brain injury as they may have difficulty explaining how they are feeling. Parents will need to monitor them closely for any changes in activity or play, changes in eating or nursing, motor skill problems, a loss in their toilet training skill, or any changes in their sleep pattern.
The physical and emotional/mental symptoms mentioned above are NOT an all-encompassing list; some individuals may experience other symptoms. In any case, seeking out medical attention immediately is a must.
Health Concerns Caused by Brain Injuries
Plenty of physical and mental health complications exist for those that have suffered from a TBI. Some of the short and long-term complications that can arise from a brain injury include but are not limited to:
- Blood Vessel Damage
- Nerve Damage
- Vegetative State
- Persistent Vegetative State
- Severely Altered Consciousness
- Brain Death
If you or someone you love has sustained a head injury and are in desperate need of maximum compensation to help you recover, look no further than The Bourassa Law Group. Contact us today at (303) 331-6186 to speak with one of our experienced Colorado traumatic brain injury attorney.
Treatment and Coping with TBI
Treatment for a TBI will vary based on the grade of severity. Should you or a loved one deal with a significant injury, there may be the need to seek long-term care from medical specialists.
The various forms of treatment may include:
- Mild Injury: Most mild traumatic brain injuries require minimal treatment that will typically include rest and over-the-counter pain relievers to deal with headaches. Follow-up medical appointments may be required.
- Moderate to Severe Injury: A moderate or severe TBI will require emergency care to ensure the brain receives sufficient oxygen and does not obtain permanent damage. Emergency care may also mean dealing with hematomas (clotted blood), repairing skull fractures, or bleeding.
- Ongoing Rehabilitation Treatment: In some cases, ongoing rehabilitation treatment may be required in order to relearn certain skills. A number of medical professionals and experts will help deliver the care you need to regain some semblance of your previous life if you have suffered major damage. These individuals can also be used to help build your legal claim, providing expert analysis of your situation, as well as delivering testimony on your behalf.
These types of cases are scientifically demanding and oftentimes require the eye of a medical team, investigators, accident research specialists, and other legal professionals in order to secure your win.
Not only do we have those resources at hand but we have the strong will to win compensation for you.
Have you suffered a brain injury? Do NOT wait to contact the committed and compassionate Denver attorneys of The Bourassa Law Group at (303) 331-6186 or fill out an online request form for a FREE, no-obligation consultation.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.