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Kentucky Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
Obtain Full Compensation For Brain Injuries Resulting From Accidents
Though traumatic brain injuries typically occur at a singular moment in time, the long-lasting impact and impairment as a result of the injuries may develop over weeks, even months, after an accident. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) may result from any number of things, from a car accident to defective products or malfunctioning machinery. Even medical negligence can result in cerebral palsy or other severe brain damage. Regardless of the cause, a brain injury of any sort can seriously impede your ability to work or function physically or emotionally, often for the remainder of your life.
At The Lawrence Firm, PSC, we are experienced and dedicated to assisting accident victims and their families after a brain injury caused by someone else’s negligence. We understand the losses you have suffered and will help you recover the compensation you deserve. As in all the personal injury claims we handle, we will work to demonstrate the severity of the injuries and recover maximum compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, health care needs, and other related long-term expenditures.
If you or your loved one has suffered traumatic brain injuries caused by another, an Ohio or Kentucky brain injury lawyer at The Lawrence Firm can help you collect the medical evidence you need to demonstrate your injuries and obtain proper compensation for your losses. We represent clients throughout Kentucky and Ohio, with law offices in both Covington and Cincinnati. Contact us online today or call 800-698-4054 to schedule a free consultation regarding your case.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury is a serious brain injury that occurs suddenly and typically by an excess of force. As such, traumatic brain injuries generally result from a forceful blow to the head. Tens of thousands of people die from these head injuries every year in the United States. According to brain injury statistics provided by the Kentucky Safety and Prevention Alignment Network, approximately 14,000 traumatic brain injuries occur each year in the state of Kentucky alone, with about 6.5% of these cases ending in fatality. Further, a study by the Kentucky Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund Board indicates that between 5.0 to 5.3 percent of Kentucky’s population has a head injury that could impair future functioning.
There are both mild and serious cases of TBI. A mild traumatic brain injury case is typically something like a concussion, which can affect the cells of the brain and cause temporary problems such as:
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Nausea and vomiting
- Speech problems
- A state of confusion or disorientation
- Sleep problems
- Changes in mood
- Loss of consciousness, typically a few seconds to a few minutes
Moderate to Severe TBI
More severe cases of traumatic brain injury can cause much more far-reaching consequences. For survivors of moderate to severe TBI, long-term and even permanent cognitive problems may result. Some of the problems associated with severe brain injury include:
- Persistent headache
- Loss of vision in one or both eyes
- Dilation of one or both eyes
- Increased difficulty waking up from sleep
- Slurred speech/difficulty speaking
- A change or loss of taste or smell
- Dementia/memory loss
- Mental illness, such as anxiety or depression
- Continuous nausea and/or vomiting
- Mood and personality changes, including increased agitation or restlessness
- Numbess or tingling of the extremities
- Difficulty moving or getting around
- Loss of consciousness, typically a few minutes to a few hours
As you can see, it is incredibly important that any injured person experiencing a head injury, no matter how minor it may seem, exercise reasonable care by seeking medical attention as soon as possible after the accident. Our attorneys will fully investigate your injuries and identify all responsible parties to pursue your claim and fair recovery. If you or your loved one lost consciousness at an accident scene, are suffering from memory loss, are overly emotional or temperamental, or are experiencing any other symptoms like these, you may have suffered a head or brain injury. If this is the case for you, call The Lawrence Firm today to see if you can file a Kentucky personal injury claim against the at-fault party.
What are Common Causes of Brain Injuries?
Most often, brain injuries are caused by a blow to the head. Even if you do not strike your head directly, you may have suffered a head injury as a result of some sudden force of impact. Another common cause of brain injury is a lack of oxygen. Anytime the brain loses oxygen or suffers trauma, the victim is at risk of the long-term effects of a brain injury.
As such, head and brain injuries occur often and from any number of potential causes. Some of the most common causes of TBI include:
- Motor Vehicle Traffic Accidents: Even though modern cars come with built-in safety mechanisms such as airbags, seat belts, and anti-lock brakes, people can still suffer severe injuries such as TBI from car accidents, truck accidents, and other motor vehicle accidents.
- Defective products: Defective products such as malfunctioning machines and equipment, malfunctioning tires or brakes, or defective medical devices can cause devastating injuries, including TBIs, to consumers. Unfortunately, proving an entity’s liability can be an extremely complex task. Our Ohio and Kentucky product liability attorneys have the resources, knowledge, and determination to try complex product liability cases.
- Child injuries: We expect children to sustain a few minor child injuries during their younger years, but something no parent can or should have to anticipate is their child receiving a brain injury. Anything from pediatric malpractice to a serious auto accident caused by someone else’s negligence can be responsible for such catastrophic injuries.
- Medical Malpractice: Medical negligence may account for anywhere between 250,000 to 400,000 deaths per year, and those who survive are often left with debilitating injuries, like traumatic brain injury, for example. At The Lawrence Firm, we specialize medical malpractice claims, holding Ohio and Kentucky hospitals and physicians responsible for their negligent actions that led to our client’s injuries.
- Birth Injuries: Birth injuries, which are often related to medical malpractice, are another common cause of traumatic brain injury. Although some birth injuries are mild and have no long-term consequences, others, such as brain injuries during childbirth, can cause lifelong impairments that impede the child’s cognitive, emotional, and physical development.
Other common causes of brain injury include gunshot wounds, strokes, shaken baby syndrome (the violent shaking of an infant or toddler), combat injuries, acts of violence, and sports injuries, to name a few.
What are Common Types of Brain and Head Injuries?
Just as there are many ways in which a person may receive a TBI, there are also several different types of head and brain injuries that may result. Some of the more common traumatic brain and head injuries include contusions, concussions, intracranial hematomas, edemas, and skull fractures.
However, not all brain injuries are traumatic in nature. There are certain non-traumatic brain injuries that do not result from blunt force trauma of any sort, but rather from things like a disease, aneurysm, or oxygen deprivation. For example, hypoxic brain injury (also known as hypoxic/ischemic brain injury or HIE) and anoxic brain injury are common severe brain injuries that result from a lack of oxygen and blood flow to the brain. Whether the injury was trauma-related or not, a brain or head injury of any kind can have a significant impact on a person’s life and require the help of a brain and head injury lawyer.
What Damages Are Recoverable for Traumatic Brain Injuries?
If you or a loved one is a brain injury victim, meaning someone else caused your injuries, you have the right to pursue compensation from the party responsible. The compensation amount you are able to receive depends on a few factors, namely the number of damages your injury lawyers are able to prove. These damages can be economic, non-economic, and punitive:
Economic damages refer to verifiable monetary losses the victim suffered as a result of their injuries. This includes payment for all related medical bills and expenses, lost wages, loss of employment or future earning capacity, property damage, and more.
Whereas economic damages are measurable, non-economic damages are more subjective in nature. This means these damages are meant to compensate the victim for non-monetary losses such as pain and suffering, mental distress, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
These damages do not go toward your own financial recovery, but rather work to punish a defendant for any harmful or especially grievous actions they may have committed.
Why You Need a Kentucky Brain Injury Attorney
When you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic brain injury due to someone else’s reckless and negligent actions, the best thing you can do is seek the help of an Ohio or Kentucky brain injury lawyer. This is because brain injury cases often have a lot riding on them, and without qualified legal assistance, you could lose your shot at receiving fair compensation for your losses. For instance, the insurance company of the negligent party will likely use a slew of tactics to persuade you to settle early on and for much less than you deserve. As a result, you will likely end up with the bare minimum, if anything at all, when fighting alone. That is why it is absolutely crucial to hire experienced TBI lawyers like those at The Lawrence Firm to handle your case.
Once an attorney-client relationship is established, our Ohio and Kentucky brain injury attorneys will get straight to work on your claim. Below, we’ll provide an overview of what to expect after we take your case.
When you obtain our help, our attorneys will:
- Investigate the cause of your accident and identify all responsible parties
- Collect medical documentation and accident reports
- Assist you in procuring the medical treatment you need
- Handle communications with insurance companies
- Contact medical experts who can help demonstrate your injuries and financial loss
- Secure witnesses to testify on your behalf
- Negotiate with other parties involved to reach a fair settlement
- Fully advocate on your behalf in and out of court
Our Ohio and Kentucky injury lawyers are also willing to meet all you at your home or in the hospital to best accommodate your needs. That way, you can focus your energy on making a full recovery while we handle the legal and financial aspects of your case.
Contact The Lawrence Firm, PSC for a Free Case Review Today
It is no secret that a serious injury to the brain or head can forever change a victim’s life. That’s why our law firm is dedicated to helping brain injury victims and their families improve their quality of life following an accident caused by someone else’s negligence.
Do not delay, call The Lawrence Firm today. The sooner we get involved, the more our brain injury lawyers can do to help your case. You can reach us at 800-698-4054 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
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We are happy to offer a free consultation to evaluate your case. If you hire us as your legal counsel, we will represent you on a contingency-fee basis. You will pay no attorneys’ fees unless we recover financial damages.