What is Brain Injury?
Over a million people suffer from traumatic brain injuries each year. Traumatic brain accident or injury (TBI) is also called intracranial injury, or simply head accident or injury, and occurs when physical trauma causes brain accident or injury.
Traumatic brain injury can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent amount of damage to the brain. TBI can cause physical, cognitive, emotional, and social difficulties. The outcome can be anything from complete recovery to permanent disability, or death.
While the exterior skull is smooth, the inner surface contains ribbing and pronounced bony structures. Impact with these inner surfaces of the skull causes tearing and bruising that results in brain damage.
Experience is very important when dealing with traumatic brain injuries. Fortunately, our personal accident or injury law firm is one of the most accomplished and professional firms in the state of Colorado, is well qualified in the area of brain accident or injury cases, and is very skilled at navigating the ins and outs of Oregon state law. No case is too small, as even mild brain injury can cause dramatic changes in a person’s life, including visible and invisible cognitive, physical, and mental disabilities. When determining the settlement a brain accident or injury client deserves, any physical, mental, social, and emotional damages suffered by the victim and his or her family can be very difficult to quantify. Nevertheless; Dwyer Williams Dretke is an experienced brain accident or injury law firm ready to help you get the full representation and settlement you deserve for your brain injury.
Disabilities Resulting from Traumatic Brain Injury
Disabilities resulting from a TBI depend upon the severity of the accident or injury, the location of the injury, and the age and general health of the patient. Some common disabilities include problems with cognition (attention, calculation, memory, judgment, insight, and reasoning), sensory processing (sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell), communication (language expression and understanding), social function (empathy, capacity for compassion, interpersonal social awareness and facility) and mental health (depression, anxiety, personality changes, aggression, acting out, and social inappropriateness).
The effects of traumatic brain injury can be profound. Individuals with severe injuries can be left in a long-term unresponsive state. For many people with severe TBI, long-term rehabilitation is often necessary to maximize function and independence. Even with mild TBI, the changes to a person’s life can be drastic. Change in brain function can have a dramatic impact on one’s family, job, and social and community interaction.
The top three causes of traumatic brain injuries are vehicle crashes, firearms, and falls. The most common mechanisms of accident or injury (how the brain becomes injured) include:
- Open Head Injury• Closed Head Injury
- Deceleration Injury (Diffuse Axonal Injury – compressing the brain inside the skull)
- Chemical/Toxic Injury
- Hypoxia/Anoxia (lack of oxygen)
Colorado Springs has various time limitations for settling or filing a traumatic brain injury claim. Most statute of limitations run two years from the date of the traumatic brain injury. This means that if you have neither settled your brain injury claim or filed a lawsuit within two years from the date of the traumatic brain injury, then any rights of a monetary recovery you have will be lost forever.
If you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance concerning a brain accident or injury, call Earl & Earl PLLC at 719-900-2500, or submit an online questionnaire. Our firm is experienced in handling traumatic brain injuries, both mild and severe. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis. That means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery.