Brain injuries are often the most devastating injuries from which a person can suffer. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur in a car accident, a slip and fall, a construction accident, or any other type of unexpected incident. Trauma to the brain can have a major, long-lasting impact on the victim’s future.
Many patients who sustain TBI find that their lives and the lives of their loved ones are permanently altered. Brain injuries can leave patients with changes in mood and personality, chronic headaches, and losses in coordination and overall motor functions or even mental capacity.
If you were involved in a Denver accident that was due to someone else’s negligence and sustained a TBI, you need strong legal representation on your side to help you receive the compensation for the physical and financial effects of the injury. If your TBI was caused by the carelessness or recklessness of another party, you may be entitled to pursue compensation in a personal injury claim. The experienced and knowledgeable Denver traumatic brain injury legal team at Olson Law Firm will help you. At this difficult time in your life, you should focus on one thing and one thing only, healing. You should be able to put your trust in a team of experts who will help you get the compensation you deserve. You focus on now and we’ll focus on your future.
Since 2012, our firm has been committed to providing compassionate and successful representation to brain injury victims in Denver and throughout Colorado and Wyoming. It is our mission to help people who have sustained life-altering catastrophic injuries due to the negligence of others. Our relentless advocacy has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for deserving clients.
Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how our brain injury lawyers can help you.
What Is a Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injuries are caused by sudden jolts or penetrating injuries to the head that cause damage to the brain. Closed head injuries are typically the result of a bump, blow, or knock to the head that damages the brain while leaving the skull intact. Penetrating injuries, on the other hand, are caused by objects or even bone fragments that penetrate the skull and result in direct trauma to the soft tissue of the brain.
Some brain injuries, such as concussions, can be less severe. But many concussions cause serious, lasting trauma. In some cases, people who suffer concussions make full recoveries over time. Because there can be concussions that lead to more severe issues, it is very important no matter how “minor” the injury may seem at the time, that if you sustain a head injury of any type that you get a full workup by a physician. More severe TBIs have serious effects that can range from memory loss to comas and possibly even death. Even in minor cases, the effects of a concussion-like memory loss, word-recognition, and headaches can last for months or years.
Brain injuries can happen to anyone, but there are certain groups of people who are especially susceptible to TBIs. According to data from the National Library of Medicine, men are more likely to suffer TBI than women. Men are also more prone to sustaining a severe TBI. Adults who are 65 years old or older are most at-risk for TBI that results in hospitalization or death. American children also represent a significant proportion of all TBI hospitalizations each year.
Symptoms of a Brain Injury
In the most serious cases, brain injuries are easy to spot because of the visible trauma to a victim’s head. However, many TBI cases involve injuries that are largely invisible. This can make a TBI difficult to diagnose. TBI symptoms also vary widely from patient to patient. They may not even be noticeable for weeks or months after the initial trauma.
Some common symptoms of relatively mild forms of TBI include:
- Brief losses of consciousness, though many mild TBI patients remain conscious after they are injured
- Feelings of being dazed, disoriented, or confused
- Headaches, lightheadedness, and dizziness
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Blurred vision and feelings of tired eyes
- Nausea, vomiting, and unpleasant taste in the mouth
- Differences in the ability to smell
- Tinnitus, the medical term for ringing in the ears
- Abnormal sensitivity to light or sound
- Difficulties with memory and concentration
- Difficulties with attention, thinking, and decision-making
- Changes in behavior, mood, or sleep patterns
- Depression and anxiety
If you suffered a moderate or severe TBI, you may experience one or more of these symptoms of mild TBI. However, you may also have more serious symptoms, such as:
- Extended periods of unconsciousness, which may last 24 hours or longer in the most severe cases
- Chronic headaches that feel worse over time and do not go away
- Repeated episodes of nausea or vomiting
- Convulsions or seizures
- Inability to wake up from periods of sleep
- Abnormally large pupils, which are the dark centers of the eye
- Dysarthria, the medical term for slurred speech
- Feelings of weakness or numbness in the arms or legs
- Losses in coordination or motor function
- Increases in restlessness, confusion, or agitation
Common Causes of Brain Injuries in Denver
No two brain injuries are alike. Many cases of TBI are difficult to diagnose because they do not always involve open head wounds or skull fractures. However, many brain injury cases do share a handful of common causes, including:
- Slip and fall accidents – Falls are the most common cause of TBI among adults aged 65 or older.
- Car and truck accidents – The extreme forces of car and truck accidents are the most common causes of TBI among young adults.
- Motorcycle accidents – Even when motorcyclists wear safety helmets, many motorcycle riders involved in motor vehicle collisions suffer TBI.
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents – Bicyclists and pedestrians have far less protection than vehicle occupants in a crash, and TBI is a common result.
- Sports injuries – Head injuries from vigorous sports like football, soccer, and hockey frequently cause TBI among athletes and young adults.
- Domestic violence – Extreme cases of domestic violence, such as those involving battery with blunt objects, often result in TBI.
- Child abuse – Sadly, abusive mistreatment of children is the most common cause of TBI among children under the age of 4.
- Assault – Assault and battery involving weapons such as hammers, knives, or baseball bats frequently cause penetrating brain injuries.
- Gun violence – Being hit by a bullet or shrapnel is another common cause of penetrating injury to the head that often results in TBI.
Types of Compensation for Brain Injuries
If you suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence or reckless behavior, you may have the right to file a personal injury claim to pursue compensation. With a successful claim, you could secure money to reimburse you for the following types of TBI-related losses:
- Past medical expenses – If you required emergency treatment, diagnostic testing, surgery, medications, or therapy, you could be eligible for compensation to help you cover any related medical bills.
- Future medical expenses – If your doctors believe that your condition will require ongoing medical attention, such as physical, psychological, or occupational therapy, you could receive compensation for the estimated future costs of treatment.
- Lost income – If a TBI caused you to miss time at work, you may be entitled to compensation for any losses in income.
- Lost future earning potential – If you become incapacitated or disabled by the long-term effects of a TBI, you could recover compensation for reductions in your future earning potential.
- Pain and suffering – With a successful personal injury claim, you could be reimbursed for the subjective costs of the physical suffering and emotional pain you endured as a result of the TBI.
- Reduced quality of life – If the effects of a TBI cause you to suffer from reductions in quality of life, a consortium with loved ones, or enjoyment of your usual activities, you could receive compensation to cover such losses.
- Punitive damages – If a TBI was the result of an incident caused by a party who was egregiously negligent or reckless, you could be entitled to punitive damages, which are intended to punish those who are found liable.
Do I Need a Lawyer for My Traumatic Brain Injury?
Brain injuries are often the most difficult of injuries to prove in a personal injury case. Often they cannot be seen, victims don’t recognize their own symptoms, and doctors are dismissive of the symptoms their patients describe to them. On top of all that, juries are often skeptical of invisible injuries that they cannot lay eyes on like a brain injury. Such injuries simply are not like a broken leg or a back brace that a jury can see. If you are suffering from a TBI and think you may have a claim against someone else, it will always work to your advantage to hire an experienced brain injury lawyer to assist you with developing your case, working to prove your injury, and ultimately proving your injuries are worthy of compensation.
Contact a Brain Injury Lawyer in Denver
Traumatic brain injury cases are often complex and require the assistance of an experienced brain injury attorney. In many cases, TBI is an invisible injury that may be difficult to prove or even recognize without medical expertise.
When the Denver personal injury lawyers of Olson Law Firm take on a case, we conduct a thorough investigation of the incident that caused the TBI to identify the at-fault parties and work to ensure they are held accountable.
Our dedicated team also works with healthcare providers, financial professionals, and occupational experts to determine the potential long-term effects of your injuries. That way, we can help you pursue the compensation you need for the full scope of your TBI recovery and your future care.
Olson Law Firm handles all cases we accept on a contingency fee basis. That means unless we win compensation for your case, you’ll never owe us a penny. We charge no up-front costs, so you don’t have to worry about out-of-pocket expenses while we work to maximize your financial recovery. Again, this means you can focus on your health while we handle everything else.
Olson Law Firm is unique in that every day, we put clients first. We are not a large firm that handles hundreds or thousands of cases at a time. We represent only those who truly need help. This allows us to devote all the time and attention needed to each of our clients’ cases to ensure that at the end of the day, we win.
To learn more about how the Denver traumatic brain injury team at Olson Law Firm can help your case, contact us today for a free consultation. Initial case reviews and consultations are always free, confidential and there is no obligation.
Because we have always put our clients first, we have implemented a process that allows you to set-up either in-person or virtual consultations for all of your meetings with our team members. And if you need to sign documents, we have secure software that enables you to do that from the comfort of your own home as well. Finally, in order to get a sense of what your personal injury claim may “look like”, you may download a complimentary copy of Sean Olson’s book, “Results Matter”. Always remember we are here to help.