Traumatic brain injury is the number one cause of disability among young adults and children. Cullan & Cullan can help victims of brain injury get compensation from the responsible person or group. We are experienced in brain injury law and can help you understand your rights.
Causes of Brain Injury
Car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and semi truck accidents are by far the leading cause of brain injury. Other common causes of brain injury are birth trauma, falls, and accidents of all kinds, including swimming pool, railroad, boating, and airplane accidents. Falling or flying objects, such as items falling from improperly stacked shelves at stores or other businesses, are another common cause of brain injury. Additionally, brain injuries can be caused by anoxic or hypoxic injury (lack of oxygen, blood flow), cardiopulmonary arrest, airway obstruction, hemorrhage, infectious disease, and carbon monoxide poisoning or other toxic exposure.
All brain injuries can be serious. According to the National Head Injury Foundation, head injuries are a “silent epidemic.” The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that more than five million Americans have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Many of these brain injuries cause severe disabilities that require extensive medical care and affect the person’s ability to work and interact with others. In situations such as this, it can be essential for a person to obtain monetary compensation to pay for medical bills and maintain a brain injury victim’s quality of life, particularly if that person is unable to work. Our firm fights to get restitution for victims of brain injury. Our attorneys understand brain injury law and can help get the compensation you need to restore your life.
Types of Brain Injury
An open head injury occurs when the head is struck by an object, causing an open wound and perhaps penetration of brain tissue. A closed head injury occurs when there is no open wound to the skull or penetration of the brain – rather this injury is caused by violent movement or blunt trauma. A few common examples of closed head injury are “shaken baby syndrome” or when a boxer or NFL player sustains brain injury from one or more blows. Our brains are encased in the skull, which is a protective shell. When the head is violently moved, the acceleration and deceleration forces cause the brain to move, bounce, and rotate within the skull. This violent movement results in the brain tissue being sheered, damaged, and destroyed. Microscopic and/or major internal bleeding may result.
When a brain cell is damaged or destroyed it cannot be repaired. The brain may try to reroute the activity around the damaged cells but the damages to the effected brain cells themselves are permanent and irreversible.
Symptoms of Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury can cause a variety of devastating symptoms, including:
- Altered state of consciousness – person was dazed or confused at scene
- Loss of consciousness – person was “knocked out” or unconscious
- Memory loss – either short or long term memory loss
- Blurred Vision
- Loss / partial loss of smell
- Loss / partial loss of taste
- Loss / partial loss of vision
- Loss / partial loss of hearing
- Sexual dysfunction
- Speech problems (searching for words)
- Sleep disturbances – inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, or nightmares
- Mood swings
- Loss of anger control
- Inability to concentrate
- Inability to make decisions
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Increased sensitivity to noise
- Increased sensitivity to movement
- Decreased intellectual ability
- Lack of interest or desire to participate in life
For more information on the symptoms of brain injury contact the personal injury attorneys at Cullan & Cullan, serving Kansas, Missouri, and Arizona. We have doctors who are also lawyers. We have extensive medical and legal experience to help victims in these types of cases.
Brain Injury Affects All Aspects of a Person’s Life
There are many, many cases where a person who has sustained a brain injury appears fine, but family members, friends, teachers, and co-workers know that something is seriously wrong with them. This person may have sustained a brain injury that is labeled “mild.” It is considered mild because the person may appear normal on the outside. Our personal injury attorneys know that the term “mild brain injury” is a misnomer because the consequences of the “mild brain injury” may be devastating for that individual and their family. These are very difficult cases for the injured person because they often know their behavior is abnormal but can’t control it.
At our law firm, our personal injury attorneys have represented many people with brain injuries who try to function normally and just can’t. Their behavior may be dangerous or bizarre. We have had a case where a young executive hit his head on a side car window during an accident and afterwards, though he looked fine, he could no longer remember how to do simple math or spelling. Brain injury can cause short and long term memory difficulties. A person may remember nothing from their childhood or previous life with a spouse or child. They may have short-term memory problems where they forget what was said in a conversation they just had, or what they just read. They may forget to turn the water or stove off. They may forget to eat. They may remember how to drive a car and be able to follow road signs but forget where they were going in the first place. They may not remember where they parked their car or where they live. They may forget to pick up their children at school. They forget appointments. They can’t remember names of people. They may stutter trying to find words they once knew. They frequently place themselves in danger.
Tragically, employers and friends may be sympathetic to the brain injured person at first but may ultimately lose patience with that person and fire them or leave them socially isolated. Rehabilitation is necessary to teach the brain-injured person how to do things they have forgotten, new coping skills, new ways to remember things, and new ways to control their emotions. The goal is to give the brain injured person skills that will enable them to return to the community and vocational environments and be accepted, safe, and happy. Medical care exists to help people if they are aware of it and can afford it. The brain injury attorneys at Cullan & Cullan, can help you get the money necessary to pay for this sort of therapy.
Brain Injury Treatment and Care
The severity of head injuries varies a great deal. Head injuries are complex to diagnose and treat. Early detection and treatment by medical care providers who specialize in head injuries is vital to enable the injured person to live as comfortably and productively as possible. This can require a multi-specialty team including but not limited to: neuropsychologist, physical and rehabilitation medicine specialist, psychiatrist, psychologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech therapist, and rehabilitation and behavior therapist. There are many medications that may also help an individual with brain injury. The goal of medical care is to help the individual learn coping techniques to enable them to live as happy a life as possible. Family support and education, community integration, and restoration of their lives are the primary goals. If this is not possible then supported independent living, day treatment, or group home assisted living may need to be explored.
Contact Our Kansas City Brain Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury you should immediately seek the advice of an attorney who has experience in the complexities of these cases. Many attorneys are not skilled in the law or medicine involved. Please Contact our Kansas, Missouri, and Arizona offices for a review of your brain injury case, or to speak with a member of our law firm.