Brain Injury Lawyer
Every year, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and life-long disability in the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported the following information:
- From 2006 to 2014, the number of TBI-related emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalizations and deaths increased by 53 percent.
- In 2014, TBI contributed to the deaths of 56,00 people, including more than 2,500 children.
- That same year, some 812,000 children under the age of 18 were treated in EDs for concussions or TBI.
- About 30 percent of all injury-related deaths come from brain injuries.
What are symptoms of TBI? Mild TBI victims may experience
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Problems with speech
- Sensory problems, like dizziness, slurred speech, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the moth, and/or the inability to smell.
Severe TBI patients could experience:
- Loss of consciousness for many minutes or hours
- Persistent headaches
- Convulsions or seizures
- Weakness/numbness in their fingers and toes
- Profound confusion
- Agitation, combativeness or other unusual behaviors.
- Any of the symptoms mentioned for mild TBI victims.
What Actually Is TBI?
TBIs are injuries most often caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. They could be triggered by an auto accident, a sports activity (including concussions), a fall, being struck by an object, a physical assault, etc.
Non-Traumatic Brain Injuries. Of course, there are other kinds of brain injuries – including those that are caused by the negligence of doctors and medical staff. Surgical errors, problems with anesthesia, failure to diagnose signs of stroke or heart attack, oxygen deprivation, errors or overdoses with medication – any of these factors can contribute to devastating brain injuries.
Treatment for brain injuries is costly and time consuming. Most brain injury patients miss extended periods of time at work and incur medical, hospital and treatment bills totaling thousands of dollars. If the injury was not their fault, why should they pay?
If you or a loved one believe your brain injuries were caused by your doctor’s carelessness, you should consider hiring an experienced brain injury attorney. It will be up to you and your attorney to prove negligence. To succeed, you and your attorney will need to demonstrate that:
- Your doctor failed to act with reasonable care toward you (the patient).
- Your doctor’s actions caused your brain injuries.
- Your injuries and losses (work time, medical bills, physical therapy sessions, etc.) are measurable under the law.
While the standard of proof for negligence is high, there are options available to brain injury victims, as an attorney, like a brain injury lawyer from Rapid City, SD, from a firm such as the Law Offices of Clayborne, Loos and Sabers LLP, can explain.