When accidents are so severe that victims suffer a TBI, maximum compensation is needed.
Our traumatic brain injury lawyers pursue full reimbursement from workers’ comp or a personal injury settlement.
A moderate or severe head injury can have devastating lifelong consequences like inhibiting your ability to work or even affecting your memory. In many cases, a head or brain injury isn’t immediately detected, making it more difficult to ascertain damages and make a proper demand for payment. Because brain injuries aren’t always immediately evident, this makes prompt medical attention even more important.
If you or a loved one have recently received a traumatic brain injury diagnosis, it’s time to speak with a knowledgeable attorney about your legal rights. Treatment for brain injury is often expensive and long-term, meaning the medical bills will start piling up fast. To make matters worse, you may find it difficult to return to work or perform at the same level as before the accident. You may even have to switch careers or stop working altogether and file for disability.
An experienced attorney can help hold your employer or another liable party accountable for your losses. Our skilled legal team at Murphy Law Firm pursues maximum workers’ compensation for Montanans who suffer brain injuries at work or in another type of accident. Our traumatic brain injury lawyers have the in-depth knowledge necessary to protect victims of accidents by seeking legal recourse through every available avenue.
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- We’ve recovered millions of dollars in settlements for our clients
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What is a TBI?
TBI stands for “traumatic brain injury.” TBI is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. This type of catastrophic injury is usually caused by a sudden and severe hit, bump, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain.
Traumatic brain injuries are categorized into the following levels based on their severity:
- Mild: A person with a mild TBI, also known as a concussion, may experience a brief change in mental status or consciousness. Effects may include difficulty in maintaining attention and balance, as well as headaches, dizziness, and vision problems.
- Moderate: A person with moderate TBI is often “lazy” or lethargic, and can only handle minimal visual stimulation.
- Severe: A person suffering from a severe TBI usually experiences an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss after the injury (such as a coma).
Traumatic Brain Injury Statistics
- About 1.7 million cases of TBI occur in the U.S. every year (over 4,500 cases every day). Every 9 seconds someone sustains a brain injury.
- Approximately 5.3 million people live with a disability caused by TBI in the U.S. alone. Acquired brain trauma is the second most prevalent disability.
- Men represent 78.8 percent of all reported TBI accidents, while women represent 21.2 percent.
- There are about 235,000 hospitalizations for TBI every year, which is more than 20 times the number of hospitalizations for spinal cord injury.
- Between 50-70 percent of TBI accidents are the result of a motor vehicle crash.
- TBI is a contributing factor to a third of all injury-related deaths.
- 80-90% of concussions resolve within 7-10 days.
Sources: https://www.aans.org/en/Patients/Neurosurgical-Conditions-and-Treatments/Traumatic-Brain-Injury | https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html | https://www.brainline.org/about-us | https://www.braintrauma.org/faq
Common Causes of TBI
In the workplace, the most common setting for on-the-job injuries which affect the brain is construction sites. Construction jobs put workers at greater risk of falling from ladders, scaffolding or other high places, or being struck by a falling object.
Here are some of the most common causes for both work-related and non-workplace traumatic brain injury (TBI):
- Car and truck accidents
- Slip and falls
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Violence and self-harm
- Sports injuries
- Suffocation (hypoxia)
- Chemicals and toxins
TBI Symptoms: Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries
When symptoms appear shortly after the accident, it’s common for the injury to be linked to the accident. But not all brain injuries immediately manifest. Traumatic brain injuries don’t always involve an open head wound or skull fracture, and a person may not lose consciousness either.
With a brain injury, it’s essential to seek medical treatment right away so complications don’t arise later. Some common signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injury include:
- Chronic headaches
- Ringing in the ears
- Excessive fatigue
- Drastic mood swings
- Confusion and short- or long-term memory problems
- Diminished mental capacity
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty speaking or communicating
- Sleep disturbances
If you experience any of these symptoms following an accident, you should contact your doctor immediately.
TBI Compensation: How Can a Brain Injury Lawyer Help?
A traumatic brain injury can drastically change the lifestyle of the victim, requiring a lifetime of ongoing medical care, treatment and therapy. It can also be difficult to return to work, making it hard to earn a living and provide support for your family. When these types of accidents occur, it’s critical to establish liability and pursue the full extent of legal remedies available. This includes seeking reimbursement for lost income, future earnings, medical expenses, and long-term care needs, as well as any other expenses associated with your injury.
Any time an accident takes place, it’s necessary to prove causation. Once an injured victim is able to show how the accident was caused, negligent parties are easy to identify. When a duty of care is owed, such as the duty to provide a safe work environment, and that duty is breached, a victim can seek compensation for damages from their employer. In other accidents, certain duties also exist, like the duty to drive safely and avoid collision with other motorists.
Experienced TBI lawyers examine the facts, connect the dots, and make claims for damages after establishing liability. In most cases, the use of an expert witness is employed, which helps accurately quantify the amount of damages. An accurate amount of damages is needed to fully reimburse an individual for the change to their lifestyle, impact on the quality of their personal relationships, and their inability to return to work.
Schedule Your FREE Consultation With An Experienced Montana Brain Injury Attorney To Discuss Your Rights to Compensation
If you have questions about recovering from a traumatic brain injury and your next legal steps, we can help. For physical and emotional support after your accident, you should seek help from doctors, counselors, and family and friends. But when it comes to your financial recovery, you need a professional who knows how to navigate the legal system and will fight for the compensation you deserve.
At Murphy Law Firm, we will fight hard for you. Our law firm has represented injured Montanans for decades, and we have 75+ combined years of experience. We’ll look after your best interests with acceptance, honesty, and integrity — regardless of age, race, religion, or background. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay unless we win.
We may be able to help you obtain reimbursement and compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Travel expenses
- Loss of consortium (income, companionship, child care, etc.)
- Emotional distress (pain and suffering)
- Punitive damages (money given as punishment)
You should know that there’s a deadline on how much time you have to file a compensation claim for a traumatic brain injury. Talk to our experienced injury lawyers in Great Falls, Montana as soon as possible to start building your case.
Contact Murphy Law Firm today to schedule your free consultation.
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