Denver Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have lasting, significant impacts on memory, thinking, mobility and mood. While these impacts can be damaging, they may be far more difficult to deal with when TBI survivors know that their injuries were caused by avoidable negligence.
The Denver lawyers at the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C. want to TBI survivors and families to know that:
• We understand how devastating TBIs can be.
• We are here for them, ready to help them pursue all available legal remedies.
• We can help them hold negligent parties liable while vigorously advocating survivors’ rights to financial recovery.
Over nearly 40 years, we have helped clients secure substantial recoveries, even when they thought they were only eligible for a minimal sum. Though money may never fully restore the losses caused by TBIs, our lawyers know first-hand how these recoveries can be essential to helping survivors heal.
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TBI Defined: What Is Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injury results from brain damage caused by some external force applied to the head. Commonly resulting from a hard hit or jolt to the head, TBIs can range in severity, from:
• Mild – Marked by fleeting symptoms, these highly treatable TBIs can still have lasting impacts, especially if a subsequent brain injury is sustained. This is because the impacts of TBIs (even mild TBIs) have been found to be cumulative. Concussions are one of the most common forms of mild TBIs.
• Moderate – Characterized by lasting symptoms, moderate TBIs are typically associated with physical, emotional and/or cognitive impairments that last for weeks, months or longer. Those with moderate TBIs may experience a brief loss of consciousness immediately after the injury, and they may find ways to overcome or compensate for their impairments with the right treatment plan.
• Severe – Associated with long-term or irreversible damage, severe TBIs can be marked by extended periods of unconsciousness immediately following the injury. They may also have life-threatening impacts, especially in absence of immediate medical attention.
While the symptoms of TBIs will depend on the severity of the injury, it is not uncommon for traumatic brain injury symptoms to be latent and/or generic in early stages. This can – and often does – mean that:
• Those who have suffered TBIs may not necessarily know they have sustained a brain injury in immediate after the injury-causing event.
• TBIs can be difficult to diagnose, especially within the first 12 to 48 hours after the injury has been sustained.
• TBI treatment can be delayed when diagnoses are difficult. In some cases, this can result in additional complications.
Traumatic Brain Injury Statistics
The latest statistics reveal the incidence and impacts of traumatic brain injury in the U.S.:1
• An estimated 5.3 million Americans are currently living with a TBI.
• About 3 out of every 4 traumatic brain injuries involve concussions or other forms of mild TBIs.
• About 1 in every 3 injury-related deaths results from a traumatic brain injury.
• Daily, TBIs kill an average of 153 people. Annually, this means that more than 55,000 people die from traumatic brain injuries.
• Males are more than twice as likely as females to suffer TBIs.
• While children 14 and younger, as well as teens 15 to 19 years old, have the highest risk of sustaining a TBI, those older than 75 are associated with the greatest risk of hospitalization and death due to traumatic brain injury.
• TBIs cost the U.S. more than $60 billion each year, when adding the direct and indirect costs associated with these injuries.
Negligence & TBIs: What Causes Traumatic Brain Injury?
Any event that results in a violent blow to the head – or violent shaking of the head – can cause TBIs. These injuries can involve:
• Penetrating wounds or closed head injuries
• A single incident or multiple brain-damaging events.
Two of the leading causes TBIs, which often arise from negligence, include:
• Falling accidents – These events cause more than 35 percent of all TBIs, and they are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury for those younger than 5 and older than 75. These accidents can include falls from heights, as well as slip, trip and falls.
• Motor vehicle accidents – These collisions account for more than 17 percent of all traumatic brain injuries, and they are the top cause of TBIs for those between 20 and 24 years old. These collisions can include car crashes, motorcycle wrecks, truck accidents and other types of traffic accidents.
Other negligence-related events that commonly cause TBIs include (and are not exclusive to):
• Being struck by an object
• Assaults, violence and combat
• Sports accidents
• All-terrain vehicle accidents
• Dangerous or faulty consumer products.
Recovering from TBI: The Medical & Legal Options for Recovery
Recovering from a traumatic brain injury can take time and involve a number of specialists. On the medical side, surgeons, doctors, therapists and others can help develop a comprehensive treatment plan to help TBI survivors:
• Regain as much function as possible
• Develop skills and strategies to help them overcome any lasting impairments or limitations
• Maximize their quality of life.
On the legal side, experienced TBI lawyers – like those at the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C. – can help TBI survivors and families:
• Determine whether negligence caused the injury
• Pursue the available legal opportunities for financial recovery
• Represent them in any dealings with insurers and/or court proceedings associated with their case
• Do everything necessary to set TBI cases up for the best possible results.
Find out more about how the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C. can help you with a potential TBI case by contacting us for a free, no obligations case review.
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If you or someone you love has sustained a traumatic brain injury, a Denver personal injury lawyer at the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C. is ready to partner with you as you seek compensation and justice you may be entitled to.
Call (720) 463-1516 or email our firm for a free case review. Our lawyers work on contingency – so you will not owe us any legal fees if there is no recovery in your case.
At the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C., our Denver lawyers are devoted, tireless advocates for the injured. We are skilled at leveling the playing field to help our clients achieve their goals and maximize their recoveries. Let us tell you more about how our advocacy can make the difference in your claim and recovery.
1: All TBI statistics herein have been sourced from the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)