Denver Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
Fighting for the Fair Recovery You Deserve
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), as many as 1.7 million Americans live with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Furthermore, moderate and severe TBIs are one of the leading cause of severe injuries, disability, and death in the United States. Unfortunately, if you or your loved one has suffered a TBI, you already know the immense, life-altering effects these injuries have on victims and their loved ones. Just the cost of treating a TBI over the course of a victim’s lifetime—without taking into account lost wages and non-economic damages—can easily extend into the hundreds of thousands of even millions of dollars range.
Sadly, a large portion of traumatic brain injuries should have never happened. Far too many TBIs are the result of entirely preventable accidents, which occur only as a result of someone else’s careless or wrongful actions. The good news: victims of such events are entitled to seek financial compensation for their losses, including both economic and non-economic damages, in the form of a personal injury claim filed against the at-fault person or party’s insurance provider.
It’s important that you speak to a knowledgeable attorney who can help guide you through this process. Your attorney will be able to gather evidence supporting your claim and analyze the full extent of your injuries and related damages. Your attorney will also be able to negotiate with the liable insurance company for a fair settlement or, if necessary, take your case to trial.
What Are Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Generally speaking, brain injuries are categorized into two types: traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and anoxic/hypoxic brain injuries. Anoxic/hypoxic brain injuries involve total or partial loss of oxygen to the brain, respectively, and often result from drowning, medical malpractice, birth injuries, and acts of violence. In contrast, traumatic brain injuries occur through force, whether blunt force to the head or outside force that causes the head to move violently on the neck. TBIs are typically broken down even further into closed-head and open-head injuries.
Examples of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Coup-contrecoup injuries
- Diffuse axonal injuries
- Penetrating head injuries
- Second impact syndrome
- Shaken baby syndrome
TBIs can result from a variety of incidents, such as car accidents, motorcycle crashes, and collisions with trucks, trains, or buses. They can also result from pedestrian and bicycle accidents, slip and falls, or defective products. Regardless of how the injury happened, if someone else was at fault, you could be entitled to compensation.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
It’s important to be able to recognize the signs of a traumatic brain injury, as it isn’t always easy to identify right away when someone has sustained a TBI. This is especially true in the event of a closed-head injury, such as a concussion. However, because all TBIs are extremely serious and require immediate medical attention, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of a TBI so that you can seek medical treatment for yourself or a loved one.
TBI symptoms can be physical, cognitive, or sensory in nature and may include the following:
- Confusion or disorientation
- Loss of consciousness
- Nausea, dizziness, and/or vomiting
- Persistent headache
- Headache that becomes worse over time
- Issues with balance
- Memory problems, including memory loss
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Insomnia/trouble falling or staying asleep
- Vision and/or speech problems
- A ringing sensation in the ears
- Blurred vision
- Slurred speech
- Light and/or sound sensitivity
- Difficulty concentrating
- Changes in mood or behavior
- Irritability or agitation
- Convulsions, seizures, or coma
These and other signs indicate that a person may have sustained a traumatic brain injury; call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room right away if such symptoms are present.
Filing a Catastrophic Injury Claim in Colorado
TBI claims generally fall under the umbrella of catastrophic injury, due to the intense and often permanent impacts these injuries have on victims and their loved ones. In order to file a catastrophic injury claim in Colorado, you will most likely need to prove that another person or party owed you a duty of reasonable care, yet failed to uphold that duty of care and, as a result, you were injured and sustained measurable damages. This often requires extensive investigation and analysis of your injuries, damages, and other relevant factors involved in your claim.
At Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C., our Denver TBI lawyers often work with a team of accident reconstructionists and medical experts in order to establish how an injury occurred and, importantly, who is responsible for our clients’ damages. Through meticulous case preparation and aggressive advocacy, we are often able to secure favorable settlements for our clients without having to go to trial. However, if the liable insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, we are fully prepared to represent you and your interests in the courtroom.
Contact Our Firm for a Free, Confidential Consultation
The road to recovery after a traumatic brain injury is often long and complicated, with many physical, emotional, and financial challenges. At Larson Larimer Schneider, P.C., our goal is to ease some of the stress you are under by handling every aspect of your legal claim, allowing you to simply focus on healing. Here, you are not treated as just another case number but, rather, as a real person navigating a real, difficult time in your life.