Certain injuries are so severe that they require enormous expenditures for medical treatment and quality of life services and have life-long consequences for those who sustain them. In this regard, brain injuries are in a separate class entirely from other types of injuries. From a legal point of view, these cases are unique too. Obtaining a successful result in these cases requires a special skill set that few attorneys possess.
At Eisenberg, Cutt, Kendell & Olson, we are highly experienced in catastrophic injury cases involving traumatic brain injuries. We understand the special care and services victims and their families require in order to live meaningful lives. We also understand how to build strong and persuasive cases that maximize the compensation our clients receive. Over our decades in practice, we’ve built a reputation for our focus on these complex cases and have developed solid relationships amongst the brain injury community.
If your loved one has sustained a brain injury that was not their fault, our Salt Lake City brain injury lawyers are ready to help. Call (801) 901-3470 today.
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In cases involving catastrophic injuries, Eisenberg, Cutt, Kendell & Olson works closely with the treating physicians to understand the extent of the injury and its effects on the patient. We also bring in specialists such as neurologists and neuropsychologists who have the expertise and training necessary to determine the extent of the injury and its effects.
Finally, our attorneys work with a host of other professionals such as speech therapists, vocational and rehabilitation specialists, life-care planners and economists who are trained to identify the additional care and services the client will need in the future, as well as the financial resources that will be required to pay for them over the course of the client’s lifetime. These are just a few of the elements that become the basis of the client’s claim for damages.
As with every case we handle, we will thoroughly investigate the accident that caused our client’s injury to determine the individuals and/or entities that should be held responsible for the tragedy. Our goal is always to obtain maximum compensation for our clients so that they will have the resources available to them to ensure the highest possible quality of life. Through our specialized focus on this area of complex law, we have developed a unique ability to effectively advocate for the rights of brain injury victims and their family members.
We're ready to help you and your family explore your legal options at this difficult time. Contact us to request a free consultation today.
FAQ: Brain Injuries and TBIs
If you or a loved one suffered a life-changing injury, you will likely have countless questions moving forward. In addition to national and local resources like the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah (BIAU), we recommend a free consultation with our firm.
Before you come in, you may want to take a look at our most frequently asked questions surrounding traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and brain injury lawsuits:
What is a traumatic brain injury or TBI?
According to CEMM, “a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a blow or jolt to the head or penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain.”
TBIs can range from mild to severe and result in short- or long-term problems with independent function.
Not every brain injury is a TBI. As their name suggests, TBIs are typically linked to traumatic events.
What are the most common causes of TBI?
An in-depth report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals:
- 35.2% of TBIs are the result of falls
- 17.3% of TBIs are caused by traffic accidents
- 16.5% of TBIs occur when the head is “struck by or against” something
- 11% of TBIs are consequences of assaults
Blast injuries are also a leading cause of TBI for active-duty military personnel, and many TBIs are the result of sports injuries.
How do I determine the severity of a brain injury?
TBIs can be mild, moderate or severe and classification is based on how long you are unconscious, whether your memory or mental state is affected, and the results of neuroimaging tests.
If you suffer a brain injury, prompt treatment and monitoring can mitigate the symptoms and long-term effects of your injury.
Symptoms of mild TBIs, sometimes referred to as “concussions” include:
- Headaches and dizziness
- Excessive fatigue
- Problems concentrating or remembering
- Ringing in the ears
- Blurred or double vision
- Problems with balance
- Changes in sleep patterns
If you suffer a mild TBI, you should recover consciousness within 30 minutes and return to a normal frame of mind within 24 hours. While your brain can “bounce back” from a concussion, multiple concussions can lead to more serious injuries and even death.
You can find the symptoms of moderate and severe TBIs below:
- Extended unconsciousness or coma
- Severe headaches
- Chronic pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Seizures and convulsions
- Muscle spasms
- Amnesia and/or memory loss
- Confusion, restlessness, or agitation
- Trouble understanding and concentrating
- Inability or difficulty speaking
- Sleep disturbances
- Sensory changes or deprivation
- Vision changes or loss of vision
- Loss of bowel and/or bladder control
The main difference between moderate and severe TBIs is how long certain symptoms last. For example, memory usually returns within a week for victims of a moderate TBI, but it may be permanent for those who suffer a severe TBI. Similarly, a loss of consciousness that lasts for more than 24 hours is a symptom of a severe TBI.
How will a brain injury impact my day-to-day life?
Depending on its severity, your brain injury could cause permanent disability. If you are left with cognitive difficulties, for instance, you may need therapy or be unable to hold an intellectually demanding job. If your injury affects the emotional systems of your brain, you may need psychological care and have difficulty maintaining personal relationships. Unfortunately, 46% of people with moderate to severe TBIs go through a divorce within 5 years of their injury.
Often, brain injuries impair movement and strength, as well. If this is the case for you, you may need assistive care and devices.
Many brain injury survivors feel overwhelmed by the levels of assistance they need and the cost of those services. If your injury was caused by someone else, filing a personal injury lawsuit can help you overcome these financial challenges and provide you with the time, money, and resources you need to effectively cope with a TBI.
For case-specific questions and personalized legal support during this difficult time, please schedule a free consultation with our firm.