Brain Injury and Concussion Lawyers
As a society, we are becoming increasingly aware of the devastating impact traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can have on injured persons and their families. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 1.7 million people sustain a TBI every year, and a new TBI occurs every 15 seconds. With the help of the brain injury lawyers at Maschka, Riedy, Ries & Frentz, you can receive the compensation you deserve after a mild or serious brain injury, bringing you one step closer to reclaiming your quality of life.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
TBIs can range in severity from mild concussions to life-threatening injuries. Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by a wide variety of incidents, ranging from falls and car accidents to sports injuries and assaults. In many cases, the cause of a traumatic brain injury is relatively easy to identify. However, in some cases, it can be challenging to determine the specific cause of the brain injury. Some of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
Falls: Falls are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries, accounting for approximately 30 percent of all TBIs. Falls can occur while walking downstairs, slipping on ice, or diving into a pool.
Motor vehicle crashes: Car accidents are a leading cause of TBIs, accounting for approximately 20 percent of all head injuries. Head injuries are the most common type of injury sustained in a car accident.
Assaults: Assaults are a leading cause of TBIs. Approximately 20 percent of all TBIs are the result of assaults.
Being struck by falling objects: Falling objects account for approximately 10 percent of all TBIs. This can include things such as construction materials or tools and injuries sustained from being struck by a car or bike.
Cerebral hypoxia/anoxia: This condition occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen. This can be caused by various things, including drowning, smoke inhalation, and medical conditions such as heart attack or stroke.
Treating and Identifying TBIs
It's crucial to be aware of the symptoms of TBI because even so-called "minor" TBIs or concussions can have devastating effects down the road, especially if medical care is overlooked or put off. Common signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include:
- Dizziness/Balance Problems
- Vision Problems
- Sensitivity to Light/Sound
- Difficulty Concentrating or Remembering
- Irritability/Increased Emotion or Sadness
If you suspect you or a loved one has suffered a concussion or TBI, it's vital to seek medical attention immediately. The road to recovery from a brain injury can be long and frustrating. Some studies indicate it may take years to recover from a TBI fully. This can place extreme emotional and financial hardship on the injured person and their family. Some TBIs leave people with permanent residual cognitive, sensory, motor, and emotional impairments.
It's essential to be patient and work with your doctor to create a treatment plan to help you regain as much function as possible. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating TBIs, so it's important to work with your doctor to find the best treatment for you. Some of the treatments that may be recommended include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, cognitive rehabilitation, and counseling.
There are many things you can do to help reduce the symptoms of a TBI and speed up the recovery process, including:
- Rest and avoid physical activity for a few days after the injury
- Drink plenty of fluids and eat healthy foods to help reduce nausea and vomiting
- Avoid drinking alcohol or using drugs
- Avoid bright lights and loud noises
- Participate in physical therapy or rehabilitation exercises as directed by your doctor
- Follow up with your doctor regularly for check-ups
Traumatic Brain Injury Cases
A traumatic brain injury can happen to anyone at any time. If you have experienced a TBI, you may be eligible for compensation covering medical bills, economic damages, emotional distress, and other results of another person’s negligence. A TBI's physical, emotional, and financial consequences can be significant and often require long-term care and support.
A brain injury can be a devastating event, both for the injured person and their family. An experienced attorney specializing in brain injury cases is critical to help you and your family recover from your injury and cope with any lasting changes. The personal injury attorneys at Maschka, Riedy, Ries & Frentz will devote the resources needed to present your brain injury in the most favorable light, including retaining highly specialized experts to explain the mechanism and effect of the brain injury.
We understand that being injured can be a difficult time. You may deal with physical pain, emotional stress, and financial worries. We will do everything we can to help you through this tough time. We will take care of the paperwork, deal with the insurance companies, and fight for the compensation you deserve.
The brain injury attorneys at Maschka, Riedy, Ries & Frentz have successfully represented and fought for the people and their families suffering from traumatic brain injuries and concussions. Our law firm has handled nearly every type of personal injury case, from car and truck accidents and slip and falls to medical malpractice and traumatic brain injury. We know what it takes to get the best results for our clients, and we are prepared to fight for you every step of the way.
If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury, it's critical to contact an experienced brain injury lawyer immediately to help you on the path to recovery. Contact us for a free consultation today. We will work with you to understand the extent and effects of your injury and develop a plan to obtain the maximum compensation possible.