As many as 1.4 million people in the United States will suffer a brain injury this year, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the country’s leading cause of death for people under age 45.
The devastating effects from a brain injury can have far-reaching repercussions that leave the person, and often his/her family, forever changed. Those changes can vary from subtle to disastrous and may be temporary or permanent.
Because of its vast complexity and capabilities, the human brain continues to challenge scientists working to fully understand it. That incomplete understanding makes it difficult to quantify the effects of a brain injury and decide on a fair settlement.
If you find yourself dealing with the effects of a traumatic brain injury to yourself or someone you love, you need someone you can count on to help you understand your options and work to get you compensation to help you cope with a changed life.
The Heuser & Heuser law firm has the knowledge and experience in this complicated area to make sure your case is resolved successfully. We’ve been helping residents of Colorado Springs, Pueblo and elsewhere along the Front Range, Pikes Peak, and the Arkansas Valley for more than 30 years.
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Traumatic Injury, Devastating Effects
Closed head injuries may be caused by car accidents, falls, sports activities, and violence. In addition to what’s damaged at the moment of the injury, brain trauma causes secondary injury in the minutes and days following the initial injury. Those secondary injuries can involve pressure within the skull and changes to the cerebral blood flow, furthering damage to the brain.
Symptoms of TBI are numerous and may vary depending on the injury’s severity. However, any brain trauma can disrupt brain function, leading to dizziness, impaired memory or judgment, depression, nausea, slowed thinking, emotional outbursts, inattention, excessive sleepiness, and diminished libido.
Generally, these symptoms will lessen over time as the brain heals, but in some cases, symptoms can get worse because the patient is unable to adapt to the brain injury. Thus, it’s not uncommon for psychological problems to arise and worsen after a TBI.
Trying to determine what is actual brain damage and what may stem from other causes can be difficult. Symptoms that seem to relate to the injury may actually come from medicines, migraine headaches, other pain in the body, depression or preoccupation with job status, financial loss, or ongoing litigation.
The effects on the family of someone who’s suffered TBI can be as bad or even worse than what the person is experiencing. Stress levels skyrocket as loved ones cope with the physical and emotional changes in the person, and interpersonal relationships are strained.
Convincing a Jury
Presenting a convincing case to recover damages in a TBI case can present some exceptional challenges. Some lingering effects, such as impaired motor skills or speech impediment, may be readily apparent. A number of changes are less apparent but still may be shown through standardized tests or other methods.
More elusive is how to show personality changes after a TBI. What’s the most compelling way to convey to an observer – one who does not know the person and has no idea what he/she was like before the brain trauma – that the person is not who they used to be? How can the jury see how life has changed for the person and for the family?
Your Heuser & Heuser legal team will confront this challenge through scientific and emotional means. Using specialists and brain trauma experts and the medical documentation, your attorney will show the physical damage from TBI.
Then the team will call on family members, friends, coworkers, and neighbors to form a picture of the injured person prior to the trauma, his/her abilities before the injury, and how they’re now different.
Hopefully, you will never have to face questions that surface following TBI. But rest assured, should you find yourself in that difficult situation, the attorneys and staff at Heuser & Heuser have the experience and know-how to help get you through this.
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