Boulder Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers

Concussions – Do Not Ignore Them
What If You Suspect That Somebody Or Some Company Caused Or Contributed to a TBI
Here are some steps to consider taking

Our firm has long focused on representing people with brain injuries, and we fully understand the life changing problems TBI can bring.

Traumatic brain injury symptoms can include memory losses, word finding problems, poor attention span, slowed thought process, headaches, and excessive fatigue. Sometimes called a closed head injury, TBI, or concussions, these symptoms may appear right away or not show up for days of weeks after the trauma.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the leading causes of death among young people below the age of 40, According to the CDC, 138 people in the United States die every day from injuries related to TBI, and in 2010, 2.5 million Emergency Room visits, injuries and deaths associated with TBIs.

Common causes of serious brain injuries include car and truck accidents, bicycle impacts and falls, slip and falls, and complications caused by other accidents. If you or someone you love sustained a serious concussion or other head injury, you may be able to take legal action against another person (or company) who directly or indirectly contributed to the injuries as a result of negligence, carelessness or some other act of wrongdoing. The compensation you could obtain could help you pay for therapies, lost present and future wages, loss of consortium, and personal and medical aides you may need to lead a normal life.

The brain is an immensely fragile organ, and neuroscientists have only scratched the surface regarding how and why the brain can malfunction. On the one hand, new science has shown that neural tissue is far more plastic than once assumed; it can be possible to regenerate damaged tissues and structures in the brain and certain neural functions can be restored. On the other hand, the more we collectively learn about the brain, the more it appears we don’t know.

Concussions – Do Not Ignore Them

If someone endures an obviously severe head injury, friends and onlookers will immediately know to offer medical attention. However, many people do not take the issue of more minor concussions seriously enough. A concussion is best understood as a minor traumatic brain injury (or MTBI). New science suggests that such concussions can actually change the brain’s glucose metabolism patterns for up to a week afterwards and leave the brain susceptible to subsequent injuries, which could be serious. So-called “second impact injuries,” for instance, can lead to edema in the brain, swelling, clotting and bleeding, stroke and death.

People who are involved with motor vehicle collisions, or slip and fall injuries, may not be aware of just how badly they’ve been injured, thanks to the endorphins and other stress hormones that kick in immediately after a crash or an injury. TBI victims should obtain medical care immediately and get thorough imaging done to rule out the potential for more serious side effects. Rest is also often critical to recovery.

What If You Suspect That Somebody Or Some Company Caused Or Contributed to a TBI

The cost of having to deal with even minor levels of permanent mental impairment can be catastrophic. For instance, imagine that an accountant who depends on his ability to do math suffers a blow to the head that substantially impairs the part of his brain that handles mathematics. Even if he regains his speech and lives a relatively normal life after the TBI, he can no longer work at his career and earn what he had been earning.

Here are some steps to consider taking:

First, get emergency care, even for a seemingly “minor” concussions.

Secondly, collect information from the incident. If you are too injured or sick to obtain this information – such as photographs of the scene, witness statements, etc. – have a trusted person obtain this information for you.

Finally, contact an experienced Boulder traumatic brain injury lawyers immediately to schedule a confidential consultation about what you can do to advance your case and protect your rights.