Although many people think that a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can only happen as a result of severe trauma such as a car accident or a fall from a height, the reality is that brain damage can occur even with what seems the slightest of blows to the head. A TBI can be devastating and life-altering, not only to the sufferer but also their family and loved ones.
Dealing with insurance companies and the continuous medical care brain injury sufferers require can overwhelm an accident victim. Those attempting to handle their case without a personal injury attorney often receive less compensation than they deserve.
A Michigan brain injury attorney from Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., can ensure your personal injury claim recovers the maximum compensation that the law allows.
We will look at your case in great detail, from the accident report to each at-fault party responsible, with the help of industry professionals to prove your case and recover fair compensation for the extent of your brain injuries.
One of the most common causes of brain injury is motorcycle accidents. When a motorcycle collides with another vehicle, the rider can sustain severe head trauma. Motorcycle helmets can help reduce the risk of brain injuries, but they are not always enough to prevent them.
Bus or truck accidents can be particularly severe due to the forceful impacts these large vehicles can produce. Truck accidents are often caused by driver fatigue or distraction, which can have catastrophic consequences. When a semi-truck jackknifes or collides with another vehicle, the force of the impact with a passenger vehicle can cause serious brain damage.
Another cause of brain injuries is airplane crashes. While airplane travel is generally safe, hundreds of airplane crashes have been recorded in Michigan. In an airplane crash, passengers may be ejected from the plane during a crash, which can lead to brain damage.
Pedestrians can suffer brain injury resulting from a motor vehicle accident or other incidents that cause them traumatic injuries. A pedestrian can fall and hit their head on the hard pavement or a curb, causing them to lose consciousness and require immediate medical attention.
Other brain injury causes include slip-and-fall accidents, bicycle falls, sports and recreational activity injuries, construction site injuries, labor and delivery injuries, delayed treatment or misdiagnosis, and police brutality incidents.
Blunt trauma of any sort can result in brain injuries. This can occur when someone experiences a blow to the head, such as a bar fight or a fall in a gym locker room. While not all blunt trauma incidents result in brain damage, it is still a leading cause of these types of injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) can be caused by different types of blows to the head. They can be caused by penetrating trauma or by blunt force trauma. They will usually be accompanied by an initial loss of consciousness followed by brain tissue swelling and pressing against the underside of the skull, which can reduce blood flow to the brain and put more pressure on the brain.
Beyond the damage to soft tissue in the brain, cerebral bleeding from damaged blood vessels can make traumatic brain injury prognosis difficult. The bleeding can also disrupt the oxygen supply to the brain, risking permanent damage to vital brain tissue.
A traumatic brain injury will not always manifest immediately. When you or someone you know suffers a closed head injury, monitor them for any symptoms that may appear so you can seek appropriate medical attention from a neurologist or other relevant medical professional. Common brain injury symptoms include:
A brain injury is a serious matter that should not be taken lightly. Many people who suffer from a brain injury never fully recover and cannot lead normal lives. Rehabilitation for a brain injury can cost thousands of dollars and often requires years of medical care. In some cases, the victim may never be able to return to work or even take care of themselves.
The effects of a brain injury can be devastating, both physically and emotionally. Brain injuries can have a profound and long-lasting impact on the lives of victims and their families. Brain injuries can lead to cognitive impairments, personality changes, and emotional problems in some cases. The effects of a brain injury can be devastating, both for the victim and for those who love them.
If you or someone you know has suffered a brain injury, it is important to get the victim the help they need as soon as possible. With proper rehabilitation and support, many victims can regain some level of functionality and lead relatively normal lives. However, the road to recovery is often long and difficult, and seeking restitution from the negligent parties at fault can help you avoid out-of-pocket expenses.
Orthopedic injuries can accompany brain trauma, and victims may require costly surgeries and physical therapy to recover from an accident.
Families that cannot provide personal attention will have to seek attendant care. Along with other expenses that the accident victim has to incur to deal with their new way of life, paying a care worker to assist a traumatic brain injury victim can make the financial burden unbearable for most people.
Brain injury victims can recover compensation for financial losses as well as non-economic damages. Financial losses include medical expenses and loss of wages. Non-economic losses include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, diminished earning capacity, and loss of consortium.
However, before you can collect these damages, your attorney must first be able to prove that an at-fault party was acting negligently when you sustained your head injury, such as the excessive force of birth assistance tools like forceps during delivery.
This process can be complex and requires establishing the at-fault party’s legal duty and breach of duty. Your lawyer will have to prove that your brain injury is related to the responsible party’s breach of duty.
Sadly, severe brain trauma from accidents can result in wrongful death. Of approximately 2.5 million instances of TBI annually, 50,000 will result in the victim’s death. As a family member of a victim that passes away from an accident, you are entitled to sue for damages.
Our senior partner, Eileen Kroll, is a nurse attorney who uses her experience in medicine and knowledge of the legal system to fight for brain injury victims and their families. Eileen has handled hundreds of cases and presided over numerous trials on behalf of clients, working tirelessly to maximize compensation.
Her settlements include a $3.8 million settlement for a brain-injured child during labor and delivery, and $9 million for a brain-injured man who had suffered a cardiac arrest and the hospital delayed treatment of internal bleeding for more than 14 hours.
Brain injury lawsuits require experienced legal representation to ensure you get the financial compensation you deserve. Your first thought may be that the attorney fee for a qualified personal injury lawyer is expensive and out of your reach.
Fortunately, you will not have to pay for legal services because our law firm works with you on a contingency fee basis because we believe everyone deserves the right to legal representation. It also means that we don’t get paid unless we secure restitution for you.
Whether from an auto accident, a slip-and-fall at the supermarket, a delayed medical diagnosis, or any other cause with a negligent party, a Michigan brain injury lawyer from the law offices of Cochran, Kroll, & Associates, P.C. can help you recover damages for severe head injuries.
Our contingency fee basis means we only get paid if we win your case, so there is no financial risk to you to get started. Call our law firm today at 1-866-MICH-LAW (1-866-642-4529) and schedule your no-obligation, free case evaluation.
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Oakland County, Michigan
While in the hospital a mother of three was not properly treated for a closed-head injury causing her untimely death.
A Livonia pedestrian recovered $1.4 million when he was struck by a commercial van resulting in a traumatic brain injury in Redford, Michigan.
Wayne County, Michigan
Patient suffered cardiac arrest and brain damage when a hospital failed to recognize internal bleeding and treatment was delayed for more than 14 hours.
Tuscola County, Michigan
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Wayne County, Michigan
Middle-aged woman suffered severe disfiguring facial burns from a simple surgical procedure.
Child developed cerebral palsy with developmental delays due to lack of oxygen and brain injury during labor and delivery.
A Westland construction worker recovered $1.5 million after sustaining a traumatic brain injury while on a construction site in Detroit, Michigan.
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