Columbus Brain Injury Lawyer for Help Recovering Compensation
Head and brain injuries can have profound impacts for victims and their families. Not only can the financial costs of treatment far exceed what most families can afford, but head and brain injuries can lead to substantial loss of income, emotional trauma, chronic pain and suffering, and other losses as well. As a result, seeking financial compensation is an important part of the recovery process, and accident victims and their loved ones should consult with a Columbus brain injury attorney as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), we understand what you are going through. We understand the enormous financial costs involved, and we also understand how living with a brain injury can impact all aspects of a person’s life. Whether recovery is on the horizon or the accident caused permanent brain damage, we know that you will need an experienced Columbus TBI lawyer to help you cope and move on.
Understanding the Severity of Head and Brain Injuries
From concussions to penetrating brain injuries, all types of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have the potential for serious and long-term consequences. As medical researchers continue to study the effects of trauma on the brain, we continue to learn more about not only the risks of TBI, but also the risks of failing to treat and manage these injuries effectively. With the substantial costs involved, it is important for anyone who has been diagnosed with an accident-related TBI to discuss their legal rights with a Columbus traumatic brain injury lawyer.
At Malek & Malek Law Firm, we handle cases involving all types of head and brain injuries in Columbus. We have significant experience recovering just compensation for vehicle collisions, falls and other accidents. No matter what happened, if you or a loved one has suffered any type of traumatic head or brain injury, we encourage you to contact a Columbus brain injury lawyer promptly for a free, no-obligation consultation about your legal rights.
Examples of head and brain injury cases we handle include:
Headaches, confusion, changes in sleep patterns and mood swings are all possible symptoms of a concussion. Anyone who is experiencing these (or other) symptoms after an accident should seek a diagnosis promptly. While it is possible to fully recover from a concussion, recovery requires rest and a gradual reintroduction of routine daily activities to ensure that the brain has time to heal.
Contusions, or brain bruises, can range widely in terms of their severity. While some contusions are fairly minor, others can cause swelling inside of the brain that can lead to serious and life-altering consequences. Personality changes, memory challenges, localized numbness or tingling, and difficulty speaking are all signs that prompt medical intervention may be necessary.
Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injuries
Coup-contrecoup brain injuries occur when the brain bounces off of the skull causing an initial injury and then suffers an additional injury on the opposite side due to a secondary impact. Symptoms and effects of coup-contrecoup brain injuries are often similar to those of concussions and contusions, although accident victims who suffer these injuries may experience additional physical and cognitive effects as well.
Diffuse Anoxic Injuries (DAI)
Diffuse anoxic injuries (DAI) occur when the axons, which are long nerve fibers, that send signals to and from the brain become torn due to trauma. These are potentially serious injuries that leave many accident victims in comas and facing life-altering disabilities. They can result from direct impacts to the head as well as violent shaking or twisting of the head caused by an external force applied to the body.
Hematomas and Hemorrhages
Hematomas and hemorrhages both involve bleeding inside of the brain. These can be life-altering or life-threatening injuries; and, in severe cases, emergency brain surgery will be necessary. However, symptoms may not appear right away, and it may not be immediately apparent that a person’s symptoms are accident-related.
Penetrating Brain Injuries
When a foreign object pierces the skull and penetrates the brain, the consequences can be devastating. If not fatal, penetrating brain injuries will often leave accident victims with severe cognitive impairments. Prompt and professional medical care is essential for mitigating the effects of these injuries to the fullest extent possible.
Second Impact Syndrome
Second impact syndrome occurs when a person suffers a secondary TBI while still recovering from an initial brain injury. When the brain is not fully recovered, secondary injuries can have greater consequences than they would normally. In many cases, second impact syndrome is a result of TBI patients receiving inadequate medical advice and care.
Additional claims include
- Moderate Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) – A traumatic brain injury is generally considered “moderate” when it disrupts normal brain function for more than a few minutes. While initial symptoms may be similar to those of a concussion, they may worsen over time, and there is a greater risk for lasting effects.
- Severe TBI – Severe TBI will typically have life-altering or life-threatening consequences. Accident victims will face long and difficult roads to recovery, and they may require medical care and/or support services for the rest of their lives.
- Skull Fractures – Skull fractures present various risks, from the risk of brain damage to the risk of severe infection. Prompt medical treatment is critical, and accident victims must receive professional medical care throughout the recovery process.
- Penetrating Head Injuries – Penetrating head injuries occur when a foreign object pierces the skull. Suffering a penetrating head injury is a medical emergency, and victims will frequently face substantial economic and non-economic costs.
- Facial Injuries – Burns, fractures, deep lacerations and other facial injuries can cause both physical pain and emotional trauma. These injuries are common in many types of accidents, and financial compensation will often be available.
- Ear, Eye, Nose and Jaw Injuries – Ear, eye, nose and jaw injuries are common in many types of accidents as well. These injuries can also trigger significant economic and non-economic costs, and they will often result in permanent impairments or disabilities.
Who We Represent
While some traumatic brain injury victims are able to pursue their own claims with the help of a Columbus TBI lawyer, in many cases loved ones will need to take legal action on a family member’s behalf. We can help you regardless of your situation. Within our traumatic brain injury practice, we represent:
- Individuals Diagnosed with TBI – If you have been diagnosed with a concussion or other form of TBI, we can represent you directly.
- Parents of Children Diagnosed with TBI – If your child has suffered a brain injury due to medical malpractice, a sports collision, a vehicle collision or any other incident, we can pursue a claim on your family’s behalf.
- Spouses Living with the Effects of a TBI Diagnosis – We regularly work with spouses in cases involving life-altering injuries, including TBI, suffered in workplace accidents and other incidents.
- Children of Aging Adults Diagnosed with TBI – If your aging parent is unable to handle his or her legal affairs independently, we can work with you to pursue a claim.
- Estates of Individuals Who Suffered Fatal TBI – We also have significant experience representing the estates of individuals who have suffered fatal injuries in wrongful death cases.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Columbus Brain Injury Attorney
If you would like to speak with a lawyer about filing a claim for a head or brain injury in Ohio, call 888-444-7440 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Columbus brain injury attorney. You pay nothing unless we win.