We Represent Victims Of Traumatic Brain Injury
Your injury has lifelong consequences. You need an attorney who understands.
Any injury can have significant long-term consequences, but few are quite as serious as traumatic brain injuries. For most victims, life will never be quite the same. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may be unable to work or care for loved ones. You may feel fine now, only to suffer consequences decades down the road. You may require care for the rest of your life. With all of the difficulties that arise after a traumatic brain injury, you need a personal injury lawyer who truly understands your injury.
Unfortunately, the insurance company representing the person who caused your injury may only see you as a chance to save money. They don't understand - or deliberately refuse to acknowledge - the unique nature of brain injury cases. Making a brain injury survivor whole again can require hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars to pay for long-term care and treatment, a sum that insurers balk at paying even when they have a clear responsibility to do so.
One of our attorneys survived a brain injury. We know exactly what you're going through.
At NLE Law, we are uniquely qualified to help victims of traumatic brain injury. NLE partner Mike Nelson is himself a survivor of a serious brain injury who was lucky enough to make a miraculous recovery. Mike's story gives our legal team a unique insight into the challenges faced by survivors of brain injury, and the drive to work hard to help those survivors become whole again.
- Types of Brain Injuries
- Warning Signs of Traumatic Brain Injury
- Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
- Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injury
- Pituitary Dysfunction and Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain injuries have lifelong implications. When we prepare a case, we keep our client's entire lifetime in mind. Our personal injury team will closely review your medical records and work with our network of top medical providers and specialists in the Seattle area to get you the best possible care. We understand how to coordinate the long-term care and special services that brain injury survivors need. We'll put all of our considerable resources to work for you.
NLE Law has been at the forefront of brain injury prevention as well as litigation. Our law firm was one of the driving forces behind the Zackery Lystedt Law, which protects young athletes from concussions. Originally passed here in Washington, similar laws have now gone into effect in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, we can help. Contact us today to discuss your case and understand your legal rights. There is no fee for the initial consultation. Call (206) 623-7520 today.
Broadly speaking, a traumatic brain injury is any injury that results in damage to the brain. Most brain injuries are closed head injuries, which result in blunt force trauma to the brain. For instance, a person might hit his or her head on a windshield or car door during an accident, or may be struck in the head while playing a contact sport such as football. External trauma to the head is not always necessary; for instance, whiplash sustained in a car accident can cause a brain injury. Some accidents lead to penetrating head injuries, which are cases in which an object actually penetrates the skull and damages the brain directly.
There are three types of damage involved in traumatic brain injuries:
- Bruising: When the brain is injured, blood vessels can tear apart, which causes blood to pool within the brain and put pressure on sensitive tissue. This can cause tissue to die off and stop critical parts of the brain from functioning.
- Tearing: Microscopic tears can form in the brain when it is injured. These tears can be difficult to spot on a CT scan or an MRI because they are so small.
- Swelling: When the body recognizes that the brain has been injured, the body sends extra help to begin the healing process. Unfortunately, there is very little room within the skull, and pressure starts to build up. This, again, can cause critical areas to stop functioning.
Note that traumatic brain injuries do not necessarily involve loss of consciousness. Many survivors initially only suffer minor symptoms such as a headache.
Brain injuries can be insidious, and they may go unnoticed for some time. It's important to understand the symptoms of a brain injury and seek medical attention right away if you have any reason to suspect you may be injured.
- Persistent mild headache or neck pain.
- Loss of memory, concentration, organizational ability or decision making ability.
- Slow speech.
- Difficulty reading or focusing.
- Loss of energy or sex drive.
- Change in sleep patterns, e.g. insomnia or oversleeping.
- Loss of coordination or balance.
- Sensitivity to light.
- Blurred vision or loss of senses.
- Ringing in the ears.
- Mood swings or changes.
When a child suffers a traumatic brain injury, seeing those warning signs can be even more difficult. Children may feel some symptoms that they are unable to express, or they may not understand that a change in their body or mind is a sign that something is wrong. Some visible warning signs of a traumatic brain injury include:
- Lack of energy.
- An increase in tantrums or general crankiness.
- Changes in play or eating habits.
- Altered performance in school.
- Loss of previously learned skills such as reading or toilet training.
- Loss of interest in favorite toys, games or activities.
- Difficulty with balance and coordination.
If you have any reason to suspect that you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, seek medical help right away. Then, contact NLE Law. We'd be glad to meet with you for a free consultation.
Any incident that involves violent movement or an impact to the head can lead to a traumatic brain injury. The majority of these injuries are suffered in car, truck and motorcycle accidents, but a brain injury can happen at any time, for a variety of reasons. Some common causes of brain injury include:
- Falls: Older people are especially vulnerable to brain injury when they fall down. Falls from heights can also lead to brain injuries, such as construction workers who fall from scaffolding. Another common cause is falling merchandise or other objects that might strike a person in the head.
- Sports Injuries: In recent years, concussions sustained while playing sports have gotten a great deal of media attention. While sports injuries still account for a fairly small percentage of brain injuries, the majority of the victims are quite young, which means the long-term consequences can be severe. Many serious brain injuries involve "second impact syndrome," when an athlete who has already suffered a concussion is hit in the head again within seven days.
- Assaults: Any sort of violence that involves trauma to the head can cause a brain injury. These injuries may be sustained by law enforcement officers, members of the military, or private citizens who are victims of assault.
- Work Injuries: Falls and other incidents that can result in brain injury are a hazard in many workplaces. Working with heavy equipment in a factory or construction site, for instance, could lead to an accident that injures the brain.
Remember, brain injuries often remain hidden for some time after the trauma itself. That's why it's so important to seek medical help as soon as possible if there's any chance you could have sustained a brain injury - and to reach out to an attorney who has experience handling complex injury cases.
A concussion is a common type of traumatic brain injury that is caused when the brain jars or shakes inside the skull, causing damage to the brain when it impacts the inside of the skull. Concussions are often caused by falls or blows to the head, but it's not necessary for the head to actually strike the ground or an object to cause a concussion. When the head moves violently back and forth due to a sudden stop, the brain may also move inside the skull, causing a concussion.
Some common causes of concussions include:
- Vehicle collisions
- Fights and assaults
- Sports and recreational injuries
- Work accidents
It's important to remember that a concussion is a traumatic brain injury, and while concussions are generally mild, no injury to the brain is truly minor. Even a seemingly mild concussion can cause long-term symptoms, ranging from persistent headaches to significant changes in mood and energy level. Moreover, new evidence indicates that even a minor concussion can cause damage to the pituitary gland - the "master gland" that produces essential hormones, including growth hormone.
If you've sustained a concussion, no matter how minor, due to someone else's negligence, you need a law firm with extensive experience handling brain injury cases on your side. That's why we strongly encourage you to contact NLE Law today. We'll help connect you with top specialists and care providers to help you reach maximum medical improvement, and we'll pursue full and fair compensation for your injury.