The brain is one of the most complex and powerful organs in the body. When injured, the brain can react in many different ways. These injuries affect every person differently, but all require very specific medical attention. Symptoms of a brain injury can include:
- Personality changes
- Sleep disturbances
- Persistent headaches
- Memory problems
- Loss of coordination
- Difficulty concentrating
These symptoms may not always be evident right away, and sometimes the injured person's family will notice these or other symptomatic changes first. Some brain injuries may prove severe and long-lasting, requiring costly treatments and hospitalizations. Injured persons and their families should not have to shoulder these costs alone, particularly if the victim was not at fault for the accident that caused the injuries.
At The Law Firm of Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler, PLLC, our Charleston personal injury lawyers advocate for those who have suffered serious injuries from negligent accidents, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations and more.
Causes Of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be caused by falls, motor vehicle crashes, construction accidents and any other accident that causes a blow to the head. Unfortunately, in the case of on-the-job injury, a helmet doesn't protect workers against every form of head injury. While a helmet may protect the integrity of the skull in an accident, the blunt force of a head injury can cause trauma to the brain anyway. The same goes for seat belts in car crashes. While a seat belt might keep a person from being ejected from a car in the event of an accident, the forces involved in a crash can force the brain against the inside of the skull, which can cause internal bleeding and other damage.
Workers involved in heavy industry in West Virginia, such as logging and coal mining, may be at particular risk for suffering a serious head injury. And as some head injuries don't show symptoms until later, these workers sometimes have difficulty accessing workers' compensation to help pay for medical bills and other related expenses. Our attorneys help these workers access medical professionals who are experienced in diagnosis and treatment of TBI, which can help in making a successful workers' compensation claim. And in the case where a TBI may be the result of unsafe conditions at work, we can pursue the possibility of a third-party personal injury lawsuit against an entity other than the direct employer, such as the manufacturer of defective equipment.
Unique Experience Handling Traumatic Brain Injury Cases
We have attorneys who specifically focus on representing injured victims in traumatic brain injuries. Additionally, we are active members of the Brain Injury Association and the National Brain Injury Foundation. Having a focus with this specific injury claim has given us invaluable insight into the medical aspects of a claim and how these specific injuries affect the victim. This gives our team the leverage we need to make a good case and make it more likely that you will reach a successful outcome in court.
Contact Our West Virginia Injury Attorneys
Contact the serious injury lawyers at The Law Firm of Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler, PLLC, to schedule a free initial consultation at 304-205-1810 or 800-797-9730.