Injuries that affect your brain are particularly concerning since damage to your brain tissue can impair the way your brain functions. Your brain is the control center of your body and in charge of all physical and cognitive functioning, and a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause long-term changes in how you live.

TBIs can happen in an instant but have lasting effects on nearly every aspect of your life. These injuries can be costly in many ways – financially, physically, and emotionally. If another party was responsible for causing your injury, they should also be responsible for covering all of the costs of your injury, including the non-economic ones. You should not wait to discuss your legal options with a Phoenix brain injury attorney.

Successfully Handling Complex Brain Injury Cases

At Zanes Law Injury Lawyers, we represent clients following brain injuries, and we know how complicated these claims can be. Brain injuries are “invisible” injuries, which means it can be extremely difficult for others to know what you are going through and the many problems that you are experiencing due to your injury. Unfortunately, this leads insurance companies to undervalue brain injury claims.

If you are going up against an insurance company or need to file a brain injury lawsuit, you should not do it alone. You should always have a legal advocate who knows how to seek recovery for catastrophic injuries such as TBIs.

While each case is different with its own value, our firm has recovered millions of dollars for brain injury victims, including:

  • $1,320,000 for a young family whose nine-month-old daughter suffered a brain injury due to a drunk driver
  • $245,000 for a concussion and herniated disc from a parking lot crash
  • $225,000 for a teenager who suffered a brain injury and soft tissue injuries in an accident at an ATV park
  • $165,000 for a vehicle passenger who suffered head trauma in a collision

We know how to prove the extensive losses that stem from brain injuries, and we are ready to fight for full compensation and accountability in every case.

Risks of a Brain Injury in Phoenix

Accidents that lead to traumatic brain injuries can happen almost anywhere, and Phoenix is full of risks of many types of incidents that could put you in the emergency room with a brain injury.

Some examples include:

  • High-speed crashes on interstate 10, Interstate 17, or U.S. Route 60
  • Drunk driving accidents around the Downtown Phoenix Entertainment District
  • Falls at one of the many hotels or resorts around Phoenix
  • Sports accidents in PHXPlays youth sports leagues or school-related sports teams
  • Swimming pool accidents at one of the pools or splash pads around the city
  • Theme park accidents at Hurricane Harbor Phoenix or Castles N’ Coasters
  • Slip and falls while shopping at Safeway or Fry’s
  • Bicycle crashes on the Metro Area Bikeways or trails
  • Accidents while riding the Valley Metro bus or rail
  • Tour bus accidents to go see the Grand Canyon or surrounding attractions

You can suffer head trauma while simply crossing the street or engaging in your everyday activities, and often, someone else’s negligence is to blame for an accident. If you think – or know – that another person or company should be liable for your injuries, contact our legal team to learn how a Phoenix traumatic brain injury attorney can help.

Signs You Might Have a Brain Injury

Brain injuries are tricky conditions, as the signs and symptoms can vary widely from person to person. Sometimes, it is immediately clear that something is wrong, as a victim will be knocked unconscious for anywhere from a few seconds to days. Anytime unconsciousness occurs after an accident, you should get emergency medical treatment.

In other situations, the signs of a brain injury might not be readily apparent to you. Some people might feel like they are “out of it” or disoriented, and they might blame this on being involved in a traumatic event. In reality, this can be a sign of a serious TBI.

Other signs include:

  • Memory loss or confusion
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue or restlessness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Mood regulation problems and irritability
  • Difficulties with communication or processing information
  • Loss of coordination or balance
  • Slurring speech
  • Dizziness
  • Slowed breathing or heart rate
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Clear fluid from the ears or nose

If you notice anything unusual after you hit your head or suffer a jolt of the head, you want to get a medical examination. This is true even if symptoms do not begin to appear for hours or days following your accident, which is common for TBI victims.

Getting a prompt diagnosis of a brain injury is key for two reasons. First, you can start on a treatment plan to maximize your physical recovery. Second, you will have proof of your injury to provide to the insurance company to prove your injury claim, which helps to maximize your financial recovery. As soon as your condition is stable, let Zanes Law Injury Lawyers evaluate your rights.

Treatment for a Traumatic Brain Injury

Treatment plans for TBIs can also vary depending on the extent and type of injury. Some people might visit the emergency room and then head home to rest for a couple of days. Others might spend time in the intensive care unit (ICU) and then weeks in a rehabilitation center.

Treatment plans might involve:

  • Emergency trauma care and evaluation
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Hospitalization
  • Surgery to relieve or monitor intracranial pressure
  • Occupational or physical therapy
  • Long-term transitional rehabilitation

In most cases, brain injury victims must avoid activities that put them at risk of another brain injury for a long while. This can mean missing work or school and avoiding activities such as exercise, sports, or even playing with your children.

Types of TBIs

There are different types of brain injuries that doctors can diagnose. First, a medical professional will categorize your brain injury as mild, moderate, or severe, depending on how your initial symptoms present. A mild brain injury is also called a concussion, and too many people underestimate the potential severity of this injury due to its “mild” designation.

In reality, a concussion can have many symptoms and effects that can persist for a long time. Some complications can arise from concussions that prolong effects or put you at risk for other serious conditions. Always take a concussion seriously, even if your doctor diagnoses you with a “mild” brain injury.

Moderate brain injuries have more pronounced signs and symptoms at the time of diagnosis, and these effects can last for a long time. Often, severe brain injuries might put patients in a coma, cause amnesia, and leave other dramatic effects.

In addition to these categories of TBIs, you might receive a diagnosis of:

  • Closed head injury
  • Open head injury
  • Skull fracture
  • Diffuse axonal injury
  • Hematoma
  • Hemorrhage
  • Edema or swelling

You can also suffer a hypoxic brain injury, which does not result from trauma. Instead, this type of brain damage results from oxygen deprivation to the brain. This is common in near-drowning accidents or birth-related injuries.

Possible Effects of a Brain Injury on Your Life

The initial costs of medical diagnosis and treatment of a brain injury are only the beginning of the effects you can experience from this type of injury. These injuries can have many effects on your life, including:

Cognitive Impairments

Your brain is in charge of thinking and processing information, and a TBI can disrupt this functioning.

Victims might have difficulty with:

  • Verbal or written communication and finding words
  • Slower reading speeds and reading comprehension
  • Understanding and following basic directions
  • Short or long-term memory

These cognitive effects can prevent kids with TBIs from keeping up in school and adults from performing their jobs. They can also make even simple social conversations frustrating or everyday tasks such as paying bills or following a recipe.

Some people have cognitive effects of TBIs for months, years, or even permanently. This can take a major toll on your life, and the challenges of living with cognitive disabilities can cause emotional distress, as well.

Physical Impairments

Brain damage can also affect your movement and sensory abilities, and many brain injury victims experience:

  • Slurred speech or stuttering
  • Muscle spasticity (involuntary tightening of the muscles)
  • Seizures
  • Vision or hearing problems
  • Altered gait and balance problems

These effects can be obvious to those around you, while the brain injury itself is not visible or apparent. This can increase the struggle of victims since others might not know why they are walking, speaking, or otherwise moving in an abnormal manner. Some physical effects of brain injuries keep people from playing sports, engaging in physical labor, or even working in their yards or picking up their kids.

Behavioral Impairments

Damage to certain parts of the brain can impact the way you act, and this can cause many problems in your life.

Behavioral problems from brain injuries can involve:

  • Major personality changes
  • Changes in your tastes, likes, and dislikes
  • Lack of emotional control or showing improper emotion for a situation
  • Recklessness and lack of good judgment
  • Poor mood control and angry outbursts
  • Depression and anxiety

Sometimes, victims of brain injuries change so much that it can put a strain on their close relationships. Family or friends might have difficulty adapting to the behavioral or personality changes, which might last for a while or might even be there to stay for a lifetime.

Long-Term Risks of Concussions

A single serious traumatic brain injury can change your life as you know it in the above ways, making it difficult or impossible to maintain your personal and professional life. However, you should never discount the risks of concussions. Even though these are technically “mild” injuries, they can cause many problems and complications.

First, you can develop post-concussion syndrome (PCS), which can extend the length of your symptoms significantly. PCS often occurs when there are other underlying psychosocial issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), pre-injury anxiety, and more. However, medical professionals might not have an explanation for why you developed this complication at all. PCS can increase the effects of a concussion on your life.

If you suffer multiple concussions throughout your life, such as from playing contact sports or several car crashes or falls, you have an even greater risk of medical complications.

People with multiple concussions might develop:

These can all cause serious cognitive or emotional impairments much earlier than most people would experience had they not suffered multiple head impacts.

CTE is not diagnosable until after a victim passes away, but the condition can cause serious mental struggles, including suicidal tendencies. Many people who are diagnosed with CTE post-mortem committed suicide as their cause of death. Medical researchers are working to discover how to diagnose CTE in living individuals to better treat it and prevent suicides, though they have not yet made this discovery.

People with these effects of multiple concussions might have to stop working much earlier than expected, and they might require long-term care at a young age.

How a Phoenix Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Can Help

If you receive a TBI diagnosis, you should follow your treatment plan and focus on your improvement. However, if someone else caused your head trauma, you should not wait too long to discuss your legal rights and options with a Phoenix brain injury attorney at Zanes Law Injury Lawyers.

We can:

  • Identify all parties that should be liable for your losses
  • Calculate your past, future, and intangible losses
  • File claims with all necessary insurance companies and negotiate a favorable settlement
  • File a personal injury lawsuit if needed to get the compensation you need

This is not a simple process, and you should remain focused on life after your brain injury. Allow our legal team to handle every step of the legal process for you.

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