Brain Injury and Brain Damage Attorneys
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an insult to the brain usually caused by some kind of external force or intervention. Though not always visible, TBI can cause life-long physical, emotional, intellectual, and behavioral problems for the victim and create enduring hardship and disruption for the family. Because the required medical care and other support systems are often costly and prolonged, the financial burden can be enormous. Sometimes, the negligent or dangerous act of another may have caused the injury leading to brain damage. If this is the case, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
When a brain injury and brain damage occurs, a thorough investigation and evaluation of its cause(s)--conducted by a personal injury attorney with direct experience handling head injuries, brain trauma, and TBI-related accidents--is always the best way to proceed. To find an experienced brain injury lawyer in your area, contact the law offices of Schwartz Roller LLP. Our personal injury lawyers and accident attorneys have experience litigating brain injury and brain damage claims involving motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice, negligence, workers compensation, product liability, slip and falls, and many other personal injury actions.
What You Need to Know About Traumatic Brain Injury and Brain Damage
According to the Brain Injury Association, traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as "a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain." The impact from a fall, car accident, or sports injury; internal damage from a blow to the head, a gunshot, or surgery--all of these traumatic events can cause head injuries that lead to brain damage. Lack of oxygen and rising pressure on the brain following a trauma also can cause subsequent complications and damage.
Not all head injuries result in a TBI. The severity of such an injury may range from "mild," i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness, to "severe," i.e., an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. A TBI can result in short- or long-term problems with independent function. At least 5.3 million Americans currently live with disabilities resulting from a traumatic brain injury, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Why You Need an Experienced Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney
Each year, there are nearly two million head injuries of all types (including TBI) in the U. S. Of the 1.5 million people reported to sustain a TBI, 50,000 die, 235,000 are admitted to the hospital, and 1.1 million are treated and released from an emergency department. Traumatic brain injury accounts for more than one-third of all injury deaths in the United States, and nearly 100,000 people each year suffer a lasting disability from TBI. An estimated 62.3 per 100,000 adults age 15 and over are living in the community with enduring functional impairments due to traumatic brain damage.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that the direct and indirect costs of traumatic brain injury in the U.S. total more than $48 billion annually. Hospitalization and ongoing medical treatment accounts for nearly $32 billion, and fatal brain injuries cost the nation in excess of $16 billion each year.
The lifetime costs for one person surviving a severe TBI can reach $4 million, including medical and non-medical expenses such as home modifications, vocational rehabilitation, and health insurance. Average costs rise dramatically for victims who require extensive rehabilitation. Acute rehabilitation costs for survivors of a severe TBI have been shown to average about $1,000 per day.
When the stakes are this high, the complexity of investigating, litigating, negotiating, and resolving brain injury and brain damage claims escalates sharply. So does the need to get sound legal advice and assertive representation from an experienced brain injury lawyer dedicated to obtaining swift justice for victims of brain injuries and brain damage. The brain injury attorneys of Schwartz Roller LLP can help you recover financial damages and get full, fair compensation for medical bills, as well enduring physical and mental suffering, and lost income. They also have access to the resources and medical experts needed to present credible, qualified testimony on the type of future medical treatment that will be required, the duration and frequency of that medical treatment, and the cost. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury through the negligence or carelessness of others, use the convenient form on this Web site to contact a brain injury lawyer at Schwartz Roller LLP and receive a free, confidential evaluation of your case.
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