Omaha Brain Injury Attorney
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are among the most devastating injuries someone can sustain, often impacting the rest of that person's life. The consequences of this brain damage can include short-term or long-term memory loss, sensory loss, physical impairments, permanent changes in lifestyle, or death.
A TBI, no matter how minor, almost always results in some lasting effects and will take time and effort to overcome. For a victim, this may mean not only pain and suffering, but changes in personality, abilities, and future achievements and employment. A small insurance settlement won't begin to cover the expenses and realities of life after a brain injury. That's why you need an experienced Omaha personal injury lawyer to represent you and fight for your rights.
After any brain injury, call the legal team at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. Tell us what happened, and we can talk about your options going forward.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Most brain injuries are caused by some sort of shock to the head, which impacts the brain. This could be a direct strike to the head, or an incident in which a person's brain strikes the inside of the skull. Both intended violence and unfortunate collisions can leave a person with a TBI, but also, according to the Mayo Clinic:
- A blast or explosive concussion can cause widespread damage to the head.
- Severe rotational forces (intense spinning) can tear the brain’s cellular structures.
- Any object that penetrates the skull, obviously, can cause direct tissue damage, internal bleeding, swelling, and potentially, infection.
In the U.S., you’re most likely to get a TBI from a:
- Fall (even falling from your bed or in the shower)
- Motor vehicle crash (whether you’re a driver, motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian)
- Attack (person-on-person violence)
- Sports injury (especially for children)
Consequences of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries can have serious consequences that greatly impact the rest of a person's life, or end it altogether. Even minor brain damage can result in loss of memory (short-term or long-term), or sensory loss (vision or hearing impairment). Brain damage can cause cognitive problems, including difficulty speaking or understanding what others say. It can alter the nervous system and your motor control over your body.
Some brain injuries can cause a sudden and serious change in someone's personality, which could manifest in violent outbursts and new likes or dislikes.
All of these changes can result in costly medical bills - not just right after the injury, but also in ongoing treatment like physical therapy and counseling. Changes in lifestyle - for example, dealing with vision loss - can destroy relationships, including marriages. That’s not to mention the loss of earning potential and need for a different career, if you can work at all.
Negligence and Liability After a Brain Injury
When a TBI is caused by someone else's negligence, it’s tragic.
Legally, someone who harms another person can be held liable for the damages he or she caused. The at-fault party would be responsible for immediate expenses - property damage and medical bills - as well as long-term costs: ongoing medical treatments, loss of wages and earning potential, and changes in lifestyle. It can be difficult to fully appreciate just how these costs will add up over the years, which is why you need a lawyer to consider the case from all angles and protect your future.
After Any Serious Accident, Call Us
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, just know that you are not alone. Call the Omaha brain injury legal team at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. at (402) 505-8234. Put us to work protecting you and your family’s legal rights. We can help.
- Brain Injury Safety Tips and Prevention - CDC
- Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA)
- Traumatic Brain Injury Information Page - NIH
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