Traumatic Brain Injuries
Seattle Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys
Helping Victims of TBI in Washington State
At Carpenter & Zuckerman, our Seattle brain injury lawyers are committed to helping victims of TBI and their families. We understand the devastating impact that a brain injury can have on a person’s life, and we know how to help victims and their families recover the compensation they deserve.
Our firm has been representing brain-injured victims for more than 30 years. We know how to build a strong case that is designed to win in court, and we know how to negotiate with the insurance company to get you the compensation you deserve.
When you hire our firm, we will:
- Investigate the accident
- Identify all liable parties
- Calculate your total damages
- Handle all communication with the insurance company
- Negotiate for a fair settlement
- Prepare your case for trial
- Present your case in court
Our traumatic brain injury lawyers in Seattle, WA are not afraid to take on the insurance company, and we will do everything we can to help you recover the compensation you deserve. We have a proven track record of success, and we are ready to put our experience to work for you.
Our Case Results
We have won millions for TBI victims, including:
- $29.25 million: Client suffered a severe brain injury
- $17 million: Client suffered a traumatic brain injury
- $13.86 million: Client suffered a mild TBI in a car accident
- $12 million: Client suffered a mild TBI in a car accident
- $6.1 million: Client suffered a TBI in an assault
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a type of brain injury that occurs when an external force causes the brain to become damaged. TBIs can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage. They can also be classified as open or closed, depending on whether or not the skull is penetrated.
Some of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Construction accidents
- Acts of violence
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of TBIs in the United States. Motor vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of TBIs, followed by being struck by or against an object, and then by assault.
Symptoms of a Brain Injury
It is not uncommon for the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury to be delayed. In fact, many people who suffer TBIs do not realize they have been injured until hours or even days after the accident. This is why it is so important to seek medical attention immediately after any type of accident, even if you do not think you have been injured.
Some of the most common symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Convulsions or seizures
- Dilation of one or both pupils
- Clear fluids draining from the nose or mouth
- Weakness or numbness in the fingers and toes
- Loss of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Agitation or combativeness
- Profound confusion
- Unusual behavior
- Coma or other disorders of consciousness
If you or someone you love has suffered a blow to the head or a jolt to the body, it is important to be on the lookout for any of these symptoms. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention right away.
How Is a Brain Injury Diagnosed?
There are several different tests that can be used to diagnose a traumatic brain injury. The specific tests that are used will depend on the severity of the injury and the symptoms that are present.
Some of the most common tests used to diagnose TBIs include:
- Physical examination
- Neurological examination
- Imaging tests (CT scan, MRI, PET scan)
- Intracranial pressure monitor
- Electroencephalogram (EEG)
- Evoked potential tests
- Neuropsychological tests
It is important to note that some TBIs do not show up on imaging tests.
Long-Term Effects of a TBI
The long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury will depend on the severity of the injury and the area of the brain that was damaged. In some cases, the long-term effects of a TBI can be permanent and debilitating.
Long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury may include:
- Physical disabilities
- Cognitive disabilities
- Communication disabilities
- Behavioral and emotional disabilities
- Sensory disabilities
- Vegetative state
- Locked-in syndrome
It is important to note that the long-term effects of a TBI can be difficult to predict. Some people who suffer severe TBIs are able to make a full recovery, while others who suffer mild TBIs are left with permanent disabilities.
Cost of Treating a Brain Injury
There is no cure for a traumatic brain injury, but there are several different treatments that can help manage the symptoms and improve the patient’s quality of life. The specific treatment plan will depend on the severity of the injury and the symptoms that are present.
Some of the most common treatments for TBIs include:
- Emergency medical care
- Assistive devices
- Service animals
It is important to note that the cost of treating a traumatic brain injury can be astronomical. In fact, the Brain Injury Association of America estimates that the average cost of treating a severe TBI is more than $4 million.
Can You Sue for a Traumatic Brain Injury?
If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation. In order to recover compensation, you will need to file a personal injury lawsuit against the party that caused the accident.
You will need to prove the following elements:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care
- The defendant breached the duty of care
- The breach of the duty of care caused the accident
- The accident caused the traumatic brain injury
Proving these elements can be challenging, especially if you are still recovering from your injuries. This is why it is so important to hire an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney to handle your case.
Schedule a Free Consultation Today
If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury, we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation. Our Seattle brain injury attorneys are committed to helping victims of TBI and their families, and we will do everything we can to get you the compensation you deserve.
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