Brain Injury Attorneys in Madison, WI Working Hard to Protect Their Clients
Brain injuries can occur for many reasons and result in devastating changes to the lives we once knew. Both the victims and the families will have life-altering changes in their lives due to these severe injuries. So what can you do to help you and your family move forward? What options exist for those who have fallen victim to brain injuries? Are you eligible for compensation based on a severe brain injury that occurred?
Our team has worked with several clients and their families over the years to help them understand their options and put together an effective plan to navigate the new landscape of their life. Call one of our Madison brain injury attorneys today at (608) 448-6242 to learn how we can specifically help you and your family.
What Causes Brain Injuries?
There are many causes of brain injuries. One of the most common is experiencing a car accident. Whether you hit your head on the windshield, the steering wheel, or other parts of the vehicle, this can lead to severe brain injury in the form of traumatic brain injury or TBI.
Motorcyclists and Bicyclists are also subject to severe head trauma that can lead to brain injury. If they collide with a car or are thrown to the pavement with or without a helmet, it can lead to a severe brain injury.
Falling objects are also a common cause of severe brain injuries. Tree branches, objects at job sites, and more can slam into the head, causing harm to the brain that can be incredibly damaging.
Are All Brain Injuries the Same?
Brain injuries are classified as mild, moderate, and severe traumatic brain injury (“TBI”) . Some symptoms can cross over to another category, but the basic types are briefly discussed below.
Mild TBI can mean that the patient is exhibiting memory loss or loss of consciousness. Their CT scans and MRIs may come back with a clear result rather than show any damage to the brain. This can cause several TBIs to be missed or misdiagnosed. It is essential to discuss with your doctor the symptoms that you are feeling to make sure your diagnosis is consistent with your symptoms.
Moderate TBI symptoms typically are loss of consciousness for up to 24 hours, loss of memory for several days (up to weeks and even months), and abnormal scan results.
Severe TBI characteristics are unconsciousness or coma for more than 24 hours, loss of memory that can become permanent rather than temporary, and abnormal scan results that can show brain lesions, nerve damage, loss of white matter, and more.
What are Common Symptoms of a Brain Injury?
Brain injuries affect patients differently based on the severity of the injury and the cause. The symptoms can range from physical symptoms such as headache, dizziness, vomiting, sensitivity to light, seizures, numbness or tingling, and more to emotional symptoms. Common emotional symptoms are temper outbursts, anxiety and depression, mood swings, and more.
Cognitive symptoms also appear either immediately for the patient or shortly after the injury. These can include difficulty concentrating, confusion, memory deficits, brain fog, and more.
Am I Entitled to Compensation?
If you or a loved one feel that a brain injury was caused due to another’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. You can work with your experienced Wisconsin injury attorney to determine whether or not you have the ability to prove negligence, and if so, you may have a compensation opportunity.
What can you receive compensation for? Things like missed work/wages due to medical appointments or therapy appointments that are necessary due to your brain injury. The medical bills are associated with determining the severity of the brain injury. If you can no longer work at the same level that you once were and now have limited earning capacity, this may also be something you can obtain compensation for.
We have worked with many families over the years to help them pick up the pieces and carry on with the next chapter in life after brain injury. Life may look different than it did before the injury, but if there is a way to help you avoid financial distress on top of the trauma that a severe brain injury can bring to a family, we will do our best to help you move forward. Contact our office today at (608) 448-6242 to get your specific questions answered and learn how we can help you.