How do I find a good traumatic brain injury, closed head injury and concussion lawyer, attorney or doctor to help in my auto accident case?
Head injuries vary greatly in severity, from minor lacerations and bruising to brain trauma and concussions. Even the most minor head injury can have serious repercussions for your long-term health and lead to bouts of dizziness, headaches, and vision problems. More serious head injuries affect the quality of the victim’s life and can lead to permanent disability or death.
A number of accidents, including physical assaults, military injury, workplace accidents, and clinical negligence, can cause Head injuries.
Unfortunately, the common emergency room in Kansas does not have sufficient experience to treat traumatic brain injuries. If the CT scan says you do not have a bleed or a fracture they just kick you out. That does not mean that you are not injured. You can have shear force injuries to axons in the brain which will not show up on a mere CT scan or X-Ray and may require an MRI with contrast or a PET scan.
What type of head injuries can I claim compensation for?
Head injuries can happen in a number of ways and figuring out which type of injury you have sustained and how it will affect your life is crucial to the success of your case. The settlement will depend significantly on how much long-term disability or pain you suffer because of the injury. The severity of your head injury can vary greatly from minor cuts to severe trauma. Different types of injuries include:
- Concussion – this refers to the temporary loss of consciousness or function that occurs after you sustain a blow to the head. Symptoms of a concussion include vision problems, temporary confusion, periods of memory loss, and temporary loss of consciousness.
- Open injury – an open head injury occurs when an object penetrates the skull and gets into the brain. This injury is usually focal, meaning that it affects specific areas of brain tissue. Open head injuries are very serious and often result in mental impairment, permanent disability, or death.
- Closed head injury – this is caused by a blow to the head or a sudden violent motion, which causes the brain to shake in the head. Closed head injuries can be focal – affecting one area of the brain – or diffuse – affecting tissues and cells throughout the brain.
- Coup or contrecoup injury - this is where your brain sloshes back and forth from an accident damaging axons by the shear force which leads to a closed head injury or TBI.
How should I make a head injury compensation claim?
Before making a claim, you need to consult a qualified personal injury lawyer. An experienced attorney will quickly assess the strength of your case and give you advice on the best course of action. You need a doctor who can prove that you have a true concussion, closed head injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Are you looking for a head injury lawyer in Wichita, Garden City, Dodge City, or Liberal? Call Brad Pistotnik Law at 316-684-4400 or Brad’s personal cell 316-706-5020. Residents of Emporia, Goodland, El Dorado, Kansas City, Lakin, Satanta, El Dorado, Omaha, Lincoln, and Augusta should also not hesitate to call. You can reach Tony Atterbury as well on his cell phone at 316-617-9237.