Brain and closed head injuries can impact an individual physically, mentally and emotionally. These types of injuries can take weeks, months, or years to resolve and some may never resolve. Symptoms such as memory loss and depression can last a lifetime. We understand all of the ramifications that arise and will fight to ensure you are compensated for lost wages, medical bills, ongoing treatment, as well as for pain and suffering, including mental anguish. Trust an experienced Fort Wayne brain injury attorney to fight on your behalf every step of the way.
Brain and closed head injuries can result in a multitude of complications and conditions, including:
Anxiety, Stress and Worry
Loss of Sense of Taste
Loss of Sense of Smell
Additionally, it is important to remember that a closed head injury might be challenging to prove. In many situations, a closed head injury won't show damage on an MRI or CAT scan. The lack of structural damage does not mean that there is a lack of cognitive damage. Just because an injury is called a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) does not mean that the sufferer will not struggle with vision impairment, memory loss or a host of other symptoms. It is important to have an aggressive, knowledgeable lawyer fighting on your side.
At The Boughter Law Office we deal with all kinds of brain and closed head injury cases, so we know how devastating a brain or head injury can be to a person’s life and wellbeing. That’s why we were surprised when we came across an article by The Huffington Post titled “Football Concussions Crisis Sparks Debate Over Helmet Ban”. The article includes a debate between two professors, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez and Dr. Robert Cantu.
Absolutely not. There is never a fee for a consultation.
Do you offer home or hospital visits?
Yes. We will gladly meet you at your home, hospital or other convenient location at no extra charge.
Will I be billed monthly for any costs?
No. At our discretion, we advance all costs during our representation of you and do not send monthly bills. At the end of our representation, all costs advanced will be clearly itemized for you so you know exactly where every dollar is going.
What’s meant by statute of limitations?
Statute of limitations refers to the need to file a lawsuit within a time limit. In Indiana, most injury cases, such as auto accidents or slip-and-fall claims, have a two-year statute of limitations, but not all. Some lawsuits, such as lawsuits against the government require a notice within a shorter period of time. The time begins to run when a cause of action accrues. A good example is someone negligently running into your car. The statute of limitation begins on the day of the accident. This issue can become more complicated, however. Sometimes, you have no way of knowing that you have a cause of action for years, such as discovering ill effects from taking a medication or being exposed to chemicals. It is important to seek the advice of an attorney and doctor if you suspect that you are having problems but don't know for sure if it relates to the negligence of another or an unreasonably dangerous product.
What am I entitled to recover after an accident?
You may be entitled to a number of different types of damages under Indiana law. Some of the more common types of damages in accident cases are: reasonable and necessary medical expenses, lost earnings, reduced earning capacity in the future, future medical expenses and prescriptions, pain and suffering, and permanent impairment.
Do I have to go to court if I want to recover monetary damages?
Maybe. Your case may settle even before your attorney files a lawsuit; on the other hand, it may go all the way to a trial and a jury verdict. The majority of lawsuits are settled before they get to trial, but what happens in your case depends on the facts, the law and the parties involved.
If the accident was my fault, can I still recover compensation?
Some states have no-fault insurance laws. This means that you may be able to make some recovery of economic damages from your own insurance company. In other states, if your fault is found to be over a certain level, it is more difficult to recover compensation. An attorney in your state can advise you on the rules in your area.
How do you prove the existence of a brain injury?
There are several ways in which medical and psychological professionals diagnose brain injuries. The method will depend on the nature and extent of the injury. Some examples of diagnostic tools are MRIs, CT scans, PET scans and EEGs. In addition, professionals may study a person's behaviors, movements and personality.
What disabilities are associated with a brain injury?
There is a wide range of possible effects of a brain injury depending on the location and severity of the injury. For example, a person may have altered muscle coordination, altered sensation, memory problems or even major personality changes.
What are common symptoms of concussion?
The common early symptoms of concussion are headache, vertigo, nausea and dizziness. Common later symptoms are anxiety, depression, chronic headaches, poor sleep, personality changes, depression and intolerance to loud noises or bright lights.
What is a closed head injury?
A closed head injury is damage to the brain as a result of external force to the head that does not penetrate the skull.
What are the main parts of the brain and their respective functions?
The main parts of the brain are the cerebrum, cerebellum, brain stem and diencephalon. The cerebrum is the largest section of the brain. Different parts of the cerebrum are related to the control of cognitive abilities, memory, motor function, learning and speech. The cerebellum is a part of the hindbrain. It coordinates voluntary and involuntary muscle movements. The brain stem is the lower extension of the brain. It acts as a relay station between incoming stimulus and the rest of the brain. The diencephalon is made up of the thalamus, which relays sensory stimuli, and the hypothalamus, which controls appetite, body temperature, pituitary secretions, emotions and sleep cycles.
What happens if the brain loses its blood and oxygen supply?
Brain cells die when the brain is deprived of blood and oxygen. This can cause major brain injury. The brain may lose blood and oxygen supplies as a result of a near drowning, choking, heart-stopping electrical shock or respiratory problems. When the brain is deprived of oxygen, it is known as an anoxic brain injury. This type of injury is different from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which generally results in swelling or bruising of the brain.
What are possible effects of a severe brain injury?
Depending on the location and severity of the injury, there may be physical and/or behavioral effects. A severe head injury may affect a person's ability to work, learn and live with his or her family. Possible physical effects include difficulty with mobility and coordination, difficulty talking and communicating, severe headaches and difficulty with sensation. Possible behavioral effects include personality changes, depression, short attention span, learning difficulties and memory difficulties.
What is brain swelling and what causes it?
Brain swelling and bruising may occur following a violent force to the skull. The brain will "bounce" off the inside of the skull. This can cause nerve shearing as well as the swelling and bruising of nerve tissue. The swelling can create pressure inside of the head, which may in turn lead to compression of vital blood vessels.
What kind of compensation is possible in a legal claim for a brain injury?
The compensation depends on the state, the injury and the severity and extent of the permanent effects. Medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of earnings, mental anguish, rehabilitation costs and future medical expenses may be possible.
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