Overland Park Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys, Johnson County, KS
Strong representation for victims of head and brain injuries in Kansas
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are considered a catastrophic and irreversible injury, one that a person experiences after taking a blow to the head. The severity of a TBI can vary; some victims of TBIs experience symptoms for a few hours, while others must learn how to live with the injury for the rest of their lives. If someone’s negligent actions contributed to you or a loved one suffering from a brain injury, that person should be held accountable.
At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, our team of experienced Overland Park brain injury lawyers is dedicated to protecting the rights of innocent victims throughout Kansas and Missouri. We’re ready to help you and your family obtain the justice and compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses. We work with neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuropsychologists, concussion specialists and other medical experts. We fight to hold the right parties liable for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
How common are traumatic brain injuries?
TBIs are becoming one of the leading disabilities in the United States. In fact, the Brain Injury Alliance reports that traumatic brain injuries are capable of disabling “six times more people each year than spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, and breast cancer combined.” The organization also reported that American citizens suffered 300,000 sports-related concussions nationwide, with a larger number of concussions thought to be undiagnosed.
What are common causes of a traumatic brain injury (TBI)?
Experiencing a blow or blunt trauma to the head forces the brain to experience chemical and energy changes to counterbalance the injury. As a result, people with TBIs experience physical symptoms like confusion, light and sound sensitivity, and headaches. These symptoms can cause the brain to swell and enlarge inside the skull, creating even more brain damage. Some of the common causes of TBIs include:
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What are the different types of traumatic brain injuries?
TBIs can range from mild, moderate, and severe.
- Concussions. One example of a mild TBI are concussions. This is when the brain experiences injury due to an impact or sudden change in movement. Some common symptoms of a concussion include experiencing a brief loss of consciousness, confusion, blurred vision, and lightheadedness.
- Moderate TBI. This type of brain injury includes the symptoms of a mild TBI, as well as a longer period of losing consciousness. Unlike a mild TBI where the victim experiences a loss of consciousness for less than 30 minutes, people with a moderate TBI can experience a loss of consciousness from 30 minutes to a day.
- Severe TBI. This type of TBI happens when a person loses consciousness for more than one day. Other symptoms include a headache that does not go away, slurred speech, not being able to wake up after sleep, and loss of coordination.
What are signs of a traumatic brain injury?
People who experience mild TBIs can have different kinds of symptoms, even days after the brain injury. Victims of a TBI may not experience any significant symptoms until returning to their everyday lives. Some symptoms of a TBI include dilated pupils, blurred vision, convulsions or seizures, behavior changes, memory problems, slurred speech, and restlessness or agitation. After any type of head injury or blow to the head, you or your loved one should see a doctor immediately for a professional diagnosis.
How are traumatic brain injuries diagnosed?
Medical professionals use several methods to determine the severity of a TBI. One method is the neurological evaluation, where a neurologist checks the patient’s memory, motor function skills, and sensory functions. Another method is an imaging test. Medical professionals will use a CT scan or MRI to search for any signs of brain bleeding or swelling of the brain. The last method used is the blood test, where a medical professional will use the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator (BTI) to search for proteins in the blood. This is a sign that indicates the presence of a concussion or traumatic brain injury.
What type of treatment do traumatic brain injury patients need?
People who experience a mild or moderate TBI may need some medical assistance. A common medical recommendation is usually rest from sports or any strenuous physical activity, and symptoms should lessen within a few days or weeks.
People who experience severe TBIs, on the other hand, need intense medical treatment. Some of the necessary medical services can include surgery, rehabilitation, and counseling. Surgery is required to either reduce the swelling of the brain or stop the brain from bleeding. Rehabilitation is required for physical, speech, or occupational therapy. Counseling may be required to provide emotional support to the patient.
Who can be held liable for a traumatic brain injury?
If you believe another person or party’s negligence caused you to experience a traumatic brain injury, you are likely eligible to file a lawsuit against that person or party. Before you decide to take legal action, however, it would be in your best interest to speak to an experienced attorney for guidance. Brain injury cases can involve complex legal and medical issues, and consulting with someone who is knowledgeable in that particular area will only help to strengthen your case. Most traumatic brain injury claims are filed under negligence, which is the legal concept that holds other parties liable for their careless actions or lack of action.
How can an Overland Park traumatic brain injury lawyer help my case?
At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we do the following:
- Guide you through each phase of the litigation.
- Work with your medical team to build the strongest possible case on your behalf.
- Explain all the ways the traumatic brain injury has changed your life or the life of a loved one.
- Obtain records of all your medical care records and financial losses.
- File a complaint against the responsible party.
- Conduct discovery through oral questions, written questions, and other inquiries.
- Negotiate with the responsible party with the aim of trying to settle your case.
- Prepare a strong case for court if a settlement can’t be reached.
- Advocate your case before a jury.
Do you have a traumatic brain injury attorney near me?
Our Overland Park office is located at 11900 College Blvd, next to Central Bank. It is available to you through appointment. We also maintain additional offices throughout Kansas and Missouri.
Speak with an experienced Overland Park traumatic brain injury lawyer today
Selecting a lawyer is a critical step in asserting your rights. Rest assured that when you hire Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we work on your case personally. Our attorneys have been fighting for traumatic brain injury victims for 30 years. We fight to hold the necessary parties accountable for the medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering they cause. To discuss your traumatic brain injury claim, call us at 816-471-5111 or fill out our contact form to schedule your free consultation.
Overland Park Office
11900 College Blvd, Suite 301
Overland Park, KS 66210