Brain injury

Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys in Parkville, MO

Fighting for victims of traumatic brain injuries in Missouri

A traumatic brain injury causes stress on the victim and their family. These catastrophic injuries often lead to the victim needing lifelong medical treatments and assistance. These cases can result in victims being unable to work for months and sometimes years. A brain injury can even lead to a person being unable to work at all. This in turn leads to them heavily relying on their families for financial, physical, and emotional support.

Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys has been protecting the rights of accident victims for decades. We work with specialists, doctors, and therapists to get you the care and attention you need for your injuries. This will also help build a strong case against the negligent parties. To get the help you deserve, contact a Parkville traumatic brain injury lawyer from our firm today. We are ready to help.

What kinds of accidents cause traumatic brain injuries?

When there is a force used on a person's skull or head this can lead to a traumatic brain injury. This means that while a TBI can happen in several accidents the primary cause is force. Some of the most common accidents our Parkville traumatic brain injury attorney has seen include:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Defective products
  • Construction site accidents
  • Sports injuries

Since there is a range of accidents there are also various parties that can be held liable for your injuries. Our attorneys have experience holding vehicle owners, drivers, manufacturers, property owners, doctors, and other negligent parties responsible for their roles in causing a traumatic brain injury.

What are the symptoms of a TBI?

Most often the symptoms associated with a traumatic brain injury are physical. This will vary from the severity of the initial injury and from person to person. The Mayo Clinic lists the most common TBI symptoms as follows:

Mild:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Speech problems
  • Loss of balance
  • Dizziness

Moderate to severe:

  • Loss of coordination
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Worsening or persistent headaches
  • Seizure or convulsions
  • Clear fluids draining from the ears or nose
  • Pupil dilation in one or both eyes
  • Fingers and toes feeling week
  • The inability to wake from sleep

Children can also suffer a TBI, and their symptoms are often different from those of adults. Children's TBI symptoms can look like this:

  • Seizures
  • Change in eating or nursing
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Drowsiness
  • Loss of interest in activities or favorite toys
  • Easily irritable
  • Persistent crying
  • Depressed mood
  • Change in the child's ability to pay attention

Symptoms will vary from person to person and injury to injury, it is important to monitor a person who has sustained a head injury for any of these symptoms. If you notice that symptoms worsen you need to seek medical attention.

What are the complications arising from TBIs?

When a person suffers a TBI there can be complications that arise. Often victims will be left with cognitive difficulties on top of physical and emotional difficulties. According to Johns Hopkins, some brain injury complications are:

Cognitive:

  • Judgment difficulties
  • Coma
  • Confusion
  • Loss of space and time
  • Reduced self-awareness
  • Inability to process commands or directions
  • Difficulty remembering things
  • Shortened attention span

Motor:

  • Paralysis
  • Poor balance
  • Tremors
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Lack of coordination

Emotional:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Apathy
  • Depression
  • Aggression
  • Lack of motivation

There are other complications that a TBI victim may suffer from including sensory deficits, functional deficits, and communication and language deficits.

What are the treatments for a traumatic brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury requires lifelong care which means that family members quickly turn into caregivers, seemingly overnight. Not only do families now have to take care of their needs, but they also lose the companionship they once got from TBI victims.

You must remember that a TBI looks different for everyone. While some victims suffer a mild concussion others will lose cognitive functions. A TBI can also show in two different ways. The first is focal, which involves one area of the brain. The second is diffuse, which happens in several areas of the brain. There are cases where the symptoms of a TBI do not appear until several days later which can cause a delay in treatment.

A medical professional will need to conduct several tests to diagnose a traumatic brain injury. Often victims will need to undergo an MRI or CT scan to determine if there is a TBI present. However, these scans do not always paint a full picture which is where a physical examination is also needed.

Once a person has been diagnosed with a TBI, a treatment plan must be made. There will be an entire team of care providers to help victims get back on their feet and be able to manage their symptoms. When there is a permanent case, while there may not be the ability to fully recover, there is the chance that a victim can reach a level of comfort and control for their injury. Some of the parties on your care team will include:

  • Audiologist
  • Physiatrists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Nutritionist
  • Speech therapist
  • Rehab nurses
  • Physical therapists
  • Vocation therapist

Your Parkville traumatic brain injury attorney will work with you and your care team to get you the best medical treatment for your specific symptoms and condition.

Do you have a brain injury attorney near me?

Our Parkville office is located at 8600 NW 64th Street Suite 945. Please call for an appointment. Our lawyers have offices throughout Missouri and Kansas.

Should I work with a Parkville traumatic brain injury attorney?

The legal team at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys is dedicated to our clients and we will use every resource at our disposal to protect your rights. We have handled traumatic brain injuries in the past. We were able to garner a three million dollar settlement for a TBI client who had been injured in a car accident. The victim was left with decreased function in nine cognitive areas as a result. When our Parkville traumatic brain injury attorney files a claim on your behalf we will seek compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Home and vehicle modifications
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of future earning potential
  • Punitive damages
  • Loss of companionship

We will work with various professionals and experts to build a solid case that shows the courts how this injury has affected your life and that of your loved ones. Some cases require us to consult with other experts such as:

  • Lifecare planners
  • Vocational consultants
  • Medical experts
  • Traffic reconstruction experts
  • Economic loss experts

Talk to a Parkville TBI lawyer today for free

There may be other professionals and experts that we will employ to show the extent of your injuries. Suffering a traumatic brain injury is a life-changing experience and you will need a Parkville traumatic brain injury attorney to guide you through your legal options during this difficult time. Call us at 816-471-5111 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation today.