Few injuries are as serious or impactful as brain injuries. A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can significantly impact nearly every aspect of the victim’s life, from their ability to work and earn a living to their ability to carry out everyday tasks. Unfortunately, millions of Americans suffer serious head and brain injuries every year, many of which are the direct result of someone else’s negligence.
If you or your loved one suffered a TBI, and you believe someone else is to blame, reach out to The Gatti Law Firm right away. Our Oregon traumatic brain injury lawyers can help you understand your legal rights and options, including whether you have grounds for a personal injury claim. For more than 45 years, we have been serving victims of negligence and the families of those wrongfully killed throughout the state of Oregon; we have the experience, resources, and skill to effectively advocate for you.
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What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a type of acquired brain injury (ABI), meaning it occurs sometime after a person is born. As the name implies, traumatic brain injuries typically result from traumatic accidents and events, such as motor vehicle accidents, falls, and violence.
TBIs range in seriousness from relatively mild to moderate to severe. However, all brain injuries are serious; you should always seek medical attention for a head injury or suspected brain injury.
Some examples of relatively common TBIs include:
- Contusions, or bruises that form on the brain
- Concussions, a type of brain injury caused by significant force on the head/neck
- Coup-contrecoup, a brain injury in which the brain moves within the skull
- Diffuse axonal injuries, in which the connections within the brain are torn or “sheared”
- Oxygen deprivation, including both partial and complete loss of oxygen to the brain
- Puncture wounds and penetrating head/brain injuries
- Skull bone fractures
Brain injuries are generally classified as either closed-head or open-head injuries; while open-head injuries, such as penetrating injuries and skull fractures, are often extremely serious and immediately life-threatening, closed-head injuries can be equally—if not more—dangerous. This is because they are often more difficult to detect, meaning victims may not receive an immediate diagnosis and treatment. This can lead to significant complications and, in very severe cases, death.
What Are the Signs of a Brain Injury?
Because closed-head brain injuries are not always immediately obvious, it is important that you are aware of the common signs and symptoms of a brain injury. If you notice any of these signs in yourself or another, seek immediate medical attention.
Some of the physical signs of a traumatic brain injury include:
- Acute, persistent, or worsening headache
- Loss of consciousness
- Blurred vision
- Slurred speech
- Ringing in the ears
- Excessive fatigue
- Inability to wake from sleep
- Loss of coordination
- Trouble balancing
- Dilated pupils (one or both)
- Clear fluid draining from the ears or nose
- Weakness, numbness, or tingling of the fingers and toes
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Changes in taste or smell
Some of the cognitive, mental, and behavioral symptoms of a TBI include:
- Memory loss, including inability to remember the injury-causing event
- Difficulty concentrating
- Unusual changes in mood or behavior
- Mood swings
- Changes in sleeping patterns (insomnia, excessive sleep, etc.)
- Feelings of anxiety or depression
- Erratic behavior
- Aggression or agitation
In severe cases, a head or brain injury may lead to prolonged loss of consciousness, coma, or death. Generally speaking, the sooner a victim receives medical care, the better.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
While any serious accident or catastrophic event can lead to a TBI, these injuries commonly result from certain types of traumatic incidents.
The leading causes of TBI in the United States include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Truck collisions
- Pedestrian/bicycle-vehicle accidents
- Sports- and recreation-related accidents
- Criminal activity/violence
Medical malpractice, birth injuries, workplace accidents, and drownings/near-drownings are also among the leading causes of serious brain injuries.
Identifying the cause of a TBI is important, as it allows our Oregon traumatic brain injury lawyers to determine who was at fault and, therefore, liable for the victim’s injuries and damages. This is a critical element of any catastrophic injury claim and one that requires a careful review of the facts and exhaustive investigation into exactly what happened and how the injury occurred. Our attorneys work alongside accident reconstructionists, medical professionals, and other experts to build powerful, comprehensive cases on behalf of our clients. Armed with this information, we seek the maximum compensation they are owed.
Compensation for TBI Victims
Traumatic brain injuries nearly always lead to extensive medical treatment. In some cases, victims will need a lifetime of ongoing rehabilitation and care. They may be unable to return to work or obtain any form of gainful employment whatsoever. They may need 24-hour assistance and in-home care and are likely to face significant mental and emotional challenges in addition to physical limitations and financial hardships.
At The Gatti Law Firm, we fight for maximum compensation for victims of traumatic brain injuries, including the following damages:
- Emergency medical care
- Medical treatment, including surgeries and rehabilitation therapy
- Ongoing and future medical expenses
- Medications and medical equipment/devices
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and distress
- Lost income, wages, and employment benefits
- Lost future earnings
- Diminished earning capacity/disability
- Lost quality of life
- In-home assistance and care
- Home modifications to accommodate a disability
We do not accept lowball settlements from insurance companies. Instead, we are prepared to aggressively advocate for the full, fair amount our clients deserve, even if this means going to court. Our Oregon TBI attorneys understand your needs, including the need for compensation for ongoing and future expenses associated with your or your loved one’s injury. Our goal is to help ensure that you are protected, both now and in the future.
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Getting back on your feet after a serious head or brain injury is difficult, but with The Gatti Law Firm by your side, you can rest assured that an experienced and skilled legal team will be there for you every step of the way. We are always available to answer your questions and provide the personalized guidance and counsel you need.
We offer free initial consultations and provide our legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not owe any attorneys’ fees unless we recover a settlement or verdict for you. If we do not win your case, you do not pay.
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