The brain is the most complex organ in the human body. It is also the one that has taken longest for doctors and scientists to comprehend. Because of this, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can cause unpredictable and devastating effects.
In recent years doctors have begun to gain a better understanding of the brain. This has led to new information on how concussions and repeated sub-concussive injuries can affect the brain.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a traumatic brain injury, our caring Las Vegas personal injury lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation for:
- Medical bills,
- Anticipated future medical expenses,
- Physical or occupational therapy,
- Long- or short-term care,
- Lost wages,
- Lost earning capacity,
- Lost or reduced functioning, and/or
- Pain and suffering.
Proving the cause of brain injuries in Nevada often requires the help of both medical and legal experts.
Our Nevada accident and products liability lawyers can help you get the expertise you need on both fronts. For a free consultation to discuss your situation and potential legal remedies, call us at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) or complete the form on this page.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries can result from a wide range of physical impacts, including falls, car accidents, or sports-related injuries. Some traumatic brain injuries are made worse when the victim fails to seek medical treatment right away. Swelling of the brain or bleeding may have disabling or even fatal results hours or days after the initial trauma occurs.
Negligence causes may instances of TBIs. Talking to a Las Vegas attorney can evaluate whether your injury stemmed from negligent behavior. For example if you were injured by a drunk driver in Clark County, you can hold the driver liable. And slip and fall accidents that lead to traumatic brain injuries may have been prevented by adequate signage or repairs.
Costs of Brain Injuries
Costs associated with long term debilitating traumatic brain injuries can reach into the millions. Some injuries require repeated surgeries and lifetime medical treatment. Victims of these injuries may also be unable to work or to continue working in the same profession, making their financial losses even greater. Victims can even lose abilities or senses that significantly impact their ability to enjoy life.
In many cases, the person at fault for causing the traumatic brain injury can be held liable. Nevada laws allow victims of traumatic brain injury to seek full compensation for their injuries. This includes not only the costs that the victim has already incurred, like existing medical bills ... but also their expected costs and losses in the future.
Currently there is no current cure or single fix for traumatic brain injury. Unfortunately for Nevadans who fall victim to traumatic brain injuries today, some symptoms—which may be physical, psychological, or both—may persist for a lifetime.
Nevada Sports Injuries
The CDC reports that the number of student athletes experiencing sports or recreation-related traumatic brain injuries has been increasing over the last decade. One study indicates that concussions among high school football players have risen 300% between 1998 and 2008. Children and adolescents take longer than adults to recover from concussions and sub-concussive injuries and consequently are more at risk of serious injury from repeat head trauma.
Nevada state law requires schools to remove athletes from play if they have a suspected head injury. Those athletes are required to meet “return to play” guidelines before participating in another game. Players must also receive written clearance from a medical professional in order to return to play. In recognition of the over 60,000 concussions experienced on the football field each year in the United States, Nevada has also started mandating that school personnel be educated about traumatic brain injuries.
If you or a family member is experiencing neurological symptoms after TBIs on the football field or elsewhere, it is important to talk to a doctor to better understand your condition and to discuss your range of legal options with a qualified Las Vegas attorney.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
One of the most difficult illnesses to treat relating to traumatic brain injury is called "chronic traumatic encephalopathy," or CTE. Patients with CTE experience mood and behavioral disturbances as well as cognitive impairments.
The majority of people who experience CTE—including boxers and football players as well as combat veterans—have had repeated concussions or sub-concussive injuries. CTE can be diagnosed only by autopsy, which means family members of Nevadans with CTE may not understand the true extent of the person's injuries until after they pass away.
If you believe you or a loved one may be experiencing the symptoms of CTE after repeated head traumas, you should consult with a qualified neurologist. The costs associated with CTE and other types of traumatic brain injury-related illnesses can be astronomical. Therefore it is a good idea to consult with an attorney to make sure that you and your family receive fair compensation for the losses you have suffered due to your TBI.
Call us for help...
If someone you care about suffered a brain injury as a result of an accident or a defective product in Las Vegas, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation.
Our compassionate Las Vegas accident and injury lawyers can help your loved one or you get your life back on track after a devastating brain injury.
To schedule your free consultation, call us at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) or fill out the form on this page. One of our Nevada injury lawyers will get back to you promptly to discuss your case and get you started getting the compensation you need and deserve.