Every year, an estimated 2.4 million adults and children in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and another 795,000 individuals sustain an acquired brain injury (ABI) from non-traumatic causes. Currently more than 5.3 million people in the U.S. live with a lifelong disability as a result of TBI and an estimated 1.1 million have a disability due to stroke.   TBI is frequently referred to as the “silent epidemic” because the complications from TBI, such as changes affecting thinking, sensation, language, or emotions, may not be readily apparent.

It is an unfortunate reality that a significant number of these brain injuries are caused by some time of negligence or misconduct.  Falls are responsible for more than half of traumatic brain injuries in children.  In adults, car accidents are the leading cause of TBI-related death.  If you believe you or a loved one has wrongfully suffered a traumatic brain injury, call Hinman and Peck today to speak with experienced attorneys.

Accidents That Cause Brain Injuries

At Hinman and Peck, our attorneys have years of experience in litigating cases involving brain injuries. We have obtained significant verdicts and private settlements on behalf of people who suffered brain injuries caused by:

  • Car accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Slip and fall
  • Strokes
  • Aneurysms
  • Assaults
  • Pedestrian accidents

Contact our law firm today to learn how we can help you.

What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is caused by a blow to the head that is severe enough to cause disruption in brain function. Traumatic brain injuries occur from rapid movement of the brain inside the skull. Unfortunately, brain injuries like these are not always obvious right after they happen.  Patients often need to seek out medical treatment and specialized diagnostic imaging to begin to understand the full extent of their injuries.  Even then, some brain injuries will not show up on imaging for several months, if ever, depending on how it was caused.

What Are the Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury?

The symptoms of traumatic brain injury symptoms can range from a bad headache to death. Many people are left with permanent damage to areas of the brain that control speech, memory, thinking, and reasoning. People often experience behavioral and emotional changes as a result of their brain injuries. The symptoms depend on where the brain was injured and vary from case to case.

Why Are TBI Cases More Challenging Than Other Cases?

Unlike other cases where people may have cuts, bruises, broken bones, or other easily observable injuries, a brain injury can hide in plain sight.  In some cases, people with brain injuries may appear to be just fine to all but those who know them best.  In others, the damage can be so extensive that the injured person is unable to go to work, drive a car, or even take care of themselves.

When a legal case is presented to a jury, the injured party is sometimes fighting an uphill battle if they cannot point to a definitive picture or x-ray of the injury.  Some brain injuries simply don’t show up on CT or MRI, but that doesn’t make them any less real.

At the law firm Hinman and Peck, we work with the top medical experts in the state, from neurologists, to neuroradiologists, to neuropsychologists, in order document every aspect of the brain damage, seen and unseen.  We also pull together evidence from dozens of sources in order to paint a clear picture for the jury to show what life was life before and after the injury.

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury because of the wrongdoing of another person, a medical provider, another driver, or during a physical altercation, do not hesitate to call the attorneys at Hinman and Peck, P.C. today.  A brain injury is an enormous disruption to anyone’s life and you can rest a little easier knowing that our top attorneys and teams of experts are on your case.

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