Head & Brain Injuries
Trauma is one of leading causes of head and brain injuries, often referred to as traumatic brain injuries or TBI. Like most injuries to our bodies, TBIs can vary in seriousness from a mild concussion to serious swelling or hemorrhaging. Beyond the obvious impact a brain injury can have on our daily lives, TBIs manifest in numerous subtle ways that can be frustrating for TBI victims and their families. Whether caused by a car accident or from hitting your head in a slip and fall accident, the Boulder brain injury lawyers at Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, have a wealth of experience helping brain injured clients receive the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury from an accident, we invite you to call our Boulder brain injury attorneys today at 303-543-1000 for a free consultation about your case. We serve the entire state of Colorado and we want to hear your story.The Unique Nature of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.8 million TBIs are diagnosed each year in the United States. Of these brain injuries, approximately 47% are caused by slip and fall accidents and 14% are caused by car accidents. Unfortunately, head injuries in the United States tend to be under-reported (think mild concussions that never receive medical intervention) and therefore add to the misconception that a “mild” head injury is nothing to worry about.
The fact is, however, new research is showing that even minor head injuries can cause short term issues and may be the cause of brain disease later in life. At Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, our Boulder brain injury lawyers understand the subtle and wide-ranging impacts of a TBI and can help work with your doctors to make sure your case is fully presented to the insurance company for maximum compensation.
So what does a head injury look like? Common symptoms of traumatic head injury include:
- Loss of Balance and Coordination
- Loss of consciousness
- Dizziness and nausea
- Memory loss (short or long-term) and forgetfulness
- Difficulty finding words (aphasia)
- Moodiness or emotional outbursts
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Double-vision and other sight issues
- Physical weakness and/or paralysis
- and many more
One of the most common complaints were hear from our brain-injured clients is that they feel frustrated that their symptoms are difficult for other people to see and understand. We often hear from our clients that they feel a sense of loneliness and isolation in dealing with their TBI, and even feel like they are going crazy because most of their symptoms are so subtle and “nobody else understands what is going on.”
Our Boulder brain injury attorneys regularly hear stories of TBI victims doing things like burning food, forgetting to lock doors, leaving the garage door open, and feeling like they don’t have the same “edge” that they had prior to their accident whether at home or at work. To help ease the impact a TBI can have on a family, our law firm recommends that mental health counseling, cognitive therapy, and other TBI treatment be a part of any physical recovery regimen, with the mental component often lasting far longer than the physical recovery process. Of course, communication to both the victim’s family and relationships at work is essential in easing the burdens after an accident with TBI.Healing and Compensating After a Traumatic Brain Injury
While some head injuries leave permanent damage, many accident victims can fully recover with the right treatment and the passage of time. Treating with neurologists, mental health counselors, cognitive therapists, occupational therapists, and vision therapists, for example, can greatly increase the chances of a positive recovery after a TBI.
One of our clients is an inspiration in this regard. In her case, after suffering a TBI in a car accident, our client found that she was no longer able to play music in her band because the process of driving caused extreme anxiety. She felt embarrassed for missing band practices and eventually found herself socially isolated. Ultimately, after prioritizing her TBI therapy and better communicating her needs, she was able to find transportation help so that she could rejoin her band and social network. Not only was she able to feel love from her friends, but the act of making music was beneficial. While her lawyers at Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, understood her frustration following her injury, her legal team was a source of encouragement and positive “grounding” to help her feel validated in her journey of recovery – a process that can take several months or even years.Call Us Today
If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury after a car accident or slip and fall, we invite you to call the Boulder brain injury attorneys at Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, today at 303-543-1000. The consultation is always free, and we can travel to meet you wherever you may live.