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Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury is a jolt or blow to the head that can disrupt the brain’s function.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 1.7 million people suffer from traumatic brain injuries and many are left with the debilitating effects long after the injury occurred.  Men are about 1.5 times as likely as women to sustain a TBI.  Annually, TBI causes long-term disabilities in 80,000 people.  Falls (28%, vehicle accidents and crashes (20%), and assaults (11%) are the most common causes of traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of traumatic brain injury can be very obvious – substantial loss of short-term memory, difficulty with speech or the ability to speak or form cohesive sentences, or an inability to follow directions.

If you or a loved one suspect a traumatic brain injury or head injury, see a doctor immediately.  Prompt access to medical tests such as MRIs can make a critical difference in your quality of life.  If you have already obtained medical treatment and know a traumatic brain injury exists, it is important to establish a medical plan and obtain a skilled personal injury lawyer.  The lawyers at the Law Office of Paul W. VanDerwerken have over 25 years of experience handling this and other types of personal injury.  If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury because of someone else’s negligent actions, attorney Paul W. VanDerwerken is here to help.  We understand the special needs of people who have sustained traumatic brain damage, and we are capable of successfully navigating your claim through the complex legal system.  Our attorneys are experienced and will work hard to secure a recovery that you deserve.

Causes of brain injuries may include but are not limited to:

  • Smashed skull
  • Hit in the head
  • Wrongful death
  • Shaken baby syndrome
  • Trauma to the head
  • Skull fracture from bicycle and motorcycle accidents
  • Recreational and amusement park accidents
  • Other blunt head trauma
  • Birthing related injury
  • Assault and battery

The effects of the brain damage are generally greatest immediately following the injury.  However, long-term problems are difficult to assess because some damage may be caused by contusion, bruising of the brain that is usually temporary.  Focal damage may result in long-term and permanent difficulties.  Other areas of the brain can learn to take over the functions of the damaged areas over time and can improve the condition. When a traumatic brain injury occurs in a child they may progress better than an adult because their brain has a greater capability to be flexible.

Traumatic brain injury can cause cognitive impairments, like trouble concentrating, trouble organizing thoughts and becoming easily confused or forgetful. Learning new information may be difficult and interpreting actions of others may lead to social problems, like making inappropriate statements. Problem solving, decision-making and planning, and judgment could be difficult.

Traumatic brain injury can cause severe and life altering injuries.  Through our experience in representing TBI victims, we understand how your injury may impair your ability to work and earn wages, may affect your relationships with family members, and may restrict your ability to perform activities of daily living.  You may be able to recover damages for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and disability.  Loss of consortium damages may be available to the spouse of an injured person, including the value of lost services and the loss of companionship provided by the injured person.

If you have suffered a brain injury as a result of another party’s negligence, then you have the right to claim damages from the responsible individual or entity.  Call the Law Offices of Paul W. VanDerwerken for a free legal consultation today.  We are located in Las Vegas and serve clients throughout the state of Nevada.

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