Vehicle crashes, falls, and other accidents can lead to a devastating traumatic brain injury that can permanently change your life or your family member’s life. It’s one of those things that you never expect to have happen to you — and then you’re left reeling in the aftermath.
The human brain is considered some of the most complex matter to humankind, and it’s essential for your well-being and productivity. It coordinates consciousness, motion, emotion, and so much more. Because of this, a traumatic brain injury can be just that — traumatic. You or your loved one may need to relearn simple concepts or behaviors that once came simply and easily to you. The recovery from a traumatic brain injury can be long, arduous, and physically and emotionally exhausting.
As personal injury attorneys in Colorado, we have also seen how the recovery process and relearning of skills can be financially exhausting as well. Here at Metier Law Firm, we aim to help our clients overcome the perils of TBI by offering aggressive, skilled, and experienced litigation services to help them get the compensation they deserve. Read below to learn more about TBI in general, the statistics associated with it, its symptoms, and how a brain injury lawyer in Colorado can help. Contact our team of personal injury attorneys today to get started with a risk-free consultation. Within Colorado, our brain injury attorneys work with clients throughout Fort Collins, Denver Metro, Golden, and Colorado Springs. For strength when you need it, you can count on Metier Law Firm.
What Is A Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury is caused by a blow, bump, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal, expected function of the brain. Of course, not all injuries to the head will result in TBI, and when they do, the level of severity can vary dramatically. Traumatic brain injury severity ranges from “mild,” meaning a brief change in mental status or consciousness, to “severe,” meaning an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss after the injury.
Each year, the majority of TBIs are mild — known as concussions. However, here at Metier Law Firm, our personal injury attorneys typically help clients and their families who have been affected by the most severe and detrimental of traumatic brain injuries — those with far-reaching effects.
TBI Facts & Figures
Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by a variety of outside factors and, as noted before, can range in severity from a mild concussion to a severe injury that lasts a lifetime. Here are some of the statistics associated with traumatic brain injury (gathered from the CDC) in 2014:
- There were about 2.87 million TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in the U.S. Over 837,000 of these involved children.
- TBI contributed to the deaths of 56,800 people, including 2,529 deaths among children.
- Between 2006 and 2014, age-adjusted rates of TBI-related emergency department visits increased by 54%; hospitalization rates decreased by 8% and death rates decreased by 6%.
- Falls accounted for 48% of all TBI-related emergency department visits, making it the leading cause of TBI that year.
- Falls caused 49% of TBI-related emergency department visits among children (0–17 years).
- Falls caused 81% of TBI-related emergency department visits among adults 65 and older.
- 28% of TBI-related emergency department visits in children under the age of 17 were caused by being struck by or against an object.
- At 52%, falls were the leading cause of all TBI-related hospitalizations. At 20%, motor vehicle crashes were the second leading cause of all TBI-related hospitalizations.
- Intentional self-harm was the leading cause of TBI-related deaths at 33%.
TBI Risk Factors
- The leading cause of TBI-related death varied by age:
- Ages 0–4 years: homicide
- Ages 15–34 and 75+: motor vehicle crashes
- Ages 45–64: intentional self-harm
- Ages 65+: falls
- The rate of TBI-related death was highest for individuals 75 and older.
Symptoms Of Traumatic Brain Injury
As with any injury or sickness, there are many different symptoms indicating that you may have sustained a TBI, such as the following:
- Difficulty speaking
- Slurred speech
- Difficulty swallowing
- Changes in vision
- Balance problems
- Difficulty with thinking skills
- Memory problems
- Poor judgment
- Poor attention span
- Slowed thought processing speed
How Can A Brain Injury Lawyer Help?
Traumatic brain injury cases are incredibly complex and involve many legal and medical issues. Here at Metier Law Firm, we have seen that many personal injury litigation law firms simply lack the technical experience and resources needed to successfully navigate a traumatic brain injury case.
With our team of personal injury attorneys, however, we have the resources needed. We are committed to and passionate about protecting the rights of TBI victims through our Brain Lawyer™ legal and investigation services. Our personal injury attorneys have years of experience with this type of litigation, which provides unique insight and knowledge into the neurology, neuropsychology, and psychology of traumatic brain injuries.
From understanding types of rehabilitation to knowing the role of neurologists in determining treatment options, our personal injury attorneys have consistently risen to the occasion and can be considered specialized brain injury lawyers.
We will fight relentlessly and passionately for your case, giving our utmost to helping you reach a personal injury settlement that meets your needs. Because of our extensive experience with brain injury cases and injury law, we know what resources are needed for short- and long-term help following a TBI. On top of this, we will work closely with you to personalize everything to the specific needs of you and your family.
We recognize that your life may not be the same as it was before your injury — but we will work hard and do everything we can to put you in a position of comfort, safety, and strength following your severe TBI.
Meet With A Personal Injury Attorney In Colorado Today
When it comes to personal injury settlements, car accident injuries, personal injury claims in general, and, of course, traumatic brain injury, you can count on our personal injury law firm. Here at Metier Law Firm, we have years of experience in helping countless people recover from harrowing personal injuries by advocating for them and helping them get compensation. Let us do the same for you.
Contact us today for a risk-free consultation with a personal injury attorney in Colorado. We work throughout Fort Collins, Denver Metro, Golden, and Colorado Springs. We don’t know what you’ve been through thus far, but our personal injury attorneys are ready and prepared to listen to you, evaluate your needs and case, and help you get the compensation you deserve.