Devastating Injuries With Devastating Results

When a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the result of an act of carelessness committed by another party, the victim has the right to seek compensation for damages. Brain injuries can involve brain damage, a concussion and other closed-head trauma injuries. In these cases, damages can include medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.

Compensation For Traumatic Brain Injury Victims

At the law firm of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, our attorneys have the experience needed to provide justice for victims of negligence. Reach out to us online today to discuss your specific TBI case.

While we want injury victims to get fair compensation, we also want them to get better. Healing requires immediate medical attention. A medical professional will be able to determine whether traumatic brain injury has taken place, which is important, because the symptoms can be either subtle or delayed for many hours, days or even months following a crash. However, if treatment is not immediate, the condition can be seriously aggravated.

What are the leading causes of a traumatic brain injury?

  • Falls
  • Motor vehicle crashes
  • Being struck by/against an object
  • Assaults

What are some symptoms of a traumatic brain injury?

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • Nausea
  • Seizure
  • Slurred speech

*Any suspected brain injury should be treated by a medical professional immediately to stabilize and prevent further injury*

What are the long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury?

The CDC estimates that at least 3.17 million people in the U.S. currently have a long-term or lifelong need for daily living assistance as a result of a TBI. People who suffer brain injuries almost always require rehabilitation. Rehabilitation can include everything from simply relearning everyday tasks and activities to improving memory, managing stress and improving job skills. Brain injuries can cause a wide range of problems, as well as an increased risk for epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

What should I expect after a traumatic brain injury?

  • Cognitive difficulties — mild to severe; may include problems with alertness, memory loss, reasoning skills, attention and concentration
  • Behavioral and/or emotional difficulties — restlessness and agitation; emotional outbursts and irritability; confabulation; diminished insight; impulsive or socially inappropriate behavior; poor initiative; lack of emotional response; paranoia; depression and/or anxiety

Case: John's Brain Injury

John is a 12-year-old boy who was on a ski trip with his family in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. This was John's first time to snow ski. He lost control and collided with an electrical control box. He was not wearing a helmet and suffered severe injuries to his brain due to the crash. John was found unconscious and bleeding heavily from the head by a passerby about 15 minutes after the collision. He regained consciousness and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. His condition was critical and his injuries were life-threatening.

At the hospital, they performed a CT-scan and determined John suffered a depressed open skull fracture, subarachnoid hemorrhage and a cortical laceration. He was flown by helicopter to the Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado, for further treatment.

At the Children's Hospital, John had a surgery to stabilize and repair some of his injuries. He had a left frontotemporal craniectomy and the placement of a subdural intracranial pressure monitor. The neurosurgeons were unable to replace the area of bone removed during surgery due to massive swelling of John's brain. After several weeks, the swelling eventually receded and the bone was put back in place.

The exhibit below is a detailed computer representation of John's initial injury and the residual problems following the crash. On the left side of the exhibit you can choose which representation to view, either the initial or residual injury. When you have made your selection, you can then use the slide feature on the right side to further explore the injuries he sustained. Each time you move the slider, a new CT-scan slice will be displayed at the bottom right corner, as well as a new image on the computer model of John's head. You may also enlarge a CT-scan slice by clicking on it, and reduce it by clicking on it again.

Click the picture to view a brain injury example. (The exhibit is very detailed and may take a few moments to load.)

Providing Free Consultations In All TBI Cases

Contact us online today to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer. Call Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC, at 337-513-4436. The initial consultation is free of charge. If we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay attorney's fees only if we are successful in getting compensation for you.