Have you or someone you love recently suffered a brain injury? A skilled Kansas City brain injury lawyer can help you recover compensation for medical treatment, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and more. At The Bradley Law Firm we’re prepared to fight to help you recover the maximum available compensation, contact us at (314) 400-0000 today.
We’ve been helping injured clients fight for justice for years–and we’ve already recovered more than $60 million for accident victims across Kansas City.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to take legal action. Contact our law offices in Kansas City, Missouri, to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights today.
How The Bradley Law Firm Can Help if You’ve Suffered a Brain Injury in Kansas City
A brain injury can drastically impact your quality of life. You may never return to the life you enjoyed prior to getting hurt. You deserve the best possible legal representation if someone else caused your injury. Over the years, our Kansas City personal injury lawyers have helped countless victims fight for the fair compensation they deserve.
When you hire The Bradley Law Firm, you’ll have a team of advocates who will:
- Investigate to determine precisely how your injury happened
- Identify all responsible parties
- Protect you when the insurance company tries to minimize their liability by blaming you for getting hurt
- Invest our own resources to hire experts in neuropsychology, life planning, and other specialties to support your claim
- Fight to win the maximum compensation available in your case
Our founding attorney has a background in biology and chemistry–and he’ll use those skills to your advantage. Combined with our winning reputation in the courtroom, our experience handling brain injury cases makes us uniquely qualified to handle your case.
Our trusted Kansas City personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions you might have. Call our offices or contact us online for a free consultation today.
How Common Are Brain Injuries?
According to the CDC, about 1.5 million Americans sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBI) each year. About 230,000 of those injuries result in hospitalization and survival. About 50,000 people die because of brain injuries each year–while between 80,000 and 90,000 are left with permanent disabilities.
Overview of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries are classified as either closed or open wound injuries.
Although brain injuries fall into one of these two categories, the brain itself is divided into several different areas, including:
- Frontal lobe
- Occipital lobe
- Parietal lobe
- Brain stem
Each area controls a different bodily function–meaning that the impact of a brain injury can vary widely depending upon which area was injured.
Closed Head Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries often occur when some type of external force strikes the head, causing the brain to move violently back and forth within the skull. The blow to the head itself can be forceful enough to damage the brain tissue.
This type of closed head injury can cause a variety of short-term and long-term issues, both cognitive and physical. A concussion is a common example of a closed-head brain injury.
An open-head injury is any type of brain injury where a foreign object penetrates the skull. Open-head injuries can cause damage to the brain tissue and blood vessels – and often require surgery to treat.
Types of Brain Injury
At The Bradley Law Firm, we handle all types of brain injury cases, including those that involve:
- Contusions, or bleeding in the brain
- Skull fractures
- Diffuse axonal injuries, where an external force causes tears in the brain
- Penetrating injuries
- Hypoxia (oxygen deprivation)
- Ischemia (blood deprivation)
- Cerebral edema (swelling of the brain)
- Subdural hematomas
Many brain injuries are entirely treatable if you seek medical care right away. However, while some symptoms might show up immediately, it’s often the case that brain injuries don’t manifest until days or even weeks after a trauma has happened.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Brain Injuries?
Brain injuries can range from mild to severe. When they’re on the mild side, the symptoms of a brain injury might resolve on their own in a few days. In more serious cases, the initial signs and symptoms can worsen and lead to more dramatic long-term consequences.
That’s why it’s always important to pay attention to any signs that you might have suffered a brain injury. Some of the most common signs and symptoms to watch for include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Confusion or disorientation
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Loss of balance
- Nausea or vomiting
- Drowsiness or problems waking up
- Loss of smell or taste
- Speech impairments
- Inability to concentrate
- Memory loss
- Unexplained mood swings or personality changes
To catch brain damage early, you should always see your doctor if you’ve been involved in any type of traumatic accident.
What are the Long-Term Consequences of Brain Injuries?
The brain controls your entire body. A serious brain injury can have dramatic long-term consequences. Those consequences usually depend on the region of the brain that was injured and the severity of the injury as a whole.
Some of the long-term consequences of a traumatic brain injury might include:
- Memory loss
- Personality changes
- Paralysis in parts of the body
- Muscle weakness
- Cognitive disabilities
- Total or partial vision loss
- Seizure disorders
- Loss of inhibitions
- Sensory deficits
- Difficulty speaking, reading or making sense
The most serious brain injuries can be fatal. If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury because someone else was negligent, don’t take the situation lightly. Call The Bradley Law Firm for a free case review today.
What Causes Brain Injuries?
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of TBIs that result in hospitalization in the U.S. This includes car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and even crashes involving pedestrians and bicycles.
Some additional causes of brain injuries in Kansas City include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Accidents that involve being struck by an object
- Construction accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Sporting accidents
More than 5.3 million Americans are living with a brain injury. If you’re one of them, you deserve to know who and what caused your injury. Regardless of how you were hurt, our experienced Kansas City traumatic brain injury attorneys at The Bradley Law Firm are here to help. Give us a call today to schedule your free case evaluation.
What is My Kansas City Brain Injury Case Worth?
The lifetime cost of treating a traumatic brain injury can vary dramatically. Studies estimate that you could spend between $85,000 to $3 million over a lifetime for medical treatment and rehabilitation. That’s why it’s critical to know what your injury claim is worth before settling with the insurance company.
No two injury cases are exactly alike. That said, there are numerous factors that might influence the value of your case, including:
- Did the injury leave you with permanent deficits?
- Will you be able to return to work?
- What is the value of your lost income and earning potential?
- Can you live on your own? Will you require daily assistance?
Your age, previous health picture, and life expectancy can also influence the value of your case.
Don’t be tricked into thinking the insurance company will simply hand over fair compensation. In fact, we highly recommend speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney before even filing your injury claim with the insurance company.
Our attorneys at The Bradley Law Firm have the resources to hire experts in life planning, medicine, economics, and other specialties to support your case.
What Compensation Can I Recover for My Brain Injury in Kansas City, Missouri?
Missouri law allows accident victims to recover economic and non-economic damages in brain injury cases.
Economic damages are those that can easily be reduced to a dollar amount, including:
- Medical bills
- Past and future lost wages and earning capacity
- Future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Long-term care
- In-home assistance
Non-economic damages still have value, but they aren’t easily reduced to dollars and cents.
These damages are based on the individual case and might include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Depression and anxiety
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of independence
- Loss of consortium
Generally speaking, non-economic damages are higher in cases where the injury severely disrupts your pre-accident lifestyle. Our team at The Bradley Law Firm can fight to make sure you aren’t leaving money on the table.
How Long Do I Have to File a Brain Injury Lawsuit in Missouri?
Accident victims in Missouri usually have five years to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time limit is called the statute of limitations. Once the statute of limitations expires, you lose your right to sue for damages. Medical malpractice claims only have a two-year statute of limitations.
Contact a Kansas City Brain Injury Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Proving your right to compensation after a brain injury can be challenging. An experienced Kansas City brain injury lawyer can help. If you were hurt, call The Bradley Law Firm for a free consultation today. We can handle the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on recovering.