Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
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Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can happen when your head hits an object or when an object breaks the skull and damages brain tissue. These injuries can cause life-altering symptoms, including memory loss, constant headaches, seizures, slurred speech, and other symptoms that prevent you from working or enjoying life.
If you or a loved one suffer from traumatic brain injuries, contact Milavetz Law’s skilled Minneapolis traumatic brain injury lawyers for a free consultation. Our head injury lawyers will analyze your case and help you get the justice you deserve. We have 12 convenient office locations to serve clients across Minnesota.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury or a TBI happens when a violent jolt or blow damages your brain. It is one of the most common causes of death and disability in adults.
Traumatic brain injury is a broad term that refers to a vast range of injuries to the brain. Depending on how the accident unfolded, the damage can be diffuse (affecting more than one area of the brain) or focal (affecting one area of the brain).
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are two main types of traumatic brain injuries:
- Closed brain injuries occur when a non-penetrating injury happens to the brain. These injuries are caused by rapid backward or forward movements and shaking of the brain inside the skull, resulting in the tearing and bruising of blood vessels and brain tissue.
- Penetrating or open head brain injuries occur when there is a break in the skull. They often happen when something sharp pierces the skull and brain.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Minneapolis
Traumatic brain injuries are frequently the result of the following:
- Ground level falls
- Sports injuries, including hockey injuries
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Penetration traumas, including gunshot wounds
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can cause mild to severe symptoms depending on the severity of your accident.
Mild traumatic brain injuries lead to temporary effects, including nausea and headaches, that last a few days. However, severe traumatic brain injuries can affect your ability to work or enjoy life for months or even the rest of your life. Specifically, they may cause:
- Cognitive deficits: Confusion, coma, memory problems, loss of sense of space and time, problems with judgment, and shortened attention span
- Motor deficits: Weakness, paralysis, poor balance, tremors, poor coordination, inability to plan motor movements, and swallowing problems
- Sensory or perceptual deficits: Right or left-sided neglect, changes in smell, hearing, vision, taste, and touch, loss of sensation, heightened sensation, and vision problems
- Communication and language deficits: Aphasia (difficulty speaking and understanding speech), reading and writing difficulties, difficulty knowing how to perform everyday actions, problems identifying objects and their functions, and problems with writing, reading, and the ability to work with numbers
- Functional deficits: Paying bills and organization, impaired ability with activities of daily living (ADLs) — eating, dressing, and bathing — and inability to drive a car
- Psychiatric or personal changes: Decreased motivation, irritability, aggression, depression, inappropriate sexual behavior, lowered frustration tolerance, and anxiety
- Traumatic epilepsy: This is usually caused by penetrating or severe injuries
- Social difficulties: Difficulties with socializing and understanding and responding to social interaction
- Regulatory disturbances: Dizziness, fatigue, changes in eating habits and sleep patterns, and loss of bladder and bowel control
Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injuries
Treatment for traumatic brain injuries depends on the severity of the injuries.
Mild traumatic brain injuries typically require no treatment other than over-the-counter pain medicine and rest. However, people with mild injuries must be monitored closely for worsening, persistent, and new symptoms. People with these injuries may also have follow-up medical appointments.
Moderate to Severe Injuries
Moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries require immediate emergency care. Emergency medical staff will attempt to minimize the effects of moderate to severe brain injuries by:
- Ensuring the person has an adequate blood supply
- Ensuring the person has enough oxygen
- Maintaining blood pressure
- Preventing further injury to the neck or head
The emergency staff will also treat other injuries that need to be addressed.
What Damages Can I Recover After a Traumatic Brain Injury in Minneapolis?
You can recover the following damages after a traumatic brain injury:
Economic or special damages compensate you for objectively verifiable losses:
- Current, past, and future medical expenses, including expenses for physical therapy appointments, psychological therapy appointments, and surgeries
- Loss of business opportunities or employment
- Death-related expenses due to the death of a loved one from traumatic brain injuries caused by another person’s intentional actions or negligence
Non-economic or general damages compensate you for subjective, non-monetary losses:
- Loss of companionship if you can no longer participate in family events and activities due to your injuries
- Loss of enjoyment of life; for instance, having to use ambulatory aids for the rest of your life
- Pain and suffering, including anxiety and depression
- Loss of consortium if your injuries prevent you from having a physical relationship with your spouse
- Inconvenience if you have to hire someone to do the chores you could normally do, including grocery shopping, home repair, and lawn maintenance
If the accident that caused your traumatic brain injury resulted in other injuries, such as excessive scarring and amputation, you can also recover non-economic damages compensation for these injuries.
How Long Do I Have To File a Brain Injury Lawsuit in Minneapolis?
Under Minnesota law, you have six years to file a brain injury lawsuit. If you miss the deadline, you cannot sue the party or parties who caused your injuries.
That’s why we suggest hiring Milavetz Law’s skilled traumatic brain injury lawyers as soon as possible after you are injured. We have the resources, expertise, and personnel to file your paperwork on or ahead of time.
How a Minneapolis Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Can Help
In addition to adhering to the statute of limitations and other filing deadlines, Milavetz Law’s tenacious Minneapolis traumatic brain injury lawyers can also:
- Hire medical experts: Our lawyers can hire medical experts to demonstrate who and what caused your injuries and why they were at fault.
- Compile evidence: Our skilled attorneys will gather compelling evidence to support your claims, including medical records, videos, photographs, and eyewitness accounts of the accident that caused your traumatic brain injuries.
- Negotiate with other parties: We will handle all communication for you so you can focus on recovery and getting your life back on track.
- Fight for your rights: Insurance companies will try to pressure you into accepting a low settlement offer. To help you get the amount you deserve, we will calculate the true value of damages and negotiate with insurance companies for fair and just compensation.
Contact the Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers at Milavetz Law
Traumatic brain injuries can change your life forever. Depending on how the accident unfolded, you may suffer mild injuries (headaches and nausea) or severe injuries (memory loss, paralysis, and communication deficits).
Fortunately, Milavetz Law’s skilled head injury lawyers are here to help. Compassionate, driven, and knowledgeable, we will thoroughly analyze your case, file paperwork on time, negotiate with insurance companies, produce solid evidence to maximize compensation, and fight for your rights in court.
Contact our Minneapolis law office today for a free consultation.
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