Did you know one of the leading causes of death in the United States for people between the ages of 1 and 45 are traumatic brain injuries? Individuals that endure these types of injuries can suffer from significant disabilities and substantial medical bills. Work-related traumatic brain injuries can occur in various ways, from a hit to the head or hard surface to a falling object or motor vehicle accident. After a work-related traumatic brain injury occurs, you must seek medical care and treatment immediately.
Regardless of the type of traumatic brain injury or how it occurred, you or your loved one are encouraged to contact Mottaz & Sisk Injury Law so we can begin discussing your legal options. Together, we bring over nine decades of experience working with traumatic brain injury cases and workers’ compensation.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
If you’ve endured a traumatic brain injury (TBI), external factors were the underlying cause of your injury. External factors can consist of sudden shaking or jolting, skull penetration, or direct force from an object. When any form of trauma affects the human brain, normal functioning is altered as the existing structure is damaged. Individuals experiencing a traumatic brain injury can obtain a range of side effects, from diminished emotional control and lack of clarity to altered communication skills and troubles smelling or tasting like normal. While many can recover from a traumatic brain injury, normal brain functioning may never be reached, causing many more factors to be negatively impacted:
- Medical necessities
- Wrongful death
- Lost employment
- Minimized wages
- Pain and suffering
How Do Traumatic Brain Injuries Happen?
Here at Mottaz & Sisk, we know accidents can happen when we least expect it. Depending on how severe your accident is, a traumatic brain injury may occur. Various situations can result in a traumatic brain injury, from a motor vehicle accident or a slip and fall to medical malpractice or at-work accident.
Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Accidents
Automobile accidents happen more frequently than we think and often result in traumatic brain injury, depending on the accident’s severity. Whether the individual is thrown from the vehicle, endures impact from the crash, or a pedestrian is struck, being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be life-changing.
Slip and Falls
Inclement weather, uneven surfaces, and improper care can all result in a slip and fall accident. Whether you’re a patron, employee, or resident at a commercial property, the property owners are expected to keep their establishments looking top-notch. A slip and fall incident may result in a traumatic brain injury, especially if an individual comes into contact with another structure or surface.
Falls From Heights
If you’re completing work at substantial heights, there is an opportunity to become injured in the event a fall occurs. Whether you fall from a ladder, roof, scaffolding, or another area, a traumatic brain injury can quickly happen, especially if the impact is severe. Individuals can also experience an injury because of objects falling from extreme heights in construction zones or other high-traffic areas.
Regardless of your line of work, employees can suffer from a brain injury on the job. At-work accidents causing a traumatic brain injury can include slip and falls, motor vehicle accidents, and falling from a great height. If you or a loved one obtains a brain injury at work, you may likely have access to workers’ compensation.
Medical Malpractice + Birth Injury
If a doctor, hospital, or other healthcare provider delivers a lower standard of care than expected in the medical industry, a patient can be injured. Medical malpractice can occur in various forms, but at times the side effects can be long-lasting. If you have recently become a victim of medical malpractice or an injury during birth, the attorneys at Mottaz & Sisk are here to help.
Different Kinds of Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are ranging types of traumatic brain injuries, and if you suspect you or a loved one has suffered from one, it’s best to seek medical attention right away. Each injury can range in severity, but to allow for adequate recovery, professional guidance is required.
- Concussion: Usually referred to as a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), concussions are among the most common types of brain injury. Sudden movements, impacts, or violent shaking can cause a concussion, and the side effects can last from months to years. If you suspect you’ve experienced a concussion, it’s vital to seek medical attention immediately.
- Contusion: At times, a direct impact to the head can cause severe bruising or bleeding of the brain. Depending on the severity of the bruising, surgery may be required to relieve built up swelling and toxins in the brain.
- Coup-Contrecoup: If an individual suffers from two contusions on both sides of the brain, this is called a coup-contrecoup brain injury. One side of the brain is damaged in the initial impact to the head, and due to extreme force, the brain then hits the other side of the skull resulting in damage on the opposite side.
- Diffuse axonal injury: A car accident, intense shaking, or sudden twisting of the head can cause a diffuse axonal brain injury. The brain moves slower than the movement of the skull, thus resulting in a disruption of nerve cells and the ability of cells to transmit messages.
- Penetration: A gunshot wound, stabbing, or penetration from another sharp object can force matter from the skull into the brain. Unfortunately, more times than not, these brain injuries commonly lead to death.
- Hematoma or blood clot: Excess blood or swelling can occur between the skull and brain or inside the brain, called a hematoma or blood clot.
What Compensation Could You Receive?
Immediately following an accident resulting in a traumatic brain injury, an experienced attorney should be contacted for either yourself or your loved one. Traumatic brain injury cases can be complex and confusing, making it essential to have guidance from a dedicated attorney to ensure you’re represented in the best way possible. The attorneys at Mottaz & Sisk are prepared to answer your questions and help you manage communications with insurance companies and legal entities. Our traumatic brain injury experts will work closely with investigators, industry experts, and medical professionals, so you can be compensated appropriately for your losses. While every case differs, we’re confident the attorneys at Mottaz & Sisk can help you recoup compensation for both economic and non-economic damages:
- Unexpected medical expenses
- Permanent impairment compensation
- Long-term care
- Decreased wages
- Home remodeling
Depending on the situation, if a third party was negligent in causing you or a loved one harm, there may be an opportunity to receive additional compensation, which our skilled attorneys will also help you navigate.
Seek Legal Guidance From Experienced Attorneys at Mottaz & Sisk
Have you been in an accident at work that has resulted in a traumatic brain injury? Here at Mottaz & Sisk, we’re aware of how detrimental an injury like this can be to your quality of life and well-being. Legal guidance is necessary during this time, so you can be represented accurately and receive the compensation you deserve. The team at Mottaz & Sisk is here to help you every step of the way. Take action and contact our office today, so you can have the support you need to recover and continue effectively navigating life.