Injury Attorney: Brain Injury Attorney – New Hampshire
When the negligent, reckless, or intentional acts of another cause you to suffer a debilitating traumatic brain injury (TBI), you might experience devastating consequences that include impaired cognitive functioning, loss of mobility, difficulty communicating, and an inability to work and provide for the needs of you and your family. Although there are a variety of injuries that can have catastrophic consequences on your daily life and ability to earn a living, TBIs often constitute one of the most disruptive and limiting types of injuries. While physical, emotional, and financial challenges are natural when you experience this kind of injury, the psychological toll of a TBI may be more significant than most other types of injuries.
The debilitation and financial hardships associated with a serious brain injury can financially cripple a family. Our firm is experienced in representing TBI victims who experience injury from motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, and a host of other incidents.
Aggressive Representation of Catastrophic Injury Victims- Manchester Head Injury Lawyer
Teale Law offers legal expertise, extensive experience, meticulous research, compassion, and aggressive and persuasive advocacy for clients. All too often I see the impact of a significant brain injury on victims and their families, and realize what everyone is going through. I am committed to representing my clients with honesty, diligence, and genuine concern for their well-being. When your life is derailed by a speeding motorist, fatigued truck driver, or any other negligent party, my law firm will work tirelessly to hold the at-fault party responsible and to seek the fullest compensation through a settlement or judgment. Teale Law offers a Free Confidential Consultation. Contact us today at 603-935-7425 for your no obligation consultation.
New Hampshire TBI Lawyer Explains the Types of Common Head Injuries
Whether you suffer a head injury in a car crash or after slipping on a wet floor in a local restaurant, you might suffer a traumatic brain injury.
Brain injuries typically are divided into two major categories:
Closed Head Injuries: If the event that caused your injury does not result in any penetration of your skull, this is referred to as a “closed head injury”. Typically, this type of injury occurs when people’s heads are exposed to an aggressive, sudden motion that results in the brain striking the hard, bony interior of the skull. For example, a driver’s head slamming against the dashboard or windshield of a vehicle might often cause a closed head injury. While some head injuries occur to only one precise area of the brain (referred to as “focal”), other injuries that affect tissues and cells in various regions of the brain are called “diffuse” head injuries. If you experience a closed head injury, you might not immediately manifest any external physical signs or obvious symptoms. Nonetheless, you should seek prompt medical attention for the best prognosis and to obtain medical evidence in the form of diagnostic imaging and blood tests
Open (Penetrating Head Injuries): In contrast to a closed head injury, this type of injury involves actual penetration of the skull. While an open head injury might occur in a variety of circumstances, the most typical scenario involves a fragment of the skull penetrating the soft tissue of the brain. Many types of accidents cause open head injuries, including slip and falls, motor vehicle collisions, and criminal acts (e.g. firearm injuries).
Whether you suffer an open or closed brain injury, the type of the damage to your brain can include the following:
Swelling of the Brain: The body’s natural response to a brain injury involves dispatching increased blood flow to the injured area to facilitate the healing process. Unfortunately, this response promotes swelling of the brain. Given the fixed and limited space within the skull, this swelling often results in compression of the brain. This increased pressure might cause more severe damage or even death if not relieved promptly.
Tearing of the Brain: Small microscopic tears frequently occur when you injure your brain. These tears often cannot be identified in a CT or MRI scan.
Bleeding/Bruising of the Brain: The brain often bleeds when it has been injured. This blood pools within the head and again causes pressure on the tissue of the brain. The pressure can be so severe that it causes damage to additional areas of the brain because brain tissue dies.
Frequent Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries in New Hampshire
As a Manchester brain injury attorney, I have seen brain injuries caused by a wide range of careless and intentional wrongful acts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries include the following:
- Falls: 40+ percent
- Motor Vehicle Collisions: 14+ percent
- Unknown Cause: 19+ percent
- Struck By/Struck Against: 15+ percent
- Attacks/Violent Crimes: 10+ percent
“Repetitive head trauma injuries” constitute a cause of brain injuries that has drawn increasing attention in recent years. At the professional, college, high school, and even youth league level, the long-term impact of multiple concussions has become the subject of medical studies and litigation.
The types of conduct and hazards that frequently cause brain damage include the following:
- Texting and driving
- Driving when impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Falls off of scaffoldings or ladders
- Failure of businesses to adopt proper maintenance and cleanup practices
- Hours of service violations by truck drivers
- Distracted driving
- Negligent security
- Medical malpractice (e.g. anesthesiology errors)
- Non-compliance with New Hampshire Rules of the Road and safe driving practices
- Vehicle rollover collisions
- Birth injuries
- Inadequate personal care plans or supervision in nursing homes
- Bicyclists or motorcyclists hit while not wearing a helmet
- Unreasonably dangerous or defective products
- Collisions resulting in vehicle ejections
- Improper safety procedures during school activities
These are only a handful of examples of unsafe conduct or hazards that might result in an accident where a victim endures a traumatic brain injury. When a person, public entity, or commercial establishment fails to exercise reasonable care to avoid causing a TBI to another, the responsible parties can be held accountable for injuries that were reasonably foreseeable. In certain cases, the party that causes injury may be held strictly liable (i.e. liability without fault) for injury to another person. As a caring and tenacious personal injury lawyer, I carefully investigate the facts of my clients’ cases and identify all available potential responsible parties.
Manchester Brain Injury Lawyer on the Cost of TBIs
If you or your loved one suffers a significant traumatic brain injury, insurance claims and legal procedures typically will not be your priority. However, the enormous financial consequences of a serious brain injury increase the urgency of promptly seeking legal advice if you suffer a head injury. According to the CDC, the average lifetime expense associated with a TBI ranges between $85,000 and $3 million. If you or someone you love suffers a TBI, you could face lost income, mounting medical bills, pain and suffering, vehicle repair/replacement expenses, and more depending on the circumstances. When you or a loved one experiences a traumatic brain injury you should not delay in speaking with a qualified attorney. Contact Teale Law at 603-935-7425 immediately for your free initial consultation and case review.