Helping Brain Injury Victims in Kansas and Missouri
At Joseph, Hollander & Craft, we understand that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can change life in countless ways. Often, TBIs take an immense physical, psychological, and financial toll on victims and their families. If someone else’s negligent or reckless actions caused you or a loved one to suffer a brain injury, you deserve answers.
TBI cases are scientifically demanding. Traditional diagnostic tests like MRIs and CT scans are often ineffective in diagnosing and understanding brain injuries. Without an experienced brain injury lawyer at your side, you may overlook critical medical evidence and facts, which can substantially reduce the value of your injury claim.
The brain injury attorneys at Joseph, Hollander & Craft are leaders in Kansas TBI litigation. We painstakingly research our clients’ cases and consult with world-class brain injury experts from across the country. Through this approach, we’ve built a strong track record of success.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
TBIs occur when an external force damages the brain’s delicate nerves and tissues. TBI victims do not always suffer a loss of consciousness at the time of impact. Sometimes, the victim will simply feel dazed or woozy. While some traumatic brain injuries create symptoms right away, others take time to develop.
A TBI can result in microtrauma to the brain’s tissue and nerves. While this can be difficult to detect, it often causes severe and long-lasting symptoms. Proving the connection between your symptoms and brain trauma can be challenging. MRI and CT scans do not always show the level of detail necessary to document axonal damage and tiny brain bleeds. This can lead to delays in TBI diagnosis and denial of insurance claims.
TBI is a broad term that covers a wide variety of injuries, from minor concussions to injuries that can leave a person in a vegetative state. The most common types of brain injuries include: concussions, contusions, diffuse axonal injuries (DAI), hematomas and hemorrhage, skull fractures, and penetrating injuries.
Misleadingly referred to as “mild” TBIs (mTBI), these injuries occur when your brain is suddenly jolted or shaken. They often cause memory loss, headaches, confusion, dizziness, anxiety, depression, and numerous other symptoms. While some people may recover after a single concussion, concussions can also lead to conditions like post-concussion syndrome and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Risk factors for post-concussive syndrome are increased by age of the patient and history of prior concussions.
A direct result of an impact to the head resulting in severe bruising or bleeding of the brain. Some contusions are referred to as coup-contrecoup injuries, meaning the brain repeatedly bounces off the skull. When this occurs, there is often significant damage to both sides of the brain. Larger contusions will often require surgery.
Diffuse axonal injuries (DAI)
The force of the impact tears and stretches your brain’s axons, which are the bundles of nerves that help the brain transmit messages. Severe DAIs can be fatal and can cause irreversible brain damage. Even a “mild” DAI can cause profound changes in your ability to think and process feelings. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for DAIs to go undiagnosed.
Hematomas and hemorrhage
Blood vessels become torn, causing bleeding in and around your brain. This trauma results in increased pressure within your skull, causing severe damage to the brain’s nerves and tissue. Surgery may be necessary to remove blood clots and reduce pressure within the skull.
Trauma can crack the skull, causing pain and an increased risk of infection.
An object fractures the skull and pierces the brain. These injuries are often the most severe and can be fatal.
Long Term Effects of a TBI
Each TBI case is unique, and the long-term effects of a brain injury can vary. Some effects of a TBI are more severe than others, but any injury to the brain is dangerous. Common long-term risks of brain injuries include seizures, early onset of Alzheimer’s disease and severe memory loss, post-concussion syndrome, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. In some cases, a TBI can be treated, but often time is the best indicator of whether the injured individual will improve. Significant life changes can manifest over time, and many TBI victims find that the effects are irreversible.
While physical disability connected to a TBI is often easily recognizable, the emotional effects are harder to see. Many victims of a TBI find themselves depressed due to a feeling of loss. A personality change can result in aggressive, moody, and even violent behavior. These changes in personality can be devastating for both the victim and their loved ones.
How the Brain Injury Attorneys at Joseph, Hollander & Craft Can Help
If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury in an accident, it is important that you speak with an attorney who has experience with these complex cases. We will answer your questions and deal with the insurance companies on your behalf so you can focus on healing. We will work closely with industry experts, investigators, and medical professionals to ensure that you are appropriately compensated for your losses.
We believe that cost should not stand in the way of your ability to get the best legal representation possible. To that end, we do not charge a fee unless we recover compensation for your TBI.
Our goal is always to ensure the financial stability of our clients. If you or someone you love suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, we welcome the opportunity to help.