Lexington Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
Strong advocacy for children and adults who suffer brain injuries and head trauma
Your brain regulates every part of your body. Any damage can have severe physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral consequences. Unfortunately, the consequences don’t end there. When someone suffers a traumatic brain injury, the cost of medical care alone can be more than most families are able to afford. Many victims are forced to rely upon family members and caretakers to attend to many of their needs. And the dependency of a brain injury victim can greatly increase over time, as there are studies showing that brain injuries can lead to many other complications, such as dementia.
Accidents that cause traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are often preventable, as most TBIs are due to excessive force. Drivers who run red lights, property owners who put profit before safety, doctors who fail to exercise competent care, and all other negligent defendants deserve to be held accountable when they cause injury. At Wilt & Associates, PLLC, our brain injury lawyers calmly but strongly fight for the compensation you deserve so you restore some balance to your life or the life of a family member. Our Lexington personal injury lawyers have the experience and resources you need to get the recovery that you deserve.
How can we help?
- What is a traumatic brain injury?
- How do doctors diagnose traumatic brain injuries?
- Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries
- What are the treatments for traumatic brain injuries in Lexington?
- What types of TBI cases do your Lexington attorneys handle?
- Who is responsible for my traumatic brain injury?
- What is the value of my Lexington TBI claim?
- Do you have a traumatic brain injury attorney near me?
What is a traumatic brain injury?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) results from a forceful blow to the head. While some TBIs do heal, severe TBIs can cause long-term difficulties with movement, speaking, and learning, according to the Kentucky Neuroscience Center (KNC).
Johns Hopkins Medicine states that traumatic brain injuries are one of the “most common causes of disability and death in adults.” The damage can be confined to one part of the brain (focal) or happen in more than one area (diffuse). TBIs can range from a mild concussion to coma or even death.
Each TBI is classified according to the type of damage caused to the brain via that particular injury. Closed brain injuries don’t involve a break in the skull. They are caused by rapid forward and backward movements and shaking of the brain that can cause brain tissue and blood vessels to bruise or tear. A penetrating brain injury involves a break in the skull, such as when someone is shot.
How do doctors diagnose traumatic brain injuries?
There are different types of traumatic brain injuries depending on where the damage occurs, the type of damage, and the scope of the damage. TBIs can cause tears of brain fibers, ruptured blood vessels, skull fractures, and other brain injuries.
The KNC states that a TBI diagnosis includes oral questions to test your ability to concentrate, remember, and solve problems. Your doctor will also check your reflexes, balance, coordination, strength, and sensory abilities. Doctors may take imaging tests for more definitive results, and a CT scan or an MRI can be used to look for bruises or bleeding within the brain. Other tests may be required to get a more accurate diagnoses further into evaluation.
Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries
KNC states that a traumatic brain injury may result in the following symptoms, complications, and comorbidities:
- Many Lexington TBI victims will experience headaches for months after a brain injury. Some victims live with chronic pain due to their headaches.
- Thinking difficulties. A TBI can make it hard to concentrate, remember, and learn new information.
- Communication problems. Lexington traumatic brain injury victims may have difficulty expressing their ideas and understanding what others are saying.
- Emotional difficulties. Victims may feel anxious or depressed, have rapid mood changes, or lose interest in things they used to enjoy.
- Sleep difficulties. TBI victims may have problems falling asleep, staying asleep, and may sleep more than they should.
- Substance abuse disorders. TBI victims may try to cope with their stress, anxiety, and depression by using alcohol or drugs.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Victims may have fears about not feeling safe and not being able to control their lives. They may pull away from other people, work all the time, or use drugs or alcohol. Victims should seek treatment for PTSD when such feelings persist.
- Developmental problems. Children who have a TBI can have difficulty learning and keeping up with their classmates.
Traumatic brain injury symptoms can often be delayed. If you’re in any type of accident, it’s important to be examined as quickly as possible, usually at a local emergency room or trauma center.
What are the treatments for traumatic brain injuries in Lexington?
The KNC also discusses various types of treatment and rehabilitation for TBI patients. Some patients may require immediate surgery to treat skull fractures, bleeding, and a range of other dangers that pose an immediate threat.
Rehabilitation for Lexington brain injury victims often includes the following type of care:
- Physical and occupational therapy. Physical therapists normally provide different exercises to help with muscle development, strength, and coordination. Occupational therapists help TBI victims with daily living tasks like eating and dressing.
- Speech and language therapy. These health care providers help you understand language and express your thoughts. They also help you develop problem-solving skills. They may also help with physical skills like swallowing.
- Professional counseling. Living with a traumatic brain injury is hard emotionally. Professional counseling (working with psychologists for example) can help TBI victims cope with their feelings and feel more in control of their lives. Support groups give patients the opportunity to discuss their struggles and successes with people who are facing the same challenges.
- Medications. Medicines may help with chronic pain, headaches, and difficulty sleeping. They may also help with anxiety and depression.
What types of TBI cases do your Lexington attorneys handle?
At Wilt & Associates, our Lexington brain injury attorneys work with you, investigators, and through a formal discovery process to determine how the accident that caused your TBI happened – and who is responsible. We handle the following types of personal injury claims that may cause a TBI:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Train accidents
- Uber and Lyft accidents
- Construction accidents
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice, including delivery room mistakes that cause birth injuries
- Slip and fall accidents
- Negligent security
- Nursing home abuse
We’ll fight to show your traumatic brain injury or that of a loved one was preventable.
Who is responsible for my traumatic brain injury?
At Wilt & Associates, our personal injury lawyers file claims against all the people who caused your TBI. The defendants depend on the type of accident and other factors. Some of the possible defendants include:
- Drivers and car owners
- Property owners
- Manufacturers of defective products
- Physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals
- Nursing homes
- Construction sites
What is the value of my Lexington TBI claim?
Traumatic brain injury victims in Lexington need a lifetime of help. Many may never be able to work again. Our Lexington personal injury lawyers work diligently to detail all your economic losses, current and future. We also are skilled at working with your medical team and our network of doctors to explain all the ways your TBI has made your life painful and difficult.
We seek compensation for all the expenses related to your injury, past and future:
- Health care costs
- Lost income
- Physical pain and emotional suffering
- Loss of life’s pleasures
- Loss of consortium
Our record of success in personal injury cases includes numerous settlements and verdicts for millions and hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Do you have a traumatic brain injury attorney near me?
Wilt & Associates has a Lexington office located at 196 W. Lowry Lane, Suite 1. If you or your loved one cannot come to our office for health reasons, we can arrange a phone or video conference. We also make hospital visits and have an office in Louisville.
We handle brain injury cases on a contingency fee basis. Many TBI victims need medical help for the rest of their lives and are unable to pay for a lawyer while paying for their present care. We fight to ensure the money is there to pay for your medical care and that your ability to live as full a life as possible is maximized.
You need seasoned Lexington brain injury lawyers to handle your claim
It’s overwhelming to imagine how a brain injury will affect every day of the rest of your life. At Wilt & Associates, our personal injury lawyers handle catastrophic injuries, including brain injuries, which require specialized attention and care. We examine both your current and future financial and medical needs to build a complete case. We’ll help you obtain just compensation for car accidents, slip and falls, or any other personal injury causing a TBI. Please call or fill out our contact form to schedule a no-fee consultation with our experienced Lexington brain injury lawyers.