Fort Collins TBI Lawyers
The brain is so much of who and what we are. As a species and as unique individuals, they give us different abilities, talents, personalities, and intellects. So what happens if a part of the brain is damaged?
An American suffers a traumatic brain injury every 15 seconds, and about 5 million people in the United States are coping with life after an injury to the brain. They happen most commonly as a result of motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, sports, violent attacks, and falls. We’ve seen more than one happen on 287. In our experience, negligence on the part of an individual, company, or other entity is the true cause of many TBIs.
If your injury was caused by another’s wrongdoing, you have the right to pursue a claim to recover damages in a legal action. You should not attempt to do this without being represented by a highly experienced injury lawyer in Fort Collins. The Tenge Law Firm, LLC, is thoroughly familiar with catastrophic injuries. We understand the long-term consequences of a TBI. Call (970) 212-4777 to make an appointment.
Injuries to the brain often come in two stages. Primary brain damage occurs immediately, and secondary brain damage takes place over a period of minutes, hours, days, or more. Here are the common traumatic brain injuries:
- Closed (internal) injuries: This trauma to the brain is internal, and often hard to spot. Most TBIs are closed head injuries.
- Concussions: The most common TBI, concussions occur when your brain shakes in your skull. It may cause swelling, bleeding, or chemical changes. Repeated concussions, even over a long span of time, can lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy – widespread brain damage.
- Contusions: The equivalent of a “bruise” on the brain. Contusions may be mild, moderate, or severe, and large ones with swelling may require surgery to remove.
- Hematomas: Pools of blood inside the brain or between brain and the skull. May create a cerebral aneurysm and increase risk of stroke.
- Coup-contrecoups: The creation of two contusions, on opposite sides of the brain, usually from some violent force that snapped the head back and forth.
- Lacerations: Any tears of the frontal lobe, temporal lobes, or blood vessels.
- Diffuse axonal injuries: DAIs occur when a violent motion tears the internal structures of the brain. The torn nerves release chemicals and disrupt the brain’s normal functioning. Diffuse axonal injury is very serious, and often seen in shaken baby syndrome. It causes unconsciousness, coma, and very often, death.
- Penetrating (open injuries): Any foreign object that breaches the skull and goes into the brain can create a penetrating injury. This may be a depressive skull fracture, a bullet wound, or any piece of a foreign object. Open brain injuries require immediate medical attention, and victims have an additional risk of infection and severe bleeding.
Secondary brain damage, which can develop as a complication of the original injury, includes:
- Low blood pressure
- Diminished blood flow, resulting in insufficient oxygen to the brain
- Intracranial pressure, caused by edema (swelling)
- Herniation of the brain, when tissue bulges out of place
If you or someone close to you has survived a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you know it can be extremely disorienting. You are not yourself; things that were once easy for you now seem almost impossible; your memory fails you, your head aches, and your personality has changed. And these are only a few of the changes you might be feeling. It’s almost as if you are another person altogether. You may become depressed, anxious, always on edge. Food tastes different, vision is blurred, and you are oversensitive to every small sound.
Of course, you may not have all of these symptoms, or you may have an entirely different set of problems. The exact symptoms depend on the severity of the injury and the part of the brain affected. Brain injuries can potentially affect physical, cognitive, and psychological functioning, sometimes to the extent that the victim is never able to return to work or function independently. Not only that, even if you appear to have recovered, there is recent medical evidence showing that brain injuries draw on your cognitive reserves, which may predispose you to dementia later in life.
If you or someone you care for has suffered a serious injury at the hands of someone’s negligent actions, don’t hesitate to contact a Fort Collins brain injury lawyer.
At the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, we are accustomed to helping clients with catastrophic, life-changing injuries. Because we limit our practice to personal injury law exclusively, we have developed a level of expertise, and we have a long record of successful recoveries in high-value cases. Todd Tenge consistently receives the highest ratings from clients and peers and has an enviable record of obtaining excellent results for his clients, both in and out of court.
When you come in for your free consultation, we’ll dim the lights, talk softly, and be patient with you – we’re members of Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado and know how to accommodate.
For compassionate, personalized, and dedicated representation in the Ft. Collins area, contact us. Legal deadlines apply, so don’t risk losing your right to a monetary recovery. Call the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, today at (970) 212-4777.
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