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Seattle Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers – We Represent Those in Washington Who have Suffered from a TBI Caused By Others
A traumatic brain injury (or “TBI”) is an injury that disrupts how the brain works. A TBI can result from a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or a penetration of the skull by a foreign object such as a knife or bullet. The most common causes of TBI are motor vehicle crashes, sports, firearm injuries, blasts or explosions, abusive head trauma, and being hit in the head by an object. A concussion is a type of TBI.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the “CDC”) estimates that at least three traumatic brain injuries occur every minute in the United States. This results in at least 1.7 million TBIs every year, which occur either alone or along with other injuries or illnesses. The CDC estimates that TBIs cost Americans $76.5 billion in medical care, rehabilitation, and lost work every year.
The Long-Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury are Unclear
In recent years, TBIs have received increased attention and scrutiny, in large part because of the deaths of several former NFL football players who appeared to have suffered significant brain damage as the result of concussions sustained during their playing days. As the medical community learns more about TBI, it appears that mild concussions that formerly were thought to have little or no long-term impact may in fact cause significant long-term brain damage.
The Full Cost of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can not only result in physical paralysis, but they can also lead to severe memory loss, painful headaches, a loss of control over emotions, severe and unexpected rage, and a variety of other conditions and mental illness. With paralysis and other forms of TBI, the devastation can be easily seen. In other instances, a person who has sustained a TBI may outwardly appear to be normal, but in fact may be severely impaired. A TBI thus can have a long-term and devastating impact not only on a person’s ability to engage in work and enjoyable activities, but also the person’s ability to maintain normal communications and family relationships.
When We Represent a Client Who Has Suffered from a Traumatic Brain Injury, It’s Critical to Understand the Full Impact of the Injury on Our Client’s Life
In addition to seeking to prove liability during the course of a trial, we seek to prove to a jury the full extent of the damage that our client has sustained. In many cases of severe brain injury, the person who has sustained the injury may have suffered significant long-term damage that can never be undone. Jurors need to recognize that while a person may look normal on the outside, in reality the person may be suffering from injuries that are far worse than more obvious physical injuries that may heal.
If You or a Loved One Has Sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury as the Result of the Negligent or Wrongful Actions of Another, Please Contact Our Firm
We have the experience and tenacity to represent TBI victims and their families against those responsible. We will work tirelessly in seeking to obtain for you every penny of compensation to which you may be entitled. We hire doctors, nurses, and medical experts when needed to advise on the likely prognosis for our clients, including future medical treatment that may be necessary and the damages and injuries that are likely to be permanent. We also hire economists when necessary to calculate the long-term loss in wages likely to be suffered in the case of a severe and permanent TBI.
We usually represent clients in personal injury matters on a on a contingency fee basis, meaning that our clients will not owe us any fees unless and until a recovery is obtained.
Please call us today at 206-388-0333 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation so that we can discuss with you your legal options for recovery.