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If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI (“traumatic brain injury”), WV-brain-injuryin West Virginia, because of the negligence or deliberately wrongful conduct of another, it is important that you contact a competent brain injury lawyer who is versed in the mechanisms of and treatments for TBIs and in the legal handling of brain injury cases. Please call us today for a free consultation on your traumatic brain injury case(304) 381-2166.

It is important to recognize that not all brain injuries are the same and the type, severity and mechanism of the injury may likely determine the treatment, recovery and ultimately the outcome.

What Are The Different Types of Brain Injuries?

Each of the following is a distinct type of brain injury:

  • concussion
  • hematoma
  • diffuse axonal brain injury
  • recurrent traumatic brain injury (as with repetitive sports-related head injuries)
  • penetrating brain injury
  • skull fracture & open head injuries
  • “shaken baby syndrome”
  • anoxic and/or hypoxic brain injuries

A traumatic brain injury can range in severity depending on the accident you experienced and the type of traumatic brain injury you suffered. A catastrophic injury lawyer in West Virginia from Adams Legal Group PLLC can help you determine your injury costs, including anticipated future treatment and surgeries.

What Are Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries?

Generally speaking, a “traumatic brain injury” is an injury to the brain, by virtue of some sudden and forceful external trauma to the head and brain. Traumatic brain injuries can result from any of the following common causes:

  • falls
  • motor vehicle accidents
  • bicycle accidents
  • motorcycle accidents
  • accidental blunt trauma (e.g. knocking your head into something or being accidentally stricken with/by an object)
  • deliberate blunt-force trauma (e.g. assault with a bat or other blunt object)
  • accidental penetrating trauma (e.g. accidental discharge of a nail gun)
  • deliberate penetrating trauma (e.g. assault with a knife or gun)
  • repetitive concussive/head-injury syndrome
  • sporting accidents

Traumatic brain injuries can occur as a result of playing sports, riding in cars or on bikes, or simply by working around the house. Brain injuries can be extremely debilitating and in some cases can cause death.

There are three basic ways everyday traumatic brain injuries happen… by getting punched or kicked in the head, falling and hitting your head, or by colliding with another person head on.

Contact sports are known for their propensity for head injury. Three of the most common are football, boxing, and professional mixed martial arts. These brain injuries are the result of severe blows or jolts to the head causing the brain to move back and forth in the skull causing multiple areas of damage.

While there is no skull fracture or penetration, the long-term results of repeated blows to the head, no matter what type of helmet or padding is used, can be “cumulative” and cause permanent memory loss, diminished cognitive functions, slurred speech and reduced motor skills.

Are Accidents Are A Common Cause of Traumatic Brain Injuries?

The occurrences of traumatic brain injuries are not limited to those who participate in sports. Many unforeseen accidents happen in and around the home and workplace and head and brain injuries can result, including the following types of accidents:

  • slip in the shower and hit their head on the faucet or soap dish
  • fall out of bed and strike the sharp edge of the night table
  • fall down steps by tripping and falling on loose or worn carpeting or broken or loose handrails
  • falling off of a ladder while cleaning the gutters
  • falling off of your home’s roof
  • falling from a tree during trimming or branch removal.

These types of falls can cause fractured skulls, brain bruising and brain bleeding. The results of these injuries can be the same as for contact sports related injuries with the addition of the potential for death from falling from a great height.

Another common way people get brain injuries is from the result of a vehicle accident while riding a bicycle, a motorcycle or riding in a car. Unlike sports-related brain trauma that build up over time, vehicle accident head injuries are usually violent and can be immediately fatal.

While it is not practical to suggest that you put on a helmet when you walk on the side of a busy highway, or wear a helmet while driving your car to the supermarket, there are times when wearing a helmet can save you from getting a concussion or a fractured skull, or even worse . . . from dying as a result of a blow to the head. While falling and hitting your head can occur during any  activity, you are most likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury if you fall off your bicycle or motorcycle and are not wearing a helmet.

Brain Injuries & Bicyclists

The City of New York conducted a 10-year study, (1996-2005) to analyze the causes bicycle deaths in their town. The findings present a compelling case for wearing a helmet when you ride a bike. About 74% of all fatal bicycle accidents involve a serious head injury, and nearly all bicycle accidents occur as a result of a bicycle getting hit by a car (95%). Most bicyclists that were killed (97%) were not wearing a helmet.

Most interesting to note is that 90% of all fatal bicycle accidents involving a motor vehicle striking a bicyclist occur at intersections. Only 1% of deaths that involved a motor vehicle striking a bicycle, occurred when the bicycle is riding along in the bike lane.

Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys In West Virginia

If you have been injured and sustained a personal injury including but not limited to traumatic brain injuries, in West Virginia, it is important that you consult with a competent TBI attorney who understands the implications of your injuries, treatment, recovery and prognoses. If you may have been the victim of negligence of another party and have suffered a brain injury, please call our law firm today for a complimentary and confidential case review.

Do You Need An Experienced Brain Injury Lawyer?

It will be in your best interest to retain an attorney who has experience in representing victims of traumatic brain injuries. It can be difficult to navigate a lawsuit when it comes to piecing together all the components to prove your case. Some of the most important reasons to retain a catastrophic injury lawyer in West Virginia from Adams Legal Group PLLC include:

  • The services of an attorney can be vital in making sure that your personal injury suit is filed correctly and meets all deadlines.
  • Attorneys who represent brain injury victims are beneficial in keeping the rights and interests of their clients at the forefront of the case.
  • An attorney may be able to help you obtain a higher award than if you were to represent your case on your own or accept a settlement from the defendant’s insurance company.
  • A brain injury attorney will have knowledge of the specific medical details regarding brain injuries and can rely on their network of medical professionals for insight and testimony.
  • An attorney can help to identify key expert witnesses that can speak to your brain injury.
  • A brain injury lawyer may know of local support groups to help the victim and their loved ones.
  • A brain injury laawyer may offer referrals to the best doctors, rehabilitation therapists, and other medical doctors who specialize in brain injuries.

We can help you recover for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering, as well as assess and seek recovery for any future treatments, injuries and limitations that you may unfortunately suffer as a result of a brain injury. We can come and see you if you are incapacitated and cannot come to see us. Please call us today – (304) 381-2166 or use our easy contact form by clicking the button(below) to initiate contact with us to start a conversation about how we can help you.

Brain Injury - Frequently Asked Questions

What Is a Brain Injury?

Although it might seem like an obvious question, a brain injury can come in many forms and present itself in many ways. When something injures your brain, the damage can either be temporary or permanent and even result in death. There are usually two common types of brain injuries. These are: (1) Acquired brain injuries & (2) Traumatic brain injuries

  • Acquired Brain Injuries. These injuries can happen from oxygen deprivation. Injuries typically include anoxic or hypoxic brain injury.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries. These are the brain injuries people usually think of when they think of the damage done to the brain. Penetrative injuries happen when something penetrates your skull and damages the brain, contusions are when the impact of another object causes internal bleeding on the brain, and concussions (probably the most well-known) that are the result of a blow to the head. While there are more types of injuries, these can all cause minor to severe damage to your brain, and thus, to the rest of your body.

When a victim has sustained car crash injuries because of another party’s negligence or recklessness, it can be stressful trying to deal with the recover, while also dealing with medical bills and loss of income if the victim is unable to work. However, when the injuries are catastrophic, it can be devastating for the victim and their family.

One of the more common car accident catastrophic injuries that we see at name of firm are brain injuries. Our brain injury attorneys work diligently for each of our clients, getting them the financial compensation they deserve. We understand the impact a brain injury can have on a victim’s life, leaving them with long-term or permanent disabilities that make it impossible to do the day-to-day activities they did before the accident. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, contact our firm today to find out what legal options you may have.

Can Brain Injury Symptoms Be Delayed?

Unlike many other catastrophic injuries, such as paralysis or amputation, it is not uncommon for a victim who has suffered a brain injury in a crash to have delayed symptoms of the injury. For instance, a victim who has not had other symptoms aside from a slight headache may not even seek medical attention, believing they are fine. However, symptoms of concussions or other types of brain injuries may take hours or even days to show up and by the time they do, the injury has become worse and could even become fatal.

What Are Common Types Of Brain Injury Expenses & Monetary Losses?

As with any catastrophic injury, a brain injury can result in high medical bills for the long-term treatments the victim usually needs. Victims are often unable to work at all while they recover, which means they lose wages and benefits. There are also the other losses a brain injury causes, such as pain and suffering, as well as loss of life enjoyment because the victim is unable to do the activities they enjoyed before the crash. When this is the case, you should seek help from a West Virginia brain injury attorney.

The brain injury could also leave the victim suffering from cognitive difficulties, memory loss, and vision problems. Some brain injuries are so severe, the victim could suffer from serious brain damage.

In addition to the physical issues, the victim may also struggle with serious mental issues from the crash, too. Many car crash victims who suffer catastrophic injuries often end up dealing with anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This too can have a major impact on the victim’s life, just as the brain injury physical effects do.

How Do I Know If I Can Make a Legal Claim After a WV Brain Injury?

Generally, you may be able to pursue a claim for damages, losses and pain and suffering, if the brain injury was caused by someone else’s fault, negligence or wrongdoing. Many brain injuries happen through someone else’s negligence, such as car accidents or a slip and fall accident, or through someone else’s intentional harm. An example of this type would be if someone hits you in a fight. 

Depending on your case, a West Virginia brain injury attorney might classify your brain injury under a personal injury suit, and in cases where someone set out to intentionally harm you, we would even consider criminal action.

What Steps Should I Take After a Brain Injury In West Virginia?

The first steps to take after you believe you have been injured is to seek medical care as soon as possible. After this, and as soon as is reasonable, you should get in touch with a competent West Virginia brain injury attorney to help walk you through your case and ensure you are getting the care and ultimately the settlement or award that you deserve.

Every case is different and every person’s injury is unique, which is why someone from our team will give your case the care and attention it deserves. If you have any further questions about pursuing a lawsuit after a brain injury, contact us now at (304) 381-2166 or use our website contact form to reach out.

Should I File An Insurance Claim Or A Lawsuit Following A TBI?

Determining whether you should file a claim with the insurance company or a lawsuit will really depend on the details surrounding your specific case. However, it’s important to note that in many cases people first start with pursuing an insurance claim with the insurance company. 

Chances are you will be looking to resolve your case as quickly as possible so that you may move on with your life. A brain injury attorney in West Virginia can help ensure that the insurance adjuster assigned to your case has all of the information needed to render a decision. From there, we will work to negotiate a strong settlement offer for you.

Will I Have To Testify In Court In My Brain Injury Case?

Again, this depends on the specifics of your case. It is not uncommon to be questioned during a deposition prior to a trial. This is a more informal testimony that is used by each party to gather information surrounding a case. Often, testimony from a deposition can be used in a trial. 

If you are pursuing a lawsuit, it’s likely that you will need to testify (if you have the capacity to do so). A brain injury attorney can prep you for the process by helping you understand what a deposition is and preparing you to answer questions asked by the opposing counsel.

How will I manage recovering from my injuries while dealing with the stress of a lawsuit?

This is a primary reason for contacting a West Virginia attorney. A brain injury attorney can take the lead in making sure that all the proper evidence has been collected and prepared for your claim or lawsuit. We can also manage filing the proper paperwork and the headache of negotiations. Let our legal team manage your case so that you are able to focus on healing from the accident.

Is It Worth It To Hire A WV Brain Injury Attorney – Will My Entire Settlement Go To Them?

This is one reason that it is important to take advantage of the complementary case consultation that is offered by most attorneys. You will want to work with them and have a clear conversation with them about their fees. Know the deal you are making before you enter into any agreement. It’s also important to note that many attorneys will not take on personal injury cases that do not have a strong chance of a favorable outcome.Brain Injury

Because of the complexities that may accompany a brain injury, it’s not advisable that you embark upon the legal process without the services of a highly experienced and competent TBI attorney that West Virginia clients recommend. Contact us today so that we can begin reviewing the details of your case and determine the best way in which to proceed – (304) 381-2166.

Contact An Experienced WV Brain Injury Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in a vehicle crash, consider contacting a skilled brain injury attorney in West Virginia for more details on how you can pursue damages for your injuries against the person or party who caused the crash.

The at-fault driver can be held legally liable for your current medical expenses, as well as the cost of any future medical treatment you may need. They can also be liable for any loss income and benefits you have lost, including future income if you are unable to back to your prior profession or if you are left unable to work at all. To see how a brain injury attorney in West Virginia can help you, contact the office of Adams Legal Group, PLLC today, by calling us at (304) 381-2166 or clicking the button below to