A Brain Injury Attorney Who Knows How To Get Results
Our Firm Has Recovered Millions For Accident Victims
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most devastating types of personal injuries a person can suffer. These injuries to the brain can range from concussions and relatively minor injuries, to much more severe and disabling injuries, drastically limiting one’s ability to perform routine mental and physical functions. One only has to look at the most recent studies and research on players in the National Football League in order to realize that even a number of minor impacts to the head can have devastating consequences for the brain; not to mention, these injuries can go undiagnosed for years.
Brain injuries are almost always life-changing, and in many cases can affect the victim's ability to function and process simple daily activities and routine information due to impacts on memory, comprehension, and mood. In serious cases, these injuries often lead to depression and withdrawal for the victim.
When a brain injury is caused by negligence of another party e.g. a car crash or a slip and fall, or some other activity that causes trauma to the brain, the Law Offices of Stuart L. Plotnick, LLC fights for victims’ rights, and we know how to navigate these complex cases, including a pool of experts and tools we work with in order to determine the severity of the injury and locate the best care.
Brain injury victims and their families need an injury attorney who understands the medical, physical, economic, and psychological impact of a TBI. Brain injury lawyer Stuart L. Plotnick has extensive experience in the dynamics of these injuries and claims and routinely handles cases involving TBI. He can help your family and you work through vocational and life care challenges that are commonly associated with traumatic head injuries.
Depending on the specific area of your brain that was injured, and the extent of the damage, the consequences of TBI can range from a mild concussion and short-term disability, to more severe impacts such as seizures, coma, and lifelong issues with the performance of routine tasks of daily living, basic mental processing, decision making, communication and learning skills.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury is usually caused by a sudden blow to the head, or by a whiplash event – a rapid acceleration/deceleration of the head area that causes the brain to crash back and forth against the skull due to an impact.
The leading causes of traumatic brain injury are:
- Slip-and-fall accidents, especially among children and adults over 65 years old
- Auto accidents – the largest amount of TBI-related deaths
- "Struck by/against" events, including colliding with a stationary or moving object
- Criminal assaults involving blows to the head
- Whiplash, the rapid deceleration and acceleration of the head, which can make the brain collide with the skull, common in rear-end car crashes
- Sports injuries, including collisions in football (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy [CTE]), boxing, hockey, soccer, and other full-contact sports
- Other causes include near drownings, exposure to dangerous chemicals, obstructed airways, heart attack, stroke, or electrical shock.
Signs and Symptoms of Brain Injury
The severity of brain damage is classified from mild to severe, covering a slight change in a person's mental state to extended periods of unconsciousness, memory loss, and/or an ability to manage tasks and digest information or data that were once routine.
TBI signs and symptoms to look out for include:
- Chronic headaches that worsen or don't go away shortly after the impact or event
- Short- or long-term memory loss (amnesia)
- Ringing in the ears or tinnitus
- Behavioral or personality changes, mood swings
- Dizziness and/or constant nausea
- Impaired vision or loss of hearing
- Difficulty concentrating or processing tasks that were easy before the accident
- Slurred or nonsensical speech
It's important to seek medical attention and treatment as soon as possible after suffering a blow to the head, even if symptoms are not immediately apparent. Some symptoms of brain injury may take days, weeks, or even months to surface. Early symptoms are headache, sensitivity to sound or light, blurred vision, nausea and in some cases, blackouts. In many cases, doctors are able to assess the injury using diagnostic tools such as CT scans and MRIs; however, most brain injuries avoid detection because there is not a visible bleed, break, or other visible indicator that is immediately apparent on a study such as an X-ray, MRI or scan. In many cases, the best means of detection comes through the people who are close to the victim and interact with him/her regularly. They notice that he or she is not quite right, that the victim of the TBI is somehow missing a beat.
Rehabilitation for a brain injury can include physical, speech, cognitive, language and occupational therapy. Severe brain injuries often require more recovery time and extensive medical treatment and potential retraining of basic skills, not to mention learning methods or work-arounds to compensate for deficits. Many people who suffer traumatic brain injury never fully recover. Some will require lifelong therapy and may need to relocate to a rehabilitation or long-term care facility in the most extreme cases, and once you have had one concussion, you are more prone to future concussion or head injury.
A Law Firm That Knows How To Win Tough Cases
There’s often a lot at stake in cases involving brain injury. Insurance companies and their lawyers will often do everything they can to deny you the compensation you deserve. They may even blame you for the accident that left you injured, and most certainly will deny the symptoms you have or the severity of them, unless they clearly appear on brain scan or study. That is not standard. Attorney Stuart L. Plotnick was previously a lead trial attorney for the insurance companies; he personally handled their biggest and most important cases, including many brain injury cases. His experience on the “other side” of these cases gives his clients a powerful edge. He has also been successful and in recovering for victims of brain injuries. Don’t give up; be persistent if you or a family member or friends notice something is off after an accident.
The Law Offices of Stuart L. Plotnick, LLC builds strong cases based on facts. We know where to look for evidence that proves a negligent party caused the accident that left you injured. Then we fight to help you recover the financial compensation you deserve. Whether through a negotiated settlement or a jury verdict, our law firm gets results.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury because of someone else's negligence or recklessness, please contact the Law Offices of Stuart L. Plotnick, LLC today to schedule a free case evaluation.