Louisiana Brain Injury Lawyers
Billions Won by Brain Damage Attorneys in Louisiana
Suffering a brain injury is not only physically and emotionally damaging; it is economically damaging as well. If you or a loved one has suffered serious brain injuries as a result of another's negligent behavior, you may be entitled to compensation. The best way to learn if your injuries qualify for compensation is to speak with a brain damage attorney. A lawyer can review your case and can explain the different legal options available to you. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we have the resources and track record to help families get what they need to pay for medical care, replace lost income, and provide for their families.
Our firm has handled dozens of high-stakes cases for brain injury victims of all types. In one case, a toddler fell through a large gap in the hotel stairwell and landed on his head. The injuries resulted in permanent damage and extensive medical costs for the rest of his life. In desperate need for help, the family contacted our Louisiana brain injury lawyers to file a lawsuit for premises liability against the hotel owner. We were able to recover $10.9 million for the injuries that the young boy suffered. Our firm has dozens of results as life-changing as this one, and hundreds of results worth $1 million or more. You owe it to yourself to call Arnold & Itkin to learn your legal and financial options.
Over 1.7 million people in the United States suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year. If you were one of them, contact our Louisiana brain damage attorney today for a free case review: (225) 412-6348.
What Are the Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury?
In some instances, head injuries don’t result in brain injuries. However, when it does result in a brain injury, the physical and mental effects vary depending on the severity of the injury. A traumatic brain injury can include closed head injuries, where there is blunt force trauma to the head without splitting or penetration of the skull. In most cases, the impact is greatest in the days following the injury. Mild TBI may result in short loss of consciousness, and severe TBI can result in prolonged loss of consciousness.
- Blurred vision
- Lack of energy
- Speech problems
- Loss of hearing
- Difficulty with balance
- Sleeping problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Lack of focus
- Memory loss
- Impaired decision making
Are Traumatic Brain Injuries Treatable?
It is vital for victims to begin treatments as soon as possible after a brain injury—this increases the chances of a full recovery. Treatment options will be different depending on the severity level. It is advised to visit a professional immediately after an accident. Even if the accident doesn’t seem severe, there are moments when an injury is more severe than it seems. Common treatment options for severe brain injuries include immediate emergency care, surgery, medications, and rehabilitation.
Common rehabilitation specialists include:
- Physical therapists
- Speech pathologists
- Social workers
- Occupational therapists
- Rehabilitation nurses
In the largest single-injury verdict in Louisiana history, Arnold & Itkin represented a young mother who was given a severe brain injury in an ambulance accident. Her driver looked away from the road, driving the emergency vehicle into the back of a sugar cane truck. As a result, our client was left paralyzed below her neck and with serious brain damage. The jury eventually awarded her $117 million, much of which went toward taking care of her children while she underwent extensive physical and cognitive therapy. She is now able to communicate with her children thanks to her world-class medical care.
Understanding the Different Types of Head Injuries
- Skull Fracture: This is a break in one or more of the eight bones that form the cranial portion of the skull, usually occurs after a blunt force trauma. This can be visible in the form of bleeding, swelling, or bruising; however, there are cases when a skull fracture is not visible at all.
- Intracranial Hemorrhage: This is a type of bleeding occurs inside the skull (cranium) that can damage the brain.
- Cerebral Contusion: Contusions to the cerebellum often cause memory and attention problems.
- Concussion: This can cause a temporary lack of awareness, disorientation, confusion, and memory loss.
Closed Head Injury Claims
Closed head injury is a type of traumatic brain injury that involves an impact between a person’s head and an object where the skull does not break. Closed head injuries can be caused by different traumas, including falls, vehicles accidents, or even proximity to an explosion. This type of injury can range from minor to debilitating, also resulting in permanent neurological defects or wrongful death.
Some common types of closed head injuries include the following:
- Concussions: Temporary disruptions to normal brain function
- Intracranial Hematomas: Blood vessels rupture, causing a pool to form around the brain or between the brain and the skull.
- Cerebral Contusions: Bruises to brain tissue
- Diffuse Axonal Injuries: Injuries to the axons (nerve fibers) of the neurons (nerve cells of the brain)
It may be difficult to identify if an accident resulted in a TBI because the brain swelling in the trauma can make symptoms appear days or even weeks later. Symptoms can range from moderate to severe; this is why it is vital for a head injury to receive immediate medical attention.
Some symptoms of a closed head injury include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Slurred speech
Work With Our Louisiana Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers: (225) 412-6348
While individuals can recover from close head injuries completely, others will never fully regain their previous levels of physical and cognitive abilities. It is likely for victims of head injuries to develop secondary symptoms during the recovery period, including loss of social skills, changes in personality, cognitive disabilities, anxiety, and changes in perception. Adapting to or treating any of these secondary conditions could require extensive therapy and counseling.
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury because of another’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Sustaining tragic injuries is physically, emotionally, and financially stressful. Treatment for brain injuries can create serious financial hardships for regular families, and many people never fully recover to lead a normal life. If another person or company was responsible for your brain injury, you should contact our Louisiana brain injury attorneys.
We have successfully recovered billions of dollars on behalf of our clients, and we can help you too. Our brain injury lawyers in Louisiana can provide you with the aggressive advocacy you need. Contact us today for a free case review: (225) 412-6348.