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Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be debilitating. Each year 1.7 million people receive hospital care due to traumatic brain injury, and over 5.3 million Americans require long-term care to perform activities of daily living, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).



Causes of Brain Injury

Medical science proves the brain is as delicate as it is vital. Seemingly minor brain trauma can cause major implications when delicate portions of the brain are damaged. Brain injury happens in primarily two ways. First, the neural tissue of the cerebrum can be bruised by blunt force trauma, such as a hard object hitting the head or the head hitting a hard object, causing a contusion. Second, the brain’s deep white matter can suffer a diffuse axonal injury without the outer skull being hit with any object, such as in very serious whiplash cases. The long, slender nerve fibers, axons and neurons that send electrical impulses throughout the brain can be stretched and damaged.

Even though the medical science is clear, insurance companies usually fight a brain injury diagnosis every step of the way because brain injuries are difficult to quantify on a medical imaging test. In other words, brain injuries are not visible until you begin to interact with the person, and even then you are only seeing the tip of the iceberg. In fact, for generations, brain injuries suffered on the battlefield, the gridiron or the Little League diamond have gone unnoticed. Brain injuries happening on the playground, in the backyard or at the workplace didn’t always look like much. Even though most medical insurance companies knew better, the athlete was sent back to the field, the employee was told to get back to work, the child was told to sleep it off, and the soldier returned home with an invisible injury that went untreated. Brain injured members of our community, bearing wounds that no one can see, have been a silent epidemic for far too long.

Understanding Brain Injury Recovery

The medicine and science describing our brains and how they can be injured is evolving at an astonishing rate. The area of the brain that is damaged has a significant impact on recovery plans. In many cases, a brain injury never fully heals and recovery progress tends to decline over time. Instead, the individual has to learn to live and function with a chronic brain injury that causes physical, cognitive, emotional, and social changes.

A brain injury affects the whole family. In many ways, it can be similar to having a loved one die. Victims who may appear normal are the individual's suffering the most, and fighting to continue working or living a normal life. The issues just beneath the surface will come to a boil, there can be a breaking point, and while this is happening there will often be overwhelming issues that the injured person and family members must face.

Symptoms and side effects of a traumatic brain injury may include:

  • Physical - Paralysis, Headaches, Loss of Consciousness, Vision, Hearing, Seizures, Muscle Spasticity, Speech impediments, Reduced Endurance.
  • Cognitive Impairments - Communication, Orientation. Concentration, Attention, Perceptions, Short and/or Long Term Memory, Reading & Writing Skills, Ability to Plan, Sequencing, Judgment.
  • Behavioral / Emotional Changes - Mood Swings, Excessive Emotions, Agitation, Depression, Fatigue, Restlessness, Anxiety, Low Self-Esteem, Sexual Dysfunction, Inability to Cope, Lack of Motivation.

Experienced Brain Injury Representation

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious brain injury, we understand that you never wanted to be in this situation. However, just as you need medical experts to get the right care, you may need an attorney who understands the laws surrounding brain injuries and how to prove it in court where necessary. Brain injury litigation is complex and requires attorneys who are experienced in the medical and legal issues involved.

James R. Sweetser and the Sweetser Law Office team has over 30 years of experience as a Spokane personal injury attorney representing traumatic brain injury victims and their families recover compensation necessary to function after their injuries. We work hand-in-hand with medical experts who help us demonstrate causation, one of the essential, and most difficult, elements to prove in a successful negligence suit. We tell your story of change and struggle to regain as much of your life back as possible. We work with your family, co-workers, and friends to determine the full of extent of your damages. We hire experts necessary to economically value lost earning capacity and future treatment needs.

Sweetser Law Office works on a no win-no fee basis, but for us that isn’t what we’re about. We’re about doing the work to ensure you are looked after; you get the care and assistance you need; you get the right kind of rehabilitation and you are looked out for in the long run. In ceratin cases, our law firm has successfully recovered damages on behalf of spouses and partners for significant loss in their relationship. as well as counseling services, and the costs of caring for a disabled loved one. We fully appraise how money can help you with your future struggle, how those things most important in life cannot be fixed and can only be compensated.

To prepare for trial and settlement, Sweetser Law Office works with family doctors, registered nurses, neurological specialists, life care planners, economists, and vocational rehabilitation experts to prove the true nature of an individual’s current and future needs. Financial specialists are able to structure settlements through special needs trusts which ensures that the money will provide for your family member's lifetime of needs and medical care. Our goal is to ensure that brain injury victims will have access to the best neurological specialists and rehabilitative services to regain function as fully as possible and live as normal a life as possible.

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Our lead attorney has extensive experience dealing with the legal complexities and medical aspects of a personal injury case. As such, we are fully equipped and qualified to effectively represent your traumatic brain injury case. The most critical part of your case is articulating your story and your losses. Our firm will utilize expert testimony, see that a neuropsychological exam is administered, and demonstrate a clear loss of physical, mental, and emotional capabilities. We know that a severe brain injury can affect the stability and function of an entire family, which is why we are here to help.


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