Spokane Brain Injury Attorney
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,
Behavioral / Emotional Changes - Mood Swings, Excessive Emotions, Agitation, Depression, Fatigue, Restlessness,
Anxiety, Low Self-Esteem, Sexual Dysfunction, Inability to Cope, Lack
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 certain 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.
You can find more information on Traumatic Brain Injury at the following