Brain Injury Lawyers
Brain Injury Claims in Washington
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have severe and life-changing consequences for victims and their families. If you believe another’s negligence or wrongdoing led to your or your loved one’s brain injury, do not hesitate to contact an experienced brain injury lawyer at Sweetser Law Office.
Staying on the cutting edge of medicine is what we do. We understand that those who have suffered a brain injury are often shuttled around the medical system without a singular person overlooking their care. This can be frustrating not knowing what kind of care you need and who to see for your brain injury.
Regaining your health and recuperating after a brain injury can be extremely challenging. If you were involved in an accident that resulted in serious brain damage, you have the right to receive compensation for your injury. In these cases, a traumatic brain injury lawyer will help you overcome obstacles in the way of your full recovery.
Sweetser Law Office specializes in helping people who have suffered and continue to suffer from brain injury symptoms. We focus on delivering results and helping folks that suffer from concussions and other traumas which lead to brain and pituitary gland damage. We have helped many families living with catastrophic injuries end their financial worries and ensure their loved one’s continued care.
Injuries are stressful enough without having to be your own advocate. Let us work for you, giving yourself time to recover. Every member of our staff will be accessible to you from start to finish, and if you can’t meet us, we will come to you. We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of cutting-edge medical technology through building relationships with the nation’s top doctors.
Staying on the Cutting Edge of Medicine
Because we stay on the cutting edge of medicine, we have been able to build relationships with treatment providers and medical experts who can connect the dots of a brain injury across different medical specialties, helping you achieve a holistic recovery.
At Sweetser Law Office, we believe the best way to objectively document a brain injury is to show the damage itself. Normal MRIs cannot show the microscopic damage that occurs on the cellular level. We help people get specialized MRI scans to help prove your brain injury. We use other cutting-edge technologies to help prove your brain injury.
Because normal MRIs cannot show the microscopic damage that occurs on the cellular level, it makes it easy for the wrongdoer to claim there is no brain injury. To counter that, cutting edge technologies can help prove your brain injury. When a brain injury occurs, microscopic damage occurs to your brain cells when pulled apart. Scarring and inflammation then result at the cellular level that cannot be seen on a normal MRI or CT scan. One way to see these areas of brain damage is an enhanced MRI called ASL that uses a special technique to measure diminished blood flow in the areas of the brain where scarring and inflammation are occurring because of trauma.
Another enhanced MRI technique is called Diffuse Tenser Imaging (DTI). This technique has been used for many years now to help measure white matter damage to the inner part of the brain. While ASL measures grey matter damage on the outer part of the brain, DTI measures the deeper white matter damage that cannot be seen on a normal MRI. This is another way to objectify brain damage that the responsible party will try to claim does not exist. We believe the best way to defeat the usual defense arguments that brain injuries all resolve within 6 weeks is to show through objective evidence that your brain injury is in fact real through cutting edge science.
Another technique used to objectify brain injury is Qualitative electroencephalography (QEEG) to map areas of the brain that show irregular electrical brain waves consistent with brain injury. When the brain is injured from trauma, it can affect the electrical activity in the brain such that all the areas of the brain are not functioning at the same speed. It is like a symphony where the horn section is playing at a different pace than the string section, resulting in a confused sounding musical piece, just as a brain injury can cause confused thinking. We believe presenting all the objective evidence of brain injury results in better outcomes (both health and legal) for our clients.
Brain injuries are complex. We make it simple.
Despite increasing awareness of the fragility of the human brain, brain injuries are not always obvious. They can result from what seems like a relatively light blow to the head or even a strong jolt or shake that causes the brain to impact against the inside of the skull.
It’s estimated that about 56% of all concussions are missed by emergency departments, so you need to be extremely careful when dealing with a possible brain injury. Unlike injuries to other parts of the body, there is frequently no outward sign of brain injury. Because of this, it is harder for those suffering from such injuries to know what brain injury symptoms to look for, or when to seek treatment for a traumatic brain injury.
Common brain injury symptoms to look for include:
- Recurring headaches
- Partial or temporary memory loss
- Constant state of fatigue
- Loss of coordination
- Light sensitivity
- Altered sleep patterns
- Loss of the ability to concentrate
- Cloudy or blurry vision
- Problems with balance
- Ringing in the ears
- Word finding difficulties or slurred speech
- Abnormal changes in mood or personality
Why Holding the Responsible Party Accountable is So Important to Us
Restoring a brain injury survivor’s quality of life can require hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars to pay for long-term care, treatment, and other therapies. This is often a sum that insurers are hesitant to pay even when they have a clear responsibility to do so. The liable party’s insurance company may fight to avoid paying what you deserve.
Evidence in brain injury cases can include:
- Medical images (CT scans, MRI scans, x-rays, etc.)
- Brain mapping or diagrams to show brain injury occurred
- Intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring to document swelling in the brain
- Diagnostic tests for mental/physical function, cognitive ability, information processing skills, speech control, motor skills, etc.
- Witness testimony
- Medical expert testimony
- Testimony from those who knew the victim before and after the event to illustrate how the brain injury has impacted the victim’s life
- Testimony from mental health experts
There is a large sector of insurance approved doctors who specialize in confusing a jury into believing that brain injuries are nothing more than a simple three-week concussion – at worst. In the end, these insurance companies are all about avoiding responsibility for an expensive injury by using what we call “the squid defense” – shoot out a cloud of ink to try and confuse so they can get away unscathed.
We won’t let that happen.
Your Best Care is Our First Concern
Feeling like yourself again is always our top concern. The right care is the first step on your journey to recovery. We know how difficult this process can be and will always be here to help guide you through both the medical and legal worlds.
We Aim to Ease.
Our goal is to recuperate the financial and medical resources you need to live a full, productive life. Our success is based on the number of lives we have helped, enabling our clients to overcome TBIs and regain the life they’ve lost.
We know that a brain injury can affect the stability and function of an entire family, which is why our Spokane brain injury lawyers are here to help. Contact us today at (509) 444-4444 to learn more about your options.
If you or a loved one is suffering from any of these head injury symptoms and suspect that you’ve sustained a brain injury, consult with professionals. Left untreated, the consequences of traumatic brain injuries can be life threatening. Higher instances of seizure, depression, suicide, psychosis, and dementia have been associated with victims of traumatic brain injury.
Additionally, a host of endocrine system related disorders are associated with brain injury, ranging from insufficient growth hormone production to a decrease in testosterone or estrogen. Even mild brain injuries can lead to an increase in depression and cognitive impairment.
You can recover compensation for:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Ongoing care, support, and therapies as needed
- Income losses, current and future
- Diminished earning ability for lasting impairments
- Current and future pain and suffering