Kansas City Brain Injury Attorneys & Closed Head Injury Law Firm
Hamilton & Associates, Lawyers go the extra step in helping their clients by always looking to the “silent injury;” the closed head-traumatic brain injury. These injuries are known as “silent” as they often go undiagnosed and untreated. In spite of this, the brain injury can be the most traumatic harm an individual and family can suffer.
Head Injuries are difficult to spot, difficult to treat, and difficult to litigate through a lawsuit. This is why you need a brain injury law firm with specific experience and success in making brain injury claims.
The attorneys at Hamilton & Associates have special skills and experience in brain injury cases and should be hired for the following reasons:
We look for brain injury symptoms in each accident case our law firm handles. This means we have a greater length of experience (since 1969) than other law firms.
Brain injury experience is not measured in years alone. There is also the quality of experience. Different experts must be chosen. You will need an attorney with relationships with brain injury experts. Different evidence of standards must be met. You will need the attorney with the most experience in those legal evidence standards. Damages are different. It is different to prove an injury from a broken bone than a brain injury which cannot be seen and is difficult for some otherwise qualified attorneys to explain.
The law firm of Hamilton & Associates has successfully litigated many brain injury cases. We charge nothing unless we collect money for you. We front the costs of the experts and litigation expenses. Therefore, our cost structure cannot be beat and our success is built into the attorney/client relationship. We handle fewer cases and develop more time to each case. Therefore, we are better prepared for your case. Better preparation means better success.
The Causes of Brain Injury
The traumatic head injury is a result of “acceleration” or a sudden movement of the head, in relationship to the skull and body surrounding it. Your brain has a certain weight to it. It is connected to the rest of your body through soft tissues, not bone. When you have a fall or auto accident or other traumatic event, your body moves at a sudden speed that it is not designed to withstand. This causes the brain inside your skull to jostle around. Sometimes this rips part of the brain loose. Other times, there is loss of blood. There are also physical damages that can occur from the rattling.
Brain injuries can result for the following factors:
- Brain cell damage from the point of impact
- Brain cell damage from impact of the brain with the skull
- Tearing of brain cell structures and connective tissue due to the rotation and spin from the accident
- Explosive concussion force damaging the brain
- An object physically touching and harming brain cells such as a penetration injury.
- Bleeding within the brain
- Swelling within the brain
- Blood clots from the destruction of oxygen supply to the brain
What are the Accident Causes of Brain Injury?
Any accident where you have a sudden movement of your body and head can cause brain injury. It does not have to be a catastrophic event.
Each individual has its own characteristics and like back injury cases, brain injury cases can occur in many ways. The most common flavors are as follows:
- Auto accidents
- Violent assaults
- Playing sports
- Slips and falls
How to Spot a Brain Injury
Severe traumatic brain injuries are not easy to spot. It is frequently the case from an auto accident, slip and fall, or other trauma that the brain injury takes a while to develop and is settled in its diagnosis and severe in its effect on the victim’s life.
Look for the following symptoms:
- Physical weakness
- Physical paralysis or numbness
- Lack of coordination and balance
- Double vision
- Blurred vision
- Field cuts in vision
- Inattention to one side of the space while looking
- Difficulty in tracking or focusing on objects
- Altered visual perception
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Sudden difficulty in hearing
- Onset of difficulty swallowing
- Dizziness or nausea
- Sudden onset of headaches
- Sudden onset of neck pain
- Light sensitivity
- Noise sensitivity
- Sudden fatigue
- Sleeping problems
- Sudden susceptibility to fall
- Loss of smell
- Loss of tasting
There are also emotional and behavioral changes to look for. These include the following:
- Sudden mood swings
- Uncharacteristic irritability
- Sudden onset of depression
- Sudden onset of restlessness or agitation
- Passiveness uncharacteristic of normal behavior
- Sudden lack of motivation
- Lack of impulse control
- Outbursts of anger
- Sudden onset of frustration and overloading
- Loss of control over emotional state
- Hyper-sexuality (promiscuousness)
- Hypo-sexuality (loss of sexual desire)
- Loss of long term memory
- Inflexibility in attitude
- Inability to concentrate
- Inability to multi-task
- Inability to perform mathematics
- Preservation (getting stuck doing a particular task over and over)
- Difficulty staying on topic or task
- Impaired problem solving
- Difficulty doing things in order
- Lack of organization
How common are brain injuries?
Over 1,700,000 traumatic brain injuries occur in the United States each year. Approximately 30% of all accident injury deaths are combined with a brain injury.
Between 3,200,000 people and 5,300,000 people (1.7% of the total U.S. population) live with disabilities resulting from traumatic brain injury accidents. It is believed that this is an underestimate as the diagnosis of brain injuries is difficult and underreports the numbers. Brain injuries are a large problem in the United States.
Common Ages of Brain Injury Victims
There is a pattern in the ages of people who are most likely to get a brain injury. They are:
- Adolescents aged 15 through 19 years
- Elderly aged 65 and older
Gender and Brain Injury
Men are much more likely to suffer a brain injury.
If you have an acquaintance, or have personally suffered a brain injury, contact our office today. and talk to an experience Kansas City brain injury attorney. It is critical to get early diagnosis and help as paid by full compensation for your injury.