The brain is a fragile, complex organ. It controls most of our body’s functions, including our ability to reason, communicate, move, and experience emotions and sensations. When the brain is damaged, the effects can be catastrophic. Our brains have a limited ability to heal themselves, so an injury can greatly impair our body’s vital functions.
At Slater & Zurz, our Canton traumatic brain injury lawyers understand the mental, emotional, physical, and financial impact of a brain injury. Although full recovery may not always be possible, we want to make sure you receive the highest level of care to aid in your recovery. We will handle all aspects of your traumatic brain injury case and pursue maximum compensation on your behalf, allowing you to focus on getting better.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is caused by a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury. They are commonly caused by falls, car accidents, sports injuries, assaults, and blast injuries. A TBI temporarily or permanently disrupts the function of the brain. A mild traumatic brain injury or MTBI can briefly affect a person’s consciousness or mental status. A more severe TBI can cause permanent brain damage and even death. Doctors generally classify traumatic brain injuries into the following five categories:
Closed head injury – A closed head injury is the most common traumatic brain injury. It is caused by an external force, such as a blow to the head. Although the skull and brain are intact, a closed head injury often causes significant swelling or bleeding within the skull, often leading to brain damage or death.
Penetrating head injury – A penetrating or open-head injury involves a wound to the head caused by a foreign object, such as a bullet or knife. Depending on the injury’s location, either a small part of a large region of the brain can be damaged.
Concussion – A concussion is a common TBI caused by a bump or blow to the head or by a sudden powerful back and forth movement. It is considered to be a “mild” traumatic brain injury because they are generally not life-threatening. However, the effects can be serious, so it is always best to seek medical attention.
Brain contusion – A brain contusion is bruising or bleeding on the brain’s surface caused by a blow or jolt to the head. A brain contusion can result in significant brain swelling, which can cause severe brain damage.
Shaken baby syndrome – Shaken baby syndrome occurs when a parent or caregiver shakes a child forcefully or excessively. It is sometimes referred to as abusive head trauma or shaken impact syndrome. The violent shaking destroys a child’s brain cells and can prevent their brain from getting enough oxygen. The shaken baby syndrome can result in permanent brain damage or death.
Recovering Damages from a Traumatic Brain Injury
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury caused by another person’s negligent or illegal acts, you should not be left with the enormous financial burden caused by the injury. You should be compensated for your losses, which may include:
- Expenses for past, current, and future medical care
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Costs associated with long-term care or assisted-living facilities
- Disability care, including home and vehicle modifications and life support
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment
- Loss of consortium
- Wrongful death
The Statute of Limitations in Ohio
A statute of limitations is a law that sets the maximum amount of time you have to file a lawsuit from the time of your injury. If you are filing a personal injury lawsuit in the state of Ohio, you have two years from the date of the injury to file. If your TBI was caused by medical malpractice, you have only one year to file. However, to maximize your chances of recovering full compensation, it is always best to promptly take legal action.
No Fees Unless We Recover
Slater & Zurz understands the extreme financial burden caused by a devastating brain injury. That is why we take all of our traumatic brain injury as well as other personal injury cases, on a contingency fee basis. You will never pay a retainer fee or any other out-of-pocket fees. We only get paid if we recover damages on your behalf. When we successfully resolve your case, we are compensated with a portion of the recovery.
Contact our Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers in Canton. Call (330)968-2547 today.
With a traumatic brain injury, every case is different. The symptoms related to a particular injury depend on the nature and extent of that injury. However, several symptoms are commonly associated with traumatic brain injuries.
Individuals who have suffered a TBI may experience symptoms such as:
- Persistent or painful headaches
- Nausea or vomiting
- Difficulty recognizing people or places
- Change in sleep patterns
- Difficulty concentrating or focusing
- Sensitivity to lights and sounds
- Memory problems
- Dilated pupils or one pupil that is much larger than the other
- Intense or angry mood swings
- Lack of coordination
If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury, we urge you to seek medical care immediately. Even mild traumatic brain injuries can lead to serious long-term impairment, which can worsen if left untreated.
Traumatic brain injuries are generally caused by:
- Car accidents
- Sports injuries
- Explosive blasts
There is a wide variety of therapies that may help your rehabilitation. Depending on your specific needs, your doctor may recommend:
- Physical therapy
- Speech therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Cognitive therapy
- Recreational therapy
A Canton Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer Can Help
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury caused by another person’s illegal or negligent act, we will pursue justice on your behalf and ensure you are compensated for your losses. Our dedicated and compassionate team’s first priority is to ensure you receive the best possible medical care to give you the best chance at a full recovery. We will then handle every aspect of your brain injury case, including:
- Thoroughly investigating the cause of your injuries
- Determining who is responsible for your injuries
- Working with a team of qualified medical professionals to assess the nature and severity of your injuries
- Working with financial experts to accurately calculate your past, current, and future losses
- Negotiating aggressively to obtain maximum compensation
- Skillfully representing you in court if necessary
- Keeping you updated with any and all developments in your case
- Being there whenever you need us, even after your case is resolved
Our Canton personal injury lawyers have dedicated our careers to pursuing justice on behalf of injured victims in Ohio. We will be there for you and your family every step of the way. You can rest assured you have a qualified and trusted legal team on your side, fighting diligently to protect your rights and best interests. Call (330)968-2547 today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.