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Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

Brain injuries can be silent killers

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a penetrating injury.

 The most common type of TBI is a concussion, which can occur anytime the brain collides with the skull. Although a concussion is considered a “mild” TBI, even a mild TBI can cause permanent lasting injury.

Children and older adults are especially at risk for a TBI.

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Causes of traumatic brain injuries include:

  • Hemorrhages, or bleeding in the brain;
  • Hematomas, when blood clots outside the blood vessels in the brain;
  • Skull fractures;
  • Edema, or swelling inside the brain;
  • Anoxic brain injuries, when the brain is deprived of oxygen.

Causes of traumatic brain injuries include:

  • Hemorrhages, or bleeding in the brain;
  • Hematomas, when blood clots outside the blood vessels in the brain;
  • Skull fractures;
  • Edema, or swelling inside the brain;
  • Anoxic brain injuries, when the brain is deprived of oxygen.

While some traumatic brain injuries are immediately obvious, in other cases, the signs or symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may only become apparent days or weeks after the injury occurs.

Early diagnosis of a TBI is crucial because even mild TBIs can have life-changing consequences. 

Some people who sustain a TBI recover, while others experience permanent changes in their ability to think, work, and interact with the world.

At Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel, we have more than 150 years of collective experience representing victims of catastrophic injuries like TBIs. 

We know the cognitive and psychological changes a TBI can cause can be subtle, which is why we work with a team of medical experts and utilize cutting-edge brain imaging technology to help our clients get the specialized assessments they may not otherwise receive.

But our work does not stop at identifying traumatic brain injuries. 

To better demonstrate how our clients have been affected by TBI, we work with neuropsychologists, rehabilitative care experts, vocational rehabilitation experts and experts in long-term health care planning.

We draw from our decades of experience to ensure our clients receive the full compensation they deserve.

Traumatic brain injuries can be hidden, but we help bring them to light.

What traumatic brain injuries look like for our clients:

One reason traumatic brain injuries frequently go undetected is because a TBI can occur without any external blow to the head. This kind of “no strike” brain injury is common in victims of car accidents because of the sudden changes in movement and direction.

If you have been in an accident of any kind, it is important to know the symptoms that can be indicators of a traumatic brain injury. 

Common symptoms of TBIs include:
  • Loss of consciousness in the moment;
  • Lasting or worsening headaches;
  • Dizziness or vertigo;
  • Nausea or vomiting;
  • Fatigue or drowsiness;
  • Difficulty waking up from sleep;
  • Slurred speech;
  • Confusion or mood swings;
  • Frailty or numbness in the arms or legs;
  • Blurred vision;
  • Ringing in the ears;
  • Sensitivity to light or sound;
  • Memory or concentration problems
  • Loss of consciousness in the moment;
  • Lasting or worsening headaches;
  • Dizziness or vertigo;
  • Nausea or vomiting;
  • Fatigue or drowsiness;
  • Difficulty waking up from sleep;
  • Slurred speech;
  • Confusion or mood swings;
  • Frailty or numbness in the arms or legs;
  • Blurred vision;
  • Ringing in the ears;
  • Sensitivity to light or sound;
  • Memory or concentration problems

Here’s how we can help:

Many TBIs can result in long-term disabilities, significant medical costs, the inability to earn a living, or even, in the worst case, death. 

Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel has the experience to help resolve the legal, medical, and insurance issues that follow a TBI. Here’s how:

  • We work with a team of neurologists, neuropsychologists, and neuroradiologists employing cutting-edge medical technologies to help our clients get the specialized assessments they need to diagnose their traumatic brain injuries.
  • We help family members spot the signs of a brain injury so they can inform their loved one’s medical providers of what they’ve observed.
  • We gather evidence about the injury from our medical team, and evidence about how the injury occurred from our own investigations and accident reconstructionists if needed.
  • We present this evidence to the at-fault party to prove that the brain injury was a result of the accident. We then attempt to negotiate a fair resolution that takes into consideration all of the ways our client’s life has been impacted.
  • If the at-fault party does not accept our demand, we refuse to settle for less than what our client’s case is worth. We use our team of experts and our skill as trial lawyers to prove to a jury exactly what happened and why our client deserves full compensation for their losses.
  • We help our client and their family get the long-term assistance they need so that the client can continue to lead a full life without the impediments of a debilitating brain injury.

Representing people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries is what we do.

Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel, LLP, has obtained more than $600 million for our clients–including clients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. We have built a reputation for handling the most complex and high-stakes personal injury lawsuits involving catastrophic injury, permanent disability, disfigurement, or wrongful death.

If you need our help, don’t hesitate to contact us. We won’t charge you for a confidential consultation, and we would be happy to discuss how you can get the assistance you and your family need.

I was in a terrible auto accident, but the attorneys at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel were very caring and listened to what I had to say. They kept me updated on what I needed to do and what was happening. I always felt they were working their very best for me. They were very successful in my case.

~ Sandra P.

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