Approximately 1.4 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. Half of all traumatic brain injuries are caused by motor vehicle collisions. Among older people, falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. Infants and small children are also vulnerable to brain injuries, especially when shaken violently.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury because of someone else's dangerous misconduct, you should contact an experienced brain injury attorney.
Types of Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury usually results from a sudden, violent blow to the head. The skull can often withstand the impact. But, the blow can cause the brain to violently collide with the inside of the skull. This type of injury –an injured brain inside an intact skull– is known as a closed-head injury.
Brain injury can also result from an open, or penetrating, head injury. This occurs when a projectile, such as a bullet, rock, or fragment of fractured skull, actually penetrates the brain.
The severity of brain injuries can vary greatly, depending on the part of the brain affected and the extent of the damage. A mild brain injury may cause temporary confusion and headache. A severe brain injury may result in permanent disability that requires life-long rehabilitation.
Effects of brain injury may include:
• long- and short-term memory impairment
• shortened attention span
• problem solving deficits
• impaired judgment and reasoning
• difficulty understanding abstract concepts
• paralysis or weakness
• tightening and shortening of the muscles
• decreased endurance
• poor coordination and balance
• swallowing problems
Perceptual or Sensory Deficits
• loss of sensation or heightened sensation in body parts
• vision problems
• changes in hearing, taste, smell, and touch
• left- or right-sided neglect
• difficulty understanding location of limbs in relation to the body
Communication and Language Deficits
• difficulty speaking and understanding speech
• difficulty choosing the right words
• slowed speech
• difficulty forming sentences that make sense
• problems with reading and writing
• impaired ability with activities of daily living (such as dressing, bathing, and eating)
• problems with organization (such as household tasks, shopping, or paying bills)
• inability to drive a car or operate machinery
• decreased motiviation
• emotional lability
How Mr. Vosseller Helps Brain Injured Clients
Medical and rehabilitation expenses for brain injury survivors often reach millions of dollars, depending upon the extent of the injury and the care required. In many situations, brain injury survivors cannot return to their chosen profession and, consequently, frequently lose their health insurance and other employment-related benefits. If the injury resulted from another's improper conduct, the victim may recover the treatment expenses and lost wages from the wrongdoer.
Mr. Vosseller represents brain injury survivors who were hurt in automobile accidents, jobsite accidents, surgical mishaps, and other traumatic events. He works closely with his client's treating health care providers to obtain a complete assessment of the injuries, rehabilitation needs, and the impact upon the client's life. The client's health care providers typically include neurosurgeons, neurologists, physiatrists, neuropsychologists, life care planners, and other specialists.
Ultimately, Mr. Vosseller works with the client's treatment team to determine the expense of future treatment, rehabilitation therapies, home modifications, and other needs. A lawsuit enables the client to recover these expenses from the wrongdoer. Mr. Vosseller then works with the client and financial professionals to ensure that the money will not be squandered but, instead, will be available to pay for the client's future needs.