If you’ve suffered a brain injury in Wichita, Kansas and someone else is to blame, you deserve to be compensated for what you’ve lost. You can benefit greatly by hiring a personal injury attorney to represent you and maximize the amount of money that you recover! Read more to see how we can add value to your case!

Why Should You Hire a Brain Injury Lawyer to Handle Your Claim?

100% of your focus should be placed on rest, recovery, and rehabilitation following a traumatic brain injury. Battling the insurance company, working with medical providers, determining fault, and the rest of this long list shouldn’t be your responsibility.

This is where hiring a personal injury attorney can be a huge advantage to you. You can count on the team at Mann Wyatt Tanksley to work on the following:

  • Investigating the incident that caused the brain injury to determine what happened and who should be held liable to compensate you
  • Working with your medical providers to document the injuries and calculate future needs so we pursue full compensation in your case
  • Identifying at-fault parties and applicable insurance coverages
  • Filing claims on your behalf to pursue fair compensation through settlement
  • Taking your case to trial if a settlement cannot be reached

Don’t panic, but time is not on your side in pursuing a claim for compensation against those responsible.

Statute of Limitations for Brain Injury Claims in Kansas

Kansas’ statute of limitations puts a deadline on filing personal injury lawsuits, including those stemming from brain injuries. Typically, you have only two years from the date you suffered a brain injury to file suit against the liable party. If you wait to file suit after the limitations period on your brain injury claim has passed, your lawsuit can be dismissed as untimely. You could lose your legal right to recover compensation through the courts.

Now that you are aware that time is of the essence, let’s briefly cover the different types of brain injuries.

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Types of Head Injuries

This section may not apply to everyone. You may want to skip ahead to long-term effects or get in contact with us. We’re not doctors and this is not medical advice (you will benefit from speaking with your physician about these issues), but this can give you a general understanding of the potential injuries you may or may not have.

Some of the most common brain injuries include the following:

  • Concussion, also known as mild brain injury, involves changes to brain function caused by the brain impacting the inside of the skull
  • Edema, or swelling of brain tissues caused by injury
  • Diffuse axonal injury, is caused by the shearing of nerve cells in the brain due to traumatic forces on the head or body
  • Skull fractures, can damage brain tissues
  • Hematoma, or the pooling or clotting of blood in or around the brain caused by a ruptured blood vessel
  • Hemorrhage, or uncontrolled bleeding within the brain
  • Hypoxic/anoxic brain injury, is brain damage caused by reduced or eliminated oxygen flow to the brain

Symptoms of a Brain Injury

The symptoms of damage to the brain depend on the type and severity of the injury.

For example, a mild brain injury may present any of the following symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Speech problems
  • Dizziness
  • Mood changes
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Feeling dazed or confused
  • Concentration or memory issues
  • Depression or anxiety

Common symptoms of moderate to severe brain injuries include the following:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Persistent or worsening headaches
  • Persistent nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Dilated pupils
  • Clear fluids draining from the ears or nose
  • Loss of coordination
  • Profound confusion
  • Weakness or numbness in hands and feet
  • Inability to be woken up

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Long-Term Effects of a Brain Injury

A moderate to severe brain injury can leave a patient with long-term complications even after the physical damage has healed. Some of the more common long-term effects of serious brain injuries include the following:

  • Onset of disorders affecting consciousness, such as coma or vegetative state
  • Post-traumatic epilepsy
  • Chronic cases of fluid buildup in the brain
  • Loss of hearing or vision
  • Chronic dizziness or vertigo
  • Frequent head and brain infections
  • Cognitive and executive functioning difficulties
  • Speech problems or issues with reading, writing, and understanding written or spoken language
  • Impacts on social communication skills
  • Behavioral changes
  • Chronic headaches or migraines
  • Increased risk of blood clots and stroke
  • Physical paralysis
  • Altered sensations
  • Emotional and mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, agitation or irritability, increased risk-taking behavior, and loss of empathy
  • Increased risk for degenerative brain diseases such as Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease

Treatment for Head Injuries

As with the symptoms, the recommended course of treatment for a given brain injury depends on its nature and severity. Mild traumatic brain injuries usually require no treatment besides rest and over-the-counter pain relievers for headaches. However, someone who has suffered a mild brain injury should be monitored for signs of persistent or worsening symptoms. Severe symptoms may indicate the damage is worse than initially thought.

Moderate and severe brain injuries require immediate medical attention. Emergency care will initially focus on preventing further injury to the head and brain and may include the following:

  • Stabilization of the head and neck
  • Medications, including anti-seizure drugs or diuretics to help reduce brain swelling
  • Surgery to remove blood clots, stop uncontrolled bleeding, repair skull fractures, or relieve pressure on the brain

After a brain injury is stabilized, treatment may continue with rehabilitation to help an injury victim relearn motor skills and adapt to limitations. Rehabilitation services often include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychotherapy, recreational therapy, and vocational counseling.

Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers Demand Results

Enduring a brain injury alone isn’t the only option. Let Mann Wyatt Tanksley Injury Attorneys help you recover the compensation that you deserve. We offer free consultations and work on a contingency basis, which means we won’t charge you a fee unless we secure your compensation first. Contact us today to speak with a Wichita brain injury lawyer about your case and find out how we can help you pursue justice.