Brain Injury Attorneys in KS, MO, OK & CO
Though not always visible, brain injuries are some of the most devastating injuries a person can suffer. A traumatic brain injury can cause lifelong physical and cognitive disabilities, leaving some victims unable to work and in need of extensive personal and medical care.
If you suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to demand justice for what you’ve been through and what you’ll have to endure moving forward. Obtaining fair compensation can ensure you and your family receive the best possible care and support.
For more than two decades, Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley Injury Attorneys has been successfully advocating for victims of brain injuries. We understand how these injuries can affect your life, your family, and your future. We fight for the full financial compensation you need to move forward.
Contact us today for a free case review. You’ll speak with a knowledgeable brain injury lawyer who can answer your questions and explain your legal options.
When Can You File a Personal Injury Claim After a Brain Injury?
Not every brain injury will lead to a personal injury claim. In general, you may be entitled to compensation for a brain injury if it was caused by another party’s negligence, recklessness, or willful or wanton actions. A brain injury attorney from our firm can review the details of the accident that led to your injury and identify all potentially liable parties.
Common Causes of Brain Injuries
Any kind of violent accident can lead to a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Many of the brain injury cases we handle are the result of:
It is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible after an accident involving a brain injury. Your attorney will want to begin investigating your case immediately to preserve evidence and document your injury.
Pursuing Full Compensation in Your Brain Injury Case
A brain injury can leave you with overwhelming financial and personal losses. When your brain injury was caused by someone else’s actions, you may be entitled to pursue full compensation for your losses, including payment for:
- Past, ongoing, and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and income
- Lost earning capacity, if your injury disables you from returning to your pre-accident work
- Pain and suffering, or the emotional and physical distress brought about by your injury
- Lost quality of life, such as the inability to participate in activities you previously enjoyed or reduced life expectancy
Time Limit for Filing a Claim for Brain Damage
Each state places a time limit on how long you have to file a lawsuit for a brain injury. This time limit is called the statute of limitations. Statutes of limitations for brain damage lawsuits include:
- Kansas — Two years from the date of injury
- Missouri — Five years from the date of injury
- Oklahoma — Two years from the date of injury
- Colorado — Two years from the date of injury for personal injury claims, three years in cases involving car accidents
If you fail to file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires on your claim, the court will almost certainly permanently dismiss your case.
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury can cause many physical and psychological symptoms. The types of symptoms will often depend on the severity of the injury.
Symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury include:
- Loss of consciousness (often for a few seconds to a few minutes)
- Feeling disoriented or confused
- Nausea or vomiting
- Drowsiness or fatigue
- Speech issues
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping more than usual
- Dizziness or balance issues
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Changes to smell
- A bad taste in the mouth
- Sensitivity to light and/or sound
- Memory and/or concentration problems
- Mood swings or rapid changes in mood
- Anxiety or depression
Symptoms of a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury include:
- Loss of consciousness for up to several hours
- Persistent or worsening headache
- Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
- Pupil dilation
- Clear fluid from the nose and/or ears
- Inability to wake up from sleep
- Numbness or weakness in fingers or toes
- Coordination issues
- Significant confusion
- Agitation or other unusual behavior
- Slurred speech
Treatment for a Traumatic Brain Injury
The treatment for a traumatic brain injury will depend on the severity of the injury. For example, mild traumatic brain injuries may require no treatment beyond rest or pain relievers for headaches. However, a person who has suffered what appears to be a mild brain injury should be monitored in the following days for persistent or worsening symptoms. This may indicate a more serious condition.
Moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries require immediate emergency treatment. Initial treatment is usually focused on ensuring sufficient blood flow to the brain and on preventing further injury.
Treatment for a moderate or severe brain injury can include:
- Administering diuretics to decrease the fluid in tissues and help reduce swelling
- Anti-seizure medication to help avoid additional damage from a seizure triggered by a TBI
- Coma-inducing drugs, if an injured person’s brain is having blood flow issues (a comatose brain requires less blood flow compared to a normally functioning brain)
- Surgery to remove blood clots, stop bleeding, relieve pressure on the brain, or repair skull fractures
Once a person is stabilized, treatment focuses on rehabilitation to relearn physical and cognitive skills.
Long-Term Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Modern medicine has created effective treatments for all kinds of injuries and diseases. But for most victims of moderate to severe brain injuries, life will never be the same. They must learn to adapt to a new way of living – one that’s likely much more difficult.
Even for patients who make an excellent recovery, some symptoms may never go away. Work that was once easy could become a serious challenge. Victims often find that their oldest skills lack precision or efficiency.
In addition, victims often experience strain on personal and family relationships.
Part of the rehabilitation for any brain injury victim is helping the person cope with this new normal.
Types of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries generally fall into one of two categories: traumatic brain injury and acquired brain injury.
A traumatic brain injury is caused by some external force or blow to the head or body. Examples of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Contusions (bruises caused by brain bleeds)
- Diffuse axonal injuries, or a tearing or shearing of nerve tissue in the brain
- Penetration injuries
An acquired brain injury involves damage to the brain not caused by an external force or blow. Examples of this type of injury include:
- Anoxia, or lack of oxygen
- Hypoxia, or insufficient oxygen
- Stroke, caused by a lack of blood flow due to a clot
Talk to a Brain Injury Attorney Now
If you are coping with a traumatic brain injury, the last thing you need to worry about is a legal battle. Let our experienced brain injury attorneys be your advocate during this difficult time.
Schedule a free consultation with Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley Injury Attorneys today to discuss your legal rights. We do not charge any fees upfront to begin work on your brain injury case, and you only pay us if we recover money for you.