Grand Junction Brain Injury Attorneys
Did You Receive a Traumatic Brain Injury in an Accident?
There are few injuries more devastating than a brain injury. Not only are they difficult to diagnose, but they can permanently diminish a person’s ability to function in many ways - physically, mentally, and emotionally. Victims may face a long road to recovery.
Accidents do happen, but when they happen because of someone else’s negligence, Colorado law allows victims to sue the person or company responsible. At Peters & Nolan, LLC, our dedicated Grand Junction personal injury lawyers represent people who have suffered serious brain injury. Call us today (970) 243-4357 to schedule your free consultation.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury is one in which there is bruising, torn tissue, bleeding, or other physical damage to the brain. TBIs are typically caused by a sharp blow or bump to the head, or a violent shaking. In the worst cases, an object penetrates the brain itself.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a TBI was listed as a contributing factor in more than 50,000 fatalities in 2013, and millions of people suffer traumatic brain injuries every year. TBIs can be especially dangerous for children.
What Are the Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury can range in severity from mild to life-threatening. Symptoms may not manifest immediately following the accident, so diagnosing and treating TBI can be difficult. Accident victims often report the first physical or psychological effects days or weeks later.
For minor head injuries, the symptoms might include the following:
- Brief loss of consciousness
- A feeling of being dazed or disoriented
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased drowsiness
- Speech problems
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Blurred vision
- Ear ringing
- Light sensitivity
- Memory problems
- Unexpected mood swings
In severe cases, some of the additional symptoms include:
- Loss of consciousness for more than an hour
- Seizures or convulsions
- Pupil dilation
- Fluids leaking from the nose and/or ears
- Loss of feeling in fingers or toes
- Loss of strength
- Heavily slurred speech
A person should immediately visit a doctor at the first sign of any of the above symptoms, no matter how long after an accident they may occur.
What Are the Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries?
According to the CDC, the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries in the United States is falls. During the winter months in Grand Junction, slip-and-fall accidents are quite frequent, as rain and ice can lead to slippery surfaces around the home and in public.
Other leading causes of severe head injuries include being struck by an object, motor vehicle collisions, and sports and recreational activities. When the injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, then victims have the right to be fully compensated.
At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we see workplace injuries, especially in factories and at construction sites. A common culprit is a lack of training or supervision, and we find that most workplace accidents could have been avoided with proper preventative measures. Meanwhile, children are at risk of suffering concussions or worse while participating in contact sports such as football, basketball, soccer, or gymnastics. Teachers, coaches, and school staff need to have procedures in place to watch for TBIs and get help immediately.
No matter the cause, a traumatic brain injury can negatively impact a person’s ability to lead a healthy and fulfilled life. That’s why the Colorado brain injury attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC, are ready to help you and your loved ones receive the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (970) 243-4357.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.