Traumatic Brain Injury

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Traumatic brain injuries typically result in significant lifestyle changes for the injured victim and their family. Physical, cognitive, social, and vocational changes are common. Recovery can be a lifelong process of adjustments and accommodations. Moderately to severely injured patients often receive rehabilitation that involves individually tailored treatment programs in the areas of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, physiatry (physical medicine), psychology/psychiatry, and social support. Appropriate treatment for a brain injury may be complicated and expensive, involving diagnostic testing, drugs, surgery, and rehabilitation.

Full treatment, including rehabilitation, may involve an entire team of specialized medical caregivers, including a neurologist, neurosurgeon, physiatrist, neuropsychiatrist, vocational expert, lifecare planner, neuropsychologist, and various physical, occupational, and speech therapists. Securing proper medical care alone can be a full-time pursuit for an injured individual and their family. If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury due to another person’s negligence or unlawful behavior, you could be entitled to compensation. Talk to the experienced traumatic brain injury lawyers at Denver’s Chalat Hatten & Banker to discuss your legal options. We serve clients throughout Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, Jefferson, Boulder, Broomfield, Weld, Adams, Park, Clear Creek, Gilpin, and neighboring counties.

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    What is Considered a Traumatic Brain Injury?

    Trauma to the head can cause the brain to bruise, bleed, tear, or swell. There are two general types of traumatic head injuries: open and closed. An open injury results when the skull has been fractured, and usually results when the head comes in direct contact with a hard surface or object. A closed head injury does not involve a fracture but can be more serious than an open injury due to the possibility of brain swelling and the formation of dangerous blood clots inside the skull. Whether a brain injury is open or closed, the most severe injuries can cause brain damage, paralysis, loss of consciousness, or even death. Typically, a traumatic brain injury requires expensive accommodations over a long-term period. Other expenses which arise include future medical expenses, often coupled with lost income if the victim was employed. Read more about Damages in a Personal Injury Case.

    Experience Representing TBI Victims

    $6.5 million

    for TBI victim of drunk driver

    $10 million

    verdict for child misdiagnosed

    What Typically Causes a Traumatic Brain Injury?

    Every year in America, 2.2 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI), resulting in over 50,000 fatalities and 280,000 hospitalizations. About half of those hospitalized have long-term impairments that affect their ability to perform everyday activities. Any sudden trauma may cause damage to the brain. TBIs can result when the head suddenly or violently hits an object, or when an object penetrates the skull and destroys brain tissue. Traveling at a high rate of speed or striking a hard object are unnecessary elements to a traumatic brain injury. Severe brain injuries can result from falls, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, birth injuries, work-related accidents, delayed or misdiagnoses, infections or complications from surgery, and anesthesia, medication, or surgical errors.

    How Common Are Traumatic Brain Injuries?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that at least 5.3 million Americans have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living because of a traumatic brain injury. According to one study, about 40% of those hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury had at least one unmet need for services one year after their injury. Families of a TBI victim constantly shoulder the burden of providing adequate care and resources for the injured person. If the traumatic brain injury resulted from another’s negligence, that person or entity may be liable for the resulting expenses.

    How Serious Are Traumatic Brain Injuries?

    Moderate and severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) can lead to a lifetime of physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral changes. These changes may affect a person’s ability to function in their everyday life. Despite initial hospitalization and inpatient rehabilitation services, about 50% of people with TBI will experience further decline in their daily lives or die within 5 years of their injury. 

    Why Choose Chalat Hatten & Banker Personal Injury Law Firm?

    For over 30 years, Chalat Hatten & Banker has been a champion for the injured and their families throughout Colorado. Our legal team has extensive experience in traumatic brain injury cases, and our Denver-area traumatic brain injury attorneys understand that our clients have undergone devastating experiences. We are here to alleviate the burdens on you and your family members. When it comes to establishing who is at fault for a traumatic brain injury or other type of accident, our experienced team can help you investigate and file the appropriate paperwork for your case. Every accident victim has a story, and we want to help you tell it.

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    If you or a loved one was severely injured due to another’s reckless or negligent behavior, seek the legal compensation you deserve with a simple phone call to Chalat Hatten & Banker. Our traumatic brain injury lawyers in the Denver metro area would be happy to go over the specifics of your case during a free initial case review. If you are a prospective client, you may view our case reviews, resources, and testimonials to see how our reputable personal injury law firm may be able to help.