Orem Brain Injury Attorney
A brain injury can drastically alter the life of an accident victim and the lives of those close to them. A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, might require months or potentially even years of treatment and rehabilitation. In severe cases, the victim might never fully recover physically, mentally, or emotionally.
If someone else’s negligence caused the accident that resulted in your brain injury, you could pursue accountability and compensation for the harm and loss you have suffered. This could include the cost of treatment or assistance and lost earning capacity far into the future. Determining what you’re owed and seeking compensation can be challenging, though. An Orem brain injury lawyer from Swenson & Shelley can provide the experienced advocacy you need. Accident victims deserve the relentless pursuit of justice that Swenson & Shelley can provide.
Reach out to us today for a free case evaluation with a trusted Orem brain injury lawyer. We do not charge any fees unless we secure payment for you.
When Do You Have the Right to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit After a Brain Injury?
You may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit if you suffered a brain injury as the result of an accident someone else caused. If you suffered a brain injury due to someone’s negligence, you must prove the at-fault party is legally responsible for your TBI.
To prove negligence, you must show:
- The law required the defendant to be reasonably careful.
- The at-fault party failed to act with reasonable care toward the victim.
- The at-fault party’s actions or lack of action caused the brain injury.
- The victim suffered an injury and/or losses that are measurable under the law.
Proving that a negligent party’s actions caused a brain injury can be a complex process. Gathering as much evidence as possible regarding the injury and details surrounding the accident will be essential in proving the claim. An experienced brain injury lawyer in Orem can help you piece together the evidence needed to determine negligence regarding your case.
How Can an Orem Brain Injury Attorney Help?
Insurance companies will do everything in their power to delay, minimize, or deny your claim, making it difficult to obtain the financial recovery you need. An Orem brain injury attorney from Swenson & Shelley can help by:
- Investigating the accident that caused your brain injury and securing evidence needed to prove your claim for compensation
- Identifying potentially liable parties and sources of compensation, such as applicable insurance coverages
- Gathering documentation of your injuries and losses
- Working with experts in accident reconstruction, medicine, finance, or vocational rehabilitation to provide persuasive testimony supporting your case
- Managing all communication with the at-fault parties and their insurers
- Negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf for a full settlement offer
- Filing a brain injury lawsuit if litigation becomes necessary to fight for the best possible outcome in your case
Common Types of Brain Injury Cases Our Orem Attorneys Take On
Our experienced Orem personal injury lawyers have successfully handled a wide range of claims involving complex brain injuries. Examples include cases involving:
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Car accidents
- Rideshare accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Boating accidents
- Construction accidents
- Slip and falls
Fighting for Full Compensation After a Brain Injury
Recovering from a brain injury and living with the permanent effects of a TBI can place a significant financial burden on you and your family. The attorneys of Swenson & Shelley will do what it takes to pursue full compensation for your losses. Compensation can include various expenses and losses such as:
- Medical costs for hospital care, inpatient and outpatient therapy, prescriptions, and medical or mobility devices and equipment
- Costs of long-term care to help you with permanent disabilities and complications from your injury
- Loss of income and wages after missing work during recovery
- Loss of future earning capacity and employment benefits if you cannot return to work
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
Utah Statute of Limitations on Brain Injury Lawsuits
The statute of limitations on brain injury lawsuits in Utah gives accident victims a limited amount of time to file suit against the party responsible for their injury and losses. Typically, a brain injury lawsuit must be filed within four years of the date of injury. If a lawsuit is filed after the statute of limitations has passed, the court may end up permanently dismissing the case as untimely.
What Are the Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Symptoms of a brain injury depend on the severity of the injury. Mild traumatic brain injuries can cause symptoms like:
- Brief loss of consciousness lasting a few seconds to a few minutes
- Feeling dazed or confused
- Memory or concentration problems
- Speech problems
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Difficulty falling asleep or sleeping more than normal
- Feeling depressed, anxious, or experiencing other mood changes or mood swings
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Sensory changes, including blurred vision, ringing in the ears, or a bad taste in the mouth
Moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries can cause symptoms such as:
- Loss of consciousness for several minutes to several hours or a comatose state
- Profound confusion
- Slurred speech
- Agitation or other unusual behaviors
- Poor coordination
- Weakness or numbness in the extremities
- Difficulty being woken up from sleep
- Persistent or worsening headaches
- Persistent or worsening nausea and vomiting
- Dilated pupils
- Clear fluids running from the nose or ears
What Treatments Are Available for Traumatic Brain Injury?
Treatment for traumatic brain injuries also depends on the severity of the injury. Mild TBIs typically require rest and possibly over-the-counter pain medication to help with headaches. However, people with mild TBIs should still be watched in the days following their injury for persistent or worsening symptoms. If symptoms do worsen, it may indicate that their injury is much more severe than originally thought.
Moderate and severe TBIs will require immediate medical attention. Emergency care is necessary to prevent further damage to the brain. Emergency care could include stabilizing the head and neck and providing blood transfusions or supplemental oxygen to maintain oxygen supply to the brain. Other treatment avenues may include:
- Medications, such as anti-seizure drugs, diuretics to reduce swelling in brain tissues, or drugs to induce a coma to reduce the brain’s need for oxygen while it heals
- Surgical procedures, to stop bleeding and remove blood clots, fix skull fractures, remove pieces of broken skull or other foreign objects in the brain, or to open a portion of the skull to drain fluids or relieve pressure from swelling
Long-term treatment focuses on rehabilitation to help a brain injury victim return to an independent and productive life. Services often include:
- Physical therapy, which assists with improving mobility
- Occupational therapy, which helps with fine motor skills and the ability to perform daily activities
- Vocational therapy, which is designed to help a brain injury victim return to the workforce
- Speech and language therapy, which can help brain injury victims regain communication skills
- Neurotherapy, which addresses cognitive and memory issues
- Psychotherapy, which can provide treatment for emotional, behavioral, or other mental health issues
What Can Family Members Do to Help Brain Injury Survivors?
TBIs affect not only the victim but family and caregivers as well. Family members of brain injury survivors can make a huge difference in helping their loved one recover and rehabilitate from a catastrophic brain injury. These steps include:
- Remember to be patient and understanding with a brain injury survivor’s limitations, recognizing that they may have cognitive, memory, emotional, and behavioral changes.
- Do not minimize or downplay the physical or emotional pain that a brain injury survivor may be experiencing, even weeks, months, or years after their injury. Treat a survivor’s emotions seriously, particularly feelings of anxiety or depression.
- Emphasize familiarity by providing memory triggers, talking to and treating a brain injury survivor as normal.
- Establish new routines and strategies to help brain injury survivors cope with cognitive or memory limitations. Try not to overload with new information, as a brain injury survivor may feel overwhelmed and frustrated.
- Highlight and reinforce a brain injury survivor’s progress in their rehabilitation, encouraging them to resume activities as they relearn skills.
There Are Many Different Types of Brain Injuries
At Swenson & Shelley, we have extensive experience representing clients who have suffered brain injuries such as:
- Concussions, which cause a temporary change in brain function after the brain hits the inside of the skull
- Contusions or bruising
- Hemorrhages or uncontrolled bleeding
- Edema, or pooling/clotting of blood in or around the brain
- Hypoxic/anoxic brain injury, or damage caused by insufficient blood or oxygen flow to the brain
- Skull fractures
- Diffuse axonal injuries, characterized by shearing of nerve cells in the brain that causes swelling and reduced function
Talk to an Orem Brain Injury Attorney Now
Don’t wait to begin the process of pursuing financial compensation after a serious accident involving a head injury. Contact the Orem brain injury lawyers at Swenson & Shelley today for a free initial consultation. Our skilled and compassionate legal team is ready will fight for the financial compensation you need and the justice you deserve.