Brain Injury Lawyers in Omaha, NE
Suffering from a TBI? Get the Compensation You Deserve!
At Carlson & Burnett, we provide attentive representation to clients who have suffered head and brain injuries. We understand that a serious head or brain injury could have long-term effects, preventing you from maintaining gainful employment and from doing the things you once enjoyed. If you have suffered a head or brain injury, you may be able to receive compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost wages, and other damages.
Contact our Omaha brain injury lawyers today to discuss your case in a free consultation.
Head Injuries – Causes & Types
Head injuries affect the scalp, skull, or brain, and are often caused by blunt force trauma. This may cause bruising, inflammation, bleeding, or swelling of the brain. Car accidents, slip and fall incidents, and other types of accidents could lead to head and brain injuries. Serious head injuries may require extensive medical treatment, such as medication and surgery. Common types of head injuries include skull fractures, hematomas, hemorrhaging, and traumatic brain injuries.
Symptoms of Head & Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. They are often considered catastrophic, because they prevent victims from maintaining gainful employment. Short-term symptoms of traumatic brain injuries may include bleeding, pain, dizziness, coma, and bruising.
Long-term symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include:
- Cognitive symptoms – difficulty understanding language, loss of gross or fine motor skills, slurred speech, inability to concentrate, memory loss (amnesia), and confusion
- Physical symptoms – dizziness, appetite changes, insomnia or other sleep disorders, loss of bladder and bowel control, chronic pain, headaches, and seizures
- Sensory symptoms – blurred vision, tinnitus, vision or hearing loss, difficulty interpreting textures and temperatures, loss of taste or smell, and difficulty judging distance
- Behavioral/emotional symptoms – personality changes, anxiety, depression, antisocial behaviors, aggression, irritability, impulsiveness, and mood swings
Depending on the severity of the symptoms, victims may need intensive medical treatment. Rest, anti-inflammatory pain medication, and cold packs may promote healing for a mild head injury. Surgery, physical therapy, medication, behavioral therapy, and other types of therapy may be necessary for patients coping with the long-term symptoms of a severe brain injury.
How Long After a Head Injury Can Symptoms Show Up?
When it comes to head injuries, symptoms may appear immediately, within 24 hours, or even up to several days or weeks after the injury occurs. Some people do not even exhibit signs of a TBI until much later when their injury worsens. This is why it's so important to see a medical professional immediately following any head injury to receive a thorough check up to ensure that no permanent damage has been done.
Traumatic Brain Injury Classifications
Brain and head injuries can be broken down into the following classifications:
Primary vs. Secondary - Primary head injuries occur as a direct result of contact (the head striking an object or the brain striking the skull) or sudden acceleration or deceleration. Secondary head injuries can be delayed or occur as a result of other complications including loss of blood flow to the brain.
Focal Injury vs. Diffuse Injury - Focal injuries typically result from primary injuries due to direct impact on the brain or skull. Diffuse injuries typically result from acceleration/deceleration injuries and affect the whole brain. Diffuse injuries are harder to diagnose and commonly result in brain damage, coma or death.
Open vs. Closed Injuries - An injury can be open or penetrating as a result of a puncture wound. A closed or non-penetrative injury can result from blunt force trauma that does not actually puncture the skin or skull around the brain.
How Much Is a Brain Injury Case Worth?
It's impossible to estimate how much your case will be worth without first knowing the details of your accident. However, the average brain injury settlement will attempt to compensate the victim for the following:
- Medical expenses and treatment (both current and ongoing)
- Ongoing therapy or rehabilitation
- Lost earnings and lost earning capacity if you are unable to return to your job
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life or loss of consortium/companionship
Call Carlson & Burnett Today at (402) 810-8611
If you or a loved one have suffered a head or brain injury because of someone else’s negligence, Carlson & Burnett is here to help. We truly care about our clients, and will work tirelessly to build your case as you seek financial relief. With years of experience and a passion for justice, our Omaha brain injury attorneys will answer your questions, help you file the necessary documents, and represent you tenaciously from start to finish.
Contact our firm today to speak with a member of our team. Our brain injury attorneys in Omaha offer free consultations.