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Tucson Brain Damage Lawyer

How Our Tucson Brain Damage Lawyer Helps Clients

If you or your loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury that you suspect was caused by someone else’s negligence, contact a Tucson brain damage lawyer at the Khalidi Law Firm, PLLC as soon as possible. We will give you a free consultation to evaluate the merits of the claim.
We receive no fees and you pay no out-of-pocket expenses unless we successfully pursue your claim, but it is important to contact a legal representative quickly to make sure your claim, should you have one, stays within the statutes of limitations under Arizona law.
Khalidi Law Firm, PLLC has more than two decades’ experience with brain injury cases. Located in Tucson’s Historico Barrio, the firm is familiar and experienced with Arizona law and will make sure your concerns are addressed, and that you or your loved one receives treatment and compensation for the injury.

For Severe Head Injuries, Talk to Our Tucson Brain Damage Attorney

Any injury can be terrible. Injuries can debilitate even the strongest person. In most cases, the essence of the person with a physical injury remains the same before and after it occurs, but isn’t always the case with traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

With a severe brain injury, it’s possible that the person who emerges following treatment will seem to be someone different, with personality changes and emotional responses unlike those before the trauma, and will likely be disabled.

The Centers for Disease Control estimate that 1.5 million people in the United States suffer from one of the two types of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) — mild or severe — each year. Of those suffering a TBI, 50,000 die each year and 85,000 suffer long-term injury. Overall there are 5.3 million Americans living with a TBI.

Monetary Damages in Brain Injury Cases

Damages available to brain injury victims include those associated with medical treatment, lost wages (present and future), pain and suffering and other expenses incurred as a result of the harm. Our Tucson head and brain injury lawyer will fight aggressively for you to receive damages for your brain injury legal claim. Our team has skilled and seasoned litigators ready to go to court when necessary.

With adult victims, it’s usually easier to compute all lost income by using earnings history, education and how those earnings project into the future. Child brain injury victims are more difficult because of what they might do and how much they could earn during their lifetime of working is unknown.

The degree of the injury and accompanying mental/physical disability also factors into brain injury damage awards. Specialized care alone for these severely injured victims can easily cost $250,000 or more annually. And the pain and emotional suffering which a brain injury victim endures can sometimes seem incalculable. Family members are also deeply affected as seldom will their loved one completely return to their former pre-accident condition.

How Much Money Can You Expect in Your Brain Damage Case?

The broad scope of potential damages is why these awards can range from the $14.25 million won at trial by a Pennsylvania woman whose car was struck by a commercial truck in 2008, to the $600,000 settlement awarded to an Illinois passenger in 2013 after suffering a moderate TBI when the driver of the car he was in fell asleep and crashed his vehicle.

Our Tucson Brain Injury Lawyer Helps Head Injury Victims

Brain injuries can arise from many different accidental events. They could occur due to a concussion while playing sports, or from a car wreck, a tumble from a bicycle or motorcycle wreck, or appear in an infant after shaken baby syndrome or from medical malpractice during delivery. Many brain injuries also happen on construction sites or after a slip-and-fall.

Cognitive problems, loss of motor function, memory loss, speech impairments, permanent disability, and even wrongful death can all be tied to a brain injury, even if it began with just a bump on the head.

You can count on our brain injury lawyers at Khalidi Law Firm, PLLC to provide you with the answers you need.

We will ensure that you or your loved one receives proper treatment and full, fair compensation for a brain injury from those who carelessly caused it.

Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury most often produces permanent neurobiological damage that can produce varying degrees of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), forcing the victim to temporarily lose consciousness for several hours or more. Some lie in a coma for days before regaining consciousness. Noticeable physical and cognitive impairment can be permanent for the remainder of the victim’s life.
TBI victims can experience several types of emotional problems. Mood swings can feel like riding an emotional roller coaster for the victim due to damage to the portion of the brain that controls emotions and behavior. Such sudden, unexplainable emotional responses by the injured victim can cause those around the person to believe that they caused the emotional outburst.
Often, these symptoms are associated with early TBI diagnosis. Over time, however, much of the behavior may disappear, though not completely go away.
This can have an emotionally debilitating effect on those who live with and are around the TBI victim. The need for trained psychological and psychiatric specialists is obvious, perhaps for the rest of the TBI victim’s life. This can become quite expensive.

How Brain Injuries Affect Children

Even comparatively mild injuries, such as hypoxic brain damage (brief oxygen starvation suffered during birth), can have lifelong consequences, such as emotional and intellectual challenges for the rest of this young person’s life. Anoxia (extended oxygen starvation during childbirth) can lead to cerebral palsy and a host of other tragic mental and physiological disorders.
Outcomes can be just as grim for children who suffer a TBI from a blow to the head or a case of shaken baby syndrome. TBI is a leading cause of death and disability in infants, toddlers, and adolescents, and it can negatively impact brain maturation and development as they get older. If a young child suffers a serious TBI, medical and rehabilitation expenses for the rest of their life can be as much as several million dollars.

Classification of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can range in scope from mild to severe. A brain injury is typically classified as mild if loss of consciousness and/or confusion a lasts for less than 30 minutes. Some traumatic brain injuries (TBI) result in permanent neurobiological damage that can produce lifelong deficits to varying degrees. Moderate to severe brain injuries typically refer to injuries that have the following characteristics:

  • Moderate brain injury is defined as a brain injury resulting in a loss of consciousness for 20 minutes to 6 hours.
  • Severe brain injury is defined as a brain injury resulting in a loss of consciousness for longer than 6 hours.
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Causes of TBI Seen by Our Brain Injury Lawyers

Car Accidents

Arizona Car Crash AttorneyCar accidents are a frequent cause of brain injuries. The CDC reports that 14.3 percent of TBIs are caused by auto accidents, for a yearly total of roughly 286,00 per year. Part of the issue with any brain injury, but especially with those sustained in car crashes, is that symptoms may not appear until later. Because of this, it is extremely important to seek immediate medical treatment for any accident. This also provides important documentation in case of a personal injury suit. The condition of the vehicle after an accident is not always an accurate indicator of the physical sate of a vehicle’s occupants; medical records can be crucial to proving injuries caused.

Slips and Falls

Arizona Slip and Fall Injury AttorneySlip and fall injuries are among the leading causes of TBI in the United States. According to the CDC, 40.5 percent of TBIs are the result of slip and fall injuries. No matter where the injury occurs, it is important to assess what caused the fall. This is especially true if the slip or fall occurred at the mall, a restaurant, a store, or other similar location. If it was caused by a slippery floor, inadequate lighting, or shoddy equipment, documentation is important in order to pursue a claim in court, to establish fault and to make sure similar accidents don’t reoccur.

Sports-Related

An issue that has garnered a significant amount of publicity lately are TBIs resulting from sports. Some sports, including boxing and mixed martial arts, include direct head shots, American football, with its frequent head-to-head contact; and soccer, with its headers of balls going at excessive speeds; and even lower impact sports such as basketball or baseball may cause TBI.

Arizona Sports-Related Brain Injury LawyerBecause of the heightened awareness, research has been conducted, especially on the brains of deceased former boxers and football players, to study the cause and effects of the injuries. The findings are chilling. A recent Washington Post report indicates that as many as 40 percent of former professional football players may suffer from TBI. The Neurological Rehabilitation Institute reports that for boxers the percentage is much higher, with potentially 90 percent of former boxers suffering brain injuries at some time in their career, due primarily to the repeated pounding; thus, these athletes suffer a higher risk contracting Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.

The research and publicity has caused some much-needed changes in rules, especially in football, to protect players from head and neck injuries as much as possible. Still, the danger exists. The legal question has become one of fault: Was the injury the result of equipment, a team, an individual or even the league itself for not implementing more regulations?

Symptoms of Mild TBI

The symptoms of mild TBIs — also frequently called concussions — are not always present immediately following the accident or event producing the injury. It may take days, or even weeks, before the victim and/or his family notices the following signs:

  • Fatigue
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  • Visual disturbances
  • Memory loss
  • Poor attention/concentration
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Dizziness/loss of balance
  • Irritability-emotional disturbances
  • Feelings of depression
  • Seizures

In addition, some victims of mild TBI experience these less common symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Loss of smell
  • Sensitivity to light and sounds
  • Mood changes
  • Getting lost or confused
  • Slowness in thinking.

Common Symptoms of Moderate to Severe TBI

The impact of a moderate to severe brain injury has the potential to affect every facet of an individual’s life. The list is long and extensive, and may include:

  • Attention
  • Concentration
  • Distractibility
  • Memory
  • Speed of Processing
  • Confusion
  • Perseveration
  • Impulsiveness
  • Language Processing
  • Inability to understand the spoken word (receptive aphasia)
  • Difficulty speaking and being understood (expressive aphasia)
  • Slurred speech
  • Speaking very fast or very slow
  • Problems with reading
  • Problems with writing
  • Difficulties with interpretation of touch, temperature, movement, limb position and fine discrimination
  • Partial or total loss of vision
  • Weakness of eye muscles and double vision (diplopia)
  • Blurred vision
  • Problems judging distance
  • Involuntary eye movements (nystagmus)
  • Intolerance of light (photophobia)
  • Decrease or loss of hearing
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Increased sensitivity to sounds
  • Loss or diminished sense of smell (anosmia)
  • Loss or diminished sense of taste
  • Physical paralysis/spasticity
  • Chronic pain
  • Control of bowel and bladder
  • Sleep disorders
  • Loss of stamina
  • Appetite changes
  • Regulation of body temperature
  • Menstrual difficulties
  • Dependent behaviors
  • Emotional ability
  • Lack of motivation
  • Irritability
  • Aggression
  • Depression
  • Disinhibition
  • Denial/lack of awareness.
Clearly, an individual who has suffered a moderate or severe brain injury will require medical care and various forms of therapy that will present a significant financial burden for his or her family.

Treatment of Brain Injuries

Treatments for brain injuries are as varied as the injuries themselves. Several variables must be taken into consideration: How severe is the injury? What condition is the person in? What are the symptoms? How adversely has the injury affected the individual? How has it affected quality of life? What secondary injuries result from the brain injury? Is the person disabled, and, if so, by how much?

Treatment for brain injuries must be versatile, but it all starts with an assessment. From there it depends on the injury.

To learn more about potential treatment options, the Brain Injury Association of America has created a diagram detailing different options.

Can You Recover from a Brain Injury?

Unlike most other parts of the body, brain cells do not regenerate once they are destroyed. Some improvement in their condition is possible, relative to the type and seriousness of the victim’s injury. Our brains can “rewire themselves” to a point where certain functions can be re-gained. Doctors call this brain “plasticity.”

Generally, if there is any improvement, it will be detected between six months and two years after the injury. Improvements slow considerably after that, but may still progress indefinitely and at a much slower pace.

Most mild TBIs do not cause permanent or long-term disability. Neurologists generally accept that permanent disability occurs in 10 percent of mild TBI, 66 percent of moderate, and 100 percent of severe TBI.

Types of Accidents That Call for a Tucson Brain Damage Attorney

An experienced personal injury lawyer can seek compensation from those whose negligence caused the injury, including but not limited to the following:

  • A drunk driver or distracted driver
  • Medical personnel whose actions or inactions amounted to malpractice
  • An employer who was responsible for a dangerous workplace
  • A school district which did not provide safeguards for student athletes
  • A property owner who did not perform adequate maintenance on sidewalks, stairs or parking lot
  • Nursing home owners who failed to protect residents from falls.

 

Find Out if Our Brain Injury Lawyer Can Help You

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If you or your loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury that you suspect was caused by someone else’s negligence, contact the Khalidi Law Firm, PLLC as soon as possible for a free consultation to evaluate the merits of the claim. We receive no fees and you pay no out-of-pocket expenses unless we successfully pursue your claim, but it is important to contact a legal representative quickly to make sure your claim, should you have one, stays within the statutes of limitations under Arizona law.

Khalidi Law Firm, PLLC has more than two decades’ experience with brain injury cases. Located in Tucson’s Historico Barrio, the firm is familiar and experienced with Arizona law and will make sure your concerns are addressed, and that you or your loved one receives treatment and compensation for the injury.