Injury & Accident Attorneys Serving Oklahoma City, Edmond, Norman & All Of Oklahoma
Head injuries should always be taken seriously. Although much of the concern about brain damage currently surrounds professional, amateur, and school sports, two of the leading causes of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, are falls and vehicle accidents.
Johnson & Biscone, P.A. has an extensive history of helping clients who have suffered a brain injury as a result of negligence, including car crashes, unsafe conditions resulting in falls, and more. Call 405-232-6490 for a free case review. Our law firm serves clients throughout the Oklahoma City area, including Edmond, Norman, and nearby areas of Oklahoma.
What are the main causes of Brain Injuries?
Head injuries can be “open” or “closed.” Open head injuries occur when an object penetrates the skull into the brain. In a closed head injury, the brain sustains damage inside of the skull. Open head wounds are obvious, but closed head injuries are dangerous because the nature and extent of the damage isn’t always apparent.
Lawyers at Johnson & Biscone, P.A. commonly represent clients who suffer traumatic brain injuries in circumstances such as:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Falls and falling objects in the workplace, including construction sites and oilfields
Another type of injury, anoxic or hypoxic brain injury, happens when the brain is starved of oxygen. One of the most common events leading to oxygen deprivation is negligence in the delivery room. When doctors, nurses, OB-GYNs, and other staff fail to take proper precautions and follow procedures, babies can suffer a host of birth injuries, including cerebral palsy, because their brains don’t get enough oxygen.
Signs of Brain Injury
Victims of head trauma can experience a wide range of symptoms. If you or a loved one was recently in a vehicle accident, suffered a fall, or otherwise sustained a fall, be aware of the following symptoms:
- Frequent headaches
- Blurry or distorted vision
- Slurred speech
- Trouble concentrating
- Memory loss
- Lost consciousness
- Mood swings
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping more than normal
Traumatic brain injuries can affect all aspects of life, from everyday functioning to personal relationships to the ability to perform at work. If you suspect that you suffered a brain injury, or you’re concerned about a recently injured love one, contact Johnson & Biscone to discuss the next steps of building your case.
Why Hire Johnson & Biscone, P.A. for Your TBI Case?
Attorneys at our law firm have seen the devastating impact of brain injuries on our clients and their families. We have the experience to represent your best interest and the compassion to care about what you’re facing after the accidents.
We have achieved multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements in cases involving head injuries. Past performance does not guarantee similar results in your case, but our attorneys will pursue the full compensation to which you are entitled for expenses such as:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages as a result of missing time from work and diminished ability to perform tasks at your current job
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional pain
What is the Average Lifetime Cost of a Brain Injury?
The National Institutes of Health reports that the average cost for hospitalization following brain injury, depending on the severity of the damage and length of hospitalization, ranges from $2,130 to $401,808. Over the course of a lifetime, the CDC states that a brain injury may cost between $85,000 and $3 million.
Brain injury costs may include rehabilitation and therapy, specialized care, home modifications, diminished earning capacity, and forced changes to lifestyle, all of which can be ongoing.
What Types of Compensation are Available in Brain Injury Claims?
Like other personal injury claims, damages sought through a brain injury lawsuit will include:
- Special Damages. These include medical bills, lost wages, home modifications, and all other expenses that can be linked directly to the injury
- General Damages. These include physical pain, emotional suffering, reduced quality of life, and similar issues that, while lacking in fixed costs, still impact victims of serious injury
Each case is unique. There is no average settlement or set amount that brain injury victims should expect. However, an experienced legal team will seek compensation for special and general damages to help ensure the most favorable outcome.
How Long do Brain Injury Lawsuits Take to Resolve?
Most personal injury claims are settled long before a trial is necessary. In these cases, resolving a brain injury claim may take less than one year. When a claim needs to go to trial, however, it can take two years or more.
Cases that go to trial are heard before a jury, which can increase the compensation offered. However, taking a case to trial is neither needed nor appropriate for every claim. The attorneys at Johnson & Biscone are experienced litigators who prepare every case for trial to ensure we are ready to offer the most effective representation no matter what direction a claim takes.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Filing a Brain Injury Lawsuit?
You have two years to file a personal injury claim following your accident. However, your expenses will begin to accrue long before that time approaches. Therefore, we encourage you to get in touch with our office as soon as possible following the injury to help prevent needless complications.
Can You Recover from a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Most people with mild to moderate TBI fully recover. However, it may take months or even years of therapy, rehabilitation, and effort for full brain function to be restored.
Victims of severe TBI are unlikely to recover full function, even with special care, and may need round-the-clock assistance.