Brain Injury

When Accidents Cause Brain Injuries, the Stakes Are Much Higher for Victims and Their Families

by Staff Blogger | August 15th, 2022

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe that any type of preventable injury that’s caused by another person’s negligence is unacceptable. Many types of injuries can result in permanent disability and even life-threatening complications, but there’s one type of injury that can change victims in a way that other injuries can’t: traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

When victims suffer TBIs, they’re often changed in subtle or dramatic ways. Victims may lose cognitive ability and control over their emotions, or their personalities and relationships with their loved ones may change. These changes can be highly distressing for both victims and their loved ones.

In addition to changes affecting their mental and emotional states, many TBI victims lose fine motor coordination and skills. They may be unable to do their jobs correctly or at all, which can mean permanent disability and loss of paychecks. Treatment may involve expensive physical therapy, which isn’t always successful.

The devastating outcomes of many TBIs is why victims and their loved ones need an experienced Virginia brain injury lawyer on their sides right away after accidents that affect the brain. The costs and stakes are simply too high for victims to count on getting fair settlements from insurance companies on their own—or to do nothing and pay out of pocket for all their injury-related expenses.

If you or someone you love suffered a TBI, contact us today for a free consultation with our experienced legal team.

What Are the Long-Term Consequences of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

by Staff Blogger | June 13th, 2022

When someone suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the long-term consequences may be subtle or significant. For example, some people suffer only temporary physical and/or cognitive symptoms that eventually resolve on their own. But others may suffer disabling symptoms that never improve or that even worsen over time.

According to the University of Utah, the long-term effects of a TBI can include:

  • Memory loss
  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Dizziness
  • Visual changes
  • Fatigue
  • Paralysis
  • Balance problems
  • Impaired speaking ability
  • Mood instability

The severity of these effects often depends on the severity of the injury itself. The worse a TBI is, the more parts of the brain that are damaged. The effects of a TBI are often visible on brain scans, and in severe cases, damaged areas of the brain may show little to no activity. Depending on where those damaged parts are located, victims may show profound TBI symptoms.

Unfortunately, many TBI victims not only need long-term medical care, but they’re also often unable to work. That can be extremely difficult for their families to handle from a financial standpoint, especially if they were the primary income-earners.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia traumatic brain injury attorneys work hard to help victims get full compensation for their medical bills and lost wages, especially when their TBIs occurred due to car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other negligence-related accidents.

Contact us today if you or someone you love is suffering from the effects of a TBI. We want to help you move forward with your life.

Traumatic Brain Injury Claims Require In-Depth Investigations

by Staff Blogger | January 17th, 2022

All personal injury claims should be carefully reviewed before victims demand and accept settlement offers. Too often, victims end up getting far less money than they’re owed because they didn’t realize how much their injuries will truly cost them. They may only look at their current medical bills and lost wages, or they may anticipate that they’ll recover faster than expected.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we never take anything for granted when we build claims for victims. We always gather as much evidence as possible to not only prove they weren’t at fault, but also to forecast how their injuries will affect them well into the future. This is especially important for traumatic brain injury (TBI) claims.

TBIs are particularly devastating because they can interfere with many aspects of life. Victims may suffer physical and cognitive effects from TBIs, which can make it difficult or impossible for them to work. They also may need ongoing physical and cognitive rehabilitation to regain some of their lost skills and abilities. In extreme cases, victims may even require live-in assistance from nurses and other caregivers.

To make matters worse, TBIs are often permanent. Although the brain has the capacity to heal and regrow connections, TBIs often cause the deaths of many cells, neurons, and tissue. Because of the permanent nature of most TBIs, injury claims should always be based on the assumption that victims will never fully recover and may even get worse.

If you or someone you love suffered a TBI after an accident that wasn’t your fault, we want to help. Contact our Virginia brain injury lawyers today for a free consultation.

How Slips and Falls Can Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries

by Staff Blogger | November 15th, 2021

For some people, slipping and falling leaves a few bruises and causes a few moments of embarrassment. But for others, slipping and falling can be a life-changing event—especially if it causes them to hit their head. Any injury to the head can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and slips and falls are among the most likely types of accidents to result in TBIs.

When people fall, they usually put their hands out to catch themselves on their way to the ground. But that’s not always possible. Sometimes, people fall backwards or while carrying something. And in some cases, slip and fall victims are elderly or in a weakened condition that makes it difficult for them to reduce the impact or intensity of a fall.

The biggest risk factor people face when falling is hitting their head on a hard object, such as the floor, a chair, a table, or a curb, just to name a few. When this happens, the impact can cause primary brain damage, which is an immediate injury to brain tissue. Others may experience secondary brain damage, which happens minutes or hours after brain injuries and is caused by rising pressure inside the skull.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia brain injury lawyers work hard to help victims get compensation after TBIs that weren’t their fault, whether they happen during car accidents, because of slip and falls, or for any other reason. Contact us today if you or someone you love suffered a TBI. We know what it takes to win your claim.

Why You Need a Lawyer for Your Traumatic Brain Injury Settlement

by Staff Blogger | August 30th, 2021

For injury victims, getting the insurance company to agree to pay a settlement is just one step towards justice. The second step is getting the insurance company to pay a fair settlement.

The settlements in injury claims can be subjective, and they’re typically based on how severely an injury will affect a victim’s life and ability to earn a living. That means that insurance companies often have plenty of leeway to pay victims far less than they deserve, especially for situations like traumatic brain injury (TBI) settlements.

People who suffer TBIs often need more medical attention, rehabilitation, and care than people with other types of injuries. In addition, people with TBIs are more likely to be unable to work for months, years, or even the rest of their lives. That’s because TBIs are slow to heal, and many victims lose permanent function and neurological capabilities.

When an injury affects a victim and their family profoundly for the rest of their lives, it should be compensated accordingly either through an insurance claim or a civil lawsuit. But insurance companies are in business to pay victims as little as possible, regardless of how much they’re suffering and have been affected by their injuries.

Without an experienced Virginia traumatic brain injury lawyer on your side, you run the risk of having your claim underpaid or rejected by an uncaring insurance company. But with Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers working for you, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your claim is in good hands. Contact us today for a free consultation. You deserve every penny you can get, and it’s our goal to ensure your family is paid.

How Car Accidents Can Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries

by Staff Blogger | May 17th, 2021

Accidents are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., and many of those occur on the nation’s roadways. 38,000 people are killed annually in auto accidents in America, and around 3 million people are injured in crashes each year. And while many of those injuries are minor bumps and bruises, some people suffer catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

TBIs can have profound effects on victims and their loved ones. They can render victims helpless to care for themselves and live independently, and they can make it difficult or impossible for them to work. Many victims also need extensive, frequent medical care, including live-in nurses and caretakers.

How do car accidents cause these debilitating and disabling injuries? There are a few ways, including:

  • Direct impact—Some TBIs are caused when victims hit their heads on their vehicles’ steering wheels, dashboards, or headrests. They also may be struck by loose objects inside their vehicles.
  • Sudden deceleration—TBIs can occur even when there’s no direct impact. That’s because the sudden deceleration of a crash can cause the brain to move violently inside the skull, resulting in a serious injury.

Both of these causes of TBIs aren’t always immediately obvious. Sometimes victims may think they’re okay at the scene and after going home, but their symptoms may worsen, especially if they have a brain bleed. That’s why it’s vital for auto accident victims to get full examinations after crashes.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia brain injury attorneys stand up for the rights of all car crash victims, especially those who suffer such profound injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation.

The Costs of a Traumatic Brain Injury Are More Than You Think

by Staff Blogger | March 15th, 2021

One of the most common pitfalls that injury victims face when pursuing compensation is accepting settlements that simply aren’t big enough for all of their expenses. That’s because it can be difficult to accurately gauge how much an injury will cost you over the course of your lifetime when you factor in medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

All injury victims are susceptible to this pitfall, but people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are especially vulnerable to accepting lowball settlements. TBIs can affect every aspect of life, and many victims recover only partially—while some don’t recover at all. But because it can be difficult to determine how impactful a TBI may be, and because money may be needed right away, victims are often tempted to accept settlements without thinking of the future.

Having an experienced Virginia brain injury lawyer on your side can give you peace of mind knowing that your expenses have been fully calculated, both in the short-term and years down the road. In addition, you’ll have experienced negotiators on your side who won’t let the insurance company take advantage of you or deny you full compensation.

Without a law firm working on your claim, it can be difficult to get the money you’re owed, especially when you’re dealing with the day-to-day challenges associated with a TBI. You’ve got enough on your mind already. Let the legal team at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers help you get money to pay for your medical bills and lost wages. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Traumatic Brain Injuries Often Result in More Compensation

by Staff Blogger | November 23rd, 2020

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe that all preventable injuries are unacceptable. That’s especially true when they’re caused by someone’s negligence. But not all injuries are created equal, and that fact is why certain injuries bring more or less compensation in settlement claims than others.

Of all the injuries victims can suffer in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and bicycle accidents, for example, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are among the most devastating. People who suffer TBIs often never fully recover, and if they do, they aren’t the same people they were before their injuries.

People who suffer TBIs may experience a wide range of complications, including:

  • Cognitive disabilities—TBIs can make it more difficult to think clearly. That can cause victims to regress in their careers or lose their ability to work altogether.
  • Physical disabilities—When the parts of the brain that control movement and coordination are damaged, victims may have difficulty walking, talking, or even dressing themselves.
  • Emotional disabilities—TBIs can damage parts of the brain that are responsible for regulating emotions, behavior, and stress. People who suffer from this complication may undergo profound personality changes or experience unpredictable mood swings.

Many TBI victims suffer these complications in addition to other injuries that they incurred during their accidents. In these cases, we work hard to ensure they get a fair chance of getting the compensation they’re owed. That often means enough money to pay for lifelong rehabilitation and even live-in care.

Did you or someone you love suffer a TBI due to someone else’s negligence? Our Virginia brain injury lawyers want to help you get every penny you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

What Determines How Much Compensation You Get for a TBI?

by Staff Blogger | September 21st, 2020

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe that all innocent victims of accidents and injuries deserve compensation. And the amount of compensation they receive should be equal to the amount of disability, lost wages, pain, and suffering they’ve experienced. Few injuries can affect all of those factors quite like a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

When you contact our Virginia brain injury lawyers, we’ll work hard to get you maximum compensation for all the ways your TBI has affected your life. The amount of money you can get depends on several factors, such as:

  • Your level of disability—TBI victims can experience varying levels of disability. Some may suffer from minor physical ailments such as headaches and sensitivity to light, while others may experience significant loss of fine motor skills and cognitive ability.
  • Your cost of medical care—TBIs are among the most expensive injuries to treat, as they frequently require brain imaging and extensive physical and mental rehabilitation. In some cases, victims may even require the assistance of live-in nurses and caregivers.
  • Your pain and suffering—People who suffer TBIs almost always end up with permanent effects. Those effects can significantly impact their daily lives, including their independence and ability to enjoy hobbies, and even their ability to interact with friends and loved ones.

When we build your claim, we’ll look at all of these factors to determine how much money you’re owed. Then, we’ll aggressively push the at-fault party and/or their insurance company to pay you every penny you deserve. Don’t settle for anything less than the full amount of compensation—contact us today for a free consultation.

4 Aspects of Life Affected by TBIs

by Staff Blogger | July 27th, 2020

When it comes to feeling the effects of an injury long after it occurred, few are as disruptive to daily life as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). That’s because the brain controls so many aspects of the body, and damage to it can also result in significant behavioral, psychological, and cognitive changes.

People who suffer TBIs may struggle with the following burdens for years, or even the rest of their lives:

  1. Thinking—TBIs can make it difficult for victims to think clearly. They may become deficient in areas of cognition where they were once strong, such as abstract concepts, pattern recognition, mathematics, and more.
  2. Sensation—TBIs can affect victims’ ability to see clearly or walk in a straight line. They also may experience synesthesia, or the blending and confusion of their senses. That means they may “hear” colors or “see” sounds.
  3. Language—TBI victims may struggle to find the right words in conversations. Damage to language processing centers in their brains can also make it difficult for them to express themselves effectively to others.
  4. Emotion—TBI victims may be emotionally unstable and have volatile mood swings, and they may suffer from prolonged depression and anxiety. They also may display inappropriate reactions and emotions to certain events and in social situations.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know that TBIs often change lives forever—both victims’ lives and the lives of their loved ones. They can make it impossible to work, and victims often need expensive medical care and rehabilitation.

That’s why our Virginia brain injury lawyers work hard to help victims get maximum compensation. If you or someone you love suffered a TBI due to someone else’s negligence, we want to help. Call today for a free consultation.