Experienced Las Vegas Brain Injury Attorneys
A brain injury is a serious matter. Whether it’s due to the negligence of another person or a work-related accident, a brain injury can happen in a split second and it can dramatically change the course of the victim’s life. Because of the human brain’s incredible complexity, any type of injury to the head or brain tissues can lead to significant symptoms. Victims often suffer memory loss, confusion, and loss of coordination, which can severely affect their ability to work or interact with loved ones. These challenges, along with high medical costs and the u can sometimes be too much to bear. If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury in Las Vegas, you need the support of an experienced brain injury lawyer.
Here at Gazda & Tadayon, we are one of the most trusted brain injury lawyers in Las Vegas. Brain injury cases make up a significant portion of our practice, and we work closely with our clients to obtain adequate medical services and financial compensation. For each individual case, we consult with medical experts to understand the treatment, recovery, and life care services involved in each case in order to better help you on the road to recovery.
Let us help you protect your interests and secure the compensation you deserve.
Personal injury law is complex, and particularly with these serious brain injuries, you want to work with the best attorneys possible. And as always: we charge no fees until we win.
Things To Know About Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is a major cause of disability and death in the US. Each year, almost 300,000 people are diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries according to the CDC, so these injuries are more common than people might think. Falls are the most common cause of head injuries: around 40-50% of head injury cases are related to falls. Anyone can experience a TBI, but the most vulnerable are children and the elderly.
Symptoms are often subtle and delayed, so you should seek medical attention immediately after any accident involving the head or brain.
Depending on the severity, there are different symptoms that a victim might experience. There are three levels of brain injury: mild traumatic brain injuries, moderate traumatic brain injuries, and severe traumatic brain injuries.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries
Also known as concussions, mild traumatic brain injuries (or mild TBIs) are the most common types of brain injuries. They typically do not leave a person with long-term effects after the injury, but even short-term symptoms can still be worrying and costly for the victim and their close family and friends.
Mild TBIs can often occur during a person’s daily routine. Some common causes of mild traumatic brain injuries include:
- Minor vehicle accidents
- Slip & fall incidents
- Contact sports
Some of the symptoms that are related to mild brain injuries include:
- Brief loss of consciousness
- Loss of balance
- Speech impairment
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
Mild brain injuries can also occur when a person is abused. Whether it is domestic, elder or parent-child, mild brain injuries can occur after the head has been subjected to numerous blows, strikes, blunt force trauma, and neglect and abuse by a caregiver.
Moderate Traumatic Brain Injuries
This is the second most common type of brain injury. Persons with moderate TBIs can exhibit more symptoms, and as a result, they often experience more physical, mental and emotional discomfort. Long-term rehabilitation may be needed.
Some common causes for moderate TBIs include: slip and fall incidents, falling from a small height, minor and major vehicle accidents, and domestic violence.
Some of the symptoms that are related to moderate traumatic brain injuries include:
- Seizures, convulsions
- Repeated vomiting
- Loss of consciousness that can last for hours
- Pupil dilation in one or both eyes
- Trouble waking up after being asleep
- Numbness/weakness in toes and/or fingers
- Loss of coordination
These symptoms can hamper a person’s ability to conduct work-related activities or be involved in daily activities with friends and loved ones.
Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries
As the name suggests, severe traumatic brain injuries have the greatest and most dire impacts on a victim’s health and lifestyle, and they inevitably affect loved ones and close colleagues. It is difficult to conduct day-to-day activities while suffering from severe TBI, and medical treatment can be intensive. Long-term rehabilitation is often needed.
Some common causes of severe traumatic brain injuries include contact sports, violent crime, major vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and work accidents.
With severe traumatic brain injuries, there is a wide range of physical and non-physical symptoms a victim may experience. These symptoms include:
- Problems concentrating
- Difficulty learning or making decisions
- Loss of balance and coordination
- Poor depth perception
- Slurred speech
- Slow or distorted thinking (a.k.a. “brain fog”)
- Difficulty understanding conversations
- Mobility issues
- Chronic pain
- Consciousness (altered consciousness, coma, vegetative state, death)
Unfortunately, while traumatic brain injuries are quite common, medical research still lags behind in this field. Many brain injury patients have complex and often variable conditions, and it can be difficult for them to express the changes they experience after a severe brain injury. Beyond just the physical and cognitive problems, there is also a lot of emotional turmoil involved with a brain injury as a victim has to cope with a new, often confusing state of mind and they can often no longer conduct activities to the same degree as before the injury.
A full recovery is possible in some cases, but many sufferers of severe traumatic brain injury have to cope with symptoms in the long-term, possibly even for a lifetime. In the worst cases, a severe brain injury may lead to permanent disability or even wrongful death.
What does a brain injury case look like?
The weight of sudden medical expenses, physical and emotional suffering, and loss of work time can be heavy on a brain injury victim and their close family and friends. Luckily, victims can often sue for damages if they sustained the injury because of the misconduct or negligence of another person or entity. This can sometimes include cases where the victim is partially responsible for the incident that led to brain injury.
There’s a long list of persons and entities that can potentially be sued for a traumatic brain injury due to negligence. This includes vehicle drivers, truck drivers, trucking companies, cab drivers, cab companies, bicycle operators, boat operators, repair shops, manufacturers, homeowners, employers, airplane operators, teachers, caregivers, security guards, and doctors/healthcare providers.
The spouse of someone who has been injured can also file a lawsuit based on the loss of consortium. These are damages that take into consideration the loss of comfort, care, and companionship of the injured party.
For a case to be successful, there must be proof that the negligent third-party was liable for the incident, otherwise known as due diligence or a duty of care. Even if the victim was partially responsible for the incident, they may be entitled to compensation as long as they can prove they are liable for less than half of the incident. In turn, this percentage of fault is reflected in the costs collected.
If the brain injury is diagnosed as severe, financial compensation could be very substantial.
The damages that an injured person may seek to include lost current and future income, medical treatments, long-term rehabilitation services (including physical therapy), assisted living services, issues with general pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment and other impairments to daily life.
Because of the complex nature of personal injury law in Nevada, it’s critical that you explore your legal options and potentially file for damages as soon as possible. Our state law limits the amount of time after an incident that a victim can file for damages and claim compensation. Contact us today to assess your individual case in a timely manner.
Best Brain Injury Law Firm in Nevada
Our experienced injury attorneys Lewis J. Gazda and Afshin Tadayon are specialists in brain injury law. We have helped countless brain injury victims across the valley get compensation after their accident. Personal injury incidents can be unpredictable, scary, and costly. At our firm, we assess your individual case and explore all potential outcomes, so we can get you the maximum compensation for your claim.
We understand the severity of brain injuries and the sudden life changes that they bring after an accident. In a seemingly hopeless situation, we provide the legal support and advocacy you need to win back lost wages, cover specialized medical treatment, and get back on the road to recovery.
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Brain/Head Injury FAQs
Your legal claim depends on the specific circumstances of the brain injury. Slip and fall accidents, motor vehicle accidents, intentional harm (such as a fistfight, or strangulation-induced anoxia), and other impacts usually come under the personal injury or premises liability umbrella, and in some cases there may be a separate criminal action.
Depending on the seriousness of your injury, and the extent to which the injury has negatively affected your life, you may be eligible for a substantial damage award. With serious brain injuries, you may require continuing and long-term cognitive/psychological/physical therapy, which may be beyond your financial means.
Though it’s better to bring your claim as soon as possible after the accident, your claim may not necessarily be destroyed. Depending on your state, the statute of limitations may not have run out. You may be able to rely your state’s discovery rule: essentially, the statute of limitations does not begin to run until you actually discover or know about the injury.
This depends entirely on each individual case. There are many types of brain/head injuries, ranging from sports-related concussions to severe, permanent brain damage that leads to paralysis or early death.
The monetary costs of living with a traumatic brain injury can be staggering. The victim might need to pay for medical bills, rehabilitation, physical therapy, multiple surgeries and medication. Also, many brain/head injury victims can no longer work. Some studies cited by the CDC estimate that these costs total $76.5 billion in the United States every year.