Oklahoma City Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Lawyer
A serious head injury can take a toll on every aspect of a person’s daily life: the physical, the emotional, the financial, the personal, and the professional. Depending on the severity of the injury, the victim might need to leave their career, end their marriage, hire a caregiver, or make other dramatic and unwanted lifestyle changes.
Learning that you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury is a frightening and devastating experience, but know that you don’t have to go through this difficult period alone. If the injury was caused by another person’s careless actions, the attorneys of Hasbrook & Hasbrook will be there to help you and your family fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.
To set up a free, no-obligation, completely private legal consultation, call Hasbrook & Hasbrook at (405) 698-3040. You will not be charged any fees, and we will keep your information confidential while helping you explore your family’s legal options.
Understanding Negligence: Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
The term traumatic brain injury, or TBI, describes any serious brain injury caused by an external blow to the head. Depending on factors like how long the person is unconscious and the extent to which the person experiences amnesia, or memory loss, TBI can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe. However, these descriptors are somewhat misleading, as even a “mild” TBI has the potential to cause serious medical problems.
Because its definition is so broad, TBI can have many different causes. Importantly for injury victims, many of its most common causes tend to involve an element of negligence, which means failing to exercise normal, adequate precautions in order to avoid a foreseeable risk of causing injury. When a person or a company is negligent, and a person is harmed as a result, the negligent party can be potentially be held liable.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading causes of TBI from 2006 to 2010 were:
- Accidental falls: 40.5% of cases. Falls from heights, slip and fall accidents, and other types of accidental falls are responsible for more than two fifths of all TBI cases according to the CDC’s most recent data – more than any other type of accident. Accidental falls are often caused by negligent property maintenance, which can lead to hazards such as broken railings, loose carpeting, or uneven flooring.
- Being struck by objects: 15.5% of cases. Due to factors like defective equipment, poor compliance with safety standards, and lack of adequate supervision, object strikes can occur at construction sites, manufacturing plants, and other industrial settings. They are also fairly common in automotive accidents, because any object which isn’t firmly secured will fly through the vehicle upon impact.
- Car accidents and motor vehicle traffic: 14.3% of cases. Most car crashes are the preventable products of careless, reckless, or aggressive driving. Traffic violations like speeding, running red lights, making improper left turns, drinking while driving, and ignoring stop signs are all major culprits of truck and car accidents in Oklahoma City.
- Being physically assaulted: 10.7% of cases. When a person commits assault, a prosecutor may decide to file criminal charges. In addition, the injury victim may wish to file a separate civil suit, which is independent of the prosecutor’s criminal investigation. According to the Oklahoma City Police Department, nearly 300 assaults were reported in OKC in August 2015 alone.
Regardless of how a head injury occurs, the medical consequences can be severe and sometimes permanent. Potential effects of TBI include:
- Breathing problems
- Chronic pain
- Hearing problems
- Intellectual disability
- Loss of motor skills
- Loss of physical sensation
- Memory problems
- Paralysis or reduced mobility
- Vision problems
Oklahoma City Attorneys Fighting for Compensation for TBI Victims
In addition to inflicting physical pain and mental anguish, TBI can also cause financial devastation. The victim may become permanently disabled, lose their career, or require around-the-clock care. They may need to make expensive modifications to their own home, such as widening doorways for wheelchair access due to becoming paralyzed. They may need to undergo expensive surgical procedures. They may need to purchase expensive medical equipment, like oxygen machines to assist with breathing. Worse, this all occurs at a time when the victim has likely lost the ability to provide for themselves and their loved ones.
For most hard-working Oklahoma families, the staggering costs associated with TBI care are simply not affordable in the short- or long-term. The compensation recovered through a lawsuit can help to lighten the financial burden and make sure that the injury victim is well cared-for, not only today, but reaching well into the future.
Compensation, which is also referred to as damages, can help cover a wide variety of current and projected expenses related to your loved one’s accident, including but not limited to:
- Caregivers and assistants
- Hospital bills
- Loss of income
- Medical devices and equipment
- Physical therapy
- Prescription medication
- Property damage and vehicle damage
- Surgeries, exams, diagnostic tests, and other medical procedures
Plaintiffs can also be compensated for losses and harms which are not strictly financial in nature, including pain and suffering, the loss of a marital relationship (“loss of consortium”), and loss of enjoyment of life.
After sustaining a brain injury, it is important that you seek medical treatment as quickly as possible. However, while your recovery period should always take priority, it can be a terrible mistake to delay taking legal action. A legal deadline known as the “statute of limitations” gives plaintiffs a finite amount of time in which to file a lawsuit, and if you wait for too long, you could lose your chance to ever obtain compensation from the parties who were at fault.
Take the time you need, but don’t accidentally wait until it’s already too late for legal action. Call the law offices of Hasbrook & Hasbrook at (405) 698-3040 to start exploring your options in a free and private consultation. Guided by over 75 years of combined experience, our highly accomplished team of attorneys devotes meticulous care and attention to each and every case we handle. Our detailed, results-oriented approach has enabled us to recover compensation for numerous brain injury victims during our many decades practicing law in Oklahoma.