About 2.8 million people are believed to suffer a brain injury every year, resulting in an estimated 50,000 deaths. Traffic accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries, accounting for as many as 400,000 TBIs. Safety features, such as airbags and seat belts, reduce risks of death and severe brain damage, but traffic accidents still cause almost one-third of all TBI deaths.
Bill Berenson has dedicated his almost four-decade-long career to auto accident recovery. He knows the devastation that a head injury can cause and understands the many challenges that lay ahead for victims and their families. He treats his clients with respect and compassion while aggressively pursuing maximum possible damages. His responsiveness, communication, legal abilities and quality of service have won him the Martindale-Hubbell “Client Distinction Award” every year since 2011. His high-figure results earned him life membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. We are available to help you recover the damages you are entitled to after your head injury.
A concussion may cause headaches, memory loss, poor balance, dizziness, confusion, upset stomach and fatigue. Even if you did not actually hit your head, you are still at risk of brain damage because a concussion may occur when the brain is violently shaken inside the skull.
The good news is that patients often make a full recovery from a concussion with the correct diagnosis, timely treatment and appropriate management. Unfortunately, you may not realize you have a concussion. Symptoms can be delayed for hours or days after the accident, and when symptoms do appear, you might not realize the cause is linked to your crash. For this reason, we advise our clients to seek immediate medical attention if they believe they hit their head or were badly jolted in the accident.
Keeping your head safe after a concussion is vitally important to your long-term prognosis. Repetitive head injury, also called second impact syndrome (SIS), describes the serious situation in which you injure your brain again before your previous concussion has healed. Both injuries may have been mild alone, but the second impact may cause severe swelling and brain herniation that can lead to permanent injuries or death.
Repetitive blows to the head also puts you at risk of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the condition that gained exposure because of lawsuits filed by NFL football players. The degenerative disease is characterized by Tau protein clumps that spread across the brain and can cause memory loss, depression, aggression, paranoia, judgment impairment, impulse control problems and eventually dementia. CTE typically does not appear until many years after the initial blow to the brain. But you can take preventative action now by protecting your head from another injury and following your doctor’s treatment recommendations. Our personal injury lawyer considers your risks associated with SIS and CTE when calculating your damages.
A relatively minor head injury can require substantial time off of work to recover. A permanent disability may impact your ability to ever work again at your full capacity. At a time when you are incurring medical bills, the lost income can be financially devastating.
The lifetime costs of treating a brain injury is estimated to range from $85,000 to $3 million. This figure does not include costs associated with diminished earning capacity and specialized tools and equipment you may need to adapt to a permanent disability.
To accurately calculate losses, our firm often consults with specialists, economists and experts in the industry in which our client worked. We also recover damages for diminished enjoyment of life and pain and suffering. Our goal is to ensure you have the financial support you need now and in the future.
Berenson Injury Law handles complex brain injury claims. To learn more about your rights and options for recovery after a car crash, schedule a free appointment with our accident attorney at 817-885-8000.