We understand the hardship and loss that is suffered after an accident involving serious injury. Accident victims and families in the Upper Midwest, including Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota, rely on the experienced accident attorneys at Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben to help them navigate the aftermath of difficult situations.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is sudden physical damage to the brain. The head forcefully hitting an object may cause the damage or something passing through the skull and piercing the brain may cause TBI. The major cause of traumatic brain injury is car accidents. However, traumatic brain injury and other head injuries can also be caused by falls, sports injuries, violent crimes and child abuse.
Head injuries result in more than 400,000 hospital visits every year. Approximately three-quarters are diagnosed as having suffered a mild to moderate injury – injuries that can be subtle, persistent, and potentially long term.
The effects of the brain damage are generally greatest immediately following the injury. However, long-term problems are difficult to assess because of the nature and complexity of the human brain. Cognitive and communication problems that result from brain injuries vary from person to person, and depend on factors such as individual personality, pre-injury skills and the severity of the brain trauma.
Additionally, the symptoms of TBI are often misunderstood. Common symptoms include impulsive behavior, loss of memory, personality changes, impaired perception, loss of taste and smell, diminished concentration, hearing and balance disorders, cognitive fatigue, concussions, comas and seizures.
Many of the TBI symptoms don’t have outward physical manifestations. As a result many victims don’t receive appropriate care and treatment for the disabilities that follow, including physical, cognitive, psychological, and social impairments.
Do not accept any claim before you speak with an attorney. Many large insurance companies have adopted settlement policies that encourage their adjusters to offer quick payments to persons involved in an accident. Insurance adjusters will contact you or your family shortly after an accident to try to gain your confidence. In doing so, insurance adjusters often try to present themselves as the friend of the injured person or the family of the person who was killed in an accident. The goal of such contact is to settle the case on terms as favorable as possible for the insurance company.
Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben is Minnesota’s largest personal injury law firm. We maintain a national reputation for achieving substantial settlements and jury verdicts for our brain injury clients.
Our success is attributed to the combination of experience, expertise, and exceptional dedication to the needs of every client. Many accidents are caused by negligence, so it is imperative that anyone involved in an accident contact an experienced injury attorney. Please remember that it is vital to act swiftly after you’ve been injured. The sooner you involve a personal injury attorney, the better we will be able to preserve evidence, gather essential witnesses and address any other important factors.