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SEATTLE BRAIN INJURY LAWYER

When an individual suffers a traumatic blow to the head, his or her brain can be injured. A brain injury can have short- and long-term negative effects on your health. If you have suffered a brain injury in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, work with the Khan Law Firm to pursue a personal injury claim.

Common Types of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries that are not the result of a hereditary, congenital, or degenerative condition is known as an acquired brain injury. When a brain injury causes its victim to suffer from altered brain function, it is known as a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

A variety of specific injury types can cause victims to suffer from TBIs. These include, but are not limited to, the following:’

  • Concussions;
  • Diffuse axonal injuries;
  • Contusions;
  • Penetrating brain injuries; and
  • Hypoxic brain injuries.

The head injuries that lead to brain injuries are categorized into open head injuries and closed head injuries. Open head injuries are injuries where an object breaks through the victim’s skin and skull, creating a severe visible wound. Closed head injuries are injuries where there is no penetration of the skull and instead, the brain suffers from either a lack of oxygen or an impact with the inside of the victim’s skull. Both types of head injury can have a significant long-term impact on the victim’s health, sometimes resulting in coma, permanent disability, or death. Closed head injuries, however, can often be overlooked because they do not always have obvious physical symptoms. Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries can include:

  • Confusion;
  • Forgetfulness;
  • Nausea;
  • Fatigue;
  • Sensitivity to light and sound;
  • Mood swings; and
  • Difficulty sleeping or staying awake.

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BRAIN INJURIES

Any accident can cause a victim to suffer a brain injury. However, certain types of accident are more likely to result in a brain injury and some of these types of accident are more likely to result in severe injury and death than others. Any time the head suffers an impact, a brain injury can occur. When playing contact sports or riding a bicycle, skateboard, motorcycle, or horse, wearing a helmet can reduce your chance of suffering a TBI in the event you are thrown to the ground or suffer another type of accident. Other types of accident that can result in a brain injury include:

  • Car and other types of vehicle accidents. Car accidents can occur as the result of many types of negligence, such as drunk driving, distracted driving, vehicle malfunctions, poorly maintained roadways, and a disregard for the posted traffic laws. When a car is involved in a collision with a truck, the people in the car are at a greater risk of being injured than the truck driver. Similarly, a collision between a car and a bicycle or pedestrian can often result in an injury or death to the bicyclist or pedestrian;
  • Slips and falls. A broken sidewalk, an unsecured carpet, a concealed pot hole, or a wobbly handrail can all lead to a fall, especially for an older individual. When a victim falls to the ground, his or her head can suffer an impact, causing him or her to suffer a brain injury;
  • Medical malpractice. When a physician fails to diagnose an injury or treat it appropriately, the patient can suffer a worsened condition. Other medical errors that can lead to or prolong brain injuries include giving the patient the wrong type or dose of medication and failing to follow up with the patient after treatment; and
  • Assaults. If you are attacked by another individual, you can suffer a brain injury. In addition to filing a criminal charge against the offending party, a victim can file a personal injury claim to recover compensation for his or her medical bills and other injury-related damages.

If you have suffered a brain injury because of another party’s negligence, our team at the Khan Law Firm is equipped to pursue your claim to seek the money you deserve.

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What to Do After a Car Accident

When you are suffering from a brain injury, every aspect of your life is more difficult. Communicating, working, and completing household tasks like cooking and cleaning can take much more dedicated effort than they would normally take and when you are in this position, seeking compensation for your damages can be too difficult for you to do on your own. This is why it is in your best interest to work with an experienced brain injury lawyer who can work hard on your behalf to get you the money you need.

But as the victim, you have certain responsibilities to give your case a strong chance at success.

  • Seek medical care. Your top priority should be to make as smooth, quick recovery. Seek medical attention as soon as you can after your accident;
  • Gather evidence to support your claim. Photographs of the accident, testimonies from witnesses, and your medical record are all pieces of evidence you can use to support your claim; and
  • Follow your lawyer’s lead. Your lawyer knows how to best utilize the evidence you have to support your claim. Let him or her guide you through this process and direct any interactions you have with the insurance provider.

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How an Attorney Can Help You Recover Damages

As experienced brain injury lawyers, our team at Khan Law Firm can draw upon our knowledge to guide you through the personal injury claim process. The ways we can help you recover compensation include:

  • Organizing that evidence, including your medical record and testimonies from witnesses to the event, to use it effectively
  • Negotiating with the insurance provider to determine a fair settlement amount for your damages;
  • Gather evidence on your behalf;
  • Demonstrating the negligent party’s fault for your accident;
  • If necessary, pursuing litigation to resolve your case.

Call our firm today to schedule your free initial consultation with a Seattle personal injury attorney. We can answer any questions you have about pursuing compensation following a brain injury and guide you toward the next step in your claim. Contact us today to get started with a member of our team. You only have to pay us if your claim results in a successful recovery.